It may only be October but the festive season is slowly creeping closer and nothing makes me happier than all the food and drink that comes with Christmas.
I was beyond excited when the Cosy Club in Derby invited me along to try their Christmas menu, it’s never to early to start getting into the Christmas spirit!
The Cosy Club is one of my favourite places to go to in Derby. It has a warm and inviting atmosphere that provides a great place to unwind after a hectic day. I often stop by for a hot chocolate or cocktail when I’m out and about in the city.
After getting stuck in all the traffic on a chilly Thursday evening, I finally arrived with my plus one and fellow blogger Jay.
Our sever, and all the staff in general, were so friendly and welcoming. A glass of bubbles was presented to us straight away and Christmas crackers had even been laid out on the table for us. 100% for effort!
Their Christmas menu has a huge range of things to choose from, something to suit all tastes, and I got to try everything.
The starters were just amazing. The classic pigs in blankets oozing in a sticky mulled cider glaze, baked camembert with a warm gooey middle and halloumi and sweet corn bites served with a chiptole sweet chilli jam – definitely a must try.
A highlight for me was the mushroom, tarragon and chestnut pate – available vegan and gluten free.
Absolutely stuffed full of flavour, the starters were perfect to kick off the Christmas meal.
Now for the mains, with six options to choose from and featuring some traditional dishes with a Cosy Club spin.
The classic turkey dinner had been transformed into Norfolk Turkey and Smoked Bacon Pie served with creamy mash, roasted veggies and of course pigs in blankets.
I’m not usually a huge turkey fan but their version was tasty and flavourful.
The Slow-Roasted Outdoor Bred Pork Belly was to die for! Accompanied by a chestnut and herb sausage stuffing, braised red cabbage, a red wine gravy and dauphinoise potatoes – absolutely scrumptious.
For a vegan and gluten free option they have a Beetroot, Carrot and Parsnip Pie – again with a creamy mash and roasted veggies. Another delightful dish that tasted divine.
I have to say the one that stood out to me the most was the Halloumi and Winter Vegetable Wellington – AMAZING! It was so yummy and filling, by far one of the best vegetarian options I’ve tried in a long time. This came with a delicious creamy mash, maple-glazed veggies and sprouts with a sage and chestnut butter.
The other two options available are a Pan-Fried Fillet of Sea Bass and Confit Duck Leg.
After trying all this, I felt like a stuffed turkey. I thought I could eat no more when an array or mouthwatering desserts were placed on the table before me.
A rich Chocolate and Orange Torte with a raspberry sauce, Traditional Christmas Pudding in a brandy sauce, a refreshing Limoncello Cheesecake and of course a classic English Cheese Selection – it’s not Christmas without a cheese platter!
The highlight for me had to be the Chocolate Brownie and Cinder Toffee Trifle, it tasted like a chocolate heaven.
By this point I could eat no more. I sadly had to refuse a mulled wine and went home with a mince pie instead.
With amazing food and a relaxing atmosphere, I couldn’t think of a more perfect place to have your Christmas party.
Thank you so much Cosy Club Derby for inviting me along!
Bye for now