The W.B Yeats Collaborates with M.I.A

M.I.A and The W.B Yeats collaborated to celebrate chocolate week and rumour has it they will be collaborating for the rest of the year! What a fabulous idea we hear you think and you wouldn’t be wrong. Any excuse to eat chocolate and we are there, so even better when there is an entire week dedicated to chocolate.

Chocolate week was from the 13th- 21st October 2018 so if you missed it this year and you are a chocolate lover make sure you look out for it next year as so many brands get involved with it.

The W.B Yeats is a pub located just a short walk from Finsbury Park Station. They serve freshly prepared food that is of an amazing quality and everything on the menu sounded delicious. We arrived at The W.B Yeats pub at 7:30PM on Friday 19th October ready to try the menu and most importantly the M.I.A Chocolate desserts that are currently on the menu and will be until the end of the year.

We have tried M.I.A chocolate previously and absolutely loved it! You can read our blog post here all about the chocolate.

We ordered both desserts and shared of course…when do we not!

The Warm Chocolate & Caramel Tart with Coconut Cream was one of the desserts and we absolutely loved it, this dessert was Rachels favourite out of the two and she could have eaten it all over again it was so delicious. We loved the rich chocolatey taste, the warm caramel sauce and the perfectly cooked buttery pastry. The coconut cream was served on the top and it was the perfect addition!

The second dessert on the menu was a Cold Chocolate fondant with Candid Hazelnut which was also incredible, we particularly liked the crispy base (we have always loved anything with a crunchy base). The mousse was perfectly set, and we loved the taste of the chocolate powering through with every bite.

We couldn’t just visit The W.B Yeats for the desserts though, of course we went enjoyed a three course meal, how could we not when the menu sounded so divine.

We ordered a bottle Of Le Campuget Syrah Grenache which was a delicious blush wine, the type of wine we have been loving recently. it was fresh, crisp and easy to drink. Le Campuget Syrah Grenache is such a summer wine and reminds us of those light evenings sipping it in the sunshine if you cannot tell already e are trying to hold onto summer for as long as possible.

We also shared some Salamanca olives and nuts which were perfect to snack whilst we had a catch up and chose what we wanted to order.

To start we shared the Isle of Wight tomatoes & parmesan on toast which was divine and so flavoursome. We would 100% recommend this starter to anyone to visits. They were incredibly generous on the portion sizes there were so many tomatoes. We love parmesan it’s one of our favourite cheeses so of course we loved that part of the dish as well.

For mains we both went for the steak, with green sauce and onions. It was unbelievable, we wanted to eat it all over again! It was served with a side of chips and of course gravy that was poured over the top of the steak. The greens sauce had parsley in it which we absolutely loved!

Angus the manager of the pub was incredible, he looked after us all evening, you can really tell he loves his job. He explained each dish to us in detail before we tucked in which we really appreciated as its nice to know a bit of background on the dish.

It was a busy Friday evening in the pub and the atmosphere was alive, we loved the vibe. We got the feeling that most people were locals enjoying a Friday night drink and a bite to eat.

We have heard that W.B Yeats serve an incredible roast on a Sunday, its huge so make sure if you visit you are hungry! We are going to have to make a return visit to try it!

Staying in Leith Edinburgh

When in Edinburgh we cannot recommend staying in the area of Leith enough. We love walking in general and when we booked the hotel we noticed it was only about a 2.5 mile walk into Edinburgh City Centre which took us roughly 45 minutes. It was great to start the day with a walk into the city centre (public transport links are also fab however!), it was also nice to get away from the city in the evening. We walked from our hotel to Leith Shore which is by the Water of Leith for dinner and drinks.

TOAST
We had spotted Toast on Instagram and the pictures looked stunning and knew we had to take a visit. We called up on the Saturday morning to book a table but were told we had to call back at 2pm to book a table for that evening. We did just that and booked a table for 7pm.

It was a sunny evening and there were lots of tables out the front looking to the waterfront, however as it was cooling down we opted to sit inside. We sat at the high chairs by the window so it still felt like we were outside and could people watch til our hearts content!

The menu was simple in terms of food with only a couple of options. This place is great for a light bite to eat or if you’re not feeling too hungry to have a drink and some food. We decided to have a 2 centred dinner and had the sharing board as our starter before heading elsewhere for the main course. Not only does this mean we got to visit 2 places, it also means lots more content and reviews for you guys to read!

The wine list is extensive with many options to choose from, you sure will find a nice glass of wine for you! We also love places that automatically give you tap water without having to ask, which we noticed happened a lot in Edinburgh. We were given a nice jug with cucumber and ice in.

Back to the wine…..Annie ordered a Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough New Zealand (white) and Rach had a Malbec from Argentina (red). The wine came in lovely large glasses and was delicious.

We shared the meze platter but also spied the Charcuterie Platter. However we were delighted with our choice as it was amazing! Baba ganoush in the centre of the platter was surrounded by olives, falafel, beetroot humous and a cold ratatouille. Flat bread was served on a separate plate and there was plenty for two people. We were given small plates each and tucked in. We absolutely loved the baba ganoush it was delicious!

This place is so cute and the service was perfect too, the staff were lovely.

THE PANTRY: FINN & BEAR
The Pantry is famous in Edinburgh as being the best Bistro so when we wandered into Toast and spied a Pantry we had to go.

We booked a table for 8pm giving us 1 hour to enjoy our starters at Toast. Upon arrival we were shown to our table which was a cute one at the back in an alcove, super cosy! Despite the place being super busy the staff came over straight away with tap water and menus for us to look at.

For our mains we decided to share the ‘dirtiest nachos in town’ which were served with salsa, guac, sweetcorn, jalapenos, melted cheese and sour cream. We opted for the meaty hickory beef brisket and pork shoulder however there was also a veggie option which was campfire beans and smoked tomato.

We also ordered some hand cut fries to share which were cooked to perfection and still had the skin on – our favourite!

OTHER
On our walk into and out of Leith Shore we noticed many other restaurants which looked lovely:
Café Tartine as the name suggest this is a French restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. The inside looked really cute and the menu was also very appealing.
The Kitchin this is owned by the famous Michelin starred chef Tom Kitchin. This restaurant was awarded a Michelin star in 2007. This restaurant serves modern British with a slight French twist. If you are feeling like splashing out why not go for the Chefs Surprise Tasting menu. However you could also enjoy the set lunch menu or set dinner menu.
Mimi’s Bakehouse we found this place (again) on Instagram and did not realise it was right next door to Toast. We are sad we didn’t get to visit here as we have sweet tooths, but if we ever return to Leith will sure pop in. Follow their Instagram @mimisbakehouse and you will have a feed full of delightful treats!
Café Truva There is a Cafe Truva in Leith (the original one), but they have since opened on the Royal Mile and also at Art College. This is a Turkish Mediterranean restaurant which could potentially be one of our favourite cuisines.
The Ship on the Shorethis is a fish restaurant so if you fancy some fish then this is the place for you!

The Boat House Restaurant Review in Jersey

The Boat House is a restaurant located in St Aubin’s which it is part of The Boat House Group. The Boat House is the group’s flagship venue and is described as a contemporary restaurant and bar which we would very much agree with.

The Boat House is a restaurant we always choose to visit when we are in Jersey. We love everything about the restaurant; the food, the views and the atmosphere.

The restaurant is located upstairs (upper deck) overlooking the sea, you can see for miles on a clear day.  It’s important to know that the upper deck is only open at the weekend (Friday-Sunday).

The menu is predominately fish (like most places in Jersey), they have an extensive menu that made it difficult for me to choose what to order as there was so much I could have chosen.

We started with a bottle of Moët champagne which was a lovely treat as we were celebrating my mums birthday.

For starter I went for the Jersey Crab which was served with fresh lemon, celeriac remoulade, capers on toasted sour dough bread. It was so delicious and incredibly filling, I would definitely recommend it as a starter.

My parents ordered the Fish Mixed Grill to share which includes a selection of fresh seasonal shellfish and is served with new potatoes. This looked pretty epic and my parents said it tasted delicious as well. It cost £46.50 and for the amount of fresh fish they got it was amazing value.

I went the the Duck which was served with a gravy and blackberries. It also came with roasted pumpkin and potato. I ordered some broccoli to have on the side as I do love a bit of veg! I would 100% recommend this dish and I would definitely opt for it again.

I was so full after my main course I unfortunately couldn’t fit in a dessert! I did see the dessert menu though and they all looked super tasty!

There is also a bar and restaurant on the ground floor (main deck) where we have also been for a drink, the vibe is completely different and much more relaxed to the upper deck. They have TV’s for major sporting events and also sell an extensive range of beers and wine. The main deck is open seven days a week and has an a la carte menu.

There is also an outside seating area which on a nice day is absolutely heaving giving the place a lively atmosphere.

We are yet to try any of the other Boat House Group restaurants but they are definitely on our list. The Tree House is located in St Brelade and The Farm House is St John.

Bills Dinner Review St Albans

Last week we were very lucky to visit the newly refurbished Bills in St Albans. St. Albans is one of three specially selected Bill’s restaurants to trial a new restaurant concept alongside Covent Garden and Westfield in London.

Now what is this new concept we hear you ask, well… they have completely changed the interior of the restaurant, the St Albans one had a Morrocan French feel to it and was very chic!

There are super comfy sofas to chill and have a coffee or alcoholic beverage area. There is also an open bar which we absolutely loved. You can sit on bar stools and enjoy a drink whilst you wait for a table. There is also the option the eat at the bar or just pop in for a drink.

We actually commented to the manager that it was very like the Ivy and he then informed us that the Ivy is a sister restaurant to Bills, so that explained that one! It was funny because all through dinner we were commenting on how much like the Ivy it was.

They have also completely changed the menu and vastly improved the quality of the ingredients and overall dishes and we sure did manage to sample a number of them.

We started by ordering a drink, Annie was designated driver so opted for the tropical juice which was so delicious, I would definitely get it again especially at breakfast!

Rachel decided to have a cocktail because the cocktail menu had so much choice, she ended up choosing the English country Garden and absolutely loved it! It would have been the perfect drink to enjoy on a warm summers evening (just like the name suggests).

We didn’t know what to opt for for our starter so asked our extremely friendly and helpful waiter Mario to give us some suggestions. In the end we actually went with all 3 of his suggestions and shared them. We had the crab & avocado toast, beetroot, goats cheese arancini and the warm cheese dip with toasted focaccia.

The crab & avocado toast with chilli and spicy mayo was very light and a good starter for the summer, it was toasted sourdough topped with a large lettuce leaf which was then topped with crab and smashed avo.

The arancini was simply amazing, the starter comes with 4 balls (so we had 2 each) and the balls sat in the most delicious purple basil and pine nut pesto sauce and there was a light sprinkling of Parmesan. The mixture of flavours were perfect. The sauce was so delicious that we even dipped our focaccia in it! However we tried not to do that too much as we needed to save our bread to dip into the cheesiest cheese fondu ever, it was a cheese lovers dream and we were in cheese heaven!

For main it was SO hard to decide what to choose and we both wanted everything on the menu, in the end we picked 2 dishes and shared. We opted for the Bills’s steak and rarebit pie and the ancient grain bowl which we added chicken to. Mario our waiter told us that the ancient grain bowl is his favourite and he always recommends it to his guests. The manager recommended the pie to us and oh my are we glad he did!

The pie was in a shortcrust pastry and was topped with cheese. It came with a gravy jug and was served with root veg mash and greens. We are so glad we shared it because it was MASSIVE, this dish is definitely excellent value for money. The steak was tender and well cooked, the pastry was perfect and the cheese topping finished the dish of nicely, and not to mention the gravy we poured on top too (que a gravy boomerang)!

For the ancient grain bowl we opted for the extra chicken to be added and we asked for the purple basil and coconut yoghurt to be on the side (we had never had coconut yoghurt before and didn’t know what to expect) – we shouldn’t have worried about the yoghurt though as it was delicious. This dish was packed full of flavours and we would most certainly have this again, you can have it on its own or add chicken or halloumi to it, maybe we will have halloumi next time!

Next time we return we will definitely try the vegan Wellington as the manager recommended it to us.

For dessert again we shared, it’s very very good that we both like very similar foods (minus Rachel not being the biggest fan of nuts, but we make it work!) so it makes sharing food easy and means neither gets food envy and we get to try more dishes!

Both the manager and our waiter suggested we had the sticky toffee pudding so of course we just HAD to go for it! It was the most delicious sticky toffee pudding ever, it melted in your mouth and the sauce was perfect. It was served with the creamiest ice cream too. We honestly would return to Bills purely to have the sticky toffee pudding!

We also chose the hot chocolate brownie which is gluten free. We love that Bills has so many options for all dietary requirements and means someone who follows a gluten free diet can still enjoy a very very tasty dessert as the brownie was epic.

Bills actually have an entire allergies menu making sure they are as inclusive as they can be. There is nothing worse than turning up to a restaurant and the only think you can eat on the menu is a salad or steamed veg.

We had to make sure we did a toilet review whilst we were there because is it really a Two Brits review if we don’t? We absolutely loved the way the stair case had been decorated it was really beautiful. Toilets were clean and definitely up to scratch PHEW!

We has the most incredible evening at Bills and we will definitely be returning soon! The food was delicious and the service was impeccable, nothing could have improved our experience we give it a solid 10/10.

The Somerville Hotel Restaurant Review

My Grandad chose to spend his 90th birthday at The Somerville Hotel which is located in St Aubin’s in Jersey, a quaint fishing village.  The restaurant was booked for forty adults at 13:00PM.

The afternoon begun with a Champagne reception, there were a selection of juices you could add to the champagne which I was happy about as Champagne isn’t my drink of choice I would always opt for Prosecco out of choice (my Mum would kill me if she heard me say that). The juice purees included peach, orange and blackcurrant I went for the peach flavour and it was utterly delicious, the Champagne was flowing and the waiters were brilliant at topping up the glasses which we were more than happy with.

We were seated at 13:30PM and in front of us was a personalised 90th birthday menu which was a nice added touch. A waitress came round and served us fresh warm bread and there was the option to have white or brown. We were given enough time to decide what we wanted to eat from the menu before the waitress came round and took our order. We didn’t have to pick our dessert which we were happy about as this is something we often struggle to choose prior to eating our main course as we are never sure what we are going to feel like; are we going to want sweet or do we want cheese? Oh the struggles.

There were four starter options; Cauliflower soup with bacon lardons, smoked ham hock, citrus cured salmon and marinated tiger prawns. I went for the cauliflower soup which was beautiful and very flavoursome, I would definitely recommend.

Prior to the starter being served the wine was poured which was a delicious crisp white Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough New Zealand white wine. White wine isn’t usually my drink of choice I am much more a red wine kinda gal. I find White wine gives me really bad heart burn and it can be incredibly tangy, but this wine was utterly delicious and I found myself going back for more, in fact I didn’t go back for more the waiters were going round topping up our glasses which can become dangerous because you lose track of how much alcohol you have consumed!

There were four main course options; Roast Rump of lamb, char grilled scotch rump steak, pan fried fillet of sea bream or pan fried breast of chicken. I went for the steak which really isn’t like me! I almost always go for the chicken but for some reason steak is what floated my boat that day so that is what I went for.

There were also 4 Desserts; Raspberry soufflé with white chocolate mousse, dark chocolate tart with macerated cherries, Brie de meaux with apples and biscuits oe a selection of ice-creas and sorbets with poached peppered peaches. I went for the raspberry soufflé as I had never tried one before. I certainly was not disappointed it was beautifully served and it was ridiculously light and fluffy. The chocolate tart was also Moorish and I helped myself to several spoonfuls of my boyfriend’s lol. My mum did comment that there was only one type of cheese on the cheese board which was slightly bizarre especially if you are not keen on a brie like cheese.

After we had finished our desserts a surprise birthday cake was bought out by the waiters for my Grandad which was a chocolate ganache cake decorated in macaroons. Of course we couldn’t say no to a slice of cake so what was 3 course meal had now turned into a 4 course meal (not that we were complaining). If you are celebrating a birthday we would definitely recommend ordering a cake, I am not sure whether they made it or whether they ordered it in but it was a lovely touch and tasted just as good as it looked.

Teas and coffee were served with mini plates of petis fleurs.

We enjoyed several gins as well which were served beautifully, we especially liked the tanquray gin with a slice of grapefruit and sparkling tonic water. The waiter knew a lot about his gin and how each of them should be served so it was interesting to learn a little bit about the different gins.

Couldn’t fault anything about lunch at The Somerville Hotel and we would definitely recommend it to anyone, whether you have  a party to arrange or you just want to enjoy a nice lunch or dinner at the weekend whilst visiting jersey