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26 May 2017

New Dessert Menu at Griddle & Shake, Nottingham | AD

[AD] I was recently invited to Griddle & Shake in Nottingham, to try out their brand new Dessert Menu, and anyone who knows me, knows I love a good dessert. I've never been to Griddle & Shake before, so thought it would be the perfect opportunity to see what they have to offer.

We made our way over to Fletcher Gate and were warmly greeted when we arrived at Griddle & Shake. We were told to pick where we wanted to sit, which was really nice as you can choose the best table!

I adore the décor, if you follow me on Instagram you'll know I have my heart in the countryside. I love everything about it, and the décor in Griddle & shake is a modern take on that.

There are so many different styles of tables, from intimate tables for two to long tables perfect for parties. I loved the little hut tables which would make dining feel more private. Another favourite of mine is the relaxing area with the large chesterfield style sofa and tractor table, it's such a cute design concept! A key thing about the whole layout is how spacious it is, you don't feel like you're packed in and there's room for pushchairs to get in and out with ease.

After marvelling at the décor, we returned to our seats to make our choices, the menu is easy to follow and I couldn't believe how affordable it is, £9.50 for a burger, fries and drink! The menu is inclusive of all tastes, you can literally build your perfect burger. You get to choose the style of bun you like with choices of Pretzel, Brioche, Gluten Free and Seeded, then comes the cheese! You have the choice of American, Halloumi, Stilton and Mature Cheddar. Once you've chosen your bun and cheese, now comes the star of the show, the patty itself. There's a classic Beef, Pulled Pork, Chicken or Tempeh as the Vegetarian option. Fun fact, Griddle & Shake is the first place in the UK to offer a Tempeh Burger! Finally you can choose your toppings, as many as you like. Yup, you heard me!

After some deliberation I opted for a Tempeh Burger with American cheese, Griddled Onion and a Pretzel Bun. I took along my husband who chose a Beef Burger with Halloumi cheese, pickle, red onion lettuce and tomato all on a Brioche Bun. We also ordered two portions of fries, one sweet potato and one skin on fries with rosemary and garlic oil.

We went up to the counter and placed our order, and within minutes it was brought over to our table, super quick service.

The burger was delicious, it's the first time I've ever tasted Tempeh and I can definitely say I will be going back for more! The bun was dense and soft, which was lovely against the gooey cheese. Also, the skin on fries with the rosemary and garlic oil were a match made in taste bud heaven. The meal was full of flavour, made with high quality ingredients, and was some really good comfort food. It hit the spot perfectly.

We had the opportunity to talk to the manager all about the concept behind Griddle & Shake and what they stand for which gave us the chance to know more about them and how they work. They're all about being inclusive for everyone, with their gluten free buns and dairy free shakes. The deconstructed style of ordering takes the stress out of dining out for those with allergies, and gives you the most out of your meal. The way you dine is also something that impressed me, they have termed it as being 'quick and casual' and it's just that. It's a very relaxed, yet you still get high quality service and food brought to your table. I can imagine it being the perfect place for a working lunch as the service is quick and also, FREE WIFI, say no more.

Now I take you on to the main event, and the reason I had been invited down to Griddle & Shake, The brand new Dessert Menu! It's set out in exactly the same way as the main menu, you get to choose your main pudding, ice cream flavour and sauce. There was a selection of waffles, chocolate fudge brownie, raspberry and white chocolate blondie and salted caramel and peanut fudge brownie. Being a dessert lover it was a tough choice, but in the end the blondie won over for me, the hubby went for a waffle.

If you thought that decision was tough, the choice of ice cream flavours is astounding! There were so many mouth watering flavours from; lemon meringue to raspberry pavlova, honeycomb delight and more. I took my time and think I went for a winning combination of Raspberry and White chocolate blondie, lemon meringue ice cream and raspberry sauce. Stephen chose the Waffle with raspberry pavlova ice cream and maple syrup which also looked incredible.

The blondie oozed flavour with the mix of rich creamy white chocolate and zingy raspberries. The lemon meringue ice cream had both the lovely tanginess of the lemon with the crunchy sweetness of the meringue pieces. It was moist, rich and delicious.

Although I didn't taste the waffle, I did have a cheeky taste of the raspberry pavlova ice cream and can confirm it is scrumptious.

They also do dairy free milkshakes but we were too full to try these!

If you love good quality food and fast service I would highly recommend paying Griddle & Shake a visit, and if you prefer staying in with your jim jams on they deliver with both Deliveroo and Uber Eats. Burgers and Brownies? Sounds like the perfect night to me!

Have you tried Griddle & Shake?

*Items in this post have been gifted to me, all opinions are my own

21 May 2017

Weekly Wanderings #2 | Office Plans, Breakfast Platters & Exploring

Another week over, and my second weekly wandering post! This week started off with plenty of organising. We've put a lot of boxes in the 3rd bedroom, and said they'd stay there until we had more storage and furniture..well they're still there! I've spent most of this week emptying all of the boxes, sorting out what we need and what we can get rid of. I'm not sure how it all fit into that room, as it seemed to expand when I took it out!

The thing that kept me ploughing on through though is the fact that this is going to be my little office space. I have a desk already, that I asked for from my mum and dad for Christmas. It's just been sat in the corridor waiting to be built. Hence, I thought it was high time to get going with it. I've spent a while pinning some office inspiration, which you can check out here on my Pinterest.

I'm still not quite decided on what I want the room to look like just yet, but I've picked up a few accessories already that I can't wait to use! I'm definitely going to be doing an office tour once it's all complete so keep your eyes peeled for that.

The weather was terrible on Monday and Tuesday, so most of the time that wasn't spent organising, was spent huddled under a blanket with a nice hot cup of tea. I treated myself to some gorgeous blooms to cheer me up during the miserable weather, where's spring gone?!

 I've been looking into trying a flower arranging class, but I'm yet to find one near to me. I'd also like to do a photography class. I love photography and I'm always striving to get better at it, so would love to attend a one day class to pick up some tips. It's one of my favourite parts about blogging, capturing moments perfectly. So I spent some of my time re-searching those too, but I'm still looking so any recommendations would be welcome!

Saturday soon came round and was a busy one, we sorted out a few tasks that had been on our list a while and I also had my cousins baby shower in the afternoon, which was really lovely.

 The day flew by, and before we knew it the evening had arrived! I had been invited to Griddle and Shake to review their new Dessert Menu, which I was so excited about. If you know me, you know I love a good dessert. I'll be writing up my review in a separate blog post, but couldn't write this post without sharing some photos, I adored the country style décor!

After scoffing our scrumptious food we decided to treat ourselves to a few cheeky cocktails. I'd really wanted to go to the Oriental Garden at Hockley Arts Club, so that's where we headed.

The room was absolutely gorgeous, set out with pink blossom, twinkly fairy lights and butterflies. It was too pretty not to take a couple of pictures! I opted for a Jade Warrior cocktail, which was lovely and fruity, with a dash of herbal taste to it. We spent the rest of our night sipping our cocktails and chatting before retiring home to bed.

We had booked a Summer Breakfast platter at Hackwood Farm bright and early Sunday morning, so didn't want to stay out too late. I've seen Hackwood on a few social media accounts and immediately added it to my list of must visit places. It is a little drive from us, but definitely worth it.

We eventually made it, late as always (I blame the sat nav!) and were shown to our table. The service was incredible and we didn't have to wait long at all before our breakfast platter was brought to us.

The board came full of delicious, sticky pastries, croissants, little pots of yogurt and granola, and plenty of fresh fruit. We were completely spoilt for choice, not knowing where to start eating first! Everything was scrumptious and packed full of flavour. We both had coffee and orange juice to accompany our glorious breakfast board, which helped wash it down nicely.
After all that food we thought that it would be a good idea to get in some exercise. The rain had actually stopped today and the sun was making a mischievous appearance, so we decided to do the Country Walk that was on Hackwood's website. 


Our walk started in Hackwood Farm itself and we had a quick nosey at all their lovely animals, before heading off through the fields.

We quickly learnt that our talents do not lie in following instructions, with us feeling lost quite a few times on the walk! It took us a few hours to complete, but it was thoroughly enjoyed. There's nothing better than stretching your legs in the sunshine and getting some fresh air in your lungs. The walks a long circular route, which leads you over styles and through fields, eventually leading you back to Hackwood Farm.

We finished off our day with a quick lemonade back at the farm before heading home.

I'm typing this up from my cosy corner of the sofa, with a cup of tea and a belly full of roast dinner. It's certainly been a good week, now I'm going to settle down for the night and get ready for another week ahead.

I hope you've all had a wonderful week, Happy Sunday!

10 May 2017

Weekly Wandering's #1 - Ashford in the Water, Tea rooms and Walks

I've been toying with the idea of starting a weekly blog, a sort of round up of what we've been up to that week, and I'm kind of annoyed with myself that I didn't start it sooner. Better late than never though, so I've decided to give it a go now. I'm looking forward to sharing some snippets of our week with you.

We often make the most of our weekends off together and love to find little villages and walks, which I mainly share on my Instagram. I thought it would be nice to talk about them more on my blog for those of you who, like me, love an escape to the countryside and a spot of cake. Give me a tea room and some rolling hills and I'm one happy lady. Even more happier if there's a spot of gin involved too, wink wink.

So here it goes, a snippet of our week! I hope you enjoy this new style of post on my blog.

This week started with a bank holiday Monday, and with both of us being off work, and the weather dry, we decided to head out to the gorgeous Ashford in the Water. We've never been here before, but had heard plenty of good things about it. I did some researching before we set off and found a pretty little tea room called Aisseford Tea Room, which I made a note of to pay a visit.

Ashford in the Water is close to Bakewell, and not too far from where we live. We parked up and decided to start our day with a stroll around the little chocolate box village itself.

After Having my fill of gorgeous, floral clad cottages we made our way to the tea room to fuel up before embarking on a walk.

Aisseford Tea Room is so pretty and quaint, but also inviting and cosy, it's like being in someone's home. We were warmly welcomed and taken to our table. I loved the cute features, such as the table cloths. They had an array of patterns on them, from bee's to chickens, which were adorable.

We opted for Royal Hot Chocolates, topped with a mountain of cream and marshmallows, and a slice of delicious apple short cake. I would highly recommend popping in for a cuppa and slice of cake if you're in the area as it was delicious!

With our bellies full we set off on our walk. I had spotted a lane next to a camping sight that looked the perfect place to start. It took us along rolling fields full of life, from tiny lambs, to cows and birds. It was idyllic. The sun even made a partial appearance!

Thoroughly worn out we made our way back to the car to head home, and get ready for date night. We had decided to treat ourselves to dinner at the Bull's Head in Repton, which i'd heard so many good things about. It's a fair drive from where we live, around 40 minutes, but so, so, worth it.

We had booked a table in the Garden Room, which is out of this world. It's what I'd call an instagrammer's dream restaurant. I'm gutted I didn't take my big camera, as these photo's don't do it justice. There were trees covered in fairy lights, faux grass on the floor, a starlit ceiling and dreamy mood lighting.

 The food was just as incredible as the décor, and the cocktails are amazing too. We both ordered pizza's which I have to say are humungous, we couldn't finish them! We spent the night chatting before heading home.

I'll forward now to Saturday, as the rest of my week was spent at work.

Saturday we went to Baslow for my friend's Birthday. Baslow is another little village near to Bakewell, right on the doorstep of the Chatsworth Estate. My friend had booked all 10 of us in at a cute tea room (you will gather how obsessed I am with these!) called Café on the Green. I was so pleased to see they had a good vegetarian selection and opted for a good old veggie sausage sandwich.

The weather wasn't as nice as we had hoped it would be, but it was dry, so we made the most of it by having a potter through Chatsworth.

We finished our walk by wiling away the hours in a cute country pub, before we all went our separate ways. It was nice to be able to have a good catch up with our friend's.
Sunday saw a sunnier day, we went to Tansley Car boot in search of some bargains, however, our luck wasn't in as we didn't find anything that took our fancy! It was still nice to get out in the sunshine and enjoy the fresh air whilst having a little mooch.

We finished our day like any good Sunday should be finished, with a scrumptious roast dinner and a cheeky rhubarb gin for me.

I hope that you've enjoyed this sneaky peek into our week (if it's not too boring!) and that it's something you'd like to see more of on my blog. Let me know in the comments!

I hope you all have a wonderful week!
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