Review: House, Leamington Spa

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I am lucky enough to live close to Leamington Spa, a gorgeous town known for its Regency architecture and broad boulevards. It is home to a good selection of shops including many quirky, independent stores and  a good selection of places to eat and drink. On a recent shopping trip there, Mr FFF and I inevitably found ourselves hungry and decided to check out a bar-restaurant called House which happened to be right next to the shop we’d been to.

On entering, we immediately liked the industrial vibe with pallet wood, retro posters and subway tiles. These elements were softened by the use of circular, studded-leather banquets which put me in mind of Chesterfield sofas, velvet armchairs and curtains, crystal cut glasses, test-tubes of baby’s breath on the tables and a green foliage wall with twinkling fairy lights. Of course, Mr FFF took very little notice of these elements as the Ruby World Cup was being show on a big screen! Despite the sporting excitement, the atmosphere was very much one of relaxed sophistication.

We didn’t have a reservation but were quickly seated in the restaurant, although food is also served in the bar area. The menu was wide-ranging with a number of interesting options without being overwhelming, with a good selection of starters/nibbles, pizzas, sandwiches and mains available. Several items caught my attention but I eventually settled on the Cuban Mojo Pork Salad (with mango, avocado, pickled cucumber, tomato, baby gem and ranch dressing) and a portion of skinny fries, whilst Mr FFF went for the Philly Steak & Cheese Sandwich. The restaurant was pretty full and there was only one member of staff serving so we braced ourselves for a bit of a wait. We needn’t have been concerned as our food arrived in about 20 minutes and was delicious. The salad in particular was divine with the ranch dressing in particular being the tastiest I’ve ever had. Mr FFF’s sandwich was enormous, filled with well-cooked steak and although messy, a real winner of a dish. As always, I did my best impression of a discrete meerkat when other diners were being served and can report that the pizzas and chunky chips looked delicious and will probably need to be sampled on our next visit.

We felt that the menu was pretty reasonably priced too at only £26 for the food and 3 diet cokes between us. Being a Sunday lunchtime, we unfortunately didn’t sample any of the fabulous sounding cocktails or wines, but we will definitely be paying a visit again in the future and will have to try them then in the name of ‘research’!

If you ever find yourself in Leamington Spa looking for a place to eat, I’d highly recommend giving House a try.

Thanks for reading,


Waldorf Salad with Chicken – 2 Smart Points

I tried this whilst on my recent cruise, even though I don’t like celery (I thought I’d pick it out but it was actually quite nice), and I enjoyed it so much, I decided to recreate it. It’s so quick and easy to make and it’s ideal to pack up and take to work for lunch.

Servings: 1

Smart Points: 2 per serving

Time to make: 5 mins (+time to cook the chicken breast)

What you need:

  • 1 grilled chicken, thickly sliced
  • 1/2 eating apple, chopped into bitesize chunk
  • handful of grapes, halved
  • 1/2 stick of celery, thinly sliced
  • 3 walnut halves
  • 2tbsp 0% fat Greek yogurt
  • lettuce leaves

What to do:

  1. Put the apple, grapes and celery into a small bowl. Break in the walnut halves and add the yogurt. Stir until everything is coated.
  2. Top the lettuce leave with the yogurt-covered mixture and top with the chicken.

Top Tip: I cook an extra chicken breast when I’m making my dinner then it’s ready to go into this delicious salad.

Tuna, Avocado & Sundried Tomato Salad

In this week’s WW, we spoke about the usefulness of having a range of ‘fast food’ recipes to fall back on when we’re busy with work/kids/life.

With this in mind, today for lunch I had this super quick yet tasty and healthy salad.

Servings: 1

Smart Points: 7

  • Mixed salad leaves
  • sundried tomatoes, chopped into small pieces
  • 1/2 avocado, chopped
  • tin of tuna drained

Scatter the rest of the ingredients over the salad leaves & enjoy!

Fruity Lunch Crumpets

I needed something quick, easy and filling for lunch the other day but fancied something a bit different.  I already had the crumpets (stock-cupboard Filling and Healthy food item for me these days) and quark for another recipe.  I was going to use pineapple but forgot about that when I called into the shop and picked up mango instead.  I tried it anyway and it was so delicious I also had it the following day! Servings:    1Fruity Lunch Crumpets Pro Points:    7 Simple Start/F&H:    0 Preparation time:     1min Cooking time:    3mins Ingredients

  • 2 crumpets
  • 2tbsp quark
  • a few chunks of mango, sliced into thinner pieces (see photo)


  1. Toast the crumpets.
  2. Top the toasted crumpets with the quark.
  3. Divide the mango pieces between the two crumpets and enjoy!

Top tip: Keep crumpets in the freezer as a useful fall-back food.  If you take them out in the morning they will; have defrosted by lunchtime, or use the defrost function on your toaster.