I had been waiting for these guys to open for a while, before lock down we were desperate to go to Redditch just to try them! Then Covid happened but in that time Steamhouse managed to get their Worcester shop ready.
Steamhouse announced they were having a soft launch so we had to go. I was actually the first customer in the Worcester store! I ordered the Plucky Clucker & the Alaskan, a creme brulee doughnut, white chocolate & raspberry doughnut.
The Bagels were both tasty, I had ordered the pastrami bagel but they it hadn't arrived, just means i'll have to visit again. The stuffed Creme Brulee doughnut was delicious, crunchy caramel, soft doughnut pipped full with creme brulee cream. The white chocolate & raspberry was also nice but not as good as the stuff doughnut in my opinion. The raspberry puree was smooth and worked well with the white chocolate & soft doughnut.
We really enjoyed the smoked salmon bagel, but who doesn't like smoked salmon & cream cheese!
The shop is super cute & so many people have said how good their experiences were. So it's another Worcester to check out!
WE FINALLY GOT TO SPEND MY BIRTHDAY VOUCHER FROM THE COMMUNITY OF WFG! I was generously gifted some money to spend with fabulous businesses around Worcestershire. I decided to split the money between a few different restaurants. I Chose, Anatolian Palace, The Cotford Hotel, The Olive Branch, The Angel & Ounce.
Well I'm so glad we made it here before another bloody near enough lockdown!
We arrived and were greeted by the lovely Izabella,who showed us to our table. The restaurant was busy but Boris had just cancelled everyone's New Year plans so as I think most people went out.
We looked at the menu and ordered our drinks, we decided on a Leffe draft & a large white wine, they don't have any beer on tap.
Izabella was very attentive and nothing was too much trouble.
We decided to order the 'Mixed Cold Meze' which was Humus, Cacik (Similar to Tzatziki), Kisir (Bulgarwheat),Saksuka (Fried Aubergine), Russian Salad (Vegetables in a Mayonnaise), Babaganush (Fried Aubergine in Yogurt), Antep Ezme (Tomatoes / Onions / Gerkins)
We also ordered the 'Mixed Hot Meze' which consisted of Sigara Boregi (Filo pastry Feta & Mint), Sucuk (Turkish Sausage), Halloumi & Falafel.
We decided we only needed one main as the cold meze recommends enough for 2/3 people and the hot 2 people, so we chose the 'Lamb Iskender' Grilled minced Lamb, served with a bed of diced bread & yogurt, coated with house sauce then drizzled with butter & herbs
We started with the warm bread & garlic dip, if you like garlic then this was incredible, smooth and packed full of flavour. Everything on the cold meze was delicious, we love tapas and I love trying all different things so this was the perfect choice. The Sigara Boregi was incredible, it could have had 5 seconds in the fryer if I was being super critical, but 100% one of our favourites from the night. The falafel was also full of flavour & the halloumi was grilled perfectly. We saved the best until last, the Turkish Sausage, WOW! If anyone knows where I can buy some, please message me!
We asked for our main to come when it was ready as we decided to pick at all of it. The main was tasty, the bread that had soaked up all the juices was sensational. Even the salad was nice!
Thursday 17th December | 8pm | 2 People
We arrived at Dick's Smokehouse and greeted by a lovely lady who showed us to our table. We were given the menus and after a short wait we ordered a pint each of both beers on tap which were Purity Lawless & Purity IPA. We were also #gifted two glasses of Prosecco from the chef.
The Head Chef Richard Wainman studied extremely hard at Worcester College of Technology. I actually studied with Rich but I was the year below, I remember how hard he worked, and loved seeing what he made as he was an inspiration during my time at Tech.
We looked at the menu and decided on three starters & two mains. To start we chose -
- Pork belly bites - sticky BBQ glaze - red slaw £6
- Wood roasted beetroot - goats cheese - smoked hazelnuts £5.5
- Dick’s hot link sausage - south carolina sauce - onion ketchup - chicharrón £5.5
We started with the Goats Cheese, which melted in your mouth, it was beautiful & light. The hazelnuts really complimented the dish too.
Next the Pork Belly - this stole the show of the whole night to be honest. We both really like belly pork but these, WOW. They really were sensational, packed full of flavour, juicy and down right delicious, the slaw complimented them with and added crunch so did the popcorn.
Finally the Sausage, this was also absolutely delicious, with the zingy mustard.
All three starters were simple but perfectly cooked & presented, we knew we were in for a treat.
We chose - Wood Roasted Duck Leg - pit beans - black cabbage - north carolina dressing £14, 20hr Smoked Shredded Beef - texas Sauce £13 & a side of Mac & Cheese £4.
We started with the duck, it was flavoursome & a lovely crispy skin, the beans was jam packed full of flavour & a gorgeous smokey flavour.
Next the pulled beef, this was also flavoursome, soft. The slaw was light and the chips were lovely & crispy cooked in beef dripping!
The service was brilliant as was everything else, its crazy to think they had only been open one day! We also loved the decor, and they have used the space really well. We cannot wait to go back!
Thank you to Dicks Smokehouse for such a brilliant evening, wishing them the very best for 2021.
During lockdown Wayne decided to start making some pies after a customer of his had requested some. He normally works at St Peters Garden Centre, but has been furloughed due to the current situation.
He got in contact with me and asked WFG to post them on our group to see if anyone else would be interested. Well...
In the first night he managed to sell a whopping 39 pies! and after 2 weeks he's sold just shy of 200!! What an achievement!
We obviously HAD to try them, we had been seeing fantastic pictures of customers pies and they did look amazing. So we placed our order of 1 x Steak & Stilton & 1 x Steak & Kidney & I collected them Monday morning ready for tea time.
We couldn't wait for tea time to hurry up & they did not disappoint. Both pies were devine but the Steak and Stilton was definitely the favourite, the creamy stilton & the steak that fell apart in your mouth, with the crunch pastry was sensational. We decided to accompany them with Cheddar & Mustard mash, broccoli & red onion gravy - which I made far too much of, as the pies didn't really need any!
I'm sure we will be ordering some again soon, as Wayne is back at work now Boris says we can open again.. at least for now, this is his new flavour list.
You are in for a treat! -
Chicken & Leek,
Beef & Stilton
Pulled Pork with Caramelised Bramley Apple & Sage & Onion Gravy
Festive Turkey, Pigs in Blankets Sage & Onion Gravy
Festive Falafel with Spinach & Brie.
Pies are £4 Each and if you have a small appetite one pie will feed two, however i'd recommend buying one each!
Thank you very much Wayne!
Saturday 31st October | 8pm
We arrived at Sixways and the brasserie is tucked in the heart of the stadium. We signed in, and were shown the way.
We were greeted and shown to our table. Sarah couldn't have been more attentive. She was polite and friendly.
The menu sounded incredible and we wanted to sample it all.
We decided on the Ham Hock & Pea Terrine and the Worcestershire Blue, Wild Mushroom & Walnut Risotto.
Both arrived and they were presented beautifully, we couldn't wait to tuck in.
The Ham Hock Terrine, was soft and full of flavour and the chutney was delicious too.
The Risotto was creamy and al dente, cooked to perfection. We knew after the starters we were in for a treat.
The Salmon fell apart and you could tell the ingredients were fresh, the beurre blanc ready made the dish, I thoroughly enjoyed it. The Pork Belly was huge, it was tender and melted in your mouth, the fondant was rustic and the sauce was pleasant.
Next it was time for pudding, now I'm not really a pudding fan, but when Creme Brulee is on the menu, I cannot refuse it! We also ordered the Sticky Toffee Pudding.
The Creme Brulee had a good crunch and a smooth middle. the Sticky Toffee was moist, both puddings were delicious.
The whole night was sensational, the service was faultless, the food was beautiful and the company was brilliant..
It's a shame they are having to close for lockdown but when they reopen I would highly recommend to go, you will not be disapointed.
Thank you so much Sixways Brasserie, we cannot wait to return.
WEDNESDAY 30th | 8pm
Written by Kristy -
Gem & Aimée booked a surprise table for us all at Ostlers at Number 1 - it was for their tasting menu, and wow what a treat it was.
The first thing to arrive was a freshly baked rosemary focaccia accompanied by three different flavours of butter - balsamic butter, shallot caper butter, and a confit garlic butter. We all agreed that our favourite was the shallot caper butter. The focaccia was lovely too.
Next we were served seared scallop, wild mushroom & black truffle risotto with a herb oil. This was topped with caviar. The mushroom risotto was full of flavour and really tasty. The scallop was a nice addition and the caviar gave another texture which added to the dish nicely.
Next up was textures of salmon - beetroot cured salmon, torched salmon, oak smoked salmon, pickled fennel, tonic gel, keta, sherbert lemon dressing. This was delicious again and the pickled fennel and tonic gel added such a variety of flavour to the dish.
After the salmon was the Artichoke Velouté. Wow. This was full of flavour and probably one of the best I have tasted. Absolutely stunning - one of my favourites of the evening.
Next was Wild game terrine, spiced pear and port chutney, radish shavings, frisee leaf. The chutney was so flavoursome and we really enjoyed this. The terrine had pistachios in which added a nice flavour with the meat.
Then there was a pallet cleanser which was Champagne sorbet with melon & berry pearls. This was to die for. Really delicious & presented so beautifully.
After the palette cleanser it was time for mains, starting with a Mediterranean pitithia with Provencal sauce.
This was again a beautiful looking dish - and tasted as good as it looked.
Then there was beef consomè, purple potato, herb crusted monkfish and samphire.. I had not tried monkfish before so this was new to me - not an extremely flavoursome fish but nice with the other flavours around. The samphire also added a lovely salty crunch to the dish.
Dessert was next - white chocolate cremeux, espresso cream anglais, basil pearls, Honeycomb. This was also incredible. The basil pearls really added a different taste to the dish and the flavours all went so well together.
Every dish was presented with such detail and they truly all looked so appetising. We all enjoyed every single course & I can’t wait to go back.
The service was impeccable and Ostlers were even kind enough to give me a bottle of wine for my birthday - a really lovely touch and such an enjoyable evening.
The Paul Pry, WR1, Pub & Kitchen
| Sunday 27th September | 2pm |
We arrived at at the Paul Pry for 2pm and we signed in to the track & trace. We were greeted by smiley faces (well from what you can see with masks on)
We had a quick look at the drink selection and were taken to our table. The pub is a super quirky sort of place, it’s split in two with a bar area & a small restaurant.
The sun was shinning through the glass and the waitress asked for our drink order which we decided on two Camden Pale Ale (which is one of my favourites)
The waitress came over and asked what we would like for Sunday lunch, she said the chef Alex suggested the selection of everything and if the chef is happy to recommend something then too right we’re going to trust him! So we went for that!
The roasts that we could see on other tables looked absolutely incredible and we could hear everyone saying how amazing they are, the one couple even booked again for a couple of weeks time. We knew at this point we were in for a treat.
LAST EAT OUT TO HELP OUT
We HAD to go to the Olive Branch, It has always
been one of my favourite places. I worked at
the Olive Branch when I was younger and learnt
so many new skills, it's a family run business
and everyone looks after each other. We used
to finish lunch service & all sit down to have
lunch together like a family. I wish I could show
you how small the kitchen is, you'd be so impressed with how the manage to make such delicious
food out of such a small place.
We arrived for our table and I instantly felt welcome, Adam the owner welcomed us, took
our temperature, and smiley gentleman showed
us to our table.
All the menus were on your phone using a QR code, which was brilliant apart from my partner has a crap phone so his doesn't work, but if you went on their website it would come up anyway.
We ordered the pollo valencia, which I have fond memories of, I remember it tasting amazing from years ago and it did not disappoint! It was absolutely beautiful.
We also ordered some tapas, as you can't go to The Olive Branch and not have some! We had the Trio Fungi another firm favourite, The bruschetta which is always beautiful, calamari which is lightly dusted and something new Gambas fritti, they were also lovely.
We enjoyed absolutely everything, and we couldn't fault the food at all.
Thank you so much for the fabulous food & hospitality. It will remain my favourite restaurant in Worcester, but if you think you can beat them, drop us a message and I will add you to the list of places we need to visit!
It was national burger day yesterday, and obviously we needed to have a burger!
We decided to go @burgershop_worc, I’d seen they we’re doing classic and falafel burger for £5!
We ordered two classics, one without ketchup as it’s not my fave. One falafel burger & some hot fries.
The classic was so so tasty, I was impressed with how much flavour it had in it. The falafel also didn’t let us down on flavour. I really enjoyed it! The chips were also tasty we enjoyed the pickled celery as it was like having vinegar on your chips with an added crunch.
The only let down was that @thearchrivals wasn’t open for a cheeky pint!
EAT OUT TO HELP OUT
Well what a fantastic evening we had at the boot.
Gem booked a table and invited us along, we had looked at it before and talked about going, so we decided why not!?
We arrived for our table at 8.30pm. They asked if we were okay with them not wearing masks which was lovely, and we were given a table right by a window, it was a little breezy however they did offer to close it but we declined it. It was really busy but all the staff were working really hard and they were still attentive.
The menus were given to us & we all had a soft drink to start as we knew we would be ordering the steak deal.
We all decided to order the 12oz Rump cooked on a stone - on a tuesday if you order 2 x 12oz steaks you can have a bottle of malbec for free.
The steaks arrived and OH MY GOSH, it felt like heaven! The chips were crunchy & the steak was sizzling away.
Our wine came with the steak and we couldn't wait to tuck in!
We liked that you could taste all the sauces, and enjoyed the theatre of cooking your own steak at the table.
They only thing I would say is if you like you steak anything more than Rare, its best to chop it up straight away as the stones do cool down fairly quickly (it may be as the window was open) It wasn't a problem for us as I eat mine blue and the rest of the party eat theirs rare.
We were so full so we didn't have any pudding.
The whole meal was delicious & I would definitely go back. The pub is a lovely country pub with a fantastic feel to it & the company made it even better.