Eating Out: Brunch at The Milestone

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Last Saturday after a tiring morning of food and drink shopping we stopped off at the Milestone for a spot of lunch. This place has a firm place as one of my favourite places to eat in Sheffield, it can never go wrong. I just love the food, the atmosphere, the local sourcing, the ever changing seasonal menu and now the fact that it suits dining at any meal time. We have previously only eaten here as an evening meal, mainly between the hours of 5 and 7 where you can get 2 courses plus a drink for £14, but today was venue of choice for lunch or as we found out on arrival, brunch. Although we were dining at lunch there was still a number of menus to choose from, the lunch a la carte, brunch menu or set Saturday lunch menu were 2 could dine 2 courses and bottle of prosecco for £19. Choices choices.

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What we ate: Although the set lunch menu looked great and very tempting (plus the prosecco was calling) I decided that my eyes were in fact being too big for my belly (as they say) and I was driving so just opted for a Chicken Club Sandwich. I can tell you this wasn’t just a sandwich, the bread was lovely and soft with the crispest tastiest crust, the chicken and the bacon tasted fresh and were full of flavour and the egg mayonnaise was lovely and subtle, which is great considering I don’t like eggs.

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The boy opted for a full Milestone breakfast came with everything including homemade beans which were just a delight, he was very pleased in deed.

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What we Drank: After all the beer shopping, we were in a beer kind of mood so opted for the local Pale Ale from Welbeck.

Overall the meal was fantastic, the atmosphere was great and service was brilliant and all for just over £14, absolute bargain. Will definitely be ‘brunching’ here again.

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Eating Out: the Hop Pole, revisited

As we had such an amazing meal last time (see previous post) we decided to dine here again for dad’s birthday last weekend, and again it was amazing. I’ll keep this post/ review brief as my last one pretty much covered all the bases but I just couldn’t not share these beaut food pics with you..

Trio of pork: roast fillet, slow roasted belly and pulled hock croquet with mini toffee apples, baby leeks and roasted beetroot. Each part of the trio had a character of it’s own but all married together nicely and went lovely with a big glug of Hendersons. It felt like there was half a pig on my plate but I managed to plough through it.

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Rabbit and black pudding Wellington with roasted carrots, parsnips and a rich jus. Lovely and moist and full of flavour.

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And… The biggest steak and ale pie I have ever seen, served with chips. Naturally. Lovely tender beef and tasty boozy gravy. mmmm gravy.

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On another note, I know this is supposed to be all about food but I couldn’t resist sharing  a picture of this she-wee contraption, speechless.

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Eating out: Wig and Pen

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So, it’s saturday night and this week we dined at Wig and Pen on Campo Lane. From the same people who run the Milestone, this place offers gourmet gastro food, locally sourced and if you eat between 5-7 then the price is right also. By choosing the early bird menu, which we did you get 2 courses plus a drink for £14 and only £2.50 extra you can make it 3 courses.

What we ate: 

For my starter I chose the earl grey cured salmon with bread salad and pea shoots and can I say I was blow away, it was as good as it looked. The salmon was bright and fresh with a wonderful flavour I was really impressed.

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Others had spicy chicken wings which when had previously were much better as this time the spicy seasoning was lacking somewhat. However, the other two starters of bruschetta with prosciutto and the creamy spiced soup seem to go down very well.

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For mains again I chose very well, free ranged chicken breast with pearl barley, fresh peas and jus. I’m not normally a fan of pearl barley but it was just lovely, it took on the flavour of the chicken and jus well and was a pleasant alternative to the potato based side I would normally sway towards.

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Other mains included, fish and chips which I’m told was not anything amazing, the Big Wig Burger which yes was big and came with everything you could need on a burger and slow cooked shin of beef which would have been my second choice had I not gone for the chicken. And I kind of (definitely) had food envy.

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For dessert I went for my usual, a cocktail which I’ll tell you about I a mol the others devoured the Sunday which was chocolate orange and had subtle Christmas cake spices. There was also the brownie which was accompanied with butterscotch ice cream, I’m presuming it was delicious as I didn’t get a look in.

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What we drank:

As part of the early bird menu, you get a choice of either house wine or a pint of local ale, mmm I’ve such a soft spot for local Sheffield ale. But I like to drink wine when eating (and a lot when I’m not) so I went for the house white which was better than any highly priced wine in other places. I also, had a sip of the ale, an amber, which was full of flavour yet subtle, I could have drank the whole thing.

For my dessert cocktail I went for a Granny Smith, a Gin based cocktail with Elderflower syrup and fresh apple. On the menu it stated that it was served with parsley but came with thyme, I wouldn’t normally comment on such minor details but I’m just not a fan of thyme. But never mind the herb was easily removed and the drink was enjoyed. All the flavours came through well and the crunch of the fresh apple was a  nice touch.

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This place remains to be a favourite of mine, I love eating out at different places and as they say variety is the spice of life but I just can’t keep from coming back for more.