Foodie Frolics

Even though I have been on a diet, I have still been eating amazing food, just maybe not so often! So here are a few of my recent delicious treats!….

In my first ever post I wrote about a place called The Pony and Trap, based in Chew Magna, Bristol. Well the guy who owns that place is called Josh Eggelton (If you recognise his name its from Great British Menu). Whilst we were last treating ourselves at The Pony and Trap, we over heard the waitress mention that he had another pub over in Redland (a little closer for us) called the Kensington Arms. So recently we popped in to give it a try. Its not Michelin Star like the Pony and Trap, so I wasn’t expecting it to be as good, and it wasn’t, but it was still bloody good! So here where my three courses:

Starter: Fishcakes with warm tatar sauce

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Main Course: Onglet steak with Chunky Chips and peppercorn sauce

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Dessert: Maple and Pecan Tart

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The Fishcakes were presented in small little crispy balls. The tartar sauce was delicious and the salad contained small bits of lightly pickled onions which really complimented the rest of the dish. The main sounds like your standard steak and chips, but as you can see from the picture, the onlget was cooked to perfection and the chunky chips were to die for! The dessert again was lovely, with an almost treacle like texture. The food here was really good, and to a high standard, much better than your typical pub food, but all for a really reasonable cost. That’s what I like about Josh Eggleton’s restaurants is that the food is to such a high standard, but the price is just like any average pub. My boyfriend was left a little underwhelmed by some of his food, mainly his starter, saying that it was a little bland, and nothing “amazing” but I think he was expecting it to be on the same par as the Pony and Trap and so was left a bit disappointed. However after poking a little deeper, he did say it was all really nice food, The burger was really nice in particular and he would go back there again. This makes a huge change from the usual answer of “It was alright”. Here’s his three courses….

Starter: Ox Cheek yorkshire pudding

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Main: The Kenny Burger

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Dessert: Sticky Toffee Pudding

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So after this visit it propted us to try a few more of Josh Eggleston’s Bristol based eateries. Infact, we tried two in one weekend. First visit was to the Chicken Shed by the harbour. This was less of a restaurant and more of a fast food type place. The setting was lovely, in converted shipping containers (a bit like box park in London but on a smaller scale) over looking the harbour. There is also a nice place underneath called Pigsty which do delicious scotch eggs! So I have 3 pieces of chicken (Kind of like KFC style) with coleslaw, chips and Chipotle sauce. The batter was really flavoursome and crispy and was really complimented by the sauce (which we later found out was from a place called the upton cheyney chilli company). My boyfriend had a chicken in a bun which he said was lovely. So in summary, a great place for lunch. Heres some snaps…

So a couple of days later, we wanted to make the most of the lovely sunny weather, so we visited Chew Valley Lakes to try out Josh Eggleton’s fish and Chip shop, Salt and Malt. Previously I had always said that Papas fish and chip shop in Weston Super Mare was my favourite, however this changed after i visited this place. The fish and chips were beautiful, full of flavour, lovely crispy batter, and proper chip shop chips! And the setting was beautiful too!

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So, so far Josh has yet to disappoint us! But there is more to the foodie world than this one chef….

We are always complaining that we don’t have a nice local pub near us, we always have to drive out to places to get nice food, and although this next place is still a drive away, its takes less than 5 minutes, so were pretty please with that! The Place is called The Swan in Almondsbury. Its a cute, old fashion styled pub, with a pub garden that is kind of more of a car park, but would still be nice on a sunny day!. My boyfriend ordered a burger as per usual, and I ordered a pulled pork ciabatta with chips and coleslaw. We were both pleasantly surprised! the food was really delicious, the triple cooked chips were a must have and the BBQ sauce was really unusual. Its the first time in ages that I have really struggled to choice what I want off the menu. We will definitely be making this our local go to pub from now on.

The Swan (Almondsbury):

swan

We did try another reasonably local pub near us the other day, which was The Inn On The Green, in Horfield. This was nice, but not as spectacular as the above mentioned places. The boyfrIend has his usual burger (I’m not sure he realises how much he eats burgers!) and I had a Chicken and Chorizo Pie. It was nice, but nothing fabulous. Nice place to meet friends for a drink and grab a bite if your hungry, but not sure I would plan to go there for dinner if you see what I mean? They do a Beer festival here in May with a BBQ, music and loads of different types of beers and Ciders which is a good day out if you don’t have plans on a bank holiday weekend.

Inn on the green (Horfield):

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Finally, for today anyway, we visited Bath for the bank holiday weekend because my boyfriend wanted to try out a place called Absurd Bird. There is quite a lot of choice on the menu, but it is all mainly fried chicken type dishes, so not one for those of you looking for a healthy meal (Or vegetarians!). For started we ordered wings to share. we started by asking for 12 but the waitress gave us a right look and explained that the wings are huge. And she wasn’t wrong. We ended up with 4 buttermilk battered wings and 4 buffalo wings with a blue cheese dip. We both shared, but I only ate 3 as I knew i had more food coming and could feel myself getting full! My boyfriend preferred the buffalo wings and I preferred the buttermilk ones, but we both agreed they were delicious. We both had burgers for mains, but again agreed that these were anything amazing. They were quite small, which was good after our starter, but they lacked anything original about them and the chips were quite soggy and lacked any seasoning. So we recommend the wings, but we wouldn’t be travelling to Bath again just to eat here.

Absurd Bird (Bath):

We have been really lucky to try such lovely food over the past couple of months. If you have eaten at any of these places recently, let me know what you had and what you think! If you want more regular updates on foodie things, follow my boyfriends instagram foodie page @Brownbearbites. And if you want more general updates from me follow my instagram @amidf.

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