Review: Sunday Lunch at The Grey Lady, Newtown Linford

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I recently blogged about the Grey Lady Kitchen & Deli which opened earlier this year and at the same time, waxed lyrical about how as a child, the older Grey Lady restaurant (further up the hill and out of Newtown Linford) was the place we always used to go for Sunday dinner with my Nanna and Grandad on special occasions. In those days it was a carvery (albeit a very nice one) whereas now, under the leadership of the original owners son, its a much fancier a la carte affair.

The Grey Lady Newtown Linford
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Review: London St Brasserie, Reading

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Very occasionally, I leave the Midlands.. I know.. shock horror!! And frequent readers will know that there are a couple of restaurant reviews on my blog now for Reading and the Wokingham area. That's because some of my best friends live there and whenever I visit, we always end up eating somewhere fab. My most recent visit was a bit different, we left the boy at home and with another good friend, us girls headed into town for a posh lunch.

My friend chose the London St.Brasserie and we ate from their set lunch - priced at £16 for two courses. Excellent value and a really interesting menu.. Having googled the place, I saw that their Chef Patron Paul Clerehugh has won quite a few awards over the years so I was excited to try the food!
gingey bites review London St Brasserie in Reading
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Flava - It Marinades - Unleash your meat lust!

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I don't do product reviews that often but this one piqued my interest because the flavour range so when I was asked if I wanted to try some of the Flava-It marinades I said yes!

Flava-It marinades - gingey bites product review
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Pork tenderloin with Asian inspired slaw

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I just love this dish - its so colourful and packs a punch on the flavour front yet is still very healthy! 
The marinade is a mixture of various recipes I've seen online and in cookbooks but after a few tweaks, this is the one I want to share with you lucky people! 


pork tenderloin with asian slaw
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BBQ O'Clock

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So we've lived in our house for almost 2 years and we've never had a BBQ for our friends or family! I don't know if that's just because my Dad and our best friends do such a good job that we've never felt the need but after going to Grillstock in June (see my review here) we decided enough is enough!

When we were there we picked up some spice rub kits - a new 'Smokehouse Barbeque' range from Bart'. We used the New York and Mediterranean rubs for our BBQ and they were really good! Cue an impromptu review!

Chicken, pepper and onion kebabs
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Review: Efes Mangal, Braunstone Gate Leicester.

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As some of you probably know, I'm the marketing manager for a group of independent pubs in the East Midlands. One of the things we constantly monitor is Trip Advisor.

A colleague of mine recently showed me that Efes Mangal on Braunstone Gate in Leicester was ranked at #2 despite being a relatively new restaurant in the city. So, in true food blogger style, I decided to go and check this Turkish restaurant out with my good friend Vicky to see what all the fuss was about!

Efes Mangal in Braunstone Gate, Leicester
Image taken from Efes Mangal website. 
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