Papadeli catering & hampers

Papadeli catering & hampers
Papadeli - delicious food in Bristol

Friday, 17 December 2010

Say Happy Christmas with a hamper.

It's not easy thinking of suitable presents for grown ups - but hampers hit the spot every time!

We've been doing lots and lots so far this Christmas at Papadeli.  There's been a real mixture of business ordering hampers for their staff, and individuals coming in and personally choosing what they'd like in the hamper.  We then arrange them in a basket and wrap up with a big bow.

Unusual ingredients

Mostarda fruits - slice with cheese - sweet & tangy gorgeousness!
Everything in our hampers comes from the deli, so everything is delicious.  Some people like to choose really interesting and unusual items, so that the recipient can try out some ingredients they wouldn't normal buy such as truffle oil, sweet mustard fruits (mostarda) or squid ink pasta.  

Chocolate hampers

Others go for complete indulgence and fill the basket with salted caramel truffles from Artisan du Chocolat, grappa soaked cherries covered in thick chocolate, tangy limoncello truffles, 85% dark chocolate bars.  Not forgetting the Prestat Babes chocolate covered jellies!

Spanish or Italian hampers

Some choose a theme which works really well.  The Spanish hamper for example can be filled with Ines Rosales olive oil biscuits, Ortiz bonito tuna, thick hot chocolate, membrillo and a slab of manchego. Gorgeous! Or equally as lovely is the Italian hamper packed with Latin delights such as fresh panforte, pecorino cheese, praline truffles, cantucci and a bottle of vin santo.

The great thing about hampers is that you know that every little bit will get eaten and enjoyed (except, perhaps, for the basket!)

Just email us to ask about hampers or to order, or you can ring us on 0117 973 6569.

Papadeli hampers can be sent by courier all over the UK.

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Happy Christmas to our wonderful customers!

Happy Christmas and thank you for your support during the year.  

We appreciate it.

We are open every day (including Sundays 12-5).  Come and sip on mulled wine and do your shopping in warmth and comfort.

We have chosen carefully this year, and hope that you like the selection of lovely foods and gift items on offer.

Beautiful candlesticks   Delicious chocolates    Leather journals      Leather shoppers    Hampers  Fresh panforte   Panettone  Balsamics Cheese

Papadeli offers a catering service or visit the shop for our delicious takeaway meals.

These Artisan du Chocolat salted caramels are truly divine and make an extra special gift for chocolate lovers.  Many of our lines are not available elsewhere in Bristol.  We stock Prestat, Chococo, Rococo - all beautifully packaged, delicious chocolates that are sure to be enjoyed!

For cheese lovers, why not treat them to a cheese board with some accompaniments, like the extra special mostarda di voghera mustard sweet fruit.  We often serve the glistening fruits at dinner parties and they never fail to rouse appreciative noises!

We have a beautiful range of sustainable and fair trade mango wood gifts from chopping board to stunningly simple bowls, trays and candleholders.

Our mango wood platter is a popular gift with a couple of gorgeous quality salami all packaged beautifully.

We also send hampers all over the UK - all superb quality foods - each one original.  Try a chocolate hamper or a Spanish themed one.
Check out our shopping site for gifts and hampers at

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Rose petal baklava

Just had to let you know about these - at Papadeli we are always making delicious and beautiful things, of course - but, these are my favourite this week. 

Glistening and fragrant rosewater baklava.  Not only are they lovely to look at, they taste heavenly.

Thursday, 4 November 2010

The Italian Feast - Papadeli food at its best! 12th November £40

Email us now to book:
The Italian Feast
Friday November 12th 7.30pm  £40
Join us for a fabulous journey around Italy…..

Antipasti & a glass of Prosecco
Aubergine caviar on garlic crostini
Finocchiona  (black pepper & fennel salame) & pickled fennel
Roasted red pepper involtini, buffalo mozzarella, capers, & basil

Let the feast begin….!
Bagna Cauda (warm dip of anchovies, garlic & olive oil) with crudités
Potato, black olive, + rosemary focaccia

Ribollita- a warming broth of white bean, speck, & green cabbage

Gnundi Verdi - ricotta & spinach dumplings, sage brown butter

Slow cooked shin of beef* with porcini, roasted tomatoes + red wine, served with rosemary wet polenta
*delicious vegetarian option available – please ask.

Lemon granita & chocolate, pistachio biscotti with a glass of limoncello 

A selection of Italian cheeses + pickles

Please ask a member of staff to book or email us

®...gorgeous food
84 Alma Rd, Clifton Bristol BS8 2DJ UK
Papadeli is a truly wonderful cafe, delicatessen and treat shop! Call us on 0117 973 6569 for more information about our: Hamper service which can be sent anywhere in the UK. Party and corporate catering, Wedding and celebration cake service, Supper clubs or wine tastings.

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Papadeli Bordeaux WIne & Food Tasting 26th October 7.30pm £35

Bordeaux Wine & Food Tasting 
 Tuesday Oct 26th 7.30pm  £35
Tutored tasting of wines from Bordeaux
with food to match….

Lamb, beef, coq au vin, camembert, Morbier, Brie de Meaux, Roquefort, Valencayoysters, mussels, trout, smoked salmon, chocolate truffles, tartes aux fruits…. 

Please ask a member of staff to book or email us

®...gorgeous food 
84 Alma Rd, Clifton Bristol BS8 2DJ UK
Papadeli is a truly wonderful cafe, delicatessen and treat shop! Call us on 0117 973 6569 for more information about our: Hamper service which can be sent anywhere in the UK. Party and corporate catering, Wedding and celebration cake service, Supper clubs or wine tastings.

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

What's in Season Supper at Papadeli Friday October 1st £40

Don’t miss our next supper club –

Friday 1st October 7.30pm £40

An Evening with what’s in Season 
Aubergines, artichokes, beetroot, kale, cabbage, celeriac, oysters, pears, blackberries, squash, walnuts, potatoes, tomatoes, damsons, rocket +more…

Canapes + a glass of fizz
Fresh Native Oysters with a shallot vinaigrette
Caramelized pears, gorgonzola dolce, walnuts, + endive
Jerusalem artichoke soup with truffle oil

Starter - A board to share of ….
Smoked trout, beetroot, celeriac, + horseradish remoulade
Butternut squash, speck, walnuts, + red cabbage
Wild mushroom, rocket + Taleggio bruschetta

Succulent grilled lamb chops*, roasted aubergine and tomatoes, kale, rosemary potatoes + salsa verde
*veggie option : grilled herb + black olive polenta
Blackberry, honey, + polenta cake with mascarpone + lemon cream
Seasonal English cheeses with damson chutney + crusty bread

®...gorgeous food
84 Alma Rd, Clifton Bristol BS8 2DJ UK

Thursday, 2 September 2010

Tuscan wine tasting Tuesday, 21st September

Tuscan Wine Tasting
Tuesday Sep 21st 7.30pm £30

Vernaccia di San Gimignano 2009 Falchini
Bucce Maremma Bianco 2007 Poggio Argentierra
Principio Maremma Rosso 2008 Antonio Camillo
Chianti Colli Senesi 2008 Falchini
Chianti Classico 2006 Casaloste
IL Cocco Brunello di Montalcino 2004
Il Carbonaione 2004 Alta Greve
Vin Santo 2003 Falchini

with food to match….

robiola, pecorino, talleggio, gorgonzola, parma ham, buffalo mozzarella, finocchiona, milano, napoli, taralli, crostini, chicken liver, pesto, aubergine caviar, caponata, bruschetta…

Please ask a member of staff to book or email us

®...gorgeous food
84 Alma Rd, Clifton Bristol BS8 2DJ UK
Papadeli is a truly wonderful cafe, delicatessen and treat shop! Call us on 0117 973 6569 for more information about our: Hamper service which can be sent anywhere in the UK. Party and corporate catering, Wedding and celebration cake service, Supper clubs or wine tastings.

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Oh look at these gorgeous cakes!!

We like to make beautiful, tasty things at Papadeli and these fabulous fairy cakes by Katie are a great example.  As she is an artist, she always makes things look just divine (and as a chef, everything she makes tastes just divine, too)
We make lots of wedding and birthday cakes - just email us for information!

"The Epitome of Consistency" Papadeli gets great review!

Restaurant critic and food journalist, Mark Taylor visited the cafe recently and was really enthusiastic about papadeli
"I haven’t had a sub-standard meal there in that time and this sort of consistency is a rare thing indeed."  He complimented us on our lovely menu, including the mouthwatering dishes we have at breakfast/brunch including pancakes with maple syrup and bacon, Spanish brekkie (poached eggs, mushrooms, baked chorizo, tomatoes on toast etc.
He goes on....

"I could have put a pin in the menu and come up trumps but I plumped for a starter of English asparagus with Serrano ham, rocket, watercress, balsamic and olive oil dressing (£6).
And what a fantastic dish it was. The asparagus had been cooked gently to retain a crunch and were mixed with the peppery rocket and watercress, generous slices of salty, chewy Serrano ham, pieces of creamy Cerney Pyramid goat’s cheese from the Cotswolds and a faultless dressing which was a sweet as it was fruity."

"This was followed by a salad of seared teriyaki beef (£9) – a beautifully presented plate of shredded white cabbage, crunchy lettuce, spring onions, red chillies, ribbons of carrot, toasted peanuts, coriander and a gingery, garlicky dressing, all topped with half a dozen slices of tender, rosy red beef with a Japanese twist.
From a dessert list that included baked vanilla cheesecake with a thin layer of vodka-soaked raisins (£3.95) and pear and dark chocolate croissant cake (£3.95), I backtracked and ordered a dish from the brunch menu.  Deceptively simple, a plate of cool and milky ricotta cheese was topped with quartered, fleshy strawberries with an indecent amount of flavour, a few chewy caramelised almonds, mint leaves and a dribble of sticky aged balsamic vinegar.
What a fantastic celebration of summer and worth every penny of its £6.95 price tag.
This was a meal of assured cooking from a kitchen completely in tune with the seasons and well-schooled in impeccable sourcing of ingredients, both locally and from Italy and Spain.
And with most of the ingredients available in the delicatessen below, Papadeli is a one-stop shop for food lovers. If I were you, I’d make a day of it. Go for breakfast, have a morning coffee reading the papers, order lunch and then go shopping downstairs.
If you love your food, I can think of no better way to spend a day off."

We are extremely proud and pleased to have such a wonderful review and recognise what an important part our staff have in all this - we are so lucky to have such a great team and thank them all!!

Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Provencale evening - new date! 23rd July

Missed our last Provencale evening? There's another chance for you to sit back and enjoy delicious Provencale foods including an array of gorgeous market vegetables, poussin and salt cod all for dipping in a big bowl of aioli!
For tickets, contact us by emai
See menu below!

Thursday, 27 May 2010

Le Grand aioli! Papadeli's next supper club is a Provencale feast!

I actually went as a guest to last year's Provence dinner and was SO impressed we've decided to bring it back for more people to enjoy.  Can't really find the words to describe this absolute FEAST of Summery flavours and delicacies.  Starting with a lavender cocktail - how dreamy, the food starts to arrive little amuses gueules, onto gorgeous crevettes and then out comes the GRAND AIOLI like some fabulous French gourmet film - all the best vegetables, bowls of creamy, garlicky aioli and big fleshy pieces of salt cod and poussin to dip.
Yes, I'm getting excited - it HAS to be experienced!!
So, it's June 18th and costs £40  Don't miss it! I won't!
Back by popular demand!!

 Book now for our Provençale supper

Friday, 18th June


“Amuse gueules” with a lavender cocktail

“Un petit goût” Tuna Niçoise,  pissaladière, tomato & saffron tartlet



Soupe au pistou – a light Summer vegetable & bean soup with with  “pistou” made with basil, garlic and oil

Crevettes with citrus and Summer leaf salad


Grand aïoli – an opportunity to show off the Summer market’s best.  A platter of poached vegetables, chicken and salt cod for dipping into a delicious garlicky mayonnaise

To follow

Peaches in sweet wine with almond meringues and crème fraiche


Goat’s cheese with lavender honey


Vegetarian options available

To book please email or phone 0117 973 6569.

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

papadeli picnics

I know, I know, it's freezing and we're nearly half way through May, but the weather WILL soon get warmer and then we can all go on some lovely picnics.  And then Papadeli comes into its own - all our lovely delicatessen and takeaway food counter is perfect for a picnic.  Fresh marinated olives, creamy cheese stuffed chillies, tartlets made here, wedges of delicious tortilla, a slice of divine salmon en croute - you just have to visit and take a look!

What about a salad box - I had one the other day, just to remind myself how stunning they are - every mouthful was so full of flavour, I just can't describe it here.  Beetroot, hazelnut, red onion and feta, Moroccan spicy chickpeas, salade nicoise, new potatoe and chorizo, broad bean, mint and goat's cheese. I could go on and on.

It really reminded me how lovely salad can be!!
Then you can move on to some of the mouthwatering cakes - I had a raspberry and rhubarb tartlet his morning which I devoured with such enthusiasm and speed that it was all over far to soon. You could also have a slice of fabulous chocolate mousse cake or some pear upside down cake.  Or go for a famous papadeli brownie which you will want to go on for ever.

If you're planning a picnic, either come in and point out what you'd like, or you can order in advance - here are our picnic options to help you out a bit.

Papadeli picnic menu
Nothing is frozen, we use the best ingredients we can find and everything is made to order, by hand.  We make it, you serve it - it couldn't be simpler.

£6 per person
Sandwich on organic ciabatta eg Montgomery cheddar and tomato chutney, Brie de Meaux with Milano salame and leaves, Smoked salmon and cream cheese.
Papadeli brownie or flapjack
Packet of hand fired crisps

£10 Per person
A selection of parma ham, finocchiona (fennel and black pepper salame) , saucisson, chorizo
2 salads from or traiteur counter eg new potato, yoghurt and mint/ local beetroot, ming and goat's cheese/ Spanish butterbean, sunblush toamto and olives.
Pot of fresh marinated olives
Hobbs bread
Papadeli brownie or flapjack

£16 per person
A selection of parma ham, finocchiona, saucisson and chorizo
Individual papadeli tartlet
3 salads from our traiteur counter eg wild rie, peanut and lime / sweet potato, black beans and red onion/ pasta, pesto and cherry tomatoes.
Pot of fresh marinated olives
Hobbs bread
Brownie or flapjack
Seasonal fruit salad in a vanilla bean syrup

£22 per person
A selection of parma ham, finocchiona, saucisson and chorizo & 3 delicious salads from our traiteur counter

 Hobbs bread and a slice of delicious tortilla with hummous, tapenade and aubergine pate
Finish off with a slice of one of our fabulous cakes and a seasonal fruit salad in a vanilla bean syrup.

Please give us a couple of days' notice when you're ordering.
Wine, beer and soft drinks also available.

Monday, 26 April 2010

shop refurbishment all worth it!

Papadeli closed for a week in April and re-opened looking gorgeous - much more space, all cleaner and whiter - overall a better space for customers and staff.
Call in to see how lovely it all looks.

Papadeli tutored wine tasting 18th May - Spain

So it's time to tell about our next tutored wine tasting with Raj Soni, former Chair of the West of England Wines and Spirits Association.
Date - 18th May
Time 7.30pm
Cost - £30
Raj will talk you through some of our favourite Spanish wines, and Simon will prepare some of our favourite Spanish foods - some you will have tasted before, some will be new to you.

Make sure you book early as these evenings are very popular.

Email us or phone 0117 973 6569

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Paella Valenciana supper

21st May 7.30pm £40

Enjoy a glass of cava and a selection of pintxos downstairs:

Tortilla con ali-oli

Boquerones with olives & guindillas chillies

Rollitos de chorizo

And then let the feast begin!

Tablas / tapas boards

Salt cod croquettes

Piquillo peppers stuffed with goat’s cheese & pine nuts

Cockles with crispy Serrano & sherry

Paella Valenciana

Chicken, rabbit & peppers in a rich saffron rice

Frisee salad with oranges & almonds


Crema Catalana – set custard pudding w. nutmeg


Spanish cheeses with membrillo

To book phone 0117 973 6569 or email

Thursday, 1 April 2010

time for a lick of paint!!

Papadeli is closing for a week (5-10th April)

We're having a Spring clean at Papadeli - after 8 years of business, and adding bits to the original deli and cafe, we've decided that it's high time to change a few things and paint a few walls.

We set up Papadeli 8 years ago, with some shelves from Habitat, an electric hob and cooker and two display fridges.  A year later, with the arrival of our second little boy, Sam, we opened a cafe upstairs.  It was immediately pretty busy, which was wonderful and scary.  Our systems were pretty simple and all the food was carried all the way up two flights of stairs from the kitchen area downstairs - dodging the customers and olive tables on the way.  That sure kept us fit, for one thing.  All the washing up was done downstairs, so all the dirty plates had to be carried down too.  Two years later, we got planning and finance to build a kitchen on the flat roof, which meant we no longer had to negotiate the stairs armed with plates of food.  We also bought a dishwasher which really did change our lives!!

As the cafe got busier (we often have queues down the stairs!) we put in a couple of tables in the deli downstairs.  Looking at them now, we see they are not perfect - a bit wide, a bit clumsy, they block the shelves and make life a bit difficult.  So, we have decided to put in a couple of bars in the window for customers to grab a coffee or Lahloo tea and watch the world go by.  Hank and Sophie, who are doing the refurb, are putting in a new, narrower table, sorting out the shelving and making the kitchen area downstairs into a streamlined bakery.

It's all a bit nerve wracking as closing the shop for a week will mean having to pay staff but not have any income - we are really hoping it will all be worth it!

Wednesday, 24 March 2010

papadeli in the VENUE review

We were so excited to see Tony Benjamin's review of Papadeli's South West France night in this week's Venue.  We had no idea a Venue critic would be at the evening, and it turns out that he has come with his friend not as a critic but as a customer, but had such a lovely time he felt he should write about it!
Alexis John's menu for the evening was truly divine - including "cassoulet as good as it gets, haricot beans bursting with meaty juice of duck haunches, pork sausages and lam shoulder that fell apart at the touch of a fork".
He goes on to describing the cheese course which was "spectacular" and Ossau Iraty cheese "a fine discovery that I'll seek out forever" and then there were "individual tarts tatin, gloriously caramelised and gently sweetened fruit in a soft pastry case".
In all, Tony and his friend had a great time describing it as a "feast of rich flavour from start to finish".
Thank you Tony - we hope you can come again soon!

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Celebrate Spring supper club 30th April

Come and join us to celebrate Spring! Friday, April 30th 7.30pm

Enjoy a rhubarb cocktail downstairs in the deli and nibble delectable canapés:
Crispy pancetta, broad beans & mint on crostini
Nettle soup with nutmeg crème fraiche
Cornish crab cake with lemon aioli

And then let the feast begin!
Spring lamb breast with rosemary, anchovy & garlic
Spatchcock with morels & leeks
Prawn & wil garlic risotto
Mackerel escabeche
Asparagus with romesco
Salad of spring lettuce, radish & peas
Jersey royals with sorrel
Rhubarb & orange fool with rosemary cantucci
New season goat’s cheese with honey & crackers

To book phone 0117908 6098 or email

Monday, 22 March 2010

Wine tasting this year @ papadeli

Wine Tasting @ Papadeli
The wine tastings with Raj Soni last year were superb. Raj is former chairman of the West of England Wine and Spirits Association and is a font of fascinating knowledge about wine. His style is easy and humorous and suitable for all – from novice to connoisseur. The wine is accompanied by delicious papadeli food and the atmosphere is always jovial.

Here are the dates for this year.
Start time 7.30pm.

21st April Burgundy, including Cotes Challonaise, Maconnais and Beaujolais. £35
18th May Spanish wines. £30
22nd June Loire and Alsace £25
21st September Italy with focus on Tuscany £25
26th October Bordeaux £35
23rd November Champagne, sparkling wine
with delectable festive food

To book, please email or ring us on 0117 973 6569.

Thursday, 18 March 2010

Something different for Easter

So what's good for Easter this year?  In addition to lovely, beautiful Easter eggs, it's worth remembering little delights such as the Italian Colomba.  Shaped like a dove (Colomba means dove in Italian) this cake is similar in consistency to a panettone - fluffy and light and slow baked, full of vanilla scent - but is different to the panettone in that they add zesty candied orange peel to the mix so that the taste of Spring is so fresh and citrussy you can't help but get excited.
 Apparently it dates back to the sixth century (but then it wasn't quite as delicious and was all heavy and doughy) so we're glad we're eating it now, not then.

Thursday, 4 March 2010

Lovely "Russian" Easter eggs are here!

Easter is always a great time at Papadeli - the shop is filled with the most colourful and gorgeous eggs from all over - this year we have Chococo's hand made little stunners with big chocolate buttons stuck all over them and the new dino egg with is covered in chocolate chunky bones.  The fabulously flamboyant Italian eggs are back and bigger than ever. Take a look at these beautiful Russian eggs- painted tin egg shells filled with little choccy eggs. Roll on Easter - or maybe we could taste a few now?

Monday, 1 March 2010

Celebrate Spring with these sparkling muffins

How gorgeous and delicious - sparkling muffins sitting on the counter at papadeli just waiting to be devoured.  And wouldn't these beautiful treats be perfect for any birthday or wedding? Katie, who makes all the cakes, is also and artist, and doesn't that show in her amazing creations. Oh, cupcakes are so yesterday - sparkling muffins are the way forward, don't you think?

Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Catering catering catering

Yes papadeli sells cheese, yes we sell diving chocolates, and yes we have a cafe and delicious takeaway food counter - BUT did you know we also provide a brilliant CATERING SERVICE.  So far, most of our events have happened thanks to word of mouth as we haven't really advertised the fact that customers can enjoy our lovely food at parties, christenings, weddings, office lunches, launches, picnics - well, any event really, however small or large.
Some examples?
A sit down three course meal for 200 with large shared boards of charcuterie, pickles and breads, followed by big dishes of rich stews to be shared out followed by enormous chocolate mousse cakes and cheesecakes.
A Director's lunch of big ciabatta sandwiches, warm goat's cheese and sweet red onion tartlets, artisan cheese board with chutney and fruit, selection of handmade fabulous cakes washed down with elderflower bubbly.
A 60th birthday party for 100 where the birthday boy chose 10 of his favourite ingredients and we made up a buffet incorporating them (in this instance , he loves all things Moroccan so we made a range of babaganoush aubergine spiced salad, chickpeas with sweet and sour dressing, spicy sausage pastries, cous cous with preserved lemons and dried fruit.
Wedding cakes with a difference - 50 cup cakes or a massive tiramisu? How about a cheese wedding cake?

We also devise bespoke parties at our shop and cafe - birthday girl  had a band downstairs in the beautiful deli whilst guests sipped fizz and nibbled on canapes, then went upstairs to the intimate cafe for a wine tasting, followed by a three course meal.  How gorgeous is that?

So you see, we can do all sorts of events (did I mention the barbecue for 200 with chargrilled spatchcock, whole bream and seafood kebabs?) and every mouthful is as delicious as you would expect from such a great company.

So don't forget to come and see us when you're planning your next party!

Monday, 1 February 2010

Food of South West France supper at papadeli 5th March

So the next foodie extravaganza is the Food of South West France supper on the 5th of March.  A number of people at the last evening, where we sampled a superb Bollito Misto, have already booked themselves on to this next one - which really does go to show how much people enjoy these evenings.
Here's the lovely menu - see if you can resist this one!!

Canapes with Lillet blanc aperitif
White onion & gruyere tartlet
Devilled chestnut wrapped in bacon
Poached trout, horseradish &walnut cream on crostini

Salmon terrine, capers with a shallot, fennel & cucumber salad

Cassoulet de Toulouse a la Menagere (lamb shoulder, haricot beans ) with duck confit, Toulouse port sausages and salade de pissenlit.

Tarte tatin with bay leaf creme anglaise

Southern Western French cheese  with walnut bread & grapes

Vegetarian option available. 
We can cater for for intolerances - please ask.

BOOK NOW -  tel 0117 973 6569

Thursday, 28 January 2010

SW France supper club 5th March booking now

Alexis has excelled herself this time with this delicious menu using some of the best ingredients from South Western France. You got to try it!!

Canapes with Lillet blanc aperitif

White onion and gruyere tartlet
Devilled chestnuts in bacon
Poached trout, horseradisn & walnut cream on crostini


Salmon terrine, dill, capers, with a shallot, fennel & cucumber salad

Cassoulet de Toulouse a la Menagere (lamb shoulder ,haricot beans) with duck confit, Toulouse port sausages and salade de pissenlit.

Tarte tatin with bay leaf creme anglaise

South Western French cheeses with walnut bread & grapes

Vegetarian options available.
We can cater for food intolerances - please ask.

Book ow -

Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Chococo chocolates arrive in time for valentine's day!

I first tasted Chococo chocolates at a networking event held by GWE Business West. Chococo founder, Clare, came to speak to us about her company and chocolate. It was a popular evening as we got to taste different kinds of chocolates (always a way to get my attention) and each and everyone of us went away with a bag of fresh cream truffles. As I munched away on them when I got home that evening (I let my husband sample a couple), we decided it was definitely some of the best chocolate we'd ever tasted.
We immediately made enquiries into stocking Chococo, but at that time, their range was mainly fresh cream based and so need to be stored in fridges - which we unfortunately couldn't do.
Then, some weeks ago, Judi, a friend who comes from Dorset, brought me a box of Chococo chocolates. I was reminded of their gorgeous quality and taste so looked again into stocking them - and found that they now have a larger range of ambient chocolates. We put an order in immediately! We have chocolate hears with golden cherubs on them, stunning boxes of chocolates, chocolate dipped fruit, and will soon have their exquisite range of Easter eggs which will delight discerning children and adults alike.

Italian Supper 29th Jan

This month's supper is going to really warm you up after all the grey days and snow - the main course is a bollito misto which is a fabulous Italian broth of sausage, chicken, beef and a host of delicious vegetables served with cavolo nero, pickled gherkins, capers, salsa verde and my very own favourite, mostarda fruits.
These evenings are always such fun - everyone congregates downstairs in the beautiful deli surrounded by tastily packaged fine foods. There will be a glass of prosecco and canapes to get the evening going - cozze gratinate (grilled mussels with garlic and parsley), mini pizzas and chicken liver parfait on tiny toasts. This is where everyone seems to get to know each other before climbing the stairs to the cafe and sitting down ready for the feast.

To start there's crushed cannellini bean, roasted garlic & rosemary on grilled bread with glazed candy beetroot, rocket & pecorino sardo. followed by Bollito misto which is sure to satifsy.

Hopefully you'll have a little space left for some tiramisu - luscious layers of mascarpone and marsala soaked savoiardi biscuits with a raspberry puree to give it a little zing.

Just to finish you off there's gorgonzola dolce with grilled pears and thyme infused honey and walnuts.

I can't find the words to properly illustrate how truly lovely these evenings are - they really must be experienced. Those that come once seem to return again and again and bring new friends each time.