Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Jamies Italian Evening Favourites Review

I don't keep it a secret that I'm a fussy diner. Selecting new restaurants to try is a challenge, usually the "cheaper" restaurants means cheap quality which i end up been grudged paying even a small amount for, and for me, when it comes to food, quality comes at a price. Until now there's only been a handful of restaurants I've come across which don't break the bank and don't compromise on quality. Luckily i was recently able to add Jamies Italian to my list of affordable eats, with the launch of their "Evening Favourites" menu. 

Jamies Italian Evening Favourites Review

The select menu offers an impressive 3 courses for £18.95 pp, with mains including favourites such as steaks, burgers, pasta and pizza dishes. Unlike other early bird style menus, the menu starts after 6pm between Mondays and Thursdays, which is a particular highlight for myself as it means it actually feels like a treat and gives everyone chance to freshen up and get ready, no more rushing to eat straight from work to grab the best deals. Although if you are looking to dine earlier the restaurant also offers a super lunch with 3 courses for £12.95 until 6pm, Mondays - Thursdays. 

Jamies Italian Evening Favourites Review

Looking through the starters i was impressed to see one of my favourite pasta dishes 'truffle tagliatelle'  so the choice for myself was easy. Tom opted for the 'cured meat plank', again something i was impressed to see on a menu, as I've not come across many 'plank' type starters designed for one person on menus before. 

Jamies Italian Evening Favourites Review

The 'cured meat plank' arrived and we was both impressed by the variety of the starter. Given it was a starter for one, there was still an array of delights to feast upon, including meats, cheese, pickles and homemade slaw. The waitress was very pleasant and knowledgeable as she explained everything the starter included. I found the starter had a nice balance with a good meat to cheese ratio, the slaw accompanied it all well with a fresh taste and a hint of orange. 

My starter of Truffle tagliatelle was delicious, the truffle was perfectly balanced and not over powering. The pasta was silky and cooked well, making it a very luxurious starter. 

Jamies Italian Evening Favourites Review
Jamies Italian Evening Favourites Review
Jamies Italian Evening Favourites Review

For the mains Tom opted for his favourite...Steak. I decided to go double pasta with the sausage ragu.

The steak was served with a fresh tomato salad and a side of home made fries. The yellow and red tomatoes added a fresh element to the dish and gave it a real Italian feel. the steak was cooked to order 'rare' and although came more on the 'medium' side the thin cut of meat still ensured the steak was juicy and tender so this wasn't a problem for Tom. 

My pasta again was cooked well. The dish was well seasoned although I found the flavour of fennel a little over powering but still a well balanced dish. The ragu was a slightly runny consistency but the bread crumbs incorporated into the dish, soaked up all the flavour and gave a good texture. A trick i will now be trying on my pasta dishes at home. 

Jamies Italian Evening Favourites Review
Jamies Italian Evening Favourites Review
Jamies Italian Evening Favourites Review
Jamies Italian Evening Favourites Review
Jamies Italian Evening Favourites Review
Jamies Italian Evening Favourites Review

After been rather full on my double pasta i would of usually said no to a dessert. Although given the excellent value of the evening favourites menu and spotting a chocolate fondant on the menu...who am i to say no. Plus no meal is complete without a pudding....right? 

The chocolate fondant was excellent and one of the best I've ever eaten. There was a very rich chocolate flavour and the middle was soft and gooey. The dish was completed with a scoop of vanilla ice cream which balanced the rich chocolate flavour. Can we also just take a second now to marvel at the rather cute little flag in the pudding. 

Tom choose the white chocolate cheese cake which again was well presented, topped with fresh raspberries and an amaretto biscuit crumb. The desert again was delicious with my only criticism being the base of the cheesecake lacked 'crumbilness'. 

Jamies Italian Evening Favourites Review
Jamies Italian Evening Favourites Review

Overall the food was delicious and the value is excellent. The staff were friendly, attentive and knowledgeable. I would particularly recommend the evening favourites menu for some affordable mid week dining. As said above the menu running from 6pm onwards is excellent for anyone with a busy schedule who finds it tricky to make early reservations. 


Let me know in the comments below if your a fan of Jamies Italian. 


SAMMIE
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*Food and drink was complimentary for review purposes

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Hotel Review: Over night stay at Middleton Lodge Richmond

Middleton Lodge, Middleton Tyas, Richmond

So last week myself and Tom, spend hours sending links back and forth over whatsapp looking for a place to stay for a little nights getaway for the weekend. What felt like hours...in fact it was hours, of humming and ahhing trying to find the perfect place to stay when we both eventually agreed on Middleton Lodge for a night in one of their rather beautiful garden suits. 

Middleton Lodge, Middleton Tyas, Richmond
Middleton Lodge, Middleton Tyas, Richmond
Middleton Lodge, Middleton Tyas, Richmond

Middleton Lodge certainly proved a good choice and worth all the hours spent on Trip Advisor. Set in the heart of Richmond with the surroundings of a luxury county estate, the lodge is simply perfect to escape any busy weeks and completely unwind. 

The room was simply beautiful, exposed beams, a king size bed, roll top bath and cosy garden area plus not forgetting the home comforts in the form of Yorkshire Tea and home made biscuits. 


Middleton Lodge, Middleton Tyas, Richmond
Middleton Lodge, Middleton Tyas, Richmond
Middleton Lodge, Middleton Tyas, Richmond
Middleton Lodge, Middleton Tyas, Richmond
Middleton Lodge, Middleton Tyas, Richmond
Middleton Lodge, Middleton Tyas, Richmond
Middleton Lodge, Middleton Tyas, Richmond
Middleton Lodge, Middleton Tyas, Richmond
Middleton Lodge, Middleton Tyas, Richmond
Middleton Lodge, Middleton Tyas, Richmond

We unpacked our bags, kicked of our shoes....did a running jump onto the bed and relaxed for the evening. We had made reservations for an evening meal at the Coach House restaurant (located at the lodge)  and fully indulged in the form of amazing food, bath bubbles and prosecco bubbles out in the garden terrace.  The evening meal was beautiful and i cant wait to share this in a separate post very soon. 

Middleton Lodge, Middleton Tyas, Richmond
Middleton Lodge, Middleton Tyas, Richmond
Middleton Lodge, Middleton Tyas, Richmond

The next morning we took our sleepy heads down to breakfast, well my sleepy head, Tom spent the morning playing with the nespresso machine in the room so i think that perked him up a bit...

Breakfast which was included in the stay, was a mix of a continental selection of yogurts, fresh fruit, cereals including home made granola and croissants plus a selection of warm dishes including a full English, eggs benedict (or eggs royal) and blueberry pancakes along with warm buttery sour dough toast. 

I opted for the eggs benedict, which were divine and Tom couldn't resist the full english. 

Middleton Lodge, Middleton Tyas, Richmond
Middleton Lodge, Middleton Tyas, Richmond
Middleton Lodge, Middleton Tyas, Richmond
Middleton Lodge, Middleton Tyas, Richmond
Middleton Lodge, Middleton Tyas, Richmond
Middleton Lodge, Middleton Tyas, Richmond

After breakfast we decided to make the most of our stay and headed out for the woodland walk around the grounds of the lodge. We decided to use the hotel bikes (free of charge) to complete the walk. I would like to say its true that once you learn you don't forget but i did have a few near misses into some poor unsuspecting trees. 
Richmond,Middleton Tyas

Overall the stay was simply perfect, I feel it will take a lot for our next night away to top Middleton Lodge and i know i will be returning. Hopefully sooner rather than later.


SAMMIE

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