What an afternoon it was!
For some time now I’ve followed Silvana and The Foodie Bugle on Twitter so when I heard that there would be a pop up shop and cafe I glared at the diary and plotted when my visit would be. As it’s soon Loops’ 16th birthday treat and the end of term is approaching my weekends are fairly hectic so I was resigned to going some time in August which seemed far too ages away. Earlier in the week I’d spoken to Sally Swannell and she suggested we went one day after she was back from Home & Gift, which seemed like a good plan but in the meantime we’d have a quick coffee in amongst her Harrogate preparations and my chaotic schedule. That was the plan. Catching up for a coffee turned into “let’s go over to The Foodie Bugle for a spot of lunch”, which actually turned into an afternoon at The Foodie Bugle.
The directions on the website are really easy to follow and when you think you can’t go any further down the road you see Bincknoll House. Upon arrival John-Paul greeted and warmly welcomed us and showed us into the house whereupon he introduced us to Silvana who is everything I thought she was from our online interactions! We were all in heaven! There was so much to see! Windowsills full of glass – jelly moulds, candle sticks, domes, glasses, bowl. Cupboards groaning with plates, bowls, tureens, cups, saucers. Shelves ladened with platters, serving dishes, stew pots, cutlery, vases. Silvana introduced us to her daughter Mariella who served our drinks whilst Silvana handed us the menu and suggested we had a little bit of each course.
Oh but I don’t mind if I do!
Delicious – salad with beans and delicate flowers from the garden
Not much left ….
The most tender lamb I have ever eaten in a delicious sauce
I should have taken some photos of the cakes and meringues here but I sort of forgot to! Take my word for they were gorgeous!
Such a gorgeous pop up shop
Chocolate – I was good and didn’t buy any. This time.
Silvana and Sally with John-Paul at the checkout
A purchase – Oven gloves like the ones we had as children
A pretty box that I needed, for no other reason than it would look nice on a shelf
All too soon it was time to go home, with a boot full of treasures and a promise to return!
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Thank you Silvana, John-Paul and Mariella for making us all so welcome x