• Halloween at The Spring Tavern – Ewell

    When an email dropped into my Inbox inviting me to The Spring Tavern in Ewell for a three-course meal and drinks in exchange for an honest review, I thought Halloween had arrived early… with a nice treat!

    From the moment we walked into the pub we were promptly welcomed by the friendly staff who then escorted us to the bar where we could chose to sample a drink of our choice, after witnessing the impressive gin bar of dreams we both decided to opt for classic G&T’s with a twist, I added cinnamon, raspberries and some other fruity concoctions.

    After, about 10 minutes of me gushing over every single aspect of the bars stunning interior and décor and snapping away to my hearts content, we were then offered a selection of canapes, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the whole plate was just for me and my husband. Whilst Al tucked into roasted pork belly, I sampled the deep fried brie – think small bites filled with lots of gooey goodness.

    Every detail had been thought of from the beautiful strums of the guitar played by Marcus Pike, who provided beautiful acoustics to help create the perfect relaxing ambiance. I could see my husband slowly starting to unwind in the dangerously sumptuous armchairs. Luckily, we were led through to the dining room before either of us could fall into a deep sleep.

    Just when I thought the evening couldn’t get any better, we were seated in the perfect spot within the restaurant – right next to the impressive wine wall which overlooked the entire restaurant with the cosy fireplace providing the perfect backdrop to our romantic evening.

    The first thing that instantly struck me was how they had nailed the acoustics of the entire restaurant, something which my Al also agreed on. Very often when you go to a pub all you can hear is the clatter of plates and chatter from the bar area, but thanks to the plush carpet in the dining area we were able to hold a conversation with ease whilst still enjoying the beautiful music that was being played in the bar. As someone who has suffered with a hearing loss for over 27 years this was an absolute revelation and something which only added to our delightful dining experience.

    Yet again, we were offered more drinks so I opted for a surprise G&T and Al had a nice pint of Guinness Hop House 13 and then we were given a delicious palate cleanser which consisted of pineapple, chilli and fresh melon. The balance of sweetness from the fruit and the kick of spice from the chilli was pure perfection and something which I will definitely be attempting to replicate back home.

    As for our main meal, I decided to be adventurous with my starter and opt for the sweet chilli king prawn roll and I was not disappointed. The dish was refreshing, light and incredibly tasty. Al decided, after trying the canapes, that he would have the deep fried brie in panko breadcrumb with chutney and judging by the silence that followed I think it is fair to say that we were both in heaven.

    Of course, no pub visit would be complete without sampling the steak, now I must confess I am one of those crazy people who asks to have the steak well done, thankfully I asked our waiter who said that the rib eye steak would melt in the mouth and be more tender if cooked medium-rare.

    I have now admitted defeat and would have to agree that steak defiantly tastes better cooked medium-rare. The morale of the story is… if you aren’t sure, ask the staff!

    Last, but not least, I finished off our three course meal with their incredible melting chocolate peanut bomb which tasted as good as it sounds. This beautiful concoction is filled with sticky toffee pudding and peanut butter cream with a serving of creamy bourbon vanilla ice-cream and hot salted caramel sauce which is poured over in a spectacular display. Al of course went for the classic New York style baked vanilla cheesecake with a serving of fresh cream and fruit compote on the side.

    Once we had eaten every last crumb on the plate, Alex (the manager) offered us more drinks, which we decided to enjoy round by the bar area. It was a terrific way to spend Halloween and such an enjoyable day that we completely forgot about work the next day. Luckily for me I had booked the day off and was able to enjoy a surprisingly hangover free morning the next day before heading off to Guildford to look at some beautiful Christmas displays.

    More information about The Spring Tavern can be found via the following links, along with a range of menus. 

    www.springtavern.co.uk 

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    Disclaimer: I was offered a three course meal and drinks in exchange for an honest review. As always all words and opinions remain my own. A huge thank you to Alex and all the team at The Spring Tavern for an unforgettable evening in Surrey.

    Thank you to McCann Central for inviting me along to this event.

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    Peak Performance Guildford

    From the slopes to the streets!

    November 1st 2018 saw Peak Performance, a sports fashion brand, launch its very first independent store in the UK.

    Inspired by their desire to combine fashion with a purpose, Peak Performance was founded in 1986 by three skiers from Sweden.

    So, when I heard that David, Lauren and their team would be opening up a new store in Guildford high street, I was curious to find out more about this exciting concept and brand.

    As soon as we walked into the store you could sense the excitement and anticipation for the town’s latest pop-up which played host to a wide range of guests, included the Mayor and Mayoress of Guildford, Martin  Eisele (head of emerging markets and Canada at Peak Performance), Unify Brand Partnership as well as Daniel Britten a former quarter-finalist from Season 8 of MasterChef.

    After being greeted by the lovely Kathryn and her colleague Chantelle from Dust PR London we were left to sample some of the Nordic inspired canapés and a glass of prosecco whilst browsing the colourful collection from Peak Performance.

    Whilst I have never had the pleasure of skiing myself, the thing that immediately struck me was how the brand was much more than just another sportswear provider. Every single detail had been thought of from the purpose of the product, the fashion aspect and last but not least creating something that was sustainable.

    This was reinforced by the stores event calendar, which will see the store transformed into a Private pop-up restaurant throughout December with Daniel Britten providing more delicious creations and Surrey Wine cellar supplying the wine list, a perfect marriage of talents if I have ever seen one.

    Moreover, Yoga classes will also be taking place on various dates in the morning, so you needn’t wait until the New Year to kick-start your healthy lifestyle regime.

    Despite primarily operating in the ski sector, Peak Performance’s latest urban collection sees them focusing on clothing that can be worn for multiple activities which include running, yoga, golf and much more.

    What I particularly loved is how the brand had combined modern technology with sustainability throughout the range. I have to confess that there is something strangely satisfying about going around scanning various QR codes and being able to track the original source of the down used in their products, this extensive list also covers the breakdown of materials as well as the country where the down had been made and how. As an animal lover it was reassuring to know that the down has been sourced ethically.

    Of course, when David and his team asked if I would like to try a few things on, naturally I couldn’t resist. From the moment I tried on their Hipecore + Anima ski suit on I wasn’t dissappointed. Despite the material feeling thin, it was incredibly warm and had me feeling like I was back home wrapped in my warm duvet. Next I tried on their Rider Mid Layer Zip Hood Jacket which was so soft that I have already added it to my list to Santa this year (My Husband).

    We had such an incredible evening and I throughly enjoyed learning all about Peak Performance and I am confident that with David and Lauren behind the UK’s first stand alone pop-up they will scale new heights. You can explore Peak Performance’s collections under one roof until January 31st 2019 at 161, High Street, Guildford on the corner by Jefferies Passage.

    Products Mentioned

    Women’s Rider Mid Layer Zip Hood Jacket £120.00

    Unisex Knitted Pow Hat Salute Blue £40.00

    Unisex 2-Layer Peak Performance Knitted Hat £45.00

    Women’s Padded Hipecore + Anima Ski Jacket Vibrant Pink £300.00

    Women’s Padded Hipecore + Anima Ski Pants Vibrant Pink £260.00

    You can find out more about Peak Performance and the store’s latest updates by clicking on the links below:

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    Have you popped in for a peak at Guildford’s latest pop-up? What are your favourite pieces? I would love to know in the comments below. 

    Love Emma 

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    Disclaimer: Dust PR very kindly invited me along to the launch of Peak Performance Guildford in exchange for an honest review. As always all thoughts and opinions remain my own. 

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    THE Ivy Castle View: Guildford – Bloggers Breakfast

     

     

    I have never been a morning person, but if there is one thing that I do love, then it has to be good tasting food and that is something that The Ivy Castle View Guildford serves in abundance.

    When I was asked if I would like to attend their Bloggers Breakfast earlier on this month, I knew I couldn’t turn down the opportunity to sample some of their culinary delights, especially since I had already heard so much about The Ivy Castle View from several friends. So, naturally curiosity got the better of me and I found myself being rudely awakened by my alarm come morning, as you can probably guess, it didn’t take much encouragement from Al for me to get out of the warm bed, as I was already so eager to see the stunning brassiere for myself.

    I was not disappointed either, from the moment I walked across the threshold, I was immediately greeted with warm smiles and five-star service that really was second to none. After being welcomed, I was led upstairs to the looking-glass dining room where I was immediately blown away by the stunning vintage prints, colourful art-deco style interior and gorgeous pendant style lighting. Every detail has clearly been refined to create an ambience of glamour.

    Shortly, after taking my seat and becoming acquainted with some of the lovely bloggers at my table, I was offered a selection of fresh juices, coffee and still water. This was promptly followed by miniature pastries, butter and preserves. Our host Daniel was both attentive, knowledgeable and professional, coupled with the picturesque views overlooking the River Wey and Guildford’s historical castle it really is the perfect spot to enjoy a bite to eat day or night.

     

    What I had

    • Green Juice – Avocado, mint, celery, spinach, apple and parsley
    • Mini pastries with butter and preserves
    • Hot buttermilk pancakes – strawberries, raspberries, blackberries with greek yoghurt, lemon balm and warm strawberry sauce
    • Gluten-free organic granola – puffed rice, buckwheat, quinoa grains, apricot, coconut and toasted seeds with almond milk

     

     

     

    Thank you to the general manager Daniel Murton, the talented chef Sean Burbidge and the staff at The Ivy Guildford for having us!! The food was incredible and I thoroughly enjoyed meeting all of the other lovely Bloggers at the event. Make sure you also follow these lovely ladies and gents for more gorgeous snaps of this Insta-worthy brassiere? Surely, worth a visit for the decor alone? Not to mention the buttermilk pancakes which were my absolute favourite.

     

    For more information on The Ivy Castle View in Guildford and their private dining room which seats up to 30, simply click on the links below:

     

    Website: www.theivyguildford.com

    Instagram and Twitter: @ivyguildford

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    *I was invited to the event by The Ivy Castle View Guildford and Wickerwood PR. However, all views and opinions as always are my own.

     

     

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