Cycling into town like a ‘Call the Midwife’ character lost in time, Kathryn Mewes attempts to pick up where Supernanny Jo Frost left off and teach stressed parents how to cope with their kids, all before the wind changes. In this first episode, Kathryn, a graduate of the respected Norland College childcare course, plays Mrs Baylock to a pair of Damiens, three-year-old twins Alfie and Harry. With parents James and Susan at the end of their tethers after a noise complaint prompted by the kids’ incessant screaming, Mewes rides to the rescue.
While she obviously knows what she's talking about, Mewes, with her tiny suitcase and chintzy sleeping bag has such a cloying personality that it’s hard to take her advice seriously. One particularly irritating sequence – the producers were so proud of it that they play it to us three times – sees Mewes dementedly screaming ‘Jingle Bells’ in the beleaguered parents’ faces. She may get results, but the Three Day Nanny herself is far too irritating and twee to make this show work.
This Corsican restaurant in Marble Arch riffs on the Mediterranean island's French and Italian influence, with a menu that borrows from the cuisines of both. Pizzas with a French bent are the kinds of thing to expect. In addition to these fusion pizzas (think a 'Napolean Bonaparte', made with tomato, gruyere, ham, mushrooms and olives) the menu features classic Italian pasta dishes, traditional Corsican charcuterie, chevre chaud and a Calvi salad. And if you think you've got the concept? Think again: there's a tapas sharing platter, too. The wine list keeps to the ethos – more or less. Expect bottles from Languedoc, Calvi, Provence, Bourgogne and Epernay, with a couple from Chile thrown in for good measure. Beers include Kronenbourg and Pietra – an amber beer from Corsica.
Venue says: “Enjoy pizza and pasta alfresco - our outdoor dining area is now open!”