Eatery Review – The Pit

Hi All,

Bank holiday feels like ages ago since work has been a bit crazy this week! Oh well it’s lunch ish time now so that means it’s only 2 more get ups and it’s a chilled weekend!!! 

On Monday me and James went to Harrogate for a little gander around Homesense and some lunch. With no idea where to go I used Trip Advisor to find me something Tex-Mex style. I didn’t look at the review I basically went off the picture. 
We arrived around 1pm ish and parked on the main road as The Pit is just a 2 minute walk off the high street. 

The decor is how you’d expect, industrial and leather combination. Sorry I actually don’t think you can pin this style down. Big open bar, different levels.
We sat down in a open booth with a great view of the entire place. The staff were lovely and attentive and were happy to come back with James’ drink while I continued to find my drink choice.

I had a Cherry Smash which was a bourbon cocktail and it was delish and very refreshing with the mint tang!

We ordered The North of the Border BBQ sharing platter along with a Mac and Cheese side and some Philly Fries. 

The first comment to make is you often get starters to share and there isn’t a plentiful array of food; it’s often just a slightly bigger portion, sort of 1 & 1/2. But this was totally different, a really good portion for 2..especially since we weren’t having mains.

The only item on the platter which could’ve been better was the sliders; they could’ve done with more chicken or or sauce, or perhaps a brioche bun. Just felt like a basic choice.

Now to my favourite bits; the Gucaomole was incredibley well seasoned and the chunkiness was perfect! And the Mac& Cheese had this amazing crumb with the most perfect consistency, not too sloppy.

The Resturant was just what we needed after the shopping and to top it off we received 50% off food, just because it was Monday. Can’t go wrong!

Worth a visit 

4 out of 5


The Search for the Perfect Afternoon Tea : Devonshire Arms

Hi All,

I had a wonderful Sunday afternoon with my best friend Hannah. The search for the perfect afternoon tea continued at the Devonshire Arms at Bolton Abbey. And what a perfect location to sit, chatter and drink tea!

Our reservation was at 3:15pm and we were welcomed by all the staff in the reception and escorted to the Burlington Resturant. Which is just beautiful, the conservatory over looking the gardens is magical. 
We have both visited the hotel before but never realised how beautiful it really was. 
We agreed we both felt a little out of place when we arrived being that it’s rather posh. But once settled that soon passed and it was like we were regulars.

Let’s talk food; 
Sandwiches – we both really enjoyed them to say we both aren’t in to sandwiches. The savoury cheese had Chive which isn’t advertised so was a lovely surprise. 
The salmon was lush, and the coronation chicken, because it tasted as though the chicken had been roasted and then added to the sauce.
We didn’t eat the egg mayo as we just don’t like the consistency. The cucumber was odd, we both agreed we weren’t sure what the making of a good cucumber sandwich is. 

Scones – Tasty, thick clotted cream, homemade strawberry jam. I enjoyed raspberry as I’m allergic to Strawberries.
Fruit scones were better than the plain- sorry but that’s the case everywhere.

The sweets – Lemon Merguine pie – I thought the curd was a little too runny, but delicious. And so cute.
Rubarb and white chocolate macaroon- amazing, not sharp which was surprising for Rubarb.
Pistachio choux – exceeded expectations as we both are big fans of pistachio and they just looked like a Christmas ball.
Carrot cake – I took home as even though they were just so cute, I was too full. But Jimbob said they were delicious!!!

To go along with our tea we had Elderflower bubbly(non alcoholic) so refreshing and such a good choice.

We were both really impressed with the whole experience, including the great view from the conservatory where we sat.

The service was smashing, extra clotted cream, asked when we wanted tea bringing. Pointed out I had a strawberry allergy and brought raspberry jam. 

Now there are always a few niggles so I have to point out the flaws aswell as the pros. We were more or less on our own in the dinning room which, as pleasant as that was, more presence from the staff would’ve been appreciated. Now I could be wrong but I think afternoon tea should be unlimited as the affair is something to be savoured not rushed. 

Another point to add was the display stand was better as it had easier access to see and retrieve the goodies.

8 out of 10 

Very traditional afternoon tea, well served on white plates. Lush afternoon. 

Eatery Review : Sapporo Teppanyaki

Good Afternoon All,

It’s very rare that I don’t enjoy my dinners out but last night, apart from the company and the occasion, I wasn’t impressed. 

We went to Sapporo Teppanyaki for one of my close friends and her fiancées birthdays. 

After being seated at the table, we all ordered something to our taste. Me and Jimbob ordered Mixed Sushi . 
The service seemed confused, one lady took orders for everything for our table but when it came to serving the dishes wasn’t sure who’d ordered what. 

The sushi was really good, rolls I hadn’t tried before, and I was told the wasabi was very hot. We also ordered duck rolls; wish I hadn’t! The roll itself is a pancake and would probably be lovely with ice cream but due to its thickness and the dry duck it was hard to cut and very rubbery! 

Between the starter and the main they put on a bit of a show for you, throwing really good potatoes into your mouth but I think only 2 of our party managed it. They also do a sort of egg dance, well that’s what I am describing it as. And then just before they cook they create a ball of fire, which is very impressive and extremely warm, so you can imagine with roughly 16 tables all going through the same routine throughout your dinner it’s a little(very) warm in the room.

They also do a drum “thing” I assume for birthdays. For me, a combination of the heat and the drums it just provided a headache.

Another waitress collected our plates and when told about the duck rolls simply shrugged. All I could think was ‘oh, I’m glad we said something..’

Back to the main course. We were all asked again to confirm what we had ordered, not really 100% sure what the waitresses were there to do. Being I had confirmed my dinner 3 times over the night. But hey…benefit of the doubt. 

I ordered Duck Breast Teriyaki which came with egg fried rice and those lush potatoes. But for me the sauce wasn’t sticky and just tasted really salty. He poured over additional sauce from the bottle but it didn’t add anything. It just tastes salty. It didn’t have that satisfying sticky and pink breast. Jimbob had asparagus wrapped in chicken which he described as a little-dry and just tasted of soya sauce.

We enjoyed the company but not so much the food.

3 out of 10


Wedding : Bridesmaid Gifts

Good morning All, 

I wanted to talk about bridesmaids gifts for a minute. Now I have read a lot of posts and forums about this topic and in all honesty I feel some brides get it a little wrong. And I’ll tell you why. So many are caught up creating this beautiful box of stuff as a gift for the 6 bridesmaids they don’t stop to think do they actually want this glass that says “bridesmaid” on the base, because they’ve been a bridemaid a few times before, has someone already done this?

One thing to spend money on is something for the day. I bought little tiny necklaces from etsy with a single lower case inital. It’s cute, it’s jewellery, it’s hopefully something they would want to wear again. And for while they’re getting ready, we bought big boyfriend shirts and I had them embroidered with a little monogram. 

So going back to my original comment, a survival pack is cute and fun and something they may get use of throughout the day, or even into the day after, but tat, cups, mugs etc will just sit on a shelf. I think if you are so set on getting your bridesmaid something to say thank you, go more personal. Yes it’s more difficult, but also more thoughtful. I did this too, mainly because they had been so kind as to join me on a girls holiday in Ibiza and one of them even made all 5 bridesmaids outfits. I didn’t think a small silver necklace really showed my appreciation for how much they had invested in the wedding, both physically and financially. And I think that’s another point to mention, if you have bridesmaids who aren’t earning the title what are they being thanked for? 
I believe when you sign up to being a bridesmaid for someone there are certain things you should do or at least attempt to do. I believe this because I know for whoever would ask me, I would want to give them the best run up to their wedding imaginable. So if your bridesmaids not pulling their weight, say something. Don’t go all ‘Maria Carey’ on them but sit down and state your feelings. 
Being a bridemaid is an honour. You are making a life time commitment to someone and you want people who will support your heart ache when your dress doesn’t fit on your third fitting. You want someone to hold your hand when things are going right. And more importantly you want someone to take you to the disabled toilet becuase you can’t find the toilet seat on your own.

A bridesmaid gift I my eyes should be personal to the two of you, for example my oldest friend Al (Alexandra) introduced me to straighteners but in the process of having my first straighten, her step mum burnt the top of my ear, it’s something I’ll never forget and always laugh about. So it seemed only fitting to buy her a pair of straighteners. It something that she may not of needed right then and there but something that might come in handy when her old pair gives up.

You could if your struggling just work out what they’d really want. Like my friend Zo (Zoe). She bloody loves Harry Potter, so I bought her two tickets to Harry Potter World. It was somewhere she really wanted to go. And it meant that she got something she really wanted.

I hope you haven’t found this post too preachy, but just a little bit of a nudge in a more personal direction.