Datenight! Who said, that being parents should be all about children? Don’t get me wrong, I am probably one of the most devoted mums in the world, but I do believe, that it is important to let your hair down and go out and have a lovely meal and a great bottle of wine with your partner or your friends from time to time

This time Frenchie and I didn’t have to travel far. Our date night destination was Hollywood Arms Pub and Restaurant in Chelsea… 10 mins walk from where we live! Perfect!

I know Hollywood Arms pretty well, as the Pub is also the venue for Clara’s Monkey Music Chelsea classes every Friday morning upstairs. (More about this later)

But tonight was not about Clara… It was about Frenchie and I having a great time just the two of us.  Tip: This is a very popular place, so I suggest, that you book a table in advance

It was a really busy night! You can definitely feel, that Christmas is coming! The staff were however really lovely and took good care of us.  Domaine Beranger Pouilly-Fuissé? Oui, merci!

Bonus-info: Hollywood Arms is a classy Chelsea gastro pub. The interior is beautiful with white, azure and pastel shades of blue, grey and light brown. I particularly love the space downstairs, which is bright and cheerful with lots of mirrors, shiny surfaces and small tables for drinkers and diners

Just hanging out at the bar…

Frenchie and I were seated at a romantic table for two, overlooking the bar and its ornate mirrors and glass shelves – the perfect spot for cosy times, a great meal (and people watching as the evening’s buzz of activity unfolded)

I love my carbs… And this warm sourdough bread with anchovy butter was really delicious! (The anchovy butter was a surprisingly good alternative to traditional butter, if you ask me!

Most of you know, that Frenchie absolutely loves oysters! He is very picky and hesitated to order them at first, as he usually prefers eating oysters, when he is in France. But these ones were amazingly good. The only thing, he regretted was not having ordered more!

I opted for a seafood starter as well and went for the scallops with pea puree and sauteed Suffolk chorizo. The combination was beautiful and a highly recommendable light starter

Having started his meal with seafood, Frenchie decided to go for one of the popular dishes at Hollywood Arms – The slow roast pork belly with miso broth, crispy seaweed, pak choi and shimeji mushrooms, crackling. He loved every bite and was quite happy to find out, that there was more meat on the menu…

Our waitress and I had misunderstood each other, so she brought us a delicious portion of crispy slow cooked Welsh lamb rump with ricotta cannelloni, beetroot puree, English peas and broad beans. Basically Frenchie ate to mains – and he was quite pleased with the little mix-up

Happy face in a happy place!

Welcome to carnivore heaven! The 28 day aged Angus ribeye steak with hand cut chips and Chalk Farm Valley watercress was absolutely delicious! I usually leave a bit for Frenchie. This time I didn’t as it was too good (and he already had eaten to mains!!!)

Gorgeous Coconut and lime panacotta with mango gel and sweet Bombay mix

You will not leave Hollywood Arms hungry!

There are several desserts to choose from at the menu card – but the winner was the Chocolate and sticky toffee Sundae with whipped fresh cream, dates, sticky toffee sauce and chocolate ice cream. (Thank you Becky for recommending this one to us)

The band started playing and Frenchie and I agreed to stay a little bit longer to have a couple of drinks. We love Espresso Martinis – and these ones were as good as they look!

Great tunes and glorious cocktails. This was my kind of date night

We had such a lovely evening at Hollywood Arms and will definitely recommend this place for everyone looking for a good meal, a good time and good company. (We did get a few friends that evening. I love it, when people are a bit chatty. You don’t get that a lot here in London!

Clara and her wonderful teacher Amalia

As mentioned earlier Hollywood Arms is the venue for Monkey Music Chelsea. Clara and I love Monkey Music and have been going, since Clara was 4-5 months old to Monkey Music Chelsea and Westminster. Bonus-info: There are 5 other lovely venues in the area too

Bonus-info: Children begin their Monkey Music Chelsea journey from 3 months.  When they graduate at 4 years old, they will have learnt a repertoire of nearly 500 catchy songs and fun musical activities. For us, Monkey Music Chelsea means much more than learning impressive musical skills. Clara loves her teacher, Amalia, and she has made lots of new friends (and so have I). Being a new mum, this is the perfect place to go to meet other mums! Find you local Monkey Music Chelsea class here

We were invited as guests to Hollywood Arms. All opinions are as always my own

I can not recommend Monkey Music in Chelsea enough. Feel free to ask me more questions, if you would like to know more about Monkey Music Chelsea  (The first class is free, so you can try it out)