Imad’s Syrian Kitchen

Following the huge success of the Choose Love Store in Soho, Help Refugees has teamed up with the incredible Imad Alarnab to save Hope Hospital. Imad was a successful restaurateur in Damascus with two restaurants but during the war, his restaurants were destroyed and he was forced to flee the country in search of safety for his family. When he arrived in the UK, Imad found work as a car salesman and was able to bring his family to join him in England. Over time, he began to dream of running his own restaurant again. He opened a series of pop-up restaurants in London that sold out every single night. This time round, instead of doing it for himself, he wanted to raise money for the people who really need it, through teaming up with Help Refugees.

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A day out in Liverpool

At the end of Summer last year (yes I know.. this is so late that it’s pretty much Summer 2018 now, but better late than never!) we headed up North and decided to plan a day trip somewhere to discover some food places outside of London! We’d been tempted to go to the seaside – I have some seriously fond memories of stuffing my face with hot, fresh sugared donuts in Blackpool or Magpie fish and chips (which I understand is currently closed due to a fire! 😦 ) in Whitby, but we eventually decided to go somewhere new (and somewhere that had plenty of indoorsy things to do should the great British weather decide to fail us (it predictably did!).

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The Abbey

From the moment I heard about The Abbey restaurant I knew it was going to be special.

Open in a type of trial phase just for select dinner services and at weekends, their initial aim is to focus on top quality rather than squeezing in as many covers as possible, which for a new restaurant (or in fact any restaurant) is truly admirable, but it’s really paid off. With a solid focus on providing both food and service of the highest quality, it’s a place we’ll be returning to time and time again.

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Hito Tapas

Based in the beautifully picturesque village of Ripponden, Hito is a modern tapas bar and restaurant serving fresh, authentic Spanish cuisine. Open for lunch and dinner at weekends, and for dinner from Wednesday through Friday, the founders believe in combining some of the best produce that Spain has to offer with the wonderful charm and welcome of Yorkshire. The result is a beautifully modern yet relaxed restaurant, perfect for all occasions. It’s the kind of place where I feel like you could dress up for a special occasion or dress down for a relaxed family meal – after a lovely walk along a nearby canal we opted for the latter and were made to feel welcome from the moment we stepped inside.

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