Ginger treacle pudding at the Rose and Crown, Ratley

October Round-up

Well well well. Another busy month for Eat with Ellen. I can’t actually believe October is over already and we’re nearly at the end of the year.

It feels like rather a long time ago that my mum and I took a trip to Rugby Food and Drink Festival where we ate our way around some local producers and checked out some of the demos. One of those was La Margherita, a local Rugby restaurant that I’ve rediscovered in the past couple of months and blogged about this month too. Family run, reasonably priced, good food, and great atmosphere. I’m a big fan.

Chicken ragout at La Margherita, Rugby

We won’t be forgetting my trip to Nathan Outlaw’s in September anytime soon, but it wasn’t the only place we ate at in Cornwall. The start of October saw me catch up on some of those – the fabulous and charming Cherry Trees Cafe right in the harbour, and the Harlyn Inn along the coast during one of our lengthy walks.

My blog wouldn’t be complete without a bit of meat, and luckily enough Mr M and I were invited along to new restaurant Meating in Birmingham’s Arcadian Centre to try out some coal-fired rare breed meat. We had a good night, including a starter I haven’t seen anywhere else, and I’m looking forward to returning to see how the restaurant develops – it’s got the makings of a great place in my view.

Steak at Meating, Birmingham

You’ll remember I went along to the first of fellow blogger Brumderland’s Seven Deadly Sins nights at Bitters’n’Twisted venues last month. Who could forget the fun of GREED: Pure Ginious? This month it was onto Bodega, another of the group’s great bars, where I joined a gang of bloggers to taste some of its fab South American food and at the same time, discover a new found love for tequila.

Xim Xim at La Bodega

National Curry Week and National Chocolate Week fell in October, the latter being a popular feature on Eat with Ellen, so I treated you to a little curry round-up, from meals out to homemade curries.

With autumn well and truly upon us, I also started the first of some monthly guest posts I’ll be featuring from my good friend Tracy O’Meara, fellow commuter, PA extraordinaire, and supermum. She’s a domestic goddess through and through, and the first of her posts was some invaluable advice on how to use berries from the great outdoors to make some delicious drinks that double up as flu remedies. Look out for her post in November – it’s all about your pre-Christmas prep!

Elderberries picked and ready

I may not have gone quite as far as picking my own berries, but I did get out and about to see the great outdoors, adventuring to the village of Ratley on the Warwickshire/Oxfordshire border where we tried out cosy country pub the Rose and Crown. An awesome place, and somewhere I am 100% going back to for dinner. A real hidden gem!

As much as I’d love to spend my life dining at little independents, it not always possible. And actually, I don’t think chains are that bad. They have their place in the restaurant ecosystem and they can still do pretty decent food. October saw my first ever visit to Yo!Sushi with my pal and I had a ball. Looks like a return trip is coming up pretty soon as Mr M has been nagging me to go back so he can try it.

And my final foodie outing in November saw me return to Revolution after years away to try out the new menu. I was slightly concerned that ‘student Ellen’ might return and I’d end up rolling  out after too many shots and cocktails, but actually I enjoyed a rather civilised night.

DIshes at Yo Sushi

As you guys well know, it’s not just Eat with Ellen that I beaver away on, but various other places where they’ll let me write. I wrote about Ferguson’s in Rugby, one of my favourites, for the Great Food Club. In a non food-related role, my second guest blog for UK Blog Awards came just before the start of October, where I talked about Emotions behind the Keyboard. And then there was a guest blog for I Am Ella, where I raved about my love affair with Croatia and the islands off Split.

The month finished off with my first blog for Time Out Birmingham, all about Edible Eastside and the Kitchen School. I’m hoping to get back down to one of Kitchen School’s supper clubs so keep an eye on this blog for a little review.

The Kitchen School, Birmingham

To be honest, all of that seems like a bit of a distant memory as I find myself already immersed in November. Without going on, there’s plenty to look forward to already. I’m off to Purnell’s soon ( yes, I KNOW!!!!). And I’m also going to try a little Italian place up in Sheffield called Gusto. And that’s before we even get to an event where I get to see John Torode cook some dishes from his new cookbook at Leekes in Coventry. Excited much!

I missed the launch party of Meatcure in Leamington last week, so I’m definitely planning on making it over there at some point, and looks like I’m going to miss the first event at new Brum restaurant Buffalo and Rye so I must try to get there too. So many places, so little time! Obviously there will be tonnes more, including another post from Tracy, and a few more home cooked meals from me – look out for some sausage recipes this week in honour of National Sausage Week, including this awesome Toad in the Hole…

Toad in the Hole

In short folks, there’s plenty to keep you occupied. Let me know if I’ve missed anything out, and make sure you’re following me on Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook and Instagram so you can keep up to date with all my chaos.

Have a great one 🙂

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