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Step into Christmas with me | First feast and festive finds

Christmas dinner at Al Campo Lounge

** Please excuse poor photography, I simply refuse to take my DSLR out to dinner and the iPhone camera just doesn’t come close to good quality **

My friend Jess and I wanted to meet for dinner yesterday and decided it would be lovely to find a nice Christmas menu – we’re both festive fanatics and it’s December, what else where we to do? Jess settled on Al Campo Lounge, I’d never been before but was promised a cutesy Chrimbo set-up and three courses for £21.95 therefore was sold almost immediately.

You can check out the Christmas menu here, it’s consistent with loads of other restaurants this year in that there’s not a lot of actual festive food making an appearance – all sounded lovely nonetheless. I’ll forgive them that though because I thought it was very “Christmas spirit” of them to serve it to us despite our not being an actual party.

Tapas at Al Campo Lounge BrightonPork at Al Campo Lounge Brighton

We started with the tapas – being just the two of us we had a reduced version consisting of:
Chicken teriyaki skewers with sesame and mirin dressing
Hummus with extra virgin olive oil and smoked paprika
Honey-glazed shredded five-spice pork

The chicken was cooked perfectly, really tasty – the dressing was great and I would have loved a little more of it, I’m a sauce girl. Hummus was fab, it’s hard to go wrong with the homemade stuff (which I presume this was) as was the pork. Winner with us.

I went for Cherry Orchard free-range belly of pork with apple and juniper
spiced red cabbage, dauphinoise potatoes and red wine gravy for my main which I couldn’t really fault. Pork was crispy in all the right places and the cabbage was lush.
Chocolate Brownie at Al Campo Lounge BrightonSalted Caramel Cocktail at Al Campo Lounge Brighton

For dessert I ate almost all of the above warm chocolate brownie with ice cream alongside a salted caramel cocktail. Needless to say I slightly regretted this combo on my walk home, “full up” just doesn’t cover my condition.

Crackers came as part of the set menu bundle too which is always a nice touch, and I’d say overall that for £21.95 a head Al Campo is definitely worth a visit for a good atmosphere and nice food.

Festive finds

I was wandering around Sainsbury’s this morning and got dragged into the gift aisle by my subconscious, I just can’t resist a money-off label. There were loads of lovely bits on sale but I literally could not resist this Baylis & Harding Beauticology gift set (£6 down from £12, it would be despicably rude not to).

Bayliss and Harding Christmas
Bayliss and Harding ChristmasBayliss and Harding Christmas

All of the above smell amazing, I’m thrilled at the idea of keeping my hands nice and smooth with “marshmallow frosting” and getting my scrub on with “caramel fudge” this Christmas – it’s like something from the Elf movie. I would 100% recommend getting this for someone (or sneaking it into your own toiletry collection).

Arthur Christmas and Nativity 2

I thought I was safe when I got to the checkout but then some DVDs caught my eye magically appeared in my shopping basket. Nativity 2 is a favourite at our house and I’m yet to see Arthur Christmas, I’ll be sure to let you all know what I think!

Have you found the perfect Christmas menu? What are your favourite festive films? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading x

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