From The Sublime to The Ridiculous.

Just the name ‘Titanic’ conjures up images of luxury, wealth, grandeur, tragedy, horror and early death. So much!

Fortunately a trip to Belfast, Northern Ireland, for a taste of the Titanic Experience carries with it more positive emotions, not least are the gustatory experiences to be found there.

The trip started and ended with the ridiculous but practical way to travel – good old Easyjet. Bargain prices making these types of trips accessible to all but don’t bother with the in-flight refreshments – 5 star prices for bargain basement food/drink. I  mean, would you pay £2 for a packet of crisps?? I won’t even mention the heated food!!

The Titanic Hotel is pretty wonderful; it is the refurbished Harland and Wolff offices where their White Star Line ships were created on paper. Outside, it is true to the purpose it was built for and looks just like the wharf side offices of a shipping line. Inside is something else. Totally themed to the Titanic, everything within the refurbishment tells the story of the Titanic, from inception to the actual launch and through to its untimely demise in the Atlantic Ocean, courtesy of a huge iceberg.

Drawing Room 2 is the main bar and restaurant (a la carte) which used to literally be the room where the designers produced the plans for some of the largest ships to be built during its heyday. The room is elegant and has a glass roof to allow natural light that helped the designers produce their intricate plans. Today the lovely, courteous staff produce wonderful cocktails, tea, coffee and meals throughout the day which are not overpriced. Beautiful, comfortable furnishings make it a great place to relax but the real beauty of it is to be seen at dusk when a wing of the new and wonderfully designed Titanic Museum is lit up and looks just like an iceberg about to crash into the large glass windows of Drawing Room 2.

We visited the incredible Museum, its architecture clearly designed to produce a large iceberg. Inside was also amazing. The contents of the museum also showed in great detail the birth through to the demise of the Titanic,  with pictures, still and moving, everything in detail. The most poignant parts being the cameos of the people involved and the outcomes and effects on family. Very moving. There was a spiral, downhill cable car ride which showed film of how the huge rivets were made and put into the ship – such hard work that left a great many with very impaired hearing as they aged.

Then we made a visit to the Nomadic, the last surviving ship of the White Star Line, which worked as a tender out of Cherbourg transferring passengers to the Titanic as it was too big to get into the dock there. This was very interesting and had holograms that talked to you and gave a more personal side of what it was like to work on the ship.

Then we went the whole hog and this is where it touches on the sublime. We had a meal in the Wolff Grill. Oh my goodness, not just a brilliant choice of courses but such an artistic presentation – take a peak at the scallops starter …… no fancy name involved just a description.

 ‘Smoked Scallops, Langoustine, Cauliflower, Parsnip, Almonds’, bet you can’t identify the parsnip (just kidding!).

My grandson wanted to try the scallops but was worried he wouldn’t like them, so I ordered the Hake, which he would eat and said we could swap. He loved the scallops and I was jealous, although the Hake was really good too.

‘Hake, Seaweed, Jerusalem Artichoke, Leek, Pea’. Tom was putting these images up on social media and whilst some comments clearly enjoyed the finer things in life, some asked if they could send us a food parcel!

We both settled for the ‘Guinea Fowl, Spinach, Mushroom, Leek, Shallots, Jus’, which was so tasty I wanted to pick the plate up and lick it clean!

We chose a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc to accompany the meal; it was fruity and fresh and complimented the food perfectly.

We then had to choose a sweet – again, no fancy name, just descriptions.

My grandson chose ‘Apple, Sage Cream, Toffee, Vinegar, Blackberries’. He said it was delicious and wouldn’t share a taste with me. My choice was, ‘Cherries, Dark Chocolate, Parsnip Custard, Cream, Sponge’. The finished article looked like a flying saucer from outer space and tasted divine.

Our short trip to Belfast turned out to be a bit of a gourmet’s dream because for lunch one day we chose Bullitt, a Taylor and Clay Restaurant, and it also came up to 5 star standard. Shame I cannot seem to find one in our area – it would be repeat visits if there was.

Our trip home ended with Easyjet and the travel was problem free. I did wonder, when the cabin crew were doing the safety demonstration, how on earth someone with my girth (a bit large) could possibly get the life jacket on with the space the slim young things needed, I would probably knock my neighbours out if the need ever arose. Needless to say, we did not partake of the culinary delights on offer, just snoozed for the one hour flight home.

Adding a Touch of Rustic Charm to Your Spring & Summer Social Events

With Winter becoming a distant memory and Summer approaching at a pace, it’s time to start planning your Spring and Summer social events. Whether you’re talking about a Summer wedding or a celebration garden party, you’ll want your event to be one that is not only a pleasure to attend but also one that lasts long in the memory. 

So, how do you achieve that end? How do you make your Summer event stand out from the norm and provide a memorable experience for every one of your guests? Well, at Fab Food For You, we are an East Sussex catering company and we know a thing or two about creating never-to-be-forgotten social events. So, let us take you through just some of the options our customers use to make their get-togethers charming and unique. 

A Summer Delight 

Picture the scene – the sun is shining and your marquee’s doors are flapping gently in a pleasant light breeze. Each one of your guests is welcomed with a Pimms cocktail served in a classic Kilner jar before finding a seat at a rustic table and a chair made from straw bales covered with coffee sack covers. It’s the quintessential British Summer scene! 

What better place and time to enjoy some of our gorgeous canapes with bubbles, a Hog Roast or a Barbeque sharing board created from wonderful fresh, locally produced ingredients and infused with the wonderful flavors of  homegrown  herbs? Or how about an organic cheese stack, with fresh figs, grapes and celery, all consumed with mouthwatering rustic bread, crackers and artisan chutneys? 

Whether you’re opting for our speciality Brie with organic honeycomb or naked cakes adorned with edible flowers and fresh fruit, couli and berries, we are able to create a focal point for your Summer social event that offers a visual feast that’s every bit as tantalising as the alluring aromas hanging in the air. 

Out of the Ordinary 

At Fab Food For You, we always aim to deliver the very best in fine, artisanal dining, but what we also aim to create an occasion that’s unique to you and one that will resonate with your guests. What we’ve mentioned here is just a selection of the delights we can offer to your wedding or garden party, as there are so many other bespoke options to choose from like vintage China, BETTY our Ice Cream Trike or one of our bespoke bars. 

So, if you’ve got a garden or wedding party in the near future and you want to add charm, uniqueness, flair and more than a touch of British-summeriness to it, then we’d love to hear from you. If you’d like to find out more about what we do and how we do it, head over to our website www.fabfoodforyou.co.uk now, where you’ll find lots of useful information. 

Alternatively, if you’d like to make a booking or talk through your options, you can get in touch by calling us on 07890183293 now. We are ready and waiting to help make your Summer event one that you and your guests will never forget. 

Roll Out the Good Times with the Big Speakeasy Bale Bar and Lounge

Live in the United Kingdom for long enough and you’ll know that blue skies and sunshine are not things you can guarantee with much degree of accuracy, however, what you can rely on is the Big Speakeasy Bale Bar and Lounge to make the most of the good weather when it’s here. There is perhaps nothing so quintessentially British than sipping a gin and tonic or two in rustic surroundings and that’s exactly what this unique service provides.

Ideal as an alfresco service when weather permits or for a marquee or barn location when the weather gods aren’t quite cooperating, the Speakeasy Bale Bar and Lounge features a fully stocked and licensed oak countered bale bar with 2 bar staff, a bale sofa created with throws and 6 straw bales with coffee sack covers for additional seating. Sounds like the perfect place to spend a balmy Summer afternoon wouldn’t you say?

The Full Rustic Experience

At Fab Food For You, we’re all about creating unforgettable experiences for your social events, so whether you’re looking to organise a wedding, an outdoor social gathering or a centrepiece for a business event, we offer services like the Speakeasy Bale Bar to really get the social juices flowing. All that’s required from any venue it’s used at is sufficient lighting, an electricity supply and sufficient room if your event is indoors.

Complete with straw bales supplied by Sussex Party Bales and a cable reel table bedecked with local cottage garden flowers, this set up provides ample room for mingling and letting the good times roll at your event of choice and is available at just £225* – including a fully stocked bar and bar staff too! For a relatively minimal outlay, you can add a touch of modern rustic chic to your social gathering that your guests aren’t likely to forget in a hurry!

*within 30 miles of Hailsham, East Sussex

Sumptuous Rustic Fare The Speakeasy Bale Bar is just one example of the ways that we are able to make your events like no other, as we also offer a simply mouthwatering menu of dishes created from the finest local fare, such as pork belly with crackling with moroccan style stuffing to baked gammon cooked in honey & ginger beer served hot with parsley sauce. Our food not only looks great, but is mindblowingly delicious to boot and you can taste the care, attention and rustic essence in every single bite.

Throw in other bespoke options like the Ice Cream Trike, vintage china and wedding car hire and you soon realise that we’ve got you covered whatever your event requires.

Want to Find Out More?

If you’d like to find out more about our fabulous Speakeasy Bale Bar & Lounge or any of our other bespoke event catering services, we’d love to hear from you. You can either visit us online at www.fabfoodforyou.co.uk or give us a call on 07890183293 if you’d like to have a chat with our dedicated team about how we can add some extra special touches to your event.

We appreciate you taking the time to read our blog. We’ll be back soon with more from the world of the finest social and dining experiences with a rustic twist.

Fabfoodforyou Festive Favourite

Here at Fab Food For You with Christmas just around the corner we have been busy catering for dinner parties and festive gatherings. Although the weather has been reasonably ok the temperature we are sure will soon plummet but there is one thing we are always stocked up on here at HQ… Wine! We think there is nothing better than a cup of Warm Mulled Wine in front of the fire on a chilly evening.

At Fab Food For You we love nothing more than a good ol’ party! I’m sure some of you are aware… we love nothing more than having friends round to our cottage in our spare time. Mulled Wine is one of those drinks that bring everybody together in our summer house gatherings! It’s perfect, warms us to the core and is simply delicious!

Most of you will know what Mulled Wine is but for those of you that don’t, essentially it is amalgamation of usually Red Wine, spices and dried fruit. The spices usually consist of: Star Anise, Cloves, Nutmeg and Cinnamon. Dried fruit usually being Orange peel and Raisins. The wine is gently heated in a pan to absorb the flavours.

Over the years we have formulated (roughly) our Festive Favourite, which is as follows:

Ingredients:

1 bottle of Red Wine

1/4 cup Sugar

1 Star Anise

2 Cardamom pods

3 Cloves

1/2 sliced Lemon

1 dash of Horseradish Sauce

drizzle of dry Sherry to finish each serving.

simply add the Red Wine to the pan and add the spices and Sugar. once brought to the boil leave to simmer for 40 minutes. in the last moments of simmering add the slices of lemon. When serving ladle into mugs or glasses, whichever you prefer! Finally add a dash of Sherry and a garnish of Orange!

Enjoy…

5 Reasons Why You Don’t Necessarily Need a Wedding Planner

After all the nervous excitement of that special someone in your life saying “Yes!” has subsided, the reality of the task in hand can seem pretty overwhelming. There’s the car, the food, the bridesmaids dresses and…and…and…we think you get the picture – there’s a lot to get arranged.

There’s an awful lot of pressure to have the best wedding ever, which most usually comes from the bride, the groom or parents wanting the perfect day for their son or daughter. With this amount of arrangement work needed to be done for the big day in question, it’s understandable why so many choose to employ the services of a wedding planner.

The idea of keeping on top of all the necessary arrangements can seem scary, but wedding planners can be so costly and wouldn’t you rather be spending your money on other things, like an exotic honeymoon or a vintage car to take you to the church? Well, to back up our claim, we’re now going to take a look at a few reasons why you DON’T need a wedding planner.

  • Reason #1 – Friends & Family

It can be easy in this kind of scenario to think you need to do everything yourself, with an “It’s my wedding, so I should organise everything” frame of mind. However, if you have a bunch of friends and family who are eager to help you, you shouldn’t be afraid of delegating tasks to them. Many hands make light work and all that.

Simply assign each person a single task and let them get on with it. As long as you are clear with your instructions and use good communication, you can use your loved ones as extensions of your wedding planning team! One job per person is ideal.

  • Reason #2 – Long Timescale

Wedding planners have their place and that’s helping out couples who are busy, affluent professionals with plenty of cash to splash around or people who are really short on time. If your wedding is a year or so in the future, you have plenty of time to get everything organised….even if there’s a ton of stuff sort out.

Just make sure that you write everything down and get confirmation from everyone you book services with in one place so it’s easy to find.

  • Reason #3 – The Cost

There’s no getting away from the fact that wedding planners don’t come cheap. With average costs starting anywhere from £1,000-£5,000 and wedding planners often charging by the hour, having one can take a huge bite out of your wedding budget. This is why doing it yourself is such an advantage if it’s possible.

Look through the average wedding magazine and you’ll find tips and advice on doing it yourself, even if you’re a total novice. All it takes is delegation, organisation and a little family assistance.

Reason #4 – All Inclusive Venues

Another reason why wedding planners can be surplus to requirements are that there are plenty of wedding venues around the UK that offer all inclusive services. Even those who don’t, will invariably have contacts in the local community they can put you in touch with, such as cake makers and florists.

Just be sure to visit each one before you make your decision, as you don’t want to go all in on a location that you’ve never seen. Once you’re happy with a venue, you can take advantage of whatever inclusive services they offer knowing that much of the work is done.

  • Reason #5 – Someone Else’s Tastes

Employing a professional wedding planner can take a good deal of the stress away from your big day, but one consequence of doing so is that some or all of the elements might not be exactly what you would have chosen yourself. So, the question you need to ask yourself is if you’re wanting the “hands off” wedding experience, how much autonomy are you going to give to the planner?

If you want complete control over what happens at your wedding, a wedding planner might not be for you – on top of the reasons we’ve already mentioned.

  • You CAN Manage Without A Wedding Planner

At Fab Food For You, we urge you to consider working without a wedding planner, as your hard earned money can be spent so much better elsewhere. In fact, we would happily put you in contact with the wedding professionals we know in East Sussex free of charge, such as jewellers, seamstresses and photographers. We know what you’re going to say…yes, Wedding Planners Do charge for connecting you to their work friends!

We don’t charge you went we meet up to talk about your wedding catering either (yes, they for charge that too!), as frankly we wouldn’t do that to you. However, what we will do is offer you high quality, memory making catering services to make your day extra special, as well as helping you with anything we are able to – which includes putting you in touch with good professionals that we know that you’ll think are fab!

So, there you have it. You CAN do it on your own and you DON’T need a wedding planner when you get in touch with the right people. So, before you throw your money away on a wedding planner, speak to us first, which you can do by calling us on 07890183293 or by emailing us on jacquie_keeley@hotmail.com.
Rest assured that we will only ever recommend things that are in your best interest, be it people we know or services we provide ourselves.

We thank you for taking the time to read our blog. We hope that it helps you spend money on your wedding where it’s really needed.

Winter Comfort Foods from Fab Food For You

Go outside for any length of time and you’ll see that Winter is here in full force and wrapping up warm in your coat, scarf and gloves has become a real necessity. It’s that period of the year during which thoughts turn to those satisfying Winter comfort foods that leave us with a full tummy and a smile on our face. At Fab Food For You, we offer bespoke menus that are perfectly suited for the colder months, when the sun is low in the sky and you’re in need of cuisine that gives you that warm glow.

Sophisticated Soups

Is there anything better at this time of year than a piping hot bowl of soup, created from locally sourced produce? As leading East Sussex Caterers, we can supply a variety of mouthwatering, sophisticated soups that are expertly blended from the very best locally produced winter vegetables.

Traditional Roast Dinners

Whether you’re looking for dinner party catering or winter wedding catering, our chefs can supply a variety of traditional roast dinners that will warm the cockles of your heart. Perfectly cooked roast potatoes and juicy pork, beef or lamb dinners, all covered in a rich, sumptuous gravy are all able from our Winter menu. For something a little different, we even offer hog roast catering, which is just as tasty as it sounds!

Gorgeous Rustic Casseroles

Then there’s our delicious range of rustic casserole dishes that will satisfy even the biggest of appetites. Packed with winter vegetables provided by trusted local farm shops, there is usually an accompanying “oooh!” when these fantastically comforting dishes are placed in front of each diner.

Satisfying Desserts

And what better way to finish off your winter meal than with a deeply satisfying bowl of apple crumble or sticky toffee pudding, covered in a thick, luxurious custard. Desserts like these are the perfect way to round off your winter meal and leave you feeling like you just couldn’t eat another bite! Go on…you know you want to!

Come and Take a Look!

If reading through our blog has whetted your appetite and gotten you in the mood for some warming winter comfort food, then you simply have to take a look through our website. There you’ll see everything that’s available from our bespoke menus, as well as the fact that we offer vintage crockery hire, marquee hire and catering equipment hire. We have everything you need to make your special occasion every bit as special as it should be.

If you’d like to get in touch with us to discuss how Fab Food For You can help you with you, you can call us on 07890 183293 or email us on jacquie_keeley@hotmail.com. We are dedicated to making every
event and special occasion we are involved with, something to remember and we’ll do everything we can to make it something you’ll be talking about for years!

Thanks for reading and we’ll see you again next time.

Fabfoodforyou Festive Favourite

Here at Fab Food For You with Christmas just around the corner we have been busy catering for dinner parties and festive gatherings. Although the weather hasn’t been the best, in case of a sudden temperature plummet there is one thing we are always stocked up on here at HQ… Wine! We think there is nothing better than a cup of warm Mulled Wine in front of the fire on a chilly evening.

At Fab Food For You we love nothing more than a good ol’ party! I’m sure some of you are aware… we adore having friends round to our cottage in our spare time. Mulled Wine is one of those drinks that brings everybody together during one of our summer house soirées! It’s perfect, warms us to the core and is simply delicious!

Most of you will know what mulled wine is but for those of you that don’t, essentially it is an amalgamation of Red Wine, Spices and dried Fruits. The Spices usually consist of: Star Anise, Cloves, Nutmeg and Cinnamon. Dried fruits usually being Orange Peel and Raisins. The wine is gently heated in a pan to absorb the flavours.

Over the years we have formulated (roughly) our ‘Festive Favourite’ which is as follows:

Ingredients:

1 bottle of Red Wine

1/4 cup Sugar

1 Star Anise

2 Cardamom pods

3 Cloves

1/2 sliced Lemon

1 dash of Sweet Chilli sauce

drizzle of Cherry Brandy to finish each serving

Simply add the Red Wine to the pan and add the spices and Sugar. Once bought to the boil leave to simmer for 40 minutes. In the last moments of simmering add the slices of lemon and Chilli sauce. When serving ladle into mugs or glasses, whichever you prefer! Finally add a dash of Cherry Brandy and a garnish of Orange!

Enjoy…

Bespoke Catering Plans – Adding a Touch of Sophistication to Special Occasions

When you’re organising a dinner party, a lunch event or even trying to sort out your wedding catering, offering something different and engaging to your guests can be tricky. A lot of dinner party catering firms provide pretty standard fare and whilst there might be some nice food on offer and the service might be more than adequate for your requirements, those attending your function aren’t going to remember much about it in the weeks and months after the event.

Catering With a Difference

At Fab Food For You, we are East Sussex caterers with a passion for offering a complete service that will stay with you long after it’s finished. From bespoke menus to drinks packages, you can choose the key elements that you really want at your special occasion, so that it has the impact on your guests that you want. We think that the bespoke packages we offer provide the kind of total flexibility that everyone should be entitled to.

So, What Sets us Apart from the Competition?

Well, one of the reasons we’re out on our own is that we have a penchant for creating occasions that you won’t find anywhere else. Let’s take a look at just some of the things we can do for your event.

  • High Quality Fresh Local Produce – When you book us for your catering, you’re not going to get warmed up, pre-prepared, prepackaged food. We only use fresh, high quality local produce in the food we provide, something we know you’ll be able to taste in every mouthful.
  • Sophisticated Vintage Dining – We know that the devil is in the detail an along with offering vintage crockery hire, our chef and all of our waiting staff will be dressed up to the nines in smart attire, adding gravitas to the occasion. You can even opt for flowers, ornate glassware, candles and linen tablecloths and napkins for that extra touch of class if desired.
  • A Comprehensive Service – We look after you and your guests from minute one, as we will lay the table and serve pre dinner drinks, so that your guests are nice and relaxed and even clear up the kitchen and tidy everything away after we’ve finished. The last thing you want to have to do at the end an enjoyable party is to be bothering with cleaning up!

What we’re trying to say is that when you choose Fab Food For You for your event catering, you get the full ‘hands off’ experience, so that you’re free to enjoy time with your guests and make the impression you intended when you decided to arrange the social gathering in the first place. Our mission is to do everything we can to make sure that you and your guests have the best time possible.

If you would like to talk to us about catering your special occasion, private party or lunch event, then you can call us on 07890 183293 or for more information about our complete range of services that include catering equipment hire, barbecue catering, hog roast catering and marquee hire, take a look through our website, which is packed with useful information.

We hope you enjoyed reading our blog and that it illustrated that there are other options available than what you might expect from bog standard catering firms. Check back with us soon for news, tips and advice from the world of top class catering!

Rustic Board Sharing Platters

Rustic Wooden Board Sharing Platters – A Unique Social Dining Experience

In recent years, the communal dining experience has become so much more popular at social gatherings, with people preferring to sample a range of different dishes and tastes, rather than having to stick to a rigid, prearranged starter, main and dessert arrangement. There are a number of reason for this, not least being that being able to choose what you eat on the day is a more attractive proposition than having to decide what you’re going to want to eat weeks in advance.

Cost Effective

One of the primary reasons for the growth in popularity of rustic family style sharing platters is their cost effective nature. If you’re organising a wedding for example, there’s a lot to pay for. From marquee hire to drinks packages and everything in between, there’s a lot to consider, so it’s good to know that when it comes to your wedding catering, that sharing platters represent not just a visually appealing alternative to traditional catering, but also an affordable one too. A Versatile Option Another reason for their popularity is their supreme versatility, as weddings are far from the only type of social event that they’re appropriate for. Whether you’re looking for BBQ catering, dinner party catering or more sombre occasions like funerals, platters are very much appropriate and are an option that will likely stay long in the memory for those attending events they’re used at.

More Sociable

Most gatherings are meant to be social affairs and there is no better way to get the social juices flowing than by providing food that encourages social interaction. Sharing platters packed with olives, fine cheeses and mouthwatering rustic fare are something that are almost crying out to be talked about with the person next to you. This type of luxury food is always best enjoyed in good company and grazing platters are the ideal way to realise this ideal.

At Fab Food For You, we are established East Sussex Caterers and we have a passion for creating unforgettable dining experiences for our clients. We can provide bespoke menus, hog roast catering, catering hire equipment and even vintage crockery hire. If you have an event you need catering for, then we’d love to hear from you and have a chat with you about how we can make it a event to remember, using concepts like shared grazing platters.

If you would like to know more about us and what we do, you can find out everything you need to know by looking through our website. We take great pride in being able to able to take the stress out of your special event, allowing you to better enjoy it.

We have the experience and know how to make your day everything it should be. If after looking through our site you have more questions or you’d like to enlist our help for your next event, give us a call on 01323 847523. We’re ready and waiting to help you in any way we can. We thank

you for reading our blog. Check back soon for more advice and guidance on all things relating to events catering.

Eating out in Budapest and the surrounding shenanigans

Well here I am sat in front of my laptop with not a clue how to start a blog. I am unsure what a blog even is. After literally googling ‘how to write a blog’ I hope I now have somewhat of an idea what I should write about and where I should start. Here it goes…

In January I went to Budapest with two friends of mine, Tash and Zoe to celebrate Zoe’s Birthday. We started the day with a cheeky espresso Martini at Jamie’s Bar at Gatwick. Shortly after we boarded the plane, all seemed to be going swimmingly. That was until a string of announcements came from the captain reassuring us there was nothing to be concerned about, we were being diverted to Milan Malpensa due to a ‘technical fault’ with the aircraft. Being typically British teenagers, we assumed that was it. we were being abducted, never to be seen again. We were moved onto another plane along with our luggage which in our minds made it even worse, the thought of our plane being dumped and the last trace they had of us would be in Milan…

Of course, this was not the case at all. After boarding the new plane we soon arrived in Budapest. As we came out of the airport terminal we instantly saw the 100E bus we needed to board to get to our Hotel, The Exe Danube. However, this wasn’t as simple as it may sound, the machine we had to use buy our ticket had an English option which contributed to the ease of the task but due to our lack of patience we ended up buying the wrong ticket! Although, not realising this we tried to hop on to the bus. The driver soon stopped us and as we continued to get awfully muddled with the currency the driver quickly sorted the situation for us. The mistake didn’t cost us hardly at all as we found it unbelievable how cheap the public transport was, in fact everything was in the city.

Before long, we arrived in the centre of Budapest. Although, due to our delayed arrival and the time of year we arrived in the dark. We found our way to our hotel, set down a dead-end road under an arch, it seemed just perfect, away from the noise yet in midst of it all. The entrance foyer of the hotel was just as impressive as the modern exterior, with décor and furnishings resembling the 1920’s Art Deco period, it was a great bargain! After checking into our room and admiring the beautifully decorated and ultra clean en-suit we quickly got changed ready for a night out.

Making our way to reception we decided it would be sensible to ask where would be best to go for a pleasant yet affordable meal. The receptionist, Carlos was delighted to help us out, he rang a restaurant he was friendly with and booked us a table.

While taking in our surroundings we made our way. Following Carlos instructions, we found the restaurant ‘Ladó Café’. What we found when arriving was not at all what we were expecting, it was to exceed all expectations. From the moment opened the door and the sound of the live jazz band hit us to the moment we left it was just an incredible dining experience. We were shown to a table right at the top of the restaurant, just one table away from a stage. The ‘Hot Jazz Band’ played everything from classics to modern day hits. It was the first time myself and the girls agreed, had experience that kind of ambiance in a restaurant.

Finally, I’m getting to the point of this blog, the food! for starter I had, Goose Liver Pate with a chutney, for the main, traditional Hungarian Pork Medallions with Ratatouille and the largest amount of thin sliced fried potatoes I have ever had on a plate! We accompanied the meal with numerous cocktails and couldn’t even contemplate having a dessert although we did have to look at the menu. It was all delicious and the service was incredible.

Eventually we decided we must free up the table and continued the night in several bars.