Two of my very favourite things to do are visiting historic houses and drinking cocktails. Up until now the two have never been combined. This was until I received an invitation to try out the Little Nan’s pop-up at Sutton House, a National Trust property in Hackney. I was familiar with the concept of Little Nan’s as I know someone who used to work there. This fantastic pop up bar, has done the rounds in London bringing it’s kitsch and quirky teapot cocktails to several different locations. The bar which recreates your gran’s living room and serves all it’s drinks in vintage china has won a host of awards and I couldn’t wait to give it a try.

Little Nan's Pop Up Cocktail Bar Sutton houseLittle Nan’s is now offering a boozy afternoon tea at Sutton House on Sundays from 10th July, which includes their infamous tea pot cocktails, along with a classic British afternoon tea. I went along with Rob for an afternoon date and we enjoyed every minute of it.

Little Nan's Afternoon TeaOn arrival we were given a fascinating tour of the house from an absolutely lovely elderly volunteer. Her knowledge of the house and surrounding area was absolutely amazing and we both enjoyed listening to her insights and anecdotes on the history of the house. The house is originally tudor with many later alterations. You can see it’s diverse past in the different bricks and windows which make up it’s beautiful structure. I would love to go back and look round the house again. It was a great visit and right in the heart of Hackney.

Little Nan's Sutton House Afternoon Tea Teapot CocktailOn to the afternoon tea, which was in a pretty room at the front of the house. The table were decked out in Nan’s best linen tablecloths with carnations in a vase and lovely mismatched tea cups.

Little Nan's Sutton House Cocktail MenuThe selection of cocktails was great and all laced with some of my favourite ingredients. Unfortunately I was committed to driving my daughter somewhere later that day, so they mixed me up a tasty mocktail instead. Rob had a King Henry 8th, which I had a little taste of and it was absolutely delicious. The teapot it came in was huge and you certainly get a lot of alcohol for your money! Rob got quite a few tea cups out of his pot.

Little Nan's Sutton House Afternoon TeaThe afternoon tea consisted of a great selection of finger sandwiches along with scones and two types of home made cake. These were all absolutely delicious and beautifully presented on a vintage cake-stand.

Little Nan's Sutton House Afternoon Tea SconesThe tea was served by little mum, who is the mother of the owner Tristan. She was an absolutely delight and definitely made the whole experience even nicer.

Little Nan's Sutton House Afternoon Tea SandwichesAfter the tea we were offered yet more cake, there was a choice of carrot cake or Victoria sponge. By this point after all the jam and cake and the sweet cocktails, I didn’t think I could handle any more sugar! But I gave it a go. I chose the carrot cake and it really was lovely.

Little Nan's Sutton House Afternoon Tea Carrot CakeWe left on a bit of a sugar high, with Rob more than a little tipsy.  We had an absolutely lovely afternoon together. This would be perfect for a date or a nice afternoon out with friends. I loved the combination of the culture of the house, the sophistication of the afternoon tea and the naughtiness of cocktails in the afternoon.

Little Nan's Sutton House CakesThe afternoon tea costs £20 and £30 with a cocktail. This includes a viewing of Sutton House. 

The tea will be running on Sundays from 10th July – 25th September. The tea runs from 2-4pm.

Find Sutton House at – 2-4 Homerton High Street, Hackney, London, E9 6JQ The nearest Station is Hackney Central. 

Find more information and booking details here

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Kingston is one of my favourite towns to go shopping, they have a vintage shop, an antiques centre and a John Lewis where I like to go for home bits and haberdashery supplies. When I go shopping I always like to stop for something to eat, to keep me re-fueled and to break up the day a bit. I was delighted when Rossopomodoro opened in john Lewis last year, I love Italian food and their pizzas are absolutely delicious.

Rosopomodoro Like PizzaA few weeks ago I popped into Rossopomodoro with Rob for a chilled out lunch and after looking round the shops it was a welcome treat. They had invited us along to try the new restaurant and write a review. The company originates in Naples and have a fantastic Italian menu. They claim that you won’t find a more authentic Pizza than theirs outside Naples and I know neither of us were disappointed by our delicious meal.

Rossopomodoro KingstonI was also really impressed that they have gluten-free and low-calorie pizza options. I’ve been being careful with my food and have been losing weight, so being able to go for a slightly less sinful option was really good.

Rossopomodoro MenuThe decor of the restaurant is lovely. It is spacious, light and airy. There is loads of space between the tables so you can enjoy your meal and conversation without having other diners on top of you. The huge floor to ceiling windows give you a great view over Kingston, so you can watch the world go by while you eat.

Rossopomodoro OlivesThe staff were really friendly on arrival and we were immediately offered a drink and some olives. The olives were absolutely gorgeous and it was nice to have something to nibble on while we looked through the menu.

Rossopomodoro BruschetteWe opted to share a selection of Bruschette for our starter. There were four different varieties and we had half each. They were all really tasty and luckily not too filling as I wanted to save room for my pizza!

Bruschette RosopomodoroThe Bruschette were made using chargrilled home-made bread and came in a classic tomato, garlic and basil, a mushroom pate with pork, a cannellini bean and Neapolitan Friarielli and my personal favourite buffalo ricotta cheese with rich & spicy nduja. I’d definitely recommend getting the section if you’re opting for Bruschette as they are all really yummy and it’s nice to try lots of new flavours.

Rossopomodoro Leggerina PizzaWhen it comes to pizza, I always go for one with fresh rocket on top. It’s one of my favourite flavours and I always think the peppery crispy leaves go so well with the tomato and cheese. This time I chose the Leggerina from the under 500 calorie range.

Rossopomodoro Leggerina Close UpThe pizza is topped with Buffalo ricotta with herbs, ham, rocket, cherry tomatoes and tomato sauce. All the ingredients were so fresh and went perfectly together, it was absolutely delicious and beautifully presented. The food also arrived really quickly, so there was no waiting around between courses. Perfect if you’re having a quick lunch between visiting shops.

Rossopomodoro CalzoneRob opted for the Calzone, which looked absolutely delicious too. This was stuffed with Smoked mozzarella, Neapolitan salami, buffalo ricotta, tomato sauce and basil.

Rossopomodoro Calzone Close UpI’d definitely like to try this myself in the future, as it looked absolutely amazing and Rob really enjoyed it. Again I thought the presentation of the dish was perfect.

Rossopomodoro TiramisùOnce we had finished our pizzas I couldn’t resist trying one of the desserts (forget everything I said about the diet earlier!) When I saw they had Tiramisù, which is my absolute favourite dessert I knew I had to give it a try. It was every bit as good as I’d expected.

Rossopomodoro Tiramisù Close UpMy only complaint would be how huge the portion was! I did my best but I couldn’t quite finish it all. Rob had a coffee instead of dessert, which was really strong and well made.

Our whole experience at Rossopomodoro was a really good one. From the lovely decor, to the friendly staff and excellent menu, it was all perfect. I loved the handy location in the heart of Kingston and being able to walk in from the shops for a nice lunch suited us perfectly. I’d love to go back with the kids to sample the children’s menu soon too.

To find your nearest restaurant and see the full menu on the Rosopomodoro website.

Thank you to Rossopomodoro for inviting us along for lunch. Although our meal was free, all opinions as always are my own.

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Last week the girls and I were invited to visit John Lewis in Oxford Street to have a pizza making class at recently opened restaurant Rossopomodoro.

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Rossopomodoro offers an amazing selection of neapolitan style pizzas all cooked in a wood oven to perfection. It was so lovely to attend a blog event that I could take my girls along to, and we met some other lovely bloggers and their children too.

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The restaurant itself was bright and welcoming with fresh Italian themed decor. We were made to feel welcome straight away by the lovely staff. While we got settled in I enjoyed a really tasty coffee and the girls tried their freshly squeezed lemon juice which was also delicious.

The children were then sat around a table together and given a really engaging talk all about pizza and how it’s made and where it originates from. The kids were all fascinated! Jessica must have been really paying attention as she’s been telling me pizza facts ever since! They then got to made their own pizza dough, which was put in a box to takes home and cook later.

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The children were then all treated to a pizza of their choice all handmade with beautiful fresh toppings and cooked in the rather gorgeous golden oven. I loved the home made look of the pizzas and the kids really enjoyed eating them. A selection of pizzas were also put out for us parents to try, they were absolutely amazing!

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I loved everything about our visit, the staff were so lovely and all great with the kids, the decor was lovely and the pizzas and drinks were some of the best I’ve had. I’m planning to go back really soon with Rob and the girls so we can experience the restaurant as a family (and maybe do a little shopping on Oxford Street too!)

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As for pizza making, it’s definitely something I’ll be trying out with the girls again soon.

Find Rossomomodoro on the 3rd Floor of John Lewis in Oxford Street, you’ll be glad you did! 

Find a great selection of pizza making equipment on the John Lewis website