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Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Valentine's at The Brampton Mill*

It's that day again where we declare our undying love for one another and woo our other half. Cards are purchased, presents too and bottles of bubbly are popped open. This year I decided to go out for dinner with Chris to one of our favourite restaurants- The Brampton Mill.

The Brampton Mill

Tucked away between Huntingdon and Brampton, this beautiful old Mill is set on the River Ouse. The building itself boasts tasteful decor- set out over three levels, with plenty of cosy nooks to dine and drink in and the water wheel being viewed in motion from the bar area and level two of the dining area.

The Brampton Mill

The Brampton Mill

The Brampton Mill

The Brampton Mill

The Brampton Mill

The Brampton Mill

The Brampton Mill

The bar itself was instantly welcoming with the cosy log fire crackling and a vast array of beverages to choose from. Chris' favourite beer St Stefanus was an instant pick for him and I opted for rose bubbly- the perfect treat for a Valentines date night.

The Brampton Mill

Our table was set on the third floor which is probably my favourite of all the dining areas with the high beamed ceilings and rustic decor. The low lighting in the room made for a lovely romantic setting and atmosphere for our date night. Now onto the important stuff- the food! Queue all the foodie pics which will make you drool...

The Brampton Mill

The Valentine's menu consisted of three delicious courses to choose from. I started with the Chicken Liver, Sherry and Balsamic Parfait with Crostini. This was delicious with the crostini being fresh and crisp with the cucumber balls being a refreshing accompaniment to the rich pate.

The Brampton Mill

The Brampton Mill

Chris chose the Fiocco Di Culatello Cured Ham with burrata mozzarella dressed in extra virgin olive oil. Both dishes were presented beautifully as always at the Brampton Mill and were greatly enjoyed, making us excited for what the next course had to offer.

The Brampton Mill

The main course didn't disappoint for either of us. Again it came looking scrumptious and appetising, Chris choosing the pan-roasted lamb rump accompanied by asparagus, chorizo, fondant potato, baby onions and minted red wine jus.

The Brampton Mill

I had chicken on the brain and had chosen the corn-fed chicken supreme which came stuffed with 'nduja sausage, seasonal greens, cashew pesto and heritage potatoes. Choosing chicken for two courses could have been a mistake but definitely not. This dish had a total different taste with the fresh greens and succulent chicken. The potatoes were to die for and melted in the mouth and the mix of the sausage stuffing and cashew pesto made for an interesting and incredibly delicious dish.

The Brampton Mill

We were feeling suitably stuffed at this point but then we saw the desserts and well...what's a three course Valentine's meal without a dessert!? Instantly the Melting Golden Chocolate Bomb stood out to both of us and naturally we both ordered it. My shot doesn't do anywhere near enough justice to it but this Heston Blumenthal style dessert came out as a ball of golden chocolate with caramel ice cream inside. The waiter poured hot Devon cream toffee sauce(!!) over the top which revealed the ice cream and made for a seriously melty dessert heaven. To top if off the dish was generously sprinkled with chocolate popping candy which made the whole thing even more fun and delicious. Both Chris and I were giggling away and thought this would be the perfect dessert to break the ice on a first date.

The Brampton Mill

After the dessert we really were well and truly stuffed and adjourned to the bar for after dinner drinks and discuss how good our date dinner had been. Each time we go to The Brampton Mill we are never disappointed with the food and the service, making for many happy memories.

Now if you're still looking to do something for Valentine's but didn't fancy a manic restaurant tonight, this menu is available until Friday 17th February. The set menu includes three courses and a glass of prosecco for £29.95 pp. I would highly recommend going but if you can't make this week their normal menu is just as delicious and there are plenty of upcoming reasons to go- one being Mother's Day next month!

I hope you're all having a lovely Valentine's Day whatever you're doing.


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