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Places to eat in  Cambridge- Amélie Review

Places to eat in Cambridge- Amélie Review

Trying new places to eat in Cambridge is our favourite pastime and we recently had the pleasure of Amélie in the (newly revamped) Grafton Centre Cambridge. Look out for the bright yellow vintage Citroën van opposite the VUE cinema. This independent, family run venture serves […]

Fish and Chips in St. Ives- Eric’s Review

Fish and Chips in St. Ives- Eric’s Review

The opening of Eric’s is excellent news for lovers of fish and chips in St Ives. It has become a tradition of ours to follow up a long beach walk in Norfolk with a trip to Eric’s at Thornham for their delicious fish and chips, […]

Where to Eat in Cambridge- Vanderlyle Review

Where to Eat in Cambridge- Vanderlyle Review

Quality food in Cambridge

If you are wondering where to eat in Cambridge, look no further than Vanderlyle– a new inventive restaurant offering quality food. As a huge fan of ‘The Hole in the Wall’, I was extremely excited to hear about Alex Rushmer and Lawrence Butler’s latest venture on Mill Road and couldn’t wait to try it. A seasonal, ingredient led, 5 course set menu (£55) (pay via the Tock system), and a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. This place really is fabulous.

Snacks:

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I have been raving about the amazing crab crumpet at Cornerstone since eating it a few months back and here I am crumpet obsessed again. Vanderlyle’s cauliflower crumpet certainly stands toe to toe with it – utterly delicious.

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The cashew labneh was smooth and nutty, a crunchy crouton and a zingy vivid red pepper sauce.

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This is followed by a delicate little cup of fresh lettuce soup studded with fresh delicious peas.

Salad:

Is this the best salad I have ever eaten ? Absolutely! A beautiful plate of fresh leaves from Flourish Produce, placed on top of thin, perfectly salt baked kohlrabi and beetroot, all topped with grated egg yolk.

The salad was served with potato and seaweed bread. Anyone who remembers the treacle bread at the Hole in the Wall will appreciate how good this bread tasted. An exceptional plate of food which really sets the tone for the next course.

Asparagus:

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Perfectly made little nettle and ricotta tortellini arrived next. Sitting alongside beautifully crisp asparagus and morels. Another exquisite dish.

Aubergine:

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On to the aubergine. Expertly roasted, topped with sesame and miso. This dish is so well balanced and the black olive caramel had me literally scrapping the plate clean. All of this is served with a small bowl of superbly cooked and buttered new potatoes- delightful.

Strawberries:

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The first dessert was a wonderful combination of fresh, zingy ingredients. The texture of the silky, creamy semifreddo is spot on, full of delicious strawberry flavour. This works well with the earthy tiny pieces of diced beetroot.

Orange and Carrot:

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What a finish to the meal. This is ranking as one of the best desserts I have eaten. A small, moist piece of orange and carrot cake, alongside the show stopping frozen rhubarb and ginger. Stunning in both flavour and texture. Underneath all of this (and bringing the dish together) is a brilliant carrot curd.

What to Drink:

Vanderlyle offer a wine, and non-alcoholic drinks pairing, which can also be mixed so that you can enjoy the best of both worlds. The wine list has a great selection of interesting wines from around the world and is well worth investigating. We decided on an American dry white from Monterrey which we thoroughly enjoyed.

Where to eat in Cambridge? Here!

We had a wonderful evening at Vanderlyle and are already planning our next visit. We are planning to sit at the pass to watch the magic happen next time! The food is simply outstanding- exciting, inventive, and utterly delicious. Go and try for yourself, I promise you won’t be disappointed!

For more of our eating out recommendations click here.

Where to Find the Best Burgers in Cambridge

Where to Find the Best Burgers in Cambridge

The independent restaurant scene in Cambridge has grown massively over the last few years. From the stylish and delicious tasting menus of Restaurant 22 to the laid back BBQ food of SmokeWorks, you can find a place to suit your tastes, mood and wallet! With […]

Cornerstone in Hackney Wick-Review

Cornerstone in Hackney Wick-Review

Named after an Arctic Monkeys song, Tom Brown’s restaurant Cornerstone in Hackney Wick offers fabulous small plates/ tapas style food. On our recent visit, each stunning dish is a smash hit. This large airy space, situated down a quiet side street is home to Brown’s […]

Michelin Restaurants with Rooms- Winteringham Fields Review:

Michelin Restaurants with Rooms- Winteringham Fields Review:

Nestling on the banks of the Humber estuary is Winteringham Fields, a superb Michelin star restaurant with rooms. We opt for the couples retreat package (a Christmas present to ourselves), which includes an eight course surprise tasting menu, an overnight stay, and continental breakfast.

The room:

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Bedroom

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Luxury bathroom

The package allows you to secure any room that is available at the time of booking. We booked well in advance and managed to get a suite which was large and airy, with a very comfortable king size bed and luxury bathroom.

Arrival and canapes:

We are welcomed out of our car by a friendly, helpful member of staff who shows us to our room A knock at the door soon followed and we are served a complimentary welcome drink-a woo woo! This is a fun little touch, a great way to relax into the stay. Then to begin the meal, on to drinks and Canapes.

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Sausage roll

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Lincolnshire poacher and eel tart

The evening begins with a gin and tonic and a couple of delightful canapes. A crisp Lincolnshire poacher mini tart topped with a small delicious piece of smoked eel, and my favourite a thin slice of sausage roll with spicy sauce.

Eight course surprise dinner menu:

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Whipped cod roe, dashi beetroot

A roaring fire greets us as we enter the beautiful dining room and we settle in, hungry and excited, for our first plates arrival. A super-tasty beetroot dish with whipped cod roe which has a wonderful depth of flavour.

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Baked ratte potato, jerusalem artichoke, iberico ham, fondue sauce

Next up is a stunning dish of potato and Jerusalem artichoke, served on a striking red plate. Finished with a moreish and rich cheese fondue sauce. A little Iberico ham brings the salty edge to this very clever dish.

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Pearl barley risotto, roast shitake mushroom, pickled enoki, perigord truffle

If you like truffle (and we do), this risotto is for you. As it arrives the aroma fills the air. The risotto is perfectly cooked and as you would expect is full of earthy flavours (which the pickled enoki cut through). This is decadent and had us scraping our plates!

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Mackerel, kohlrabi cannelloni, nori dressing

Mackerel comes served two ways on this dish. A pan fried fillet, and a pitch-perfect tartare served inside a silky kohlrabi cannelloni.

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Cod, smoked mussels, fennel salad, lemon butter sauce

Next up the cod. The lovely smoked element on this plate comes from the mussels which really bring it to life. A perfectly cooked piece of fish.

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Venison, parsnip puree, spiced red cabbage

The venison dish is the star of the show for me. Served with a smooth but sweet parsnip puree and a wonderful mix of slow cooked and fermented red cabbage. The meat is rich and tender and is completely delicious.

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Coconut, lime, white chocolate

On to the desserts so we start with a refreshing coconut meringue with white chocolate and lime. This is a great palate cleanser that sets us up nicely for the finale.

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Chocolate delice, malt brown bread ice cream

What a way to finish a simply brilliant menu and Mel’s favourite. A very dark, rich chocolate delice, thinly sliced and served with a malted bread ice cream which is smooth and delicious.

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Cheese trolley

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Mint tea, coffee and petit four

Cheese, drinks and petit four:

You don’t have to have cheese or a coffee with petit four, but we do. I would highly recommend you do too. I loved the little blackberry macaron and the coffee was smooth and delicious.

During the meal we drank a lovely local Lincolnshire Solaris wine from Oven’s Farm Vineyard.

Michelin restaurants with rooms:

As mentioned in our review of Restaurant Sat Bains, we love restaurants that have rooms as its a real luxury just to walk back to your room, full and content, and slump into your bed.

Breakfast:

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Continental breakfast at Winteringham fields


Staying also means you can wake up the next day to a continental breakfast to send you on your way.

We had a fantastic time at Winteringham fields simply because the food was of the highest standard. The menu was exciting and inventive, and packed full of flavour. A fantastic meal and one to recommend for sure.

Check out our restaurant reviews here

Amazing Michelin Star food: Restaurant Sat Bains

Amazing Michelin Star food: Restaurant Sat Bains

As returning customers to the amazing Michelin star food of Restaurant Sat Bains (2 Michelin stars) I thought ‘can this really be as good as last time?’ By the end of my 10 course tasting menu I discovered it wasn’t as good as our last […]

Quality food in Cambridge- Restaurant 22

Quality food in Cambridge- Restaurant 22

If you are looking for quality food in Cambridge Restaurant 22 is the place to go. It has been far too long since our last visit and since then this superb establishment has gone from strength to strength. Gaining both local and national acclaim (all […]

Great Places to Eat in Rutland, The Olive Branch

Great Places to Eat in Rutland, The Olive Branch

Following a recommendation from fellow foodie friends we discovered The Olive Branch in Clipsham as one of the great places to eat in Rutland. A good place to catch up over a plate or two of delicious food.

My starter- Chicken & Leek Terrine with Mushroom Ketchup.

Using homegrown or locally sourced seasonal produce, this place is quality. Pre-Christmas, we had the choice of the a la Carte, festive set lunch, or the Lunch for Less menu. On this visit Mel opted for the value Lunch for Less menu (£17.50 for 2 courses and £4 for the third).

Main Course- Sea Bream detailed below.

The Food:

We start with a complimentary chunk of bread from the amazing local Hambleton Bakeryserved with lashings of butter.

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Beetroot and Goats Cheese Starter.

Then to the starter. A generous portion of lightly whipped goat cheese paired classically with earthy beetroot. This was a fresh start to the meal.

Bubble and Squeak Soup.

Other starters we enjoyed included the bubble and squeak soup, and cornfed chicken and young leek pressed terrine. This was served with mushroom ketchup and toasted brioche. We move happily on to the main event.

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Mel’s Main- Chicken Breast detailed below.

Mel’s main, a perfectly seasoned chicken breast served with fondant potato, parsnip puree, button sprouts, bacon and sage was plate-licking delicious.

Other delicious dishes we enjoyed included classic chunky fish and chips with homemade mushy peas, and the lighter choice of pan fried sea bream with a potato cream, smoked leeks and chives (pictured above).

To finish a great meal came great desserts. The Christmas Pudding Parfait served with mulled figs and satsuma ice-cream. The ice-cream cut through the richness of the tart with a burst of citrus. This was the absolute essence of Christmas flavours.

The desserts were all very enjoyable (yes, I tried a little of each). My favourite, a slice of dark and orange chocolate delice, topped with a sweet caramel popcorn. Served with a refreshing blood orange sorbet, this was truly decadent.

All in all a fabulous meal. The quality of the ingredients, cookery and service made for one of those food experiences that brings you back time and time again. If you are looking for great places to eat in Rutland, look no further than The Olive Branch.

To read about more great places to eat click here.

Brilliant Burgers in Birmingham- Original Patty Men Review

Brilliant Burgers in Birmingham- Original Patty Men Review

The Venue: Nestling behind the shiny disc-covered building that is home to Selfridges in Birmingham you can find the Original Patty Men. The self-proclaimed ‘patty pimps and purveyors of filth!’. These are brilliant burgers in Birmingham. A firm favourite of the cities street food scene […]