Monday, 5 June 2017

Bay Leaf - Tuesday 13th June!

By popular demand, we're back in Grayshott in June to visit the Bayleaf.  The table is booked, in fact it has been for over two weeks.  Some of our Friday 'early beers' crowd arrived rather late in the evening for late beers and a curry.  The food was excellent, one beer would have been enough, and my head was a little sore the next day.

We'll meet as usual at the Fox and Pelican for aperitifs from about 19:30 and then dinner is booked for 20:30.  Please sign up using the form on our web site or mail back in answer to the e-mail notice that will be sent to members.  Looking forward to a great evening, interesting and tasty food, and some good fun.  

July: meeting on Wednesday 12th - the plan is to return to the Paradise Balti in sunny Petersfield. 

Directions: Parking is easy in Grayshott - the Headley Road car park, the pub and the restaurant are all within 100 yards of each other. I wish it was so easy to embed a Google map in a Google (Blogger) posting but this seems to keep switching to one of the local estate agents.  I'm not sure whether this is aggressive marketing or bad technology but either way, it's a pain in the backside.

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Tuesday 9th May - Malabon

The table is booked! This month our venue is Malabon, in Petersfield, for our meeting on Tuesday 9th.  We'll assemble at the Red Lion for aperitifs from about 19:30 and then dinner will be at 20:30.

Space is limited so I need to hear from members as soon as possible whether you plan to be there or not - ideally no later than Sunday night but the earlier the better.  You can reply to the members' e-mail notice which will be sent out soon after this blog post or instead use the feedback form on the web site.

Mysteriously, probably my mistake, the meeting notice here on Blogger for April went missing.  I've now reinstated it, including the review of the visit to Spice Lounge.  Moving on from that, we had an enjoyable evening in Grayshott, with a couple of pints in the Fox and Pelican before dinner at the Gurkha Durbar.  Some parts of the menu stood out - the Bombay potatoes in the starter and hot lamb curry were excellent, but all tastes were satisfied, with a selection of hot and medium chicken and lamb dishes as well as vegetable sides.  We'll have another visit to the northern end of our range soon, either in Haslemere or Grayshott. 

But for now, I'm looking forward to our next meeting in Petersfield and enjoying Malabon's tasty cooking on Tuesday 9th. 

Monday, 3 April 2017

12th April - Gurkha Durbar, Grayshott

The table is booked!  Our April meeting takes place in Grayshott on Wednesday 12th at the Gurkha Durbar.  Aperitifs will be at the Fox and Pelican from about 19:30, and then dinner is booked for 20:30 just up the road.  The Gurkha Durbar focuses on Nepalese food and has some delicacies that you don't find so often elsewhere, including choila, the delicious char-grilled lamb starter.

We need to give the restaurant as good an estimate of numbers as possible by Tuesday but an early reply is very helpful.  Note - this is a Wednesday booking, our first of the year, instead of the Tuesdays that we've been 'trying out' increasingly often since mid 2015.  Please reply to the e-mail notice sent to members or use the feedback form on our web site.  There's lots of parking in Grayshott including at the F&P, and three public car parks, as well as on the street.

A little report from our foray to Spice Lounge: the kulchi lamb was exceptional; the picture on the right gives an idea of the impressive presentation of the second leg that arrived after the first had been demolished.  We again thought the spicy version of kulchi lamb was tremendous - just enough to tickle the taste buds and make it a delicious variant on what can otherwise seem a little bland.

We'd had some late drop-outs, and there was too much for seven of us to eat; some of us had doggy bags to take away.  I can testify that the cold lamb made delicious lunchtime sandwiches for the rest of the week and also went extremely well with couscous for supper one evening.  They earned a Good review on TripAdvisor - well deserved.

Looking forward to a great evening on Wednesday 12th!

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

March - Spice Lounge

The table is booked and so is the kulchi lamb!  Our March meeting takes place on Tuesday 14th at the Spice Lounge in Petersfield.  We asked last time (June) for the kulchi lamb to be made spicy and the result was fantastic - people raved about it.  So we've asked for the same thing again. 

Aperitifs will be at the Old Drum from about 19:30 and then dinner will be at the Spice Lounge (just a couple of minutes' walk from the pub) at 20:30.  

We need to give the restaurant as good an estimate of numbers as possible by Monday so that the right amount of lamb can be given the slow slow treatment.  Please reply to the e-mail notice sent to members or use the feedback form on our web site. 

Talking of web sites, the Spice Lounge seems to be making a real effort to improve its marketing.  Its web site has a new modern look, they're trying to use Facebook effectively, and they even did a lunch 'thali for a pound'  offer for a few days at the beginning of February.  Great work, and we're looking forward to a great evening on Tuesday 14th.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Dhanmondi - Tue 21st February

The table is booked at last!  As we thought that restaurants would be full on Valentine's Night, we decided to postpone the February meeting to Tuesday 21st. 

We're returning to Dhanmondi in Whitehill, our 12th visit to this venue.  It's often been our February choice since we first discovered it in 2006.   Thank you to the members that contacted me to why they'd heard nothing.  I planned to book on Sunday, missed the chance, then they were closed last night, so that's why this announcement is later than usual. 

Aperitifs will be at the Woodlark, a Marstons pub just 150 yards away on the other side of the A325 from about 19:30.  I'm interested to see if they have a good range of the excellent Marstons bottled beers on sale - last time the choice was minimal.  Dinner will be at 20:30.   There's a map below or you can follow this Google Maps link for map and directions.  Parking is at the back of the restaurant. 

Please let me know if you plan to be there, either using the feedback page on the web site or in reply to the MailChimp message which will be sent to members. Looking forward to a good evening on 21st!