Table Talk with Rosa Hoskins

From grief to grappling life with a toddler, treading the boards to tearing apart the taboos of mental health, Rosa Hoskins candid approach to life not only a breath of fresh air but brimming with positivity. The daughter of Bob Hoskins, Rosa spent much of her childhood on movie sets with her beloved dad. Rather than the bright lights, it was the wise words of Bob which shaped her upbringing and those which stay close to her heart since his passing back in 2014. A cathartic journey recounted in her book – It’s All Going Wonderfully Well. 

Between writing, acting and blogging about fashion and the complicated facets of mental health, Rosa is a busy mama of one. With family being paramount, we wanted to delve a little deeper into where she and her brood take to the table and spend well earned time over delicious plates of food. From magnificently melty cheese toasties to being choosey with ones coffee, Rosa reveals all in Table Talk…

1. I’d like a table for…
Five; my husband, our son, my brother and mum. We’re a close-knit family and we like eating out together. Since our boy was born we don’t get out as much, but we make the most of it in the summer when we all go away.

2. Early-birds catch the coffee at…
Monmouth Coffee Company in Covent Garden. If I’m in town for an meeting I always make sure that I get to Seven Dials early. The heady aroma wafting out of the place is intoxicating. I’m a coffee addict but I’m trying to cut down, currently I’m drinking 3 to 4 cups a day. There was a time when I was on 10! I’m choosey about what coffee I drink, if I’m going to use up my daily coffee allocation, it’s got to be good.

3. Best brunch with kids?
Riding House Café on Great Titchfield Street. They don’t technically have a children’s menu, but my son loves the pancakes and the berry smoothie. The staff are also very helpful and accommodating.

4. Children’s menu must-visits…
La Dinette in Muswell Hill. I go with my son at least once a week. We always order the same thing, toasted cheese sandwich for him and halloumi and avocado salad for me. He literally jumps for joy when I tell him we’re going. 

5. Where do you grab a bite with mums en masse?
Kricket in Soho is great for a mum’s night out. The contemporary Indian food is delicious; traditional flavours but with a modern, fresh twist. I also love Night Jar in Shoreditch for cocktails. I gave up drinking last year and their virgin cocktails are the best.

6. Hidden gem for treating tiny ones?
There’s a fabulous patisserie in Muswell Hill called Evalina; their cakes are as good as any I’ve ever tried. My son would live exclusively on La Dinette cheese toasties and Evalina macarons if I let him.

7. Best piece of advice for dining out with kids?
I always bring the ipad, but I also pack colouring and storybooks as well as have half a dozen dinosaur figures – his current obsession. Giving him a variety of toys and activities keeps him from getting bored and restless. I’m not averse to putting on his favourite cartoons, but I try to engage with him as much as possible. However, if we’ve having ones of those days, I’ll surrender to the allure of Baby Shark.

8. Date night – takeaway or take me out?
Take me out. Our date nights are few and far between, but when have time we love eating at The Gate in Islington or Bocca di Lupo in Soho.

9. My earliest food memory…
My dad frying sausages in our old house in Islington. The kitchen floor was heated and I would sit on the warm tiles and watch him cook, singing to himself as he worked. Dad would smother the chubby sausages in ketchup and wedge them between slices of crusty white bread. My four-year-old self was in heaven.

10. Five mums, one table – who’s joining you?
I could list a bunch of celebrities but I would prefer to spend time with my real friends. Having a good chat with my mates is one of my favourite things, even more so since becoming a mum. My friendships are integral to my overall wellbeing and having a few, uninterrupted hours to talk over dinner would be perfect.

Discover more about Rosa by reading her blog or at @rosa_hoskins on Instagram.

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