It’s been a few years since we’ve visited a Jamie’s Italian, our experiences haven’t always been entirely without the odd fault, but recently I’ve heard lots of people really rave about the food, so when the opportunity arose to return and take Imogen with us we really wanted to give it a go.
A few days ago I told you all about our dinner at The Maytime Inn near Buford in the Cotswolds, which was really great, so how did the rest of our stay shape up?
We arrived mid afternoon after a lovely trip to the Cotswold Wildlife Park, which is less than 5 miles away. We were a but windswept and in need of a sit down, so were pleased to find check in a breeze. We were shown to our room in the courtyard, just a few steps away from the main building. We were in the Hunting Room, one of 6 themed rooms at the Maytime. The room boasts a superking bed, Waterfall shower and stand alone bath – which I was very much looking forward to sinking into. They even provided a travel cot for Imogen.
The nods to the hunting room theme were seen throughout the room and the bathroom too.
As well as flat screen TVs, all the rooms also have complimentary Wifi and an iPod dock. The large wooden desk sported a variety of local magazines and guides, as well as coffee facilities, fresh milk and homemade shortbread.
The bathroom cam kitted out with full sized Cowshed products, which were lush!
Imogen made herself right at home….
The exterior of the pub as well was pretty special, even in the February gloom. Traditional Cotswold stone, with a gorgeous large patio area overlooking endless countryside.
We had a great night sleep, and despite it being her first night away from home, and first night in a travel cot, Imogen slept well too! Needless to say thought with a 6month old we bound to be the first ones to breakfast, and we were! It was nice to take in the bright and airy garden room by ourselves.
The spread for breakfast was extensive, with fresh pastries, kilner jars of fruit compote and yoghurt and granola as well as the requisite cereals and juices. As well as this there was a choice of a cooked element too, from a Full English, to mushrooms on toast and all the Eggs!
I had Avocado, Poached Eggs and Bacon on Sourdough while Lee had the Eggs Royale. No complaints from either of us here – a very decent breakfast and runny eggs all round!
I could try really hard to fault something with our stay at The Maytime, but honestly, there really isn’t anything and to stay. From the courteous friendly staff to the lovely homely rooms, from the gorgeous exterior to the great food it’s a great place to stay!
Disclosure: Our stay at the Maytime was complimentary for purposes of review, all opinions are our own. No other compensation was received.
The Maytime Inn lies right on the Southern border of the Cotswolds, and like most of the area is set amongst picturesque villages and rolling countryside. A few weeks ago we took Imogen on her first night away from home to stay in this lovely pub with rooms. I’ll tell you more about the rooms and the place itself in a few days but for now lets concentrate on dinner!
Welcome back to the first Kitchen Bites of 2017! We’ve a few interesting new products in the Foodie Family Kitchen this month, so I’ll get straight into it with a rather exciting new gadget that we’ve been trying out, just in time for one of my favourite food days of the calendar – Pancake Day!
I’ve only ever seen traditional style crepe machines on food trucks at fairs and street food events so hadn’t really imagined you could buy them for your own kitchen, so when Breville got in touch asking me to try out their Traditional Crepe and Pancake Maker, I was pretty happy to oblige!
It’s a stand alone machine that simply plugs into the mains and is pretty lightweight too. It comes with a T-stick spreading tool so you can really look like a professional! You can choose from 5 different heat settlngs, and it gets to temperature in only a minute or two. It took me a few goes to get to grips with the spreader tool, but once you’ve got the hang of it, you can produce really perfect thin crepes. The instruction booklet comes with some recipe ideas too, or you could try out one of my favourites, Traditional Crepes with Coconut Cream and Fresh Raspberries.
Make a simple crepe batter – 125g plain flour, 2 eggs and 200mls milk with a pinch of salt and whisk until smooth. Then simply top the warm crepes with coconut cream – 1 small tin of creamed coconut with 100ml double cream added and whisked until soft peaks form and scatter with fresh raspberries.
Or try making luxurious chocolate crepes by adding 15-20g of cocoa powder to the batter and topping with bananas and caramel sauce.
I loved trying out this gadget and I’m sure its going to get much more use next week and in weeks to come – after all, do you need an excuse for a pancake?
Next up are a couple of sauces from Meat Lust. Buffalo Sauce and Green Sweet Chilli Sauce. I picked both of these up in a local garden centre as they looked really funky, and I do love a condiment! Unfortunately I really wasn’t keen on either
With the Buffalo sauce I found it really too sweet and quite gloopy, and I thought the green sweet chilli just left me with a weird aftertaste. Both of them just left me feeling they were quite artificial in taste which was a shame.
Next up another little purchase – this time a Smoked Corn Relish from We love Man Food. This one certainly hasn’t disappointed and I love the smokey tangy flavour. It’s perfect for all things that involve tortillas – Tacos, Burritos, on Jacket potatoes and much more!
Lastly this month we’ve been nibbling on some fantastic dark chocolate from Chocolate and Love. Founded back in 2010 by Richard O’Conner and Brigitte Hovmond the chocolate fair-trade and award winning, with ingredients sought from across the world and production over in Switzerland.
There are a range of flavours including Panama, Rich Dark, Mint, Orange, Coffee, Sea Salt and Creamy Dark, many of which have won Great Taste Awards.
The Orange and the Sea Salt were the favourites for me, and although dark chocolate isn’t my chocolate of choice, I would happily eat these two over and over again!
See you next month for more yummy things that have been going on in our kitchen!
Disclosure: The Crepe Maker and Chocolate were sent for consideration of review, other bits purchased ourselves!
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There’s not many of Birminghams more recent openings that piqued my interest, but when Rofuto appeared on the scene about a year ago the menu really got my tastebuds going and it didn’t disappoint when we reviewed it not long after opening. Recently I had the chance to return to the restaurant, which occupies the 16th floor of the Park Regis Hotel, and while it might not be quite the highest restaurant in the city, it sure is one of the most classy.