I was a really lucky girl to be invited to Hobbs House Bistro's first birthday party earlier this week. The bistro is fab, and situated above the award winning bakery in the heart of bustling Nailsworth. Have you been yet?
The menu is seasonal and local, prepared by Chef Antony Smith, who was recently shortlisted in the 'Best New Chef' category at the prestigious Cotswold Life Food and Drink Awards. For the party he had prepared some delicious lamb from Henry and Jess Herbert's butchers in Chipping Sodbury, and pittas that were freshly baked as we arrived, by master baker Tom Herbert.
The Herbert's are a large and very talented family and it was so lovely to meet other members of the family, and hob nob with local suppliers such as the lovely Ben from Winstones Ice Cream. Of course what's a party without a cake, and my what a cake, a HUGE delicious chocolate number by Hobbs House resident cake maker Sasha Jenner, who told me she is now making macaroons too!
As chef Antony cut the birthday cake, Tom lamented "how it's not such a good idea to sing happy birthday to a building, as his dad had been asked to sing happy birthday to Yate shopping centre years ago with interesting results!"
I cant wait to visit again soon, it has such a lovely relaxed atmosphere and there is always such an amazing menu. But in the meantime Sam has promised to save me the stickiest lardy cake on the Hobbs House stall at the farmers market on Saturday!
The bistro is open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, to book a table ring 01453 839396.