This year I was invited to join the team of Queensgate Bloggers and at the end of November, I was invited to my first event – A Qblogger Festive Feast tasting session. As this was my first event, I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect but I was soon at ease and chatting away with some faces I recognised. Laid out on the tables among the festive decorations were some delicious treats from many of Queensgate’s retailers and restaurants. We had been advised to arrive hungry, ready for our feast and there was a huge array of choice.
From John Lewis there was:Chocolate and Orange Cake, Caramel Shortcake, Lemon Meringue pie, Lemon Drizzle Cake, Bakewell cake all from their cafe and then Pickerings Gin Babubles, Unicorn Tears Gin and a Bean Boozled advent Calendar
From Hotel Chocolat
Mulled Wine chocolates (£3.95 for 6 and in the 3 for 2 mix and match)
The Christmas Gift Box, Luxe Classic (£35)
Pret had two offerings of sandwich platters, a Christmas lunch and a vegetarian Christmas Lunch. I’ve been told that they rate quite highly on the Christmas sandwich stakes this year!
The Christmas Lunch consisted of thick slices of Norfolk free-range turkey breast on malted bread with a dollop of slightly tart port & orange cranberry sauce. Served with Pret’s herby stuffing – made with beautifully seasoned minced pork, streaky bacon and apricots. Topped with crispy onions.
The vegetarian offering was roasted chunks of butternut squash, spicy rocket and nutty Christmas pesto made with walnuts and pecans. Served with a spoonful of yoghurt & mayo dressing and a sprinkling of crispy onions on malted bread.
The platters also included Mature Cheddar and Pret Pickle, Ham and Cheese, Smoked Salmon, Chicken and Bacon Caesar & Egg along with Melvin the melted gingerbread snowman
Marks and Spencers’ had a fab range and all was really tasty! I loved the Turkey and Cranberry sausage roll but they also provided Pigs in Blanket flavoured crisps with pork crispies, M&S Mince Pies and a Festive Sandwich selection which comprised of Turkey Feast, Brie and Grape, Prawn and Smoked Salmon and Ham Hock and Golden Beetroot Piccalilli.
Carluccios provided a selection of covers from their festive menu: They were Abruzzes (Flaked Italian tuna, buffalo mozzarella, green beans, sweet peppers, baby plum tomatoes, Italian leaves, new potatoes, anchovy fillet, soft-boiled egg and croutons, served with a light vinaigrette)< Pere e Gorgonzola (Pears & gorgonzola served with radicchio, green beans and walnuts, tossed in a lemon dressing), Coppa di Limoncello Mascarpone (Mascarpone limoncello cream drizzled with limoncello syrup and served with raspberries, crumbled amaretto biscuits and mint)Tomato Bruschetta (Slices of grilled ciabatta topped with fresh baby plum, yellow cherry and beef tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil, baby basil and garlic)Antonio’s Chicken Liver Pâté (Smooth pâté served with grilled ciabatta and red onion marmalade)and Insalata Caprese (Buffalo mozzarella, sliced beef tomatoes, basil, extra virgin olive oil and black olives.)
Their festive menu is available now until the 3rd January and that is 2 Courses £17.95
handmade burger Co.
The Handmade Burger Co offered up some very tasty samples including:
Avocado and bacon Chicken Burger – Our original HBC burger relish, hand crushed avocado, smoked bacon, mayo, lettuce, tomato & red onion
Americal Cheese Beef Burger – Onion rings, HBC sauce, peppered pastrami, Swiss cheese, mayo, lettuce, tomato & red onion
VegMex (V) (VEGAN) – Veggie patty, handmade Mexican salsa, hand crushed avocado, jalapeños, lettuce, tomato & red onion.
Along with some Halloumi Bites, Chicken Pit Wings and Falafel. (V) (VEGAN)
The Christmas sandwich platter from Pret was delicious.
The Unicorn Tears Gin from JL was fascinating and the chocolate gift box from Hotel chocolate was incredible.
There were also samples of goodies from Lakeland