Dan and I chose to go shopping and have lunch at Pret a Manger for my birthday. Because we don’t have a Pret nearby, it was really nice to visit, as it’s one of our favourite places to get a sandwich or salad. In the evening, we it would be nice to have a meal together, just the 2 of us. After finding our local Miller and Carter restaurant was fully booked, we needed to find somewhere else for birthday food.
We chose to visit The Orange Tree Bar and Grill in Newcastle-under-Lyme. It’s always a popular restaurant and we enjoyed eating there previously, so we thought we would try it for a second time.
The restaurant and bar is housed in a Georgian listed building, with a contemporary glass extension on the side.
We were seated in one of the booths that run all the way across one side of the glass extension. Diamond bevelled mirrors sit above the seating and stunning large feather-encased lighting hangs above each booth table.
I’m not a big drinker, so I was happy for Dan to have a drink, whilst I enjoyed a mocktail. I chose the Strawberry and Apple Fizz – strawberry puree, strawberry sugar syrup, fresh apple and lime juice topped with lemonade. Really tasty and served in a cute mason jar-style glass.
Having been slightly boring on my last visit and having a burger, we both chose to go for something different. Skewer boards sounded like a great option, and we both settled on teriyaki beef.
Served with fries, salad with feta cheese and olives, and a cute mini saucepan containing extra teriyaki sauce (perfect for dunking!), the skewer was as tasty as it looks!
We weren’t done there though!
We went for a meal with my Mum and Dad a couple of days later to continue the celebration of me being yet another year older. Choosing one of our favourite restaurants, we visited The Orange Tree’s sister restaurant in Stone (quite close to Stafford), The Wayfarer.
When we visit The Wayfarer, we always have sharing starters between the 4 of us, which are always delicious. However, they always mean we have no room for dessert! On our previous visit, I had seen a sharing dessert platter being delivered to a nearby table, and I decided it would be nice to try this rather than having a starter. Everyone else agreed this was a good idea, and so we moved straight to the main course.
I had the baked salmon fillet, served with mussels, linguine pasta, samphire, white wine and saffron sauce with tomato and red pepper concasse. Tasty, creamy and one of my favourite mains here.
Following my generously portioned main course, I wasn’t sure I could manage a dessert. I was relieved to be sharing it with others! The sweet sharer for 2 was huge, with two servings of most of the puddings. Each portion wasn’t exactly small either! Unfortunately, my Dad couldn’t be tempted to join in, so my Mum, Dan and I battled our way through as much of it as we could!
Beautifully presented and all homemade. Truly tempting. I don’t know how my Dad didn’t succumb!
Passionfruit bavarois, raspberry sorbet, roasted pineapple Eton mess with coconut yoghurt.
Sticky toffee pudding with vanilla ice cream, dark chocolate and brandy truffles, Baileys mocha cheesecake, and blackberry sorbet.
There was something everyone would like, and we all had different favourites. The highlights for me? Definitely the sticky toffee pudding, which is always a firm favourite of mine, the fruity and zingy passionfruit bavarois, and the refreshing raspberry sorbet.
The most incredible end to my birthday celebrations for this year and fabulous birthday food!