Entirely-Sarah: Derby Bloggers brunch at Oliver's cafe

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Derby Bloggers brunch at Oliver's cafe

The Derby bloggers brunch was organised by the lovely Monet over at Munching with Monet and was at the beautiful location of Oliver's on Friar Gate in Derby. The cafe is such a beautiful setting for an intimate bloggers brunch, and I loved discovering a new place to eat while meeting some new bloggers and getting to have a chat and a catch up with some familiar faces. Derby is also very fond to me as I used to live in the Derby city center so know the area well and love the feeling of  being in a 'home' city.


The first thing that caught my eye going into the cafe was the cakes, lets be honest, cake is a major points winner in my book and when it looks this good how can I not take a photo?! I did want to get a piece to take away, as they do have that option, however, I am trying to be good and you will see the amount of food I ate further down the post so I didn't fancy the extra few exercises to work it off at the gym now I've promised my gym instructor I will try harder to hit my goals! 


The cafe is beautifully decorate with personalised wallpaper to reflect the location with the Friar Gate sign, and the pipework lighting looks so beautiful that it gives the room such character and makes the room feel really cosy. The room is so beautiful and definitely a cafe I would feel I needed to stop at if I wondered past and hadn't been meaning to go there. There are so many beautiful details, such as Polaroids of the area on the beam on the ceiling, little booths which are mainly wooden slats on the walls and make a lovely cosy cabin feeling nook to eat brunch or have a coffee with friends. 

The cafe had really stepped up the game,  having a personalised menu and little plan of the event was such a beautiful touch and you could tell the time, effort and planning that had gone into this event from both Monet and Oliver's cafe. This was so perfect as is really shows how much they appreciate us being in there cafe for the event. The 'menu' style board showed we were having a starter from a 'well rested' company, more on them next, then moving onto food, an activity, more food in a sweet dessert form and then coffees and teas to finish the event. Such a perfect touch and I was so pleased to see the detail and effort, it really did make me feel like they take care of the finer details. 

The 'well rested' company, hinted at above, was The rested cocktail company. Founded, by two friends, the company is located 10 minutes down the road from the cafe so makes such a wonderful collaboration and is a great local gem. The two friends began making up cocktails at home in bottles to take to parties and enjoy in the evenings and noticed how popular they were among friends. They noticed people were bottling cocktails to sell as ready to serve options in the USA and realised it was a passion they both had and decided to give it a try. The cocktail company has won 6 international awards and is definitely a company to watch as they are right up my street and one I see flooding the shelves if not international. 

The first thing we got to try was a peanut butter and jelly milkshake, I really like peanut butter so had high hopes for this, I felt the banana in the milkshake was quite prominent but the banana and peanut complimented each other really well and I did really enjoy it. I loved the little sample taster of this but always find milkshakes quite sickly and overwhelming when I have a full one, so I maybe wouldn't order the full size, but these in chocolate would be right up my husbands street and one he would order if we went together. 

The next tasting dish was smoked salmon and roast potatoes, this had a fried egg with it too. I have never had smoked salmon but was determined to try everything on the menu. The egg was cooked to perfection with a runny yolk, the crispy roast potatoes were delicious, and to say I was unsure of the salmon it complimented the dish perfectly and was really nice. The dish was lovely and was a light meal that could have been turned into a more breakfast feeling meal with a slice of toast. 

The man giving the talk about the cocktails made us all a cocktail to try and gave us the option of five to choose from. I went for the Bronze gin martini, this is a twist on a classic gin martini with added orange to give it a citrus kick. Once again pushing the boat out and taking a risk I opted for gin, something I also haven't tried before. This was a lovely cocktail and one I would happily order again. The cocktails are beautiful and I will go back to the rested cocktail company in the future when I host at home as I love cocktails but hate the hassle of making them. 

Our next portion was Coconut pancake and rum roasted pineapple, such a beautiful dish with ice cream that I wouldn't have thought to order. The pancake was beautifully light and fluffy and had just the right touch of coconut, it wasn't overpowering but I could detect it in a calm subtle way that was perfect for my taste. The rum soaked pineapple was lovely and a great twist to the dish, and gave it a great twist. 

Up next, we went back to savory, this was the Black pudding roast potatoes with apple sauce. I have also never tried black pudding, I'm terribly unadventurous with food aren't I.... I vowed once again to push myself and try it and it actually was pretty good. The roast potatoes, again, were crispy and cooked just how I prefer them which was amazing. The apple sauce complimented the dish really well and the black pudding was really lovely too, it had a nice flavour, but I know my apprehensions and knowing it has pigs blood in makes me feel like it would have that metallic taste when you cut yourself and suck your finger inadvertently, so I am really glad it didn't haha! One I would eat again, but maybe I wont make black pudding a regular thing, even if I didn't dislike it. 

The last food dish we had was the Brioche french toast with maple roasted apple and mascarpone. I was so excited to try this, french toast is one of those lovely brunch style foods that I don't eat very often so was a lovely surprise and very delicious, I loved the taste and the apply in the maple syrup was lovely with the mascarpone too. Definitely one to go back for if they add it to the menu! 

The activity we did was a scorecard sheet rating em meals we had, we were told that all the food we tried was not on the main menu at the time we went and so we were the ones who could judge what the food was like and give feed back to determine what would possibly go on the menu in the future. All of the food was amazing, and I will definitely be back at Oliver's when I next go to Derby as it was so lovely! 

We finished off the meal with teas and lattes, I opted for a latte and the layers in the latte were so amazing I couldn't not photograph it! The latte was lovely, and very much reminiscent of a coffee shop atmosphere and the way it was made. The glass cup was so lovely and I was really impressed with it as a whole. The selection of teas and coffee was really lovely and I couldn't believe how many options they had to choose from, you will definitely find something you will love on the drinks menu.  
Last off, we were presented with these cute dessert platters which had such cute desserts on and they looked so lovely. I was so full I couldn't quite manage the desserts but they were all so lovely and some of the other girls said they were lovely which I fully believe they must be. Some of the girls took some home with them, but I was determined not to eat too many cakes as I am working so hard at the gym I don't want to over indulge! 

The meet up was so lovey, it was quite intimate with just 8 of us being there, but was a perfect way to chat, get to know a few new bloggers and have a catch up with some I have met before. Everyone at the meet up was so lovely and the staff and venue added a great atmosphere to the event. I had such a lovely time and I am really looking forward to more meetups in the future! 


12 comments:

  1. What a lovely post! So glad you enjoyed it, thanks for coming!!
    Monet // www.munchingwithmonet.co.uk

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    1. Thanks for letting me come along, I had a lovely time! Glad you like my post! xx

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  2. Great post. I'm almost finished mine too x

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    1. Can't wait to pop over and have a read, it was lovely to meet you! x

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  3. That Latte looks amazing, I thought it was a dessert with how layered it looks! I wish I liked coffee, it always looks so pretty!
    Glad you had a good time - the food looks delish, I'll have to make a note if I'm ever in Derby that Olivers in the place to go!
    Rachael www.helplesswhilstdrying.com

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    1. It was so nice, I didn't want to stir the coffee as it looked so good! I definitely recommend it, it was beautiful! x

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  4. It looks like Monet did such a great job organising this event! What a fab morning it sounds like you had!! xxx

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    1. It was so well organised you can really tell all the effort that went into it, it was really fun, I can't wait to go back to the cafe! x

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  5. This looks like such a fun meet up, and the food looks delicious. Love the little dessert platters ๐Ÿ’• Blogger events are the best - I love the chance to meet people I chat to on twitter face to face, and make new friends. Glad you had a great time.

    Kara
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    1. It was so good, I love meeting new people, and ones I have chatted to online for a while too, its so nice to chat in person too! x

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  6. looks like a great event and some of the food looks gorgeous - not too sure about the salmon or black pudding though! x

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    1. The food was amazing, I vowed to try everything just to be more adventurous haha! x

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