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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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A beauty of Bath – it’s right on your doorstep!

Residents of Bath – GUESS WHAT?!

 

You get a fantastic discount for one of the city’s BEST attractions.

DISCOVERY DISCOUNT ENTRY INTO THE THERMAE BATH SPA!

 

When was the last time you visited? Or are you going to shock me and say YOU’VE NEVER BEEN! (Whaaaat!?) I know I don’t visit enough – and why not, with a great discount like that AND a blissful, luxurious experience right on our doorstep! Why can’t it be the end of the month (or week) relaxation treat! We are so lucky to have access to such a place, being the only hot springs in the UK. The mineral-rich waters are located right in the heart of the city. Now, if you are a local and still haven’t been and want the quick low down (yes, I said low down – I’m cool yeah?) Then here’s a quick summary of what you can expect on your visit.

 

Grab you slippers, towel and robe from the front desk and glide you way into the spa. First stop, the Minerva Bath pool, with whirlpool, massage jet and lazy river. This space is sleek and kind of futuristic – the pool is an intriguing shape making you want to get in, lazy around and float from curve to curve.

 

Then make your way up to the NEW wellness suite, with luxurious steam rooms, an infrared sauna, celestial themed relaxation room, and an ice room you actually want to spend time in! These rooms exude Baths grandeur, with the mosaic of Minerva (the Roman goddess of health and wisdom) in a steam room and the luxurious finishings of all the rooms, it really makes your visit feel special.

Now, this is optional, but very much encouraged – book yourself in for a spa treatment and make your experience in more tranquil – or even try a hydrotherapy treatment in a private spa pool to REALLY relax in the waters.

 

Then, the finale… take the lift up to the top floor and viola… you are taken to the city’s oasis.

The lift doors open and you are greeted with the steaming calm thermal waters and the golden backdrop of the city. Here is the Open-air Rooftop Pool. Even though you are outside, in the middle of the city, you feel serene and calm, looking across to Georgian rooftops and seeing the tower of Bath Abbey in the distance.

 

But let’s not forget about Thermaes little sister, The Cross Baths.

 

Located just a hop skip and jump away from the Thermae’s main entrance is this little cute space which allows you to experience the waters all to yourself! This is the perfect spot to enjoy the benefits of the calming waters right in the heart of the city centre. You can hire this pool out for your own private use, enjoying a glass of prosecco or two in your own little bit of Bath.

(Use your Discovery Card to book The Cross Baths and receive a 50% discount for 1.5 hour spa session)

Visit the thermal Bath’s early in the morning or early evening and take a moment to drift off in the calming waters. We all know, as residents, the best times to be in the city centre is on a weekday, so why not visit with your partner or friends before or after work? Step away from technology, stop yourself from blonking yourself down in front of the TV after work and visit the Thermae Baths instead! These thermal hot springs are one of Bath’s most glorious gifts! Let’s make the most of it!

www.thermaebathspa.com

More information about using your Discovery Card:

Thermae Welcome, featuring a 2hr spa session with use of towel, robe and slippers, will be reduced for Discovery Card holders from £36 to £27 (Mon-Fri) and from £40 to £30 (Sat and Sun), giving full access to the thermal waters of the indoor Minerva Bath, a new Wellness Suite, the Springs Cafe Restaurant and the open-air rooftop pool with its wonderful views over Bath (children under 16 not permitted). Enjoy also a 50% discount for a 1.5hr spa session in the Cross Bath.

(You can still use your Discovery Cards at the weekend too)

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

Mr & Mrs Woo Review – Widbrook Grange Restaurant, Bradford-on-Avon

We recently visited Widbrook Grange, an 18th century Georgian country house hotel. We have been wanting to visit for a while…

Katie: Especially since the hotel welcomes dogs! (OBSESSSSSED 😉 )

But also because we were happily surprised to find out they had a vegan menu! We are always on the hunt for restaurants that serve great food for both meat eaters AND vegans.


*** Mr and Mrs Woo Review Widbrook Grange Restaurant ***

Would you recommend this to your friends? Yes!

Price range [££££]:   £££

Dietary needs: 9/10 (offering a Vegan & Gluten Free Menu)

Best time to visit: At the weekend, on a sunny Spring/Summer day

Romantic rating: 8/10

 


THE FULL REVIEW

The restaurant is located at the back on the main house, looking out onto back stable blocks and front garden terrace.

So… ONTO THE FOOD you say…

Well, before we get to the food, can we just take note of how BIG this glass of wine was.

First off, the bread!

Rob: I had the vegan option.

Katie: I had the warm bread, with two butter options, one with chives and one salted. I could have eaten this bread as the main – really – it was so moreish, and warm bread with salty butter on top is one of my favourite things.

Some restaurants gloss over the bread options, occasionally being offered dry bread with a lack of butter or oil, but you could tell at Widbrook Grange put thought even into just a side starter of bread.

 

The Mains

 

Rob: YUM! I had the Roasted Aubergine, chive and black garlic polenta, pepper and butter bean cassoulet, pok choi, chervil apple sauce.

The polenta was delightful, as was the roast aubergine. The flavours were great! I find that some places believe a vegan meal has to be spicy, so it’s good to see Widbrook Grange ignored this, and created a flavoursome dish.

Katie: I love dishes like this! I choose the Slow roasted chilli and honey beef ribs, fondant potato, steam vegetables and red wine gravy. A good old roast style dish presented beautifully (anything with gravy is a roast to me haha). I find that when restaurants over load a plate with food I often fill full even before eating it, but this was the perfect amount.

Oh and back to one of the most important things in this dish, THE GRAVY. I’m happy to say, for all you fellow gravy feens, they served the perfect amount of gravy… and my was it good!

Desserts:

Rob: Apple and golden raisin tart, spiced apply sorbet and mulled blackberries.

This was sooo nice. The sorbet was really good and went well with the apple and raisin tart. It was great to enjoy a pastry dessert – especially as a vegan. I haven’t found many vegan pastry desserts, so this was a treat!

Katie: Blackberry cheesecake, blackberry textures.

Now I am a fan of cheesecake, HOWEVER, I have been put off in recent years on ordering cheesecake for dessert. Sometimes I find a cheesecake can be too much after a meal and not a very refreshing pudding to end on. I was expecting the usual large slice of cheesecake, expecting that I wouldn’t be able to finish it all… but guess what… I scrapped the plate clean.

This is my sort of cheesecake. Two mini blocks on a light cheesecake, served with variations of blackberries. In the centre of the plate sat a light and refreshing blackberry mousse. On the side was a scoop of homemade blackberry ice-cream – and guess what, it was light and refreshing too. The combination of all the textures and flavours made this dessert VERY easy and enjoyable to eat.

I think you can probably tell how much I liked this dessert – I’ve babbled on for a bit now – I’ll stop.

Whoever said women talk more than men… are definitely right here.

 

After the meal, to let the food digest, we took a stroll around the grounds. Playing a bit of outdoor chess (Katie: and kind of on the look out for four legged guests – sounds creepy – I’m talking about dogs)

We really really love Widbrook Grange and can’t wait to go back again – especially to taste their gins in their Gin Tasting Room.

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Introduction to Mr & Mrs Woo Reviews

We’ve decided to combine our blogs for a NEW blog series called MR & MRS WOO REVIEW.

KATIE WOO & ULTRARUNNERBEAN

Ok, before we start we’d just like to say that, no, we aren’t actually married but obviously we are together (BF/GF).
The Name
It’s kind of obvious isn’t it… I’m KATIE WOO & that means my partner is MR WOO… right!? Haha! Not really – one because Woo isn’t my real last name (just a nickname) and two, we aren’t MR & MRS. But still, it’s catchy isn’t it?!
So what is this new blog series you ask?
As a couple we will be reviewing restaurants, cafes, hotels and more, from a couples point of view. We will be reviewing issues such as: Is it a good spot for date night? Is it a good place to have alone time? Is is a good place to relax? Multiple questions to review to make sure your “alone time” together is stress free, relaxing and fun.
Sooo… to start this series of blog posts we will introduce ourselves.

Mr Woo

(from www.ultrarunnerbean.com)

Hi I’m Mr Woo, a plant based runner who LOVES food. I decided to go plant based a year ago, but solely for health reasons and I will from time to time have dairy and meat. For example the cupcake I’m eating in the picture isn’t plant based! I love any kind of food and enjoy my time in the kitchen almost as much as I like spending time in restaurants. I spent 4 years living abroad and I love travelling and exploring, and I look forward to sharing my love for all of these in this new blog series!

Mrs Woo

  
Hello! I’m Mrs Woo (KATIE from KATIE WOO BLOG). My life basically revolves around food. If I go on holiday, it’s ALL about good food! I am a huge chocoholic – Mr Woo will vouch for that, seeing me eat large (I MEAN LARGE) bars of chocolate within seconds. I am also the type of girl who will eat cake and chocolate for breakfast (healthy I know! I need to work on that). So as you might have guessed I have a huge sweet tooth! I love eating out and discovering new restaurants/cafes. I am also a HUGE FAN of food styling since taking a course at Leiths in London as few years ago. You will usually find me taking a zillion photos of one dish (luckily Mr Woo understands). I like to think my appreciation of food styling is my excuse to always take a photo.
Each review will appear on both of our blogs. Still from our own point of view but with added contribution/feedback from the other half.
Our first Mr & Mrs Woo Review will be LIVE this week.
 
Please let us know if there is anywhere you think we should go and review. We’ve got a list together already but would love some more recommendations!

NEW “Guilty Pleasures” Food Tour with Savouring Bath

Treat yourself to an  indulgement  afternoon, tasting Baths finest guilty pleasures, meeting the cities great artisan producers and a behind the scenes look at many of Baths best foodie hotspots. Don’t miss out on this food tour!

Savouring Bath food tours are all about finding the cities best culinary delights from local, independent purveyors. I was really excited to join the press preview of the NEW “Guilty Pleasures” Savouring Bath tour. As soon as I heard the name I thought this would be a fantastic tour since the city has SO many great foodie sites. Plus I am HUGE CHOCOHOLIC, so this is right up my street!

So where to start, even as a Bath resident I know I didn’t know of EVERY foodie hotspot in town… and I was right! After attending this tour I found so many more amazing stores/cafes/restaurants I had never been to and learnt some much about the behind the scenes production.

Listening to the stories behind the local producers and their products really brought Bath artisan culture to life.

As the name suggests this tour is all about the food/drink we categorise as a “guilty pleasure”. Our enthusiastic, very informative tour guide Mike led us to the lesser known locations in Bath, taking us to the cities hidden artisan hotspots. We visited nine different outlets, tasting their best products and some specially curated samples. The tastings were both food and drink, and a mixture sweet and savoury treats.


QUICK OVERVIEW: Who are Savouring Bath?

  • This foodie tour company in Bath is all about highlighting and celebrating the city’s food revival in artisan produce.
  • Founded in 2016 by US born Jennifer Dugdale. She couldn’t understand why there was nobody offering regular tasting tours to Bath’s visitors, around the city’s incredible and unique food artisans, and so quickly set up Savouring Bath to plug a gap in the city’s tourism sector.
  • From 2017 Mike took over the company with his partner Mark, after Jennifer headed back to France.
  • sharing Bath’s incredible culinary history and the wonderful foods and artisans who continue to keep Bath firmly placed on the UK’s foodie trail.
  • The first food tours were “Food Heroes” & “Local Flavours”

THE TOUR

This tour was fantastic! I would definitely book it again!

This tour focused on my favourite food/drink type – GUILTY PLEASURES! From chocolate, meats, teas, wines and cheeses – this tour gives you the chance of fully indulge for the afternoon. We were told to eat light before we arrived and that was definitely a good idea – there were a great amount of tastings over the 3-hour tour.

Something different to the traditional tourist spots in Bath. Walking down the quirky backstreets of Bath, finding hidden gems and culinary delights.

The locally made products and the effort they put into making bespoke food really made this tour feel unique and special. The producers we met emphasised the importance of supporting fellow artisan traders, whether it’s here in Bath or on the other side of the world.
Whilst nibbling/sipping on samples the suppliers would tell us about their business – where it started, what they specialise in, what their most popular product/dish is etc. Each artisan producer offered top tips on how to fully experience their store/cafe/restaurant.

THIS TOUR MADE YOU FEEL PART OF BATHS ARTISAN COMMUNITY

We were introduced to local producers/traders, hearing their food stories and understanding the story behind their independent stores. They all had an interesting story to tell, whether it was bringing new flavours to the city from other countries or talking about their specialism and bespoke production of their products. Each producer projected a great sense of pride about their business.

All of this made it feel very special and unique to any other food tour as you really felt involved in Baths artisan culture.


At one of the tasting stops we were introduced a very talented producer –  the second person to win the prestigious ‘Roux Scholarship’.

I had a go at blowtorching the top of this lemon meringue pie. I felt the pressure, not only because of everyone in the group watching, BUT THE FACT THAT THERE WAS A ROUX SCHOLAR STOOD RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME!

Mike (tour guide) was great and full enthusiasm. He had plenty of historical and foodie knowledge about the city. Whilst walking around the quirky backstreets Mike provided us with facts about Baths food history and great anecdotes. I learnt variety of interesting facts, facts that aren’t the traditional things you here on other tours in Bath.

He also kept each food stop a mystery, so you wouldn’t know where he would be taking you next.

“…We’ll take you to all the places where you’d love to go and indulge on a daily basis but really feel you shouldn’t!!”

Savouring Bath

Mike also gave us a selection of restaurant recommendations, pointing out the hidden gems that serve great food. Many of these are family-run restaurants, which would definitely give you a much more personal experience when eating out in Bath.

IS THIS TOUR FOR YOU?

I would really recommend going on AT LEAST ONE of Savouring Bath tours. If you are new to Bath then it’s a MUST, to cover so many important foodie hotspots in Bath – some of which are the hidden little gems which many tourists wouldn’t stumble across. AND even if you live in Bath then it’s worth booking too, you’ll be surprised with how many things you might miss if you live in Bath. It’s great to have a few hours to fully take in and immerse yourself in Baths foodie artisan world.

Even as a resident of Bath I felt like a tourist in my own city, realising there were so many eateries/stores I hadn’t even noticed.

These tours are all about celebrating the best in Bath – the best products, makers and producers in the city. Allowing you to be part of the amazing artisan culture. So if you are visiting Bath or want to plan a day out then I would highly recommend booking this tour! Who doesn’t want to end their week with GUILTY PLEASURE food and drink?

Thank you to Mike from SB for inviting me on this tour. It was a great afternoon with a lovely group of people and delicious Bath bites! I’ll be back for another tour soon!

 ****** MORE TOURS… ******

“There are always new tours in production, and the team & suppliers are currently working on a vegan tour, a sweet treats tour, full day tours of food producers in the local region, as well as upcoming combined food & pampering experiences!” Savouring Bath.

To book the “Guilty Pleasures” tour OR another Savouring Bath Tour click here or email hello@savouringbath.com.

GUILTY PLEASURE TOUR INFORMATION: 
Tour Duration – 3 hours |  Price per person – £35

Operating capacity – min 2 participants, max 10 participants

Public tour schedule – Thursdays & Fridays at 2pm

For a minimum of 4 participants, this tour can run on request (Monday to Friday afternoons only).

 

Special Easter Dessert at The Ivy Brasserie Bath

To celebrate Easter Weekend myself and UltraRunnerBean decided to visit two of our favourite wine and dine spots in Bath.

First, the new wine lounge in Milsom Place called Le Vignoble (blog post coming very soon), and second, ONE OF MY FAVOURITE PLACES TO EAT, The Ivy Brasserie Bath. The reason we decided to eat there was because The Ivy have a NEW special, limited edition, Easter bunny dessert on their menu (only there until Monday 2nd April!) With us both being chohoholics we thought we MUST go and try it! 

[If we want to see our whole meal at The Ivy read below — or if you want to skip to the dessert, scroll down to the bottom]


THE MEAL

To Start

To start we had Zucchini Fritto (courgette fries). So thin and not greasy like some fries are, they were very moreish! Served with a lemon, chilli and mint yoghurt. It looks like a lot of fries but once you start eating you can’t stop!

Crispy courgette fries with lemon, chilli and mint yoghurt

The Mains

I ordered my favourite, The Ivy Shepherds Pie. This dish is exquisite! The combination of minced lamb with small chunks of melt in the mouth slow-cooked lamb & the local Wookey Hole cheddar mash on top makes this shepherds pie stand out to any other I have had.

Slow-braised lamb shoulder with beef and Wookey Hole Cheddar potato mash

Plus, to accompany this dish you are served a side of gravy and a bottle of Worcester sauce. (They know me so well) SAUCE IS EVERYTHING! Not that this dish needs a lot of sauce but I LOVE how they give you extra sauce just in case.

Of course I did cover mine in gravy – you can’t not, the gravy tastes so good!

(Sharing a plate of Green Beans with Almonds on the side)

The other main course (which I will be ordering next time I’m in) was outstanding. From one mouthful of lamb and I was instantly jealous!!

Mustard and herb crust with creamed potato, garlic, spring vegetables and a rosemary sauce

UltraRunnerBean, who was eating this dish said:

“That was the best lamb I’ve ever had!”

I don’t think I need to say any more… that says it all. Melt in the mouth lamb! No wonder we were both quiet eating.

 

NOW ON TO THE BIG SPECIAL EASTER DESSERT

 

The Pud – EASTER BUNNY DESSERT

Melting Chocolate Easter Bunny

Served Friday 30th March – Monday 2nd April, this limited edition Easter dessert is a pure indulgent treat.

Priced at £7.95, the dessert features mouth-watering chocolate mousse, honeycomb and popping candy, all encased in a chocolatey bunny-shaped shell and accompanied with milk foam and a drizzle of warm caramel sauce.

Not too sweet and still quite light, this dessert was also a “stop talking and eat” dish. Don’t get me wrong, this was pure chocolate indulgence but it still didn’t taste TOO sweet or TOO much — so what I’m saying is, you CAN eat it all to yourself and not feel bad! Ha!

The airy, light chocolate mousse with spoonful of the golden chocolate bunny with a gooey chocolate centre was perfection!

Just look at it… (PLEASE KEEP THIS DESSERT ON THE MENU IVY BRASS!)

Sorry Bunny!!

Oh and we had to have another one of my favourite dishes too: my FAVOURITE (I know, I’m saying this a lot – but it’s true!) Creme Brûlée!

Classic set vanilla custard with a caramelised sugar crust

Thank you to The Ivy Brasserie Bath for another great meal, and special thank you to our waitress, Harriet.P. – great service!!

Happy Easter Everyone! I hope you all have a great long weekend!!


The Ivy Brasserie Bath – All Day Casual Dining Restaurant

39 Milsom Street, Bath

www.theivybrasseriebath.com

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NEW “Pick’n’Mix” Wine Lounge: Le Vignoble Bath

The Grand Opening of Le Vignoble – Love the Vine – Wine Lounge & Retailer


 

There’s a new watering-hole in town – a “self-service wine” watering hole. It was the grand opening of Le Vignoble (a wine lounge & retailer) a couple of weeks ago. I was lucky enough to attend the preview and launch party and trust me, it’s worth a visit. 

Remember that feeling you had looking at the pick’n’mix when you were a kid, well I had that same excited feeling looking at the enomatic wine machines at Le Vignoble.

Pick’n’mix – just an adult version, with wine!!

If you wanted you could have a taster of every single wine!

 

This wine bar is like no other I have been too before. The super trendy enomatic dispensing system is set up with a large selection of wines to choose from.

Yannick Loué, co-founder of Le Vignoble started the company in Plymouth in 2011. They opened their first lounge/retail store in Royal William Yard in Plymouth. Six years later, after the success of their innovative concept of a self-service wine lounge, Yannick brought it to Bath.

Located in Milsom Place (opposite Hunter & Sons), this is the perfect wine oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre. The space is light and open so you can still watch the passers by whilst you sip on a selection of high quality wines.

Le Vignoble, which means ‘the vineyard’ in French

So, how it works!

There are six dispensing cabinets in the lounge with a variety of different wines. You can see the bottle inside and below, in front of the (let’s call it) “WINE MACHINE”, there are tasting notes about each wine.

They change the wine in the dispensers monthly.

You can walk around to each dispenser, looking at the wines available and reading the tasting notes. It’s as if you are taking yourself on your own little wine tour. Nearly all the bottles offer a tasting option. You can get a shots worth (25ml) of wine in your glass starting from 60p – £8.70. This option gives you the opportunity to taste all the wines in the wine dispensers – a “try before you buy” experience. It’s a great idea!

Sizes available – 25ml Taster, 125ml, 175ml

For someone who isn’t a big RED wine drinker, I loved this idea. I can taste multiple red wines to find the right one for me.

Le Vignoble Cards

You can only use Le Vignoble cards when you use the wine dispensers (using your credit/debit card would probably be quite dangerous wouldn’t it!? Haha).

Card Option 1:  The Tab Card

A card for you and your friends to use throughout your visit and paying the amount at the end of your wine lounge experience. There’s no limit!

Card Option 2: The Top-Up Card

This is your own personal, private Le Vignoble wine card. Top-up with £5 or more and use this card without settling up a bill at the end of the night. This card makes you feel like you aren’t spending money at all (clever/dangerous idea) but it’s great as you can take this card away with you and can use it on each visit.

In order to get a Top-Up card you must put a minimum of £5 on the card. Money on the card is available for 1 year and can also be used at their wine lounge in Plymouth.

The reason I preferred this card over the Tab Card is because it keeps track of what wines you have tried throughout your visit. On your next visit you can be reminded what wine you tried, simply by asking them to check your card history.

Why Le Vignoble is different?

WINE TASTING DOESN’T NEED TO BE “SNOBBY”

Yannick explained that he wanted to create a wine lounge that was welcoming and friendly, open to those who may not know a lot about wine. Their brand ethos is to appeal to new and experienced wine drinkers, and stepping away from “wine snobbiness”. He reminded us that wine is produced by farmers (and there is no snobbiness in that side of the production) therefore since the wine makers aren’t snobby about their wine means that the enjoyment of wine shouldn’t be pretentious or elitist either.

They focus primarily on small producers and unusual wines. The staff are happy to talk about the story behind each wine (they have 300 wines available!).

Why you need to visit!

You become your own wine connoisseur!

This is the perfect place for a date. Fancy, in the sense you are going out to drink good quality wine, but a friendly environment to feel relaxed and chilled. The self-serving concept it also a great talking point for any “first date awkward silences’.

It’s a fun place to visit whether you’re a couple or group of friends. You can try any wine you like and don’t have to make a commitment to drinking one wine; it gives everyone the opportunity to be their own wine conisseur.

The staff are there to help you, give you recommendations of wines you might like and knowledge about where the wines comes from. But, if you would prefer to discover and build your wine tasting knowledge yourself, that’s fine! You are given free range of all their wine dispensers and can expand your own wine knowledge by reading the tasting notes and sipping on tasters.

As mentioned before, this all lends itself to their ethos, stepping away from “snobby wine talk” and instead, focusing on your individual taste and palet.

A selection of charcuterie, cheeses and nibbles are on offer, to accompany your wine.

HELLO CAMEMBERT!

EXTRA NOTE:

  1. Le Vignoble will be offering a variety of events such as “Meet The Winemaker” and themed food and wine nights (see Plymouths list of events for examples of what’s to come to Bath)
  2. There will be weekly talks about the wine industry/where it’s made/how to discover wine/how to drink it.
  3. Private wine tastings sessions available.
  4. Mégane, the manager of the Bath store is French and a champagne/sparkling wine expert.
  5. And if you are interesting in developing your knowledge even further, Le Vignoble offer WSET qualifications such as the Level 1 Award in Wines (QFC) & Level 2 course in Wines and Spirits.

Le Vignoble has so many things to offer, whether you want it to be your casual Friday night spot for a drink and nibbles OR if you want to learn more and expand your knowledge of wine. It’s an sleek, relaxed wine lounge that will definitely become one of the go-to wine bars in the city. I highly recommend a visit if you want a fun (and affordable) wine tasting experience.

Thank you to Yannick and all the lovely staff at Le Vignoble for a great party and for being so friendly. And thank you to Madeleine at CoCo PR for the invitation!


Le Vignoble Bath

Opening hours: Monday to Thursday 12:00 – 23.00 / Friday & Saturday 12:00 – 00:00 / Sunday 12.00 – 23:00

12/13 Milsom Place

Milsom Street

Bath

BA1 1BZ

t: +44(0) 1225 465907

e: bath@levignoble.co.uk

Tapas Rev

Tapas Revolution Bath – The Unveiling of the NEW Spanish Mural (the only one in the UK!)

It was great to be invited back to Tapas Revolution Bath to see the unveiling of the bespoke hand-painted mural. In June last year, when I was there for the Press Preview of the restaurant, Omar Allibhoy told us that he had collaborated with renowned tile artist Antonio Lastrucci and Estrella Galicia, to create a special mural for this restaurant.

Omar talked about it so passionately that I was very excited and intrigued to see the mural in person.

As mentioned in my previous Tapas Revolution post, this restaurant is all about giving you the traditional, authentic experience of Spanish cuisine. With the addition of this beautiful hand-painted tiled wall you get a really sense and feel of Spanish history and tradition.

“Inspired by historic Spanish tile art tradition – this special mural will be the first of its kind in the UK”

 

Inspired by Estrella Galicia and Tapas Revolution

Artist and Author: Antonio Moreno Lastrucci, Cerámica Lastrucci.

Designed and painted by hand following the Sevilliano ceramic tradition in Seville, 2017.

How long did it take to create?

It took Lastrucci (based in Seville and one of the few remaining tile artists in Spain) over six months to hand-paint the tile mural.

This large traditional piece of art is over four meters wide and three meters tall.

What’s the inspiration?

The inspiration is from Estrella Galicia – a family owned Spanish brewery – and the history and craft behind making the beer.

Omar told us the brewery still looks exactly the same today and is definitely worth a visit.

Origins of Hand-painted Tile Art in Spain

Spanish tile art dates back thousands of years and in medieval times artisan tile murals were often found in palaces and churches throughout Spain.

 

“I’m really excited to unveil this amazing piece of art in Tapas Revolution Bath. Tile art has a fascinating history in Spain dating back thousands of years and it is important to me to bring a flavour of this to my restaurant in Bath”

Omar Allibhoy, Chef & Founder.

 

Omar explained that each decorative element has its own symbolic meaning. For example, the boarder contains scallop shells that are the symbol of Galician and its sea. The base of the image represents the fountain that provides the pure spring water used in the production of Estrella Galicia and is the base of the product’s quality. The spring water used is a symbol of purity and freshness and bunches of hops and barley along the bottom of the mural symbolise nature and its fertility. The overall symbolic meaning behind this mural is the celebration of sea, land and it’s natural fertility.

The symbolic connotations in this traditional Spanish art links to Baths historical significance with natural spring water.

 

The symbol of a star is often referred to as oldest guild emblem of brewers.

Spanish Mural Tapas Revolution

Spanish Mural Tapas Revolution

TAPAS REVOLUTION

“the very best of Spanish food to the people of Bath, from traditional tapas to modern cuisine. The contemporary tapas bar offers dishes cooked with the finest ingredients sourced from small artisan producers in Spain, all freshly prepared.”

Tapas served at unveiling – it was DE-LICIOUS!!! Great tapas!

Tapas Rev

Omar wants this traditional mural to be a must-see in Bath – especially as it is the ONLY hand-painted Spanish mural in the UK! People can come into the restaurant to see it, whether they are eating or just passing by. It’s definitely worth a look!

I’d definitely recommend if you are walking in Southgate, pop by, sit at the bar drinking a glass or two of Spanish beer, eating a plate of tapas (or two) and take in this Spanish tiled master piece.

Thank you to Neil Reading PR and Omar Allibhoy for the invitation to see the unveiling of this beautiful piece of traditional Spanish art, along with the delicious tapas dishes and Estrella Galicia beer. Great evening!

 

Tapas Revolution Bath: http://www.tapasrevolution.com/bath/

20A St Lawrence Street, Southgate Bath, Bath, BA1 1AN

P: 01225 312 917

E: bath@tapasrevolution.com

THE IVY BATH BRASSERIE OPENS PRIVATE DINING ROOM AND SECOND FLOOR TERRACE THIS SPRING

“Everything in this place is gorgeous – food, décor, service, the people – that’s why it’s one of my favourite places to eat in Bath”

BIG NEWS! The Ivy Brasserie Bath has now opened there second floor private dining area AAAND a fabulous outdoor terrace/secret garden!

I was very lucky to be invited back to The Ivy Brasserie for a delicious preview breakfast. We were invited to take a sneak peek at the NEW private dining area and outdoor terrace.

Private Dining in The Baldwin Room

“Taking its name from architect Thomas Baldwin, the beautiful light and airy space in the heart of Bath will be available for breakfast, lunch, dinner, events, celebrations and informal meetings, seven days a week.”

The walls are adorned with the colourful, Bath inspired artwork which add quirky character to a very glamorous, bright and eclectic space. We sat around a HUGE dining table which was laid out beautifully with bright flowers, dazzling, classic silver wear and adorable little tea stands with breakfast pastries. I felt very glamorous for a Tuesday morning – having a weekday breakfast in a room like this!

This private dining room is available for breakfast, lunch and dinner (see example menus further down).


As much as this room will be used for a lot of corporate events and special occasions it still felt like a  relaxed space for more informal occasions too. As I left that morning I was trying to think up ideas to book this room out myself. Maybe a special birthday breakfast in September?

  • Perfect for celebrations, private parties, corporate breakfasts, lunches and dinners.
  • Accommodates 30 guests on one long table, 40 across four rounds or 70 guests for a standing reception – a minimum booking of 16 guests.

This room has a great view over Milsom Street. I could sit in these gorgeous blue velvet seats, enjoying a fancy cocktail (or a civilised afternoon tea) and sit there for hours watching the world go by.

For the extra special touch, depending on your event, complimentary menu cards and place cards are provided, as well as tables beautifully decorated with local seasonal flowers and tea lights.

The Ivy Brasserie Bath “interiors are designed by Martin Brudnizki Design Studio”

Here are a few of the set menus you can choose for your group/event.

It was lovely to have another breakfast at The Ivy Brasserie again. This time I had the Hot Buttermilk Pancakes with Strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, lemon balm and a warm strawberry sauce. It was also accompanied with Greek yoghurt, however, I asked if I could change it to Coconut Yoghurt (which was on another dish on the menu). They were more than happy to change that – and might I recommend having the Coconut Yoghurt instead – just adds a bit more sweetness (if you’re a sweet tooth like me).

These pancakes were DE-LICIOUS! Even though I was non-talking with fellow bloggers before we were served breakfast, as soon as breakfast arrived I fell silent. And it wasn’t just me, quite a few of us at my end of the table just stopped talking – surely this is a good sign of great food?! OR are we just really anti-social?! Haha!

 

Al Fresco Terrace

Shhh! The “secret garden”

Here’s a sneak peek of the outdoor terrace – what I would like to call the SECRET GARDEN OF MILSOM STREET.

Beautiful French style table and chairs, large mirrors all around, making it feel like a larger space, and an old open fireplace to make it feel cosy. I felt like whatever the weather, whether it’s cold or hot, I would want to sit out there and enjoy a late brunch or a cocktail or two.

You don’t have to book a table to visit the upstairs terrace but I would definitely choose a good time to go – this will be a VERY popular spot. Opening at the perfect time now, with the sun making an appearance and the evenings getting slightly warmer, I know where I will be spending weekend brunches and evening cocktails.

Big thank you to Madeleine at CoCo PR and The Ivy Brasserie Bath for inviting me back again. I love my visits to The Ivy Brasserie. It feels like I’m visiting my dream home – ‘DECOR GOALS!’ (Or even ‘wedding décor goals’….. too soon?? Probably. But I’ll keep it in mind 😉 )

Private dining and outdoor terrace opening to the public Monday, 12 March 2018.

“The Ivy Bath Brasserie will now be able to offer visitors and locals alike a variety of sophisticated and friendly all-day dining options across two floors.”

 

39 Milsom Street, Bath, BA1 1DS

www.theivybathbrasserie.com

Reservation phone number: 01225 307100

Instagram & Twitter: @ivybathbrass

Thanks to Madeleine from Coco PR for the invitation – www.weareco.co.uk