Feeling Fragile in Belgravia

The day after our Hogwarts adventure we were left feeling rather worse for wear.

Those beautiful, gold flecked lychee martinis had slipped down a little too easily. We woke up tired, sore and feeling more than a bit woozy.

This posed something of a conundrum.

On the one hand… we’re hungover and want to stay in bed.

On the other… Valentina’s only in town for a few days and we need to cram as much London in as humanly possible.

We’d planned a morning at the National Portrait Gallery, followed by lunch in Belgravia.

We were going to have to compromise and just do one.

I’ll give you three guesses as to which plan we kept…

I’d been invited to try Ametsa‘s new lunch menu and thought it would be the perfect place to take Valentina, who has a bit of a reputation for enjoying the finer things in life.

It’s a little place in Belgravia with one of the world’s greatest female chefs, Elena Arzak.

We started with some bubbles, which succeeded in starting to bring us back to life.

Just in time for our starters!

This is a pumpkin and mandarin soup, poured over pickled fish and vegetables.

A really unusual flavour combination that was comforting and Autumnal one second and sharp and bright the next.

The rest of the starters were shared, tapas style.

Black ink squid.

Tuna & fig salad (Valentina’s favourite).

Iberico ham and bread with tomato. A very traditional Spanish dish, that has always been one of my favourites.

For the main event we both settled upon fish. Sustainably fished cod for me and seabass for the lady.

Cod ‘pil pil’ style with black trumpets and seaweed and a side of risotto.

Perfectly cooked and swimming in a rich, gratifying sauce.

Just what the doctor ordered!

For pudding I plumped for “Eggs in Cava” which were meringue like, soft little pockets floating in a champagne jelly.

And espressos all round.

Lunch menus are a great way to experience Michelin starred restaurants at a fraction of the cost. Ametsa‘s lunch menu is only around £25 per person. Great if you fancy something a little bit special when you’re in town, finishing ( or starting) your Christmas shopping!

We left feeling revived, full and happy.

So took ourselves for a little stroll around Belgrave Square.

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Before heading home to Notting Hill for tea.

I’ve never had as many compliments on a handbag as I have with this bad boy.

It’s a personalised “lunchy” so I plan to wear it to all of my lunches from here on out!

It also goes perfectly with my teapot, which is always important.

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  • oh! Thanks for the restaurant recommendation, definitely want to check that out.

  • I love the photo of the glass of bubbly, you always take really great photos.
    The roll up bag is really lovely too!

    iamdaisyalice.com x

  • Amber

    That bag is DIVINE. I think I NEED one in my life… Defo on the Christmas list. What a great hangover day!


  • You girls look amazing and the food looks so yummy. As always πŸ˜€

  • Foo

    Rosie, that bag!!!!! Tell me they ship to the UK. I saw you coveting it in a previous blog post a while back. xxx

  • Alyona Belozerova

    you are so pretty!

  • Becca

    That lunch sounds like a lovely treat! I’ll be coming to London soon to do a little Christmas shopping so I’ll have to remember this restaurant.

    Becca x
    Paradise Tea

  • Naomi Carndorf

    What a delicious looking lunch! Looks great for a sore head.

    Naomi from NaomiGabriella

  • Holly von Bock

    I love what you are wearing – you look so adorable – I just can’t brave bare legs in winter, but applaud those who do! (especially with knee high warm socks & boots!) xxx

  • I’ve never thought of eggs in champagne as being the perfect hangover cure but I may have to reconsider! Looks like a lovely, winters day out.

    I love your boots with the grey socks! I’m holding off from buying any more boots as I really can’t justify it but too tempted to search for some like that now!

    I love your simple,’old skool’ posts like this one. They’re so easy to read.

    Caroline x
    and Caroline

  • You always take such great photos πŸ™‚ beautiful as always! <3

    From Seoul,

  • Queenie Lee

    The food looks incredible! Am definitely paying a visit when I’m back in London!


  • Rose how do you manage a dress without tights! I have been wearing wool tights and still sometimes get cold..

    The restaurant looks delicious, a hangover cure for sure.

    { Teffys Perks Blog } X

  • The food looks amazing & the lunch menu sounds such good value!

    Happy Tuesday Rosie xoxo


  • This looks great, especially the eggs in cava!

    Also just wanted to share with the whole world because I’m currently on cloud nine- I JUST GOT MY FIRST PROPER JOB! Yay!!

    Hope everyone is having a as wonderful day as I am!


  • MarΓ­a

    Actually the name of the restaurant is not “amesta” is “ametsa”, which means dream in Basque. Basque is a very old language spoken in the northern Spain. I guess that that’s why almost all dishes are typical Basque dishes. Have you ever thought about visiting the Basque Country in Spain? I think you should. It’s a wonderful place, similar to Cornwall, where you can find amazing people, and I know you’ll like this, FOOD! Seriously I think it should be your next trip, it’s not a very popular place to go, but believe me, it’s worth it.

  • Alexandra

    Hi Rosie,

    The bag is adorable, however on visiting the The Iconic website with a view to ordering one, it seems there is no availability for International shipping to the UK…. would you be able to help on this? Many thanks in advance!

  • Sarah

    What a wonderful lunch! It looks absolutely delicious. And I agree lunches are sometimes the best times to try pricy restaurants!

    The Purse Snatcher

  • Elena

    Check my blog you will like my new post!

    TOP SECRET: where bloggers do shopping? http://www.amanciolovers.com/2013/11/top-secret-donde-compran-las-bloggers.html

  • I love the outfits!! Specially those Jeffrey Cambell Newcastle knee high boots, I would love to have a pair of those in my closet! Great post as usual!
    -The Untamed Lives

  • This looks amazing! I can’t believe how good you two look for being hungover! Well done for pulling yourselves out of bed to do something though!

    Katie <3

  • I love it when you try new restaurants so I can get ideas on where to go!

  • Rebecca

    Isn’t the restaurant called Ametsa, not Amesta?

  • Lex Barnhart

    I don’t know how the weather is in London as of now, but as soon as there’s even a hint of frost in the air I wear leggings nonstop! Must try to incorporate some dresses and sparkly things in, with my wardrobe, especially since you two look particularly toasty.

  • saradujour

    Glad to see you finally got your paws on that beautiful bag! And hope you’re enjoying precious best friend time. I’m getting a taste of it after work today myself! πŸ™‚


  • Love that personalized bag! Perfect winter color, too ^_~

    β™₯ Sarah | http://www.heysarahlee.com

  • Joana Moreira

    You make me want to go to London everytime you post something!
    Thank you so much for sharing πŸ™‚

    By the way, it’d be lovely if you did a sort of a hotel guide for someone (like me) who wants to get the best out of London…

    Best wishes from Portugal*

  • Sepideh

    Looks like fun! The food looks incredible…and the picture of that champagne glass turned out amazing!!!! Funny question: has your food ever gotten cold because you were taking too many pictures? Haha I’m lucky I have a supportive boyfriend and he is SO patient when we go out and I take picture of his food!


  • Lucy Ashford

    im so jealous of your life!! so glamourous. I go through your blog daily to escape and get fashion inspiration. Keep up the great work πŸ˜€


  • Inge

    I love your outfit, you look perfectly autumn. Lunch looked delicious as well! xx

  • This is great! Thanks for the tip about the lunch menu, I definitely have to start to look into that. The restaurant looks great, I want to go back to London so badly!!
    Love the bag πŸ™‚


  • Camille Beygui
  • From all of this, I noticed your socks! Trust me! I’ve never actually known how to pull those bad boys off… I look stupid with my rugby style legs, but with boots, they look great… and cosy!

  • You ladies look awfully stunning for not starting out in top shape! πŸ˜‰ Fantastic pictures- the food and fashion both look amazing!

  • Girl, I don’t know how you were able to stomach that decadent lunch with a hangover – that’s dedication!

  • I.L.U

    Coming from Elena Arzak, whose dad is a super-mega promminent figure in gastronomy (I think he already has 3 Michelin stars!!), what would one expect!! Plus she’s from San Sebastian, the Basque Country…… just like me ;0)
    Everything looked D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S !!

  • The Londoner, keepin’ it real! πŸ˜‰ Glad you guys picked the right choice! And I’ve gotta give it to you ladies – you guys look 100% more put together and gorgeous than I ever could, hungover πŸ˜›
    Perpetually Caroline

  • Guest

    The way you love London is the exactly the same way as I love it. You make me fall in love with it again. And again. And again.

  • Jessica

    Your ‘lunchie’ clutch is adorable! I love your style.

    I’m a professional that travels a lot, and I need some cute idea’s for a new computer bag. You seem like the perfect person to ask. I’d love if you could include some that you love in your next Christmas shopping list post! I don’t even know where to begin, everything looks like it was made for my Dad. Help Rosie!

    Love your blog. Every morning at work I treat myself to reading it once I finish my morning reports!

  • Mana Smith

    Oh I love that pouring tea photo it’s just so perfect!

    Fashion and Happy Things

  • Great tip on eating lunch at the Michelin star restaurants. We do the same and also look out for early bird dinner specials.

  • Adrianna Whitehead

    I wanna be rich so badly!!!!!!!!!!!!!! In the meantime I’ll enjoy the little things in life ( ;

  • Kate Baxter

    Rose, could you please, please, pretty please do a Christmas Gift Guide post late Nov / early Dec so we can all benefit from your creative ideas with time to buy? Thanks a million xoxo

  • chantelle

    You two are just adorable. I wish there was blog like yours for ever city, but it’s impossible – you’re too unique!


  • Grania Boyle

    Rosie!!!!! I just purchased the personalized lunchy and lucky for me the Iconic are having a 30% sale today so was able to get $80 off. Can’t wait to receive it now, thanks for sharing, love your blog

  • Talisa Lauren Tossell

    Love the lunchy! Belgravia is my playground i can’t wait to try out this restaurant!


  • Valentina’s outfit is amazing!

    I used to live just off Westbourne Grove so last few pictures bring back lovely memories for me.


  • Aimee Kitson

    that Lunchy bag is DIVINE! x

  • Rebekah

    Where is Valentina’s sequin blazer from? I’m obsessed!

  • Good tip about the lunch menus, I’d never thought of that. Definitely an affordable way to have a really good foodie treat!

  • oh myyyy, the food looks amazing!
    xo, cheyenne

  • Do you have any recommendations for a Sunday brunch in London? Any favorites?

  • Kamilla Khamukova

    Dear Rosie, may I please ask where you dye your hair and what the name of the color is? Your hair’s so beautiful!