We had a great meet up at the recently opened Darkhorse restaurant and bar. Discovered by James it’s located just outside Westfield Stratford City.

We try to all catch up every chance we get. Diary checking every few weeks, then reminding the guys of the event nearer the time is a regular routine.

So, with James’s recommendation we booked a family lunch date at Darkhorse.

When your kids are best mates it fills your heart up and you can’t help but grin soppily at your partner. This is what hubby and I did just after this shot was taken.



There is a bar offering some original cocktails along side pretty much any classic cocktail you can think of.


Warehouse cool, this restaurant suits this new neighbourhood. Young adults have populated this renovated Olympic Park area and new restaurants, bars, and shops are opening all the time. It’s an exciting place.



The menu has Spanish and Italian influences which we relish so the menu had plenty for us to savour over.


The collection of wines suited us too and a choice of a red was made, perfectly warming on this windy winters day.


I enjoyed a cheeky cappuccino too, which was creamy, frothy, smooth and rich. It slipped down nicely and warmed my hands back up.


Charlotte fancied a cocktail, this had a beautiful blush colour to it.



We had fun catching up on each others stories, belly laughing and enjoying being in the bubble of our family unit.





Our small plates arrived and we tucked in hungrily.

Charlotte enthusiastically announced this is probably the best soup she’s ever had. I tried it, it was so full of mushroomy flavour and wasn’t shy on the salt.


Mushroom soup.

James opted for these power packed little chorizo.


Mini chorizo

Andy introduced us to these Aranchini, which are balls of rice coated in breadcrumbs and fried.


Squid ink arancini, parsley & coriander

Inside oozed the steamy squid ink rice.


Squid ink Aranchini.

My Charcoal lamb and chorizo with chickpea cream was completely scrummy. Full of flavour I would recommend this course if you manage to get here.


Charcoal lamb and chorizo with chickpea cream.

The service was really friendly, efficient but nicely unhurried. We all were enjoying the moment and wanted to take our time.

The restaurant gradually filled up. There were many family groups meeting up and happy faces were everywhere. It was a good atmosphere, and we felt we could laugh out or exclaim something loudly.

Our noise just blended in with the bustle of the restaurant.


Our large plates arrived and I had chosen this Rib-eye Steak, the cherry tomatoes were so sweet and hidden away were some fantastic Italian style potatoes.

I can not tell you how deliciously flavoured and soft this steak was. You know when you feed some to others and they do that immediate intense stare as they slowly nod their head. Both men did that.


Rib-eyed steak with Italian potatoes

I had this Gem salad with broad beans, tho, I didn’t eat much. Considering how great everything else had been, this just seemed a little lack-lustre in comparison.


Gem lettuce side salad with broad beans.

All the rest of the family opted for this succulent chicken with a red wine jus. They raved about it. I expected them to look longingly at my juicy steak but they voiced mutual ‘Mmmmm’s and were more than satisfied.


Roast chicken, roast potatoes, garlic & rosemary with a red wine jus.


Feeling satisfied we still decided to order dessert. My family are so sweet to me and sometimes let me order any four I’m most excited about.

Like this Blood Orange Cheesecake, very good but in the end not my favourite.


Blood Orange Cheesecake.

and this deeply Chocolatey Brioche pudding.


Chocolate Brioche Pudding.

I loved this little glass of Tiramisu, creamy coffee boozy and delish!



Charlotte’s favourite was this hot bowl of Rhubarb Crumble. She guarded it as much as possible from our spoons, tho’ her dad relentlessly but casually pinched the crumble topping whenever she was distracted.


Rhubarb Crumble.

I would definitely recommend you gather together a group and gallop over and grab a table at the Darkhorse. It’s just a 5 minutes trot from the Westfield’s door (Waitrose end). Nice way to escape the crowds for a while.

16-19 Victory Parade,
East Village, Stratford
E20 1FS
Tel: 020 8534 4579