Saturday, 9 January 2016

Gerry's Kitchen 2015 Round-Up

2015 was a great for me and Gerry's Kitchen. Myself and Nicola always seemed to have something on as we followed our noses in the search of great food and drink. More PR opportunities came along too that allowed us to try out new restaurants or menus, as well as get to places that we might never had though of going to.
Here's a little round-up of some of our highlights from the last year.
January - The Busby Hotel re-opened its doors after a massive refurbishment.

February - with the cold winter biting hard, I found this great recipe that I've served up so many times since.

March - thanks to a great value Itison deal, we enjoyed a great lunch at Ian Brown Food & Drink.

April - a busy month with Glasgow seeing the opening of Gusto plus a trip to London which included a fantastic Sunday roast dinner at Marcus Wareing's The Gilbert Scott and a great repeat visit to Jason Atherton's Pollen Street Social.

May - we had a great trip to Birmingham for the UK launch party of Nocking Point wine which is owned by Arrow Stephen Amell. Whilst in the 2nd city, we had a great dinner at Opus @ Cornwall Street. -

June - after our trip to Birmingham, we had a quite month at home. This quick and easy recipe was perfect for the early summer evenings.

July - this was a month of invitations starting with a visit to Thornton Hall Hotel & Spa in the Wirral to try out Matt Worswick's The Lawns Restaurant before heading to the Heverlee @ Tontine pop up where I won a trip to Belgium! (More on that in the coming weeks)

August - one of my most read posts of last year was the 5 Questions post featuring the 2015 Masterchef Winner Simon Wood. This was followed by a birthday dinner at Restaurant Mark Greenaway then we celebrated out 5th wedding anniversary by staying over at Hilton Glasgow with dinner at Morblas Seafood & Grill.

September - anything to do with Masterchef always has high readership and the 5 Questions post with the 2015 runner up Tony Rodd was no different. Whilst on holiday in Lanzarote we sampled some of the best food and drink that the island has to offer when we visited the Feria de la Tapa.

October - after returning from holiday, we had a quitter month although did manage a great lunch at The Finnieston.

November - some great chefs have answered 5 Questions in the past and November seen one of the world's most recognised chefs, Michel Roux Jr throw his hat on the ring! We ended the month with our first visit to the 2 AA Rosette restaurant, The Gannet (review to follow)

December - life as a food and drink blogger moves pretty quickly and before we knew it, 2015 was almost gone but not before our friends at Big Partnership helps us get in the Christmas spirit with a day out in Glasgow before dinner at one of the city's newest restaurants - Atlantic Brasserie. The year ended with our trip to Belgium where we enjoyed three tasting menus over three nights, starting with a great night at Belga Queen. Our year ended with two amazing meals in Leuven, firstly at city centre restaurant Zarza before dining at Het Land aan de Overkant.
So that was 2015. Thanks to everyone who has been involved in making it a great year and thanks too to those that have taken the time out to read Gerry's Kitchen over the last year and here's to a busy 2016.



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