All posts tagged: lobster

The Black Bull at Blidworth (Blid’uth)

Sometimes you just find a find, don’t you? The Black Bull is one of them. I had a stunning breakfast at the Black Bull a few months back in the company of Master Butcher, Johnny Pusztsai but this time we went for dinner. Got to be honest, from my side of Nottingham, Blidworth is a bit of a hike – around 30 minutes in a cab, but it is worth every penny. A traditional village pub, stylish and friendly, with absolutely superb food, an imaginative menu brilliantly executed and a great gantry. This may be my spiritual home in the coalfields… The Tasting Menu was very tempting but the dinner menu was just too hard to resist. We started with home-made bread and beef butter with puffed barley – put me in mind of Adam Handling’s chicken butter and crispy skin starter, and it was just as good. I was particularly tempted by the Lobster/Oyster/Cucumber/Caviar combination. I’m a sucker for oysters and caviar (cheap date, I am not) and the FWH went for the lamb …

Quite curious, but damn good. Mr P’s.

On a day out in York a few weeks ago, I decided to take up a recommendation from a fellow Great Food Club editor in Yorkshire and try out Mr P’s Curious Tavern (no relationship so far as I can tell to any “Curious” parlours, taverns, townhouses or manors in Nottingham). I am very glad indeed that I did. I’ m getting a bit weary of the parade of tapas, world tapas, cuban tapas, small plates thing there seems to be one popping up every few weeks, so few really do them well and honestly please don’t present me with another bowl of square chips puroporting to be patatas bravas and charging me a fiver for the privelege. No, I am becoming a little jaded with the whole tapas thing. But Mr P (the eponymous Mr Perkins is Andrew Pern, executive chef and chef owner at Michelin starred Star Inn at Harome and The Star Inn the City) is in another league though, offering a range (and I mean a range) of small plates with …

Calling Time on Ginza – at breakneck speed

The Ginza Teppanyaki on the Mansfield Road in Nottingham has been a feature of the City’s restaurant landscape for, I reckon, the better part of quarter of a century. I have certainly visited many, many times over the last 20 years. It is the city’s only Teppanyaki (where the food is cooked in front of you by your own dedicated chef) and in its early days, when the food offer locally was, well, pretty limited by today’s standards, a visit to Ginza was something of a special occasion, wonderful fresh food (about the only place you saw your lobster live before being cooked) and the spectacle of your own chef juggling eggs and flambéing your steaks in front of you was something to behold. Alas, nothing much as changed over all those years, and yet everything has. It is a couple of years since we last visited but we pitched up last Saturday for a 6pm booking. Ginza is not a cheap night out, it never was, but the spectacle, theatre and ambience made it …

Old Tales and Fresh Lobster at Cafe Fish, Tobermory, Isle of Mull

One of my oldest friends lives on Mull and Mull is an awful long way from here. It is remote, it is wild and beautiful, spiritual and unspoilt and on the evening we arrived by ferry from Oban on the mainland, the water was as still as a millpond, there was no breeze and the sun was slowly setting, it was quite something. This was my second visit to Mull, and a first for the Scottish husband and daughter. Mull is one of the largest and most populated of the Inner Hebrides. (the photo above is not  mine, I will replace it when we download some!) We booked into our fabuously pink hotel in Tobermory, the island capital (population 700) and after a glorious evening walk we ate there. Mull, and indeed Scotland, is renowned for its seafood so I started our short stay with langoustine, of course (and I’ve slipped in the kippers that I had for breakfast the next morning..).   The eating highlight was booked to be Cafe Fish on the pier. …