29/06/2017

Review: Clarendon Royal Hotel Restaurant

Duck - Pan fried duck breast, confit duck leg croquette, cherry, cherry puree, parsnip puree, twice cooked celeriac, duck sauce - £17.95

On Saturday we had the pleasure of visiting The Clarendon Royal Hotel in Gravesend as we had been invited to try their menu in the hotel restaurant. We both had never been to Gravesend before, so it was a great opportunity to kill two birds with one stone, trying new food along with visiting a new city in the UK.

With catching an earlier and faster train, we had arrived in Gravesend with plenty of time to spare, while strolling around to find the hotel, we had come across the outdoor riverside seating area of the hotel before heading in. While taking a quick look at the menu outside, we were greeted by Steve, who had also mentioned that their summer menu will be released next week.

Baked Camembert to Share with House Bread - £9.95

This was the start of an exemplary journey of customer service. Steve treated us brilliantly throughout, and got chatting not only about the food here, but about things as far removed as the bars of Sheffield and backpacking around Asia. His knowledge of the menu here was comprehensive to say the least, and as always, we went with his recommendations on what to have. 

The baked Camembert starter with caramelised onions was something you can only normally dream about. The cheese was oozing and stringy, and the onions was the perfect compliment to that. All dolloped on top of freshly warm toasted bread and we were on to a winner! We do occasionally like the cheeky purchase of Camembert to have at home, but this one was on another level. 

The bar was now sky high for the main courses, mainly because of the starter, but also because of the description of them given by Steve. It's clear that he knows what's good!

Bawley Bay - A play on a classic fish and chips butter poached hake fillet, driftwood chips, gin vinegar batter pebbles, samphire, clams, peas, tartar sauce - £14.95 

This Bawley Bay is a twist on the classic fish and chips! The ingredients above speak for themselves but every single part of it was immense! The triple cooked chips, edible sand and hake fillet were so divine, and that's just to name a few of the flavours on the plate!

The duck was also incredible, and the duck leg croquette and cherry puree was the perfect kick of flavour needed to compliment the meat. All of our food was also of such good portion size, and as you can imagine after three courses, we were pretty full! But it was still full of quality ingredients and often you find these don't come hand in hand, but here it certainly does.

Eton Mess - Fresh Strawberries, flavoured creams, flavoured meringues, strawberry jelly served with strawberry and cream ice cream - £6.25

On to desserts and of course I, James couldn't resist the chocolate option of the tart - again, dreamy, and Jessica's option of the Eton Mess was also an excellent choice. She's only had it before in a trifle or something of that ilk, so to have it in its classic form was great!

Dark Chocolate & Salted Caramel Tart served with berries and clotted cream ice cream - £5.95

As if all of that wasn't enough, we were then invited to head over to the bar for a cocktail each before it was time to get our train back. Opting for particularly boozy drinks, these went down perfectly at the end of the meal. 

Overall we had a pretty much perfect time here, and would fully reccomend it to anyone in the Kent area or anyone looking for a quick trip out from London. We got a train from St Pancras taking just over 20 minutes, and to be fair, we spend that long getting across London on a normal day anyway.

Strawberry & Lime Cider House Rules and Planters Rum Punch

Thanks so much to Steve and everyone at the Clarendon Royal! 

Food: ★★★
Customer service: ★★★★★
Atmosphere: ★★★
Toilets: 


Disclaimer: we were invited to the restaurant to try their menu in exchange for a review. But as always, all our opinions and photos are our own.
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26/06/2017

Review: BRGR - Wardour St, Soho

The Rump Steak Brgr with Bacon & Guac - Blended using Beef Fillet, Prime Rib & Rump - £15.95
Onion Rings - £3.50

It's Friday, and what better way to start the weekend than with some burgers, fries and a milkshake! We went along to BRGR in Central London to try out their fantastic menu, and we were so excited that we had planned what we'd eat over a week before our visit! So as soon as we got in, it was straight down to business!

Strawberry milkshake - £5.00 each

Our fantastic waiter did still explain the concept of their burger menu, where you can choose from three cuts of meat. These are the blade - from the front of the cow, therefore a little fattier than the other cuts but still so juicy and tasty. Then we have the hanger - from the middle of the stomach and their most popular burger, and then the rump burger - what we both chose and from the back of the stomach, where only a minimal amount of fat is found and the best quality meat out of the three. 

Once that was decided, we chose out toppings - bacon and guacamole for Jessica, and bacon and cheese for me. Their parmesan truffle fries, onion rings, and some strawberry milkshakes were all also stunning!

The Rump Steak Brgr with Bacon & Cheese - Blended using Beef Fillet, Prime Rib & Rump - £15.50

The quality of our burgers was easy to see and taste, the meat was so succulent, thick and tasty. I always tend to have a problem with burgers, with the fact that most tend to fall to pieces in my heavy hands, but this one held together perfectly well, without the bread being hard in any way. Pretty much perfection! Jessica did say that maybe she would've preferred to have the hanger cut as it would've provided her with a bit more fat and juice however.

Jessica's combo of guacamole and bacon isn't your everyday burger filling, and although it made it a tad salty, it's definitely something we'll have again and again if we get the opportunity! Of course you can't go wrong with bacon and cheese, so needless to say that one was amazing!

Parmesan Truffle Fries - £6.00

The sides of parmesan truffle fries were different to have for us, as we'd always normally go for the classic plain or cheesy fries. For us, they still can't be beaten, but these were still so good! But nothing was going to let us stray from our favourite of onion rings - again ridiculously good!

Warm Chocolate Brownie - £3.50

No matter how full we were, there is always room for dessert, and we couldn't resist the menu! I, James always go for the chocolate item, and our waiter suggested the cheesecake for a lighter option to Jessica. The suggestion was a great one, and although we still couldn't finish it, it was so tasty with the strawberries, and nice to have it baked as well. 

Baked Vanilla Cheesecake - £3.75

Overall we had a fantastic visit here, and although it's a little pricey, we now have a new place to suggest when we're meeting up with friends, as there is such a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, and you are guaranteed far superior food than most burger restaurants. They also have another branch on King's Road, Chelsea, so we may well go there next! Thank you so much to BRGR for having us along!

Food: ★★★
Customer service: ★★★★★
Atmosphere: ★★★
Toilets: 


Disclaimer: we were invited to the restaurant to try their new menu in exchange for a review. But as always, all our opinions and photos are our own.
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24/06/2017

Event: Shoryu Japanese Tiki Cocktail Masterclass


With summer firmly upon us, the cocktails have been flowing for us recently! But now we had the opportunity to make our own at Japanese restaurant, Shoryu, in Piccadilly. We wouldn't be making what us English would know as the typical tipple however, as they would all be Tiki inspired and including a rare Japanese rum.

After an introduction of the story behind the drinks we were about to make, we had a try of the extremely strong Cor Cor Red Japanese rum. This rum is brand new to the UK, and only available in certain Japanese restaurants. Not widely known to the British public as of yet, it has a mix of fruity and spicy tones, and only a maximum of 15ml is recommended in each drink, due to it's sharpness and strength. 


This rum was the focus of this masterclass, and before long we were being shown how to create and mix the first cocktail - the Tiki Passion.

Here are the ingredients:

45ml passion fruit purée
25ml Malibu coconut rum
15ml Cor Cor red Japanese rum
10ml fresh lime juice
25ml orgeat syrup
Dash of orange bitters
Dash of Angostura bitters
Mint as garnish


We were each provided with all of the proper cocktail making equipment, from shakers to strainers, and away we went. Once we had all of the different components in our glasses, it was time to fill with ice and shake away. The result was so refreshing and in all honesty, we were both so proud of how it went!

To have alongside the cocktails we had just made, out come pork buns from the the restaurants kitchen. It was the perfect pairing! James preferred the first drink due to the more fruity taste, whilst Jessica liked the second drink more - the Tiki Kaze.


Here are the ingredients: 

4 lime wedges
2 spoon brown sugar
5/6 mint leaves
15ml Barcardi white rum
10ml Cor Cor red Japanese rum
Pineapple juice till top
Dash of grenadine syrup
Mint and lime as garnish

We've made shaken cocktails before, but this is the first time we've made a cocktails using the build up method. The build up method requires more effort in squeezing the limes, and adding mint and sugar.

One of the interesting things we've learnt about making cocktails is the ice itself. We always believed that adding more ice was just so it makes it look like there's more drink, but the actual reason is as they pour in the liquor, the ice melts quicker and makes it more watery in the long run with less ice.


We had an absolutely fantastic time at the masterclass, and now you can attend one too! You can find more information and buy tickets for the next event on Thursday 29th June 2017 here.

A big thank you to Shoryu for inviting us along. We'll be back soon to try out the restaurant menu which looks amazing!

Drink responsibly: https://www.drinkaware.co.uk

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22/06/2017

Review: Cocktails At Home with Tipple Box*


Yesterday marked the hottest day in the UK for 40 years, and in all honesty, as great as it would be to be out and about catching those sun rays, it inevitably meant being stuck on public transport and risk not making it to your destination before passing out. So, we opted for the safe option of the front garden and some homemade cocktails. Perfect! 

Step forward, Tipple Box. The Tipple Box could work as a subscription box, a one off or even as a gift for any cocktail lover! It provides you with all the ingredients and instructions to make two glasses of two cocktails (or two doubles if you're extra thirsty). They have a variety of alcohol selections of gin and vodka cocktails, with prices raging from £24.95 to £39.95, and some popcorn thrown in for good measure! 

Without even having to step foot out of the garden, we were able to create both Westminster Abbey Martini and Orange Lady cocktails, which were both amazing!


Before we even opened the box we were impressed - the packaging had a premium look and feel, and the bottles of spirits and juice were protected perfectly with bubblewrap and separators. Complete with an instruction leaflet so you know what's what, we were ready to go. 

All we needed was the garnish, ice, glasses and shaker. Unfortunately we didn't have the glasses that were specified for either cocktail, but we'd like to think we improvised well and the outcome looked as good as they tasted.

One thing we would say about the box is that unless you're a cocktail connoisseur, you probably won't have the correct glasses and shaker. We weren't able to make it look like what it did in the picture, but with a couple of jars and a protein shake bottle, we did create two very refreshing and tasty cocktails.


Both drinks were just what the doctor ordered on a summer's evening like this, and would fully recommend it to anyone who likes to enjoy a quiet drink with friends or family in the comfort of your own home. You'll have the fun of making them, and no worries of queuing up at bars or shouting over each other. We personally think The Tipple Box is a fantastic initative, and we're already looking forward to making another order soon!

Check out their social media and website to make your order now! 


Drink responsibly: https://www.drinkaware.co.uk


Disclaimer: we were sent this product in exchange for a review. But as always, all our opinions and photos are our own.
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19/06/2017

Review: I Seasar Salad with I Sea Bacon*


I Sea Bacon is a 100% wild, organic seaweed that turns into (green) bacon when you fry it. It is organic, gluten free, low carb, vegan friendly and highly sustainable.

Put it on anything that deserves a crunchy, salty, smoky kick. Or use the soft leaves as a flavor boost in salads, pastas or anything else. We've decided to create one of the recipes which was suggested through their website: I seasar salad (got to love their play on words)

Ingredients:

- 500 g romane hearts, leaves separated, washed and dried
- 4 salmon fillets with skin on (about 150 g each)
- 2 teaspoons maple syrup
- 2/3 teaspoon salt
- Black pepper
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil (replace with olive oil)

Instructions:

1. Wash and dry the salmon fillets and marinate with maple syrup, salt and pepper

2.Cook the salmon, without touching it, until the lighter-colored flesh has moved about 3/4 of the way up the fillets, for about 5–7 minutes (depending on the thickness of the fillets)

3. Heat a pan, add the coconut oil and fry the bacon while stirring with a wooden spoon

4. Add the dressing to the romane leaves and toss with your fingers


As mentioned above, when cooked it turns green, it becomes more crispier, but can also be eaten as it is. We personally enjoyed it better cooked, as we enjoyed the crunch texture in this dish.

My sister on the other hand, who is a complete seaweed lover and anything salty in fact, enjoy it as it is and even on it's own as a snack. They are super salty, which is why it would be best with dishes that need that extra kick!

There are many other recipes you can try with this product, such as,
I sea hamburger, I sea lentils, I sea ‘stamppot’, I sea scrambled eggs
which you can find the full ingredients and instructions here.

Does this sound like a product you'd try? What recipe would you try with this?
Let us know in the comments below.


Disclaimer: we were sent this product in exchange for a review. But as always, all our opinions and photos are our own.
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17/06/2017

Review: Start Your Summer Days with Acre 637*


Living in the UK means that the weather can vary in a matter of days, hours, seconds... literately! You can have spring, winter, autumn and summer in the space of one week here and for those who don't live in the UK, let us tell you now, it's mostly winter over here! So when the sun is out, there is no time to waste it.

Now if you're full time workers like ourselves, you know how hard it is to enjoy the weather when you're stuck inside the office, when all you can think about is getting back home and soaking up the sun in your garden. But luckily, we have found something which is absolutely perfect for this scenario. Acre 637 Apple Cider.


Acre 637 is hidden away in the English countryside, and home to the delicious and rare apples that are used to create their artisan cider. They create the unique and fresh taste that Acre 637 brings, which can be perfectly paired with a summer picnic or snacks.

The cider was so refreshing, sweet and mellow. Perfect just when you need to cool down and relax after a long day. We just about had enough willpower to leave some of the cider for another day! We really hope we can have it with a picnic, and maybe even use it to create some cocktails! For the wine lovers, it is perfect for Sangria, but also Apple Cider Mimosas. Do keep checking back on our social media for that! 

Check them out on their socials:

So what are you waiting for? Go grab a bottle or few, stock up for your upcoming summer parties or save it for the winter days!

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12/06/2017

Review: Spring Feels with Dell'Ugo Pasta Plus*


We were lucky enough to have Dell'Ugo get in touch with us, presenting us with the opportunity to try their new chilled pasta range. They are looking to disrupt their market with a concept as fresh as their produce - to be able to have restaurant standard pasta, all in one packet, and be able to have it cooked and served in under 5 minutes.

Dell'Ugo are actually the longest established pasta brand in the UK, creating delicious and innovative pastas using only the freshest ingredients from 1929.


As well as having some delicious and unusual flavoured pasta in the pack, which can be bought from Waitrose/Ocado for £3.99, the dish is completed by melting butter over the pasta, creating a smooth and silky texture. 

For that price you are serving two people a healthy and fresh lunch or dinner, however we personally felt that there was not enough in each pack. We do tend to be hungrier than the average folk, but we're pretty sure you would need at least a pack for one person. 


But the criticism ends there - we were lucky enough to be able to try both their Asparagus and Mozzarella Ravioli, served with lemon butter, and their Goats Cheese and Beetroot Fiorelli, served with mint butter. Both were absolutely delightful, so easy to make and we'll definitely be heading down to the pasta aisle of Waitrose for some more the next time we're in. 

We both agreed that the Goats Cheese and Beetroot was our favourite, due to the flavours being a little different to what you might expect from a pasta dish, and the bright colours certainly made it aesthetically pleasing. Also in their range is Ricotta & Spinach Ravioli with sage butter, Butternut & Squash Fiorelli with garlic & herb butter, and Tomato & Mozzarella Fiorelli with basil butter. 


We found Dell'Ugo's pasta a great lunch option for the lazy Sunday we were having last weekend. For once we didn't want to have to make meals from scratch, so this was perfect! Not only that, both packs were so delicious and with summer coming up, we imagine this could become a regular buy when we're looking for a light lunch sat in the sun.

A big thank you to Dell'Ugo for allowing us to try these pastas out! Do check out their website and social links below...


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10/06/2017

Event: London Food Month - Night Market

Salted Caramel Brownies

London Food Month is here this June to celebrate the culinary excellence that the capital has to bring. There is over 400 events taking place throughout the month, and the Night Market will be in Perks Field of Kensington every night bringing different together over 50 different cuisines in a festival like environment, along with an open air cinema which you can book separately.


Having been kindly given VIP passes to the night's events, which included free canapés, drinks and access to the covered area, we headed down straight after work to try out as much as we could possibly manage. But first, we took cover in the VIP tent, which ended up being such a blessing with the weather, and also the fact that it was so busy everywhere else. We took advantage of the canapés, which were all delightful, and I think we could both agree that the brownies were the highlight!

Mini Masala Corn on the Cob and Tandoori cauliflower (V)

We then ventured out and assessed the options before coming to our final decision. Jessica opted for hot wings and fries from The Joint. The meat was so succulent, falling off the bone with ease, and the flavour was immense! Of course you can never go wrong with fries, and having this only gave her a craving to have more. We did spot someone with cheesy fries, but unfortunately we couldn't find where these had come from!


 Chilli Balls - A blend of red lentils, chilli, onions and specially mixed spices and curry leaves (V)

Whilst we're on the topic of cheese, we did queue up for the Cheese Truck for what looked like amazing cheese sandwiches. Unfortunately they didn't take card payments, but it does only mean that we'll have to pay them a visit at their site in Camden Lock Market! Instead, I went for a parma wood fired pizza from L'Ombrello, which was definitely worth the wait. There was a bit of a queue for this one, but it came freshly made out of the oven and it was superb!

The Joint - Hot Wings & Fries - £7

We wish we had room for more but we had to call it a night at this point. Although the market was smaller than we thought it would be, it was filled with such quality food, and definitely enough options to keep you going back for more and more, and more! All of the food was reasonably priced, although there is an entrance fee which some may find a bit racy. 

Adults £15, Kids £8. £35 family pass. Under 5s go free.
Westfield Open-Air Cinema – add onto your Night Market ticket. Adults £4, kids £2. 

The market is open from 5pm - 10.30pm Monday to Thursday, and until 11pm on Fridays. It is also open from 12noon on weekends, giving enough time for all Londoners to pop down for some quality food in a buzzing environment. 


L'Ombrello - Parma Pizza - Cheese, tomato, prosciutto cudo, sun dried tomato and Parmesan - £8

London's Food Month Night Market is only open until Sunday 18th June 2017, so don't miss out and get your tickets now on www.londonfoodmonth.co.uk

We'd love to see your photos all over social media using #LondonLovesFood

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08/06/2017

Review: Yo!Sushi New Menu - Bridge Street, Chester

OSAKA STYLE SQUID - Our favourite Spicy Pepper Squid topped with bonito flakes, aonori, beni shoga, mayo and tonkatsu. - Pink

A few months ago, back in April, we received a Twitter invitation from Bex, the assistant manager of Yo!Sushi Chester to their new menu launch event. This was a great surprise for us as you may already know, we go back and forth to Chester every now and then to visit James' family but never have we attended an event there, so this would have been the perfect setting.

Unfortunately, we were not due in Chester the weekend which the event was held on, and if you've been a regular reader/viewer, you may also know that I, Jessica am a major fan of sushi. I simply adore it. I was absolutely devastated when I realised we couldn't make it!

Luckily Bex was so lovely and still offered us the chance to try out the new menu when we were next in Chester and alas, here we are (in June).

KAISO SEAWEED - Marinated mixed seaweed, edamame and carrot in a su-miso dressing. - Blue
BEEF KATSU - Tasty beef in a crispy panko crumb served with a drizzle of fruity tonkatsu sauce. - Orange

Upon arrival, we were greeted straight away by Bex herself and got directed to our table. As one would we were asked which drinks we'd like and I, of course opted for what Bex had suggested which was Yuzu, while James went for a simple apple juice.

While on the first few sips of my drink, I though it was quite sour, but when drank after the flavours of the dishes, it changed everything and it was super refreshing and light! It's actually amazing how certain drinks can change with what you eat (which we also learnt in our previous post)

Although we were there to try the new menu, we just couldn't resist getting the classic chicken katsu curry and seaweed (we promise these were the only non new things from the menu), and now on to the new stuff.. 

As well as the chicken, I chose the new beef kastu, which didn't come with rice as it's a dish of its own. I personally enjoyed the beef more than I did the chicken and that's saying a lot since we both don't eat beef as much as we want.  The beef had so much more to it, the flavouring was stronger and had more texture, and I hope in the future they'll serve it as a curry.

FURIKAKE FRIES - Japanese style fries coated in sriracha mayo and sprinkled with yuzu furikake, sesame, aonori and smoky bonito flakes - Blue

The next item on the new menu were these Japanese fries - fries with sushi you question? We did too but oh my these were the best fries ever. You could say these are somewhere in the top 3 to be honest with you. The mayonnaise sauce really made it so different! Wish we had a second plate but we couldn't risk getting full with so much more to try. 

James wanted to try their pork belly bao, but unfortunately they were out of stock of the bao, so that only means that we'd have to just come back and try them in the near future.

COD NANBANZUKE - Japan’s answer to sweet and sour! Crispy fried cod bites in a sweet and sour sauce. - Pink
SMOKED SALMON CREAM CHEESE ROLL - Cream cheese and cucumber wraped in smoked salmon. - Yellow

James decided to get the cod dish next as I wanted to get some sushi in me, so of course I went for the classic fave of anything with salmon. Salmon and cream cheese - how could one go wrong? Oh I was not disappointed and even James had his fair share, along with the cod which was as equally delicious.

By this point we're surprisingly getting full but we couldn't resist when Bex suggested we try the squid. I love squid and when it has that extra crunch from being fried, it's a winner with me. This was James' first time trying squid this way and I believe it went down a treat for him too.

CHICKEN KATSU CURRY - Tender chicken thigh in a crispy crumb with mild curry sauce, pickles and steamed rice. - Pink

We were honestly stuffed but we couldn't walk away without sharing one of their new desserts - Ginza strawberry cake. This was literally the cherry on top, the cake melted in our mouths bursting with strawberry flavours with the cream compliments.

And just when we thought we were done, the lovely Bex comes along with a take away bag filled with more sushi treats and a malted chocolate pot each for our train journey as we mentioned we'd be heading back to London that afternoon.

GINZA STRAWBERRY CAKE - Strawberries and fresh cream in a light and fluffy sponge cake. - Pink

As a sushi fan, I know you'd think my opinion would be biased so maybe take it from someone who hasn't always been a fan of sushi, James:

Hey, it's me! I would highly recommend it even to those of you aren't fans of it - or to those of you who daren't even try it. I used to be one of those who squinted at the thought of raw food, but in honesty most of the stuff we tried was actually cooked. Our next mission is to get my Mum in here who herself is a bit of a skeptic! 

A big thank you to Bex for allowing us to come in and try out the new menu. We'll definitely be back! 

Food: ★★★
Customer service: ★★★★★
Atmosphere: ★★★
Toilets: 


Disclaimer: we were invited to try the new menu in Yo!Sushi in exchange for a review. But as always, all our opinions and photos are our own.

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05/06/2017

Review: Fish & Chips with the Perfect Wine*


Friday 1st June 2017 marked National Fish and Chip Day, and what better way to celebrate that than having the largest cod and chips that the restaurant can offer. It was so big, it could have fed more than 2 of us, but luckily we were taking it home as we had something new to try this classic dish with.

Who knew that wine would be the perfect compliment for fish and chips? Yes, you read that right, wine! Or are we the weird ones for not knowing that this was such a great pair? We're both white wine kind of people, rather than red, but we had one of each to try it with, and it turned out that they both complimented the fish and chips equally as well.


These weren't just any wines though -  they were specially selected personalised wines from GiftsOnline4U. We personally think it's a fantastic initiative as it would make the perfect gift for almost any occasion, and their selection of wines is sure to give you enough options to please a friend or loved one. The personal designs give you endless options, with the possibility of having both images and text on your bottle.

Both wines we received from GiftsOnline4U were 'volcanic', meaning that they originated from the volcanos of Chile. The distinctive soils give the wines a unique and intense flavour, and we were fortunate enough to have the opportunity to try one of their white wines, and one red. These were:


 Volcanes Reserva Sauvignon Blanc - this had notes of lemon and lemon zest; white flowers, minerals, herbs and white pepper. The lemony, fruity taste provided a very refreshing drink to have alongside the fish and chips.

Red Reserva Pinot Noir - this is a medium red wine, with the taste and smell dominated by fresh red fruits, and undertones of tea, herbs and spicy notes. As we said, although we're not typically massive fans of red wine, this one went down a surprising treat!

Have you had fish and chips with wine? Do you prefer white wine or red? Let us know in the comments below.


Disclaimer: we were sent the complimentary wines in exchange for a review for National Fish & Chip Day. But as always, all our opinions and photos are our own.


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01/06/2017

Event: Spring Cocktails at TwoRuba

Elderflower Breeze - Gin, Elderflower Cordial, Lemon, Cucumber & Basil

After another fabulous Bank Holiday weekend, you would think that going back to work on a Tuesday would be a drag.. but not for us! We were invited to taste the new spring cocktail range at TwoRuba. This is a fantastic bar located at the Hilton Hotel in Tower Bridge, which is just a short walk away from Tower Bridge itself, and the great views around that it brings!


Upon arrival, we were greeted by Rebecca and Sophia from Lioneye Media, the two lovely ladies who invited us along to the event. Bar manager and sales manager from the hotel also joined in the evening of fun, as did our fellow bloggers, @DeterminedDiner, @kariss_leigh, and good friend @JessEatingEast.

Raspberry & Thyme Smash - Dark Rum, Raspberry, Cranberry, Lime & Thyme

The first of four cocktails, the Elderflower Breeze, it was so light and fresh, the perfect start to the tasting. Elderflower has become a real favourite for this time of year, and it's easy to see why. Next up was the raspberry and thyme smash - this ended up being our favourite out of them all, purely based on the fact that we seem to enjoy any cocktail with strawberry or raspberry in it. The spring spritz was the runner up, again purely for personal taste as tequila is such a good cocktail base. Last but definitely not least was the TwoRuba cooler, which was also very refreshing but don't be fooled, you can definitely taste the gin in there.

Spring Spritz - Blanco Tequila, St. Germain, Lemon, Vanilla & Mint

But the cocktail tasting wasn't all, to end the evening we attempted to make our own! We've always wanted to do a cocktail masterclass, and tonight would be the night we got to try our hand at it! Split into two different teams, I, James had the task of making a cosmopolitan with only the ingredients and measures list. The rest of it - glass choice, garnish, shaken, stirred, ice, no ice - was down to my team!

Of course there was confusion and lots of guessing going into it, but it turned out pretty well and didn't look too dissimilar to the pro bartenders who were there watching. 

But unfortunately, it wasn't enough as Jessica's team absolutely stole the show with their Mai Thai cocktail, and to be honest, I couldn't really complain!

TwoRuba Cooler - Gin, Cointreau, Apple, Lemon, Rose Syrup & Rosemary

We ended the night enjoying some cocktails made by the excellent mixologists in the pop up spring garden. They will be changing the decor of the bar for every season, so will soon be introducing a beach theme for summer. We'll definitely have to pop down again when that happens, armed with our free cocktails voucher we won for making the cocktails!

A massive thank you to Rebecca and Sophia at Lioneye Media, and all at the Hilton Hotel for a fantastic event! 


Disclaimer: we were invited to this event and sampled the cocktails in exchange for a review. But as always, all our opinions and photos are our own.

Drink responsibly: https://www.drinkaware.co.uk


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