April 10 2018

We’re very happy right now because…

We’re working our way through the recipes in Acorn Vegetarian Kitchen chef/proprietor Richard Buckley’s gorgeous new meat-free cookery book Plants Taste Better – seriously Piggies, this is one fabulous recipe collection! Our greatest hits so far include the Rosemary Polenta Chips, the Butternut Mousse and the utterly splendid Hazelnut Roast. Next stop: Walnut Tortellini followed by Richard’s signature Chocolate Salted Caramel Tart. Want to get your hands on a signed copy? Click here. Want to read our latest review of Richard’s restaurant? It’s in the pipeline, Piggies!

We’re raising several glasses to (and at the bar in) the Packhorse Inn in Southstoke. After many years of campaigning and months of project toil, this glorious, characterful historic pub reopened its doors last month (on the 400th anniversary, as it happens, of its inauguration as an ale house,) marking the completion of a long, hard fight backed by over 400 visionary community shareholders involved in the largest ever “pub buy-back” in the UK. Cheers!

We’re steak-ing out Bailbrook House every Thursday from now until the end of August and pigging out on two Somerset rump steaks accompanied by proper fat chips, beer-battered onion rings, grilled plum tomato and field mushrooms, peppercorn sauce, watercress and a bottle of wine to share for just £35 (reservations essential; call 01225 855100 to book your table.)

We’re eagerly anticipating getting up-close-and-personal with Ash Saman, the uniquely cool chef who boasts stints at Chequers, Casamia, Clivedon House Hotel and the Glassboat on his extensive CV. Ash is hosting his first ever Bath-based pop-up at the Circus Restaurant on Sunday 6 May – are we excited at the prospect? Heck, yeah! (6 courses/£50pp; optional wine flight £25pp – @ChefAshSaman)

We’re going to see the one and only Mary Berry do her one and only Mary Berry ‘thing’ at the Forum on Thursday 26 April, courtesy of those lovely folk at Toppings Books. Don’t be a soggy bottom – join us!

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