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European dining from Rhubarb in Newmarket


Have you tried Rhubarb in Newmarket yet?

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The menu offers classic bistro dishes with a “European” twist. We took over a table for 6 on a busy Saturday evening and received fantastic service and enjoyed tasty food.

The added touches, such as the chefs tasters served in between courses make the dining experience unlike any other found on or near to Newmarket high street.

You will be surprised by the fair prices and impressed with the quality of food.

Rhubarb in Newmarket is certainly worth a try!

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Sunday Evening Stone Baked Pizzas


We often find ourselves calling around Newmarket pubs on a Sunday looking for somewhere that we can get a late afternoon booking… often to no avail.

Kicking off on the most recent Bank holiday weekend, The Red Lion Kirtling now offer fresh stone baked pizzas every Sunday evening.

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From 6pm onwards you can order a 9-inch delicious stone baked pizza for as little as just £5.50. They also offer discount for orders of 4 or more. It’s the perfect Sunday treat / quick feast and comes highly recommended.

How to put the Gingle back into Christmas with a house full of adults


I recently read a (sarcastic) article on Buzzfeed called “23 Ways To Make Christmas Magic When You’re A Grown-Up”

The light hearted post definitely put a smile on my face (once the GIF’s had finally loaded) but the subject was one I had often thought of during the run up to Christmas. The festive season definitely changes as the children turn into young, or not so young, adults! Beautiful babies are entering into a few of our friends families now but the youngest member of the Horncastle family is 15 and to be honest sometimes she is the most mature one!

This year there will be nine of us sitting up at my Mum and Dad’s dining table on Christmas day and I’m not sure which one of us is most excited about it. I have siblings that I often mistake as my best friends, the perfect other half, an in-law I adore, parents that are incredible and the most wonderful grandparents… but none of them are likely to squeal with delight at the thought of Santa coming down the chimney nor will they receive endless games and toys that we can spend all day building and playing with.

So why am I not worried about a possible lack of festive giddiness? Putting the gingle back into Christmas

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Not only will my Mum prepare the tastiest Christmas lunch with every trimming possible but each couple will bring a Gin with its relevant condiment.

Spoiler alert: The boy and I plan to bring our favourite gin, Caorunn which is best enjoyed with red apple.

I’m quite confident that this liquid delight will make this a Christmas not to forget but perhaps also one we will struggle to remember!

Another sure-fire way to get into the Christmas spirit this year is to have a PANTO to look forward to and guess what?! I will be playing Princess Jasmine in NOMADS 2015 pantomime, Aladdin. The Saturday matinee is already sold out so be quick to buy your tickets here: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/nomads/events

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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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.