A couple of weeks ago I was invited to spend the evening at Franco Manca in Reading – a chain of restaurants that specialise in sourdough pizza. The team at Franco Manca hosted a special evening to let local media, bloggers etc. sample some of the menu and hand selected organic and natural wines, no logo beer and cider, and other drinks. To be honest I had never heard of Franca Manco until attending this event, so I was full of intrigue before my arrival. Now I have experienced them for myself however, I thought it only right that I share five things you need to check out for yourself if you get the chance to visit Franco Manca.
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A couple of weeks ago I attended a pre-launch evening at Reading’s newest restaurant, The Botanist, located on King Street.
The Botanist, a concept like no other, offers an award-winning selection of botanical inspired cocktails, craft beers and ales along with an extensive dining menu.
The Botanist offers over 80 different beers and ales from around the world. The pub chain even brews two of their own ales, Passionate Blonde and Pacific Pale Ale.
My husband and I were a tad early for our dinner reservation, which was no bad thing as it allowed us to head to the bar and try out some of the extensive cocktail menu. I had happened to have a bit of a stressful day at work and even though part of me wanted to curl up at home and feel sorry for myself, an evening out at The Botanist Reading proved a great distraction.
As I was the designated driver for the evening (earnt some top wife points), I could only try one alcoholic cocktail before switching to the alcohol-free options. The menu of options was endless and if you are a gin lover then The Botanist (Reading) is definitely somewhere you need to spend an evening. As it turns out, I am not hugely into gin but I adore a Mojito and The Botanist Reading offers three versions, I decided to try the Plum and Thai Basil Mojito (seen below on the left) and I can report it was delicious.
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Last week, I was excited to be invited to the relaunch party for Browns Brasserie & Bar in Windsor for an evening of champagne, canapés and cocktails ahead of the festive season.
“The brasserie, which overlooks the Thames and Windsor Castle, now has a brighter, modern look, with the grand piano still the centre of attention. With a new menu; scrumptious afternoon tea; and carefully crafted cocktails, the brasserie is now the perfect space to relax in style. This all follows significant investment in Browns Windsor, which now has capacity for over 350 guests in the restaurant, bar and outside terrace.”
Running from the car in the pouring rain, my husband and I were warmly greeted with glasses of champagne as we arrived at Browns Brasserie, and we headed straight to the bar area to dry off and make use of our drinks vouchers.
There were four new cocktails on offer for guests to try – You Rang M’Lord (Tanqueray Rangpur, lychee liqueur, fresh lemon and elderflower cordial); Bonfire Mule (Haig Clubman, smoked syrup, Angostura bitters, ginger beer); British Cosmopolitan (Tanqueray original, elderflower cordial, lemon juice, apple juice); and Talisker Toffee Apple (Talisker 10, apple juice, caramel syrup, angostura bitters).
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