I AM always on the hunt for a good Sunday roast in and around our borough a delicious traditional British roast with lashings of gravy, crunchy roast potatoes, tender meat and a crispy Yorkshire pudding.
To be honest, Im not all that discerning. As long as its at a family-friendly venue, is reasonably priced and piping hot with non-soggy vegetables, the fact that I havent had to cook it myself far outweighs any negatives.
We had a delicious Sunday roast in a most unlikely place at the weekend. The Wyvale Garden Centre, close to Hillingdon Hospital, is becoming a regular visiting place for us as its so great for my two-year-old niece.
I feel awful that Ive now been there three times to take my niece to the soft play frame and to visit the fishies since the new year but not actually bought anything.
Its difficult to shop when youre busy chasing after a toddler whos making a beeline for the climbing frame while trying to make sure she doesnt touch anything breakable.
So on Sunday we decided to stay for lunch, not really expecting much but we were so surprised. With its free loyalty card, two Sunday lunches were s10 and the kids hot meals were s4.50. A picnic box was s3.95, including drinks and dessert.
We had to wait a bit for the food but it was well worth it. I really dont mind a wait if its good.
Not only was it excellent value, it was piping hot, with delicious gravy and the roast pork was served with yummy home-made stuffing and hot apple sauce on the side.
They obviously over-ordered on the Christmas puddings as they were still serving it up for dessert!
Where do you like for a Sunday roast in and around Hillingdon? Id love to know.
Ive heard good things about Chaplins in Ickenham and the Sunday carvery at Griddles in Uxbridge, so will have to give them a go too.
DID the earth move for you in Hillingdon on Saturday night? Our Uxbridge home was shaking with the sound of low flying planes and we thought that something terrible was happening over at Heathrow.
Worried local friends were asking via Facebook if anyone knew what on earth was going on, until my sister eventually found the answer, thanks to the Gazettes website.
Supersonic fighter planes were flying sorties at 1,000ft over Hillingdon between 7pm and 10pm, in preparation for when they are based at Northolt in case of terror alerts during the Olympics.
I had to laugh at the well-meaning but terribly optimistic quote from the RAF: Residents will hear the Typhoons but I dont envisage it will cause too much disturbance.
Yes, we Hillingdon residents are very much used to hearing all sorts of planes going over, including a regular Spitfire, low-flying helicopters, lots of special London flypasts taking off and landing from Northolt and even the odd noisy Tornado but continuous flying so late was a bit of a shock!