Showing posts with label Restaurant Review. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Restaurant Review. Show all posts

The Station Inn - Marshbook Church Stretton - Review

Now it has to be said I do love a good bit of steak.  Whenever we go out, for me it has to be steak. But the trouble is finding somewhere that serves quality steak and someone that also knows how to cook it.

I've eaten steak in many places and have even had steak cooked by Marco Pierre White when I went on a food blogger day to his restaurant next to Chelsea's football ground and I've always said that was the best steak ever; but that was until Friday night when we were invited to dine at The Station Inn, Marshbrook, Church Stretton and I have to tell you this place is something else........

Seriously, I mean CHECK OUT this for a flat iron steak!

Flat Iron Steak

My steak was cooked to perfection and although I was about to order rump steak since I always think it has more flavour than say sirloin but Richard who obviously knows his stuff when it comes to meat and cooking suggested I try the flat iron.  Now, I've never fancied the look of flat iron steak as when raw it always looks to me like there's a tad too much fat running through it; which I know as far as steak goes is meant to be a good thing.  Anyway, feeling confident that the butcher would know best, I agreed to having flat iron steak.
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The Howard Arms Cotswold Pub - Review

The Howard Arms is a 400 year old Cotswold-stone inn overlooking the peaceful Village Green of Ilmington, near Shipston-on-Stour in the Cotswolds.  The perfect place to stay for a romantic weekend away or just to get away for a few days and is in a brilliant location for exploring the beautiful Cotswold countryside.

The Howard Arms Pub




Above image provided by The Howard Arms - all other images in this post are my own.

The Howard Arms is a Pub, Restaurant and Luxury Bed & Breakfast and is what I call a 'proper' country pub.  We arrived last Sunday, freezing cold from the icy weather and was relieved to find a gorgeous log fire with two comfy chairs either side of the fireplace. We've visited many country pubs over the years but you'd be surprised how many have a log fire but actually won't light it.  There's nothing worse than being cold and it puts me off wanting to eat and now that's saying something as I can eat for England.  Always hungry am I.

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Chiquito Restaurant Bar and Mexican Grill - New Menu Review

Restaurant Bar and Mexican Grill Chiquito have just launched their new and very exciting menu.  As this was my first time visiting Chiquito I wasn't sure what to expect; from the minute we walked through the door we were made to feel welcome.  The restaurant had a lovely feel about it too and the decor and lighting were perfect.

I found out we were served by Rachael, so a bit shout goes to her as she was really friendly and very knowledgeable, explaining all the new dishes and helped us decide what to have.  That said I wasn't there to review the restaurant, only the new menu, and what a tempting and mouthwatering menu it is too.


Although I took photos to share on social media, they certainly didn't do the food justice it deserves as it was too dark in the restaurant, therefore the photos in this post have been kindly supplied by Chiquito.

Oh my goodness, the description of every dish on the menu sounded mouthwatering, it was seriously hard to decide what to have since we kinda wanted to try everything and Tex-Mex is my favourite kind of food anyway.
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Telford Southwater Pizza Express - Review

Pizza Express recently opened a branch in the fancy Southwater development by the Telford town center.  Yep this Pizza Express is a lovely place to eat with a very relaxed atmosphere.  Of course I wasn't sent there to review the actual restaurant nor the service - just the menu.  But while I'm about it I think the excellent service, friendly and very informative staff need a mention!  This place is GOOD.

Spotlessly clean, tidy too.  Pizza express have an open style kitchen so you can see the food being prepared which I think can only be a good thing.

This was our second visit to Pizza Express Telford, the first being when they'd only been open a couple of weeks. We were pleasantly surprised then at just how knowledgeable the staff were, explaining the different pizza bases and topping and for example, how you can choose to have none, more, or less of the different types of chillies to make your pizza to suit you.

On our first visit Paul had chosen a pizza that had Tabasco sauce on it and when I reminded him just how HOT Tabasco sauce is - he chickened out!  The waiter came up with an idea; he'd request that no Tabasco was actually added to Paul's pizza, but he would bring a couple of bottles to the table - original and mild Tabasco sauce so Paul could decide for himself how hot or not he wanted it.  Now that's what I call going the extra mile - brilliant service!
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KFC Introduce Slow Cooked Pulled Chicken to their UK Menu

Today, KFC becomes the first quick service restaurant to bring on-trend street food to the high street, as it adds to its traditional fried chicken menu with the introduction of a range of slow cooked pulled chicken products for its customers.

You may remember I recently went with a couple of other food bloggers Behind the Scenes at KFC with the BBC and we actually got to try the new pulled chicken range but as it hadn't gone on sale at the time we were all sworn to secrecy!

KFC Pulled Chicken Burger

Photograph supplied by KFC

 It tasted good, a little on the sweet side for me personally but still very good - we're talking melt in the mouth chicken here.

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Banana Caramel and Chocolate Dessert Pizza

The Italian Restaurant Zizzi recently set me a challenge to create a dessert pizza or any savoury dish that could be turned sweet.  I first came up with a possible of a Cinnamon and Caramelised Apple Lasagne but sadly although it tasted okay it wasn't somehow quite right and certainly didn't work photography wise.
I'm not one to give up easily and although I had to let it go this time, I'll work on it!


If you'd like have a go at making my easy to make Banana, Caramel and Chocolate Pizza you can find the recipe here.

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The Meadow Inn at Ironbridge - A Review

I'm not telling anyone that it's my birthday on Monday. But seeing as it is, we went out for lunch yesterday at one of our favorite places to eat, The Meadow Inn at Ironbridge.

I must point out that since about October/November 08 The Meadow has had new owners. Since then, the already high standards have been upped and it is now a really lovely, friendly place where we could just sit, drink and eat, quite happily all day!
We arrived not too long after they'd opened for lunch, hence it was a bit quite, but not for long. We walked there, which normally doesn't take very long but because of the snow we've had we had to walk a long way round or we'd have slid on our bottoms all the way there!

The picture above is one of the bars - they have another one to the left.
Now, there is nothing that can be faulted with The Meadow Inn. The staff are really nice and friendly. It's very clean (the loos are spotless) and the food is excellent!
The Meadow is one of those places where you want to eat everything on their menu. They do smaller portions if that's what you want, or you can add just £2.50 for a larger sized meal. The small portions aren't that small either!

For starters I had the Char-grilled King Prawn skewers with a sweet chili relish - very nice indeed - I could quite happily had a whole plate of those!
As well as their main menu they have a blackboard which has a few more yummy dishes to choose from. So, from the blackboard, Paul had warm goats cheese with dressed leaves and walnuts.
For the main course, he had their double stack burger, which as you can see isn't small! I was cooked perfectly and the chunky chips were lovely and crisp, just as they should be.
I had to have steak, of course! The steak was cooked to absolute perfection - I always have steak medium rare.
They do a larger steak but this size (8oz) was just fine for me. I also had Bearnaise sauce, which was included in the price. Everywhere else you go, seems to want to charge £2 to £2.50 extra for sauce!
Now, another good thing about The Meadow Inn, is that their beef is minimum 28 day matured and is from Welsh border farms. It always bothers me that in some places you just don't know where they get their meat from.
Now, we didn't have dessert as we were FULL!
In my opinion The Meadow really does serve the best steaks and not just in Ironbridge! If you're ever in the area you must go there and see for yourself.
You wont be disappointed.
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