My Notting Hill: Jamie Oliver's Recipease

When we first moved to England,
I would do a 2 hour commute
into London for work...
and then another 2 hours home.

(And I loved it.)

In the evenings,
the first hour was on the tube
getting to Paddington
where I would hop on a train
and haul my buns
back out to Oxford.

In London during commuter hours,
free newspapers are passed out
to commuters as the enter the tube entrances.

I love sitting on the packed-yet-silent tubes
and listening the ruffles of newspapers.

Because there's no cell service (yet),
it is like a time transport
to people reading books & papers.

(And I loved that, too.)

I remember reading the Evening Standard
on the tube one night
the first few months we lived in England.

There was 30-Minute Meal insert
by this English chef, Jamie Oliver...
he was cooking with exotic ingredients
like "rocket" and "coriander"
and making weird sounding things
like Portuguese tarts for dessert.

For some reason,
I kept the paper
and it's still sitting in my recipe book today.

Now that I've been here a while
(3.5 years already!),
I realize what a naive little pup I was.

Jamie Oliver is practically the king of the cooking scene here.

(And "rocket" & "coriander" is actually just arugula & cilantro. Oops.)

While I still don't have an affinity for Portuguese tarts,
I have fallen in love with Mr. Oliver.

He taught me to roast a perfect chicken, afterall.

And, now, he set up shop in our neighborhood
with the cutest place you ever did see:

Cooking classes, cute baking goods,
take away meals for dinner,
gorgeous baked goods & coffee for easy snagging,
and of course- a restaurant with his yummy recipes.

It's a sweet place
that's easy to find
right above the Notting Hill Gate tube station...

Stop by. 

Either grab a coffee
or sit a while 
in the sunny windows upstairs
over a gorgeous plate of his yummy creatiions.

(I personally dig the thai green curry or the spiced carrot pancake with hummous!)

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92-94 Notting Hill Gate
London W11 3QB

(other locations available here)

*photography by Noah Darnell


  1. I took a fresh pasta cooking class at Recipease a few months ago and it was AMAZING. The chef who taught the course was funny, clear, and engaging, and I feel fully prepared to cook my own filled pasta at home now. Not to mention the fact that you get to eat what you make (honestly a full meal) and you get a free glass of whatever-you'd-like to enjoy with the food. This place is great!

  2. Yes agree! Will and I took a cooking class here and it was fantastic! X

  3. I love watching all the open newspapers in the tube - it's so old-timey and wonderful! This place sounds really great! :)

  4. Sounds like a wonderful place! If I ever make it to London, I'll stop in. I love Jamie Oliver's baby food, "Sprout." It's all organic ingredients with lots of spices and natural flavoring to get those baby taste buds used to good food. I used to finish off whatever Ivey didn't eat. He's brilliant!

  5. Random and off topic, but I love the shirt you're wearing in that photograph. Beautiful.

  6. We love him!! If only we could visit.

  7. You make me miss Europe and trains! Luckily, I will be taking the train from Fort Worth to Austin, Monday, which will give me time to start reading a new book :)

  8. Hi Lauren!
    This kind of post makes me want to buy a flight to London in this moment!
    I looove so much that city!!!
    You're lucky for living there!

  9. Jon and I used to go to the Clapham Recipease for brunch - YUM!

  10. How perfectly timed! My husband just bought me a cooking class there, which I'm excited to try! Now, I just have to decide between pasta or mexican street tacos.... Decisions, decisions :)

  11. just came accross your blog and love it. i'm envious of your living abroad but i'll settle for traveling for now instead. recipease looks lovely (your photos are beautiful!), would love to check it out upon my next visit in london.

  12. I just discovered your blog through the comments of Cup Of Joe. Nice blog and since it's in my feddly now I'm looking forward to your next post :)


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