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This summer, Tate Britain presents a major exhibition of landscapes by the much-loved British painter L.S. Lowry – the first of its kind held by a public institution in London since the artist’s death. Focusing on the best of Lowry’s urban scenes and industrial landscapes , this timely and carefully selected exhibition aims to re-assess Lowry’s contribution to art history and to argue for his achievement as Britain’s pre-eminent painter of the industrial city.
In particular the author, Tony Naylor, praised our customer service and our crazy salads, describing the one he ordered as “phenomenal”.
Here’s what he had to say about us (or click here to see the full online feature):
“Portico’s owner, Sim Bellandini, has the right attitude. When I phoned ahead, to check what time he serves lunch until on a Friday, he said around 4pm, but if I was going to be late, just let him know, and he would sort something out. He didn’t know I was reviewing it. I was just a punter on the phone. Then there are his “crazy” salads. Choose one or two sandwich fillings, promises the chalkboard menu, and the kitchen will build you a showpiece salad around it. This is no hype. Topped with plenty of tender, nicely fatty free-range roast pork (from Gainsborough’s Redhill Farm), dressed in a rugged Italian tomato sauce, a sample salad was a healthy hillock of adventure, its 12 or so components ranging from oats to shredded fennel. For £6.50, it was phenomenal. Little wonder that this boxy space off the lobby of the Terrace – office space for the creative industries – was packed. While the daytime menu is broadly Italian (pastas, deli platters, toasted pannetone on the breakfast menu), Portico is also open late on Fridays, for regular music events. When there’s a gig on, Bellandini serves a set menu (one course, £9.50) that reflects who’s playing. For instance, US dishes on a blues night.
• Daytime menu, dishes £3.95-£8.95. The Terrace, Grantham Street, 07956 653156, blog.cafeportico.co.uk“
Come to Café Portico for a bit of Bazil in Blighty. In celebration of Mardi Gras we will be hosting a Brazilian themed evening, including cocktails, beers, food, live Samba music and dancing tutorial.
The evenings itinerary looks like this:
7.30pm- free Caiprinha cockail
8pm- Food with Brazilian background music
9.30pm- Live Samba band
10-11pm- A professional Samba dancer to teach some moves to up and coming ‘Strictly’ customers!
11-12pm- Brazilian music and more drinks
Looking for an escape from the hustle and bustle of the Christmas Market? Come relax, rest your feet and indulge yourself with a warming pasta and a chilled glass of the sparkly stuff, polished off with a sumptuous panettone dessert. Go on, you know you’ve earned it.
After much raving and requests, we decided to share our much-loved Nutella and ricotta cheesecake recipe. Just promise not to make it better than us!
50g melted butter
150g digestive biscuits
50g Amaretti biscuits
Sunflower oil, for greasing
6 tbsps milk
500g tub of Ricotta cheese
300ml pot of double cream
50g icing sugar
2 large eggs, separated
Portico Nutella and Ricotta Cheesecake in 10 Simple Steps:
At Cafe Portico we like to bring you the very best local produce, from Henrietta’s Garden heirloom tomatoes to Redhill Farm sausages. And we’re not stopping there. We’ve just embarked on the white stuff too!
We’re proud to serve milk from Rich Pastures sustainable dairy farm in Lincolnshire.
Rich Pastures’ herd of 160 pedigree Holsteins can be found nestled in the countryside of the Lincolnshire Wolds and can boast to be the only herd in Lincolnshire to be fully accredited to the RSPCA Freedom Food standards and the only processor in Lincolnshire to have achieved BRC Global Food Standards.
Pop into Cafe Portico and taste the difference!
We know you’ve not all had chance to sample some of our culinary delights so we thought we’d bring some of our finest Cafe Portico creations to you!
Cafe Portico Chocolate Cake Cafe Portico Platter