Last week I was invited along with the Bournemouth Bloggers to visit the newly refurbished and relaunched The Kings Arms in Christchurch. I have been to events at the venue before, as well as hosting some meet-ups for the network there myself, so I was really looking forward to seeing their new look.
We started with a cocktail masterclass at the bar, which was so much fun and definitely needed after a stressful week. Unfortunately the first cocktail we were making was a Bailey’s Espresso Martini, which I couldn’t have as I have a caffeine allergy. The bartender was really great at helping me to adapt the recipe to make it de-caff, which meant that I could still get involved and try my own creation. The second cocktail was much more up my street – a class Bramble, which, if I do say so myself, was delicious. We had some bar snacks whilst we were making the cocktails, which were delicious – the chicken and arancini balls especially were gorgeous!
With our drinks in hand, we were led through to the restaurant area, where were were given a demo by head chef Alex on how to create one of their new starters – mushroom risotto, which is served in a kilner jar and topped with a poached egg. Being totally honest, I am not usually a mushroom fan, but I did try this and it was actually really lovely. Alex is such a fantastic chef and really down to earth and friendly, it was amazing to hear some of his secrets and top tips before we sat down for our meal.
With the white wine flowing, we chose our mains from the menu. There was a lot of choice, and I was torn a little, but decided to go for a pizza, which I was not disappointed by – it was so tasty. I took some photos of the dishes the other bloggers had as well, and they are all making my mouth water right now!
I made sure I saved some room for dessert – a sundae, which tasted incredible. I will definitely order that again!
Obviously everything is a little up in the air at the moment, but when things are back to normal I will be returning with Ed for a date night, and can’t wait to try more of the menu. The venue has always been somewhere I would recommend, but their latest refurbishment has made sure that The Kings Arms in Christchurch is firmly on the map. A must visit whether you are a local or are visiting the area.
I was invited along for a press visit, which involved complimentary food and drink, however all words and images are my own.