What an absolute beauty this was.
We had been wanting to go here forever and it didn’t disappoint at all.
We ordered truffle popcorn & olives to start, these were both lovely. We also ordered some sourdough with salted & marmite butter, the marmite butter was absolutely delicious.
We were sent an amuse bouche which was a beetroot & mackerel, everything was sensational but the beetroot meringue stole the show.
Next we ordered starters, I ordered the ham hock terrine which was perfectly seasoned, served with toasted brioche & piccalilli gel. My mom ordered the local asparagus and Hollandaise & My partner ordered the filo pastry with prawns which he said was delicious. Everything was plated incredibly.
The main courses arrived next, I ordered the beef fillet, served with a homemade ravioli which was Divine, my partner & step dad ordered the pork three ways which they both really enjoyed. My mom ordered the cod with pancetta. All served with beautifully presented vegetables, and perfectly cooked.
We cannot wait to come back, the restaurant was gorgeous and the service was impeccable.
Thank you very much Cotford Hotel, see you again soon
On Saturday we visited the white hart at hartlebury.
I had won their Facebook competition of 2 courses for 2 and a bottle of Prosecco! How lucky was i!
We started with a local pint, and looked through the menu. I’d already had a cheeky look at their Instagram to see what the pub had to offer.
We decided on the scallops to the start and the chicken liver parfait. The scallops were coooked beautifully and the parfait was perfectly pink. Both were absolutely delicious!
Next we had ordered the Caribbean Lamb Shank and the belly pork. The lamb fell off the bone served with a jerk sauce, rice and peas and fresh pineapple. The pork was crispy on the outside and beautifully soft in the middle. Bonus points for extra sauce given without asking!
We decided to try the Sticky Toffee Pudding for dessert. It was probably one of the best sticky toffee puddings I’ve tried. Served in a butterscotch sauce it melted in your mouth.
It was a fabulous date night and we will definitely be returning.
Thank you The White Hart at Hartlebury
THE BULL @ Fernhill Heath
10% off with your WooCard - Worcester Discount Card (use WFG20 For 20% off when purchasing a card)
We love going to the bull with my Nan and grandad & they are always so accommodating for us.
3 of us ordered the large fish and chips £12.50 and my Nan ordered the goats cheese salad £13
The salad looked really good and my Nan enjoyed it.
James, my grandad and myself ordered the fish and chips.
They come with chippy chips from the chip shop or you request gourmet chips (which all 3 of us ordered) it also comes with garden peas or mushy to which I asked for salad as I’m an awkward bugger.
The fish was cooked to perfection the cod was flakey & white, the batter was crisp and the chips were crispy & fluffy in the middle.
One of the best pub fish and chips we’ve had!
Everyone throughly enjoyed their meal and I’m sure we will be visiting again soon.
The Bull Inn at Fernhill Heath
22nd May | 8.30pm
My favourite restaurant of all time.
We absolutely love the OB, I love tapas, having a bit of everything rather than one meal.
We arrived and shown to our table, we were also given a Impasto menu too which you can now order from both restaurants. We HAD to order the carbonara fries - on a side note if you haven’t tried these then why not?! They are so so so good!
We ordered so much food, far too much to be honest!
Everything was sensational, every bite was beautiful. The service was perfect and well looked after.
The Olive Branch Mediterranean Bistro & Wine Bar
Saturday 22nd May | 6.30pm
We had booked here for drinks on Saturday and it was fantastic,
we really enjoyed the vibe and what they had done with the old
It makes you feel you are sat on an old pirate ship in the middle of
the caribbean. There are so many quirky things and we loved
The cocktails were spectacular, and we loved the tiki glasses too.
The service was perfect and feel of the place was spot on too.
The food looked really good coming out of the kitchen but we decided not to have anything as
we’d already booked dinner.
We will definitely be returning!
We were invited down last night, for a cheeky sneak peak and what an invite it was!
The restaurant has such a cool vibe, exposed walls, wooden & quirky. You can tell the owner Adam Giagnotti has taken the time to think about everything. Being the owner of The Olive Branch Mediterranean Bistro & Wine Bar too, as some of you may know this is one of my favourite restaurants in Worcester so this had already set the tone & high expectations, they somehow managed to exceed those!
It’s located in the centre of town, behind the olive branch, slightly up from Halifax.
Obviously it’s just takeaway to start but there is a small hidden restaurant downstairs.
We couldn’t wait to try the food, we left our dinner choice in Impasto’s more than capable hands.
First we started with the Carbonara Chips. Firstly have you ever tried carbonara on chips before?
These were sensational, there was so much depth, every chip was packed full of everything. A creamy béchamel sauce, bacon, flakes of cheese topped with crispy onions We couldn’t get enough of these.
Next we had the Prosciutto Fungi - San Marzano tomatoes, mozzarella, prosciutto cotto, chestnut mushrooms & mascarpone (with added wild spinach )
The base was crisp, the mozzarella melted perfectly, the wild spinach was so flavoursome, I’ve never had wild spinach before!
Finally we had the Salsiccia - San Marzano tomatoes, mozzarella, salsiccia, sobrasada & honey. For people like me who’s not sure on itailian words this was similar to a pepperoni pizza, with n’duja (a spicy sausage) drizzled in honey.
This was also incredible, we loved the spice but it wasn’t overpowering at all, the sweetness of the honey was so pleasant too.
Both pizzas were so light, and crispy, the dough is served thinly which we thought was perfect. Everything served was piping hot so it would travel a fair distance before being cold.
Honestly they were probably up there in the top 5 of incredible pizzas!
We cannot wait to watch this business thrive and support it!
They also make fresh homemade pasta & sauces!
Ps - sorry about my crap photos we were in the car at night
We loved our delivery from Peggy Sue’s Mobile Vintage Bar!
We ordered the cherry bakewell which has now made it on the menu & the pornstar martini!
Cherry Bakewell Cocktail which were fantastic, wish we had a bigger glass or that I didn’t have to share! It was sweet but not over the top sickly like some places. It was refreshing and delicious!
Pornstar Martini, which was also delicious, this one was quite thick so it lasted longer and the cheeky shot of prosecco added a little fizz to it.
They were both brilliant but the cherry bakewell was definitely our favourite, Peggy sues please can you deliver us a pitcher of that!!
The cocktails were so easy to put together, and obviously they come with something to serve your cocktails in which I think is really good, you literally get everything you need (apart from some ice) in the bag, what more could you want!
Cocktails are £9.50 (makes two)
Peggy Sue’s have also teamed up with Tasha Bee Bakes for valentines to bring your two different cocktails & giant rocky road for £30! Perfect for Valentines night in.
Thank you so much!
The Bhaji Express, Worcester.
New business in Worcestershire, Vegan friendly & utterly delicious.
The chickpea curry was our favourite but both curry’s were full of flavour! We could have definitley eaten more of the curry. The Chickpea dish was so flavoursome and not too spicy, We do enjoy spice but always want to taste all the flavours too and you certainly could.
We loved the pakoras & samosas with the dip, we couldn’t get enough of those. Even the rice was packed full of deliciousness! We really enjoyed the whole meal, and for £12.50 it felt like a bargain.
Head over to their Facebook & Instagram and give them some love!
We thoroughly enjoyed everything from Living on the Veg!
You wouldn’t believe it was all vegan.
Living on the Veg is based in Malvern, Worcestershire. All of their containers are compostable too! Head over to their page & give them a like - I’ve just seen the cauliflower gyros which sound amazing
I know lots of people choose vegan lifestyle, but it’s not really my cup of tea, I love cheese & steak too much, however I really was gobsmacked the amount of flavour packed into these dishes.
We really enjoyed these beautiful overnight oats, but you wouldn’t have known they were vegan, they were so creamy, jam packed full of flavour. We practically scraped the bowl clean & we couldn't wait for the rest of the day
The flapjack was packed full of fruit with some dark chocolate drizzled on the top.
The satay noodles were delicious we could have eaten those again and again and we didn’t miss meat or dairy! These could have been eaten hot or cold.
The creaminess of the curry was incredible, I often make a vegan curry but that’s it, nothing else is vegan generally in my house, but it has inspired me to make a few more dishes vegan friendly.
The banana loaf was light and airy and the toffee sauce really complimented the sponge.
The meals all come with a nutritional sheet too which I think is really good!
Thank you Rhian, it was absolutely beautiful. ￼Even if you aren't vegan, give living on the veg a try!
When your van looks this good, you know you are in for a treat! I've been following these guys since they stripped the van and announced they were making tacos!
We wanted to be the first to taste them as they sounded so good! We opted for the breakfast burritos to start, these were so filling. They were packed full of everything you could want in a burrito. Bacon, Sausage, Egg, Fried Potato, Cheese, Avocado Salsa, Chipotle Sauce. This really was delicious and filled us up for the day.
We also tried the The Carlos (Chicken Tacos) & The Diego (Beef Tacos). The Diego, Marinated Beef, Salsa, Fresh Coriander, Squeeze of Lime. These were simple & tasty. the lime made the tacos really fresh. The Carlos, Spicy Rubbed Chicken, Avocado Salsa & Lime Mayo. These were sensational, every mouthful was pure bliss.
Check out their Facebook page / Instagram for where they will be next, you are in for a treat!
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.