Porchetta at Haywards

This was my first sunday roast of the year and oh boy what a beauty. My good friends at Haywards were doing takeaways and when we saw that this week it was porchetta we had to give it a try. The Porchetta came with crackling , carrots , cabbage , roast potatoes , stuffing and a red wine sauce.

It was great that I was able to support my good friends at Haywards Restaurant in Epping last weekend by purchasing one of their takeaway Sunday Lunches. The lunch is a three course plus bread & petit fours priced at £29.50. Once we got it home there was minimal effort required to prepare each course. The bread just needs to be warmed in the oven , the starter is already plated , the roast just needs to go in the oven for fifteen minutes or four minutes in the microwave and the dessert & petit fours are both ready for your enjoyment.

Looking for a way to continue my support for the hospitality industry when I realised that many restaurants were offering Cook at Home packages. Being a big fan of Murano & Angela Hartnett this drew our attention to her sister restaurant Cafe Murano and their Italian Winter Supper menu. It was a four course menu priced at £75 for two people including delivery. What also appealed was that it seemed to involve minimal time in the kitchen. Another plus was that it gets delivered on a Friday and will last for three days giving you the freedom to enjoy at your convenience.

Well what a difference seven days can make. It was only a week ago when I said that due to the current national lockdown situation I would once again have to put my blog on hold. But where there’s a will there’s a way. So yes not only have I found a way to return quickly but also it will be another way to support my amazing friends in the hospitality industry.

Hello everyone it is with regret but once again due to the ongoing Coronavirus situation I have to make the following announcement.

With the forced closure of restaurants , cafes & pubs I have made the decision to put my blog on hold.

So there will be No new food reviews for you to enjoy and No more amazing desserts to drool over.

I will as before continue to support local businesses.

Hopefully this situation will end sooner rather than later.

I will still be around on social media posting as many food pics as I can

Take Care & Stay Safe

All the Best


So here we go with the final glorious desserts of the year and despite all what’s happened I’ve still been lucky enough to have enjoyed a fabulous month of absolute delights

When we heard the news that our area was moving into Tier 3 which meant that the hospitality industry would have to close down once again I immediately thought about trying to do something special for a Boxing Day treat. As we’d had the pleasure of eating at a couple of Adam Handling’s restaurants in the past this led me to think about his home delivery service Hame. So I looked on their website and as luck would have it they were doing a Xmas Lunch package.

Well what a year this has been and none more so than for the hospitality industry. COVID-19 has certainly affected us all this year with hospitality being hit the hardest. To the fact that on three occasions pubs & restaurants have had to close their doors for indefinite periods. Yet despite all this I’ve still managed to enjoy some of the most amazing dining experiences ever which is all credit to this amazing industry. The food , wine and service from every restaurant , pub and local cafe has been truly fabulous.

This sweet wine and dessert was just the perfect way to end a truly fabulous tasting menu lunch at Core by Clare Smyth. The dessert was a Mont Blanc Pain Perdu that was absolutely amazing. The pairing by sommelier Gareth was a fantastic Chateau de Rayne Vigneau 2005 Sauternes with it’s flavours of saffron & apricot matched the dessert perfectly