Another year older, and it goes without saying wiser. Right…?!
I think I’ve said this before, but I’m saying it again…I love birthday’s! After all, any excuse for cake and champagne.
This year I wasn’t as bothered as I normally am. I hadn’t really arranged anything and was more than happy to just eat and drink my way through the weekend. Luckily I have some great friends who organised a weekend full of all my favourite things (so yes, food and drink…but with people). It was all a surprise so I got told details on a need to know basis.
After a relaxing morning in the Spa at the Radisson Blu Edwardian we headed to The Midland where we met my parents for lunch. The Midland has two restaurants, Mr Coopers House & Garden and The French. I’d been to Mr Coopers before but never The French.
It’s Adam Reid’s restaurant, you know, the Celebrity chef from the Great British Menu, and I’ve always wanted to go.
We arrived to champagne and a Birthday card off Adam himself!
The setting was beautiful & the food was incredible.
We had a set lunch menu so everyone had poached skate to start.
A fish I’d never had before, but it was so delicious.
For mains, those who ate meat got duck.
Whereas I got brill.
In between our main and dessert we got an extra little course. A cheese crumpet with a candied walnut and plum chutney. It was insane, just molten cheese goodness. Incredibly rich but definitely a cheese lovers heaven.
Dessert was a rubarb and jelly pud. Something I would never normally pick off a menu (I’m a chocolate dessert kinda gal), but of course it was delicious.
As it was my birthday (if I hadn’t already mentioned..) we ordered another dessert! This one was a little bit special.
It was the dessert that Adam won The Great British Menu with and it was served to the Queen at the banquet in 2016.
It was Adam’s spin on a good ol’ classic of apple crumble…with you know a bit of 24 carat gold thrown in for good measure. It was being served to Her Majesty after all.
Adam described it as a “‘Golden Empire’ of Stewed Empire Apple with hazelnut crumble, meadowsweet custard and golden candy apples.”
I had the honour of taking the first crack at it.
Before everyone else got stuck in.
A dessert fit for a Queen…..
We ended with a couple of cocktails.
and ‘cheers’ed’ to a very lovely afternoon!
As we sat happily sipping our cocktails we got a little surprise.
My parents have been to the French before, and rather unsurprisingly my Mum made quite an impression. Lets just say, they remembered her. So we were invited into the Kitchen to meet the man himself.
He was so lovely! We thanked him for such an incredible meal and got a couple of pictures.
The French is such a special restaurant. Perfect for a special occasion…or if you just fancy treating yourself. You can tell that a lot of thought and love has gone into each dish and there’s so much attention to detail. That’s what makes it so special.
We spent the evening celebrating with friends and dancing the night away in 20 Stories.
I definitely have the best friends and family in the world…so thank you to everyone who made my day so special and came and celebrated with me, thank you to everyone who wished me a happy birthday, sent me cards, presents, love…and I guess just thank you for everyone who’s there for me, supporting me & making my life so wonderful the other 364 days as well. I love you all.