In a very busy period full of Christmas preparation and decoration I took a deserved night out, taking myself for supper at the Larder. I had not been for supper on my own for 18 years. Feeling nervous, as soon as the door opened, with Bob greeting me warmly and introduced to fellow Larder friends, I knew the evening would be perfect. The fairy lights were twinkling on the rafters with a Blues Swing Duo (Kitchy Retro) playing in the back ground, I was so pleased to have ventured out leaving behind the mounting Christmas chaos.
So what of the evening? The bistro was full, a good mix of folk, game for wearing Christmas hats, crackers pulled. Like children we enjoyed the magic tricks that our crackers supplied, cutting and restoring rope, hiding balls... It set a fun atmosphere and gave us all an appetite while considering the menu.
The menu provided simple choices: to start delicious deli Antipasto, Lentil Broth, or Mussels to start; for main a super seasonal Turkey Burger and Winter Slaw or Warm Butternut Squash and Chickpea salad, and pud Infused Fruit Loaf or Eton Mess. It was a sell out and very much hit the spot.
And to top it off, I did enjoy my coffee and homemade mince pie(s) (I confess to stealing my neighbour's pie they were so yummy) while singing along to Jolene, the King of the Swingers. A huge thank you to the company I shared, to Jen and Bob and the staff for the superb hospitality and to Kitchy Retro.
There is more to the Larder than a quick coffee fix.