Celebrating The Party Season At The Pitcher & Piano Christmas Taster Evening…
It’s only September, but I’ve already begun thinking about my favourite time of year – Christmas. The nights are beginning to get longer, the candles are on more often (as is the heating), my pj’s have switched from short ones to the long variety and even more I’m enjoying cosying up on the sofa with my fiance, with a film and a glass of something alcoholic. I love this time of year and I love any excuse to spend time with the ones you care about the most. But do you know what my favourite part of Christmas is? The food! You all know that food is the way to my heart. So it was fitting then when Pitcher & Piano contacted me to come and have a taste of what’d they’d be offering this Christmas season…
I’d never been to a Pitcher & Piano before but it was always one of those places that I’d wanted to go to thinking it would be right up my street. Surprise surprise, after walking through the doors of Pitcher & Piano Derby I have to say it was! It oozed that laid back industrial style vibe I love with a touch of chicness to it – think velvet and other more delicate touches here and there.
We popped open the Prosecco and were given the lowdown on Pitcher & Piano, what they offer and how easy it is for the customer to access.
If you’ve never been to Pitcher & Piano before (as I hadn’t) then here’s what you need to know. Pitcher & Piano have 18 bars throughout the UK and serve a range of fresh food, wines, cocktails and draught. They’ve been offering Christmas meals throughout the party season for over 30 years and are dedicated to trying to make the party planning process as stress-free as possible. Their online system makes it easier for customers to enjoy themselves on the night with preorder options allowing you to order the food you’d like, adding any dietary requirements into the mix and even pay for it too. This is something I loved the sound of as there’s nothing worse than faffing around with a menu, spending half the night deciding what you want and the other half finding your purse in the bottom of that handbag to pay for it. It’s easy peasy! And with a range of canapé packages on offer, as well as traditional 3 course meals. It’s worth a peek…
A selection of food was showcased and brought out to us to try on the night. We were spoilt with two starters, a main and a pudding to dig into.
Jordan absolutely adored the Crispy Fried Cornish Brie starter and had always thought he didn’t like brie, but it turns out that when it’s done right he’s a huge fan. Paired with mixed leaves and cranberry sauce, the brie was rich, decadent and oozing with flavour.
Unfortunately the Brie starter was something I couldn’t dig into myself as it wasn’t gluten free, but Pitcher & Piano had ensured they’d catered for my needs elsewhere which I was more than happy with.
Then arriving on a wooden platter piled high with gluten free bread was a soup. I’m not usually the biggest fan of soup, often finding it boring and generally unappealing. However, I found myself pleasantly surprised after trying Pitcher & Piano’s Tomato Soup offering (a substitute for the Mushroom Soup on the Christmas menu). It was incredibly tasty, more-ish even and rich yet creamy.
The gluten free bread was lovely too, which is often something that can be so hit and miss in restaurants. A big thumbs up and a genuine smile from me in the above picture too!
Our main courses consisted of a take on P&P’s Roast Turkey dinner with turkey sandwiches (GF for me!), roast potatoes, honey roasted carrots and parsnips, as well as pigs in blankets (for Jordan – and a little too sweet in his opinion) and gravy. Their standard turkey dinner is very much a traditional roast with all the trimmings but our little tasters were enough to give us an idea. The turkey, which can often be dry, surprisingly wasn’t and was well seasoned and delicious paired with a little cranberry sauce. The honey roasted carrots and parsnips were just how I like them, but always fail to recreate myself at home, and the roast potatoes went down well too.
Finally, we were given the option to choose from a crumble or a brownie for pudding. I had my fingers and toes crossed that the brownie was gluten free, and thankfully it was (and even is as standard!). We ordered two of the Dark Chocolate And Cherry Brownies With Chocolate Ice Cream and let’s just say I was a happy bunny.
It wasn’t too sickly in taste, even paired with the chocolate ice cream and the portion size was ideal too with it neither being too big nor too small. It, along with another glass of Prosecco, was the ideal end to our evening.
If you’re interested in having a Christmas meal at a Pitcher & Piano near you with family or friends, you can find out more information and see their full menu here. Also, if booked before 30th September 2017 each member of your party will receive a complimentary glass of Prosecco on arrival. Bonus!
You can find your nearest Pitcher & Piano here. Or if you’re interested in Derby’s Pitcher & Piano, you can find it at 19 – 20 Friargate, Derby, DE1 1BX.
Post written in collaboration with Pitcher & Piano. All opinions are 100% my own.