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Eating Out in August

August was a month of anniversary celebrations, The Great British Menu, holidays and, you guessed it, food... lots of food. Lord Crewe Arms Mr F did a grand job of finding this gem of a place for a weekend away. Sitting right in the centre of the historic village of Blanchland, not far from Hexham, the Lord Crewe Arms is steeped in history. Our room was part of the old...

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Eating out in July

July was another great month of eating with friends, inspiring young chefs and a weekend by the sea. Riley’s Fish Shack There is nothing better than local fish and seafood cooked simply and you can’t get any better than Riley’s Fish Shack.  A wooden shack nestled in St Edward’s Bay in Tynemouth using a wood fired oven to do most of the cooking - it’s perfect.  The food is sensational...

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Eating Out in June

As June started we were still in the Lakes, it was another exciting month of food, kickstarters and learning about food. Gilpin Spice This place is just wonderful.  The decor and the food is vibrant and exciting.  The joy of small plates also means you can try lots of things and a seat (well more a sofa) at the bar meant we saw everything. The pork belly - sublime! A...

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Eating out in May

So it turns out May was a pretty spectacular food month! The Man Behind The Curtain I have to admit I wasn’t sure what to expect or whether Michael O’Hare’s food would be my thing but I could not fault the creative flare or skill that went in to this meal. It was extraordinary and well worth a visit.   A return to Northern Ireland: Brunch at Haptik Newtownards is definitely...

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Eating out in April

I’ve had a bit of a hiatus from blog writing over the last few months but that doesn’t mean I have stopped enjoying food and eating out, far from it. I thought in preparation for getting back into writing I’d create a month by month summary of where I’ve been.  Turns out April this year was busy! An Italian Night at Mannions in York Mannions is one of my favourite places...

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The Barn Bistro at Burniston (again!) 

I've written about the Barn before and how much I like it.  This time we decided to go for breakfast before a long walk along the Cleveland Way. We were not disappointed!  I had Hartlepool smoked haddock with poached eggs, hollaindaise sauce and fried sliced potatoes. The haddock was really superb and the hollandaise sauce really well made. Mr Frivolitea had omelette Arnold Bennett with Hartlepool smoked haddock. Really  light...

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Lunch at Outlaw’s Seafood and Grill, Rock

We visited on 31st May 2013.  This was somewhere that had been on my list for a some time because of my love of seafood. What made this visit extra special was the weather. The sun shone and we were able to sit out on the terrace overlooking the estuary and enjoying some rather nice wine.  I'd love to revisit Nathan Outlaw's restaurant, now relocated to Port Issac, and sample...

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Paul Ainsworth at No6 Padstow

Visited 29 May 2013 Olive bread, onion sourdough, smoked cods roe topped with pork crackling, whipped Cornish butter  Sharpham dart valley reserve 2010  Cornish duck ( breast legs gizzards and heart) served with herb pasta smoked almonds and fine fettle cheese  Cornish mackerel that was torched, cucumber, Parma ham, celeriac remoulade  Sea bream with sage and onion, crispy chicken skin, brown shrimps and cucumber   Hogget, beetroots, salsa verde and...

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L’Enclume photo blog

I love Simon Rogan's food. Our first experience of it was at L'Enclume in 2012.  We have since visited The French a couple of times and Fera and always come away excited and amazed at the creative way he uses ingredients and especially those foraged and lesser known. Here is an outline of that meal on 28th October 2012. I still remember key elements of the meal like it were...

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Sara Danesin supper club photo blog

We visited Sara's supper club for the first time in 2012. It's a fantastic experience eating great Italian food with a small number of people you have never met before and be able to watch Sara work and explain her food with such passion.  15th September 2012 (not the best photos) Amuse Bouche of quail egg on rye with truffle butter  Starter of red pepper and parma ham bake with...

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