On Saturday evening four of us heading out to Fallowfields Hotel & Restaurant. I didn’t really know what to expect except good food.
Upon arrival we were greeted very warmly & given the choice between the lounge & the bar area. I opted for the lounge as there was a fire to sit beside! We were offered drinks & canapes. The waiter checked for dietary requirements so I was given vegetarian ones. This impressed me. The attention to detail, the quality of service & the taste of the food.
We decided against starters, well it was still January after all! In hindsight I’m so glad we did. In total we had 7 courses and while the portions are sensible & not too big or too small, 7 courses is enough for anyone! When we arrived at our table, we were given Jerusalem artichoke veloute, truffle ream, confit artichoke. This wasn’t to my taste as I don’t really like artichoke, but my less fussy OH really enjoyed his. We were also given delicious bread & butter to eat while we waited for our mains. I had ordered the cauliflower risotto & it was so delicious. It was, quite possibly, the best risotto I’ve ever tasted.
Finally, pudding. I broke one of my food rules & went for the Amaretto crème brulee. But before this arrived we were given lemon posset in a sugar basket. It was amazing & I’m not a fan of lemon at all, but it was lovely. The crème brulee was perfection too, although, because I’m greedy & love crème brulee, I could’ve easily had a bigger portion!
Throughout the meal the waiters were attentive without being overbearing & kept my wine glass topped up nicely. When we were given our coffee, we also received a delicious ganache chocolate each. Perfect. As a vegeatarian it was nice to see food that didn’t look like it was an afterthought.
It didn’t feel appropriate to keep taking photos of each dish, plus I couldn’t wait to tuck in so that’s why there aren’t any pictures. But trust me when I say that if you are looking for somewhere extra special to go for a meal, this is the place for you. A real delight.
Another weekend, another set of healthy low-fat, full-of-goodness meals to make. I really like to have something of a treat on the weekend. And with chocolate & cake off the menu, meals have to be extra tasty despite my food rules.
Mixed Bean Chilli
I quite like chilli. My OH makes an amazing one with Quorn mince & tons of chillies. I’ve had mixed bean chillies before – some good, some bad. I’m not a massive fan of beans though. I find them quite dull & hate it when they’re cold. I had high hopes of this recipe though. I found it on VegWeb.com by Googling mixed bean chilli. It’s really easy to do & is so tasty. I added a touch of creme fraiche to the top. It made up for the fact that most of Twitter were having take aways! This was just as good if not better!
Pumpkin & Tomato Bake
First of all, I couldn’t find a pumpkin so we used squash. Secondly, this is weird. It kind of works, but it’s still weird. I don’t know if I’d have this again. I am so glad that I thought to make some roast spuds to go with it otherwise I would’ve been very disappointed with it. I got the recipe from the NHS Meal Planner in the Main Meals section. While there’s loads of good veg in here, it’s still odd. Chilli sauce & butternut squash? Hmmmmm… Thank goodness for the roasties – always a winner! x
I wouldn’t normally do a risotto on a Friday, as they take a lot longer to cook. But I often finish ‘working’ earlier on a Friday so thought I’d give it a go. A lot of people worry about making risotto because it takes time & stirring. But pour yourself a gin or a vino & sip that every time you add some liquid to your rice & you’ll be fine!
Roast Veg Risotto
This is not a quick dinner but it is very tasty & super healthy. It’s another one from the value meals on the NHS Meal Planner website. It doesn’t take long to prepare and is very easy, if not a little time consuming. I set aside an hour to cook this & was pretty much bang on with that. Don’t be put off by the amount of stirring – it’s totally worth it in the end! x
Christmas Eve. All the veg prepped for the big day. Overloaded with chocolate. A simple meal in relaxed setting was required. A quick Google search of restaurants near the cottage we were staying in suggested The Falkland Arms. Surprisingly there were quite a few veggie options. But having stuffed myself the day before, I wanted something simple.
The Falkland Arms didn’t disappoint. I had the mixed bean chilli. It was delicious. Warming without being too hot, it was a tasty & hearty meal. It was well cooked which was important with all the beans in it. A lesser pub could’ve fallen at this & ruined the dish. My OH also had this and wasn’t disappointed with the meat-free dish. Other dishes that were enjoyed by our party were tuna steak, salmon & duck. We were all in agreement at how lovely the food and the atmosphere was.
An amazing & traditional pub with fantastic food. Well worth the visit.