Travel and Days Out

Starting To Venture To Eat Locally

One thing we missed last year was going out to eat, whether on date night with just the two of us.  Or meeting friends for a catch up.

Now that restrictions have lifted we have started to venture out again, with the first stop being a favourite one of our favourite local restaurants.

Eating out locally is a great way to explore new restaurants, cafes and other food destinations that you may not have discovered on your own.

We all know that restaurant reviews are helpful when you’re looking for a good place to eat. However, if you’re like me, reading reviews can be quite difficult when trying to find the best option for your dietary needs.

Thankfully, over the past year there has been an increase in the number of restaurants offering dining options targeted towards specific diets such as vegan or gluten-free, for examples check this website offering dining options targeted towards specific diets such as vegan or gluten-free. These sites make it easier than ever before to find and book restaurants with the specific food restrictions you need without having to search through dozens of reviews or menus yourself!

The Ivy Cobham Brasserie, was somewhere we have visited a few times, and had planned on going again before the first lockdown hit.  So it made sense to us that it should be our first venture out.

As we knew seating would be restricted, my husband made the booking online, so that we knew we would not be disappointed and not be able to get a table.

On arriving we had a very friendly greeting, and shown to our table, and given a menu.


We had our drinks order taken and left to decide on what we were going to choose.

After a lot of discussion, we decided to go for a main meal and a dessert, and we both chose the same main which is very unheard of for us.

The food was presented very well, and was amazing, which we knew it would be from previous visits.  But you do still worry after being in lockdown for the past year.

We loved that the staff and other customers were keeping to social distancing, and it was just so lovely to be out and about doing something so normal, that we all used to take for granted.  Just hearing other peoples chatter and laughter was great.

After a while we chose our desserts, which were amazing and definitely worth the visit for on their own.

We ended the meal with a cocktail, and were left to let our meals go down, and not pressed to leave straight away.

We love eating out, and love finding new places to visit, I am terrible though and have to look at review sites, to judge what somewhere is like. I read the good and the bad reviews and judge for myself.  As cleanliness and customer service are top on my list when looking at reviews.  I do also love seeing how petty some people are writing reviews.

Have you been enjoying going out again and trying out local restaurants?

Starting To Venture To Eat Locally


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I am Sam and owner of StressedMum, I hope you enjoyed reading my latest post, I always love to read comments from my readers


  • Rhian Westbury
    5th August 2021 at 11:09 am

    I have been enjoying going out to eat more, although we moved last year and there aren’t many actual restaurants around us so we’re exploring a bit further out x

    • admin
      5th August 2021 at 11:54 am

      It is always nice to explore and find new restaurants to try

  • Melanie williams
    5th August 2021 at 11:27 am

    Aw it is so nice to get back out and eat again. Looks like you had a fab time and enjoyed a nice meal for sure x

    • admin
      5th August 2021 at 11:54 am

      It was lovely going out and enjoying a lovely meal as well

    5th August 2021 at 12:30 pm

    It seems like you had a really lovely meal out. It’s great you are starting to venture out. we are too. I’d love to try everything you did, you made good choices x

    • admin
      5th August 2021 at 1:22 pm

      It is great to be getting out and about again, and I think we need to grab this and get out and enjoy ourselves, as I really feel we could be back in lockdown or with restrictions in a month or two

  • Jo+m+welsh
    6th August 2021 at 7:37 am

    The food looks very good , we haven’t had a meal out yet since COVID I’m sure we will but still not high on our to do list at the moment .

    • admin
      6th August 2021 at 10:11 am

      I know a lot of people who haven’t yet, but it is something we really missed doing

  • Playdays and Runways
    6th August 2021 at 9:20 am

    We don’t eat a lot however during lockdown this is one of the things I really missed. So nice to be able to go out for a meal now.

    • admin
      6th August 2021 at 10:10 am

      I think a lot of people felt like that over lockdown, mainly due to having the choice taken away from them

  • Kira
    8th August 2021 at 2:59 pm

    Yes we’ve missed eating out so much as a family and even our date nights , we’ve been out to eat quite a lot and so glad that part of our life is back you know

    • admin
      9th August 2021 at 10:37 am

      It was something we missed both for date nights and with friends and family, and so glad it is back and we can start to socialise again


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