6 September 2011

From East to West: A Cycle to Melograno...

A few weeks ago The Boy and I were invited to join our friend & Photographer Paul Winch-Furness for lunch at Melograno, a lovely Deli in Holland Park where he was working for the day.

Of all my Coffee-Cycle Days, this would be my most epic one to date! Having never cycled from Newham to Kensington, I loaded up the route on Google Maps and had it ready to go on my iPhone. The usual CS3 journey was fine: we broke away from it and followed the route Google had plotted. Along the way, there was the chance to take in some sights: cycling along Embankment, through a traffic free Mall & past Buckingham Palace... then it all started to take a bit longer than expected. When we ended up almost joining the A4, we realised something was rather wrong! Getting off the A4 before it was too late, I double checked the Map... The Boy pointed out that the route was actually completely incorrect! My 1st ever Google Map / cycling route fail had to happen at some point I guess! However, I did clock-up 13.4 miles on the Pashley - which is pretty good going!

Journey fail corrected, we finally rolled-up at Melograno and met Paul - capturing him at what he does best :)

I was instantly impressed when I walked in: the layout was beautiful & the food looked delicious... already I knew this was worth the cycle. Riding certainly gives me a caffeine thirst & the hunger, so the Flat White and the triple Sandwich platter I had did not disappoint at all...

Of course, after the savoury, must come the sweet... and boy was there a lot of sweet to choose from! We were caught eyeing up (and of course Instagraming) the treats on display, and had a lovely selection of them: Cannoli, a slice of Lemon Polenta Cake & a Panettone to share :)

There was time for one more Coffee before our lengthy cycle back to East London - and of course, time to capture my cycling wardrobe for the day - the sunshine meant that I could finally wear one of my Playsuits on the Pashley!
Playsuit: Motel Rocks
Earrings: Topshop
Necklace: Kenneth Jay Lane
Elasticated Bird Belt: Topshop
Bracelets: Dorothy Perkins
Open Toe Pumps: Poetic Licence
Ring: Orelia

It was a lovely day at Melograno & is certainly a place that I would happily ride back to again. It's cycle-friendly & I certainly recommend it to any other cyclists out there who love their coffee and cakes! Thanks Paul* for introducing me and The Boy to the place... we shall return soon - next time without my map fail :) 

*also, thanks for the Instagram shots Paul, and The Boy as always for the Cycle Wardrobe shots of me.


Amanda Y said...


Cute pic of your two taking the pic of the food!

Anonymous said...

Great combination of things Velo-City-Girl, cycling, eating, meeting all on a Pashley. I think I'll take a peep at Melograno.

Perhaps have a look at my little shop Absolutely Starving in London Bridge's Tooley Street. It was re-furbed in October 2010. Not too far from you.

Charmaine Wasif

Adam VdB said...

The take home stuff is great too - cool blog.

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