I know to some of you, Christmas might seem a long time away but it’s really not when you think about it. If you’re like me and are crazy excited for the festive season, then you might just like this post.
I recently went along to Friar Gate, Derby’s Pitcher & Piano bar and restaurant to sample some of their upcoming meals on their Christmas menu.
I was extremely excited to see what they had to offer as I thoroughly enjoyed their selection of food last year. I took my mum and sister along as they love their food nearly as much as me!
We were shown to our cute, corner booth and got some drinks in to sip whilst waiting for some others to arrive.
I was kindly offered a sample of their newest berry mocktail which is available of their Christmas period; it’s refreshing, light and perfect to wash down the richest of roasties.
A short while later, we were introduced to their Christmas menu by our host, Jason and given a glass of fizz while the starters were being prepared.
What I love about Pitcher is the cosy, rustic decor which makes you feel instantly at home and like you can really relax. Whether it be with some cocktails, a coffee and cake or a three course dinner, they have something for any occasion!
Within minutes, our first starter was brought over and I could not flipping wait!
As a mahoosive cheese fanatic, I was ready to tackle this deep fried Cornish Brie wedge accompanied by salad leaves and cranberry sauce head first.
Within about 54 seconds, I had polished off the plate of crispy goodness. The crumb was crunchy and the middle, oozey and stringy which paired perfectly with the tart cranberry sauce.
Having barely touched the surface, the next starter was whisked out within minutes and I was pleasantly surprised how much I loved it.
It was a warming Tomato & Basil soup with a swirl of creme fraiche, served with toast and later on, cheese on toast was brought out to dunk and OMG it was the best combo ever.
I have since tried this and it was the absolute bomb; perfect for a cold winter’s day when you’re feeling chilly.
After this taste masterpiece, it was time to try the main event! I was slightly excited to get my turkey on this soon in the year!
How dreamy does this look? We had a turkey, stuffing & cranberry toasted sandwich on sourdough bread, roasted parsnips, carrots and potatoes and, of course, pigs in blankets with a splash of gravy.
Although I wasn’t 100% keen on the toasted sourdough, the contents were flavourful and rich.
As a keen roasted ANYTHING lover, the veggies were divine! They were crispy, melt in the mouth and well seasoned; just how they should be!
After struggling to finish the collection of Christmas dinner elements, it was time for dessert which is, for me, the best bit of a meal.
I chose the chocolate brownie with chocolate ice cream and fruit accompaniments.
The Christmas menu describes a dark chocolate and cherry brownie but as they haven’t been stocked just yet, we got the closest match.
The brownie was dense, rich and very tasty but the chocolate ice cream was a bit of an overload for me. I would have preferred vanilla or a fruity flavour but if you’re looking for a bit of decadence, you might just love it.
I had finally finished the taste sensation, I was stuffed and needed a lay down.
But the food was delicious and I would definitely recommend considering Pitcher & Piano as a Christmas meal choice.
They have a a selection of dishes available which can be made veggie and gluten free which I think is a winner for a lot of big groups.
Their packages start from just £13.95 per person and you’ll have a dedicated Christmas Co-ordinator to help make all the important decisions and be on hand to help.
You can check out their Christmas menu on their website or just pop inside for a chat with a member of staff and to pick up a very special Christmas pack.
Thanks for reading!