Last year Tonbridge eating establishments did so well at the Kent Life Food and Drink Awards and the awards just keep coming! This weekend The Black Rose Bakery received the bronze award at Cake International, Alexandra Palace, for a truly stunning cake. Eat Around Tonbridge would like to congratulate Nichola for achieving this accolade….and making and transporting this cake! Amazing – puts my Paw Patrol 4th birthday cake to shame…
Last Friday I was kindly invited to the cheese & wine tasting at The Bakehouse at 124 which was run in conjunction with Tunbridge Wells based Fromage & French. The Bakehouse was a great setting for cheese and wine – dimly lit, people in snug corners ready to indulge in the delicious cheeses and wines. Gaelle from Fromage & French talked you through the eight cheeses, ranging from goats’ cheese to Roquefort, whilst Chris was the wine man, explaining the origins of the wine and which might compliment each cheese. To accompany them all was delicious bread from The Bakehouse, of course.
Most of the wines were new to me so I left feeling quite clued up: Vermentino ‘warmed my cockles’ whereas my friend could have drunk a whole bottle quite easily, she told me! The Roquefort and dessert wine was a revelation: the sublime combination of saltiness and sweetness, I was converted. The Brie de Mieux was the piece de resistance (really sorry Francophiles, can’t find the accents), arrogantly oozing all over the platter, its strong flavour making it one of my favourites.
The night was a bit ‘up and down’ as we had to keep getting up for a new wine so it certainly felt less relaxing and more a-tasting but I would definitely return. I think it’s great that Tonbridge is enjoying these types of evenings or events and you know what I’m going to say, if you want them to continue, we must support them!
This Friday The Bakehouse is hosting its famous pizza night – delicious sour dough bases with interesting toppings including Kentish Blue cheese – you don’t get that in Rome! Read about it here and support it by booking at The Bakehouse or on 01732 360382!