Brighton: Afternoon Tea at The Jetty

Brighton: Afternoon Tea at The Jetty

A couple of weeks ago, we took Violet out for her first official trip out of the house. We headed into Brighton to register Violet’s birth at the Town Hall and to celebrate afterwards, we headed to The Jetty for Afternoon Tea to toast Violet’s birth over tea, cake and prosecco. Plus, with a baby of less than two weeks old at the time – we were in dire need of the caffeine and sugar hit too!

The Jetty is located within the newly refurbished Harbour Hotel, located in prime position on Brighton’s seafront. With gorgeous sea views, The Jetty is the perfect setting for meals and drinks at any time of day – Brunch, Afternoon Tea, Cocktails or dinner with a bottle of wine, they cater for it all. Inside is bright, airy and spacious, with a clean, modern vibe. For a more intimate feel, there is also a cute ‘snug’ area tucked away with comfy sofas and a bit more privacy too.

Registering Violet’s Birth

We opted for the Harbour High Tea (priced at £19.95 per person) which comes with a bottomless selection of Teapigs tea, plus we ordered a glass of prosecco on the side too, as you know it would be rude not to raise a glass to our daughter, even if I did risk falling asleep on the spot from my first sip of alcohol in over a year!

The afternoon tea includes a lovely selection of both sweet and savoury treats, beautifully presented with side serving bowls containing jams and clotted cream for the scones. As we are both vegetarian, they also amended the menu to cater for our requirements, offering a selection of sandwiches with cheese based fillings, rather than chicken/ham/salmon options on the menu, plus a couple of cheese scones (which were SO delicious) and a guacamole and sundried tomato canapes too.

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Our sweet treats were my favourite part (of course!). I was pleased to see there were two plump buttermilk scones, which came with plenty of clotted cream and jam on the side, it wouldn’t be afternoon tea without a good old British scone. There were also two dark chocolate praline eclairs, which were utterly divine, a refreshing twist on a classic eclair. The White Chocolate and Passionfruit trifle added a burst of zingy flavour and lastly, the cherry bakewell, another classic and baked to perfection.

I really enjoyed our Afternoon Tea experience at The Jetty, although if I’m honest my favourite part was just great to get out of the house and eat something other than takeaway pizza and wear clothes that weren’t pajamas! We found the staff friendly and accommodating, they changed the menu for us and also gave us a secluded spot with room for the pushchair and privacy as this was my first attempt at breastfeeding in public too.

Brighton: Afternoon Tea at The Jetty

Brighton: Afternoon Tea at The Jetty

Brighton: Afternoon Tea at The Jetty

Whilst we were at The Jetty, I was given an exclusive behind the scenes peek at the new spa that has opened at the hotel. Located in the original regency building cellars, the spa is an absolute hidden gem away from the hustle and bustle of the busy hotel. The Spa offers extensive range of luxurious spa treatments along with everyday beauty needs, including facials, manicures, pedicures and massages. I think as soon as Violet is old enough to be babysat for the day, I might treat myself to a spa day there – what do you think?

The Harbour Hotel is located on the Kings Road Brighton (just on the corner of West Street) – to book Afternoon Tea at The Jetty call 01273 916916 or email brighton.jetty@harbourhotels.co.uk

Post written in collaboration with The Jetty

Review: The Body Fuel Cafe Hove

Review: The Body Fuel Cafe Hove

Although I love my sweet treats – from towering hot chocolate with cream to endless bags of mini-eggs, when it comes down to it I’m quite conscious of nutrition and eat healthily most of the time. I also think being pregnant gives you another perspective on food – with every mouthful of food I’m feeding to our baby too, which naturally makes me so much more aware of everything I put into my system. So, when I was invited down to The Body Fuel Cafe in Hove, I was eager to give it a go as it seemed right up my street. I find when I’m out and about, it’s so easy to eat junk food, with most cafes are just loaded with tempting pastries, cakes and sugary drinks – it’s refreshing to see a place serving fresh, tasty food at reasonable prices too.

Review: The Body Fuel Cafe Hove

Inside the cafe, the seating area is light and airy, with a clean and fresh vibe – although towards the back of the cafe there are more private areas too, which would be perfect for cosy catch-ups, or maybe breastfeeding Mum’s who want a little more privacy.

The cafe is open daily from 8am (9am Saturdays and 11am Sundays) – starting of the day with breakfast options such as wholemeal blueberry pancakes, poached eggs, smoked salmon or smashed avocado. Come lunchtime, their super healthy salad bar is open. Plus, of course could just pop in at any time for a coffee and a (healthy) sweet treat too.

I recently popped in for a spot of lunch with a good friend of mine and healthy food lover, Tash. When we arrived we were instantly drawn to the colourful salad bar and decided to skip brunch and head straight for the lunch menu – so many options and all of the produce looked super fresh too. The menu for the Salad Bar is fully customisable – firstly you choose a protein – they have everything from lemon and dill chicken breast, various steak, fish options such as tuna, grilled salmon and lastly, veggie options of falafel and grilled halloumi. There is quite a selection! I was particularly impressed with this part, being a vegetarian (well, pescatarean technically) I often miss out on the ‘protein’ section or have a limited choice, but this left me spoilt for choice! Next up, is the base of your dish – Rice, Sweet Potato and Quinoa are just a few of the options here. Moving on, we visited the salad bar where you can choose a generous 6 items from the extensive list – you then top your dish with a dressing of your choice. Honestly, there is so much choice you could make about 1000 different combinations with all of the different ingredients and not eat the eat a different dish everyday!

Review: The Body Fuel Cafe Hove

Both Tash and I went for the grilled salmon, which was cooked to perfection and so fresh, we accompanied our meals with a couple of smoothies too. I tried the Tropical Delight (Orange, Honeydew Melon, Mango, Passion Fruit and Lime Juice) which packed a zingy punch and certainly woke my senses up! Tash went for the super healthy Go Green (fresh pineapple, spinach, avocado, lime, fresh ginger and coconut water). As you can see from the pictures below, our meals were absolutely full to the brim with goodness, nutrients and the freshest ingredients-  not an additive or preservative in sight, plus it was all cooked within around 5 minutes too.

Review: The Body Fuel Cafe Hove

Review: The Body Fuel Cafe HoveReview: The Body Fuel Cafe Hove

As we left I took a couple of sweet treats away to have once I got home – you know, maternity leave means afternoons are mainly spend on the sofa with a coffee and cake, so instead I got a take-away Not Naughty, Definitely Nice Smoothie (almond milk, banana, nut butter, raw cacao powder, vanilla, honey, cinnamon)  and a delicious Date Protein Bar, as I’ve been eating 6 dates a day as it’s meant to help with labour – putting them in a protein bar seemed a perfect excuse to get my daily dose in as I’m getting sick and tired of eating pure dates alone these days!

I would 100% recommend trying the Body Fuel Cafe if you are local to Hove, it is so refreshing to know you are eating pure clean, fresh ingredients, plus it was so delicious it felt like a real treat too. My next meal there will be brunch – I think there are some wholemeal blueberry pancakes with my name on!

The Body Fuel Cafe is located at 123 Church Street, Hove  –  pop for some super tasty, healthy food next time you are passing! 

A Hidden Gem: Team Domenica Brighton

A Hidden Gem: Team Domenica Brighton

Aaah, maternity leave, you lovely thing! I am absolutely loving all this extra freedom and have been making the most of it by catching up with as many friends as possible, making it my mission to scour Brighton for the very best hidden gem cafes for those all important coffee mornings to come! I expect I’ll be having more than a few ‘Mother’s mornings‘ over the next year so I call this essential practice for getting into the spirit of being a proper Mum 😉 Last week, I met up with fellow blogger/Youtuber/general freelance smartypants, Aine, for a catch up over a spot of lunch, to chat all things Youtube, freelancing and (sorry Aine) babies and childbirth. We decided to meet at a lovely little cafe, just off the Old Steine called Team Domenica. The team had emailed me a few months ago, but with work commitments I just couldn’t get down there during the week, so I was so excited to finally visit and see what all the fuss is about!

Team Domenica is not your ordinary cafe, it is actually a social enterprise and training hub that are absolutely dazzling us all with their good work at the moment. Team Domenica is a training cafe, open to the public, that aims to work with young adults with learning disabilities to help them find and retain employment.  The café is staffed by candidates who are taught catering skills, front of house and general work skills, to assist preparation for work as well as sense of direction, purpose and belonging, in their local community.

A Hidden Gem: Team Domenica Brighton

The inside of the cafe was a total surprise, I’m not sure what I was expecting but it probably wasn’t brightly coloured flamingo murals! The inside is absolutely beautiful! It was a really cold winter day, so the bright, colourful interior felt like a tropical paradise in comparison.

We were greeted by the amazingly friendly staff, who immediately rallied around us, ensuring our ever whim was catered for and whilst our coffees were brewed we chatted and got to know a few of the candidates.

A Hidden Gem: Team Domenica Brighton

A Hidden Gem: Team Domenica Brighton

Team Domenica offer a lovely selection of Small Batch coffees, cakes, pastries and freshly made sandwiches. Something I really loved is that prices are kept quite low, meaning our lunch cost quite a bit less than I’ve made in the chain coffee shops, but was so deliciously fresh. All profits from the cafe go straight back into the project, allowing them to continue with their work.

A Hidden Gem: Team Domenica Brighton

A Hidden Gem: Team Domenica Brighton

We sat and chatted by the window, enjoying our sandwiches and a spot of people watching. The cafe is a perfect location for a catch up with friends, a quiet area to work or read or for Mum’s with buggies as the inside is quite spacious too.

A Hidden Gem: Team Domenica Brighton

Team Domenica are doing fantastic work and it was an absolute pleasure to pop down and give them some support. The team are honestly the friendliest, most passionate people and the program is just growing from strength to strength. I know next time I’m in Brighton, I’d much rather visit a project like this, than your standard chain coffee house, so if you are nearby too – give it a go! And don’t forget, if you are waiting for a bus at the Old Steine and have 5 minutes to spare, you can pop in for a take-away coffee too.

You can find Team Domenica tucked just off the Old Steine (where the bus stops are!) – they are open daily from 9am-4pm during the week, but closed at the weekends. Read what Aine had to say about the project here too.

A Hidden Gem: Team Domenica Brighton

 

Win two pairs of tickets to the Brighton Color Run – Presented by Skittles!

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It’s time to dust off your trainers and get your sweatbands ready. Fizzy Peaches has teamed up with Skittles to offer two winners and their friends the chance to take part in the original, happiest and most colourful fun run, The Color Run, on Saturday 17th September in Brighton. If being showered by rainbow colours isn’t enough, the lucky winners will also receive a bright Skittles hoodie.

For your chance to win this awesome prize, here are the options:

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But wait, the fun doesn’t stop there! Skittles is also giving The Color Run fans the chance to take part in the happiest 5K on the planet in one of their coolest locations – Los Angeles!
Thanks to Skittles, you and a friend could win the chance to stay at one of LA’s top hotels for five nights and will even get to see the sights in your own retro convertible car for a day. Buckle up, throw on those shades and let the LA breeze swoosh through your hair! The fabulous prize also includes two tickets to a fun-filled night at The Comedy Store or tickets to the colourful Getty Museum, plus $400 to help with some retail therapy.

To be in with a chance of winning, head over to the Skittles Facebook page and leave a comment on the competition post, telling Skittles who you’d take to the Color Run and why, using #RunTheRainbow.
And don’t forget, if you’re taking part in any of the UK Color Runs, don’t forget to visit Skittles at the Finish Festival to get your hands on a FREE sample and continue adding colour to your life, inside and out!

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The LA competition opened on 09.03.2016 and closes at midnight on 30.09.2016. It is open to UK residents (England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales) aged 18 and over. Terms and conditions apply – visit www.wrigley.com/uk for full details.
Terms and Conditions:
• The prize is for two tickets per winner to The Color Run presented by Skittles on Saturday 17 September in Brighton
• You must be resident in the UK to enter and over 18 years of age
• There will be two winners and the prize is as specified
• Winners must register online via an e-ticket sent to them by Friday 26 August
• There is no cash alternative
• Transfers/travel costs are not provided
• If the event is cancelled outside of Skittles control, there is no substitute prize

 

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Brighton Foodies Festival 2016

Brighton Foodies Festival 2016

It’s become a tradition to visit the Brighton Foodies Festival every year on the May Bank Holiday Weekend. So we headed down with our good friend Tash and her gorgeous pug Scarlett (O’Hairy) for this years culinary adventure. As a group, it’s often a nightmare to eat out, between us we’ve got a few dietary requirements – we have a veggie (myself), gluten free and paleo (Tash) and V is highly allergic to fish, so we usually have our work cut out to find suitable for us all, but that is why we love the Foodies Festival – there is something for everyone. Sadly, seems to have become tradition to be miserable weather at the Foodies for us too, the previous two days had been glorious, but on the Monday we had to battle the drizzle and winds to get there, but we didn’t let it put us off! Determined to stuff our faces we pulled on our wellies and waterproofs and went for it. We walked round for a good few hours, trying all different kinds of food, drinks, sweet treats and more and rolled home happy as Larry. Here are a few of my top picks from the Brighton Foodies Festival 2016:

raviollie3raviollie2raviollieMy first favourite was RaviOllie. Ollie, the founder, actually contacted me before the event and asked me to pop by, so with our tummies rumbling, this was our first stop. RaviOllie is homemade ravioli, made with the freshest free-range ingredients, filled with locally sourced seasonal produce. When we arrived at the stall, I met Ollie (who was lovely) and had a look at the menu. There were lots of options for the meat eater and veggie alike (which I really liked as ravioli is usually meat based) so I went for a vegetarian mixture of the two vegetarian options – Spinach, ricotta and garlic and Butternut Squash (as I was being indecisive) and V opted for a more carnivorous option, Pulled Pork with Caramelised Onion. Both were delicious, you could taste how fresh the pasta was and the fillings were just spot on too. Really not your average Ravioli, we could have been in a top Italian restaurant, it really was high quality.

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Just as we were finishing up with our pasta we heard the pitter patter of tiny paws as Tash and little pug Scarlett had arrived, so naturally we all gravitated into a bar for a few catch up drinks before our next foodie treat.

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We headed to the unique Deco Noir Bar, where Art Deco meets Film Noir. The bar itself has got to be the star of the show – a gorgeous 1950’s Airsteam, who has been fully renovated into a chic, vintage bar and lovingly named ‘Lola’. We settled down for a few drinks at Deco Noir. Being a lover of winter warm drinks (and the fact it was a bit of a grey miserable day) I just had to try the Summer Punch, which was delicious. Like a warm Piña Colada, it was tropical and fruity yet just as comforting and warm as a winter drink. We had a good chat with the owner Sam, who is one inspirational lady. She told us all about her business and how she got to where she is now. She is a real entrepreneur, she designed Lola herself and even did most of the DIY during the renovations. Seeing as I struggle to change a light bulb, I was in awe, she is one fearless girl boss!

There was one last surprise at Deco Noir, Lola also contains a leather lounge area with a vintage photo booth. How amazing is that? Such a fun idea for a party or a wedding. We just had to give it a go, so I headed in there with Sam and of course, Scarlett (the real star of the Foodies) had to come along……

Brighton Foodies Festival 2016 - Deco Noirdeco-noir copySam and I in the photo booth – Ignore my windswept hair and the fact my makeup decided to disappear within two minutes of getting to the festival. Also, cracking up at the top left photo! 

Brighton Foodies Festival 2016

Next up, we needed to find Tash a gluten free lunch. She opted for freshly cooked falafels which came with tasty green chilli’s, salad, olives and lots of Tahini. It looked delicious and smelt amazing –  I was a bit jealous as she tucked in I have to admit!

With our savoury courses all eaten, we all decided it was time to find something sweet…

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For dessert, we found Vive La Crêpe with the warm scent of cooking pancakes and chocolate in the air, the stall just lured us in. I had a ‘Cheeky Monkey’ (of course!) which was Nutella and Banana – the BEST combination in my opinion. It was just heavenly, although it was so huge I felt a bit sick afterwards, but it was TOTALLY worth it.

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As if we hadn’t eaten enough, we also stopped by at the Purbeck Ice Cream stall as both V and I are HUGE fans of Purbeck. We live opposite a Purbeck ice cream shop (which is unfortunate for the waist line) so I’m always looking to try the new flavours, although my favourite will always be Salted Caramel. This summer they have some really unique flavours coming out and we got to try them all. New on the menu is Beetroot Sorbet (really refreshing and sweeter than it sounds!), Dorset Marmalade (which has some super tangy tart orangey bits!), Cracking Choc and Mango Ripple, which are all great additions to the menu.

Brighton Foodies Festival 2016

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Lastly, as we started to turn into little ice cubes, cold on the inside from the ice cream and chilly on the outside from the drizzle, we popped into Lobster Homeware. This lovely family business (who are SO friendly) sell these awesome ‘lobster aprons’ which have pockets and oven gloves ‘built in’ so you don’t have to buzz around the kitchen looking for something to use to take hot items out of the oven. Such a clever idea, I have no idea why it hasn’t been done before! I got to meet Nathalie (the founder and designer) and try on one of the gorgeous designs. I was tempted to buy the purple apron, but when I saw the new Union Jack design that hasn’t been released for sale yet we decided to wait for that one. I have been eagerly checking their website and will order it the minute it goes on sale!

Brighton Foodies Festival 2016

After a lovely day and SO much food and drink, we were all feeling a bit tired and cold, so we stopped in the pub on our way home to defrost and have some last minute puppy snuggles with Scarlett. As always, the Foodies Festival was a wonderful day out and I will no doubt be back next year!

I was kindly given press tickets for the Foodies Festival, however all foodie ramblings and opinions are my own