A cosy fire is exactly what you want to be greeted with when you come in from the cold on a Monday night. The latest installment of Brumderland’s Seven Deadly Sins events took place last week. This time was Lust, and was ably hosted by Harborne’s New Inn. I hadn’t visited the New Inn before, but on tipping out of my Uber and diving for the warm, I was immediately charmed by the cosiness inside. A little gaggle of bloggers awaited me, gathered around the fire. Manager Paul immediately appeared with a cocktail, and I settled myself into a nest of coats with the lovely Emily of Emily Jayne.
The first cocktail was quite something. The New Inn are offering a range of ‘hot-tails’ for the festive season, largely to keep people toasty in their rather impressive beer garden. This one is a Hotini, a twist on a Martini. We soon learnt that Paul has the patience of a saint, as the bloggers arrived in dribs and drabs and he had to explain the hot cocktail concept and the ingredients of this one yet again. We were all reciting it with him by the end. The Hotini is Absolute vanilla vodka, ginger syrup and hot Rekorderlig cider. It was beautiful. It had an almost butterscotch taste and was much too drinkable.
Onto the food! We had quite an array of dishes from the winter menu to get our teeth into. I didn’t manage to photograph everything as I was too busy trying to shove it all into my face. We had one dish of everything between us all, so I didn’t manage to get a fork into everything either, but what I did sample was YUM. First up, I snaffled a taster of the Salmon and Cured Ham Wellington. I love salmon, but don’t really think of it as wintery food. The pastry, however, immediately made it work for the cold weather, and I could have happily nommed the whole portion. I also got my fangs into the Game Pie, which was packed full of flavour. By the way, when you order this, £1 of the price gets donated to Acorns Childrens’ Hospice. I’m noticing a theme with the Bitters N Twisted venues, and that’s unexpectedly awesome vegetarian options. No boring pasta or risottos here! The Roasted Butternut Squash and Spinach Balti was gorgeous. It was creamy and had just the right amount of spice. Back on a meatier theme, I highly recommend the Chargrilled Pork Collar. Not something I would have ordered normally, but it was perfectly cooked. The meat was tender, with not a trace of fattiness.
Well fed and sleepy, it was time for another cocktail. This is the American Pie. I cannot remember the contents, beyond the hot Rekorderlig (I think more vodka, and something almond?), but it came served with a ginger biscuit, which is the main thing really. I wish you could share smells on the internet, because this drink smelt exactly like home to me. Bulmers used to be based right opposite my mum’s, and the smell when they made the cider was like gorgeous apple pie filling, only boozy. This cocktail smelt exactly like that. Perfect apple pie flavour too.
This event was so perfect for the time of year. There was a smaller crowd of us than usual, so it felt cosy and relaxing, tucked round the fire in the snug surroundings of the New Inn. The New Inn’s manager, Paul, was the ultimate host, chatting away and clearly so excited about everything he’s created for the new menu of food and cocktails. I would say that I’ll be back, but that doesn’t cover it. I’d like to move in, if that could be arranged? I’ll just tuck up in a corner and drink American Pies forever.
Massive love to both Vicky’s (Brumderland and Bitters N Twisted) for getting this one organised for us. Go and visit the New Inn for a perfect sanctuary away from Christmas shopping lunacy. Don’t blame me if you never want to leave.