Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Made.com comes to Bristol! A pop-up supper with Dela Bristol

I love it when a new shop comes to town. Right now in Cabot Circus, Bristol, there's a temporary Made.com pop-up rammed with gorgeous furniture. And last week, I went there for dinner. Wait, what??

Yep. Alongside a dozen Bristol bloggers and amid plump sofas and cool homewares, we sat down to a five-course dinner from Dela Bristol. It was glorious.

Cleverly, the table was set with Made.com crockery, cutlery and glassware, lit by twinkling candles and dressed with colourful tulips. On each of our place settings we found a personalised menu plus a couple of little gifts. 

Beginning with a winter spiced whisky and apple cocktail, we mingled and ate delicious canapés: chicory with soft blue cheese and walnuts, and pickled beetroot and quails eggs. Then, the soup course was wild mushroom, shallot and tarragon, with a huge hunk of cheese on toast dunked in. The starter(!) followed – goat's cheese, apple and chicory salad with dark rye bread and sea salt butter, along with another cocktail, an elderflower, grapefruit and thyme vodka spritz. 

For me, the highlight of the dinner was the main course: warm cauliflower, radish, fennel and red onion salad with toasted walnuts, soft herb salsa and a tahini dressing, with sourdough. It was just astonishing. I'm beginning to think that cauliflower is one of my favourite vegetables as it transforms entirely when roasted or stir fried into the sweetest, most creamy delicious veg. This dish is definitely one I'm going to try to recreate at home. And I'll certainly be pairing it with a Riesling again.

Finally, it was onto pudding and cheese: poached pears and spiced sweet ricotta with a rose reduction, followed by 'Fosseway Fleece', a wonderfully smooth sheep's cheese, and charcoal biscuits. And to finish? Homemade petit fours and an espresso martini. I was so full! Full and very happy. 

It was particularly ace to catch up with fellow bloggers Kym Grimshaw, Tigerlilly Quinn, Wild & Grizzly, Hello it's Gemma, and Being Little. Here are a few more snaps from the evening...




Being surrounded by such beautiful homewares was a little distracting, and since our dinner I've been scouring the Made.com website for my pick of their lovely designs. Here are a few of my favourites... 














What would you choose? Tricky, isn't it? 

Here are some more pictures from the night...













Thanks so much to Made.com and Dela Bristol for a wondrous evening.




Photography by Emli Bendixen
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