Coast to Coast Christmas Preview Event

On Wednesday evening I was invited to Coast to Coast’s Christmas Event to celebrate the launch of their Christmas food menu and cocktails, along with fellow Birmingham blogger’s Emma and Laura. The Christmas menu offers diners 3 courses for just £24.95, as well as a selection of festive inspired cocktails too, and I headed there with Katie to see how they fared. Having not yet had the chance to visit this restaurant, a new-ish addition to Broad Street, I was even more excited to finally get a chance to try out the cocktails and food here too. And what better excuse than for an early Christmas?

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When we arrived, we were greeted with some Spiced Apple Cider to start the evening. Step aside mulled wine, you have some strong competition. This cider was just delicious and so warming; I could imagine drinking it during  the day or at night, and it’s perfect for the frosty Winter weather we have to come!

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Appetite suitably whet for all things fantastically festive, we started with a fun mini cocktail masterclass from Coast to Coast’s  talented leading mixologist, Andy Pearson. He showed us how to make all of their new Christmas cocktails, which were devised using classic Christmas flavours and memories as inspiration for the exciting seasonal delights.

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First up, the Mimosa. An American take on the traditional Christmas morning drink, Buck’s Fizz, combining Grand Marnier, Orange Juice and Prosecco; this was fantastic, with the addition of the Grand Marnier only elevating the cocktail.

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Next up was their Egg Nog cocktail. Andy spoke about how most people will say ‘I don’t like Egg Nog’ before they’ve even tried it, and I have to admit I was one of those people.. However after trying Coast to Coast’s take on it – combining their own Raisin infused Mount Gay Rum with Double Cream, Milk, Gingerbread Syrup, and of course an Egg – I am officially a convert!  It was deliciously creamy and indulgent, but also surprisingly light, and with a nice kick from the rum too. Amazing.

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The final cocktail to complete the trio was a Chocolate Orange Martini, which unfortunately I couldn’t try but it went down very well with the rest of the group. Apparently it tasted just like a Terry’s Chocolate Orange! A mix of Vodka, Cointreau, White Chocolate Liqueur, Chocolate Syrup and a dash of Chocolate Bitters was shaken with ice and served in a cool snow-frosted martini glass!

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And I even got the chance to get  behind the bar and try making this one too which was great fun!

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As you can see from the three above, Coast to Coast certainly don’t scrimp on the alcohol when it comes to their cocktails and you definitely get your money’s worth!

We had built up a good appetite by this point so luckily it was time to try the food, with a preview of their upcoming Christmas menu from Chef Jim Dickenson. Jim presented each dish to us and talked us through the idea behind it. He was so passionate and enthusiastic about what he does, and this came across in the quality of each and every dish. Jim showed us what the full size version of the dish would look like when it’s served over the Christmas period, before a mini version was brought out for each of us to taste; I was glad that they’d downscaled each one for us so we could try lots of different things off and get a real taste for the Christmas menu.

For our first starter we had the Goat’s Cheese Bruschetta Bites. These were really flavoursome, with a hint of pesto and the creamy goat’s cheese just completing this lovely starter.

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A little sampler of one of the veggie dishes off the Christmas menu was next too, with the Mushroom Risotto. I have to say if it wasn’t for the meaty heaven which came next (yes I’m talking about you maple bacon!) then I would definitely order this next time I go in. It had so much flavour and was delightfully creamy – a great vegetarian dish all round!

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Next we were each brought a little slider version of the Maple Bacon Burger to try. After a good few minutes spent admiring how cute and tiny they were, we just couldn’t resist the temptation of the maple bacon any longer! It works with American-style pancakes, and luckily it really really works with burgers too! A juicy burger patty (delicious in it’s own right!) was topped with the most amazing maple bacon and encased in a soft brioche bun made especially for these cute little sliders (and the others off their normal menu too!). You’ve just got to try it. And make sure you dip your fries into the maple syrup too – heaven!

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It really wouldn’t be Christmas without a Roast Turkey Dinner, so of course it had to make it on the menu as well. Again after seeing the normal version that’ll be served up to customers come Monday 17th November (the official date that’ll you will be able to order from the Christmas menu!), we each got a mini version to tuck into. Hallejuah for moist, succulent and most importantly not dry at all turkey! Add in some pigs in blankets (enough said, they’re pigs in blankets!), creamy mash, crispy roast potatoes and fresh vegetables, and you’ve got yourself a yummy crowdpleaser of a dish.

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As if we weren’t full enough already, next came a trio of desserts to share between the two of us. They defeated us all, but not before we’d had a chance to sample each one. I couldn’t try the Chocolate Sundae or Oreo Cookie Cheesecake unfortunately, but from the chorus of ‘mmms’ I’d say they went down pretty well…

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Admittedly I wasn’t too upset about having to miss out on the other two when I saw that one of my all-time favourite desserts – Pecan Pie – was up for tasting too! And luckily Coast to Coast did it justice with a truly delicious version of this classic American dessert.

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As an added little touch, Jim kindly brought me out a slice of their Carrot Cake too when he clocked that I couldn’t try the cheesecake or the sundae. I really wish I hadn’t been so full already by this point, as this was a seriously good carrot cake.  I can be quite picky when it comes to carrot cake having tried a lot of great ones in the past, but this one was up their with some of the best.

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And the grand finale of the night…this super cute, yummy Snowman cocktail!

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I had a fantastic evening celebrating Christmas with the team at Coast to Coast – thanks again to the team for inviting me down for it! The food was delicious, the cocktails were excellent,  and the staff were all so friendly and welcoming, helping us get into the Christmas spirit (a tough job in the middle of October!). I’ll definitely be visiting Coast to Coast again before Christmas for more of their great food and cocktails! I was also surprised by how busy it was here too for a Wednesday night; the restaurant area was near enough full, and this lent to a great, lively atmosphere.

Disclosure: I was invited by Coast to Coast to try out their new Christmas menu, and all food and drinks were complimentary. But as always all opinions expressed are honest and my own, and I was not required to write a positive review

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