Being an Essex countryside girl, I am a huge fan of a good pub meal. There’s something very comforting about a traditional countryside pub and when you throw some good food into the mix, you can’t beat it.

I regularly eat out at pubs and one of my favourites is The Cricketers in Eight Ash Green, Colchester, Essex. The Cricketers is known locally for its delicious food and it wasn’t until recently that I visited for the first time. Since then, I’ve already been back because the food is so delicious.

On my first visit, I had the Tempura Chicken Strips with chilli sauce for starters. Sometimes, battered chicken can be greasy and I was worried that this would be the case. However, I was completely proven wrong. The chicken was not slimy or greasy at all and I couldn’t fault the strips at all. The only small thing I would have changed is swapping the dip for sweet chilli sauce instead of chilli sauce as it was very spicy!

I loved the Tempura Chicken Strips so much that on my second visit, I had them as part of my main dish.

Cricketers

For mains, I went for the steak…of course. The steak came with onion rings and thick cut chips. There are very few things that I love more than a pub chip. The chips were beautifully fluffy on the inside and perfectly crispy on the outside. I ordered the steak medium/well and although it was a little too well done it still tasted amazing and the meat was obviously of a high quality too.

Cricketers 2

The dessert menu looked amazing and I was gutted that I was too full to try a dessert but I will definitely be going back soon and saving room to try something.

Are you a fan of a pub meal? Where is your favourite place?

Last weekend, we were invited to review a new bar/restaurant that has launched in Southend, Revolution. The chain of bars all have a similar feel with good music, amazing cocktails and a cool atmosphere. I have been to a couple of Revolution bars in the past however only for a night out, and never for dinner, so I was excited at the thought of being able to try the menu.

We started with a welcome cocktail. I’ve always wanted to try a Pornstar Martini so this is what I went for and I was not disappointed. In fact, I think this could be a new contender for my favourite cocktail. The cocktail menu was huge so it wasn’t easy to decide what to try next. I went for the Quacktail which was amazing, I love a sweet cocktail so this was perfect for me. Unfortunately, the bar was short on bar staff so there was quite a long wait between each drink so we didn’t stay for a third cocktail. However, our waitress couldn’t have been more apologetic about this.

Revolution cocktail 1 Revolution cocktail

For starters, we had three small plates to share. We went for the garlic bread, nachos and fried halloumi. It was all amazing but the halloumi was on another level, it was perfect. Sometimes, fried halloumi can be a bit sickly however both myself and Liam agreed we could have eaten even more it was so good.

Garlic bread Fried halloumi Nachos

For mains, I went for steak with garlic butter and garlic fries…Can you tell I like garlic yet? The steak was delicious but the real star of the show was the garlic fries. I hate soggy fries and I expected these fries to be soggy as they were cooked in garlic but they were crispy which is just how I like my chips. I had to share these with Liam because as soon as I’d let him try one he just kept eating them, they were that good.

Liam ordered the meat beast pizza which included pulled chicken, pepperoni, bacon bits, garlic butter, roquito peppers, mozzarella, chilli sauce, crème fraîche, rocket. He said the pizza itself was amazing but very spicy so he didn’t manage to eat it all due to his mouth being on fire but that’s just his personal taste.

Revolution 1 Revolution 2

After our starters and mains, it was time for dessert. I had been looking forward to the brownie but unfortunately, it had nuts in but the team were very sweet and just did me some vanilla ice cream and the portion was extremely generous so I couldn’t finish it all. Liam had the brownie and said it was lovely so I was very very jealous.

Brownie

Overall, the meal was amazing and we’ll definitely be returning. Thank you to Revolution for having us.

 

Breakfast is one of my favourite meals to eat out. This is why it always makes me sad when I wake up too late on a weekend and have missed the breakfast serving hours. However, Bill’s serves breakfast until 12pm Monday-Friday and right up until 1pm on the weekends…result!

Ever since Bill’s opened in my hometown, I’ve spent many Sunday mornings there enjoying a late breakfast. As a creature of habit, I do of course always go for the same order so I thought it was about time I shared a review.

A Bill’s breakfast is all about quality rather than quantity unlike a lot of places that serve an unlimited breakfast. Traditionally, a Bill’s breakfast includes cumberland sausage, fried free range eggs, tomatoes, mushrooms, smoked streaky bacon, toast. However, I don’t like eggs, tomatoes of mushrooms so I swap these out for baked beans and bubble and squeak rostis instead. The staff are always extremely accomodating to this and never mind me being a fuss pot!

For £8.95, I think that Bill’s offers a breakfast that provides the best value for money compared to other high street chains. All of the ingredients are of a high quality and you can really taste the difference compared to others.

Take a look at the full breakfast menu here. 

What is your favourite meal of the day – breakfast, lunch or dinner?Bill's Breakfast

My weight has been something that I have always struggled with. I have tried all of the diets including the 5:2 diet and Slimming World. All of which have been unsuccessful. As a last resort, I decided to join Weight Watchers in February.

For those of you that are not familiar with Weight
Watchers, unlike lots of other diets, it’s all about portion control. To sum it up, you are given a certain amount of points to eat every day. Extra points are available to spend on extra treats throughout the week and every food has a point value.

For the first two months, I was doing really well. I was exercising at least three or four times every week and was strictly sticking to the diet too. In total, I had lost 12&1/2 pounds and I was buzzing!

Unfortunately, after indulging in lots of sweet treats across the Easter weekend, I fell off track. Skip forward four weeks and I’ve finally decided to get back on it. I rejoined my group yesterday and over these four weeks, I gained 6&1/2 pounds. At first, I was really annoyed with myself (even though I had expected a bigger gain) but I’ve decided to use this as motivation to work extra hard and lose the weight.

My target overall is to lose nearly four stone and I’d really love to lose this by my birthday in December which I understand is aiming high. But, if I don’t aim high then I’ll never achieve it.

So, every week I’ll be using my blog to document my Weight Watchers journey, share recipes and hopefully meet others also on the Weight Watchers journey.

Wish me luck!

Weight Watchers Blogger

Being from Essex it only seemed right that when we visited Marbella last summer, we visited Elliot Wright’s restaurant, Olivia’s. Across social media and from others that have visited Marbella I’d heard brilliant things about Olivia’s  and the food and with the restaurant being only a stone throw away from where we stayed, we decided to visit three times during our stay.

During our first visit, we ordered a bottle of Moet to start (because if you can’t treat yourself when in Marbella, then when can you?). After enjoying some champagne, we went on to cocktails. The cocktail selection was brilliant and between the four of us, we made our way through the whole menu to try each one…and loved them all!

I’m very fussy when it comes to starters but as everybody else was ordering something I decided to give the crispy duck salad a try. I love duck but I’m also very particular about my duck and the amount of sauce it comes with. I find that there’s never the perfect amount of sauce so the duck is either too dry or soggy. However, Olivia’s is the first place that I’ve visited that has got this spot on. As a starter, it was beautiful. So much so, that I would order a larger version as a main.

For mains, I, of course, went for steak. The steak was an expensive one so I had high hopes that it would be of a high quality and taste amazing. Unfortunately, I was disappointed as I had a very fatty bit of steak and despite asking for it medium/well, it was very well done. However, I think that I was just unlucky with my steak as the others said that there’s was perfect so I probably should have complained at the time as I’m sure they’d have cooked another bit for me. My steak came with chunky chips and these definitely made up for the steak. The portion of chips was huge (much bigger than it looks in the picture) and beautifully crispy.

After dinner, we washed our meal down with even more cocktails until we couldn’t possibly eat another bite or drink another sip.

Have you been to Marbella? Where is your favourite place to eat?