Staying In Is The New Dining Out

Staying In Is The New Dining Out

As parents it isn’t often we get to go out and have a dining experience. A few weeks ago La Belle Assiette sent a chef to our home so we could host a dinner party with a few friends we hadn’t seen in a while (tell a lie we had seen one the week before but…).

The fine dining experience at home really appealed to me. With 3 children and 2 unpredictable sleepers it can often be hard to go out for a meal and leave them at home. We also had added costs of a babysitter. To be able to entertain at home is essential for us. Our kitchen was completely ripped out last year and so it’s now a perfect chance for us to invite people over and have a night catching up.

La Belle Assiette put us in touch with our chef Terry who got in touch via a phone call (I love it was a personal touch like this and not an email!). I was asked about likes/dislikes and what dietary requirements we had, what equipment we had available, the space and also about dining at hoe around the children. Terry made me feel so at ease and made sure we were given a menu that was making us drool weeks before arriving at the door! We kept in touch via text so I was really at ease by the time the night of our dinner party came around.

When Terry arrived it was so wet and windy! The children were still up and he was kind and considerate of being in a family home. Taking time to explain o our 3 year old what was going on with me. Thankfully the youngest children were asleep by the time dinner was served!

The first course was Smoked Salmon terrain for the meat eaters and Whipped Golden Cross Goats Cheese, Beetroot Relish and Walnut Toast as a vegetarian option. Both starters were generous in size and you could tell the produce was so fresh. The home made tomato bread was a lovely touch.

The main course was lamb and this was amazing. The meat was tender and the accompanying sauce was delicious. For a veggie option there was a polenta cake which was full of flavour.

By time dessert came around my youngest had woken up. Terry was again considerate around the children and the situation as was a delight throughout! He talked us through each course and then after all the cooking was done he cleared the kitchen! If you are a parent you will know that that is a delight within itself!

After Terry had packed up and gone home we sat chatting to our guests until gone midnight. The whole evening was just lovely and I cannot wait to book again. It really was the most enjoyable evening and the food was a complete winner!

Thank you to La Belle Assiette for letting us review their service, to Terry for the incredible food and for Mark Rea Photography who came along to photograph the evening! All views are my honest opinion and all photos are from Mark part from the dessert photography which I am surprised I even got as I was wrapped up in not having to do much and enjoying my evening!

Chelle

Manic Mama of 3, wife of shouty singer Gav, blog writer, stationery obsessive, bed jumper, Brighton based social media consultant and semi-pro juggler of it all!

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