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A lovely brunch – The Nook, Rugby

Good morning… Now this is my favourite part of the day and food wise it’s the same I am always happy when diving into breakfast. The Nook in Rugby is constant in there food offering serving fresh, loved and local produce. I have reviewed the Nook previously so pop over here to read our full review. BLOG.

So I am going to keep this a short…

The atmosphere in the Nook its always a light affair and everyone is happy and relaxed so its a great way to ease you into your day.  Its the perfect place to catch up with friends and family and the staff are welcoming.

Food loves…
Browsing through the menu and its wide selection of breakfasts from breakfast muffins to breakfast bruschetta and the more traditional options. I opted for the Scottish smoked salmon & free range scrambled eggs on a toasted artisan sourdough with a glass of  Buck’s Fizz, all for the tidy sum of £8.50. The salmon was beautifully fresh and the egg scrambled to perfection and washed down with a glass of fizz. Happy times.

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A smoked salmon brunch

My brother chose The Nook Breakfast  with Local  English sausage,  dry cure bacon,  poached egg, slow roasted tomato,  black pudding, chestnut mushrooms and Heinz baked beans with toasted artisan sourdough for  £7.50.

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The Nook Breakfast

What I love about The Nook is its constancy the staff, the food, the atmosphere… Its my local hideaway!

Call: 01788 312459

Website: thenookonthesquare.co.uk

Menu: Summer menu

ROYAL ASCOT POPS UP – Michelin star dining goes to London

Pop-up restaurants are quite literally popping up all over the country! This latest restaurant is probably the poshest one to date!

Royal Ascot is only round the courner, Ascot launched a competition to find diners for the World’s first ever, horse-drawn, Michelin-starred dining experience. It arrived at Observation Point, Queen’s Walk at London’s Southbank yesterday (16th April), giving two winners an exclusive preview of there fine dining menu. Looking at Ascots twitter feed it was a huge success creating plenty of intrigue,  which any PR stunt should do …

The winners of the competition sampled a three-course Royal Ascot taster menu with select wines all prepared by Michelin-starred chefs Michael Caines and Phil Howard who are both hosting restaurants at this year’s Royal meeting. Michael & Phil partnered with Steve Golding (Executive Chef, Ascot Racecourse) to create the breathtaking pop-up restaurant.

 

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The beautiful mini restaurant sits inside a Victorian landau carriage matching the ones that can be seen in the Royal Procession, has space for just two diners. The winners where welcomed on board by Ascot’s famous Greencoats, before being served Champagne and canapés. They went on a tour of London’s Southbank, St Paul’s Cathedral and around London.  Each course was served at a fixed point on the route as I think trying to eat and drink whilst being pulled by two the horses called Otto and Bullet might have been a bit tricky!

A big well done to the Ascot team combing a new concept (pop ups) with such a prestigious brand steeped with tradition. Just wish I’d entered the competiton… maybe next year.

 

It really was a feast!! – Feast, Gorey Pier, Jersey

Feast is what Sundays in Jersey are made for. My hungry buddies drove me out for lunch and a wintery walk on the beach upto part of the Jersey Island I hadnt been too,  the beautiful Gorey Pier before I had to catch my flight home. The girls had heard that feast was a fairly ‘known’ restaurant and with 2 dogs this seemed the best place we could park ourselves outside, it was overlooking the boats and right under Mont Orgueil Castle. Lovely.

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Rated in Jersey’s Top 10 restaurants (TripAdvisor, Jan 2013) Feast is situated on beautiful Gorey Pier. A relaxed but stylish restaurant serving a succeessful menu either inside or on the terrace.

2014-11-30 13.10.47The food offers honest quality food including a pan of  sizzling garlic prawns with crusty bread, antipasti sharing box, mussel pots , crispy salt and pepper squid, foie gras beef burger , steaks and seafood.

The staff are very friendly and make Feast a relaxed but buzzy place to be and are extremely passionate about the food they are serving with ample advice and nods of pleasure when you choose there favourite dish.

Food loves:
Oh my goodness what didnt I love might be the easiest place to start ….  I kicked off with the feast’s crispy salt & pepper squid, chipotle chilli sauce, roast garlic aioli and rocket. I did have food envy when Kathryns sizzling garlic prawns with crusty bread came out but with this amount delicious squid. I was happy!

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crispy salt & pepper squid

After filling myself with squid I had choosen the fish pie for main course, much to the delight of the waiter who had confirm this was his favourite dish the  crunchy topped creamy fish pie which was served with a dress side salad. It really didn’t disappoint, it was truely amazing filled with cod, salmon, prawns and smoke salmon and topped with mash…  I can safely say this is the best fish pie I have ever dived my fork into.

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fish pie
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side salad
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fish pie

 

Design loves:
This place has got it so right… The branding is tidy, simple and relaxed a true reflection of inside. It lets the food talking, it’s a  welcoming place with lovely little twists of design that guide you through even to the toilets.

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business card

 

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our Sunday menu

2014-11-30 13.09.19The shoes on the doors indicated males or female toilets … these little design features sent my design head into a spin so much so I nearly ended up in the gents!

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wall art

This is my restaurant of choice along the pier. I Love this place. The food is full of passion and so are the staff … Feast is more than just another resturant with a good sea view. Go visit.

Phone: +44 (0)1534 611118
Address: 10-11 Gorey Pier, St Martin, Jersey, JE3 6EW

 Website: feast.je

A Great start to the day – Le Braye Beach Bistro, Jersey

My dear friends (hungry buddies Kathryn and Louise) moved to Jersey just over a year ago and my love affair with the Island keeps growing. It was an unexpected love affair, as my first trip over there was just to check that the home sick girls had settled in ok and then BOOM my Jersey addiction took hold as soon as I hit the beach of St Ouens and entered Le Braye Cafe for breakfast.

Always buzzing throughout the day  it seems a popular venue for locals as well as tourists on holiday. Its always my first food adventure in Jersy  when I get off my 8.15am flight and I always call ahead to check we are definately going, a bit like an excited child.

Le Braye also serves hot and cold meals; speciality teas and coffees; homemade cakes and pastries. In the summer an ice cream parlour opens, separate from the main café, offering a large variety of Jersey whippy and scooped ice cream goodies.

The Cafe just ozzes coolness and makes you feel instantly relaxed. The decor is simple, stylish and welcoming. There are fun little quirky yet homely elements throughout the Cafe from the stone wall, to the indoor fence and geckos running across the walls.

Food loves
The breakfast of course I usually took into the vegetarian lifesaver for £8.45 which is served with loads of toast and Jersey butter which rocks my world. Delicious … it’s always freshly made and I love the way my beans are served in a little tin cup! Service is to a good standard and nothing is too much for the team.

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Design loves
The whole decor its makes me feel instanly relaxed and part of surfers world thats is just a stone through away. It bring the peacefulness and the nauture from the beach indoors in a stylish way… Gosh I love this place.

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Its standard I will always visit Le Braye Cafe, it goes hand in hand with my visit Jersey… Thank you xx

 

Visit: La Grande Route Des Mielles
St Brelade, Jersey
Channel Islands
JE3 8FN

Facebook: LeBrayeCafe 

Website: lebraye.com

Call: +44 1534 481395

Destination: Urban Grill T2, Madrid

At Madrid Airport… To be honest at this point I had got to the stage of just wanting some simple food, after overeating and drinking my way around Madrid. So the design of this place got my size 5s hotfooting over-to-the-counter…

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Urban Grill Fascia

The Urban Grill had air of funkyness and informal dinning, just what was needed ahead of our flight home.  It’s a modern, informal restaurant catering for people in a hurry. It serves quality grilled meat and fish, vegetables and homemade pizzas with fresh seasonal ingredients , all freshly prepared.

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Feature wall

Design :
Loved it (and if honest little surprised to find this in an airport), from the trendy wall art to the grass dividers this place got me excited.

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Seating
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Outdoor seating area
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Vegetable Pizza

Food: Nothing else would do than a fresh vegetable pizza which really hit the spot and was washed down with a beer!

It was fairly priced at 8€s but I was more excited about the design of Urban Grill that the food but I guess thats the designer in me.

 

 

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Urban Grill was simple yet cool and had space to move around without taking anyones ankles off with my suitcase and the crazy moo cow confirmed my love of this place.

Great design… Urban Grill!

www.aena-aeropuertos.es

Location: Aeropuerto De Barajas T2. Zona de embarque, Spain

 

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FRESH ROOTZ – tasty dishes made with love!

Only a short distance from Hungry Caterpillar HQ I heard a rumble that award-winning Fresh Rootz was going to appear on Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch (they had popped it on their BLOG ).

So we made a quick dash over there this lunch time to see what all the fuss was about …

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Counter area

You walk into an open-plan light room where the atmosphere is chilled and has a family eco vibe. You can tell you have walked into the home of Organic Vegan/Vegetarian dishes. It’s lovely and not stuffy in the slightest.

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Nice touch – Free sample cake!

The girls behind the counter are helpful and the menu is not overwhelming.  So service is swift and you can help yourself to chocolate and apricot cake while you wait! Delicious….

The decor is simple, white with chalk boards, vintage frames and plenty of mirrors with homely beach wooden tables and quirky furniture pieces dotted around. The green view from the large windows brings home the organic vibe.

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Wall art
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Outside view

For our lunch we choose the Lancashire cheese, spring onion and spinach tart severd with a raw slaw and side salad.

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Cheese tart

And the, Sri-lanka vegetable coconut curry served with raw slaw,  and couscous. The food was tasty, fresh and mouth-watering and  the whole vibe from the Fresh Rootz experience just made me feel relaxed and kind of wholesome.

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Sri-lanka coconut curry

For 2 main meals and 2 speciality coffees (they serve a macchiato – a big tick from me) our bill totalled £18.50.

So close to Hungry Caterpillars HQ it would be rude not to pop back.

 Website: www.freshrootz.co.uk

Address: Ryton Organic Gardens
Wolston Road | Ryton on DunsmoreCoventry CV8 3LG

Call: 02476 308213

The Nooks got us slightly hooked…

Where else is one to go on a Saturday afternoon with my oldest and dearest friend than for a delightful visit to the famous, Nook on the Square, Rugby.

The cafe was recently featured on primetime TV show – The Restaurant ManKate James and Alex Woodcock opened The Nook in January of this year, just a few months after filming the BBC Two programme . In the television show Russell Norman sees that the sisters have spotted a huge gap in the market in the quiet little village of Dunchurch.

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The Nock – outside
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Famous salmon square quiche

Katie decided to turn the downstairs of her house into a cafe after seeing a gap in the market.  The Nook serves a simple menu which features  a variety of breakfasts including a hearty vegetarian, for lunch -there are homemade specials, seasonal soup and a cream tea served after 12pm.

After watching the programme I spent weeks dreaming about the famous square quiche (I really do have a thing about quiche am wondering if its my age!), it lived upto everything I had dreamed about it was out of this world and all homemade that morning! I went for the smoked salmon and asparagus quiche and my friend the goats cheese option – I definitely picked the winner!

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Menu

The Nook has a strong square logo and is reflected subtly throughout everything even down to the food – the square quiches and the square scones.

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The Nook – inside
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Milk bottle vase

The cafe itself could be the perfect set for a 1940′s movie.  The Nook ticks every vintage box with the mix and match of furniture, chandelers,  white washed walls, tea sets on marble fire places and quirky touches that make you feel at home yet still in a modern vintage tea room.   The atmosphere is lovely it’s the perfect place to spend an afternoon with an old friend, the food is great and the service is friendly.

Now all I need to do is find out how to make those quiches am totally hooked!

Visit: The Square, Dunchurch, Rugby Warwickshire CV22 6NG

Call: 01788 312459

Website: thenookonthesquare.co.uk

Menu: thenookonthesquare.co.uk/menu-july.pdf

TV programme: http://bbc.in/1duBXAT

GRUB PUB WINNERS! Best Food Pub in the Midlands

Whhhhooooo big congratulations to Stag at Offchurch, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire for winning Best Food Pub West Midlands & Wales. Good luck for Thursday 11 September 2014 at the Hilton, Park Lane, London when they go forward to the GBPA 2014 national finals.

I hear loads of great things. A must for lunch soon.

Awards: Great British Pub Awards

Visit: www.thestagatoffchurch.com

It Rocked my sole!

On my way to Hampton Court the other day I stumbled on this beauty. The ‘Rock N Sole’ fish and chip shop and it really made me giggle… so much so I had to stop the car on a busy road and take some pictures.

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Rock n Sole fascia
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Menu board and window

The name ‘Rock N Sole’ and idea of the  Elvis style fish its a stoke of creative genius. Its a shame the design couldn’t have been pushed harder to make something truely amazing.

 

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A Frame

The idea did rock my sole  but the design left me wishing for a little more!

I didn’t get chance to eat there as it was closed! Maybe next time ‘Rock N Sole’… Keep Rocking!

Address:
Staines Rd W, Ashford, Middlesex TW15 1RP

Take a look at some other Rock and Soles restaurants and see how they have creatively executed the same name:

www.rockandsoleplaice.com

www.butlins.com 

www.rockandsole.co.uk

 

Burger Me! Have I found the best veggie burger in the Midlands?

Franks Hamburger House, Northampton is deserving of its of one of my first burger blog posts as it delivers a cracking veggie burger experience (meat and fish options available). 

The home made falafel burger was served in a fresh Ciabatta bun with salad and I added the toppings mushrooms and grilled halloumi – delicious. They’ve got bottomless (yes, bottomless I hear you say)  salted fries as well – but its unlikely you’ll order more as the burger is huge and you’re not left hungry!

Franks Hamburger Houseopened in 2012 and have a sister restaurant Franks Steakhouse House  and I think they’ve nailed it with their restaurant concepts; they are chilled, modern and serve great fresh food with a good atmosphere.10497411_10152719110112317_4554951186019206041_o

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I will be heading back very soon …

VISIT:  157-159 Wellingborough Rd, Northampton NN1 4DX

CALL: 01604 948904

EAT: Menu 

www.tomhewer.com/franks-hamburger-house