Simply Fish and Camden Lock

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

Walk From Camden 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.

Simply Fish, Camden

The inside of the restaurant was reminiscent of Wagamamas to me, simple but with clever designs.

SimplyFish Camden

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!

Sitting outside SimplyFish

SimplyFish pride themselves in the fact that the fish is brought in daily from Cornwall and is from sustainable stocks.  The concept is simple:

Simply Fish Concept

To start I had Cornwall Mussels with Coconut & Lemongrass Sauce as you can see, someone else took a liking to them and helped herself.

Mussels with Coconut Milk


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.

Fish and Chips, Simply Fish

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.



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Mother's Day FlowersWith Mother’s Day around the corner I thought you may like a chance to win a bouquet of Mother’s Day Flowers, chocolates and a bottle of wine Courtesy of Prestige Flowers for a special woman in your life or maybe even yourself.  Competition closes on the 7th of March 2013 so we can endeavor to get the flowers out in time.

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Between good friends……

If I’m honest, I’d prefer to get experiences as presents rather than gifts.  I know it’s nice to have a little something nice to open under the tree but, we’re not flush by any means, if there is something I want I tend to just go out and buy it myself even if I can’t afford it.

Plus, not being ungrateful, my hubby has a dreadful problem listening or taking subtle hints.  Last year, we went to the shops, I said I’d like a new pair of PJs, and then pointed at a stack of them saying ‘any of these would be fabulous, except those ones’.  Guess which ones he bought?  This is my point exactly.

So, I’m all up for buying experience days as the recipient can choose something of their liking.  Can someone give my hubby a nudge??  Last weekend we had the opportunity to try out a Spa Day for two that included 3 treatments.  No, I didn’t take my husband, but a friend that I’ve been meaning to catch up for ages.

We had an entire day child free, with no interruptions, gassing, being spoiled and laughing a lot.  I saw a few things in the women’s change room that no person should ever have to witness.

We were then led down to the Spa in our fluffy robes and complimentary slippers for our Facials, Massages and Manicures.  The facility was gorgeous; low lightening, relaxing music and the therapists were lovely.


They walked us down a long candlelit corridor to a treatment room at the end.  You should have seen the look of surprise on our faces when we were led into the same room with not one but two treatment beds side by side.  We were going to have our massages half naked right next to each other!  OMG!

Dual Treatment

You have no idea how relieved I was that I took a friend that I’ve known for years and not one of the new mums from school that I’ve recently met, my boss or worse my mother in-law (if she was still with us)!  That would have been incredibly awkward.

Once we got over the initial giggles while side stepping around each half naked and crawling onto the treatment beds, very ungracefully I may add, it was all good.  We quickly forgot that the other person was in the room.  The massage was amazing and my mate said it was the best facial she ever had. Note:  That is not us in the photo.

The rest of the day was spent sitting by the pool, nattering with the odd venture into the Jacuzzi, Pool, Steam room and Sauna.  I took a book but we were so busy catching up I never opened it.

This is an experience the two of us will never forget and I’m sure we will look back on it and giggle for many years to come.

Disclosure:  The Spa Day was courtesy of the