Saturday, December 6, 2014

#ILoveBumpkin

Oh, how I needed today.  After a rough week and the cancellation of our annual Christmas Market trip, Matt found the perfect way to cheer me up...  brunch and a walk on a gorgeous, crisp London day.  I'm feeling so much better.  

I realize that hashtag blessed has become a bit of a cliche, but I am feeling blessed.  I have the sweetest friends.  They've done so much to lift me up... cards, flowers, messages, skype dates, links to hot-guys-in-kilts.  I had a good consult with a doctor yesterday and feel good about our plan of action.  Jessica and my family have been solidly there for me even though they are so far away.  And I've received so much encouragement and kindness from amazing people that I've connected with through this blog and social media.  I'm a very lucky (and appreciative) girl.

London was just showing off today, all blue sky, twinkle lights and festive music.  I went a bit overboard on Instagram, but I just couldn't resist.  We started our day with brunch at Bumpkin South Kensington.  I realize I might have a biased opinion as Matt works for the company, but it was so good.  The granola with yogurt and honey was ridiculous.

Bumpkin was nice enough to let me host another Blogger's Table a few weeks ago.  Earlier this year a group of blogger's sampled the Bumpkin summer menu.  This time it was to celebrate the Bumpkin Autumn Menu.   

Bumpkin Chelsea, London

Currently, there are four Bumpkin locations in London...  Westfield, Notting Hill (where we had our last blogger's table), South Kensington and Chelsea.  Chelsea was the location of our second blogger's table.  Each location has it's own feel.  The Chelsea location has undergone a recent refurb which I love.  They've brightened everything up with cheery yellow floors and the garden is my favorite.  Eating in a heated English Garden in the middle of autumn, you can't beat that. 

Bumpkin Chelsea, London

Bumpkin Chelsea, London

Bumpkin Chelsea, London

I'm always impressed with how they take care of us bloggers with the little touches and attention to detail.  But, that's how they take care of everyone.  They have a great team.

Bumpkin Chelsea, London

Bumpkin Chelsea, London

Ignite Group which runs Bumpkin also runs the world-class Eclipse Cocktail Bars and the famous Boujis, so you know the cocktails at Bumpkin will be top notch.  Check out what Frankie from The Mayfairy had to say about the night and the drinks here.   The Plum Pudding Martini was the stand out.

Bumpkin Chelsea, London

Bumpkin is the best of seasonal British fare and the cold weather menu is hearty and  delicious.   Here are the starters we had to chose from.  

Soup of the Day

Crayfish Cocktail, Virgin Mary dressing

Pan Seared Scallops, cauliflower Cream

Dressed Cornish Crab, English caviar, toast

Sloe Gin Salmon, English caviar, cucumber

Truckle Cheddar Cheese Pasty, salad

Game Terrine, honey poached cranberries

BBQ Baby Pork Ribs

Roast Squash, poached quail eggs, foraged mushrooms tender stem broccoli


Bumpkin Chelsea, London

Being a Texas girl, of course I couldn't resist the ribs which fell right off of the bone.  Next time I want to try the cheese pasty.  Matt says it's a gooey, cheesy wonder.

Bumpkin Chelsea, London

Bumpkin Chelsea, London

Manasi from In Her 30's declared the scallops the best she's EVER had.  The secret ingredient is a hint of white chocolate.  You can read her review of our dinner here

Bumpkin Chelsea, London

Then it was time to move on to our mains.  This menu is so very British. 

Bumpkin Ale Battered Fish & Chips

Salmon Wellington

Roasted Monkfish, mussels, light curry cream sauce

Dry Aged Charolais Steak & Bumpkin Ale Pie, mashed potato

Aberdeen Angus Burger, triple cooked chips

Roast Pheasant, skirlie, Bury black pudding

Roast Chicken to Share, stuffing, chipolatas, chestnut mushrooms, hazelnuts

Highland Venison, Savoy cabbage, crispy bacon, game chips

Slow Cooked Pork Belly, poached Granny Smith

28 Dry Aged Ribeye Steak, chips

Ox Cheek Hot Pot, aged fillet, chervil roots, spinach

Pearl Barley Risotto, foraged mushrooms, roasted chervil roots

Line Caught Seabass, caper & anchovy nut butter, samphire
 
Bumpkin Chelsea, London

I had the Salmon Wellington and could barely finish it, but it was so good.  Amanda from Rhyme & Ribbons raved about the venison.  Be sure to check out her review and see how the private dining room was decorated for Halloween. 

Bumpkin Chelsea, London

We shared a few sides and I agree with Mina.  The Mac & Cheese was my favorite.
Read her take from King's Road Rocks! here.

Triple Cooked Chips

Buttered Mash

Macaroni Cheese

Seasonal Garden Salad

Buttered Black Cabbage

Bumpkin Chelsea, London

After all of that you would think we would be full and we were.  But, then this selection was presented to us. 

Bitter Chocolate Tart, salted peanut crumble, caramel mousse

Baked Nutmeg Vanilla Custard, marshmallow snowball

Warm Vanilla Sponge, gooseberry jam, almond ice cream

Buttermilk Rice Pudding, honeycomb crumble

Selection of Ice Cream & Sorbet

Sticky Toffee Pudding, vanilla ice cream

Selection of Cheeses, chutney, biscuits 

Bumpkin Chelsea, London

It was another impressive and fulfilling meal at Bumpkin.  Roger is the manager at Bumpkin Chelsea and made sure everything was perfect for us.  He was also busy with a private party that evening so Nick, the manager from Notting Hill came over to look after us.  You'll remember him from the perfect wine pairings for each and every course at our last blogger's table.  He worked his magic once again suggesting the perfect wine for each course. 

Bumpkin Chelsea, London

They sent us home happy and full, dreaming of sugar plums and carrying marshmallows.  Elizabeth from The Mayfair Office Girl shared hers with a special furry friend.  You can read her review here.  

Thanks so much to the team at Bumpkin and the lovely bloggers that joined me for a lovely dinner.  Follow this link to read more about Bumpkin Christmas, Sunday Brunch, and the Seasonal Menu


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