As the temperature starts to dip and winter nips at our ankles, I can’t help but think back to Bumpkin’s winter menu tasting and feel warm inside. Bumpkin Winter Menu

Except, our evening didn’t take place inside but outside in Bumpkin’s beautiful garden with pretty lights and a welcoming warm ambiance.

The warmth also came from a couple of delicious cocktails which kicked off the evening. This one here is the Plum Pudding, which includes fresh plum, plum liquor, Vanilla Vodka and Disarono Amaretto. It was heavenly and so I took my time with each sip to savour the flavours. Bumpkin Winter Menu

For my starter, I had the Sloe Gin Salmon with English caviar and cucumber which I very much enjoyed.

Bumpkin Winter Menu

And for my main I had the Highland Venison, Savoy cabbage, crispy bacon and game chips which was tasty all over. I tend to fear that food envy may strike me at any point but during this evening, I was very happy with my choice.

Bumpkin Winter Menu I was also pleased with the mac and cheese, which I’m sure I’ve already written somewhere that I don’t normally order. But if it’s there on the table, in front of me, how could I resist? 😉 Bumpkin’s mac and cheese is definitely worth trying, for the record.Mac

Bumpkin Winter MenuAlong with my main, I enjoyed a glass or few of this lovely Pinot Noir. I wish I could wax lyrical about the merits of this fine bottle of wine but sadly for my limited knowledge, the sound of my tastebuds doing a fine dance was too loud for me to take in any of the sommelier’s expertise.
Bumpkin Winter MenuAs for the other dishes on the table, they included this fine looking burger … which apparently passed The Mayfairy test.

Bumpkin Winter Menu

These scallops, which were available as a starter or main, almost triggered my food envy … Bumpkin Winter Menu… as did this Salmon Wellington.

Bumpkin Winter Menu

To complete the meal, I thought I’d end on a cocktail note and so I ordered this Apple Crumble, which included 8 Pampero Rum shaken with apple juice and butterscotch schnapps. It was so good and it felt like I was sipping a dessert …

Bumpkin Winter Menu

… but of course, I couldn’t resist pudding itself and so I tried this Warm Vanilla Sponge with gooseberry jam and toasted almond ice cream.

Bumpkin Winter MenuThe evening was delicious and the company was divine. And yet again I left Bumpkin with that warm feeling inside.

BUMPKIN CHELSEA, 119 Sydney Street, London, SW3 6NR.

I attended a bloggers dinner at Bumpkin. My words are all true. The dinner and drinks were delicious. 

Bumpkin has launched its summer menu and last week I went along to a bloggers dinner at their Notting Hill restaurant to have a taste.

Bumpkin Notting HillIt was my first time here and given that I had already visited the Chelsea and South Kensington restaurants, I thought I knew what to expect. What I hadn’t anticipated was that Bumpkin Notting Hill was not only a lot bigger but it also oozed personality, something different, on each floor.

From private dining rooms to larger function rooms, there was an eclectic mix of styles which I absolutely loved …

Bumpkin Notting Hill

Bumpkin Notting Hill

Bumpkin Notting HillAnd of course, there was downstairs which was very busy. Around our table, there were six of us: Sunny in London, Adventures of a London Kiwi, Selena The Places, Love and LondonUrban Pixxels and myself.

Bumpkin Notting Hill

Bumpkin Notting HillThe evening started with cocktails. Think blackberries and Jack Daniels. Not something I’d ever thought about but what a delicious mix and of course refreshing.

Bumpkin Notting HillBumpkin has a cocktail of the day which is definitely worth asking about when you’re there, especially if you like to be pleasantly surprised.

As for the food, I had the scallops for starter with a matching glass of wine.

Bumpkin Notting HillFor my main, I had the slow cooked pork belly with apple celeriac salad and piccallili which I loved.

Bumpkin Notting Hill

And easily the best part of the evening, for dessert I had the baked vanilla custard with poached rhubarb and hazelnut crumble. I can’t stop thinking about this dish, it is that good. And what I wouldn’t give to have it right in front of me, right now.

Bumpkin Notting HillThere were times when most of us ordered the same dishes and there were times I experienced food envy, such as with the roast monkfish and mussels in a light curry cream sauce, to my right.

Bumpkin Notting HillBut overall it was a very satisfying evening, full of flavours and surrounded by fabulous company. The main dining room’s atmosphere was very relaxed and yet animated: a great way to spend any evening I must say.

Bumpkin, 209 Westbourne Park Road, London, W11 1 EA.

Chelsea has been looking more beautiful than usual since the start of this week, for the Chelsea Flower Show, and on Wednesday Kate Spade’s window was announced as the people’s choice Chelsea in Bloom winner. Congratulations!

Kate Spade in BloomThis is such a beautiful window and there are many just as lovely. They include …

L.K. Bennett

L.K. Bennett

j crew chelsea in bloom

J Crew

Links

Links

Rag and Bone

Rag and Bone

As well as floral displays, there is bunting on Sloane Square …

Chelsea in Bloom… and on Duke of York Square …

Chelsea in Bloom… as well as deck chairs …

Chelsea in Bloom… and Pierre Jouet seats.

Chelsea in BloomThere are also a number of events and/or menus for you to enjoy. They include an exclusive evening of champagne and canapés with Ormonde Jayne on Thursday 22nd May 2014 …

Ormonde Jayne

… a special Chelsea Flower Show inspired set menu at Gallery Mess: two or three courses together with a glass of wine or cocktail for £25.50 and £28.50 respectively …

Gallery Mess

… and also a two course menu including a glass of Nyetimber English sparkling wine for £20 at Bumpkin.

With the Chelsea Flower Show ending on Saturday, there are still a few more days to make the most out of what is probably the most important date in Chelsea’s calendar. Enjoy!

London is fast becoming exciting when it comes to healthy choices when eating out. And when the healthier options are available at a favourite local, event better.

This local is Bumpkin; be it on Sydney Street or in South Kensington, which has a brand new guilt-free menu.

Bumpkin Created with Julie Montagu, this menu includes four hydraulic cold press juices:

The Lean Green Machine has green kale, tenderstem broccoli, watercress, Cox apple, lemon, lime, spirulina and a pinch of ginger, whilst the Carrot Digestif includes carrots, oranges, celery and curly parsley.

Don’t Beet Around The Bush is made from beetroot, pear, blueberries, Cox apple, acai berries and lime – and the Bloody Berry has red pepper, yellow pepper, rhubarb, oranges, green kale and goji berries.

Bumpkin Healthy OptionsEach of the juices has its own benefits that could make you feel good on a hangover, post-gym or just in general. And as for taste, they’re great. The Bloody Berry was the most unusual of the selection and as a result, the one I enjoyed the most.

After tasting the juices, I opted for the green kale and spinach soup which came with organic quinoa and seven seed pancakes. You may have read in a previous post a year or two ago about how frustrated I was that there wasn’t much quinoa in London restaurants. Well, flashforward to today and it looks like we’re finally catching up with New York where I was eating quinoa over ten years ago.

Bumpkin Healthy OptionsFor starter, the OH opted for ribs. He’s got this thing for ribs at the moment and when it came to Bumpkin’s, (in his words), they were really succulent and fall-off-the-bone. They were really good.

Bumpkin Healthy OptionsFor main, we moved to the salads. Mine was as a result of the Good Healthy Combinations that is available on the menu. I chose chicken to go with the braised celery, green lentil, wild, mushrooms, granola clusters and chestnuts …

Bumpkin Healthy Options… whilst the OH opted for prawns to go with malt glazed allotment carrots, roasted hazelnuts, pearl barley and spirulina salad, topped with goji berries, bee pollen and a sesame dressing.

Bumpkin Healthy OptionsWe’re both fans of warm salads and were impressed with both our choices. I particularly loved the granola clusters in mine as they added a surprise burst of texture to my dish.

But of course, with all this guilt-free dining, it would be a sin to not taste Bumpkin’s Bloody Mary – which is so good, by the way.

Bumpkin Healthy OptionsAnd if you are looking for a cocktail to order, then I recommend the British Martini: Gin, fresh berries and lemon. It is so smooth and delicious. You can be forgiven for wanting to order another.

Bumpkin Healthy OptionsI like this direction which Bumpkin has taken because it now has choices for every mood or lifestyle and if you’re like me, you can always mix them up a bit for a bit of guilt-free pleasure.

Disclaimer: The lunch for two was complimentary for the purpose of the review. But this did not affect my opinion. If you give this new menu a go – or the cocktails for that matter – you’ll see why.