I dare anyone who lives in London to say that they do not love Paul. Yes, I know it is a chain, but it is the most respectable of them, in my opinion, and I don’t know how they manage it but the food actually tastes real. I do like Pret and Eat and all those guys too, and their banter is all very trendy and clever, but Paul is that bit more wholesome and fresh and I am much more likely to make a beeline for the nearest Paul for a bite when I am out and about than any of the others. My favourite lunch time meal there is the Fermiere Salad (chicken, raisins, carrots, cheese, salad greens, apples, vinaigrette, fresh bread roll), and I couldn’t help taking photos as I thought it looked so pretty…

I studiously avoided the pastries and desserts because it wasn’t that kind of day but they make very good ones too!

Are you a Paul fan? Or do you think Pret wins? I think we need Paul in Lagos – is someone doing that yet? Driving along the street, it feels as though all the brands have suddenly discovered that there’s a market here for their stuff, so they are moving in. I hope someone brings Paul. They can be to this era what Frenchies was to the last one…