On my first day of university I felt young, scared and small. My parents dropped me off in an unfamiliar room with all my things around me and I wanted to cry. I was such a young 18 year old – I didn’t know how to boil pasta, I didn’t know how to change my bed sheets, I’d never spent any real time away from home. I peered out into the strange corridor, and barrelling towards me came a girl with messy dark hair and a nose ring, holding about 17 boxes. Her name was Julia, and almost from that day on we were best of friends.
We got drunk and went to Nandos and fought over boys and got more drunk and went on holiday and to festivals and went shopping and went to the gym maybe once, and she is still one of my best friends now, although she’s moved to Manchester and I miss her a lot. She got married two years ago, and I was her bridesmaid, and then called me excitedly this January to tell me I’m going to be an Auntie…because she’s pregnant! I’m so happy and excited for her, and I can’t wait to meet the new arrival!
In the meantime, she was down for a rare visit to London so we decided to celebrate the only way we know how – with food. Another university friend suggested Hush, just off Bond Street. Should be simple, right?
Wrong! The tube was delayed, the sat nav took us the wrong way…essentially, we marched up and down Oxford Street in the wrong direction for just over an hour! Finally, with cold hands and rumbling stomachs, we arrived (if you’re looking – it’s on New Bond Street, just around the corner from Victoria Secret – and it’s not hard to find unless you’re directionally challenged).
It was the most beautiful Sunday weather – I only wore a blazer, leaving my coat at home – and the snowy decorations seemed a little out of place, but inside, Hush is beautiful – open, airy and bright, with cosy yet spacious booths that we happily sunk into.
There’s a set menu – two courses for £17 – which most of us plumped (literally) for, although the a la carte menu is significantly more expensive.
I had a gnocchi salad to start, which was really lovely – soft, flavourful gnocchi, light salad and a creamy sauce.
I followed up with chicken schnitzel and spaghetti – I have to say, the combination was a little odd, and I personally found the chicken a bit dry, but it was filling, all the same.
But the drinks…oh, the drinks.
This is a white wine with soda water and strawberry liquor and it is absolutely divine. I feel like I’ve recently ‘found’ strawberry flavoured drinks and I can’t get over them! I could have drunk this all day, but feeling bad for my pregnant friend, I switched to a coffee to finish up.
It’s not cheap, but there aren’t many venues in central London that do a decent meal and a good drink for a decent price, so if you’re in the area, get on down!