Date Night at Claridge’s

Last night the chap whisked me off my feet!

He took me to Claridge’s for drinks and supper.

After sunset we made our way through the madness of Mayfair. Past a blur of suits, traffic lights, taxis and shop windows.

Inside, we whipped off our coats and warmed our cockles by the fire!

Timing has never been my strong suit.

I’m always half and hour early or half an hour late. Supposedly it’s to do with being so wildly dyslexic… but whatever the reason, it’s infuriating!

I’ve been so early for dates before that I’ve had to drive around the block a few times, just so I didn’t look like a complete weirdo.

You know the best thing about being a couple? Not having to be cool anymore.

My chap is more than aware how much of a total weirdo I am, so it doesn’t matter!

We whiled away our extra half hour in the Fumoir; a little red velvet box of a bar in the heart of the hotel.

He had a raspberry creation, and I plumped for the julep.

I just can’t resist those metal cups and how frosty they get!

Seeing as I had a little extra time, I thought I may as well let you in on my outfit secret.

I’ve got a new shopping addiction, you see.

An American site with a hell of an evening wear section… and everything is heavily discounted.

Yep, even Louboutins.

It’s called “Bluefly“.

They have everything from Prada totes, to Burberry cashmere coats, rows of Jimmy Choos and more Chanel than you can shake a stick at!

Lacy Black Dress // Capped Louboutins // Chanel Bag

Black Teddy Bear Coat

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I’m pretty sure there’s an extra 20% off everything for friends and family this week. (Use the code FAMILY.)

And another 10% off cashmere, incase you feel like stocking up on cosy before winter hits!

It’s well worth a snoop if you’re the bargain hunting type.

But I think it’s about time we sat down for some supper, don’t you?

Just across the lobby you’ll find Simon Rogan’s new restaurant, Fera.

A glorious, art deco temple, with glowing lights and a huge tree right in the centre.

Every table was soon filled with chattering, happy guests, all excited to see what the chef would come up with.

Everyone looked refined, demure and classic.

Always the picture of elegance, I fitted in seamlessly.

We started with champagne.

Perfect fuel for menu perusing.

Thankfully for indecisive gluttons, like myself, there’s an “everything please!” option, in the form of a tasting menu.

Which starts with nibbles.

I’d love to tell you the formal name for this morsel, but it’s not on the menu… so I’ll describe it.

A light, creamy blue cheese mousse, flecked with drops of melba jelly on a fluffy sort of crisp. Cracking.

This was left off the menu too.

It was the lightest little fried ball I have ever tasted. A god amongst onion bhajis I would say.

This beautiful little number is “Stewed rabbit with lovage Mackerel, oyster and seaweed. Smoked roe and red cabbage.”

The very best of the sea, in one mouthful.

Bread and butter.

Well, sort of.

The bread was still hot from the oven and the butter was caramelised.

It melted into the crust…

…and oozed its sweet, smokey, rich goodness all over the place.

It’s a bit like being wrapped up by a crackling fire in an enormous blanket. This is the sort of bread and butter you could live on.

We opted for wines to match each course. I wont go into all of them, but one was the most wonderful glass of white I have ever come across.

Chablis ‘Mont de Milieu’ Château de Béru – Athénaïs 2011. If you like your white and spot it on a menu, give it a go! (Or you can get it online).

Our next dish arrived in wonderful wooden bowls.

Comfortingly plump, soft cauliflower dumplings with turnip and onion.

Followed by my favourite dish of all.

Chopped raw veal with oyster, topped with Wiltshire truffle, a cool slice of kohlrabi and an apple sauce.

Native lobster and kale leaves in a lobster cream with crispy pork and sunflower seeds.

Lobster with crackling! What more could you ask for?!

John Dory, grilled leek, crosnes and borage leaf.

Suckling pig with chanterelles, watercress, celeriac and sprout tops.

Tender, juicy and delightfully salty,

Cheese and desert wines.

Followed by the most beautiful black saison with blueberries and fennel.

A work of art in its own right.

We topped off the evening with coffees.

And nibbly bits, like these cicely cakes…

That had the most amazing, sponge like texture, and tasted significantly better than you thought they would.

We finished the meal with a trip to the kitchen.

And headed home through Claridges’ glittering corridors.

I asked the mirror, mirror on the wall…

And it confirmed my suspicions.

Simon’s new restaurant really is the Fera-st of them all!

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  • My Mum was eating at the same restaurant just yesterday and forgot to take a camera so couldn’t show me the food so thanks for the photos! Isn’t it all just so beautifully presented?!

    Also that zebra rocking horse is my all time favourite- something I really want to own when I’m older…. who said children had to have all the fun?! (I think it’s a Stevenson Brother’s creation I think.)

    And nothing wrong with being early or late for dates… better late than never =p

    KatieJane
    katies-rose-garden.blogspot.co.uk

  • Imogen May

    What a lovely evening! You look and the food look absolutely stunning. Will definitely be having a ganders at Bluefly! Ix

  • charlie

    looking fera-ly stunning here rosie, your man is a lucky one!

  • Such beautiful shoes! Please do a new workout routine also!

    http://veryflitting.blogspot.co.uk

  • Such beautiful interior! You look so demure and classy as usual Rosie!!

    http://addalittle.wordpress.com – a teenager with a passion for wholesome, healthy cooking

  • Katie Brigstock

    Simon Rogan is my all time favourite chef. I’ve booked to go here in December as a bit of a Christmas treat and cannot wait!! The food looks so creative!
    Katie x
    http://www.katieskitchenjournal.com

  • I see why you rated it 5 stars! Looks like an incredible night – glad to see you fera-ly enjoyed yourself

  • You look absolutely stunning Rosie. I was keen to see your new Loubou’s on after seeing them on your instagram, love them! Will definitely be browsing Bluefly – do they include shipping duties/taxes to the UK or do you have to pay when goods arrive? I always find that a bummer when ordering from the US.
    The food looks sublime, as you would expect from Claridges.

    Hugs xoxo
    http://www.intotheblonde.com/

  • I absolutely love your lace dress!! And I’ve always had such a soft spot for red-soled Louboutins.

    http://thecourtneydiaries.wordpress.com/

  • Have to book a table immediately! When attention to detail extends to even the butter I know it’s a winner. Beautiful photography tooXx

  • Gorgeous as always!!

    cheersisabelle.blogspot.com

  • Kelly Michelle

    I love Claridge’s and their kitchens are super amazing – I did a masterclass in the kitchens and learnt how to make the perfect sunday roast! Now those shoes are just divine, off to investigate how to get a pair x

  • First off, you look absolutely stunning (dem legs though)! Dinner looks insane–lobster AND cracklings? Yes–just a very big yes. What a great night with your chap. Thanks for the share!

    xx,
    Hailey
    http://www.pendeltonplace.com

  • Looks really yummy! We would definitely like someone to take us there for dinner next time we’re in London.

    xx
    Les Deux
    http://www.lesdeux.org

  • What a lovely looking place to eat! The food looks amazing.
    Your dress! I want it.

  • Alana Udwin

    Your hair is soooo gorgeous! jollergirl.com

  • In love with your dress! I love the detail on the hemline!

    Liz
    http://www.liztheaustinite.co

  • Kelsey Wilburn

    yum! a tasting menu! gorgeous restaurant and looks like a lovely date

    ladies in navy

  • Such a wonderful date night! I love the lace dress too totally up my street <3 Being totally weird with each other is my favourite part of being part of a couple as well 😛

    hellomissjordan.blogspot.co.uk xx

  • Ashley

    The fried ball is actually the stewed rabbit with lovage! I don’t eat bunny so I asked for a substitute and got mullet instead 🙂 still delicious though!

  • Thanks for sharing this lovely, intimate night with us.
    You look truly amazing, I have to say I would love to see ‘a snap of your chap’!!
    My fiancé is working away just now and isn’t home till Christmas so I am very jealous right now!

    http://primeministeroffun.blogspot.co.uk/

    xXx

  • this all looks so delicious! But I have to say, despite the temptation of all the fancy creations, that simple warm bread and caramelised butter is the thing that made my mouth water the most! x

    www. shanghaiphile.com

  • This menu looks delicious. I think the venison and suckling pig would be my favourites! The cocktails look amazing too. I’ve only had breakfast at Claridges before, but definitely need to have an evening meal there. I hardly ever visit the London Hotels!

    Katie <3

  • Rosie K

    you always look like you have a fabulous time, and your photos are always amazing quality!! Love it!

    http://rosabelleblogspot.blogspot.co.uk x

  • Abby

    Ohhh can’t wait to check out Bluefly 🙂

    http://www.bunewmedia.net/madtripping/

  • My hood!!! You’ve again made me miss London ever so badly but lucky my next trip is not far off… I liked fera, tested it in the summer and had a great night with friends! And over ate badly… As always!! Your date is a lucky man Rosie! 🙂

  • Yeees Bluefly is my jam! I bought Fendi rainboots from Bluefly a few years ago for a completely bargain. Love the dress, as well!

  • Blanca López Gros

    This post has too many beautiful pictures!! One question, How do you get your hair to always look so perfect? You have blow dry tutorials but what products do you use and how do you get such great volume?

    Thanks!!

  • Flo85

    What a magical night! Any tips on where to go for a 30th birthday celebration with the girls in London? I’d like cocktails, dinner and dancing – preferably all in the one place! I had a baby this time last year and although she’s deliciously adorable I obviously haven’t had a chance to go out much so I’m feeling a little out of touch with where’s good to go in London town…

  • saradujour

    I adore that dress, the food looked delicious! Glad you had a great time. xx

    Sara | http://www.saraduour.me
    a Toronto-based lifestyle blog about food, fashion, friendships, fiction, and femininity.

  • Ooft just look at those shoes! You look beautiful Rosie! What a yummy meal! xxx

    moseye.wordpress.com

  • Queenie Lee

    You look so beautiful! The food looks delicious and lots of fun to try out too xx

    http://peanutbutterandmussels.com/

  • Lovely pictures 🙂

    I’m running a “Naked pallet” giveaway, if you’re interested, check this link:

    little taste of heaven

  • Your shoes are gorgeous ! I have only had drinks at Claridges or gone for Fashion Week press events. There is still so much of the hotel to discover. 4 years in this country and there are still millions of things to discover about London 🙂

    http://www.bisousnatasha.com

  • Those shoes (insert heart eyed emoji). Love the food!

    How do you cope with taking photos of food? Whenever I’ve done it out and about, people look at me funny.

    Fie x Coffee & Confetti

  • The dress is lovely 🙂

    http://www.champagne-lifestyle.com/

  • Athena

    The food looks divine, love those wooden bowls. And that white wine has my name written all over it 😉 I have to try it!

  • Those red bottoms, be still by beating heart!

    I always tell myself not to visit your blog whilst starving, and today I listened and clicked onto The Londoner whilst very, very full and STILL I craved every single thing you showed us!
    http://www.perpetuallycaroline.com

  • Every time I see pictures of London it makes me sad. I can’t wait to visit.. Nice post.. Love how much personality your pictures have. Keep that up.

    http://www.TheFollowFashion.com

  • Claire

    Love Claridges! Visited beginning of September for my dad’s 60th birthday. Perfect for a special occasion! Fab post, love your outfit and shoes!

  • Eleanor Humphries

    Wow the food looks incredible! I’ll definitely be checking that website x
    eleanor’s adventures // UK Fashion & Beauty Blog

  • Gorgeous outfit and the food is all so beautifully presented!
    You two have the best date nights.
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  • Sophia Nicholls

    You look beautiful Rosie, that dress really suits you. Oh, and those shoes?! Those shoes…! I can’t get over those shoes. Looks like a great date and lots of great photos of food, which is what I love to see 🙂 xxx

  • Sara Barnes

    What a great night you had! I’d love to visit there some day!!

    Sara
    506 Miles: from Detroit to Nashville

  • Laura

    Not sure what I prefer – your dress or the look of that food!

    Thanks for the tip off about Bluefly. Nothing better than bargain Loubies of course!

    http://www.whatlauradoesnext.co.uk

  • Tess H

    Gosh darn it! So close to a snap of the boy! 😛
    You look stunning, as usual, and the food looks incredible, as usual…
    xX

  • Sarah

    THAT ROCKING ZEBRA…! Delicious post 🙂 xx

  • Looks amazing! You have my mouth watering.
    20somethingfashion.blogspot.com

  • Amber Rhodes

    Lovely outfit, and your shoes are gorgeous! What a great night out!
    http://www.sweetwordsprettypictures.com

  • Just spent half an hour filling a Blue Fly basket with christmas gifts, mainly for me, thanks for sharing!

    The tasting menu looks fantastic, and I’ve been thinking a little obsessively about that greenish looking blue cheese sauce, very obsessively – please please please give a recipe adaptation?

    Xoxo

    http://www.awonderingstar.com

  • Peppermint Dolly

    Went to Claridges recently for breakie & lunch – it was the best day!!

    Rxx

    http://www.peppermintdolly.wordpress.com

  • Selina Iglesias

    Love this post Rose, love the dress shoes and bag!!!! 🙂

  • Wowza, what a sight! You dress, that decor, the food – a picture perfect post that is simply inspiring 🙂

    Lauren x

    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Fashion Beauty – http://www.brittonloves.blogspot.co.uk

  • Caroline van Spaendonck

    Amsterdam also loves your blog! It’s so wonderful to read, it almost feels like you’re a friend. And it really does seem you have such a fantastic life!! Keep up the great work and thank you for it 🙂

  • Rosie you looked absolutely beautiful for your date. And that food looked absolutely amazing, I think it’s so great that you’re willing to try so many different foods. So glad that you are so happy with your man

    Hannah
    http://chronicleofagirl.wordpress.com/2014/10/24/benefit-concert/

  • Claridges looks like an absolute dream! The lobster looks out of this world.

    One day! Rosie x

    http://www.rosebudbakes.wordpress.com

  • ellen

    ‘wild’ Dyslexia does not Cause timing issues, who are you trying to kid!?

  • Ginger

    Some of those dishes look like what my cat barfed up after an afternoon out of doors. I am not going to say I am sorry for saying this and I do not care if you all think I am impolite. I would not want to have food such as this served to me, even if it is presented in a fancy wooden bowl.

  • Chloe Hall

    Just rushed out to buy a copy of You Magazine today to read your article Rosie – you should be so proud of yourself. I am however genuinely appalled and saddened to read people’s mindless rude comments. Just wanted you to know that there are plenty of us who love your blog and see it as a source of inspiration. Good luck and I hope I can even be half as successful! Chloe x

  • Looks like an amazing restaurant! And thank you for the link to Bluefly! I have always been weary about buying clothes online, especially designer, since it’s hard to know what you will get. How do you decide what sites are safe to buy from?

  • A.M

    Looks very fancy indeed 🙂 And your chap sounds like a keeper!

    Anneli x
    http://www.owlinvogue.com

  • Oh so completely true, we’ve all totally pulled the driving around the block a few times if we’re accidentally early to a first or second date. Good you don’t have to worry about that anymore with the boy!

    Beautiful outfit Rosie!

    Paige
    http://www.pagebypaige.ca

  • This looks amazing! I’ve never done the whole different wine with each course thing! luxury! you always dine in the most beautiful places!

    Mollie xxx
    http://www.molliebylett.com

  • The food looks incredible! Really want to make a trip to Claridges & this confirms that I need to! Charlie x

    daintybride1.blogspot.com

  • Stunning dress and location!

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