The Weekend…

February 25, 2013


I am back… a few people have asked if everything is okay, let me take this chance to say that everything is fine, I am just really busy at work and at home which has affected everything else organisation-wise… I am trying hard to get myself organised again and get some blogs together.

I have had some lovely weekends which I am really sorry I didn’t get a chance to blog, I feel like I might forget nice times if I don’t have a record of them… this isn’t true of course but I do love having this little diary.

I have to mention last weeks beautiful sunny days, cold they were but they made me believe that spring is around the corner… I took the scenic route to work and went for frozen yogurt at lunch… I am so excited when the sun appears.

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It was my husbands birthday last week, so this weekend his family came to stay and we ate our way around Bristol… seriously. The rest of this diary is all food.

We had a quiet morning at home on Saturday when I ate far too much toast with raspberry curd… my new obsession.

I was also very happy to learn that I can now buy beautiful Rifle Paper Co stationary in Paperchase… they are my favourite but I always had to bulk buy to justify the shipping… no more!

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We spent the day visiting my Mr’s favourite spots with his sister and her boyfriend, that of course meant a visit to his favourite lunch spot Grillstock for some amazing pulled pork rolls and cornbread.

We love that there’s an Irish pub nearby with a real fire that let you bring your own lunch, so we headed there to keep warm and munch, with added Guinness. 

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Then we went for coffee and hot chocolates at Small St Espresso, and beers at Brewdog… so many great places in Bristol right now… 

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Dinner was tapas at Manna, with my parent-in-law joining us we certainly managed the majority of the menu… I have wanted to visit Manna for ever, so many people who really know their food have recommended it but with it being a drive away rather than a walk we have never made it.

It was so good, and despite it being a slight trek for us I have no doubt that we will be going back. The food and the service was faultless, we had a great night celebrating.

If you haven’t been yet, go, and get the Salt Cod Croquetas, we ordered three of those… the Robiola cheese with came with the most beautiful honeycomb (I need more of this in my life) and Medjool dates, also the cauliflower Slow cooked in yoghurt with pinenuts, coriander and caramelized butter. All of those are still in my memory this morning… delicious.

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Then there was much drinking… and a few sore heads the next day so it was a slow morning at home with Biggie. 

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Then the final treat… Sunday lunch at the Pony and Trap. Another spot  I have wanted to visit for a while.

I can tell you it definitely lives up to the hype. It was easily the best Sunday roast I have ever had, I find pork a comforting meal normally, not a wow meat, but this was melt in the mouth and so full of taste, apparently the beef was also beautiful. We were all very quiet for quite some kind when our food arrived. 

Also the vegetables were all beautiful, a really wide variety and all cooked perfectly (savoy cabbage, peas, carrots, rainbow beetroot, parsnips, duck fat potatoes… also cauliflower and leek cheese!) Anywhere that serves cauliflower cheese wins at roasts in my opinion. Mine also came with a celeriac puree and home-made apple sauce, they also had fresh horseradish!

Also the views are beautiful. I do love a good Somerset valley.

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We skipped starters as the puddings were all our favourites, the sticky toffee pudding, with plenty of sauce and salted caramel ice cream (the best flavour in the world) was so light and not too sickly.

The crumble was also great, I was lucky and me and the Mr spilt them both. Almond custard and a crispy topping with lovely fruit. So good.

We were left with a warm happy full glow that can only come from a good Sunday roast.

Also the shortbread… lighter than air and delicious coffee. I need to learn how to do that. 

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Then since we couldn’t possibly have fitted in cheese at the pub we got some on the way home and snacked on it that evening instead of an actual meal (so not needed)… and I started watching Mad Men again… a perfect evening in my eyes! 

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So many ‘awesome’s and ‘amazing’s in this post. I apologise.

Do take my advice go visit these places… if you haven’t already, I am late to the party.

Happy Monday!


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