My Week In Pictures 30/17

City Gate Hotel - Exeter

Oh my goodness! Haven’t we been lucky with the weather this week? Is summer finally on its way? My Week In Pictures starts this week with a barbecue. Tim joined Steve and myself on Sunday evening for a spot of alfresco dining. I had been sent some Gosh! vegan burgers to try so we decided to throw them on the barbecue. I made some salads and we cracked open a bottle of Dalwood Vineyard new vintage wine. The burgers were totally yummy and a complete joy sandwiched in between some buns with sauces galore. What’s great about these burgers is the fact that they are vegan but to make them a little more accessible you add some local grated cheddar then you really are in for a real treat.

You might remember I visited the vineyard a few weeks ago. To read about that visit click here.

The burgers were delicious. A wonderful array of flavours that put your run of the mill veggie burgers to shame.

I met one of my oldest friends on Tuesday for lunch at The Plant on Cathedral Green. A buzzing vegetarian cafe serving up freshly prepared salads, quiches, panini and pies alongside some pretty amazing vegan cakes.

Nikki and I had lost touch over the last two decades but a chance meeting last year put us back in contact. We spent three hours chatting, laughing and eating in the sunshine over looking the beautiful cathedral grounds. It was as if we had never been apart. Conversation flowed and laughter was in abundance as we caught up on old times as well as the new. Nikki lives in Thailand with her husband and only visits once a year so our next catch up will no doubt be next summer. Although if I could get some savings together a visit to Thailand could happen! Wouldn’t it be great to sample some traditional Thai food?

Thursday morning was a first in coffee history.. well in Exeter anyway! I met up with Harry at March Coffee where they had just installed a Frank and Earnest Nitro Cold Brew machine. The only coffee shop in Exeter to have one. We were lucky enough to try the first poured and it was delicious. Chilled and velvety. It’s the perfect tipple in this hot weather.

Thursday night I was invited to stay at the City Gate in Exeter. This newly refurbished boutique hotel right in the heart of the city may only be a stones throw from my house but I jumped at the chance. I had visited a few times over the last couple of months and loved what I had seen. The decor is elegant but fashionable plus the food has been taken to a different level by chef Jason Mead. A full experience review will follow shortly but here are a few photos to give you an idea of what to expect when you stay. If you want to read about my previous visit then click here.

It’s been a busy week made all the better by the wonderful weather we are having here in the UK. Long may it continue. Next week quietens down a little which will give me time to write up my delicious pizza experience at The Flat as well as my post on the City Gate. As always, you can keep up to date with my daily goings on through Twitter and Instagram. Have a fabulous week everyone.

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