Thursday, 25 October 2012

One 4 J goes to Warwickshire...

One 4 J goes to Warwickshire...the trip started by visiting Stratford on Avon and the cheese shop Paxton & Whitfield filled with lots of delicious cheese, bread, chutneys etc and they also do mail order..
Then a visit to Fox's Spices to buy some herbs & spices they don't seem to have a web site but attend agricultural shows and do mail order. An excellent company.
Tried to get into Carluccios for lunch but it was too busy, a bottle of Oflemon Oil was purchased.

A table was found at The Hathaway Tearooms in High Street lunch was
asparagus with hollandaise sauce with shavings of parmesan and a poached egg and J's friend had pannini with red pepper and goats cheese - both were delicious

A stop at the new Waitrose on the way back to friends house to stock up with some foodie goodies

As the 4 J's blog is called Lardycake some delicious lardycakes were purchased from Wests of Wellesbourne where they had previously been know to be excellent...

Compton Verny was visited and of course lunch was involved!
Provencal soup with a sun dried tomato roll (an extra roll each was requested as so tasty) The waiter was very pleasant. A cheese board was shared with some local Warwickshire cheeses and the portions were generous. Highly recommended......

One 4 J goes to Norfolk.....

One 4 J goes to Norfolk......

En route on a Monday a lunch stop at The Piercefield @ St Arvans, Chepstow
recommended by the Food Guide to Cardiff
Two mains were ordered, one sausage & mash and one grey mullet with roast Mediterranean vegetables and a side dish of garlic and oregano courgettes.
Dessert was a creme brulee and a lemon tart with Brecon honey & clotted cream.
Food & staff were great.

The Kings Head @ Coltishall, Norfolk a beautiful pub near a river
Two mains of one turbot and one chicken stuffed with mushrooms

Ingham Swan a 16th century pub in Ingham next to a beautiful church
Two mains Lamb cooked two ways and sea bass
Dessert chocolate nemesis with a blood orange sorbet & creme brulee (again!)

Bure River Cottage Restaurant
Starters Pilchards breadcrumbed & served with a herb dip & salmon goujons with a chilli dip
Mains Lemon sole with a herb butter sauce & a hake with a sauce verde & vegetables cooked..just right!

In Norwich ...Afternoon tea & cup cakes @ Biddy's amazing 40's/50's style tea room

Evening @ City cinema watched Anna Karenina the dinner in the cinema restaurant..
Starters Roti with spiced veg and warm chorizo, water melon & broad bean salad.
Mains Pan fried chicken and pork with a mustard & honey sauce

Afternoon ..tea, biscuits & croissants at .?...Farm, overlooking the Marshes & sea, brightly painted restaurant all the food was home cooked.

Evening @ The Olive Branch Bar Restaurant, Tunstead
Mains Lime & dill crusted salmon & veg, Pork with a honey & mustard sauce  & veg
Dessert Tarte tatin with vanilla ice cream and a mango sorbet.

Pictures to follow.....

October lunch at The Grove Narberth

October lunch at The Grove Narberth......
the 4 J's were down to 3 owing to work commitments but on a drizzly Autumn day we were welcomed by Ali Palmer who looked after us brilliantly.
We sat in the lounge and chose our food, the menu was small but varied. We like a small menu. This was our food....

Highly recommended.......we will be back.........

Monday, 8 October 2012

The 25 mile restaurant in Cardigan

All of the 4 J's finally got together again to investigate The 25 Mile restaurant in Cardigan.

What a treat we had!