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La Rock Nottingham Tasting Menu

La Rock Nottingham

Rach and I love tasting menus, we recently went to La Rock to experience their tasting menu. On the first Friday of the month, they hold a 9 course tasting menu. This menu allows you to try 9 small dishes over a course of roughly 4 hours.

We went as a group of 4 as apart of a celebration meal for it being Rach’s Birthday and our first proper meal out since we had our son Edwin. I originally tried to book a table but they were full, luckily for us they did have a cancellation. We didn’t know our friends were going as well, once we found out La Rock were more than happy to move us to a table of 4 so we could enjoy the night together.


On arrival we were given a warm welcome and asked if we wanted a seat first or shown to our table. We asked to be seated, which we were and menus were soon brought out to show what we would be having during the night.

Here is the menu for the night….

La Rock Tasting Menu - excellent 8 course tasting menu, would recommend La Rock in Nottingham - AmateurChef.co.uk

As La Rock only do a tasting once every month, they change the menu monthly. Makes me want to go back again so I can see what other dishes they will do.

We ordered our drinks, they do offer a package where you get to try a range of wines with each course. I decided not to go for this though, however one of the party did and enjoyed them.

Prior to our food starting to come out, we did get to experience a couple of different amuse-bouche. They were all very tasty, one of which really stood out. It was a mini fish and chip and it tasted just like the real thing, nice and salty. If I could find out how to make that, Id jump at the chance.

Tasting Dish One – Beetroot Variations

The first dish was a medley of all things beetroot. I have seen a few dishes that do beetroot in different ways and always wanted to try one. Its given me the inspiration of trying it, it goes to show how versatile beetroot is!

On the plate was a smudge of puree which then sat presse and mousse of beetroot, some cubed beetroot and then an amazing beetroot crisp. Sprinkled around was beetroot dust. I have to say the winner for me was the crisp, it tasted perfect.

La Rock Tasting Menu Course 1 Beetroot Variations

Tasting Dish Two – Chicken ‘Teriyaki’ Style

The second dish was chicken that was marinated in a teriyaki sauce. I loved the taste of the chicken, it had some great flavours. The chicken sat on a bed of Daikon, which is something I have never had before. Daikon is a type of radish, it’s slightly milder than your typical radish.

The daikon was then on an oriental spiced emulsion that went really well with the teriyaki chicken. Placed to the side was a crispy chicken skin, which tasted amazing!

La Rock Tasting Menu Course 2 - Chicken

Tasting Dish Three – Sea Bass

It might look like a small bit of sea bass but it is a mouthful of amazingness (is that a word?) It was cooked to perfection with a tasty skin on top. The Sea bass was on a celeriac puree with celery and a few hazelnuts that were covered in honey.

All on all the dish worked very well and I could happily eat it again and again!

La Rock Tasting Menu Course 3 Sea Bass

Tasting Dish Four – Deconstructed Beef Wellington

I have not had that many deconstructed dishes and as I love steak, I was looking forward to this dish the most. The beef sat on a bed of mushroom, garlic and chive pancake. The beef itself was incredible. It was cooked just how I like it and had a lot of flavour. I have had a few steaks in my time and must say it was impressive.

Laid over the top of the beef was a nice stick of puff pastry. You could get a nice combination of flavours and it worked really well as a beef wellington.

La Rock Tasting Menu Course 4 Beef Wellington

Tasting Dish Five – Textures of Melon

The mains were done, now it’s time to get into the desserts. This course was a palate cleanser, ready for the up and coming desserts.

There were 4 different textures of Melon. Melon spheres, Melon jelly, Melon custom and iced Melon. They all worked really well together and had some great tastes/textures. It was nice that the palate cleanser was not just a bowl of sorbet but something different and tasty.

La Rock Tasting Menu Course 5 Melon

Tasting Dish Six – White Chocolate Parfait

The first of the dessert courses was a yummy white chocolate parfait. It came with black cherry and pistachio. It all went very well and tasted great. I have to admit, I completely forgot to take the picture and started eating…what can I say it looked yummy!! 🙂

La Rock Tasting Menu Course 6 White Chocolate

Tasting Dish Seven – British Cheeses (£6 Supplement PP)

We decided to pay the extra for the cheese course. I love cheese so couldn’t really say no to having it. The dish comes as a serving for 2 people. Unlike some places you actually get a decent amount of cheese, more than enough for two people.

The course came with 4 different cheese, a nice range of biscuits, grapes and a tasty soused celery. Well worth the additional £6!

La Rock Tasting Menu Course 7 Cheese Selection

Tasting Dish Eight – Orange Laurel Posset

Now we have reached the last course of the tasting menu at La Rock. I came and I have to admit I was impressed with the plating, although was gutted it was the last course. (Even though I was very full!!)

The Posset came with a candied orange on top, there was some brand snap and a nice range of different citrus gels/textures.

La Rock Tasting Menu Course 8 - Orange Posset

Petit Fours

We then enjoyed a nice selection of petit fours. These included jelly, nut and chocolate. Ill be honest I did struggle to eat them after such a nice meal (and being somewhat full!) Each one was however very tasty and finished the meal off well.

La Rock Tasting Menu Course 9

Thoughts on La Rock Menu

The tasting menu was finalised that very week. I think they did an excellent job, everything seemed to go really well together. It would be interesting to find out the thought process and what they did to develop the menu.

After trying this menu I really would love to try another tasting night. If you don’t get a chance to go on the tasting, the normal evening menu looks just as impressive. There are a number of dishes that I really want to try, can almost guarantee i’ll be returning to La Rock.

Thoughts on Service at La Rock

I cannot fault the staff. From the moment we were seated, they were very friendly and knowledgeable on the dishes. We were told about each of the wines that were associated with each course and the staff member that served the dish also explain what was one it.

Interestingly each member of staff wore gloves when serving the plates, which I think was a nice touch.

La Rock should be proud of each of their team that night, we were very happy with the service we received.

Final Foodie Thought

If you are wanting to experience fine dining, whether during the tasting night or non tasting night then La Rock is perfect. The quality of the food is excellent and the price is very reasonable for what you do get.
If visiting Nottingham or if you live in Nottingham, this is a great restaurant to visit whether as a group or a romantic meal. On a personal level it would be incredible to learn more about the food development they do and would also be really cool to tour the kitchens/meet the chefs (maybe next time :P)

I will certainly be visiting La Rock again and do think it is somewhat of a hidden gem, as many people I have spoken to have not heard of it before. I cannot recommend it more, brilliant experience!

If you do go, please do let me know what you think in the comments below

Visit the La Rock Nottingham Website to make your booking – www.larockrestaurant.co.uk

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Bric Nottingham

Bric Nottingham - Nice restaurant in the centre of Nottingham. The Bric Nottingham Menu has some excellent choices at a reasonable priceBric Nottingham is a fairly new restaurant, attached to Hilton Hotel in the very centre of town. It was previously Nicholson’s, which was an excellent place to go for some food and cocktails.

I have wanted to visit for some time to see how different it was and to see what the food was like. I had just received my new Gourmet Society card and thought it would be a good time to have a meal out.

The Gourmet Society card gives 25% discount on the bill at Bric, which I think is a pretty good deal.


When we arrived at first didn’t really know where to go, whether we should wait to be seated or to just find a seat. We asked and were quickly shown to a table by a friendly waitress, who soon provided menus and took our drink orders.

The restaurant itself is nice, the layout is the same to Nicholson’s. It has however been redecorated and I think it does look decent. With it being attached to the hotel and a popular bar it does get quiet loud. Its not somewhere id go for a quiet romantic meal but perfect for a pre night out dinner, pre-theatre dinner or somewhere to go in a group.

What’s The Location Like

The location of Bric in Nottingham is ideal. It is pretty much in the centre, close to the INTU shopping centre. It is attached to the Hilton Hotel, so if you are visiting overnight it is an ideal spot.

The Corner House is within a couple of minutes walk, which has a number of decent bars around if you’re looking for a drink or two. There are taxi ranks just outside and plenty of bus routes, getting to Bric is incredibly easy.

I have stayed that this hotel and even though it is right in the middle of town, there is not much street noise.

What was on the Bric Nottingham Menu

One thing I do like is that the menu is not over complicated. They don’t have too many options that you just cannot decide. Although at the same time, everything sounded really nice so I did struggle to pick!

It’s always good to see a restaurant that focuses on a small selection of items and cooks them well. Instead of somewhere that tries to handle too many dishes and turns out to just be meh!

Bread Selection – £3

I like a nice selection of bread to get me started and you do get a good selection of different types of bread. It comes with a dipping oil which is nice. Id probably have a couple of different dips as there is a lot of bread when compared with the small tub of oil.

Starter – Pork Belly – £5

I love a good pork belly and these were very nice. They were covered in a cider marinade. It also came with a nice spicy dipping sauce. Id recommend this as a starter if you do like pork belly, perhaps would have like the skin a little crispier.

Bric Nottingham Menu - Starter - Pork Belly glazed in cider...yummy! Amateurchef.co.uk

Main – Pan Fried Cod Supreme – £15

The cod is pan fired and on a bed of wilted spinach and fondant potato. It then came with a lobster sauce. The fish was very nice and fell apart, so was cooked to perfection. The sauce added some incredible flavour. The only thing that id comment on was the potato to me was not really a fondant.

It was more like a roast potato as the middle was not soft and fluffy as you would expect. As I said though the whole thing did taste nice, so would recommend it.

Bric Nottingham Menu - Main - Pan Seared Cod that fell apart, incredibly nice - amateurchef.co.uk

We decided not to have a dessert, even though they did sound very nice. We were both tired and Rach was suffering from her back so we called it a night.

What was the service like at Bric Nottingham

The service was good. It was not a busy time as we had arrived around 7:30, so imagine the staff were not rushed. They did however come to check how the food was and continued to ask if we wanted any drinks, which was good.

The starter was not brought out too quickly, reassuring us that it was cooked fresh. The main came out soon after the starter, so we didn’t have to wait a long time to get our main course.

Final Foodie Thought On Bric Nottingham

Overall I do think Bric is a nice restaurant in Nottingham and a good addition to the great restaurants we have. As I said before I do think it’s more of a place you would go to as a group or pre-theatre. The food is well presented, tastes nice and is reasonably priced.

I would come to Bric again as I did enjoy it. I continue to see pictures of their afternoon teas on FaceBook and they really do look nice! Next time I go I think I’ll have to go for afternoon tea.

If you do like an afternoon tea, give it a go and tell me what you thought! 🙂

Where To Find Bric In Nottingham

Address: Hilton Nottingham, 38 Milton St, Nottingham NG1 3PZ
Telephone: 0115 934 9760
Price: ££
Website: http://bricnottingham.co.uk/

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Iberico World Tapas Nottingham

Iberico World Tapas is an incredible Tapas restaurant in Nottingham! High quality food tastes excellent! - http://amateurchef.wpengine.comI have been wanting to visit Iberico World Tapas in Nottingham for some time now. It is owned by the same people that own World Service, a restaurant that I love. Not only do I love World Service but I really like tapas food. Its perfect when you want to try a number of different dishes.

When Rach and I decided that we would go to Iberico Tapas, I went straight online to look at the menu. I was impressed right away with the way the food looked. Each dish online looked and sounded incredible!

On arriving we went down the stairs (as it is underground) of the Galleries of Justice. It is a grade 2 listed building. The inside is really stylish with nice decor and great seating.


The environment is relaxed with plenty of seating but they are not positioned to close together. We ordered a drink at the bar and waiting for our table to be ready.

What’s The Location Like?

The location of Iberico tapas is good with it being in the heart of the lace market. Its within walking distance of some nice bars such as All Bar One and Pitcher and Pendulum. Ideal if you want a couple of drinks before or after your tapas!

The fletcher gate car park is within walking distance, perfect if driving in. Taxi ranks are right near the restaurant if you are looking to get a taxi home.

If you are staying in the centre then there is a Ibis hotel, which is only a 2 minute walk from Iberico world tapas.

What Tapas Did I have at Iberico Nottingham?

There is an incredible selection of tapas to have at Iberico. I could have chosen everything on the menu!

The prices do vary but I actually think they are very reasonable. Below are the dishes that Racha and I enjoyed. I would recommend each and everyone of them.

Catalan Bread – £3.50

The Catalan bread was perfectly toasted, topped with tomato and herbs….yummy!!

Catalan Bread at Iberico Nottingham - Tasty Dish!

Ham Croquetas – £5.95

Rach had been before and told me how good these were. We couldn’t not have them this time, so I could enjoy them. Along with the ham is burnt Aubergine, Manchego and pickled shallots. (I really would recommend these!)

Yummy Ham Croquetas - Excellent Tapas at Iberico. I would recommend this one for sure!

Spicy Miso Salmon – £6.95

I didn’t try this as it was a dish Rach had. She did however say it tasted excellent and the salmon had great flavours. If you do like salmon, give it a go!

Spicy Miso Salmon from Iberico - Rach did say this one was excellent!

Potato & Onion Tortilla – £4.95

Cannot have tapas without a potato dish really! We usually have Patatas Bravas but wanted to try something different. The Potato and Onion tortilla was perfect, it was nice and soft and was a great addition.

Loved the Potato & Onion Tortilla from Iberico World Tapas in Nottingham. Was soft and went very well with the meat dishes.

Onglet Beef Skewers – £6.95

These skewers also came with a tasty truffle sauce. The beef itself was very tender and full of flavour.

I dont think you can go wrong with beef skewers, these were tasty yet very tender

Rhubarb Tart – Unknown

Rach had the Rhubarb Tart, however It was a special so I cannot remember the price. I didn’t have any myself but she did say it tasted very nice. As you can see from the picture, there was plenty of Rhubarb!

Rhubarb Tart dessert - Rach did say it tasted very nice and came with a good amount of Rhubarb

A Taste Of Something Sweet – £5.95

If you are going to have a dessert then please do get this one!!

I cannot remember everything that was on it but I know they tasted amazing. You get 5 little desserts which did include a Macaroon, brownie and a truffle. I really would recommend this one.

This is the perfect tapas dessert as it comes with 5 different little treats - Each one tasted amazing!!

What was the service like at Iberico World Tapas?

I thought the service at Iberico Nottingham was excellent. I would not have expected anything else though. Having experienced the service at World Service, I knew it would be just as good here.

We didn’t have to wait long for our table, even though we were a bit early. The waitress that served us was excellent. She was very friendly and was happy to explain dishes on the menu.

With it being tapas the dishes came out as and when they were ready. This is typical with tapas but it was done very well.

The team behind Iberico World Tapas should be very happy with their waiting staff. They should also be very happy with their behind house staff, the food was cooked perfect!

Final Foodie Thought On Iberico Tapas

One of the things I really like is the high quality food but it’s not a stuffy restaurant. Iberico World Tapas is perfect for a group meal or even a romantic meal together.

If you are looking for one of the best places to eat Tapas in Nottingham, you cannot go wrong with here. It offers high quality, sophisticated food but a relaxed environment.

Iberico Nottingham, really is a restaurant that you have to try if you haven’t already!

The only downside to Iberico World Tapas is the fact that I couldn’t try every dish. That does mean that i’ll just have to go again….hopefully soon!

Where To Find Iberico World Tapas Nottingham

Address: The Shire Hall, High Pavement NG1 1HN
Phone: 0115 941 0410
Price: £££
Website: http://www.ibericotapas.com/

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The Fludyers Arms Felixstowe

The Fludyers Arms Felixstowe HotelI’ve never been to Felixstowe before so didn’t really have an idea of where the best place to eat was. I was meeting with a client and they did recommend The Fludyers Arms as it is supposed to have a good reputation.

After spending a good 4 hours on the train, I was ready for a nice meal. After looking at the menu online I was really looking forward to coming, as there were some great choices. On meeting with the client we walked about 5 or 10 minutes from the train station to the restaurant, it was a pleasant walk with the beach just on the side.

What Is The Location Like For The Fludyers Arms?

Location wise I would say that its perfect, it sites right on the cliffs at the edge of the sea. There are tables outside so on a nice warm day you would have some excellent views, perfect for watching the world go by.

I didn’t stay in Felixstowe as I was only there for the day, if you are looking to stay in the area then The Fludyers Arms does also have rooms. I didn’t see them but looking at the pictures online they do look really nice and comfortable.

The Fludyers Arms Menu

It was just after lunch so had chosen our meals from the lunch menu. There was a nice selection of different meats as well as a number of fish dishes. Its always good to see places offering a nice selection of meats and not just focusing on steaks or chicken dishes.

Main – Roast Duck and Vanilla Mash (Apox £16)

I decided to order the roasted duck from the specials menu as the sound of vanilla mash potato got my taste buds tingling. The duck itself was nice, although id have happily had it a little more pink but it was very tasty. The mash potato was very interesting and nice, adding vanilla is something I’m going to have to try.

The dish came with spinach and some mushrooms with a red wine jus…all in all it was very nice.

The Fludyers Arms Felixstowe - Main - Roast Duck with a tasty and interesting vanilla mash - very tasty and well priced

Dessert – Chocolate Brownie (£6.50)

Chocolate brownie tends to be my go to dessert if I am craving a little chocolate, it tends to be tasty but not sickly like some chocolate tarts. It came with white chocolate bavarois and a chocolate pot, these worked well with the main dessert and satisfied my sweet tooth 🙂

The Fludyers Arms Felixstowe - Dessert - Tasty brownies, perfect to end a nice meal with

What Was The Service Like?

The service was okay to be honest, I did read online a lot about poor service but when I went it was fine. Ill admit the restaurant was quiet so naturally it would be a bit better than if it was busy. They showed us to the table quickly and brought us our menus. They also came at appropriate times to ask how the meals were etc.

Overall I personally had no issues with the service and would recommend it.

Final Foodie Thought On The Fludyers Arms

If you are visiting Felixstowe and looking for a nice place to eat that has excellent views as well as nice food, I would recommend visiting The Fludyers Arms. As I said there are some negative comments on sites such as Trip Advisor but I personally found it to be fine and would take many reviews with a pinch of salt (even this one :P)

Really you never know how good a place is unless you go yourself.

How To Find The Fludyers Arms

Address: Undercliff Road East, Felixstowe IP11 7LU
Phone: 01394 691929
Price:  ££
Website: http://www.thefludyers.co.uk/restaurant/

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Sky Bar Bratislava

Sky Bar Bratislava - incredible restaurant in the centre of Bratislava with city views - http://amateurchef.wpengine.comI recently had the pleasure of going to Bratislava with work on a business trip, we went to meet a client and take them out for a nice meal. Before going we had a look online and asked for recommendations and it was decided that we would go to Sky Bar Bratislava.

Like with most places when I book them and have not been before, I go straight onto their website and take a look at the menu and gallery. I like to get a feeling for the type of food they do, as well as how the restaurant looks.

I must say I was really impressed! The actual venue looked incredible and the food also sounded nice, the cocktails however looked amazing.

What’s Sky Bar Bratislava Location Like?


The location of Sky Bar in Bratislava is excellent, it’s on the top floor which gives you a panoramic view of the city. You also get an incredible view of the Bratislava Castle and the old town, which is an amazing sight during the day and the night when it’s all lit up!

The strip that the Sky Bar is located on is a great area during the day and in the evening, with shops, cafes and other bars. There are some excellent statues and fountains for perfect pictures and plenty of sitting area.

The Sky Bar is actually a couple of bars in one, with Lemon Tree and the Rum Club – plenty of a places you can visit!

Sky Bar Bratislava Menu

The Sky Bar in Bratislava offers two menus, a modern european menu and a authentic Thai menu. I decided to choose from the European menu, the prices I felt were very responsible and could easily be compared to the prices in the UK.

Starter – Scallop Tartare – €11.90

I have never had scallop tartare before as i’d never thought to have raw scallops, it was however incredibly tasty. The scallops came with Lobster oil, chive puree and a white chocolate and vanilla foam. The foam was unusual but very nice.

Starter at Sky Bar Bratislava - Incredible scallop tartare with white chocolate and vanilla foam..yummy! - http://amateurchef.wpengine.com

Main – Grilled Duck Breast – €16.90

I love a nice Duck breast and the duck that was served was very tender and cooked just how I like it, it had some great flavours. The duck came with an interesting maize puree, semolina foam and grilled spring onion.

Duck from Sky Bar Bratislava - Tasty tender duck along with grilled spring onion and tasty maize puree - http://amateurchef.wpengine.com

Dessert – Dark Chocolate Mousse – €6.90

I don’t usually go for chocolate mousse, I normally find them to rich but wanted to give this one a go. It was very nice and also came with melon sorbet and forest fruits. There was so much choice, I could have easily had one of each!

Dessert from Sky Bar Bratislava - Tasty rich chocolate mousse - yummy!! - http://amateurchef.wpengine.com

What Did I Have To Drink?

One of the things I liked about Sky Bar Bratislava was their drinks menu, it is extensive but also very quirky served in some interesting glasses.

I tried two different cocktails, both of which were excellent

Charles & Duck – €8.90

This Gin cocktail comes with grapefruit juice, and a blend of flowers. It comes served in a bath along with a little rubber duck and tastes great!

Cocktail from Sky Bar Bratislava - Charles & Duck gin cocktail with grapefruit and flowers - http://amateurchef.wpengine.com

Bubble Me – €9.90

This cocktail combines the great taste of Prosecco with sweet mango and chilean peso, it is topped with peppered candy floss. This cocktail is perfect for those that like sweet cocktails and i’d fully recommend it, the candy floss has a nice little test thanks to the pepper.

Cocktail from Sky Bar Bratislava - Processco with sweet mango and peppered candy floss - yummy! - http://amateurchef.wpengine.com

What Was The Service Like?

The service was decent, the member of staff showed us to our table and brought us water for the table. Shortly after they came and took our drink order and food order, I was really impressed the pacing of the courses as they came out at just the right time.

Final Foodie Thought On Sky Bar Bratislava

If you are visiting Bratislava or live in Bratislava then I would fully recommend a visit to Sky Bar. The food I thought was excellent (they sure like their foam), the drinks are incredible and the views are simply amazing!

If you can get a table outside then make sure you do, you can see around the entire city and as you can see from the image below the view of the castle is perfect.

Incredible view of Bratislava Castle from Sky Bar - AmateurChef.co.uk

Where To Find Sky Bar Bratislava

Address: SPICY s.r.o. Hviezdoslavovo námestie 7, 811 02 Bratislava
Phone: +421 948 109 400
Price:£££
Website: http://skybar.sk/home-en/

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The Larder On Goosegate

The Larder On GoosegateThe Larder On Goosegate is a real hidden gem, up until a year or so ago I didn’t even know it existed.The restaurant can be found in the middle of Hockley, on the first floor of a listed Victorian building. Interestingly it was originally the home of a small herbalist’s, who grew to become the well-known company Boot’s.

I went for a meal as a group as at work we had some clients and wanted to take them out for a nice meal, I had also been previously with Rach, my brother and his partner. I really like the way that it’s decorated inside with nice natural colours, the floor to ceiling windows not only provide lots of light but also allow you to watch the world go by outside.

I love the fact that The Larder On Goosegate is an independant nottingham restaurant, we should try and support independent restaurants as much as possible. I also like the fact that they are keen to support local farmers by providing local british produce. They also provide some drinks from local Nottinghamshire breweries which was nice!

What’s The Location Like For Larder On Goosegate?


The location is in the heart of Hockley, which is just a few minutes walk from the Market Square. If you are driving in, there is the fletcher gate car park which is just a couple minutes walk from the restaurant.

The tram stops very close to it as well as there being a number of bus stops and taxi ranks nearby.

The Larder on Goosegate is perfect if you are seeing something at the Ice Arena as it is just a few minutes walk away. They open at 5:30 during the week and 12:00 on friday, saturday and sunday so perfect for a pre-show dinner.

If you are looking for somewhere to drink before/after then you are in luck. Along the same street are some great bars, for example the incredible Boilermaker (I would fully recommend it!!). There are also a number of nice bars a couple of minutes walk towards to such as “All Bar One”.

What Did I have To Eat At The Larder On Goosegate?

One of the advantages of sourcing ingredients from local farmers is that the menu trends to be seasonal, allowing the owners and chefs to provide ever changing menus. Its nice to be able to go to a restaurant and be able to try something new each time you go.

Starter – Warm Pig’s head Terrine – £5.95

I love terrine and when it’s done right (like this one), it can really taste excellent! Along wth the pork terrine there was pickled rhubarb which I had not thought of before but actually worked really well. It also came with a mustard sauce which I don’t usually like but went really well with the pork.

The Larder On Goosegate - Starter

Main – Braised Blythburgh Pork Shoulder – £16.95

I would usually have a steak but wanted to try something different and as soon as I saw the pork shoulder with apple sauce, I was sold. It came with savoy cabbage and some very smooth, tasty mash potato.

The Larder On Goosegate - Main

Dessert

I cannot remember the name or the price of the dessert but it did taste incredible. The strawberries with fresh, local and full of flavour with a nice coulis. The main dessert was dark chocolate with a moose in the centre I believe. The whole thing tasted amazing and was very refreshing!

The Larder On Goosegate Dessert

I thought pricing was actually very good value and the food tasted very good. I thought each dish was presented really well and each element worked very well together, you can tell a lot of thought and effort went into creating the dishes.

What Was The Service Like?

We went mid-week around 6 so it was actually very quiet, with not too many other people. We arrived in two groups, so were asked if we wanted to be seated or sit on the sofa with a drink until everyone else arrived.

We were then seated and drink orders were taken and then food orders. The Staff were very friendly and continued to check on us to see how the food was and if we wanted any more drinks.

No complaints with the service at all 🙂

Final Foodie Thought On Larder On Goosegate

Like many people, Larder on Goosegate is a real hidden gem in Nottingham. It’s not obvious as to where it is but it offers such great food and will be a place that I visit often. The location is great, the service is great and again the food is excellent.

To really top it off, I think it’s excellent that they use fresh and local produce for their dishes. I also think we should support them by going due to it being a nice independant restaurant. I like chains but individual places such as this should be appreciated as I feel they offer a little something extra special than chains.

Where To Find The Larder On Goosegate

Address: 1st Goosegate, Nottingham NG1 1FF
Phone: 0115 950 0111
Website: thelarderongoosegate.co.uk
Price: £££

I couldn’t recommend The Larder On Goosegate enough, if you do go please let me know what you thought in the comments below

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Masala Junction Nottingham

Masala Junction Nottingham - New restaurant offering incredible food at a reasonable price.

Image Courtasy of www.nottinghampost.com

Masala Junction Nottingham is a new Indian restaurant to open just outside of the main city in Mapperley Park. It was opened by Naj Aziz, who used to own well-known restaurant Memsaab on Maid Marion Way in Nottingham.

Rach noticed Masala Junction being renovated in the old Natwest bank at the bottom of Hucknall road on the way home from work, suggesting that we join a couple of our friends and go out for a nice meal to give it a try.

The building is very nice and I thought that the restaurant was decorated to a very good standard, it looks completely different to what it did when it was a bank. There are plenty of tables but not too many to feel like you cannot have a private conversation, and overall feels open and spacious.

Whats Masala Junction Nottingham’s Location Like?


The location of Masala Junction is actually pretty good even though it is not in the centre of town. If you are stopping in the Park Inn Hotel on Mansfield road, it’s the perfect location for you to sample a nice Indian meal without having to travel into the centre of town.

There are multiple bus routes that stop within minutes of the restaurant, and go into areas such as Arnold, Bulwell, Rise Park, and Hucknall (there are roughly 17 buses numbers that go near it!!)

What Did I Have To Eat?

I was actually impressed with the menu choice as there was a very large selection of both starters and mains, more than you would expect. It took me some time to choose as there were so many id like to have tried, which just means i’ll have to visit again!

Before the starter we did share some poppadoms and chutneys which were very tasty and did look/taste as though they were fresh.

Masala Junction Nottingham Meal 1

Starter – Junction Champen – £7.25

The starter is a grilled lamb chop that is Lahori Style, which is a cuisine from the city of Lahore in Punjab, Pakistan. It did have a good kick to it with the spices but not so much that you couldn’t taste the great flavours.

This is their signature dish and I can see why as it really did taste very nice!

Masala Junction Nottingham Starter - excellent starter with nice flavours and a good kick to it!

Main – Junction Goat Ka Salan – £12.95

I have never eaten goat before so wanted to give it a go and thought this would be the perfect opportunity. The meat itself is very nice and full of flavour so I would recommend it, I just wish there was more meat! 🙂 The goat is spiced with garam masala and is also marinated in a sauce which has chilli, coriander and herbs.

With the main I did also share a mushroom rice and I had a peshwari naan bread, which also tasted very nice.

Masala Junction Nottingham Main - excellent goat curry, tasted incredible and very tender

What Was The Service Like?

I thought the service was very good, many places I have been to that struggle when they have just opened but the staff looked as though they had been open for years and knew exactly what they were doing.

We were given a friendly welcome and shown to our table, soon after the menus were handed out and our drink orders were taken. The staff seemed very friendly and were more than happy to offer some expert advice on what some of the dishes were or what they would recommend.

Each course was brought out are a reasonable time, they were not too quick or too slow. The entire time we felt relaxed and were not rushed in anyway, which was very nice.

Final Foodie Thought On Masala Junction Nottingham

Sometimes you don’t want to have to go into the centre of the city for a nice meal but at the same time you want to be able to go. Masala Junction is perfect as it is outside of the main city but easy enough to get to, but more importantly the food tastes great!

Even though its only been open for a short time, if this is what I can expect from a nice restaurant then I am sure they will have many years of success and I cannot wait to come back and try some of the other tasty sounding dishes.

I would personally recommend it if you do like your Indian food, in a restaurant that know show to do good food but have a nice, friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

Where To Find Masala Junction Nottingham

Address: 301 Mansfield Rd, Nottingham, NG5 2DA
Phone: 0115 962 2366
Price: £££
Website: http://masalajunction.co.uk/

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Fifteen Cornwall Review

Fifteen Cornwall Review

Fifteen Cornwall EntranceLast year when we went to Cornwall we was not able to go to Fifteen, although my brother in-law and his partner went for breakfast and said how great it was.

As a part of our trip to Cornwall this year we had planned to visit a number of restaurants and one that was on our list was Fifteen Restaurant. The restaurant was booked a few months before we went to ensure we got a table, which was a good idea as it was very busy!

As we had our niece with us we went for lunch, which was not a bad choice as the weather was perfect. Fifteen Cornwall is position right on the edge of Watergate Bay overlooking the sea, it was incredibly picturesque.


The decor of was excellent with white tear drop lights hanging down and bright colour pictures painted on the wall. The Fifteen Restaurant has wide windows going all around the room, allowing people enjoy the views of the sandy beach and the blue sea. If you can get a table by a window, I really would recommend trying to book one of these if possible.

Fifteen Watergate Bay

I thought the lunch menu was quite extensive, there is a set menu allowing you to order 2 course (£26), 3 courses (£32), or 4 courses (£40).

Starter

I had the carnaroli risotto, this came with wild garlic and hazelnut pesto. It came nice and warm and was cooked perfectly, you could taste the garlic but it was not overpowering and the pesto gave it a nice additional flavour.

Rach had Linguine arrabbiata, this came with parmesan shavings on the top. Usually ill nick a mouthful but didn’t as I was enjoying my starter too much 🙂 She did however say that it tasted excellent with lots of flavour.

fifteen starter risotto Fifteen Cornwall Starter

Main

For main Rach and I both had the pork belly which came with polenta and kale. The pork belly was cooked perfectly with a nice crisp top, but not so crisp that you couldn’t bite into it. The polenta surprised me as usually I find it tasteless, however this had a good amount of seasoning and had a nice taste to it. The pork was finally topped with some salsa verde, I do like salsa verde and it really complimented the pork.

My Father in law had the salted hake which looked incredible and he did say it tasted very nice, the dish came with herby potatoes and aioli. If you are going to have fish then this is certainly the perfect place.

Fifteen Cornwall Main Pork Belly Fifteen Cornwall - Main - Hake

Dessert

I had a semi freddo dessert which came with a nice crunchy biscuit, whereas Rach chose a panna cotta that came with roasted rhubarb. They were very well presented and they tasted incredible and was a great way to finish off what was an amazing lunch.

fifteen cornwall dessert1 Fifteen Cornwall Dessert Pannacotta
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The next time we go to Cornwall (hopefully next year) I think i’ll try and get into Fifteen Cornwall in the evening to see what it’s like, i’m sure it will be incredible!

If you have been or plan to be, please do comment below i’d love to hear from you!

Its worth noting that Fifteen is not a Jamie Oliver restaurant, he doesn’t get profit from here. He was apart of the initial program that set it up to get people into a trained skill as a chef, all profits from the restaurant go back into training new recruits etc. I feel this is a very good cause and would love it to continue as think it is very worthwhile.

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Disclaimer: I was not paid or compensated in anyway to write this review, it is all based on my own personal opinion

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Paul Ainsworth no 6

Paul Ainsworth no 6 – Padstow Restaurant

Paul Ainsworth no 6During our last holiday in Cornwall we booked into one of the many restaurants in Padstow, Paul Ainsworth No 6. It was one of the restaurants I wanted to visit last year but didn’t have time, this year it was one of the things I was looking forward to the most.

If you do plan to go it’s well worth booking early as tables do get booked up, I do believe I booked a couple of months before just to be sure. The restaurant itself is in what looks like a house with tables spread out both downstairs and upstairs, with the tables having plenty of space between them.

I really liked the atmosphere, even though it is ran by a Michelin star chef such as Paul Ainsworth it felt relax and was very comfortable.


One arrival we were welcomed at the door and shown to our seats, as I had tweeted previously on how excited I was we were given a glass of champagne which was very nice of them.

Whats Paul Ainsworth No 6 Location Like?

Padstow is fairly small so most of the restaurants are in a good location really, it’s only about a 3 minute walk from the harbour where you can find a few pubs to get a drink as well as being pretty close to the car parks.

We drove into Padstow and parked up for the night which for 4 hours was just over £4 I believe, if you are however staying at one of the hotels in Padstow then as I said before it’s easily walking distance.

One of the reasons why I love Padstow is once you have had a nice meal, you are only a few minutes from the harbour so you can have a nice leisurely stroll around the harbour.

What Did I Have To Eat At Paul Ainsworth No 6?

There are 5 options for a starter, main and dessert. Some may feel that this is limited but I do believe it’s best to focus on a few dishes and execute them perfectly than have to many and they taste average and believe me here it is well above average!

With it being situated right on the harbour the menu has a good selection of fish/seafood, however if this is not your thing then there are other options such as liver, beef and duck.

I have included Rach’s starter below as well, we had the same main and shared a dessert.

Mart’s Starter – Bird’s Liver Parfait – £14

I love liver and was actually very surprised how it came, it was incredibly smooth and had an amazing flavour. The liver came with piccalilli and sourdough bread with some garnish, I would recommend it as think it was the best liver I have had so far.

Paul Ainsworth no 6 Starter 1 - Bird Liver Parfait

Rach’s Starter – Smoked Haddock – £12

I was tempted by this starter but as Rach ordered it and I was having Fish for my main, I went for the liver. Not a bad thing as it meant I had another starter to take a photo of 🙂

The haddock came with a tasty quiche lorraine which goes well with fish as well as a poached quails egg. This was then topped with foam and some garnish, it looked incredible!

Paul Ainsworth no 6 Starter 2 - Haddock

Main – Fish Of The Day – £42 (May changed based on the fish)

The fish of the day was Turbot which is a fish I have never had before but thought it’s the best time to give it a go. The fish itself tasted very nice and as you can imagine was very fresh, since it was fished that same day!

The fish came with a nice mixture of Padstow crab, bisque sauce, ramsons and leeks. This tasted incredible and really added a little extra to the dish.

Paul Ainsworth no 6 Main - Turbot

2 of the people on our table had the Rib of Beef which was actually brought out to them when it was not cooked to show them the meat and explain how it had been aged for 40 days, it looked incredible. The dish came with caesar salad, pommes anna and a tasty looking sauce.

Dessert – Fairground Tale – £24PP

This was a take on the dessert that Paul Ainsworth served on the Great British Menu, I therefore had to give it a go! It had changed somewhat and improved on and everything we did have tasted amazing!

I cannot fully remember everything that was on it but it was typically what you would find at a fairground such as doughnut, chocolate and a tasty moose. This dessert tasted incredible and I loved the theatrical of it and would really recommend it to everyone that would give it ago.

Paul Ainsworth no 6 Dessert Fairground Tale 1

Paul Ainsworth no 6 Dessert Fairground Tale 2

What Was The Service Like?

At a place like Paul Ainsworth No 6 you would expect great service and they really didn’t fail to deliver, it was excellent. From the moment we walked in they welcomed us warmly and quickly showed us to our table and provided us with the menus.

They were all very friendly and accommodating, they often came to check up on us and make sure that we had everything we needed. One thing I really did like was the fact that we were not rushed and never felt rushed, as I said it was a great relaxing experience.

Final Foodie Thought On Paul Ainsworth No 6

I really couldn’t recommend this restaurant anymore, it was incredible. Like Sat Bains this type of food is on a completely different level and you can really see how Paul got his Michelin star. I don’t think they do them but I do think it would be amazing to be able to try a tasting menu, if I am wrong then I do apologise as it is possible they have tasting nights on specific dates. I think a tasting menu would be incredible as you would be able to try so many different dishes.

Again the food tasted incredible and the service was second to none, if you are in Padstow or around that area then I certainly would recommend a visit!

Where To Find Paul Ainsworth No 6

Address: 6 Middle St, Padstow, Cornwall PL28 8AP
Phone: 01841 532093
Website: https://www.paul-ainsworth.co.uk
Price:££££

If you have been or planning on going please comment below! 🙂

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WildWood Nottingham

WildWood Nottingham - New Restaurant in Nottingham on Kings Street. Excellent Pasta, Pizza and Grilled Dishes We decided fairly last minute that we wanted to eat out somewhere Saturday night, after passing WildWood in Nottingham a few weeks before we thought we would give it ago and booked a table. It was surprising how easy it was to get a table to be honest on a Saturday, although it is a new restaurant in the area and it was fairly early (6pm).

The restaurant itself is large and open which I think is very nice, the tables are a nice distance apart so you feel like you can have a conversation and feel like you’re not sat with the table next to you.

I also like the fact that you can see the open kitchen and clay pizza oven at the back of the room. The menu reminds me a lot of Prezzo as it does have similar food such as Pastas and Pizzas. The menu is much bigger and has a wide range of options, which I don’t always think it’s a good thing but it does give people plenty of choice.

What’s WildWood Location Like?


The location itself its excellent and is right in the centre of town on Kings Street, which is just up from the Nottingham Square (slab square). There are a couple of pubs down around the square, with some nice bars such as Fat Cats just 5 minutes walk. Revolution Cuba is just along the next street which is a nice place for cocktails as well as the recently opened Coppers.

If you are having a night out with family and want to catch a film then the CornerHouse is just a couple minutes walk, here you can find CineWorld, Indoor Golf and an arcade.

In terms of getting to and from the restaurant there is plenty of transport options. The tram stops just on the square, there are a variety of bus stops nearby from all around the city and the taxi rank is just a couple of minutes walk.

It is pretty much in the centre of town so is ideal.

What Did I have To eat At WildWood?

As I said before there’s a lot of choice, ranging from fresh pizzas made to order in the clay oven, grills and pastas. The pricing is actually pretty decent and wouldn’t say it is too expensive for adult portions, they are around £11-£12 on average per dish.

Starter – Bread and Olives (£5.55 & £3.25)

We didnt really have much of a starter but did have some garlic bread and olives to nibble on whilst waiting for our main. The garlic bread was nicely cooked and you could tell it was done in the clay oven, the olives also tasted fresh and was a nice mixture of green and black.

Main – Smoked Haddock & Cheddar Risotto (£11.20)

I don’t usually order Risotto, I do like them but never seem to give them a go. I have recently been wanting to make my own, therefore wanted to try one and see how the flavourings worked to give me some ideas.

This risotto came with pieces of smoked haddock, peas, spinach, lime juice and was topped with a perfectly cooked poached egg. It was cooked really well and had some excellent flavours, it was very filling so if you do have a decent starter you might struggle but as it was so tasty I couldn’t leave any!

Wildwood Nottingham - Main - Smoked Haddock & Cheddar Risotto - tasted amazing, the poached egg was perfect! http://amateurchef.wpengine.com

Dessert – Chocolate Honeycomb Fudge Cake (£5.75)

I have to admit I was a little disappointed with the dessert and would say they are little pricey for what you get. I did wonder if the desserts were made fresh or if they like many other restaurant chains actually order desserts in from a catering company.

The issue I had was with the honeycomb fudge cake…

I love honeycomb, as soon as I saw it on the menu I ordered it, the problem was I could hardly find or taste any honeycomb. It was in essence a chocolate fudge cake with a few chocolate honeycomb covered balls sprinkled on top. If I was going to call its a honeycomb fudge cake you would expect more actual honeycomb taste.

It tasted okay, and I wouldn’t be put off going again as like I said the main was very tasty.

Wildwood Nottingham - Dessert - Chocolate Honeycomb Fudge Cake - http://amateurchef.wpengine.com

What Was The Service Like?

The service was good, we were seen to quickly when we entered the restaurant. Our drink orders were taken quickly as well and we didn’t have to wait too long for them to come back and take our main food order.

The food came at a decent pace as well, it was not so quick that you questioned the freshness and it was to slow that you felt like you were waiting too long. The waitress was always smiling when delivering the food and seemed to enjoy her job.

Final Food Thought On WildWood Nottingham

The WildWood restaurants is a chain of restaurants that I had not seen or tried before, so it was really nice to try something new. It is a great place to go to for a family lunch, dinner or if there is a group of you. It’s a place you could eat as a couple if you fancied just eating out and perhaps going to the cinema, I wouldn’t say its a romantic restaurant.

Overall I would recommend WildWood Nottingham, the garlic bread was nice and so was the Risotto. I think a couple of improvements on the dessert and it could be even better, but I could just be picky 🙂

It is a new restaurant in Nottingham so would suggest giving it a try for yourselves, if you do go let me know what you thought in the comments below!

Where To Find WildWood Nottingham

Address: 18 King Street, Nottingham, NG1 2AS
Phone: 0115 896 0555
Website: http://www.wildwoodrestaurants.co.uk/restaurants/nottingham/
Price: £££

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