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Easter Bake and Make


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For more Easter ‘Bake and Make’ ideas take a look at http://www.twolittlefleas.co.uk

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HQ Nights – the exclusive After Racing Club


Have you ever experienced a fabulous day at the races, headed into town and swiftly had your afternoon ruined by the flat or standard atmosphere on Newmarket high street? One disappointing après-racing hour can cause you to end up negatively remembering the entire day. If this sounds disturbingly familiar then you will be delighted to hear about the exclusive After Racing Club, HQ! 20140414-113320.jpg Welcoming and encouraging sophisticated and fashionable race goers, HQ nights will be the perfect way to continue the excitement of the day’s racing late into the evening. Situated in close proximity to the race course, on Cambridge Road, the short 5 minute journey to the ground looks to be the direction that many people will be heading after the QIPCO Guineas Festival, on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th May. Doors are set to open at 5:00pm, just before the last race of the day, and carriages are at 1:00am. Not only will there be Al Fresco dining provided by the principal caterers at Tattersals, Crown Catering there will also be a mix of 80’s and house music played throughout the evening. I doubt you can resist giving HQ Nights a try so the question is which badge will you choose?

  • Standard entry badge– £25.00. Access to main bar, dance floor, and food court.
  • VIP entry badge– £50.00. Standard access, plus access to VIP area and bar.
  • VIP Lounge area for 10– £750.00. Access all areas pass including lounge seating/table in VIP area, 2 magnums of Moët, premier branded spirits, canapés, waitress service etc…

Psst: If you are a student you will get a discount of roughly 50% off the standard badge price! 20140414-113325.jpgHQ have already gained the support of many race-goers and well-known racing faces. Will you be joining the “well-heeled” crowd too? It’s also important to add that HQ Nights will be making a charitable donation to the Niamh Henry Fairy Wish Foundation following the events (www.niamhhenryfund.co.uk)

Buy your badges from http://www.hqnights.com

HQ nights, Smallwoods, Cambridge, Newmarket, CB8 0FG

Star at Lidgate – Restaurant review


I love stumbling over an absolute gem… somewhere slightly off the beaten track with a welcoming feel and incredible grub. 20140410-165802.jpg I recently visited Star at Lidgate and was so pleased to find that it was much more than “just” a village pub. I’ve heard many a murmur about Star at Lidgate and so have been keen to review the place for a while. My best friend (and vegetarian) Lucinda and I headed over for a mid-week treat! I know many of you spotted the comedian at the weekend but we found out that after visiting the lovely ladies at Bren Pauls, Jack Whitehall and Radio 1 pal, Greg James took the mere 6 mile journey from Newmarket high street to eat at the Star before their guest appearance at Deniro’s! If you are a “larger group” heading to Star at Lidgate then you can enjoy a FREE TAXI there and back! The warmth in temperature from the gorgeous, open, stacked fire is matched by the welcome you receive from Steve Cook. His attentive and friendly nature is consistent throughout your entire dining experience. With a “veggie” in tow, we started with olives, bread and a spanish omelette. The bread, clearly made on the day, was light and incredibly flavoursome! The vegetarian dish, which consisted of mushrooms and chestnuts, was a bourguignon that complimented its own flavours so well Lucinda confidently stated that it was “the best vegetarian meal” she had eaten in the area! Not only were the flavours of my chorizo and sun-dried tomato chicken dish wonderful the textures were unbelievable too! The chicken breast itself was far from dry and mixed really well with the juices and oil from the rich chorizo! The fine layer of skin on the breast was perfectly crispy and a really tasty combination with the rest of the softer meats. (I speak from experience when I recommend their famous paella dish too!) Feeling satisfied and full we opted for a desert to share and were so pleased we did when the huge, homemade toffee pudding arrived on our table with two spoons and a generous “dollop” of vanilla ice cream. This melt-in-your-mouth treat was the perfect end to the perfect evening. Main courses are priced between £12 and £17 with tapas options costing approx £4.75-£4.85 each. Considering that our visit was early on a Wednesday evening, I expected the ambience to be verging on uncomfortably quiet. We were wrong! The atmosphere was great! Now, and on reflection, it does not surprise me that a handful of locals sat at the bar and that we were 1 of 4 lively tables dining that evening. Check out the “What’s on Guide” for events taking place at Star at Lidgate this month. Will we see you at the live music session this Sunday? In the heart of an area with so many pleasant dining options, Star at Lidgate beautifully positions itself as an inviting and indulgent village pub that you will want to return to again and again. http://www.lidgatestar.co.uk 01638 500275 20140410-165809.jpg

What’s On Guide – April


April 2014 – What’s On Guide

Tuesday 1st Ballroom Dancing Email c.i.george@ntlworld.com to find out more about these dance lessons at Tuner Hall, Newmarket.
Wednesday 2nd Steak Night at The Kentford. Enjoy one of four cuts of steak every Wednesday evening. Two steaks costs just for £20.00! (PSST! Win a three course meal at The Kentford here!)
Thursday 3rd Head to Kings Restaurant for a Hot Baguette. A hot baguette is £6.95 and sandwich £5.95. All sandwiches and Baquettes are served with a coleslaw & salad garnish
Friday 4th Wind down Friday at Red Lion, Kirtling. Head over to Kirtling after work between 5pm and 7pm for a Carlsberg, Adnams or wine for just £2.50
Saturday 5th Grand National All Day Celebrations.Head back to Red Lion, Kirtling to watch Grand National live plus sweepstakes, competitions and a BBQ!
Sunday 6th Sunday Banquet at Newmarket Indian Cuisine. “All you can eat” for £9.95pp – Available every Sunday!
Monday 7th Fixed Price lunch at Kings Head, Dullingham. Two courses and a glass of wine or Prosecco for £20.00, or three courses for £24.00.
Tuesday 8th Brunch at the Pantry. Why not enjoy a delicious suffolk ham and cheese filled croissant for just £5 in the gorgeous Pantry!
Wednesday 9th 2 course mid-week lunch for £8.95. Take a drive to rural Kirtling for a mid-week treat!
Thursday 10th Free food for ‘Feel Good Thursday’ at Bell Inn Kennett. This special deal is available every Thursday. The menu changes each week – just call Sheena on 01638 750333!
Friday 11th Afternoon Tea at Paddocks House. £49.50 for 4 people! A wonderful, indulgent offer available any afternoon until the end of April. 
Saturday 12th Live Music at New Wellington. Enjoy an evening of entertainment from popular band, Akimbo.
Sunday 13th More live music at Lidgate Star. Got the bug for live music? Head over to Lidgate for a Sunday live music session!
Monday 14th Hand bottle feed the baby orphan lambs at La Hogue. 11am and 3pm – From 14th April to 21st April inclusive – Except Easter Sunday. Booking is essential: 01638 751128 / ext 4.
Tuesday 15th Happy Hour at Kentford Cock. Monday – Friday 4pm-6pm enjoy a house larger or wines at £3. (PSST! Win a three course meal at The Kentford here!)
Wednesday 16th Craven Meeting, Newmarket Racecourse. The first race takes place at 1:45pm. Have you got your tickets yet?
Thursday 17th Kick of Easter with a Cocktail Masterclass at Paddocks House. Available Sunday – Thursday until 30/04. Head over to Six Mile Bottom and enjoy the evening for just £29.95pp 
Friday 18th Make the most of Good Friday with a 3 course lunch at Paddocks house. Just £18.50 for a 3 course lunch and glass of house wine between the hours of 12-2pm! 
Saturday 19th Steak Night Saturday’s at Red Lion Kirtling Every Saturday punters can enjoy a rump or sirloin steak for £14.95pp with a pudding too!
Sunday 20th Head over to newly launched Heath Court Hotel for a 3 course Sunday lunch for £22.95pp. Call 01638 667171
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Bedford Lodge, Newmarket is offering a 3 course delicious menu for £28.50pp. Call 01638 663175
Monday 21st Dine at The Kentford Enjoying a meal at The Kentford at any point of Easter and kids will receive FREE Easter eggs! (PSST! Win a three course meal at The Kentford here!)
Tuesday 22nd St Nicholas Hospice Quiz Night at New Wellington. Kicking off a 7pm help the team raise money for a worth charity for just £12pp including a scampi or curry dinner. Call to book your spot! 01638 662137
Wednesday 23rd Whisky tasting at Lidgate Star. Listen to the expert knowledge or Richard Berry.
Thursday 24th Jazz night at The Kentford Pop down to the popular monthly jazz event in Kentford. ! (PSST! Win a three course meal at The Kentford here!)
Friday 25th Take on the STEAK CHALLENGE at Green Man, Six mile bottom. John Colemans 72oz steak with a platter of onions, mushrooms, tomatoes and chips… Complete in an hour and it’s on the house… fail and pay £60.00 for a doggy bag!
Saturday 26th Abba Magic at Memorial Hall The night starts at 7pm and tickets cost £15.00 Call 01638 667 227
Sunday 27th Traditional Sunday Lunch at Paddocks House. 3 course lunch in the beautiful dining room for £22.50pp. Under 12’s eat free! 
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Tuesday 29th
Wednesday 30th End of the month AND pay day – treat yourself to a take away from Newmarket Indian Cuisine £14.99 including free local delivery! Enjoy a starter, curry, side, rice or naan and a bottle of coke! Click here for more details.

 

 

Google Food Comparison Tool


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It is a handy tool to use if you want to double check that your “healthier” option really is better for you! I.e Tortilla crisps have more calories than popcorn but less carbs.20140331-133443.jpg

It’s also great for when you want to treat yourself as you can find out if your “low fat” option is in fact so high in salt and other gremlins that you may as well opt for the sweeter option!20140331-133315.jpg

The sky is the limit with this tool. When it comes to Continue reading Google Food Comparison Tool

Clean Chicken Masala Curry


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Here’s a recipe to another clean and really tasty dish. I absolutely love Indian food and this healthy clean version of a popular choice will not disappoint!

•Coconut milk. 1 Cup
•Lemon juice. 1tbsp
•Cumin. 2tbsp
•Cinnamon. 2tsp
•Garlic. 2tsp
•Onion. 2 finely sliced
•Garam masala. 1tbsp
•Corriander. 1tsp
•Ground ginger. 2tsp
•Tinned coconut milk. 2
•Chicken breasts. Portion for 2
•Tinned Tomatoes. 1
•Tomato Purée. 1tbsp
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This literally couldn’t be easier! All you have to do is throw all of the ingredients above in a large pan and cook on a medium heat for approx 30 minutes. Remember to stir occasionally.

I tend to serve this with some green runner beans and a brown pitta bread!

Tonight we will be having this with a side of edamame beans! My absolute favourite clean and healthy snack!

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Three Blackbirds, Woodditton


Using vouchers in restaurants and pubs can be an embarrassing experience. An ideal venue will subtly acknowledge your voucher, take it to the till and return quietly with any queries.

If you turn up to a chain restaurant without an available discount code then “more fool you!” Why pay more than the table next to you for exactly the same meal and service. This is similar to Groupon vouchers, if other diners are in the same restaurant, enjoying the same menu but paying less then you should be embarrassed for not being “money-smart” not for holding an A4 voucher.

Recently, we dined at the Three Blackbirds, Woodditton. With it being the “eve” of my birthday and having tweeted the pub about my trip on numerous occasions I was really quite excited!

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I want to bypass the meal to tell you about the voucher code horror but credit where it’s due, the food was tasty.

My paté starter was huge and had a gorgeous texture and flavour. I then had the fish and chips. Big portions and tasty but it wasn’t exceptionally better than dishes at other pubs in the area. I do wonder if pubs should reduce prices during the week as you are certainly not paying for the buzzing atmosphere. The fish and chips were a very reasonable price, costing under £11.00. Excluding vegetarian dishes (and the steak options) the average main course works out at £15.03. A price that I think is suitable for a Friday – Sunday meal and evenings entertainment.

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Despite purchasing the three course Groupon voucher we were too full to opt for a dessert so simply had one of their rich and delicious coffee’s instead.

Time for the bill…

It turns out that when on the Groupon mobile app you have to scroll to the very bottom of the page, past the fine print and even under the map (!) to see that it says the voucher will only be valid if you mention it when booking.

There were just three tables occupied on the Tuesday evening that we visited. “Emailer” and I presume bar manager, Joe told us that this was the protocol due to availability on the night. The cynic in me can’t help but wonder if that means you are given a separate menu or smaller portions… but I am sure that’s not the case.

Rather than honouring the voucher as the iPhone app did not make the clause clear AND it was my Birthday (!) Joe continued the rather humiliating charade by going upstairs for 5 minutes to print out the web version which did clearly state this comment! Thankfully the pub was now empty so this was all only witnessed by my partner. Poor Gareth never has been “one” for voucher codes so was practically under the table whilst thrusting his credit card in the air just wanting to pay and leave!

I feel it is unfair to somewhat negatively review a venue without contacting the team after the event. Joe has since said that he will contact Groupon to make sure the mobile app version is clearer and that I can have a glass of “bubbly” on my return. I appreciate that this was partly my fault due to my misreading of the bizarre mobile app layout but I really think that on this occasion, any complaints from the pub could have been directed to Groupon rather than affecting us.

Where does this leave me? Well I do still have a valid Groupon voucher, the food is tasty and the 17th century pub itself is gorgeous. With this in mind, when I have stopped blushing I will return as I would quite like to try more options on the menu.

Don’t worry though, I will remember to tell them about my Groupon voucher before hand!

Clean Orange and Ginger Beef Stir fry


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•Frying Beef Strips

•1 tsp Garlic (chopped)

•2 tsp Ginger

•1 tbsp Soy Sauce

•2 tbsp Orange juice

•1 Orange

•1 tsp Coconut Oil

•1 Pack of Stir Fry Veg (or chop up your own)

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This recipe takes no more than 15 minutes and tastes delicious.

Add the coconut oil to the pan. Once melted throw in the beef with all of the ingredients apart the veg and orange. Cook beef to your liking.

Pour the veg into the pan and cook for a few minutes. Grate some orange grind into the pan.

Finally  put the food onto a plate and squeeze some fresh orange juice on top.

Cottos, Cambridge


With a plethora of family-run, chain and bistro style restaurants, it is not hard to find somewhere to dine near Cambridge but if you want an eatery that can proudly boast wonderful ‘ locally sourced food” in a friendly and intimate location then you may have to dig a little deeper.

Haven’t got time to do that? Just read on…

Cotto’s, Cambridge with Master chef Hans Scweitzer.

“Our traditional handcrafted way using natural ingredients.”

A hidden gem situated on East road, Cambridge. I highly recommend Cottos for its locally sourced and perfectly seasonal dishes!

The staff are polite and happy to supply a steady, constant flow of their homemade selection of buttery and delicious bread once you have enjoyed your bubbles and intricate canapes.

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Cottos is open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. 3 courses costs £50 with an extra £5 charge on a Saturday evening.cotto

Each member of our party thoroughly enjoyed their dish. The scallops in particular were delicious! Why not stretch your courses even further. Hans expertise in chocolate means that the chocolate desert dish is one not to miss. It’s certainly big enough to share between two and means that you can also order the plentiful and proudly British selection of cheeses! Mmm, Wobbly Bottom!

Images courtesy of the Cottos Website: http://www.cottocambridge.co.uk/