Thursday, 17 August 2017

Sunday Lunch at Bristol Harbour Hotel

I'll admit that I'm not really one for roast dinners very often so when I do go out for one, it has to be pretty special! Off me and my husband went to check out The Jetty at Bristol Harbour Hotel. It was a scorcher of a day and as much as I was hungry and in need of refreshments, I was sweaty and grumpy. The summer heat and I do not mix well at all. But stepping inside, I was met with a beautiful light, chilled restaurant. With high ceilings, stark white interior and large booths, I knew this was the perfect spot for lunch. 





With two courses for just £15.95 and 3 courses for £19.95, I was pleasantly surprised at the value. I poured over the menu whilst sipping on a much needed Aperol Spritz and chose a cheese soufflé for my starter. I'll admit that as much as a cheese addict I am, I've never ordered a soufflé before. It was delicious! Bubbling hot, rich cheese lent way to its twice baked fluffy interior.



For my mains, I went for the belly pork. The pork was sadly under seasoned, a little too fatty and lacked a crispy top but this was substituted by the accompanying crackling straw on its perch of black pudding purée and poached apple. With sides of cauliflower cheese, large fluffy roast potatoes and honey mustard carrots and parsnips. A relatively light roast dinner that didn't over fill us. 




The dessert was my favourite course of the meal which was a pleasant surprise as I'm definitely a more savoury fan. A simple lemon tart. The pastry crust was light and delicate, the lemon was tart yet creamy which was the perfect contrast to the sugary topping that gave a wonderful crunch. 





The Jetty really deliver when it comes to fine dining on a smaller budget. Set within former banking halls, The Jetty is filled with restored interiors that certainly adds to it's charm. All produce is seasonal and locally sourced and they boast an impressive wine and cocktail list too. For reservations, opening times and contact info, click 
here

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Floral Baseball dress ft Pink Clove

You know when you idly browse sites and something grabs your attention and no matter how much scrolling you do after, you find yourself going back to that one item? That's what happened with this dress. Constant revisiting it to have another look, asking myself 'Do I need it? How many ways could I wear it?' Well, let's be honest, it's a floral dress, how many ways can you really wear it? One. But it's that gorgeous I didn't care.



Pink Clove have really upped their game this year. Whether I'm browsingptheir home site or on Asos, I'm guaranteed to find something I want. Which for me, is a really big deal! 



This button down dress is made from a stretchy jersey material. It's light enough to wear for warm weather but obviously could be layered over tights/leggings in the colder months. On me, the length is just ideal. I can bend right over without flashing the world my bum- no one needs to see that! I love the nod to a baseball style top, channelling Madonna in A League of Their Own and the tropical prints give it that little tiki/retro edge. Right up my street!



Cat is obvs not included but you can find the dress here x

Monday, 14 August 2017

Skater Girl Look with Pink Clove

Can you believe it's been since June that I last blogged about fashion? June!! I've been so busy reviewing food that I have neglected the fashion side big time and I can only apologise. Don't forget, still regularly upload my outfits and fashion favourites on my Instagram page too.


Art by Aidan Ryan

So today's quick look is this T shirt I found over at Pink Clove . It's eye catching design had me instantly hooked. I teamed it with my favourite extreme rip jeans (old Primark) for a true urban look. The T shirt itself is generously sized and I plan to wear it over my swimwear on the beach on my next holiday. Not only is it good in size but it's also stretchy too. Bonus! You can find this T shirt here in sizes 18-28. Pink Clove offer world wide shipping, free returns and currently have 10% off discount code. X

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Los Hermanos Combinados

Los Hermandos Combinados are definitely no stranger to me in Bristol. A street food stall, run by two brothers with a passion for cooking insanely tasty food, with a nod to their Spanish father.
Popping up at the Harbourside Market, Tobacco Factory Market and other local street food events and festivals, these guys are proving to be a massive hit! 
Los Hermanos strive themselves to create the freshest dishes with a combination of smoking, curing and brining. Adding in to the fact they use all local and sustainably sourced ingredients in to their dishes, make these guys top of their game in flavours and quality. 

Imagine my sheer delight when I arrived at the screening of Wayne's World at Dinema a few weeks back (more to follow on this event) and found Los Hermanos cranking out the favourites! 

I went straight for my usual, 'El Pepito'



Consisting of sugar cured pork belly, chorizo butter, roasted red peppers and roast garlic mayo in a brioche bun. And of course I went with a side of some hearty, confit potatoes. Bliss!


My husband, being forever needy, wanted a hibrid of both meaty options and had the El Pepito and Pollo Locco hybrid- with the alteration of chicken skin mayo (holy balls!) and a curry, honey and almond bun 



I'm already a huge fan and follow these guys around like a weird stalker. If you're in Bristol, you can too! 
You can find the various visiting locations on the Los Hermanos Facebook page here or Twitter here

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Refreshing Summer Cocktails with Hayman's Gin

As warmer weather is fast approaching, Hayman's the original English Gin Makers, have added a dash of Englishness to classic cocktails - perfect to enjoy on lazy summer days in the garden. Introducing three refreshing cocktails; English Ruby FizzLavender Lady and Victorian Mojito, each recipe incorporates Hayman’s London Dry Gin, seasonal fruits, mixers and flavours to create traditional summer cocktails but with a delicious twist.



I thought these sounded so lovely, that I couldn't resist making one. I'm a big mint and lime fan so I just had to make the Hayman's Victorian Mojito which was not only refreshing and delicious but also so quick and simple to make. Perfect if you have company and need to batch make some cocktails quickly. 




Hayman's Victorian Mojito

Nothing says summer like a sun lounger, a good book and a refreshing minty mojito in the back garden.   The Victorian Mojito combines Hayman’s London Dry Gin with fresh mint and lime juice balanced with sugar syrup to create an ideal English classic.

Makes 1 cocktail;

50ml Hayman's London Dry Gin
25ml Freshly squeezed lime juice
20ml Sugar syrup
Premium tonic water or soda water
Freshly picked mint leaves

Method:
1. Fill a highball glass with cracked or crushed ice and a few fresh mint leaves
2. Pour in the Hayman’s London Dry Gin and let it run down over the ice
3.  Add the lime juice and sugar syrup
4.  Churn vigorously ensuring the ingredients are well mixed
5.   Top with the tonic water or soda water
6.    Garnish with a mint sprig

Or how about trying one these; 



Hayman’s Lavender Lady

The Lavender Lady is the Hayman’s take on the traditional sour White Lady cocktail.   The egg white creates a silky mixture, which perfectly accompanies the honey and Cointreau.  Top the cocktail with a sprig of Lavender, and sit back in the garden and relax.

Makes 1 cocktail; 

50ml Hayman’s London Dry Gin

20ml freshly squeezed lemon juice

10ml of locally sourced honey or 20ml of honey water

10ml Cointreau

1 medium egg white

Dash of orange bitters

Sprig of lavender to garnish

Honey water:

1. Combine equal parts of honey and hot water

2. Stir until mixed

Method:

1.  Add cubed ice to a cocktail shaker

2.  Pour the Hayman’s London Dry Gin over the ice

3.  Add all the remaining ingredients, except the garnish

4.  Give all the ingredients a very hard shake and strain into cocktail glass

5. Garnish with a sprig of lavender


Hayman’s English Ruby Fizz

Semi-sweet, refreshing and with an eye-catching pink tint, the English Ruby Fizz is the ideal al fresco cocktail.  The sweet taste of the raspberries partners perfectly with the spicy ginger notes.

Makes 1 cocktail;

Ingredients:

50ml Hayman’s London Dry Gin

20ml lime juice

10ml sugar syrup or Grenadine

4-8 fresh raspberries or raspberry syrup

Ginger Ale to top with

Lime wheel and fresh raspberries to garnish

Method:

1. Fill a highball glass with plenty of large cubes of ice

2. Set aside the ginger ale and garnish, and combine all remaining ingredients in a shaker with the ice

3. Shake well for approximately 12 seconds

4. Double strain into the highball allowing the liquid to run over the ice

5. Top with ginger ale

6. Garnish with a lime wheel and raspberries

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Sunday Lunch at Backwell House

If you read my last post on Backwell House then you'll know just how much I loved this place. A 9 bedroom house hotel that has been listed in The Sunday Times Ultimate 100 British hotels. Imagine my sheer joy at an invite to return and try out their Sunday roast.

Usually a stickler for roast beef, I made an effort to order something different so I went for the superb pork belly and pressed shoulder with carrot purée. I was not disappointed with this succulent slice and was relieved that crackling was super crisp. The pressed shoulder was a great addition and was not only tender but full of flavour.



Meats were accompanied by roast potatoes, cauliflower cheese, baby carrots, spring greens and a generously sized Yorkshire pudding 



Dessert was a double chocolate delice which was super rich and fudgey, topped with the most delicious cocoa nib tuille and raspberries 






Backwell House is open from Wednesday to Sunday lunch times. 
For telephone enquiries 
For email enquiries 

quiries@backwellhouse.co.uk


Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Bs5 Food Market, A Local Produce Haven

Last Sunday morning I visited the Bs5 Market in St George, Bristol. And boy, what a delight!
The market itself is pretty small but showcased an array of various produce, including organic vegetables, extract coffee, vintage clothing, homemade bread and cakes, plants, soaps, pies, cured meats, gins, beer and preserves, various hot food stands and free bike checks!  

Here's a selection of the foods I scoffed whilst I was there. Yes, I ate ALL of this in the 30 minutes I was there - No judgement please!




Jerk pork belly with rice and peas from Blu Fire

Gluten free coconut cake from Pearly King Cakes


Onigirazu from Tsukemono


How beautiful is pickled lotus root?!


South African Milk tart from Cook Sista 
(Possibly one of the best things I've ever eaten!)

And a few shots of the stalls, 










The BS5 market can be found in the car park of St George's park, Bristol, on the first Sunday of the month (not August) from 10am-2pm Traders vary each month and full updates can be found on both Facebook and Twitter