We’re very excited about our next event, its been almost two years since our last beer and food event and we”re looking forward to it. Only one week to go!
We’ve been rifling through man of the moment Tom Kerridge’s Proper Pub Food to create a menu of traditional pub grub but with a twist. All the while pairing them with some very delicious ales from Ilkley Brewery.
Hearty grub. Great Beer. What’s not to like? Let us know what you think.
Wow, its March already, where does the time go!? This past Saturday we held our fifth event of 2014 but our first afternoon tea. It was time for Dan and I to get our bake on! Our tome for the afternoon was Nigel Slater’s Kitchen Diaries, which we used as inspiration for some of the treats on offer. An eclectic mix of savouries and sweets were offered to our guests, but kept at the heart of it was Slater’s ethos of simple food that tastes great. That’s not to say we didn’t add the usual Dinner at the Manor twists!
Our guests included a lovely couple of returning guests, but the majority were new diners, which was great to see. The welcome cocktail this time round was a Breakfast Martini. Gin, triple sec, lemon juice and our own homemade marmalade made for a zingy pick me up before the savouries.
We’ve been inundated with requests about new dates, so we’ve decided to add on another date to our final event at the Manor before we close over the summer. (Although we’ll be making some exciting announcements about Dinner Not at the Manor soon!)
We’re now hosting another Rick Stein’s India event on Friday 11th April.
Expect bold flavours and regional delights taken from one of our favourite books of 2013. £30pp gets you 6 courses and complimentary welcome drink.
We’re pleased to announce that we’re holding a super special impromptu supperclub on Friday 7th February.
This event will be inspired by one of our Manor favourites – Yotam Ottolenghi. For those of you who have watched his fabulous Mediterranean Feast and Island Feast shows, You’ll know this is unpretentious, flavoursome food that lets the ingredients shine for themselves.
What’s more, the menu’s already been chosen. This is an informal affair so the first half will be interactive, as we’ll be serving up a number of small plates to share before heading into the mains…so if you fancy a bit of Mediterranean grub, and this takes your fancy, then book on now by using the link below.
So, onto part II of our experience at Noma! If you haven’t seen part I, it’s here
Having had the huge array of canapes in the first part of the meal, the second part allowed us to start sampling the wines to go with each dish. Now I’m not a massive wine expert, so I won’t even try and describe each one we drank but I do like being introduced to wines that I wouldn’t normally choose. I love the way that a wine can change once paired with food. Biodynamic, natural, unfiltered wines are all the rage in Denmark and they’re something that you’ll either love or hate! The wines can almost take on a cider / sherry flavour, nothing crisp or fresh here! Anyway, back onto the rest of the food. Continue reading →
Happy New Year! We’re back and feeling refreshed after our little jaunt to Copenhagen and we’ll be sharing all of our fun dining experiences we had over there soon!
We’re ready to open the doors to the Manor soon and our next event sees bringing some much needed sunshine and spice to perk up those January blues in the form of some Peruvian delights.
2013 saw a couple of notable wins for Peruvian Cuisine – London restaurant Lima was awarded a coveted Michelin star and the success of Martin Morales’ Ceviche restaurant and book led to the opening of his new restaurant Andina just before Christmas.
It is from Morales’ Ceviche book that we’ll be taking inspiration from and we hope our guests are excited as we are!
It’s taken me an age to write this post, mainly because there is just so much to write about. In its entirety I’ve written just under 2000 words on Noma so I’ve decided to split this up into two posts. Trust me, you’ll thank me for it!
Just before Christmas Dan and I were dining at one of the best restaurants in the world, the mad world of Rene Redzepi and his team at Noma, and realising a dining ambition we’ve had for years.
We started planning our trip to Copenhagen just under a year ago, not knowing whether or not we would actually be able to book those elusive spaces… Months later, October came around and we eagerly sat at our computers waiting for the bookings to open up. We realised that we had only one day during our stay due to Christmas, which really narrowed down our chances. Would we get a reservation?!… Yes we would! Hooray! Only, we realised that our flight landed after reservation, Nooooo! After much deliberation we decided to change our flights! Dan and I were going to the ball and something like flights wouldn’t stop us!
We’ll have a few Copenhagen write ups coming soon, but for now just sit back and take in the poor quality photos and my ramblings of this delicious affair.
So, Noma. The Nordic powerhouse that put Scandinavian fine dining on the radar. Two Michelin stars and crowned the worlds best restaurant for three years (now rated 2nd). We’d seen glimpses of Noma on programmes, such as Masterchef, and read everything there is to know about Rene Redzepi, but what would it actually be like to experience Noma, would it be everything we expected and more? What would we eat? Insects? Moss? Badgers?! Continue reading →
Wow, it’s that most wonderful time of the year again and we’ve been looking forward to this event since last year! In honour of our Christmas excursion to Copenhagen, we had to do a Scandi themed event to close off 2013. Recommended to us by Nigella herself, we used Trina Hahnemann’s beautiful Scandinavian Christmasbook as our guide, along with Signe Johannsen’s Scandilicious series.
Over two cold and blustery nights, our wonderful array of guests we welcomed into the warmth and festivities of the Manor. A soothing mug of Glögg (The Scandi version of mulled wine) warmed our diners a treat before we brought through the canapes. The Glogg extract was a mix of blackcurrant juice and Christmas spices, all boiled down to make a wonderful festive cordial that could be added to red wine and brandy. A perfect winter warmer and less sweet than typical mulled wine.
I created three little morsels to tickle the tastebuds and get our guests into the festive spirit. First off were little endive cups filled with my Scandi version of a Waldorf salad – Apple, celery, walnuts and of course beetroot (lovingly home pickled by Dan). The cups looked like they were filled with bright pink sweets! The flavour was bitter, sharp and sweet, this was indeed a delightful mouthful.
Next up were seared beef crostinis with horseradish cream – my take on what you could find on any Smörgåsbord. The beef was meltingley tender which paired well with the creamy pungent horseradish. Continue reading →
It’s almost December, which can mean only one thing. Our Scandinavian Christmas extravaganza is nearly here!
We’re super excited about this one and created a menu that should showcase the best flavours Scandinavia has to offer (Elk anyone?) and that its not all dill beetroot and gravadlax… although they do feature!
A bit of wintry celebration before we close the Manor for the new year. We’d love to know what you think of our Nordic feast.