My week has consisted of new foodie finds, recipe creating and plenty of ballet. The dance school I work at held two days of Royal Academy of Dance ballet exams. Mrs Gillard, an external examiner spent two days with us examining over 50 children. Here’s to fabulous results in a few weeks time!
On Sunday, after teaching a couple of private lessons, I headed back into town to meet up with Steve. We had a mooch around the Exeter Christmas Market that has its home for 32 days on the Cathedral Green. This year, the cathedral is running the market for themselves which has encouraged more local producers and craftsmen and women to take part. In my opinion, there is still a long way to go but there is definite improvement from previous years.
From the market, we hopped across the green to the South Street Standard. A new restaurant and bar that finds its home sandwiched between South Street and the Cathedral. We both had high hopes after visiting their sister restaurants in Bristol a few times. Unfortunately, the service wasn’t up to scratch on this occasion. I put it down to teething troubles and hope that if I return it will have come on leaps and bounds. My beetroot carpaccio with caramelised figs was lacking a bit of flavour and my figs were a little too caramelised in my opinion but the whitebait that Steve and I shared as well as his Dirty Mac ‘n’ Cheese were delicious.
From here we fancied trying a newly opened pub called The Iron Bridge Inn. The other half of my all time favourite Exeter pub, The Hour Glass. Decorated in a similar vein with a slight nod to a Victorian parlour, I loved it as soon as I walked through the front door. A simple menu is available alongside an extensive ale list, delicious wines and a well-stocked top shelf. Steve and I loved it and can’t recommend it highly enough. Unfortunately I didn’t get any good photos due to it being quite dark inside but to be honest you guys should just go and see the place for yourselves.
On Tuesday after the first day of exams were over I made my way to Marks And Spencer for a wine tasting with my friend Viki. We sampled 5 wines as well as a few nibbles before heading up to Harrys to meet up with Johanna to celebrate her birthday. Harrys was fantastic as always. You really can’t beat this family-run restaurant for hearty, well-cooked food with THE best atmosphere of anywhere I know.
I have been working on recipes again this week. I baked a rather wonderful mincemeat crumble slice for Christmas using Good Hemp products. Look out for the recipe next week. It’s a “must bake”!
Next week I have a trip to Bristol to visit my friend Alex. A little girl time enjoying each other’s company over cheese, wine and winter walks. I also have a visit to a part of Devon I don’t really know. My friend Amber lives in North Tawton so I am heading up there to spend the day with her and exploring some foodie finds along the way. I can’t wait for both trips. I haven’t seen either friend for what seems like forever!
Have a wonderful week!