C and I celebrated our 2nd anniversary in style last night. We were going to treat ourselves anyway, but a spot bonus from work for everything I’ve done over the last few months meant that we could do something extra special.
And so, we went all out – splurging on a romantic dinner for two, and serious amounts of alcohol at one of the nicest restaurants in town, and certainly somewhere we probably wouldn’t normally have been able to afford – or at least without holding back.
Frequent readers of this blog will be familiar with the fact that C and I have seen very little of one another in the last month or so due to our respective work commitments, amongst other things. So it was awesome to have a fun night out together.
We both left work on time (for the first time in AGES) and met at Temple Station before a lovely walk over Waterloo Bridge with London as our beautiful backdrop. We made a quick stop along the way for a glass of bubbles on the Southbank before heading to the restaurant bar and beginning our evening there with some delicious cocktails. After a few said cocktails, we went next door to the restaurant part and were sat at our table overlooking the water and the stunning view.
The Scene of the Crime:
The scene of the crime was the Oxo Tower restaurant, overlooking the Thames and the gorgeous London skyline (yes, St Paul’s has been photographed again).
A short history lesson courtesy of Wikipedia explains that the Oxo Tower is, as you may have guessed, a building which was once own by the company that produce Oxo stock cubes:
The building was originally constructed as a power station for the Post Office, built towards the end of the 19th century. It was subsequently acquired by the Liebig Extract of Meat Company, manufacturers of Oxo beef stock cubes, for conversion into a cold store.
The building was largely rebuilt to an Art Deco design by company architect Albert Moore between 1928 and 1929. Much of the original power station was demolished, but the river facing facade was retained and extended. Liebig wanted to include a tower featuring illuminated signs advertising the name of their product. When permission for the advertisements was refused, the tower was built with four sets of three vertically-aligned windows, each of which “coincidentally” happened to be in the shapes of a circle, a cross and a circle.
The service was incredible, and our waitress was really attentive but not overbearing – exactly how we like them to be. We could see she was new, but she was really switched on and knew the menu well. She was thoughtful and after I asked if they had GF bread (they did), she then of her own accord suggested that I look at the allergy menu. It was nice for us to be able to sit there and not find fault with the service (we are quite prone to scrutinising and often criticising the service, both having a background in hospitality).
The food was divine and we had a brilliant sommelier that helped us choose an incredible bottle of Bordello to match our food. I had a starter of scallops and a main of pork belly. Both dishes literally melted in my mouth. C had a tempura lobster starter and grouse and haggis for main. I didn’t try it but he assures me it was one of the best meals he ever had. C also had a cheese board to finish and again, the selection was like nothing he’d ever had before.
After dinner we went back for more cocktails and we had a bit of a hangover to wake up to this morning. Work, needless to say, was a massive struggle.
It was such a special evening and really great to finally get to spend some proper time together, enjoy a delicious meal and celebrate our 2nd wedding anniversary in style.