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Melt in the mouth seasonal goodies with The San Francisco Fudge Factory, Bath

For that someone who loves a sweet treat this festive season.

The San Francisco Fudge Factory in Bath kindly sent me some festive fudge to try this week.

The family run business has been making fudge for over 24 years in the centre of Bath, using only natural, locally sourced ingredients to create some truly creamy melt in the mouth fudge. As a company they are passionate about supporting the city and local communites, which has led them to support groups such as Focus Counseling, Dorothy House and Mindfulness. This really does make them stand out, not only do they produce delicious handmade products but they also think about giving back and supporting fellow Bathonians.

 

“100% Handmade right here in Bath, with absolutely NO artificial ingredients all of our fudge is GLUTEN FREE – apart from Cookies and Cream”

When popped into their shop earlier this year on the Savouring Bath Guilty Pleasures Food Tour and did not want to leave without trying all the flavours. From chunks of buttery fudge to peanut brittle, chocolate dipped marshmallows plus many more other handmade treats, their shop is a sweet tooths haven!

Great news! They even have vegan flavours too, including chocolate and peanut butter!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So the fudge…

I was sent Christmas Pudding and Salted Caramel flavours to try in a cute little gift box. Myself and Rob were VERY happy to take part in a taste test, however, if I’m honest I can never tell if I am a huge fudge fan. I am always to and fro whether I enjoy it or not but really, as soon as this fudge was placed in front of me I was more than happy to indulge!

I may not be able to eat it non-stop like I do with chocolate but actually that just helps it last even longer! It’s the perfect little bite to have when you have friends round for a cuppa or an after dinner treat.

My favourite out of the two had to be the salted caramel, and I’m not even a salted caramel fan. Rob said his favourite was the Christmas pudding flavour, and he hates Christmas pudding! So overall we were both pleasantly surprised by how much we enjoyed these flavours, therefore I think it’s definitely worth trying flavours that you wouldn’t usually go for.

Their cute little gift boxes of fudge like this one would be great Christmas presents for your colleagues, friends and family.

OR… just throwing an idea out their, instead of a ‘cheese board’ create your own ‘fudge board’ when you have family and friends over during the festive season. Buy a selection of different flavours of fudge, place them on a board and create a fun sweet treat for everyone to enjoy.

The time is now!

It’s the perfect time to pop and visit the fudge team on Church Street if you are visiting the Bath Christmas Market, which starts this Thursday 22nd November. Pop across to the fudge factory, located right next to the abbey square where many of the market chalets are situated. I’ve been told the shop now looks like a grotto and they are now offering mulled wine and cider – so remember that, if you don’t want to queue at the mulled wine stands in the market!

Anyway, thank you for reading this blog post peeps, I am now going to spend the rest of my Sunday relaxing, snuggled up in me blanket and eating some delicious fudge.

Thank you to the owners Maureen and Mark for creating this fabulous fudge and to Emma and the team at the Fudge Factory Bath for sending me this delightful treat! I will be popping in to buy some Christmas goodies very soon – get that mulled wine ready too!

 

Bring a smile to your friends face with a little treat from The San Francisco Fudge Factory, Bath. Follow them on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram or visit their website below.

TW: @BathFudgeShop

Order online at www.sanfranciscofudge.co.uk

6 Church St, Bath BA1 1NL – “The shop was located slap bang in the centre of the city, right under the shadow of the majestic Abbey.”

MONDAY – SUNDAY 9am – 6pm

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The cool Kid of Bath’s Restaurant Scene – Fire & Brew

Welcoming you to the Bath’s local pizza and craft beer hub. This quirky, cool kid of Bath’s restaurant scene offers you delicious handmade pizzas and a super tasty selection of craft beers – many of them being made in Bath! Fire & Brew opened in 2016 by brewery owner and cider maker, Lee, Chris and Krow and has really become a favourite amongst locals.

What can you expect from the menu?

The main event, the hand stretched pizzas cooked with fresh, local ingredients are the first thing that pops out of the menu, all cutely named after surrounding streets of the restaurant (Moorland, Shaftsbury, St Kilda…).

But if you aren’t a pizza love (WHAT?!) then no worries, choose from other dishes such as nachos, salads, bruschettas or a sharing platters, there is enough to please everyone. AND YES, EVERYONE – they also have vegan (#plantbased) options on the menu too. Another fantastic date night place for me and Rob. WIN!

To start we shared bruschetta (with tomatoes, basil and garlic oil) and the garlic bread with vegan cheese. The garlic was A-MA-ZING – truly. I know we are just talking about garlic bread here but this really was amazing, and one of the reasons I loved it so much was because of the vegan cheese (Yay, finally, vegan cheese that tastes great!) I was dreaming about that starter for weeks after and we have since ordered on Deliveroo.

Onto the mains. The pizzas are the perfect size and thickness (obviously, depends on your preference – thick or thin) and scattered with a good amount of toppings.

I went for the Margherita, one because this is one of my favourites, even though it’s ‘plan old Janes’ choice but also because I really believe that the best way to see how good their pizzas are is to try the basic traditional, so if they can’t get that basic right and then it’s a no go…

But luckily, IT PASSED THE TEST!

Rob tried one of the vegan options, The Faukland (tomato base, roasted courgette, aurbergine, roasted peppers, red onion and vegan cheese. AND FINALLY I HAVE TASTED A GOOD VEGAN PIZZA. Both myself and Rob were really happy to see a great selection of vegan options on the menu and I would even order that vegan pizza myself (and I’m not #plantbased!).

BRING ME A PINT

To be honest with you I’m not much of a beer fan but since I was sat in a place that specialised in craft beer I thought I’d have to give something a try. We both got a pint each (yes, I got a pints worth haha) of Electric Bear Edison (British Pilsner). It was light, refreshing and really easy to drink. Now I can feel like a “cool kid” who drinks beer 😉 haha. I would happily order this again and can’t wait to go back to discover more delicious craft beers.

If you are a beer novice like me or a beer enthusiast then this place is the place to be. They have an extensive ‘beer bible’ to browse through, so take your time and try a few of the local brews.

We have beers from some of the UK’s & the world’s best new breweries including Electric Bear (naturally), Magic Rock, Beavertown, Tiny Rebel, Cloudwater, Fierce, Wild Beer, Wylam, Good Chemistry and many more! The range grows and varies often, with availability, seasonality and new releases.

(But if you really don’t like beer, not a problem. Fire & Brew also have a range of high quality spirits and snazzy cocktails to choose from)

PUD

To end we decided to have a bowl full of ice cream each, two scoops of Jules mint choc chip ice-cream for me and two scoops of vegan ice-cream for Rob, one mango, one coconut. But don’t worry, they also have a board full of desserts on offer, including nutella pizza, homemade cakes and affrogato (that’ll have be tried and tested next time).

Wondering when to visit?

What about brunch with your friends for £5 each – offering smoked bacon and avocado bruschetta, breakfast baguette + more. Or pop in for lunch and coffee with your pooch (yes, it’s dog friendly too – THE DREAM!) with a selection of wraps and smaller pizzas to choose from. AND don’t miss out on their fantastic pizza and drink for £10 too!

Overall we had a great dining experience at Fire & Brew. Staff were super friendly and attentive and you weren’t rushed out of the door once you had finished. I would really recommend visiting, whether you are eating alone or with friends and family, it’s warm relaxed “vibes” makes it’s a lovely place to eat and chill out.

Thank you to Fire & Brew for inviting me to review – it’s great to add another date night, vegan friendly (dog-friendly! ha) restaurant to our favourites list.

 

In the mood for pizza and beer now!? Find more details below.

 

Fire & Brew

49 Moorland Road

Bath

BA2 3PJ

01225 356794

www.fireandbrew.com

Bar + Block Steakhouse Review

Bar + Block Steakhouse is situated on James Street West, just a stones through away from the city’s cinema and a short walk to the main highstreet. The restaurant is focused on serving great quality hand cut steaks accessible to all, giving customers the opportunity to customise their meal. With a large menu offering a wide range of dishes it is guaranteed to appeal both those “light-meal” customers and “hearty-meal” meat lovers.

We welcomed in by their super friendly waitress who walked us through the restaurant which is decked out with wood and leather, making it feel a warm and welcoming. We were seated on one of their sofa bench seating areas where we could glance across to their open fronted kitchen.

Starting with drinks we choose one alcoholic and one non-alcoholic drink (forgot to tell mum not to drive, damn it!) BUT it was great to try both sides of the drinks menu. I usually find that testing a mocktail is a good way to see if they’ve thought about the flavours of a mocktail or have just decided to take the spirit out and not given it much thought. I chose their NEW Rhubarb Gin Fizz cocktail (Warner Edwards Rhubarb Gin shaken with lemon juice and topped with prosecco) and my mum chose the Mitango (their take on a Virgin Mojito) …and I’m please to say both were DIVINE – yes both! I ended up asking my mum if I could keep “trying” her drink as it was so refreshing and full of flavour. (Hurray! They passed my mocktail test 😉)

Whilst sipping on our cocktails and choosing our courses we were given beef drippling popcorn. I know… doesn’t sound that appertising at first BUT don’t knock it until you’ve tried it! I couldn’t stop eating it – a warm pot of popcorn dusted with beef drippling powder. It was really nice to have something to tickle your taste buds while choosing your food and really gets you in the mood for some high quality beef.

THE MENU

The menu is large with options of steaks, salads, grilled meats, handmade burgers, fish and a selection of indulgent sharing plates and nibbles to choose from.

(I have my eye on the Mac & Cheese bites and Crispy Gnocchi Bites for next time)

Their main focus is on cooking classic cuts of steak from British breeds of cattle reared across the Pampas in South America. The meat is hand cut on site and customised to the customers tastes.

STARTERS

With a great selection of Grazing Plates to choose from we decided to try the Pulled Beef Croquettes and the Chargrilled Vegetables & Houmous – both new starters on the menu.

The croquettes were delicious, the rich slow cooked beef marinated in rich port, black treacle and bone marrow sauce and dipped into the lemon and garlic mayo was very indulgent for a starter. The only downside it that I could have eaten all the three croquettes to myself and not shared with my mum (Tip to remember for next time!). The chargrilled vegetables with houmous was a nice counter balance with the rich croquettes.

MAINS

I chose the NEW Deconstructed Beef Wellington, not something I would usually eat in the summer however it didn’t look like the usual Autumn/Winter classic.

I really enjoyed this dish, loving the fact that there was a perfect amount of rich Malbec sauce on the side. I had my 10oz beef cooked medium however due to the size of the meat and the style of dish the meat was more medium to well done – maybe due to the meat being sliced after, however it still tasted good to me. Accompanied with vegetables and light layers of puff pastry filled with garlic spinach and creamy truffle flavoured mushrooms it was a great restyling of a traditional classic – making it lighter and easier to eat in the summer months.

My mum chose the NEW Sea Bass Fillets, cooked over charcoal with garlic, lemon and thyme, served with sprouting broccoli, baby capers, chilli and cherry tomatoes. Obviously, I had to try a bit and I was really happy to see that even though they specialise in more beef/meat dishes, this dish was deliciously cooked.

NOW THE FINALE

I didn’t think we could eat anymore but one of their desserts was calling my name since it was something I used to make A LOT when I was little – Lemon and Clementine Cheesecake, drizzled with summer berries.

Now maybe it’s because I have a major sweet tooth but the dessert was the course that stood out for me. I think if someone asked me what course would I have again straight away it would have to be this one!

(Can you tell how big my sweet tooth is?!)

Overall I was impressed by the welcoming and efficient the staff, the stylish décor which is spot on for a modern steakhouse, the price range and wide range of options on the menu. This place is great if you are visiting with a group of friends – there’s something for everyone.

Thank you very much to Bar + Block for inviting me to review their NEW summer menu, it was great to finally visit and enjoy a B+B feast!

 

 

Bar + Block

4 James St W, Bath BA1 2BX

01225 618888

www.barandblock.co.uk

The Cosy Club Bath NEW Menu

What a lovely weekday treat! Last week I popped to The Cosy Club in Bath to review their new menu.

I have had breakfast, tapas and cocktails here many times (not at the same time might I had!) but I haven’t visited CC for dinner that much so I was excited to properly try out their NEW menu – launching new dishes across their main, vegan and gluten free menus, PLUS their cocktail menu too.

With a large variety of dishes to choose from it’s the perfect “I don’t know what type of food I feel like tonight” place, plus it caters for a variety of diets such as vegan or gluten free.

I was particularly excited to see their separate vegan menu since my boyfriend is plant-based. We do sometimes struggle to find restaurants that have a good amount of vegan dishes to offer and we weren’t disappointed looking at the new vegan menu.

The best way to start a meal — WITH COCKTAILS OF COURSE!

New drinks on the menu

Oh my, oh my… Rob picked a gooden. I ADORE this drink, actually ADORE IT. Mr Jenkins – Don Papa rum, Aperol, vanilla and lemon juice.

“This drink is just as compelling as the man who invented it.”

This drink just reminds me of a holiday (aww, bliss). This is my sort of drink!

Now my choice was Summer Sangria – Orange liqueur, red wine, orange and lemon juices. I really enjoyed this too, however Rob’s Mr Jenkins drink was still in my mind. Any drink with rum in and I’m pretty much hooked.

(We’re going back for a couple of these drinks very soon!)

Starters

After sipping on our cocktails we decided to start our meal with a selection of tapas dishes.

Squid & Chorizo –pan-fried with red wine and garlic, served with mixed leaves and a butter bean aioli.

The chorizo wasn’t chewy! Finally! YAY! I haven’t always been the biggest fan of chorizo because it can be quite tough sometimes, however, these chorizo bites with squid rings were absolutely delicious! AND the butter bean ailio was as yummy as it sounds.

Tempura King Prawns with a soy and ginger dipping sauce.

Who doesn’t love tempura prawns with a dipping sauce – I just can’t fault it. The soy and ginger dipping sauce was the perfect accompaniment with these fresh king prawns.

Goat’s Cheese and Spinach Croquettes (v) with tomato tapenade.

The tapas dish that really stood out were the croquettes! Accompanied with a tomato tapenade. The croquettes were soft, gooey and melt-in-the-mouth and the tomato tapenade was a great sauce to accompany the creamy indulgent bites.

 

Onto the mains!

One of my favourite meals is risotto so I had to try it! Even though I was struggling choosing between the Aubergine tagine, Whole Rack of Baby Back Ribs AND Crispy Duck salad! (Ok, so I deliberated for a while ha!) But I am so glad I chose this dish!

Courgette, Edamame & Mint Ristotto with toasted seeds and beetroot & rosemary hummus.

This is exactly the type of flavours I would want in a risotto. Beetroot and rosemary hummus, a sweet, tangy taste to cut into the creaminess of the dish, with sharper flavours from the broken up feta on top. Plus with the addition of courgette (actually obsessed with this vegetable at the moment) and edamame, it was the perfect combination. Exactly what I would put into a risotto.

Now Rob’s dish was just a beauty!

Thai Green Vegetable Curry with coconut & coriander rice, spring rolls and sweet chilli dipping sauce.

Just look at that GOD DAMN “INSTAGRAMMABLE” platter of dishes! I loved that this dish came with a side of spring rolls too. It’s great to see a vegan dish look so exciting and taste so delicious too (had to have a cheeky bite of his meal – for the blog, for the blog 😉 )

The main courses were both presented beautifully and the portion sizes were great, however, I would say that maybe hold back from ordering three tapas dishes BEFORE eating a main and then dessert – for me, it was quite a lot of food to consume but obviously I HAD to try it all, hehe 😉

Wow, indulgent puddings ey?! I think sooo!

Rob chose Salted Caramel Cheesecake (v) with butterscotch sauce and sweet & salty popcorn.

And I chose this magical fairy looking dessert – Nutella & Vanilla Cream Doughnut (n, v)

topped with candy floss and raspberry dust.

You’ve seen brownies with toppings for dessert but I’ve never seen a DOUGHNUT with toppings before!! I love it! A ring Nutella doughnut with a light, airy chocolate mouse on top, decorated with a pinch of candyfloss. I haven’t had candyfloss in YEARS so this was definitely a nostalgic dessert – kind of an adult version of a pudding I used to have when I was young. I was into my dessert soo much that I completely forgot to try Rob’s dessert, but from the looks of it that’s my kind of dessert too – popcorn on top!? WHUT!!?

Well what can I say, we were well and truly full after this meal but it was lovely. Still can’t get over having fairy dust and candy floss on my dessert! Now that’s a way to end a meal.

Thank you so much to the lovely people at The Cosy Club for inviting me to review, I had a lovely evening and can’t wait to come back and try more of your new dishes. I’ve got my eye on more of your tapas dishes! And cocktails!!! CALLING MR JENKINS!

 

To try The Cosy Club Bath new menus visit: www.cosyclub.co.uk/clubs/bath/

T: 01225 464161 

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Where? Unit R4, SouthGate Place, Bath, BA1 1AP

Blackberry Cheesecake at The Bybrook

Michelin-Starred Chef Robert Potter presents his NEW Autumn Menu for The Bybrook

It was a lovely surprise to be invited to preview the new Autumn menu at The Bybrook restaurant at Manor House Hotel, Castle Combe. Michelin-starred chef Robert Potter served us eight Autumnal themed dishes – yes! I did say 8! I basically rolled myself back home after all that food! 

A 5 STAR COUNTRY HOUSE HOTEL AND GOLF CLUB

“Standing to attention in the cosy Cotswold countryside, The Manor House offers a wealth of experiences to savour, from overnight breaks to unrivalled meetings, world-class dining to award-winning golf, dream weddings or the perfect setting for a private family celebration. Surrounded by 365 acres of spectacular Cotswolds countryside, The Manor House is one of the most beautiful destinations you will discover. At the heart of the 14th century village of Castle Combe, and waiting to be explored are the carefully tended parkland, woodland and gardens and village beyond.”

Manor House Hotel, Castle Combe

It was a pleasure to have Executive Chef, Robert Potter explain how each dish was created, drawing our attention to the locally sourced ingredients (some of which were grown in the hotel’s own garden). It was good to appreciate how much work went into each dish, making all of them memorable.

“Potter says he has “a dedicated focus to serving seasonal and classical food combinations” and his aim “is to create a relaxed fine-dining menu influenced by the seasons as well as being dictated by the beautiful British produce harvested from within the grounds of The Manor House.’’ The Bybrook.

The chef introduced each course, explaining how he created it and the flavours we would expect to taste, then the sommelier matched a wine to each dish and explained the pairing. I’ll give a brief overview of each dish and the photos will speak for themselves.

First, we were served with an amuse-bouche – a selection of three small dishes to get our taste buds fired up. One of which was foie gras in a small cone with golden raisin puree at the bottom.

Plus a selection of warm, homemade bread. The favourite of the night – the caramelised onion bread roll.

So, onto the main event!

1. CRAB – Hand rolled macaroni, Cornish white crab, mooli, Exmoor caviar, chervil, shellfish foam.

Served with Albarino, A20, Rias Baixas, Spain, 2016

This dish wasn’t too fishy, even with the Exmoor caviar, and the shellfish foam was light and delicate. I think this meal would even appeal to someone who isn’t too keen on fish.

Would I eat this again? Yes, but not my first option for a starter.

2. SALMON – Confit of citrus cured Loch Duart salmon, marinated garden beetroot, Yukon gold and horseradish mousse, dill.

Served with Crémant de Bourgogne, Veuve Ambal Grande Cuvée, France, NV

I am going back to visit JUST for this dish. The combination of flavours with the salmon was amazing!

Hmm, so words to describe this dish – I’m not a food critic but let’s go with… succulent, tender, melt-in-the-mouth salmon with a tangy kick from the beetroot and horseradish. I wish I could create this meal at home!

Would I eat this again? Well, obviously, yes! ^^^

3. FOIE GRAS (controversial I know, but had to try it) – Torchon of Rougie foie gras, golden raisin puree, sweet wine jelly, date and walnut toast.

Served with Sauternes, Le Garonnelles, Bordeaux, France, 2015

It was interesting to try. The foie gras dish was accompanied with warm date and walnut toast. The foie gras was a smooth, rich, buttery pate, I wasn’t blown away by the foie gras flavour but with a little spread on the toast together with sweet wine jelly added some sharper flavours to offset the richness of the foie gras.

The wine that accompanied this dish also stood out – it was a sweeter tasting wine, the same wine used in the sweet jelly. The wine had a honey and toasty flavour which also went with the next dish.

Would I eat this again? Hmm, I wouldn’t order this as a dish but wouldn’t say no to a canape style version (like the amuse-bouche we had at the start).

How does the sommelier pick the wines for each dish?

Manuel, the sommelier, told us that he does not only take into account matching a wine with a particular dish but makes sure the wine taste actually goes with the next dish to be served – as that wine flavour will linger in your mouth as you start your next course.

4. HALIBUT – Braised Gigha halibut, buttered lettuce, sea purslane, cockles, mussels, chive beurre blanc.

Served with Chateau Pierr-Bise, Clos de la Couilaine, Savennieres, France, 2014

Perfectly cooked halibut that was buttery and tender and served with a silky smooth beurre blanc. The wine that accompanied this dish was perfect! A clean cut, mineral flavour with a hint of citrus fruit.

Would I eat this again? Maybe, I’m not a massive lover of seafood (well cockles and mussels), I would be more than happy with just the Halibut. So I guess, yes, I would, but a simpler version of this dish.

5. BEEF – Fillet of Herefordshire Longhorn beef, braised oxtail, pancetta, crushed salt baked celeriac, girolles, truffled heritage potatoes, red wine sauce.

Served with Fog Mountain Merlot, California, USA, 2015

Everything you want in a warm, hearty, Autumnal meal, but with added luxury taste of braised oxtail and truffled creamy heritage potato on the side.

Would I eat this again? YES! In a heartbeat!

6. YOGHURT – Whipped yoghurt, iced muscat grapes (+ grapes 4 ways)

This was a great palette cleanser and we all agreed that we would love to eat this for breakfast every day. Light and refreshing yoghurt with added texture from the grapes prepared in a variety of ways e.g. dehydrated, crushed, poached and a surprise frozen grape at the bottom.

Would I eat this again? I enjoyed it but I wouldn’t order it after tasting the other desserts. It would be a good choice if you only wanted something light as a dessert, but, I have a MASSIVE sweet tooth so this might be just a bit too healthy for me 😉 As I said, I would have this for breakfast!

7. BLACKBERRY – Brillat-Savarin cheesecake, blackberry jelly, confit lemon, blackberry sorbet.

Served with Dow’s Late Bottle Vintage, Douro, Portugal, 2011

I’m not always a fan of cheesecake but this cheesecake was the perfect combination of being indulgently creamy but still very light. The sharpness of the sorbet, lemon and blackberry arrangement on the plate and the sweet blackberry jelly layer on top made this cheesecake a delight to eat.

Would I eat this again? Yes, in a flash! Tangy blackberry is the perfect flavour to accompany this cheesecake. Also, I would order this dessert for the presentation too, just to impress my friends 😉

Blackberry Cheesecake at The Bybrook

Blackberry Cheesecake at The Bybrook

8. LEMON – Amalfi lemon tart, Oakchurch farm raspberries, baby basil, raspberry sorbet.

Served with Tokaji, Late Harvest, Hungary, 2015

This was the dessert that Michelin highlighted across their social media when it was announced that Rob Potter had been awarded a Michelin star. Unfortunately, this dessert is only on the menu for the next two weeks as the raspberry season is over. We all felt very privileged to eat this dessert since it was a stand-out dish in the Michelin Guide this year!

Would I eat this again? YES! It’s exactly what you would expect from a Michelin-star dessert. I’m not exaggerating when I say this is the BEST LEMON TART I have ever tasted. The smooth lemon filling was perfect, the pastry base melted in the mouth and I enjoyed the crunchy, sugary topping.

Thanks to everyone at The Bybrook. It was a pleasure to be invited to such a special evening!

Don’t wait for a special occasion, go and visit – you won’t be disappointed with the quality of food!

Book here: https://www.exclusive.co.uk/the-manor-house/restaurants-bars/the-bybrook/Or call: 01249 782206

Breakfast Preview at The Ivy Brasserie Bath

BREAKFAST PREVIEW

I was invited to attend a little preview of the breakfast menu this week. We were given a small taster menu of the breakfast on offer.

We were given a selection of mini pastries and tea and coffee to start.

I chose the Eggs Royale and Green Juice.

Egg Royale: Poached eggs on top of an English breakfast muffin, with smoked salmon, lemon, and a hollandaise sauce. The hollandaise sauce is perfection!


Green Juice: full of natural goodness: Avocado, mint, celery, spinach, apple, parsley.

Not too “grassy” but maybe not the best green juice to start with if you are not a fan of green juices.

I really enjoyed the Green Juice however it was quite filling with the rest of the breakfast. Maybe just a juice and a couple of mini pastries would be enough for another breakfast.

One of the best seats in the house. With a view of the busy Milsom Street and below the stunning chandelier inside.

A little gift to take home…

Another £10 Tasty Bargain! Great Bath Feast ‘Tenner Treats’: The Clifton Sausage Bath

I had to make the most of The Great Bath Feasts amazing ‘Tenner Treat’ offer, AND this time, I visited somewhere that serves one of my all-time, favourite meals… EVER! The classic, BANGERS AND MASH!!

The Clifton Sausage, Bath.

“a trio of gourmet sausages (Bath Blue cheese & leek, Clifton and Old Spot Pork) served with creamy mash and homemade gravy and accompanied by a 125ml glass of house red, white, rosé wine or a soft drink for £10 at The Clifton Sausage throughout The Great Bath Feast

Perfect comfort food for the cooler Autumn months.

First of all, I was surprised at how big this restaurant was – covering two floors and extending out into a conservatory and outdoor terrace at the back, they have a great view of Bath. We sat in the perfect spot to see the view and were very excited to treat ourselves to a classic British dish.

So, get to it! The meal! 

As I mentioned above, this meal is my favourite meal, OF ALL TIME (not being over the top, it seriously is!). If it’s anywhere on a menu I have to have it! Sooo… I don’t think it’s going too far to say that I am quite the “connoisseur” of sausages and mash 😉

It was a delicious meal made up of three varieties of gourmet sausages – Bath blue cheese & leek, The Clifton (pork, cider and wholegrain mustard) and Gloucester Old Spot Traditional Pork, accompanied with mash potato, onion gravy and parsnip crisps.

The presentation was great, with a good amount of parsnip crisps on top and a generous serving of gravy on the side.

The sausages were great! I really enjoyed all the flavours but the flavour that stood out for me was the traditional Gloucester Old Spot pork sausage. Second in line was the Bath Blue cheese and leek sausage, it was nice to have a stronger flavour come through but the sausage meat was slightly crumbly (if that’s the right word to explain it). Finally, The Clifton sausage with pork, cider and wholegrain mustard. This was nice, however, I would have much preferred to eat this sausage in a casserole (such as my Mum’s homemade sausage, apple & cider casserole). Still, it was great to be able to try three different varieties of sausage in one meal!

One small issue to note – not a massive issue, just a small one – was that I was a little disappointed in the amount of mash. Maybe this is just me being a mash fiend and maybe I don’t need/shouldn’t have a giant mountain of mash potato on my plate (think of the carbs Katie!) but let’s just say for me this wasn’t my “normal” portion of mash (…usually a half plate’s worth if I’m being honest). But I guess that is what you are paying for, £10 for a meal and a drink.

Still, if you are a sausage and mash connoisseur like me I would definitely pay The Clifton Sausage a visit – these sausages are too good to be missed!

FYI: NOT PART OF THE GBF OFFER BUT… we finished our meal off with a cheeky Eton Mess 😉

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Not to be missed! Great Bath Feast ‘Tenner Treats’: The Abbey Hotel Bath

GET INVOLVED. BE INDULGED. ENJOY THE BIG BATH FOODIE EVENT OF THE YEAR!

On the hunt to treat yourself to some delicious food and drink at this year’s GREAT BATH FEAST?

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Make the most of their great ‘Tenner Treats’ offers for the next two weeks (ends 8th October).

Myself and fellow Bath blogger Georgie visited The Abbey Hotel ArtBar for their ‘Tenner Treats’ offer. Choose from a selection of delicious bar snacks (2 dishes per person) and a glass of wine or beer for only £10 each. What a bargain!

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We chose the salt and pepper squid with tomato and chilli salsa, two scotched quail’s egg with a DELICIOUS homemade brown sauce and finally some salt cod croquettes with saffron and garlic aioli. Out of the three dishes, I think the Scotched quail’s egg was my favourite – particularly because the homemade brown sauce was amazing! (And for someone who isn’t fussed about brown sauce that’s saying something!)

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GBF Tenner Treat

Don’t miss out! Go and try one of these great Tenner Treat offers at one of the many restaurants in Bath. Instead of using that tenner you would normally spend on an “occasional” weekly takeaway, use it to experience a local foodie hotspot in Bath instead.

Find the offers here: Great Bath Feast ‘Tenner Treats’

**I would advise calling any of the restaurants ahead of your visit to check what times the offers run – sometimes only Mon-Fri or only afternoons with some venues.

NEW! NANABAR London: “like ice cream, but good for you”

“NAUGHTY BUT NICE-CREAM”

“like ice cream, but good for you”

London’s first made-to-order Nice Cream bar – 45 Charlotte Road, Shoreditch.

OPENED: SATURDAY 1ST JULY


After popping to London for a few errands, walking through Shoreditch where I used to spend a lot of time visiting my sister, I stumbled across a new foodie hot spot.

It caught my eye as I saw a photographer outside taking photos. As I glanced in I could see people sat on giant wooden steps (picture below), loud music blaring out and a buzz of people inside. I glanced at the sign and read MADE WITH FROZEN BANANAS, before reading on I immediately thought back to my old uni housemate showing me how she made healthy ice-cream by freezing bananas and blending them. I remember it tasted amazing – thanks for introducing me to it Alice 😉

Then, reading on, I realised they were selling just that!

The second time I walked past that day I popped in to explore. I walked up to the counter and saw a sign saying ‘Today’s flavour’… it said mango (I hate mango). As I couldn’t see any other flavours I thought, ‘Naah, I’ll give it a miss’, but as I was walking out the founder Justin caught me and asked if I needed any help. I said I didn’t like mango so I wouldn’t be a fan and I couldn’t see any other flavours.

He went on to tell me that they serve one flavour per day and reassured me that they had other great flavours to try too. I started to get interested when he asked if I liked chocolate (how did he know), and mentioned that the Sunday flavour, HAZELNUT TART, is basically Nutella. (Now I’m interested!)

Justin told me that all the ingredients they use to make their Nice Cream are Natural, Organic & 100% Plant-based and persuaded me to try the SATURDAY FLAVOUR:

Mango Nice Cream topped with Coconut flakes, Pumpkin Seeds & Broken Brazil Nuts, served with a Medjool Date caramel.

You can also add extra toppings like chia seeds, nut butters or granola. I chose to add peanut butter, thinking that at least if I didn’t like the other flavours I could just eat the peanut butter. Whilst I was waiting for my order I thought, “How will it be successful… with just one flavour per day, and with people like me, who have a MASSIVE sweet tooth for all things chocolate – how could I be converted to a fruity, healthier option?”

BUT…

(you knew this was coming),

…after trying a pot of flavours/ingredients that don’t usually take my fancy I was completely surprised! I don’t like mango, or coconut or brazil nuts but I devoured the whole pot!

 

Homemade caramel made out of medjool dates

After thinking that I wouldn’t like any of the ingredients I was so surprised that I loved every single mouthful. 

It was refreshing and moreish, and even after eating a large pot of Nice Cream you didn’t feel over indulged on sweetness. It was just the perfect amount of sweet, icy, deliciousness!

The NICE-CREAM (as they like to call it) had the lightness of sorbet and the yummy, moreish-ness of ice-cream.  As you tucked into the flavoured nice-cream you occasionally came across a lump of frozen banana, adding a nice refreshing crunch.

You also get a substantial amount of nice-cream for your money, and it is definitely enough to share between two!

PRICE
One pot of Nice Cream £5.50 (with no added extras)
Upgrades:
– Granola 50p
– Regular shots: Chia/Flax/Peanut Butter 50p
– Premium shots: Hemp/Almond Butter 75p
 
 
So far I’ve tried one flavour combination and it was delicious. On my way to London again today and I’m definitely popping back in to try the MONDAY FLAVOUR SENSATION. 

Check out my Instagram to find out what flavour I try next >> @katiewoo_

NEW Smashburger Bath Review

“…proving that the burger experience can be a superior one”

Smashburger originated in Denver in 2007 and now has over 370 locations within ten countries. Luckily, in May this year Smashburger was brought over to the UK. Starting in Milton Keynes and then setting up in Brighton, Newcastle and now Bath.

“an innovative approach to the humble burger, transforming the fast food staple from the predictably mediocre to a must-try explosive taste sensation.”

Once we sat down and had a look through the menu the lovely Gordy talked us through the menu and told us why their burgers are unique and different to anyone else’s.

SMASHBurgers unique cooking method:

The secret’s in the “smash” – a unique method of cooking whereby 100% British Red Tractor Assured beef is hand-formed into a meatball and then smashed onto a hot buttered grill, searing in all the juices and flavour, producing a burger unlike any other.

The burgers are always made-to-order, never frozen, and all produce is sourced from reputable, local UK suppliers and designed to be cooked and ready to devour in less than six minutes.

What I liked is that you could choose either a beef, veggie or chicken burger (chicken either grilled or fried), and you could also create your own burger combo too! Gordy did mention that someone has had both beef and chicken in one burger before (interesting choice!).

Since we could not decide on what burgers to get we decided, upon Gordy’s recommendation, to try THREE (yes, THREE!) different burgers. I really don’t know how we ate it all… but all for a good review peeps 😉

“Developed by Smashburger Founder Tom Ryan in Denver USA, the founding location, original recipes such as the Classic Smash, BBQ Bacon Cheddar, Truffle Mushroom Swiss and Bacon Cheeseburger can be found worldwide alongside a menu of many more.”

“Part of Smashburger’s rich ethos is to develop a Local Smash dish for every location meaning that there are now over 370 unique recipes keeping locally produced food items at the core of their ever-expanding menu. The UK exclusive Stilton Stack burger marries the signature “smash” patty with sweet chutney, fresh rocket, crispy haystack onions, Applewood smoked bacon and Stilton cheese, all piled high on a Smashbun.”

THE BURGERS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1st burger: BBQ, Bacon & Cheddar

BBQ sauce with applewood smoked bacon, cheddar & haystack onions on a Smash bun.

Order again? Yes! Great combination of flavours and enjoyed the crispy crunch of the haystack onions.

2nd burger: Sweet Butternut & Chickpea Veggie Burger

Chutney with rocket and pickles, served on a multi-grain bun.

Order again? I enjoyed the veggie bean pattie and the chutney, however I wasn’t as keen on the burger bun. Maybe because it was the healthier option 😉 Also, after eating half of the BBQ burger before, with a brioche bun, I think this bun had a lot to live up to.

3rd burger: The Truffle Mushroom Swiss with Grilled Chicken

Sauteed chestnut mushrooms with truffle mayo & aged Swiss on a Smash bun.

Order again? Oh. My. Goodness. YES! This is the POSH Smashburger. The chicken was moist and the truffle mayo was absolutely delicious. For someone who isn’t a massive fan of mushrooms, this was incredible!

Easy to eat!

I loved the size of the burgers. The bun wasn’t gigantic so you could easily pick it up and eat it – unlike some restaurants where you find they put a stick or knife in it just to hold it together.

THE SIDES

We also ordered a side of SMASH Fries, tossed in garlic and rosemary.

You can tell when fries are really good, when you don’t need a dipping sauce!

Finally, we ordered the deep fried pickles. I don’t even like pickles AND usually take them out of burgers, however, for some reason these were so moreish I kept going back for more. The slices of pickles came with a ranch dipping sauce.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE SHAKES

‘handspun’ shake made with Häagen–Dazs® ice cream in chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, Oreo and chocolate Oreo flavours.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We tried the Oreo and chocolate and Strawberry shakes. The oreo and chocolate was gone in about 5 minutes (that’s quick right?). Luckily, with the shakes, we also given the leftover shake in the mixing tumbler, which surprisingly was another glass worth of milkshake.

Once you start drinking these shakes you can’t stop – I had to move it to the other side of the table to carry on with my meal again – it was very difficult to choose between burger and shake.

The Strawberry shake was also delicious. I am not usually a fan of strawberry flavoured milkshakes however this flavour wasn’t too sickly sweet. I think this shake has converted me into liking strawberry milkshakes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DESSERTS

We didn’t try any desserts – obviously, after 3 burgers, 2 sides and the milkshakes we couldn’t find the room to indulge in a sweet treat to finish. However, look at the options – I think I’ll go back just for the Oreo Chocolate Doughnut!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RESTAURANT VIBES

As soon as I walked in it felt like a traditional American diner, with sofa seats, sit up bar along the window and the Coca Cola Freestyle touch-screen soda fountain (apparently with over 100 different fizzy drinks). It felt like we were in an American teen movie, sipping our giant shakes and listening to their epic playlist of songs. The modern diner experience was continued upstairs, with more sofa bench seating AND great round sofa seating for larger groups – called “curved banquette seating”. We could not ignore the epic black and white photos of New York as we walked up the stairs and spread across the wall.

All the staff were friendly and chatty, and you could tell you were being served by people who really loved the food. Smashburger is relaxed enough for you to pop in for a basket of fried pickles and a shake (just a casual healthy snack), but also nice enough to take friends and family out for a special meal.

“the quality of high-end casual dining with speed, efficiency and value.”

So! Overall, I would definitely choose to come here again.

  1. You can create your own burger.
  2. I like the size of the burgers and the size of the bun burger. Easy to eat.
  3. The flavour combinations, sides, shakes…                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Ok, I tried to narrow it down to three points but I couldn’t.                                                                                 Let’s just say, 5 days later I was eating another Truffle Mushroom Swiss Chicken burger again!!                                                                                             

SMASHBurger Bath: https://smashburger.co.uk/

Order on Deliveroo: https://deliveroo.co.uk/menu/bath/bath/smashburger-bath