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The Butcher’s Social, Awesome Bar & Restaurant.

An incredibly awesome ‘Bar & Restaurant’ combo, and right in the centre of the truly lovely Henley-in-Arden.

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The sign outside of this wonderful eatery says “The Butcher’s Social – Bar & Restaurant”. Now, we really like the idea of a good ‘bar slash restaurant’, but there aren’t many that get that particular combo right, so while we’re hopeful as we enter The Butcher’s Social, we don’t hold our breath. But we should have done! Because what an incredibly awesome ‘Bar & Restaurant’ combo this is, and right in the centre of the truly lovely Henley-in-Arden!

We were visiting Henley-in-Arden on a wet and cool December Saturday evening, and as we entered through the front doors, we found ourselves right in the middle of a super-cool, buzzing bar area, full of happy people eating, drinking, laughing, talking and having a wonderful time. We had seen pictures of the restaurant area before this evening, so momentarily we were wondering whether we might be in the wrong place, because what we were expecting was a trendy restaurant with dimmed lights and an amazing set of lights in the ceiling in the centre of the room, but that’s not what we saw here. We went further in and even if we fancied staying in the bar area to take part in all the eating, talking, drinking and happy here, we kept going and at the other end of the building, we saw what we had come for.

 

 

An amazing restaurant

The restaurant part of The Butcher’s Social is set slightly back from the rest, but that doesn’t mean there’s any less of a buzz, perhaps just a slightly classier and toned down buzz, but not by much. This restaurant is fabulous. We loved the décor, the relaxed atmosphere, the slightly dimmed lighting and the friendly vibe the emanated from both our fellow diners and the super-professional and lovely staff.

And a feast it was. Eight unbelievably delicious courses, each one as delicious as the next, and each one prepared with love and care for process and seasonal produce, and with end result and dining experience in mind. We can’t possibly recommend Mike Bullard’s culinary delights enough, but we will tell you this much: We will be back, again and again. We already have a date set to come one evening and try dining in the bar… did we mention the salted caramel chicken wings? No? Well, we had a taster of them in our seasonal canapes and they’re first on the list of what we’re going back for.. Oh. Wow. Just. Wow!

Mette / A Taste of Warwickshire x

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Awesome Autumn Supper Club by Seven Mile

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“Now the weather is turning and we invite you to cosy up with us and some delicious autumn fare, welcome the changing leaves and celebrate all that is wonderful with the British harvest. I think this is our best menu yet.” ~ Seven Mile Supper Club.

“I’ve been incredibly fortunate to eat at some amazing restaurants over the years but I had never been to a Supper Club until this evening when I went to the Seven Mile Supper Club at Purity Brewery in Great Alne. Now I’m home, full and happy, it’s nearly midnight and I’m tired, but I still just wish I could turn back the clock four or so hours so I could do the whole thing again… it was fabulous!”

~ Mette

 

We arrived at the Purity Brewery in Great Alne in Warwickshire at 7.30pm and we were greeted warmly by Janine from Seven Mile. Janine is the event planner and manager of Seven Mile, and thus in charge of the event. Jake was cooking the evening’s meal in the Seven Mile food truck which was parked right outside the room where the dinner was to be served. Janine had created a beautiful, autumnal setting with fairy lights and lit candles. The Evening was off to a great start and it was time to take a peek at the menu.

 

 

An Awesome Autumn Menu

The menu looked amazing. It was to start with four different canapés, spiced kohlrabi fritters, monkfish skewers with a sorrel and lime mayonnaise, venison carpaccio and crunchy artichoke & camembert. As delicious and mouthwatering as the canapés looked on the menu, the main course was the one that got me the most excited as I love duck and the menu said it was “Duck Two Ways”, a duck confit and a seared duck breast served on a bean and pak choi cassoulet. Mmm, I loved the sound of that. And the big autumn finish was damson panna cotta with damson & sloe gin coulis and sprinkled with honeycomb. All courses were to be accompagnied by a different beer or ale from Purity, even dessert. The menu, I’m sure you will agree, seemed UNBELIEVABLY DELICIOUS (see the full menu below) and we couldn’t wait to sit down and get stuck in.

 

 

The food turned out to be every bit as delicious as we thought it would be… and more. The canapés came out about 15 minutes apart and they were all mouthwateringly delicious. Paired with different beers, it was an incredible taste sensation to experience the various beers and how they were matched on taste to the canapés so well. The duck dish was amazing, a real autumnal main course. And the pudding was wobbly, sweet and just right. Oh, wow. Just wonderful.

 

 

The Perfect Evening

We had the most wonderful evening at the Seven Mile Supper Club. We enjoyed the food so much, Jake is a fantastic chef, he put this autumn menu together skilfully and with the greatest respect for local and seasonal produce. We enjoyed the atmosphere just as much, Janine set the stage for the food beautifully and created an atmosphere that was perfect for eating great food, drinking local beers and having a super time. The perfect evening.

BOOK A SEAT AT THE TABLE AT THE NEXT SEVEN MILE SUPPER CLUB.

 

 

The Evening’s Full Menu

Canapés

Spiced kohlrabi fritters.  Shredded Kohlrabi mixed with cumin, coriander, ginger, garlic and caraway seeds. Deep fried. Accompagnied by Purity Pure Gold – Golden Ale – 3.8%.

Monkfish skewers with a sorrel and lime mayonnaise. Baked seasoned cubes of monkfish, served with a sharp sorrel mayonnaise. Accompagnied by Purity Lawless Lager – 4.5%.

Venison carpaccio.  Fillet of venison soaked in port and herbs. Quickly sealed in a pan and served raw. Accompagnied by Purity Pure UBU – Amber Ale – 4.5%.

Crunchy artichoke and Camembert.  Breadcrumbed artichokes with a baked Camembert to dip. Accompagnied by Purity Session IPA – 4.5%.

Main

Duck two ways. Duck confit and seared duck breast served on a bean and pak choi cassoulet. With roasted fennel and a plum and balsamic reduction. Accompagnied by Purity Mad Goose – Pale Ale – 4.2%.

Dessert

Damson panna cotta.  An indulgent panna cotta with a fresh damson and sloe gin coulis. Sprinkled with honeycomb. Accompagnied by Purity Maravilla Sour – 6.2%.

 

 

What’s a Supper Club?

So what’s a supper club, then? For those who, like me before this evening, have ever been, let’s start with what it’s not. It’s not a pop-up restaurant. Before this evening I thought a supper club and a pop-up restaurant was kind of the same thing, but they’re not. I’ve been to a pop-up restaurant, and they are pretty much what the name indicates, a restaurant in a place where it isn’t normally, a restaurant where you and your friends and family can book a table and enjoy a meal.. just like a restaurant. A supper club is nothing like that… except for the enjoyable meal, of course. A supper club is when a group of people who don’t all know each other beforehand, come together to share a meal and an evening of good laughs and great conversations. A supper club is a complete food experience, and one I am completely sold to, I can’t wait to go again!

 

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A Really Delicious Frozen Dinner… by Seven Mile.

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“As I write ‘Really Delicious’, I realise that actually doesn’t quite cover it… it was ‘Completely Amazing and Mouthwateringly Delicious’. And I write ‘Dinner’, but really I mean ‘Feast’! Of course that would have made the headline a bit of a mouthful, but our dinner from Seven Mile really was A Completely Amazing and Mouthwateringly Delicious Feast“. Mette ♡‬

 

 

Socially Distanced Frozen Meals

Seven Mile Cookery & Events have transformed their business during lockdown from social events, festivals and supper clubs to socially distanced frozen meal delivery. The hearty, nutritious food normally served at Seven Mile’s dinner parties, weddings and corporate environments, now available right in the comfort of homes in the Cotswolds (Worcestershire, Warwickshire and parts of Oxfordshire).

Book your Frozen Dinner Feast from Seven Mile HERE

 

 

A Piping Hot Feast

“We had our dinner delivered frozen in oven proof boxes with easy heating instructions around midday on Saturday. I popped them back in the freezer, as instructions said to cook from frozen, and when it was time to think about dinner, I heated the oven to 170, which they all needed to cook at, and 45 minutes I had a piping hot feast ready with an absolute mininum of faf and effort.

Book your Frozen Dinner Feast from Seven Mile HERE

 

 

A Meal For Five… Plus Leftovers

We had a £22 meal for the five of us in three mains, three sides and a pudding… and there was still food left for a leftover feast for lunch the next day. Really great value. We just added garlic bread (the kids LOVE that) and some fruit and yoghurt accompanying the pudding.

Book your Frozen Dinner Feast from Seven Mile HERE

 

 

Nothing Like Frozen Supermarket Dinners

Our dinner was a mixed bag that went beautifully together and gave all of us a taster of the mastery of Seven Mile cook, Jake. We had a Thai Green Curry, Lamb Rogan Josh and Lasagne for mains, Red Cabbage and Cauliflower Cheese for sides, and Sticky Toffee Pudding as the sweet treat for dessert. Each and dish was absolutely nothing like the frozen meals you can buy in supermarkets. Nothing like it. It was very clearly expertly and lovingly prepared from the best fresh produce. It was like the dishes one would expect in nice restaurants… only I had just heated it up in my own kitchen 45 minutes earlier. It was all A Completely Amazing and Mouthwateringly Delicious Feast. Mette ♡‬

Book your Frozen Dinner Feast from Seven Mile HERE

 

 

Seven Mile Supper Club

Also, check out our experience with the Awesome Autumn at the Seven Mile Supper Club HERE. We’re hoping Seven Mile Supper Clubs can come back again after lockdown… when they do, we’ll be there again for sure.

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Bonds Lifestyle: Shop, Cafe and Antiques Emporium

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“On our way to Stratford-upon-Avon a few years back, we drove past a sign to a shop and cafe we had not visited before, one of these places where you’ve seen the sign a couple of times and decided to definitely pop in sometime.. and today was that time.

Well, to say we didn’t know what to expect and that we were completely bowled would be the understatement of the century. Because Bonds Lifestyle is…. ‘Amazing’, ‘Fantastic’ and ‘An incredible shopping experience’? Yes, it’s all of those things, but they don’t actually quite describe Bonds Lifestyle well enough.

We just have to show you… click the video above and when you’ve watched it, if you think you’ve seen what it’s all about, you’d be closer but you still wouldn’t have seen even a fraction of the utter fabulousness that is Bonds Lifestyle”.

Mette ♡

Bonds Lifestyle are all over social media – follow them here: FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

 

 

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