Category: Food and Drink

Karak Chai Recipe

I’ll begin with something I dislike in food recipe posts. For reasons unknown to me, bloggers seem to make every effort to write 90% of the post about the origins or main consumers of the beverage or meal without telling you how it is made or which ingredients you need! the guide itself is almost an afterthought. Not on Cedric Suggests! I shall keep inane and irrelevant descriptions to one paragraph. Karak Chai is made with black loose tea leaves, crushed cardamom, saffron and sugar and evaporated milk. It is possible to use cardamon flavoured evaporated milk but I...

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The Sandpiper Inn, Leyburn – Daleightful Lunch

The Sandpiper Inn is a 17th century pub with a cosy interior in the heart of Leyburn. Leyburn is a village which is itself in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, where I spent some time a few months ago. Alas I have only just gotten round to writing up a review of the Daleightful experience, pardon the pun, and am not aware of the current state of the ever-oscillating COVID restrictions at the time of the publication of this review. Rest assured dear reader, I attended when it was acceptable to do so. Now that the outrageous floundering...

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Tisane Tea Rooms – Afternoon (Tea) Delight, Broadway, Cotswolds

Tisane’s Tea Rooms are very much typical of the Broadway ideal – charming, traditional and quintessentially English. It sits on Lower High Street, metres away from the town Green, which I found to be the greatest attraction of the town. After a largely adequate lunch up the road at the Horse and Hound, we decided to have dessert at a different venue. Tisane’s was on the original itinerary for lunch but we ended up going there for scones. And what scones! These were superbly soft, airy and light scones. Interestingly, scones were thought to have originated in Scotland and...

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The Stable – Solid Meal, Birmingham City Centre

NB – Unfortunately The Stable has closed since this review was written. Please take this piece as an appreciative tribute to the excellent food and service we experienced there.  During the first national lockdown (of three), Matthew and I would walk past The Stable frequently. We would observe the plants inside die slowly which each passing day. The Stable had remained shut through most of the lockdown, all the way through August, in fact. We would bemoan the fact that we were not able to avail ourselves of Mr Sunak’s aptly named Eat Out To Help Out (or, as...

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The Horse and Hounds – Great Pub Dining, Broadway

If you happen to be in Broadway, chances are you are en route to, or have just come back from, Broadway Tower. Either way, a wonderful stop you may consider is The Horse and Hounds pub. This was not the world’s greatest restaurant however, it was a good pub grub and had an excellent selection of alcoholic beverages. In addition, it was far enough away from central Broadway to avoid the thrall of eager tourists and enjoy some relative peace. We ate in the back garden on one of the last days of summer, which was quite wonderful as...

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