This week I was invited along to the preview night at The Head Of Steam, a new bar in Temple St, Birmingham that opened yesterday  The Head of Steam are a group of bars owned by Camerons Brewery.  Until recently the bars were mostly situated in the North East and Yorkshire.  The opening of the Birimgham venue along with bars in Leicester and Nottingham see the company moving further south and I can honestly say this is a great move as Head Of Steam have brought something special to Birmingham. As you enter the bar at street level there a… View Post

Whilst I was in Llandudno a little while back I went for dinner at the Cottage Loaf pub in Lllandudno. I had eaten lunch here before when I had visited Llandudno in Summer 2016 and we had found the pub by sheer fluke down a side street off the high street.  The lunch was delicious and on visiting Llandudno again I instantly suggested we ate here. For starters I had the Chicken, Pork and Cranberry Terrine served with Apple Chutney and Crispy French Toast.  I will not lie, I could easily have ate two of these.  The terrine was amzing… View Post

Glynn Purnell’s Mitchlin Starred Restaurant can be found in one of the side streets around the side of Snow Hill Station.  It’s not in the one of the areas in Birmingham where there is a great shoppers foot fall but it is well placed within plenty of offices in the vacinity.  When I arrived I was shown to my table and my drinks over was taken.  I have booked for the 4 course set menu which at £40 was reasonably priced for a mitchelin starred restaurant. To begin with I was served canapes with the mpst delightful mayonaise and a… View Post

There was a celebration a few weeks back in our house.  Not sure how we got here!  The lovely people at Baker Days kindly sent us a cake to enjoy along with a lovely cup of tea.  It’s not just me who is a huge tea drinker and our lemon drizzle sponge was really enjoyed by all.  It was moist and tangy just like a lemon drizzle cake should be.  The icing wasn’t overly sweet and it came personalised for the birthday boy straight to our house all withoput the need of having to wait in all day waiting for… View Post

Bread makers are such a verstile kitchen gadget as they aren’t just for making bread.  There are many other foods you can use bread makers for.  Bread makers is like two machines in one as they have the ability to mix ingredients together and also to cook them.  When you think of bread makers you typically think of loafs of bread but with a little bit of imagination there are many other meals you could make with your bread makers.  Here are 5 other foods to make in a bread maker as well as your favorite loaf: Doughnuts Doughnuts are so… View Post

In 12 days time HRH Prince Harry will be marrying Ms Meghan Markle.  The wedding will take place st St Georges Chapel Windsor and will be televised.  Personally I am looking forward to this and will be spending time with friends watching the wedding and tucking in to an tea party.  To help celebrate I have written a week long email series with ideas for food and drink to serve at a tea party. The email series will include recipes for sandwiches, sausage and chicken rolls, mini quiches, scones, cheesecakes, cupcakes and a cocktail and non alcoholic fruit punch. I… View Post

I love the afternoon teas at Malmaison. Last summer I came with a friend to try their afternoon tea and really enjoyed it. I also came with friends to try their festive afternoon tea. Again this was lovely.  Malmaison have just introduced their new summer afternoon tea menu and clearly this new menu was something I was eager to try out. While our table was being prepared we had a cocktail in the lounge. Their cosmopolitan was lovely and was served with some delicious spicy nuts; the the right taste of spice. For the savoury course the new menu includes… View Post

In December I went down to London for the day to have afternoon tea at The Wellesley Hotel which was noted best themed tea in the 2017 Afternoon Tea Awards. The Wellesley Hotel is situated in Knightsbridge and overlooks Hyde Park.  It has a lovely classic and welcoming feel. The entrance hall was beautifully decorated as we visited just before Christmas and very tasteful white lights and winter twigs.  The afternoon tea is served daily in the Jazz Lounge, with live piano music daily.  The Wellesley Hotel is said to have been one of Churchill’s favourite restaurants.  The jazz lounge is… View Post