The ever thoughtful Mr MDS took us all out to Borough Market on Saturday for my birthday brunch (my birthday is today). What with the never ending MA dissertation and a Monday birthday things weren't looking up.
On Saturday the heavens opened and it literally poured down. I got my coat soaked from the door to the car and had to go and get a waterproof one. The petit garcon made the right choice in wellies and raincoat. The best thing about getting to Borough Market early doors is there are no crowds. I could get a nice photo of the boy.
The treat was breakfast at Roast and I was so excited. Great location, good food what more could one want - em good service and nice people. We got shown to our table which was actually the one next to the waiting station and right by the stairs. We got the usual here's your table, hope it is okay and actually it wasn't. But before we could open our mouths the maitre de or head waitress had shot off. So we stood there and she came back. I explained it wasn't suitable and then the roasting began. It was a real why! A why that when told it wasn't suitable with a young child was met with a bigger why! I was too stunned to answer so Mr MDS politely uttered the word 'stairs'. We then got a whole tirade of how she didn't have children, which was repeated several times and the implication was she wouldn't get that it would be an issue or think about it - in fact she even said that!
By the time we sat down at the table which was free and removed us from the inconvenience of having to deal with waiting staff/child/falling down stairs I wanted to go home.
Petit garcon and I make a brave attempt to smile after our hospitable welcome - not!
Look, the plate of food was lovely and it was a good breakfast if a bit rich. The ingredients were delicious but somehow our joie de vivre had already been knocked out of us!
I had a quick rose prosecco on the stall opposite Roast which reinstalled some spirit. Poor Mr MDS after making all that effort.
If you haven't been to Borough Market it really is a joy and treat. Lovely produce, lots of choice and it is such a shame it is going to be ruined by the Thameslink improvements - we'll see how it all works out. I took lots of photos today because I wanted to capture it all.
We then went to the wonderful V&A's Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green, accompanied by more rain. And then hot footed it across town to the Natural History museum for the garcon to get his dinosaur fix.
Then I insisted on a quick pop into the V&A for my fix! The day was finished off with the most popular cafe in South Kensington, the newly extended Pret A Manager, where the service was impeccable and the people were very nice. Ahh, South Kensington makes for all is well with the world.
PS This is also proof that I didn't do H&M for Jimmy Choo!!