Thursday, April 30, 2015

#PlymouthBlogMeet at Rumpus Cosy!

When I started blogging almost 2 years ago I never could have imagined that there were so many other bloggers that also lived in Plymouth and it seems that the numbers keep growing. It was about time we all got to meet up with each other, and I have LittleEllieMae to thank for organising the event and bringing the bloggers of Plymouth together! The blogger meet was held at one of my favourite cafes in Plymouth called Rumpus Cosy, it's the type of place where none of the saucers and cutlery matches and where they go the extra mile with the presentation of their delicious drinks and cakes, all proceeds also go to charity and I couldn't think of a better way to donate money by eating lots of yummy cake and drinking tea! Anyway, about 13 lovely bloggers all came for the meet up and we all had the loveliest afternoon...
The interior of Rumpus cosy is really quirky and it's such a lovely escape from the hustle and bustle of your branded coffee shops.
It was then down to serious business...Choosing what tea to have was the most difficult decision of the day.
I just love how nothing matches in Rumpus Cosy, I loved seeing all the different tea pots and cups being brought out, it's definitely made me want to go around all the charity shops in town and collect my own stash of mismatched kitchenware!
Tea + Cake = perfection
This is the BEST carrot cake I have ever had (and I've had a lot!)! If you live in Plymouth you need to go down and try it out for yourself, the flowers were even edible!
I went for traditional breakfast tea, can you believe I've only recently started drinking tea, and I kinda love it!
As if the tea, cake and bloggers was not enough, Ellie also put together some lovely goody bags for us with bits and pieces from some lovely brands.
After eating our yummy cakes and peeping inside our goody bags we all had some quality time to get to know each other a bit better and just have a general chat about life in Plymouth and our blogs. I do have quite an obsession with cafes, as you'll know if you follow me on Instagram (NicoleLsage), so doing the same thing with a group of bloggers for the afternoon was just lovely, and everyone was so nice! I know it can always seem a bit daunting meeting up with other bloggers for the first time but there is never anything to worry about as you'll always end up getting on like a house on fire and you already all have a common interest to chat about which is blogging, of course!
The 2 hours literally flew by and I wish we could do it all over again, it's true what they say that time really does fly when you're having fun!
A peep inside the lovely goody bags!
I absolutely loved the contents of the goody bags! Some brands I'm very familiar with including Nanshy brushes which are just fab and Halo Wipes that are super handy for travelling, and I will be packing for my travels this year. I can't wait to test out the other lovely brands that donated some products though, expect some reviews in the future.
(Credit: LittleEllieMae)
A lovely group shot of all the bloggers that went to the meet up! Thanks again to Ellie who organised the event with the help of Becca and for all the other lovely bloggers that I got to meet! I can't wait to do something similar in the summer with them all, I don't think I speak for myself when I say a Bloggers cafe crawl would be a brilliant idea.. Our local newspaper called The Herald also came down for the afternoon to take some pictures from the event and have featured us in an article which you can read here if you want to take a look!

Another big thank you to Rumpus Cosy who were such fabulous hosts of the event, I can't wait to pop back again soon for a hot chocolate and some cake!

Do you like local blogger meet ups? Do you like cute cafes like Rumpus Cosy? Have you been to Rumpus Cosy before?

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Monday, April 27, 2015

OOTD | The shirt dress

Necklace - River Island
Bag - Topshop
Shoes - office
Watch - Olivia Burton

I hope you all had a fab weekend, it's typical that the weekend in Plymouth was plagued by dull weather but I definitely made the most of the sunshine last week so it's not all bad! The new obsession in my life at the moment is the shirt dress (as well as pink blossom!), it's amazing how such a simple item of clothing can look so good! I absolutely love denim anyway and I'm so happy denim shirt dresses have made a come back, they are THE easiest thing to wear which is why I love them so much. I love the bagginess of them as I'm not much of a fan of tight clothes as I find them too restrictive, they really don't need to be dressed up much either. For only £27.99 it's not going to break your bank (but there are cheaper ones elsewhere-primark!) and I have already worn it numerous times, I think I'm definitely going to have to go back and invest in all of the other colours they have, I especially love the camel coloured ones! Teamed with a pair of lace up flats or heels and you've got an effortlessly stylish outfit..

Do you like shirt dresses? What is your fashion obsession this season? Do you have a shirt dress? Do you like pink blossom?
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Saturday, April 25, 2015

The Stable Plymouth - Pizza, Pies & Cider!


The-Stable-PlymouthWhen I heard at the end of last year that The Stable would be opening up in Plymouth I was beyond excited, I am familiar with The Stable in Bristol by the harbour and knew that Sutton Harbour in Plymouth would be the perfect location for it. The Stable have other restaurants in Bridport, Weymouth, Poole, Fistral Beach, Falmouth, Bath and Bristol, with more opening up later this year too. They are the home to Pizza, Pies and cider, I love the idea of this simple trio and they all really do work well together. It is true that Pizza really does make the world go round. Needless to say I couldn't pass up an opportunity to head down to The Stable and taste some of the delicious pizzas, ciders and pies for myself!
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We were warmly greeted with drinks of prosecco and local cider and led into the spacious dining area.
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Where the magic happens...
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I loved how they used an old singer machine for a napkin holder, I absolutely loved the little quirky touches they had like this throughout The Stable.
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They have a wide selection of ciders on offers at the bar, and if you cant decide on one they do a cider tasting board which I think is a great idea, the board has five different cider samplers for only £7.50 which helps you to find the perfect cider to suit your taste buds.
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The artwork in The Stable is just fantastic, the flying pigs led us up the stairs..
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Even the toilet sign was arty!
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There was further seating upstairs so there is plenty of room, I love the wooden benches , there is definitely an old school, medieval kind of feel to the place that makes it feel like a feast or banquet. It instantly makes it different to most other chain and independent restaurants, it's refreshing to see something different for once.
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I don't drink alcohol so unfortunately couldn't test out the cider, but it did smell delicious! I guess I felt a bit like going to Nandos and not having any sauce on my chicken...
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The face behind The Stable Nikki Cooper gave a little talk whilst we started to tuck into our pizzas and she warmly welcomed us all into The Stable!
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By the time we had mingled and grabbed a bench I was more than ready to try some pizza! In each Stable restaurant they name the different pizzas after local names which I think is so cool and really personalises it to the location. If you are local to Plymouth you will find their names hilarious, especially The Plympton Pecker..
The Billy The Kid, also a vegetarian option had goats cheese, caramelised onions, mushrooms, spinach leaves, tomato, mozzarella and roasted hazelnuts.
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The Barbican Blaster, very fitting with the location of the stable and equally as stunning, This pizza combines spicy chopped pork, naga chillies, garlic, red onion, basil leaves, mushrooms, and tomato and mozzarella. If you like spicy food then this is your one, my mouth was literally on fire after eating this.
The Devonport Docker is the pizza for all you fish lovers, I passed on this one as the closest you'll get me to eating fish is a fish finger..This one is full of mackerel and salmon, spinach and tomato and mozzarella.
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This slice was literally like heaven in my mouth, low and behold the Sir Francis Drake pizza which contained blue ticklemore cheese, roasted spanish onions, English spinach and fresh tomato sauce and mozzarella. This was without a doubt my favourite, the roasted potatoes on top are something a bit different to anything I've had before, plus everyone loves a roast potato!
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I think this may have been slice 6 at this point..or 8...
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 After consuming my body weight in pizza we headed out onto the terrace area to drink in the views... I honestly cannot think of a more perfect location, it is the perfect little sun trap. The Barbican is one of my favourite places in Plymouth, it's so care free, its by the sea and it's beautiful in the sun. The Stable really has combined everything that I love in life.
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Did I mention that I LOVE living in Plymouth?!
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I then proceeded to eat more slices of pizza..
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Oh one more wont hurt...This was the traditional Hawaiian pizza which was just delicious!
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The 'Stable hands' were lovely and friendly too, it's always good when they are bringing round slices after slices after slices of pizza.. I am usually a boring margherita type of girl when it comes to pizza and never order anything different in case I don't like it, but by trying out the different slices it was great to be able to try different toppings for once and actually discover that I do like other pizzas!
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I even got to have a chat with Nikki Cooper, she was so lovely and down to earth and I loved hearing all about The Stable, they are due to open one up in Southampton at Above Bar street shortly and I only wish it was there when I was at university in Southampton! 
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'The Stable' sign is amazing and even lights up, so you'll always be able to spot it at night time in the dark!
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The evening drew to close and everyone slowly subsided,  we didn't even leave empty handed and were each given a lovely goody bag filled with cider, apple juice, a lovely tea towel and the menu! I will treasure my stable bag for life, the graphics on it are fab! 

I love trying out new restaurants in Plymouth and we are lucky to be getting a few new places now, but the stable is seriously a stand out for me, the renovation of the building is phenomenal to what it used to look like when it was Vauxhall Quay and the whole atmosphere inside, the food, music and staff were amazing. If you are in the vicinity of Plymouth I urge you to head down and as a heads up they have Tuck Tuesday offer which is coincidentally on a Tuesday, and is £10 for a pizza, salad AND cider - such a fab deal!  I'm definitely going to become a regular down at the Stable, breathtaking views, delicious pizza, fruity cider and pies, what more could you want in life?
Have you been to The Stable before? Would you like to try out The Stable? What pizza would you like to try?
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