So what to say when he pops the big question…

Yes, of course!

I recently got engaged to a wonderful man and I couldn’t be happier.

So what’s the story? 

3 and a half years ago my life was very different. I was working in a bar and had incredibly unsociable working hours (which never helps when you want to meet people) so my friend suggested I got into online dating.

After a few glasses of wine we set up my profile on Plenty of Fish to see what it was like. Being completely alien to this online dating I thought that everyone would be normal, reasonable people… how wrong could I be!

I received a lot of images of mens body parts that I can honestly say I never ever want to see again! I mean no hello just the picture as the opening to the email to what they would like to be a long and meaningful relationship. I don’t think so…

So truth be told the only people I were replying to would be those that firstly said hello and secondly were interested in myself and my life. Long story short he was one of them and since meeting at the beautiful Angelic pub in Angel, London we’ve never looked back.

Was I expecting it and how did he propose?

I have answered this question a lot since the proposal!!

No I wasn’t expecting it at all. Not one bit.

He had been working late a lot the few weeks before and I was getting very concerned but it turns out that this was all in preparation for the proposal!

On the day we had been out the night before and so naturally we were both feeling quite worse for wear so decided to go for a picnic in Greenwich. After having some food he asked whether I would like to open a present (as it was close to my birthday I thought nothing of it) and obviously I said yes!

He had a made a beautiful scrapbook  containing all of our firsts (first date, first dinner, first holiday etc…) and added lots of pictures of us together and little notes of our time together. At the end of the scrapbook there was a note saying here’s to many more first and as I turned the page there was the loveliest ring tied in the back.

How sweet!

So what now?

Now we have to start looking at our lists and venues that fit, we have a large family so I imagine it will be a big wedding. Then comes stationary, plans, dresses, food, wine and the cake!

I’ll let you know how we get on 🙂

The Dock, South Quay – and the Ongoing Quest for Mussels!

So recently every restaurant that I’ve been to has ran out of Mussels by the time I got there, which naturally made me very upset and made my craving for those delicious little shells even worse!

The Mussels dilemma started about a month ago, even before I went on my adventure holiday in Tanzania! So the first weekend I was at home I made it my absolute mission to find some. My first point of call was this lovely little restaurant called The Dock in South Quay.

As we’ve been away a lot I thought that we should go somewhere close and this was the delightful little place I was looking for.

Walking into the Dock there was a large group of people with tonnes (literally tonnes) of children celebrating a birthday. Now I don’t dislike children but a nice, peaceful, romantic meal never happens when they’re around – even when they’re not your own!!

The Waitress (who later turned out to be the owner) must have seen the look on my face and immediately came over and said “Are you Lizzie – 7pm booking? Don’t worry your table is upstairs!”

Having a look around the restaurant I loved the decor, simple but beautiful. There were candles lit on the table and written on the walls in chalk were the menus.

When ordering I picked my starter – the Salmon Sashimi – which was delicious and really refreshing, it was then I found out there was no Mussels.

It sounds silly but I was so gutted because I’d been really looking forward to them and they had ran out only an hour beforehand!

I ended up choosing the Haddock and chips which was gorgeous, crispy batter and fluffy chips is always a good choice!

As the Mussels had managed to evade me AGAIN I thought I would ask the question about whether there was a season for Mussels and there is! Not a season, as such, but apparently the times when Mussels are not at there best and hardest to find are all the months in the year without an R in them – Basically the Summer months.

So it turns out that I might not be the most unlucky person in the world when it comes to Mussels and I will just have to keep looking – I’ll keep you posted!

Despite the Mussel situation The Dock is an absolutely lovely little restaurant that I would definitely recommend. This family run restaurant serves flavorsome fresh fish and delicious wine within a romantic setting.

English Wine and Spirits

I love wine and cheese. In fact, I think they are two of my favourite things (except Tea, but as I’m British that should be a given).

The wine here was fantastic, the way they matched the wine to the cheeses that you were eating was amazing.  As I came here on my lunch break I could only have a few glasses but they were so tasty!!

My only issue was that they gave such a small portion size for the sharing platters that I had to buy food on the way back to the office to fill me up.

This is an amazing shop to buy wine and to get recommendations for wine to go with certain food but I wouldn’t eat here as the portion sizes aren’t large enough.

Unfortunately they are such a small place that they don’t have a website but definitely try them out! They can be found on Devonshire Row, which is really close to Liverpool Street Station.

Price: ££

Service: 10/10

Atmosphere: 9/10