Sunday, 4 October 2015

Afternoon tea at the Amba and visit to Audrey Hepburn exhibition at the Tate

What better way to spend a sunday afternoon than spending time with like minded foodie friends walking around the Tate gallery reminiscing at the Audrey Hepburn exhibition. The Exhibition was a photographic recollection of Audrey Hepburn's life from 1929-1993. The exhibition had more than 70 photographs, vintage magazine  covers and film stills of Audrey Hepburns's life. After spending over an hour at the exhibition we went to the Amba our host for a wonderful afternoon tea.

The Amba hotel is housed in an elegant Grade II listed building beside Trafalgar Square, the 4-star Amba Hotel Charing Cross offers excellent service in historical settings. It is set in London next to charing cross station in the heart of London. Tastefully decorated with vintage look, high ceilings and sweeping staircases the Amba hotel is the perfect location to end a glorious afternoon in London to enjoy afternoon tea.

Afternoon tea means dainty sandwiches and scrumptious cakes served in beautiful teas cups. Amba hotel did full justice to the buffet afternoon tea they served us. Platter after platter of sandwiches, cakes, scones and pastries were laid out for a group of hungry bloggers to devour. An array of teas and coffees were served in beautiful floral china and the prosecco flowed all afternoon as if on tap.

You can book and enjoy a proper sit down afternoon tea experience at the Amba hotel  in their terrace restaurant overlooking the strand.

The Amba hotel catered really well for all dietary requirements such as gluten free, vegetarian and dairy free. The cakes and sandwiches were delicious and the afternoon was really enjoyable.

I was an invited guest to the afternoon tea and the Audrey Hepburn exhibition by Amba hotel. All the views and opinions shared in this post are my own and of my experience of the afternoon. To read more about the after noon you can see the Amba hotels post here.

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Win tickets to Foodies Festival Christmas

Retro recipes in the Chefs Theatre, vegan treats in the Artisan Christmas Market, Champagne Ski Bar and a London Gin Theatre are just some of the festive features food-lovers can look forward to as Foodies Festival Christmas returns to London’s Truman Brewery 27th – 29th November.

If you want to get some great gifts for Christmas and spend a day sampling amazing food then you will not want to miss this wonderful festival.

Tickets are on sale now and are available at or by calling 0844 995 1111

Advance tickets are available for £12 
Friday adult day ticket £15.00 (£12.00 concession)
Saturday or Sunday adult day ticket £18.00 (£15.00 concession)
3-day adult ticket £23.00 (£18.00 concession)

Friday VIP ticket £35.00
Saturday or Sunday VIP ticket £39.00

VIP tickets include a welcome glass of bubbly, access to the VIP lounge with private bar and refreshments throughout the day, priority entry to food and drink masterclasses, a festive goody bag and a showguide.

All children aged 12 and under go free to all Foodies Festivals when accompanied by an adult. 

Open times:
Friday 27th November: 12pm – 6pm
Saturday 28th November: 11am – 6pm
Sunday 29th November: 11am – 6pm

Foodies festival have been very generous and have agreed to give 3 citrusspiceuk visitors a chance to win one pair of tickets each so that you too can join  in the Christmas festivities.

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Saturday, 19 September 2015

Cook with Neff

With the great British Bake off currently on air, there seems to be a baking frenzy around. Everyone is talking about cakes and bakes, the star baker of the week, the flop of the week and also all the equipment and ingredients that the bakers are using.

Recently I was invited to a baking session at the Neff headquarters in Milton Keynes organised by Currys to try out their slide and hide ovens that are featured on the bake off. These ovens are pretty cool with all sorts of amazing features as doors that slide and hide. touch controls that  making setting your oven temperature a breeze and even having self cleaning and ovens that have a wonderful steaming drawer/ cavity  that regulates the oven temperature to give perfect baking.The ovens were simply amazing and I most certainly want one on my christmas wishlist.

There were some 20 bloggers that were present and we had a wonderful time all working together in small groups creating some awesome dishes  for our lunch.

We cooked  flatbreads, wild boar patties, savory tartlets, quiche lorraine, couscous and green salads, roasted vegetable tarts, pull and share breads and delicious desserts.

The Neff slide and hide ovens made the baking so easy with their simple programmable touch button features. We soon rustled up some desserts to finish off our elaborate lunch.

I would like to thank Currys and Neff for inviting me to their showrooms to see their slide and hide ovens and for the amazing hospitality they provided. To read  more about our exciting day please check out the "The great blogger bake off with Neff"

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