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Thursday, 23 July 2015

The Mounts Bay Inn, Mullion (Cornwall)

The Mounts Bay Inn is a lovely pub/restaurant set in the lovely village of Mullion in Cornwall. Mullion I've been having yearly holidays for pretty much all my life (my first was during my 2nd birthday!) and is the most glorious little place set on the Lizard Peninsula. It has a lot going for it, it's very near the coast within easy reach of many tourist attractions, coastal walks and of course beaches all this and I haven't even mention the beautiful Mullion Cove. Mullion though has the finest of all the pubs in it, The Mounts Bay Inn.
The front of the pub.

The pub itself we rarely visited until a couple of years ago for whatever reason, but ever since we've started having visits yearly it has been the finest meal out of our holiday. This year's trip me and my partner Megan decided to visit on the Monday evening as it was our anniversary. So we rang up in the middle of the day and made a reservation. Megan being wheat intolerant means it's not always the easiest to find places that offer a wide selection of food. Not this time we'd looked online and they offer gluten free options.

We entered the pub and were given a lovely table within the restaurant area of the pub, the lovely waiter brought my menu, a great selection of locally sourced food such a steak and fish. Megan was given the allergy menu, and it had possibly the biggest selection of Gluten Free food I've seen a pub offer. I think she was most pleased. She ordered the Double Steak Burger (without the bun and the onion rings of course) and my the Scrumpy Chicken (Chicken breast, bacon, apple sauce and brie cheese), both served with chips and a salad.
Megan with her double steak burger
The food came and it was the most delicious meal we've both ever eaten, so well cooked and just delicious. We truly loved it. Of course when this was all eaten and washed down with a lovely drink, we asked for the dessert menu, another pain the people who can't eat gluten (and from most places I've been with Megan for food) is that the dessert menu can be lacking, it often just contains Ice Cream. Not here, half the dessert menu was a gluten free option, from Sticky Chocolate Pudding, Sticky Toffee Pudding, Chocolate Cake and more! This was brilliant.

Megan chose the Sticky Chocolate Pudding and myself I had the Pear and Dark Chocolate Crumble. Megan loved hers but mine was incredible, so delicious. The best pudding I've ever had. In fact in general this was the best meal I've ever had.
Our Monday evening puddings.
 On the night we tweeted how much we were enjoying this food, and just as we were ready to leave one of the male workers came over the our table telling us he'd just had a telephone call from the pub manager who was having a night off, she'd seen our tweet and asked that we'd gotten a free round of drinks. This was a lovely touch and topped off the night. The gentleman said it was the head chef''s night off also, but this we couldn't have told and whom ever was head chef the night we went did a fine job.

So we left full to the brim and a bit merry from a few drinks. Both raving how good the food and the service was.


Thankfully before our holiday ended for another year we did get to attend on the Saturday for lunch, again the food was delicious (we both this time had the Double Steak Burger) and as we were leaving we were able to personally speak to and thank one of the managers Cheryl (Peter her husband being the other). She said they had a fantastic team there, this I agree on, the whole staff and the chefs in the kitchen are superb.
My double steak burger on the Saturday lunchtime.
So we left and now back home nearly a week on, I'm looking forward to future trips to the pub, as the Mounts Bay Inn is the greatest pub in the whole world. I couldn't recommend it highly enough.

For more information on the pub itself, menu, location or anything please visit - http://www.mountsbaymullion.co.uk/index.html

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Fame: Leicester Theatre Group.

Last night Me and my partner, Megan, went to see the Leicester Theatre Group production of Fame at Hansom Hall, we mainly went for Amy who is one of the cast members but I just wanted to write up a few words about it.

I didn't know anything about the show before it, only the main song (and everyone knows that!). I enjoyed the story and the music and I must praise the live musicians who sounded excellent. It's a show I think really worked for the age (yes there's some adult themes in there but they didn't really effect anything).

I must highly praise everyone on the stage, especially as this way their opening night. There was a few I wanted to name as they were excellent. Maeve Wood as Carmen Diaz has a voice to match any on the West End stage as does Joseph McErlean who played Nick Piazza. In the future I certianlly reckon these two have a future. Amy Crighton, Stef White and Aaron Patel offered great supporting roles, all of these stood out in the scenes where they were on stage. Praise the everyone off stage too, who are pulling great things with this company.

For an amateur production this was done really well. I'm sure everyone involved in this show is proud and they deserve to be.


For more information on the LTG company itself or to even join visit - http://www.leicester-theatre-group.co.uk/

Monday, 11 May 2015

Frozen Fever.

I confess maybe more recently I've had the Disney bug (with a holiday to Disneyland Paris and a trip to see Disney on Ice and also a highly obsessed Disney fan girlfriend, Megan), and these days you mention the word Disney and I think you'll probably get Frozen mentioned. Frozen has surpassed all expectations with how successful it has become (the sixth highest grossing film of all time). For me until recently I've not really been hugely converted, but now I'm almost obsessed!



A story of two sisters, Elsa who has magic powers of Ice and Anna a simple Princess who simply wants love. After Elsa runs away when her powers become apparent to the Kingdom of Arendelle but in doing so she plunges the land in to an eternal winter. Anna sets off to try to convince Elsa to return and in doing so end the deep freeze. Along the way they meet Kristoff, Sven and the snowman they created as children Olaf. (Seriously you must ALL know the story by now though!).

The catchy songs you just HAVE to give yourself into, who doesn't love a singing snowman dreaming of summertime? We ALL know the words 'Do You Want To Build A Snowman?', 'For The First Time In Forever' and 'Love Is An Open Door'. The writing duo Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez have created a soundtrack generations all around the world love and are inspired by. Kids and adults, all ages we know it word for word.


I couldn't mention the films music without mentioning the biggest hit from the film, Elsa's solo number 'Let It Go'. The song is simply superb, one of those songs that they couldn't have done it better. I found myself making my sandwiches today just casually singing it, I probably hum it most days and who among us hasn't said 'the cold never bothered me anyway'.
I went to see Disney on Ice yesterday in Nottingham, there was hundreds of children, girls and boys (and even a couple of adults) dressed as characters from the film, Elsa and Anna for the girls and Olaf for the boys! During the Frozen section people of all ages were singing along. You couldn't help but be dragged in.

Frozen may be the greatest Disney film of all time and quite possibly one of the greatest movies of all time. The film has and will continue to amaze children and adults for many years to come and rightly so. I for one have a bout of Frozen fever.


Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Our Disney Favourites


As me and Megan are massive Disney fan’s (and go to Disneyland in under 3 weeks!), we’ve decided to compile this blog of our favourites, done in a variety of different categories. 

Top 5 Disney Animated Films:
Megan:
1. Frozen

2. The Little Mermaid

3. Beauty and The Beast

4. Pocahontas
5. Tangled

Mark:
1. Hunchback of Notre Dame

2. The Lion King
3. Robin Hood
4. Sleeping Beauty
5. Mulan


Top 5 Disney Non-Animated/Part Animated Films:
Megan:
1. Song of The South
2. Bedknobs and Broomsticks
3. Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
4. Enchanted
5. The Muppets
Mark:

1. The Muppets
2. Bedknobs and Broomsticks.
3. Mary Poppins
4. The Muppets Most Wanted
5. The Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl.

Top 5 Disney Princesses:
Megan:
1. Ariel (The Little Mermaid)
2. Belle (Beauty and the Beast)

3. Anna (Frozen)
4. Rapunzel (Tangled)
5. Merida (Brave)
Mark:

1. Anna (Frozen)
2. Belle (Beauty and the Beast)
3. Mulan (Mulan)
4. Pocahontas (Pocahontas)

5. Snow White (Snow White and the Seven Dwarves)
Top 5 Disney Princes/Heroes:
Megan:
1. Eric (The Little Mermaid)
2. The Beast/Prince Adam (Beauty and The Beast)

3. Flynn Rider (Tangled)

4. Kristoff (Frozen)
5. Quasimodo (The Hunchback of Notre Dame)
Mark:

1. Walter (The Muppets/The Muppets Most Wanted)
2. Quasimodo (The Hunchback of Notre Dame)

3. Kermit The Frog (The Muppets/The Muppets Most Wanted)
4. Robin Hood (Robin Hood)
5. Captain Jack Sparrow (The Pirates of the Caribbean Film Series)
Top 5 Disney Sidekicks:
Megan:
1. Maximus (Tangled)
2. Olaf (Frozen)
3. Sven (Frozen)
4. Pascal (Tangled)
5. Mushu (Mulan)
Mark:
1. Abu (Aladdin)
2. Animal (The Muppets/The Muppets Most Wanted)
3. Baloo (The Jungle Book)

4. Genie (Aladdin)
5. Evinrude (The Rescuers)
Top 5 Disney Villains:
Megan:
1. Gaston (Beauty and the Beast)

2. Ursulla (The Little Mermaid)
3. Frollo (The Hunchback of Notre Dame)

4. Prince Hans (Frozen)
5. Doctor Facilier (Princess and the Frog)

Mark:
1. Frollo (The Hunchback of Notre Dame)
2. Maleficent (Sleeping Beauty)

3. Scar (The Lion King)
4. Prince John (Robin Hood)

5. Hades (Hercules)