Fischer’s at Baslow Hall

I was tempted not to write this one up, as the occasion was a family wedding (and what better way to celebrate) but the food was just so good I couldn’t help myself.

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Fischer’s at Baslow Hall is in beautiful Derbyshire, a part of the country I hadn’t really been to before. Our meal there was the cherry on top for the most beautiful weekend – the rest of the time we spent exploring, and doing a bit of wild swimming (just outside Chatsworth House, I highly recommend it).

Anywhere that Jay Rayner describes as “being buried inside Laura Ashley’s coffin“, while also getting his seal of approval is definitely worth a visit. We celebrated the nuptials of some of my favourite people with a seven course tasting menu in a grade 2 listed manor house in the peak district.

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Our first course was a melon gazpacho with lime leaf and lemongrass – topped with the most beautiful and delicate egg-white foam.

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The combination of flavours and textures in the next dish really reminded me of my childhood in Japan, mostly with the salty flavours and the crunch of seaweed and tempura batter. The Norfolk quail was complemented with a mirin jelly and toasted seeds, and the buttery flesh worked incredibly well inside its light and crispy shell.

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While perhaps the most aesthetically pleasing of all the dishes, the next course was probably the weakest in my opinion. The Cornish crab and tomato were incredible, but the Stanage cheese ice cream was a bit bland – the cold temperature made the rest of the dish seem tepid.

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The next course was exquisite – the pan-fried cod with a lentil and herb puree, served with an onion bhaji was probably one of the best things I’ve eaten all year. The cod was fresh and firm, and the puree combined with the crisp and light bhaji was unreal.

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The final savoury course was a classic, and done to perfection. The shorthorn beef with onion puree was everything you’d ever want in a good beef dish – and also looked almost too good to eat.

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I’m always a terrible judge of desserts, as I don’t have much of a sweet tooth, but the peach melba tasted just like summer.

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The thing I love about weddings is that generations just come together. By the time I reached my dessert course (we did a lot of swapping around, so everyone would get the chance to chat) I was sat next to someone who was able to tell me the origin of the peach melba. It’s actually invented in 1892, and named after a soprano – and has now given me a new life goal to attain to. Getting a dessert named after me, and not singing, as anyone who has been unfortunate enough to come to karaoke with me can tell you.

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The second and final dessert was a pistachio cake, which was served with a strawberry tea and a toasted marshmallow. Despite being a big fan of the Great British Bake Off, I’m not actually that into cake, but I really enjoyed the marshmallow. I will be holding all other marshmallows to this unattainable standard moving forwards.

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Fischer’s at Baslow Hall was perhaps the most beautiful meal I’ve had this year, for more reasons than one – but the food was undeniably spectacular. They also apparently have beautiful rooms, too, so if you’re lucky enough to nab one you can live the dream and just roll upstairs afterwards.

 

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Wilderness

Earlier this month I went to Wilderness Festival – my first proper English festival (camping and all).

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It was definitely one of the highlights of the summer. Whether it’s the incredible food, the amazing atmosphere and activities (Ottolenghi’s talk, the cricket and the hilarious barn-dancing were particular highlights), every detail was meticulously done and I loved every minute of it.

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Like with any UK festival you have to resign yourself to getting a little wet – and there is so much on offer that you’ll most definitely go over your budget, but you’ll meet some incredible people and have an absolute blast.

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Some of my favourite food stands were festival favourites Anna Mae’s and Stakehaus – I went to those in particular multiple times over the course of the festival.

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I also really liked that they sent through a list of each night’s costume themes in advance – seeing the amount of effort people went into was absolutely glorious.

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Until next year, Wilderness!

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Barbecoa, St. Paul’s

I like to think I’m a pretty organised person. If I was really on it, though, I would’ve combined a visit to the Cathedral Lates with a meal at Barbecoa by St. Paul’s.

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Barbecoa is another feather in Jamie Oliver’s cap – a steakhouse, focusing on slowcooked and dry aged meat. The kitchen at the St. Paul’s Barbecoa has a Robata grill and a Texas pit smoker, too.

It’s worth going for the view alone – I had no idea you could get such an incredible view of St. Paul’s Cathedral while tucking into a delicious steak.

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Barbecoa was full of surprises – like the fact that they have the largest collection of whiskeys in London, tucked away in a little room.

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We started off with the duck croquettes, which were so good it was the first thing my friend texted me about the following morning. Perfectly crisp on the outside, they practically melted in your mouth – and the plum ketchup was tart without being bitter. Absolute perfection.

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Given that we were both planning to tuck into some steaks and sides we split a starter, and went for the sticky creole ribs.

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Unless they’re from the Rusty Keyhole in Kampot, I’m not the biggest fan of ribs, but I did enjoy these – the apple and kohlrabi slaw in particular.

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My dinner date opted for the sirloin with wood-grilled tomatoes, marjoram and capezzana. I went for the fillet, served with bone marrow, smoked bearnaise and a herb salad.

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I much preferred my accompaniments, but I wish I had substituted the fillet for the sirloin. The bone marrow was deliciously buttery, and I also asked for a wild mushroom gravy to go with the dish, too.

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Having said that, I really enjoyed my dish – the steak was cooked beautifully, the fries were crispy and the wine (a 2015 Crystallum Pinot Noir) was delicious. We popped in on a Wednesday, where we managed to get 30% off of the wine, so it’s worth looking into if you do decide to go.

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By the time we managed to battle our way through the steaks we were far too stuffed for dessert, so made the most of the view before having another little explore of the venue. The staff were really helpful, friendly and knowledgeable about all of the whiskeys, and they had some that were a hundred years old!

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All in all I was pleasantly surprised and had a wonderful time at Barbecoa, and would definitely recommend it if you’re in the area – be sure to pop in to the cathedral first!

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WAH Nails

For my birthday this year my amazing colleagues surprised me with a ‘Treat Yo Self’ package from WAH Nails.

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For those of you who don’t know WAH, its basically nail heaven. I’ve probably spent hours of my life on their Instagram account – they have some seriously talented artists working there.

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Needless to say I was beyond excited about my visit – especially as the Treat Yo Self package also includes a glass of bubbly, and a WAH gift.

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My advice for your visit to WAH – come prepared. I usually go into a nail salon not really knowing what I want, and end up choosing a colour on a whim – it usually works out. This isn’t the case at WAH at all – luckily, I arrived 15 minutes early to my appointment and had time to have a browse through their Instagram feed, but everyone comes prepared. It’s because it really isn’t your usual nail salon – the artists are so talented, and are capable of doing so much – you’re not there to just get French tips. I found the choice totally overwhelming, and I’ll definitely come better prepared next time!

I ended up going for gel nails, with foils in three different colours and was in love with the result.

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It’s been over three weeks now, and my manicure has lasted through Wilderness festival, a weekend of outdoor swimming, and all the cooking I do on a regular basis. I don’t know what witchcraft they have going on there, but it’s so worth it.

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As for my gift, I ended up with a couple of cute new WAH branded polishes, and a set of cute press ons (perfect for when I get the gels removed).

While it’s a little too pricey to be my usual spot, I’d definitely recommend the experience for a special occasion – it’s so worth it!

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Summer Lates at St. Paul’s Cathedral

I’ve been incredibly lucky the past couple of years to work for an amazing company that I absolutely love.

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A massive part of why I love it so much is that I get to work with an amazing range of charities, nonprofits and foundations. Over the past couple of years we’ve been lucky enough to work with one of the most iconic landmarks of the London skyline – St. Paul’s Cathedral.

A couple of weeks ago I went along to help out with one of their Summer Lates. There’s nothing quite like the dome, but before I started working with them I hadn’t actually ever made it inside. As a Londoner, you don’t really ever do tours of your own town, and it’s such a missed opportunity.

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The lates are a great way of exploring this iconic cathedral – it’s a bit quieter, and they actively encourage photography during this time – something which isn’t usually allowed.

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You can grab a touchscreen guide, and there are lots of things for kids to do as well. The highlight for me is the Crypt Cafe, which stays open for the duration of the lates, which is great if you fancy a cappuccino (but they also have beer, too!)

There are only a few lates left until the summer ends, so hop to it! They’re on from 6.30 – 9pm (last entry at 8.15) and adult tickets are a tenner. The dome galleries aren’t open, but the crypt and the cathedral floor are there to be explored.

Thursday 17th August

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Friday 25th August 

Monday 28th August

Thursday 31st August

To find out more, and grab yourself a ticket, make sure you check out their website here.

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