For me, one of the best parts of Christmas
Day is the dinner. Nothing says Christmas like a plate full of succulent
turkey, pigs in blankets and M&S red cabbage! That being said, being the
festive enthusiast that I am, I strongly believe that a Christmas Dinner
doesn’t have to be kept exclusively to the 25th. As soon as the middle of
November kicks in, I think it is fully acceptable to sample every Christmas
sandwich, Christmas Drink and Christmas Cake on offer!
As you can imagine, it didn’t take me too long
to take up Marco Pierre White on their offer of sampling the new Christmas
Party menu. I headed down with a few other bloggers to see what the renowned
Birmingham Bar has got to offer for it’s Party Menu this year.
After being welcomed with a class of bubbly
and enjoying the amazing 360 views of the city from the bar, we headed into our
private dining area to get to the main event… the food!
To start, I went for the potted duck with piccalilli
and sourdough toast and it was lovely! At home I pretty much have toast and
pate every year for my starter and this felt like a bit of a quirky alternative
to that. I’m a big fan of piccalilli anyway, but the duck was cooked really
well and had a great flavour without being too fatty.
Then it was onto mains and I have to say
I’m a bit of a traditionalist, so I had to go for the turkey. The dish was made
up of a really juicy breast of turkey stuffed to the brim with Marco’s homemade
stuffing (which was SO GOOD). To accompany it was a plate of festive vegetables
and a really generous helping of port gravy. As Christmas dinners go, it was
pretty damn good! The portions were a very generous size and, like the duck,
the turkey was succulent and really tasty!
To finish off I had the chocolate
cheesecake, and I have to say I think this is the one area that perhaps could
have been improved. Although the cheesecake was okay, it wasn’t anything in
particularly special and it didn’t shout Christmas to me (okay, okay maybe I’m
just getting too carried away with the Christmas theme!)
Overall, I was very impressed with the
Marco’s Christmas Party Menu and for the size of the portions and the amount of
food you get, £40 is a fairly reasonable price. It was also really nice to meet
up with some familiar faces and get in the festive spirit swapping our
Christmas plans and stories!
Thank you Marco Pierre White for giving
me a very delicious first Christmas Dinner of the year…here’s to many more!