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The Square Kitchen Bristol – Spring Menu

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Last week my boyfriend and I were lucky enough to try out the new Spring Menu at The Square Kitchen. The Square Kitchen is a restaurant located in Berkeley Square, Bristol which serves the most beautifully presented dishes. 

To begin we were presented with a goats cheese appetiser which was absolutely delicious. Not only did it taste great, but it looked incredible too.

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To start I picked the Homemade Breadboard, which came with butter and salt, whilst my boyfriend picked the Dressed Crab with avocado and creme fraiche mousse, cucumber and heritage tomato. As a vegetarian I didn’t try this, but he loved it and said it was really tasty. 

For the main event, I chose the Lentil & Barley Pudding, which was dressed with Jerusalem artichoke, white bean & garlic. I loved this dish, as it was full of flavour and worked perfectly. As a vegetarian it can be a struggle finding a dish that is vegetarian yet still full of flavour, but The Square Kitchen definitely pulled it off.

 

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My boyfriend decided to try the Grilled Octopus, Confit Chicken Ballotine, Chorizo and Braized Baby Gem dish. He described it as being a fresh, light dish that is perfect for summer. 

 

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By this point we were extremely full, but as always, we made room for dessert.  We both chose the Aerated Chocolate, Honeycomb, Vanilla Fudge. It was one of the best desserts I have ever tasted. The aerated chocolate melted beautifully on my tongue and the honeycomb and vanilla fudge were to die for. They made the perfect trio. 

 

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After dinner we had the chance to go down to the bar and try out some cocktails. As it was a lovely day we ventured out to their secret garden. The have a huge seating area which would be perfect for these upcoming months. The cocktails were delicious and I could have spent all evening there.

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Overall we both really enjoyed our evening at The Square Kitchen and we look forward to returning very soon. It’s in a great location and has a wonderful atmosphere. I would definitely recommend you check it out.

 

 

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The Florist Bristol

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Living in Bristol gives me the perfect opportunity to visit some incredible restaurants and bars. I love living in the city as there’s always so much choice as to where to spend your evening. I recently visited The Florist on Park Street, Bristol, which is definitely one to add to the list.

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My boyfriend and I were so excited to attend the launch night, but I don’t think either of us expected it to be as unique and charming as it was.

As the name suggests, the cocktail bar and restaurant is filled with incredible fresh flowers and the most stunning decor. On arrival were greeted with a Violet Fizz cocktail, which looked and tasted amazing. 

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We headed upstairs to the Neon Lounge to enjoy our cocktails, where we were greeted by a DJ and more incredible decor.  I couldn’t get over how great the atmosphere was. The team explained that there is live music most nights, which I will definitely be returning to see.

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The neon sign surrounded by pink roses was an incredible feature wall. The quirkiness fitted perfectly with the open fire and crushed velvet furniture. 

After having a good look around, it was time for some gin tasting. The gin was supplied by The Wild Beer Co and although they’re not well known for their gin, I was really impressed. The floral notes were really refreshing and it worked incredibly well with the whole atmosphere.

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After the gin tasting, I was ready to jump in and try out some cocktail making for myself. I made an Apple & Vanilla Monthe which was perfect. The cocktail contained Tanqueray Gin and even had an edible flower to top it off. 

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After filling ourselves up on cocktails, it was time to sample some of the nibbles they had out for us. My favourite had to be the freshly made bread. We were given goats cheese and lavender butter to spread on it, which I know sounds odd – but it really did taste incredible! 

The whole night was perfect and I couldn’t fault a thing. We really enjoyed our time there and I can’t wait to return for a cocktail night with the girls. If you’re thinking of trying out somewhere new and refreshing, I definitely recommend you check out The Florist. 

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Aluna Cocktail Bar and Restaurant Bristol

 

Last Saturday my boyfriend and I took a trip to Aluna in Bristol and I can honestly say I am very impressed. Aluna is a cocktail bar and restaurant situated in the City Centre of Bristol. As Aluna is well known for its extravagant cocktails, it was only right that we tried them out whilst enjoying their delicious menu.

 

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To start I decided to have the breaded mushrooms which was a brilliant choice. The texture of these were perfect and unlike others I have tried elsewhere, they were not greasy at all. They made the perfect starter.

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My boyfriend chose the Salt Chilli Squid as his starter (as he is much more adventurous than myself). He loved his starter and was pleased with how the chilli sauce complemented the squid.

 

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For our mains we had the Pan Fried Duck in Ponzu Sauce and Chicken Florentine. Both dishes were bursting with flavour and the generous portions definitely filled us up. My boyfriend really enjoyed the texture of the duck, and I felt that the mushroom sauce with the Chicken Florentine was incredible. I will definitely be ordering this main again when I return to the restaurant.

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So after finishing our first two courses, we decided to finish off our meal with a delicious dessert. I had the chocolate brownie which was so moist and chocolatey.
Just looking at this picture makes me want to eat it all over again.

My boyfriend decided to go with the Apple Sorbet. Both desserts were well presented and after stealing a spoonful of the sorbet, I can agree that its definitely a tasty and refreshing finish to any meal.

 

So after giving you a run down of all the delicious food we indulged in – and probably leaving you very hungry, it’s time to show you what amazing cocktails we had.

 

 

We tried out several cocktails whilst we were there, including the Mojito and Pomegranate Cosmo. If you’re a fan of Mojitos then you definitely need to take a trip to this cocktail bar. All of their cocktails are incredibly refreshing and I was so impressed with how well presented they were.

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After asking the waiter (who was incredible throughout the whole service) which cocktails she recommended, I decided to try out both the Pomegranate Cosmo and Mangolian. Both of these cocktails featured on the Midnight Madness section of the cocktail menu. It was described as ‘The science behind the cocktails’ and after trying them out I can definitely see why.

Both cocktails came out with a bang, featuring an incredible bubbling frost to them. It’s hard to describe in words, so you can watch a video of the Pomegranate Cosmo in action here

Overall as you can probably tell, I was so impressed with the service, food and incredible cocktails at Aluna.  We have both decided that this is our new favourite place and we will definitely be spending our next date night here.

I wanted to make sure that I mentioned that we were really impressed with the staff at Aluna. We were served by a lovely lady named Tory and I would like to thank her for going the extra mile for us and making our experience truly special.

She offered the best recommendations and the service we received definitely helped create the perfect atmosphere!

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If you’re looking to go out for a special meal, or just wanting to try out some spectacular cocktails, then I would definitely recommend you take a trip to Aluna.

 

 

 

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Bridget Jones Blogger Event

Last Thursday I was lucky enough to attend a blogging event to celebrate the release of Bridget Jones’s Baby. The event was held in three venues, all of which you will find in Aspects Leisure Park in Kingswood, Bristol.

There were seven bloggers attending in total and our first stop was Chiquitos.
My plus one and I had arrived at the event early, so I was able to get some snaps of the amazing set up before the rest of the girls arrived.

The staff working in Chiquitos that night had set up a cute little table for us all, filled with nachos, cocktail menus and even a sombrero each. The atmosphere in the place was great and it wasn’t long before the cocktails started flowing and our starters arrived.

 

The table was filled with so many delicious dishes, including battered Piña Colada prawns, chilli and cheesy garlic bread, along with several traditional Mexican platters. These went down very well with the wonderful cocktails they had to offer us. My favourite cocktail being the Gin Fizz.

After feeling very full from our starters, it was then time to head across the car park to Pizza Hut Restaurant. The Pizza Hut Restaurant in Aspects Leisure Park Bristol has recently been refurbished and it looks incredible.

The restaurant has a real American Diner feel to it which we all enjoyed. After being offered various new pizzas and sides from their menu, I finished my evening feast with a bubbly glass of prosecco.

 

Once we had finished stuffing our faces, it was time to head over to the main event. With less than a five minute walk away we arrived at Vue to watch Bridget Jones’s Baby. 

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We were lucky to have the back row of the cinema reserved for us, which made the experience even more incredible. The film itself was hilarious and I would even go as far as saying it’s the best one yet.

I had an amazing evening and met some wonderful people.
It was great to experience so many different establishments, all in one place.

If you’re looking to spend an evening dining in a great restaurant or visiting an entertaining bowling or cinema complex, then you should definitely try out Aspects Leisure Park.

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London Fashion Week Blogging Party 2016

This week I was lucky enough to be invited to yet another amazing blogging event in London. As London Fashion Week continued, The Bloggers Hangout invited a group of bloggers to come together in order to network with each other, along with having the chance to meet some amazing brands and review some great products.

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After a long morning travelling from Cardiff I was pleased to be greeted by a friendly bunch of bloggers and welcomed into the wonderful venue. Once inside I met with many fabulous brands such as Ark Skincare, Naturigins Haircare and Heaven Skincare. It was so lovely to talk with so many amazing companies and find out about many new and upcoming brands.

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As the event was very popular, it was great to be able to have a break and taste some delicious products such as Pics Peanut Butter, Bluebird Tea Company Tea, COYO Natural Yogurt and of course try out the refreshing Cranes Cider and Cocktail Mania Cocktails. I was able to pick up many contacts as well as some great products to try out and review for myself which will soon be featured on my blog.

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I had such an amazing day and met some really nice people! Thanks again to The Bloggers Hangout for inviting me to this event and I cannot wait to see what the next event has in store for me.

Keep out an eye out for my upcoming reviews on the many products I received at the event!