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You’ve Got to Eat Here! Top 5 Restaurants in Bath

Bath has a great variety of restaurants, and living in this lovely city over the past four years I have found some amazing places to wine and dine. Here is a list of my top 5 independent restaurants!

1. Yammo!Neapolitan Street-Food Kitchen & Pizzeria

THE BEST PIZZA EVER!

This tiny restaurant has a friendly family run feel. It may not have the most contemporary/modern decor, but it doesn’t matter, the food is amazing! If you are a pizza sauce lover like me, you will love it! Whenever we go there or get a takeaway, we always order the Arancini balls – delicious balls of rice, beef and pork ragu and a gooey mozzarella centre. I can guarantee any pizza you try here you will love!

I am not usually a fan of pizza crusts (I know, I’m like a child) but these pizzas have a thick but soft crust so I actually enjoy eating it. This is a sign of a good pizza in my eyes.

My favourite pizza is the Alla Norma pizza which has aubergine and ricotta cheese on top. I also like to add some parma ham to the pizza too.

Alla Norma pizza at Yammo
Alla Norma

You can add extra things to your pizza, for example, zucchini, meatballs, buffalo mozzarella, Neapolitan-style sausages, honey-roast ham, red peppers, mushrooms, gorgonzola and more.

yammo Yammo Pizzeria Bath

Recommendations: any of the pizzas, including the Marinara (no cheese), it is delicious and has tons of flavour, arancini (traditional beef and pork ragu), polpette al sugo (pork & beef meatballs baked in a rich tomato sauce), hand cut potato fries.

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2. Hudsons SteakhouseSteaks cooked to perfection!

“Voted number 3 in the UK Top 10 Steakhouse.”

hudson steakhouse

A small restaurant with really attentive staff and absolute pros at cooking the perfect steak. I would like to add that this isn’t a casual place to wine and dine; we usually go for a special treat or birthday. I usually get a sirloin steak, cooked medium to well done, with their signature red wine glaze and served with their béarnaise sauce.

One thing I like about this restaurant is that the waitress understood exactly how I wanted my steak cooked, I like the taste of a pinker steak however I don’t like seeing blood ooze out! She said she would ask the chef to cook it ‘medium but no blood’ and when it arrived it was perfect! With our steaks, we usually add a side of dauphinoise potatoes and green beans. They also have a selection of classic main dishes too, one of the dishes I have my eyes on is the seabass fillets, edamame beans, asparagus and chive chardonnay beurre blanc. Mmm, yum!

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Recommendations: Homemade rosemary focaccia with marinated olives and basil pesto.

3. AquaModern Italian Cuisine

Aqua Restaurant Bath

This restaurant is located in a gorgeous renovated chapel and provides a broad range of dishes. Firstly, the interior is stunning, with a lot of seating and a few seating booths it is a great place for lunch and dinner. At the front of the chapel, there is a balcony that overlooks the main restaurant area, there are a few seats up there and a grand piano in the centre. I’m not sure if they get a pianist to play up there on special nights, but on our first visit to Aqua, we did witness a customer going up and playing a bit of piano. He was actually really good! We thought he was a professional playing for the evening but then realised he was a customer when his friends at another table started clapping at the end and he joined them for dinner.

The offer I was particularly attracted to in Aqua was the 2 for 1 offer on bellinis, before 7 pm.

I love this restaurant because it is was the first restaurant that got me to enjoy eating salads! I had the ‘Fig & Mozzarella Salad’ with pine nuts, and mixed leaf salad drizzled with a balsamic sauce. I would easily eat this salad as a main meal and I am not a salad person so that’s saying something! I wish I had a photo of this dish, it is always presented beautifully but every time it arrives at the table I just want to dive straight in.

Recommendations: Fig and Mozzarella Salad, Risotto Balls, Smoked Haddock Risotto, Roasted Lamb, Rabbit Ragout.

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4. The Hop Pole PubHomely, friendly pub, with a gourmet touch.

The Hop Pole offers you just want you want from a pub menu, traditional dishes mixed with a few gourmet touches. This pub is part of the Bath Ale chain, offering ‘top-notch beers’ and uses some of the ales in their dishes. We are constantly going back to this pub for meals as it is only down the road. The Hop Pole is a great place for popping in for a drink and enjoying some yummy pub snacks, for example, they use to have handmade scotch eggs with a gooey centre.

Their menu changes seasonal but they always have some traditional classics on the menu.

Hop Pole Chicken Pie Bath  Hop Pole Crumble Bath

Another great thing is that they occasionally have offers on, over the Winter months they had an a £10 pie and pint offer on every Tuesday.

Not only is this pub great for cold Wintery nights but it is the perfect place to hang out with friends in the summer, sitting out in their pub garden. We are now regulars and have got to know the staff really well, and we now feel at home there – especially as one of the barmen/waiters’ is my boyfriend’s best friend.

Hop Pole Suet Pudding Bath
Beef & Ale Suet Pudding

Recommendations: As I said their menu changes seasonally but here are a few of the gorgeous dishes I have enjoyed: free range chicken, leek & ham pie with parsley sauce, greens and mash, 28 day dry aged beef shin and ‘Dark Side’ ale suet pudding, dauphinoise potatoes, carrots, ‘Proper Chips’ their tripled cooked chips.

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5. Firehouse Rotisserie – American Bistro and Grill

Another lovely small restaurant located on a quiet road just off the busy high-street. Sometimes it is nice to get away from the big chains and find a local restaurant like this one. They boast on their website that they are the only genuine rotisserie restaurant in the South West (not sure if that is true or not) but their rotisserie cooked chicken is great. They offer a delicious range of flame-roasted chicken, gourmet pizzas and seasonal dishes.

One of the dishes that stood out for me was the confit of duck with cheesy mash potato and runner beans. They still offer duck on the menu but not with the same sides. On my most recent visit, I tried one of their chicken dishes. The chicken is cooked to perfection, beautifully tender and succulent.

Recommendations: Prosciutto Ham stone baked pizza, lemon and herb rotisserie chicken with applewood smoked bacon, spring salad, Dijon tarragon aioli.

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Hope this has got you all hungry! It definitely made me extremely hungry whilst writing this.

If you are visiting Bath soon or live in Bath and are not sure where to eat then choose any one of these restaurants and I promise you you will enjoy a delicious meal!

review emma hardie cleansing balm

REVIEW: Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm

emma hardie cleansing balm

I did take a risk buying this as it is quite expensive! Even though it is recommended by so many beauty bloggers/vloggers, I still didn’t know if it was worth the price.

I bought the smaller 100ml pot for £38.00. The 200ml is £55.00.

I heard about this product last October and wanted to try it out, but I thought I had a good cleansing routine in the evening, using a foamy, gel face wash. I attempt to cleanse my skin every night but let’s be honest, who can do that every night!? It was this video (below) that gave me a kick up the butt to STOP using makeup wipes to take off makeup and “cleanse” my skin.

I recently started watching Caroline Hirons YouTube channel. In this video, with Pixiwoo (Sam and Nic Chapman), discuss what your skin needs and Caroline’s favourite products.

What I learnt from the video:

  1. “If you have breakouts or acne and use an exfoliator with beads in it it will spread the infection.”
  2. Spraying water on your skin doesn’t make it hydrated; it makes it drier.
  3. “If you don’t have good skin you won’t have good makeup” – unless you are amazing at applying makeup.  

Talking about EH Cleansing Balm – the first 2 minutes:

Caroline recommended cleansing balms, and since Emma Hardies’ balm is raved about so much, I thought I’d give it a go.

eh cleansing balm

How to use EH Cleansing Balm:

It is amazing and so quick to use. You just place a small bit of the cleansing balm on your face and massage gently around your face, neck and eyes. What I love but found a bit weird when I first used it was to rub the balm around my eyes too. It takes off your eye makeup so quickly. Once you have massaged your face and neck and have big pander eyes, you wipe off the balm with warm water and the cloth.

emma hardie balm

You get one cloth with the cleansing balm pot and I guess you would have to clean the cloth after a while, or use a flannel instead. However, I did see in Space N K and on feelunique.com you can buy a set of three EH cloths for £14 (not sure if that is a good price or not).

“There is nothing about this cleanser that disappoints me. And I’m not alone – this little gem is winning awards left, right and centre” Caroline Hiron

I have really enjoyed using this balm; my skin feels like I have been pampering my skin for a long time and I go to bed feeling fresh faced. Now I don’t wake up with the occasional black mascara mark on my pillow. After I wash my face with this balm, I usually apply a hydrating overnight mask, such as Cliniques Moisture Surge mask. I wake up with my skin feeling hydrated, soft and with a little bit of a glow in the morning.

So if you want to treat yourself and invest in a skin care product, then this is the product to buy! It is annoying that it is so pricey but I know this balm will last me a very long time!

If you have any other cleansing balms, you like using, please write in the comments below. Or if you have a different night-time routine for your skin, please share 🙂

Check out Caroline Hirons blog and YouTube channel.

Emma Hardie Products:

Cleansing Balm: http://ow.ly/YwrEr
Cleansing Cloths: http://ow.ly/YwrKd

Lipsticks

All About The Lips!

10 Lip Products I Love

Lip Products I Love!

I love finding new lipsticks and lip creams. Below, I have listed my ten favourite lip products. Some I have received as presents and some I have bought myself. Take a look at some of my favourite red, pink and nude lipsticks, plus my MUST HAVE lip cream!

Clarins Instant Light: Natural Lip Perfector – Rose Shimmer

Clarins Instant Light

A nude gloss that adds light and moisture your lips.

I have been bought this twice now and will buy it myself when it runs out. It is glossy gel type consistency that isn’t sticky. This lip lighter really does light up your lips! I love applying this as it has a soft tip, so it is very easy to apply on the go. I have it in a very subtle pink, nude colour so it is good for every day. It can also act as a gloss – I sometimes use it top of my pink lipsticks.

Clinique Chubby Stick Baby Tint

Clinique Baby Tint Balm

A tinted moisturising lip balm.

Another product that is easy to apply on the go. I always have this tinted lip balm in my bag. Unlike some other tinted lip balms, this one actually does give you a subtle hint of colour. I bought it in baby pink as I am a big fan of natural/nude colours. I recently bought my sister a red tint version of the balm, which again gives you a subtle hint of red (good for anyone who wears red lipstick every day). I usually use this balm throughout the day and sometimes apply it on top of lipstick. I wear lipstick nearly every day and on the days where I haven’t used a lip liner to fill in my lips, my lipstick sometimes fades to the edges of my mouth. I use this balm to blend the lipstick colour back into my lips. Even though I will then have some lipstick colour on my balm and just use a tissue to wipe it clean.

Chantecille Lipstick – Cassia

Chantecille Lipstick

Darker nude for all year round.

A gorgeous, GORGEOUS colour! This is a great darker nude for all year round! I actually went into Space N K to buy a Nars lipstick, but they had run out of the colour I wanted (I will try to remember which colour it was). The lady recommended trying out this lipstick colour, which was very similar. This lipstick is great, once applied at the start of the day the lipstick will last. Obviously, it doesn’t completely stay on my lips due to eating and drinking BUT I notice that the colour tints my lips, so even when this lipstick fades later in the day it leaves some colour on my lips. This is one of my all-time favourite lip colours. I am so glad I was introduced to Chantecille lipsticks now. Once this lipstick has run out, I look forward to trying out some of their other colours.

Chantecille Lipstick Colour

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream

Luxury pampering for your lips!

I can’t live without this now. I put this cream on once before I go to bed and once in the morning. If you are like me, a snorer, mouth wide open, deep breather while sleeping then you need this! If I don’t use it at night, I will wake up with dry lips. I occasionally use it more than twice a day in the Winter months, but this cream really does last a long time! I bought it last May (2015) and I still have a good amount left.

Estee Lauder – Fuchsia Fever

Estee Lauder Fuchsia Fever

Add a splash of colour with a vibrant pink lip!

A bright colour for the spring/summer! I wasn’t sure if I would like this colour at first, but once I put it on I loved it. Like a lot of Estee Lauder lipsticks, this lipstick easily glides onto the lips.

Estee Lauder Fuchsia Fever Colour

Illamasqua Lipstick – Box

Illamasqua Lipstick

A statement matte red.

A lovely rich red, this lipstick is one of the best dramatic reds I have tried. I usually use this lipstick just for special occasions (when I have more time to concentrate putting on lipstick).  It is one of my favourite red lipsticks, HOWEVER, compared to other brands I don’t find it as soft and easy to apply. Due to it being a matte lipstick, is doesn’t easily glide on BUT once it has warmed up on my lips or if I use a lip brush then it works great. I wouldn’t use this as an everyday red lipstick due to it being very bold and dramatic, and as I mentioned before, takes some time to apply. However, similar to the Chantecille lipstick above I found that once this lipstick did fade (which takes quite a LONG TIME!) it still leaves a lovely red tint.

Illamasqua Lipstick Colour

Lip Products I Love!

Clarins – Rouge Eclat – Woodrose

Clarins Woodrose Lipstick

A nude for every occasion!

Like my Chantecille lipstick, this is my other top all year round lipstick! I got this lipstick for Christmas this year and I have used it nearly every day since. As I mentioned above, it is a subtle nude for all occasions and feels moisturising too. LOVE IT!

Clarins Woodrose Lipstick Colour

Mac – Retro Matte – All Fired Up

Mac Matte Lipstick All Fired Up

Add for a fun, bright lip. Perfect for Spring/Summer!

My favourite matte colour! This reddy, fuchsia colour is my favourite lipstick for the summer. Even though it is a matte lipstick is glides on your lips quite easily. This lipstick is a very flattering bright pink colour for all skin tones.

Mac Matte Lipstick All Fired Up Colour

Estee Lauder – Pure Colour Nectarine Shimmer

Estee Lauder Nectarine ShimmerEveryday red.

A creamy texture and a glossy finish, this lipstick is one of my favourite reds to apply. It isn’t a really pigmented red, but it is good for a subtle red lip that lasts all day.

Estee Lauder Nectarine Shimmer Colour

Bourjois – Sweet Kiss

Bourjois Lipstick Sweet Kiss
A creamy everyday red.

A pinky red, with a little shine. Sweet Kiss has thicker, creamier texture than my Estee Lauder lipstick (above), which means that one application is enough. This lipstick has argan oil in so it feels moisturising and gives you a good amount of colour all day.

Bourjois Lipstick Sweet Kiss Colour

Next thing on my list is to make my own lip scrub.

What are your favourite lip products?