After our rather disappointing first visit to Brewhouse & Kitchen, Cheltenham on Fathers Day we were invited back to give them another chance.  I have to say, however, that ever since I posted my initial review on my blog I appear to have been blocked by Brewhouse & Kitchen, Cheltenham on Twitter as I now cannot find them to tag them in any posts. Such a shame as I had many good things to say about our latest visit and wanted to share photos in real time whilst we were actually in the restaurant.

Upon arrival, on Saturday evening, we were shown to our table; a booth in the window as we had previously had. Our waiter came over to our table (much different to last time when we had to place our own orders at the bar) and introduced himself and asked what we would like to drink.  My husband asked for advice on the lager and ale selection and our waiter was very knowledgable and happy to help him choose.

brewhouse and kitchen, beer

The drinks arrived promptly and we had already chosen our food so we placed our order. We all wanted burgers; the kids had chosen one from the children menu, Matt went for the classic burger and added blue cheese and bacon and I went for the spicy jerk chicken burger. In the meantime we fed Elsie and entertained Logan and Florence who were both tired after a long afternoon in Pitville Park.

The restaurant wasn’t too busy when we arrived but filled up throughout the course of our meal. Everyone around us seemed happy and the restaurant had a good atmosphere.  A marked improvement on our previous visit.

Our food arrived and once again we were impressed with how it looked. We didn’t hang around and soon demolished our burgers; kids included. The consensus was the food was good. Hearty, tasty and filling. I still think some of the items seem to be on the pricier side but I think you do get pretty good value for money.

burger, jerk burger

classic burger, daddy, daughter

Florence trying to feed Daddy a chip!

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It really did make such a difference having table service and not having to contend with a miserable member of bar staff.  Following our meal we spoke to the manager who apologised for our previous experience and asked if we’d enjoyed our meal. Saturday’s visits to Brewhouse & Kitchen, Cheltenham was a totally different kettle of fish to our first visit.  What a shame they couldn’t get the service right on Father’s Day. I asked Matt at the end of the meal if he would go back again, baring in mind the meal was around £60 for two adults and two children, and he said he would.  I would say thats a pretty good result! However, it does make you wonder if it was all a show. Now if only I could share this on Twitter….

 

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Welcome to my first ever ‘What I ate Wednesday’ post.  I see a lot of these on You Tube but I much prefer blogging so here’s today’s food intake in photographic format!  I must say it’s a challenge remembering to photograph my food before delving in but I just about managed it.  This is a typical day but it’s not what I eat everyday, for example some days I wouldn’t have a smoothie, I’d have a biscuit or a Nakd bar.

7am Breakfast

I’ve been feeling much better since entering the second trimester so, instead of stuffing toast in to soak up the nauseous feeling, I’ve gone back to my old diet favourite of porridge.  Today’s porridge was made from porridge oats, semi skimmed milk, blueberries, cinnamon and almond butter.

porridge

10:30am Snack

I love to snack, especially as I work from home, I find it fills the void of having no-one to talk to and gives me a reason to step away from my laptop.  As we had our groceries delivered this morning I had some fresh spinach and almond milk to hand so whipped up a delicious fruit smoothie.  The smoothie contains the left over blueberries from breakfast, frozen red berries, spinach, a banana and almond milk. I also had a small savoury egg on the side.  Well, I am pregnant!

smoothie

12pm Lunch

This is a little earlier then I would wish to eat but Florence needs collecting from pre-school at 12:30pm and I just get too hungry to wait until 1pm. Today’s lunch was a bit of a ‘using up crap left in the fridge’ lunch.  There were some beans which needed using, I feel weird about eating them any longer then a day after the tin was opened, and there were also two ‘plastic’ cheese slices which were getting on my nerves.  So, I whacked some bread in the toaster and voila; beans and ‘cheese’ on toast.

beans

3:30pm Snack

I was too busy flapping about Florence being ill to remember to take a picture but I had a packet of ready salted French Fries and a mini Curly Wurly courtesy of the kids selection boxes.

6:30pm Dinner

We stopped at Gloucester Services on Saturday to see what all the hype was about and whilst there we picked up some humongous sausages.  Tonight we had sausage, mash and veg with onion gravy.  I like to have mine with mint sauce – anyone else? The sausages were scrumptious, I’d definitely make another stop at the services to see what else we can get. As a side note, I hear the hot main meals they serve are pretty darn good too!

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So that was what I ate today. I obviously had copious amounts of squash, water, and other drinks but that’s pretty boring to photograph!

 

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For as long as I can remember my mum has turned into a little Delia Smith during December.  Weekends were filled with mince pie making, cake baking and generally turned into a festive food frenzy.  My favourite of all her bakes had to be her sausage rolls.  I’m not sure why I love them so much, they’re just the perfect little food to whip out when people pop over or for an evening snack after that huge Christmas dinner.  They can be frozen in advance of Christmas too which is handy if you’re anything like me and turn into a headless chicken during the run up to the Big Day.

Since I’ve lived away from my family I’ve tried several methods to make the sausage rolls following my mums basic recipe and my favourite combination to date has to be homemade sausage rolls with caramelised onion chutney. They taste like Christmas in one (maybe two) small bites.  I whipped these up, from frozen, for a party last year and by the time I got to the buffet they’d all gone! So, in the spirit of Christmas I thought I’d share my recipe with you – it’s super simple so it’s easy for the kids to help out too.  My daughter loves to paint the sausage rolls in the beaten egg mixture.

Homemade sausage rolls with caramelised onion chutney
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Ingredients
  • 1 x packet of Jus-Rol Ready to Roll puff or shortcut pastry (your preference)
  • 1 x packet of pork sausage meat
  • 1 x onion (red or white)
  • 1 x jar of caramelised onion chutney
  • 1 x egg beaten
  • A pinch of flour
  • A pinch of salt and pepper
  • A pinch of sage
  • A pinch of chilli flakes if you like a kick!
Instructions
  1. Finely dice the onion and fry until soft
  2. Place the onion, sausage meat, seasoning and sage into a blender and combine on high power
  3. Lightly flour the surface and roll out the pastry to create a large rectangle about 3-4mm thick. Slice across the length of the pastry to create two even rectangles.
  4. Spoon a small amount of caramelised onion chutney down the centre length of each rectangle.
  5. Place the sausage meat mixture on top of the chutney mixture. Ensure you do not overfill as you need to roll the pastry over the sausage meat enough to seal it.
  6. Take the beaten egg and brush it along one side of the pastry. Roll the pastry over to create a sausage roll shape.
  7. Cut the sausage rolls into inch wide pieces or the size you desire. Snip a small hole in the top of each one with scissors, place on a lined baking tray and brush with egg.
  8. Bake in the oven at 200 degrees centigrade for 20-25mins or until crisp and golden.
  9. Cool on a wire rack and try not to eat them!
 

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