Friday, 30 May 2014

Raglan Castle Cafe

I dont know about you, but there is something perfect about retreating to the country... 

Jumping in your car,


driving up windy lanes that look as though your going knowhere 

however, on this occasion I had a final destination.. 

In this case it was Raglan Castle Cafe 

The Cafe is situated right next to Raglan Castle, so it is perfect if you fancy an escape from the historic endeavours, and fancy an afternoon tea or a full blown lunch

Or even Brunch, For all you lovers out there 

To get to this little treasure, you have to bear right at the castle gates, drive up the narrow country lane until you are faced with an historic arch way 

Drive on through, and WOLA there you have it 

Now do you want to know the best part about this cafe? its Dog friendly 

So to all you dog lovers out there, bring them up and they can enjoy the excitement 

Now I know what your thinking, there isn't great views but wait till you see this little hidden gem 

Behind the cafe is a veranda with more seating, looking out over this incredible view 

Not only do you have the rolling hills before you, but you are able to see Sugar Loaf Mountain, as well as have a sneak peak of the castle itself 

The cafe has been designed in a cute and quaint way, with local art work on the walls for sale, as well as offers and menu options on beautifully designed boards 

I dont know about you, but arn't those signs divine

Not only that but they have a large pile of magazines for the customers 

So whilst the ladies are out inspecting the flowers

The men can get there nose stuck into some car magazines and if they get bored there is even Marie Claire there for them to read 

Now to the best bit 

The food 

The options are endless from; sandwiches, to paninis, Jacket Potatoes and Toasties these are all made fresh to order 

And Je Wiz, they are generous with their portions 

However if you fancy something with a little heat behind it, you are able to get an extensive range of soups, and hot meals such as Korma's, Chilli's etc and these are all made by local companies 

I opted for the tomato and chicken pasta, whilst my friend chose the Beef casserole 

They were both fab and delicious in flavour 

Now to the more important part..... The Drinks 

The coffee is made using Illy coffee beans, and you are able to choose from their extensive choice including, cappuccinos, Americanos, latte's and much more 

There is even that naughty treat for all of you out there who fancy a cheat day from their diet 

The glorious Luxury Hot Chocolate 

Now you can't forget the cakes 

These are also made by local suppliers and they have a wide range of choices 

They also feature the Welsh favourite 'Bara Brith' 

As well as luxury cream tea's, which include a pot of tea and a Cherry, Plain or Sultana scone, with clotted cream, jam and a strawberry 

How scrummy do they look? 

After digging into a scone, I was definitely up for seconds

After devouring far too much food, we knew there was one more thing we had to taste 

Their local Brooke's ice cream 

They have lots of choices, but I opted for the Welsh Gold which was Amazing 

After spending far too many hours eating all their food, and soaking up the scenery we eventually made a move 

Not before we had a childish 5 minutes playing with the Canons 

This is a must do, between the scenic views, great location, heavenly food and the fab staff, the whole combination makes it a brilliant experience 

The cafe's opening hours change throughout the year, but it is currently open from 10.30 till 5.00 I am pretty sure 

any problems the staff at the castle will give you a hand 

Monday, 26 May 2014

Brasserie Blanc

Before Lauren retreated back to London, we managed to fit in a final farewell lunch 

There was much deliberation over where to go, what we all fancied and finally we came to a joint decision on a place we tend to visit a lot, Raymond Blanc's restaurant in Bristol 'Brasserie Blanc' 

I Threw on my Monday best, sneaked in a quick photo fix and headed on out 

I am wearing; Karen Millen trousers, Russel and Bromley boots, Zara shirt and a Boutique fur gilet

I even had time to have a quick cuddle with my two favourites before being rushed out the door 

The French restaurant wacks up some classically brilliant delicacies 

This place has a real modern and chic vibe to it, with the high ceilings, the wall of wine and the escalating stairs down the back wall 

Every time we venture to Bristol we go here, it's a must do 

We nipped in at 2 and grabbed our table, speculated over the menu for a ridiculously long time due to the extensive choice, then finally made a decision 

Now something I did learn in Australia was how to mix up a mean drink, we called it 'A Spicy Pirate' 

To make this beauty you will need Sailor Jerry's spiced run, ginger beer, lime and a cinnamon stick and WOLA you have a bad ass drink 

Which is why I opted for this as my lunch beverage 

The rounds started coming, and the giggling got louder and louder, mean while the courses were flowing 

For starters I chose the Chicken Liver Parfait with red onion marmalade and sourdough

I am a real sucker for this dish, any type of Parfait brings me to my knees 

On the other side of the table my Dad opted for the Miscellaneous salad with cucumber & dill creme fraiche, celeriac remoulade, tomato salad, carrot vinaigrette, balsamic beetroot and cherry tomato salad 

While my Sister chose the deliciously tasty Salmon Tartar with egg yolk, capers and cornichon dressing  

As soon as the food hit the table, the conversation went quiet and we all knew we had a job to do.....

Destroy every last bit of food in front of us, so thats what we did 

And oh my weren't they divine, after dipping in and out of everyones starters, I came to the overall conclusion that the parfait was the best followed by the Salmon 

The combination of the crunchy salad, soft and tender salmon and the rich and creamy Parfait made me drawl at the mouth

Shortly after the mean mains arrived 

The table was filled with Fillet steak 

Cod with espelette pepper & spring vegetables 



And French corn fed chicken breast, with braised leeks, fairy ring mushrooms, cream sauce

Now I don't know about you, but that is a pretty awesome choice of mains

I yet again to everyones dislike dug into not only mine

The steak was cooked to perfection, combined with the carrots, chips and sauces it created a monster of a meal 

It was safe to say it didn't last long on my plate

On the dessert menu there was a few must have's

Which is why we ended up with an Exotic Fruit salad, which came with mango sorbet, coconut meringue & macaroon 

We also chose the Crepe Suzette which came with orange & grand Marnier sauce & vanilla ice cream which arrived in flames 

And finally my favourite the Poached Champagne Rhubarb with Kirsch Sabayon and Cinder toffee 

Yummy or what 

After taking the final mouthful I was well and truly stuffed, I don't think I could have fit another mouthful in....

Well I wouldn't have minded another serving of the Poached Champagne Rhubarb 

It would have been rude of me to turn it down obviously 

Unfortunately lunch had to come to an end, and Lauren had to return to London 

However not only will I be returning to Brassiere Blanc, I will also be experiencing some more London based delicacies in the weeks to come 

The only thing I would recommend with visiting Brasserie Blanc is you should book on weekends for sure, and maybe week days 

As you don't want to turn up and not be able to be fit in, no one wants that now do they