There comes a time when every student realises that one cannot live on pasta and one minute noodles for a prolonged period of time. That's when you start looking around
a) for a job and
b) for nice places where they serve warm and tasty food!
Now, I would love to share with you some of my favourite places, where I enjoy grabbing a bite. These are all located by the river and are 1-5 minutes away from each other. So you would always have a plan B. What is your excuse not to go?
Slug and Lettuce
This is where you'll find me every Monday (late) afternoon. How come? -Well, Slug and Lettuce offer a 50% off food every Monday and they always have some sort of a deal when you order two desserts. In addition, if you'd like to have a cocktail and catch up with a friend, Slug and Lettuce usually has deals on drinks. So, really, it is a sin not to eat there on Mondays! I have to say, the one thing, one of my friends is not particularly fascinated with is their hamburgers. Now, if you'd like a proper hamburger, that leads me to...
Byron Proper Hamburgers
This is the sort of place, for which superlatives like: ‘The best burger on the high street' are used. Seriously though, if you want a good burger- that's the place to go! Their menu is extensive and they have a vegetarian option, which I've tried and it is amazing! The juicy burgers are served with a cucumber on the side plus a portion of either fries or a salad. The other thing Byron is famous for would be their milkshakes. You have a variety to choose from and you can order one to take away and stroll along the river with your friends. - Which is exactly what I did last Friday!
This has to be my favourite restaurant in Kingston. If you are facing Slug and Lettuce, Strada is located to the left of it. The restaurant itself is beautifully decorated and the atmosphere is great. This is the place where I celebrated my 20th birthday and where, a couple of months later, one of my flatmates celebrated hers. The prices are a bit on the higher end when you are living on a tight student budget but hey, why not treat yourself once in a while? It is worth even going for a glass of wine or a dessert.
They have funky furniture and a quirky atmosphere. It is a buzzing place and the staff are lovely! Woody's located just by the river, if you take a stroll along the river from Slug and Lettuce in the direction of Surbiton. They offer everything from starters through salads to burgers and what not. Woody's simply must be visited!
One thing- be prepared to queue. I can only say a couple of things for Jamie's Italian- they have good food but since it is always busy, I can't say that their service is amazing. You would (more than occasionally) find yourself having to wait for a table (unless you have booked one, which would be the smart thing to do) so if you've decided to go there on an impulse, I suggest you have a second choice as well.
This one, like Slug and Lettuce, is a chain. So, while you can enjoy a meal at one of the many busy La Tasca restaurants in central, you can also do that locally, in the much quieter Kingston. Great Spanish food, good atmosphere and a great service!
There is also the Riverside Vegetaria, Zizzi, Carluccio's, Wagamama and a variety of local pubs that you can pop in for a delicious Sunday roast. And these are just the places by the river! Imagine how many restaurants there are in the whole Kingston area. This I promise you: you won't get bored easily.
Got a call when I was at University asking to be part of a secret BBC show that was being filmed at Kingston Hill campus. At first I was a bit hesitant thinking I would end up getting attacked with apple pies on a children's program, but then I agreed. Details were a bit scarce with no prior information given, I wasn't even told the name of the show. I really could not place what we would be filming!
I jumped on the University bus on way to the location with a bit of confusion as to what I would actually be doing. When I arrived there was a queue to sign in for attendance, with a lot of chatter of possible celebrity appearances.
I then got a bit more information that food will be served...........Awesome. A student and free food is like summer and skydiving, a match made in heaven. At the point where I'm thinking food will be a major factor... I see the two chefs from Masterchef walk in!
Ok I'll admit I'm not a big tv person, and especially not a Masterchef devotee but I did recognise them. We all got called up to get our food, and at this point the tv crew where in full swing filming. I chose the beef tortillas with salad with a bread and butter pudding. The main on the whole was great but the pudding I did not like and had to pass it off to a French girl nearby ;) She had already eaten two so another one was doable.
Whilst eating you would get a large camera shoved in your face by some cameraman which was interesting! It reminded me of that feeling you may get when you have to eat as if you were at the girlfriend's parents house for the first time. Then I got told it was Celebrity Masterchef! I didn't even know who the person was who served me but apparently he was a celebrity, maybe when aired on tv I will find out ;) After eating it was basically all done, with a few shots here and there, so I left. After the 15 minutes of fame people shared over a meal it was back to day to day activities, for me that's skydiving and my final year project.
Check out this video fellow student Adam did about the day!
Hey guys, doing great I hope. It's that time of the year again where exams are over, the sun's out and the Head Start Summer school is in full swing. For those of you who have never heard of Head Start, it is a 3 day event where incoming Compact students are invited to come to the university and get a head start on their university journey!
As a Compact student, a Head Start graduate and one of the few ambassadors who worked at the recent Head Start event I can say from experience that attending Head Start will be one of the most enlightening and enjoyable experiences in your life (so far). Don't be fooled this isn't just opportunity to be lectured by the university, there is so much you can learn from coming to Head Start, not just from the event staff and guest speakers and their many presentations but from ambassadors, fellow Head Start attendees or a good treasure hunt around Kingston town; in fact just attending is the first step in itself, you'll get an idea of the journey to uni if your commuting and what its like to stay in halls in you go for the accommodation option.
When you leave Head Start you'll be so much richer (not literally of course), you'll learn about things you probably thought were obvious or didn't think you needed to know, you'll get the low down and top tips from us students, you'll make some new friends to network with during your time at uni and most importantly you'll receive advice and information on what to do next so you don't end up busting your brains trying to figure out if you've missed anything, sorted! If that wasn't enough staff and students social nights and games nights in local venues around the Kingston/Surbiton so you get to make some memories with those new found friends you'll make.
So if you attended Head Start - hope you enjoyed it - if you missed out, then if you get your place - there's always Fast Forward!
Bye until next time.
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