I can’t think of a better way to spend the day!
Last weekend, when we had unusually good weather, we went day tripping in Camden.
Walking from Camden Lock to Little Venice
The original reason was to review Simply Fish on Inverness Street, but as train fares can be quite pricey we decided to make a day of it. I don’t know the area very well, so put it out to my twitter mates and they suggested going for a walk along the canal after lunch from Camden Lock to Little Venice as it also goes by the Aviary of London Zoo.
The area around Camden Lock was absolutely heaving, as the sun was out, but it had a fabulous buzz. Once we worked our way through all the people, it got much quieter and you almost forget that you were in the middle of London.
It was a beautiful walk, it was a couple of miles but being a tow path it was flat so our 5 year old daughter managed it easily. Once we got to Little Venice, we had a sneaky drink and then hopped on a boat back to Camden Lock. Perfect!
Simply Fish, Camden
But back to Simply Fish, the original reason we went. It’s a stone’s throw from Camden Market, tucked away on a side street away from some of the hustle and bustle but still busy enough for a bit of people watching.
The inside of the restaurant was reminiscent of Wagamamas to me, simple but with clever designs.
We initially were sat inside, which wasn’t a problem as the folding windows were fully retracted as it was such a gorgeous day. However, there was one table outside and I noticed the people who were at it were about to leave so I pounced!
SimplyFish pride themselves in the fact that the fish is brought in daily from Cornwall and is from sustainable stocks. The concept is simple:
To start I had Cornwall Mussels with Coconut & Lemongrass Sauce as you can see, someone else took a liking to them and helped herself.
For a main, I had Japanese Seared Salmon with Coriander Rice and Miso Sauce. It was to die for and we are going to try and replicate the recipe at home.
To start Hubby had the Arbroath Smokey Fish Cakes with gribiche and to be honest I have no idea what gribiche is. We ordered the Marinated Prawns in garlic & chilli for Madame as a starter, I was a bit worried about the heat, but she loved them. Both of them had the SimplyFish Cod and cut chips with crushed peas & tartar sauce. Madame is not the best eater, she’s not picky, she just doesn’t eat a lot and there was very little left on her plate.
The service was excellent, this may have something to do with the fact they thought I was from a magazine and if I’m honest, I didn’t correct them. :-) However, I did notice that others were receiving good service as well.
I would really recommend this as a family day out if you get the weather for it.