Sunday Lunch at ‘The Curious Cat’ ~ Food ~ Cocktails ~EatingOut

How are we all doing? Hope everything is going well for you at the moment.  Everything just seems a little strange and it is difficult trying to get into ‘The New Normal’ that the government is trying to sell us.  I so do not want to get used to the new normal I want my …

Eat Out To Help Out ~ UK Government Scheme

Morning Lovelies!  It is a strange summer this year isn’t it? Due to that Covid 19 it means so many plans, events and, well let’s be honest, almost everything has either been cancelled or changed to adapt in some way or another! This week sees the start of the UK’s governments scheme, running throughout August …

Anniversary At The Ivy ~ Leeds ~Event ~Food ~Review

If you know me at all you know I love glamour and fabulousness! (Yes I have totally made that word up!)
When I heard that ‘The Ivy’ had recently opened in Leeds I knew I wanted to visit! Now I know it is hard to believe but Pirate Mick and I have been married twenty years this year! I know what you’re thinking, a child bride!! You’re not!!! Oh !!!!! Well anyway! 
It was not long before I had the anniversary date booked at ‘The Ivy’!!
A lady that lunch must also brunch!  You will be amazed to know I have just made that up! 
However I did find myself, and of course Pirate Mick, in Harvey Nichols for brunch cocktails. There are various cafes and bars in Harvey Nichols and we went to the fourth floor for ‘The Bottle Room’.
The cocktails were delicious and set us up nicely for our lunch date and 1pm in ‘The Ivy’
Brunch cocktails
We arrived at ‘The Ivy’ a little before 1pm and straight away our coats were taken and we were shown to a table for two.  It was a cosy table and quite close to others but they do have to set it out to achieve maximum capacity as already there was a queue forming outside.
There was a large Brunch/lunch menu and it took a short while to decide what to have. However there was no rush from the waiters who took their time to explain dishes.
In the end I opted for Chicken Milanese  a  brioche-crumbed chicken breast with San Marzanino tomatoes, capers, rocket, Parmesan and pesto truffle and parmesan chips. Pirate Mick decided on
The Ivy shepherd’s pie, a slow-braised lamb leg with beef and Wookey Hole Cheddar potato mash. He also had a side of green beans to accompany.
To drink I had a pink gin and tonic with fresh strawberries and mint and a bottle of spring water for the table.
For dessert, as it would had been rude not to partake, I had a chocolate bombe  which was a melting chocolate bombe with a vanilla ice cream and honeycomb centre with hot salted caramel sauce. It was absolutely delicious, although just a little too much sauce for me as they poured it on when the bring it, rather than you adding it to taste.  Pirate Mick finished his meal with an ice cream selection. 

Chicken
Truffle chips
Lemon in Muslin
Chocolate Bombe
       
We felt a lovely touch was the presentation plate. There was a small tart (No pun intended!!lol)with a candle and a chocolate that said ‘Happy Anniversary’! You know how I hate to be centre of attention!!! Why are you laughing??
The atmosphere was buzzing and there was a DJ, I would say ‘spinning the records’ but they do not have records anymore!  Showing my age here I think!!!
The toilets were also very luxurious. Dark wood and gold.  The wall paper was tropical with a gold shine background. 
The Ivy Bar
Hey Mr DJ
Luxury toilets
We paid the bill which came to just around £100 for the two of us and then headed off back to the car after the best wedding anniversary day! Now what to top it for our 21st! Any suggestions???? Sparkle Hugs and Glitter Kisses xx All photographs are the copyright of Lorna Liza

A Hidden Gem At Caistor Lakes ~Lincolnshire ~Food ~Review

Often you stumble across a little gem and the other day, it happened.We have driven past ‘Caistor Lakes’ many times and said we would call in one day and well this day finally arrived and what a surprise! It is a leisure park set in seven acres. There are lakes or fishing, a caravan park …

Steels Restaurant, Cleethorpes ~Fishandchips ~ Food~ Review

It is now June!!  Where did the months go when I was not looking and when did it become summer?  The sun has been finally getting the message and getting to work! On Friday afternoon Pirate Mick and I headed into Cleethorpes and ended up at Steels, a fish and chip restaurant in the market place. http://steelscornerhouse.co.uk/ …

Papas Don’t Preach! ~Food~Cleethorpes~Pier

  It was after a long day at the day job that Pirate Mick suggested going to visit the recently opened new venue in Cleethorpes ‘Papas’. Papas is a fish and chips establishment that is already well established in other areas of the country http://www.papasfishandchips.com/   Papas, in Cleethorpes, has opened in the pier.  I …