Sunday, 13 October 2019

Brunch at La Terraza Upton, Northampton

This morning we went to La Terraza in Upton for brunch.  I didn't know they had a breakfast/brunch menu so was very pleasantly surprised to be invited. Their breakfast menu is served 9am till 11.30am (except Monday's) and has all the usual suspects but with a little twist. Potatas bravas is served with the breakfast completo, eggs benedict and eggs Florentine. Sandwiches and toast are ciabatta which I love.  There is a good mixture of vegetarian meals and kids are catered for.

The Upton La Terraza branch feels warm and cosy.  Today was pouring with rain and the lighting made it feel welcoming. We ordered breakfast completo, eggs benedict for the adults and a sausage sandwich and jam on toast for the children.  We enjoyed everything. It was presented well and good quality ingredients. I'd happily recommend and return.

La Terraza would be the perfect place to pop for a coffee and chat after the school run or treat breakfast.  I noticed on Twitter they also do a match day/park run special.  If you have a full breakfast or breakfast sandwich show your matchday ticket or park run barcode and you'll receive a free takeout coffee. Parkrun is every Saturday 9am at Upton Country Park. Next time you are nearby pop in.  The staff are friendly and children are welcome.

More pictures over on instagram Life in the Mum's Lane Instagram

**disclaimer I received this meal for free in exchange for a review.  All opinions are my own and honest**

Friday, 27 September 2019

Bill's Restuarant Rushden Lakes Review

I was lucky enough to be invited to Bill's at Rushden Lakes for a meal this week and enjoyed the rare chance to have an evening without children and a relaxed couple of hours.

Bill's is located on The Boardwalk and is spacious inside & out. They offer breakfast, lunch and dinner and have cosy booths, large tables, outside seating and stools at the bar. I loved the décor and mixture of lighting.  It felt warm and welcoming with soft background music.

For a Thursday it was quite busy with only a handful of empty tables.  We were serviced efficiently and with enthusiasm and met the very charming manager Nigel who was engaging and obviously ran a well oiled ship.

Our food was lovely.  We had calamari, chicken and sesame dumplings to start (Bill's spicy chutney was delicious and had a kick).  I had the very tasty pan fried chicken with wild mushrooms for main.  It is a long running family joke that I always order chicken despite the restaurant or menu but this chicken was honestly amazing! The mushroom sauce was full of flavour and I wish I could recreate it at home but sadly I am no Masterchef contestant. My partner had chargrilled rib eye steak with perfect crispy chips.  We ummed and ahhed about pudding but decided to treat ourselves as we so rarely get out on a school night and they were both gorgeous. I opted for lemon méringue pie which was zingy and rich but my eyes were definitely too big for my belly and I left some.  My partner had the spiced pear and raspberry eton mess.  He said the spiced pears were delicious and still had bite which was perfect. 

Due to driving mocktails were consumed and we opted for the pear and ginger cooler which was nice but lacked a little flavour and the blackberry and lavender cooler which was amazing! It had a real sweetness and zesty flavour and was a perfect mocktail.

Overall we had a wonderful evening.  Great service. Colourful yet relaxing décor. Good food.  Lovely manager. Free parking (always a winner) and an exciting looking cocktail menu; next time I'll have to try one.  The hedgerow fizz sounds right up my street.

We've already planned to come back for brunch with the kids.

Have you been to Bill's at Rushden Lakes yet? What was your menu pick? I love knowing what other people eat! If you fancy a browse at their menu a link is below.

Bill's Rushden Lakes

**Disclaimer I received this meal for free in exchange for a review.  All opinions are 100% honest and my own**

Monday, 23 September 2019

Fireworks Guide 2019 for Northamptonshire

Autumn is drawing in and Fireworks season will soon be upon us.  Wrap up warm and head to one of these brilliant firework or bonfire events in Northamptonshire for 2019.

Parklands Community Centre
Saturday 9th November 5pm to 8pm.  Free entry donations accepted. Fairground rides, donuts and bar.

Wootton Community Centre
Sunday 3rd November 2 to 9pm
The fairground will be open from 2pm and StrEAT food will be serving their offerings from 4pm. The stage will open at 4pm with the fabulous DJ Lynton spinning some tunes. There will be live music from the fabulous local band Slim47. There will be mulled wine & hot chocolate to warm you up and the Parish Council bar will be serving alcoholic & soft beverages. Firework display to start at around 7.30pm and will last approximately 15/20 minutes.

Billing Aquadrome
Saturday 2nd November 6pm to 9pm.  This will include a 15-20 minute firework display, trade stands and music. £5 car park

Daventry Fireworks Display
Saturday 2nd November 6.30pm to 9.30pm.  The annual Fireworks Display returns at The Parker E-Act School. Showcasing the brilliant MLE's fireworks & music. Wellingborough RFC Annual Fireworks Display NN29 7TZ Friday 1st November 4.30pm to 9pm. More details to follow.

Rushden Hall Park NN10 9NG
Saturday 2nd November gates open 6pm fireworks 7.30pm.  Sadly this event was cancelled last year but will hopefully go of this year with a bang!

Roade FC NN7 2X
Friday 1st November from 6pm.  

Flore Brodie Lodge Playing Fields
Friday 1st November candlelit procession 6pm, bonfire lit 6.30pm fireworks 7.30pm.  Kids rides, food and drink,  In conjuction with Flore Scouts Group.

Wicksteed Park Kettering
Saturday 2nd November from 5pm.  £5 on the night £4 in advance. Car parking free.  8th annual Fireworks Display with the Minotaur Wickerman being lit at 7.15pm and Fireworks Display at approx 8pm.

West Lodge Big Bonfire Party Desborough
Tuesday 5th November 4.30pm to 6.30pm.  Watch the Gunpowder Plot re-enactment in front of the bonfire, Free sparklers for every family, Help to make a guy which will be thrown on the bonfire, Piglet Race, Entry to the Indoor Adventure Barn for the duration of the event. This is a no firework events so perfect for children (and animals) who do not like loud noises.
Tickets are £4 per person, under 2's are free. Desborough Town Fireworks Show Saturday 2nd November from 6pm. Food & refreshments available. Rothwell Family Fireworks Show NN14 6EP Tuesday 5th November.  Gates open at 7pm with the Fireworks at 7.30pm. Hot dogs and Burgers available. Tickets £2 Adults and £1 children. Tickets available from Rothwell Conservative Club. Loddington Fireworks (Cricket Club) Monday 4th November from 6pm.

Hollowell Bonfire Party Saturday 2nd November 2019. Gates open 5pm, Bonfire Lighting 7pm, Fireworks Display 7.30pm,
£1.00 per person.

Food stalls, beer tent, small fairground selection, small vintage vehicle selection.

Santapod Firework Frenzy 2019 NN29 7XA
Saturday 2nd November main activities between 4 and 7pm end 10pm. Stunts and drag racing, bonfire, fireworks, fun fair rides and monster trucks.  £25 per car max 5 people. on the gate £30.

Duston Mill Sixfields NN5 4EG

Saturday 2nd November from 4pm.  Tickets are £5 under 4's free.  2 firework displays, bonfire, fairground rides, love music, hog roast, beer tent and free parking.

Racecourse Northampton - Council Free Event
Sunday 3 November between 2pm and 7pm.
2pm - rides and food stalls open
4pm - Pure Genius onstage
4.45pm - LED glow and fire show
5.30pm - fireworks display
The fireworks display will be located opposite the university, on the St George's Avenue side.

Boughton Park
Saturday 2nd November.  Full details to follow is usually £5 per ticket.

Corby Bonfire & Firework Display
Tuesday 5th November at Corby Boating Lake.  Torchlight procession from the swimming pool car park, Bonfire 7pm and Fireworks 7.30pm.  Drivers should use town centre car park.  Bring a torch if you have one.  This is a free event.

Silverstone Walter Hayes Trophy Fireworks & Stunt Show
Sunday 3rd November for fireworks the show is on Saturday & Sunday. From £15 per ticket, under 15's free. Racing, action and get up close to the cars and drivers.

Overstone Park Fireworks Evening 
5th November gates open at 6pm adults £5 members and children under 12 free.

Mawsley Bonfire Night
Saturday 2nd November more details to follow.

Barnwell Themed Bonfire at the Recreation Ground
Sunday 3rd November from 5pm. £6 adult £4 child under 4's free.  Free parking.  Bonfire, music, refreshments, bonfire lit at 6.30pm followed by the fireworks.

Yardley Gobion Sports & Social Club NN12 7UL
Friday 8th November 6 to 11.30pm.  Bonfire will be lit at 7pm and fireworks begin at 7.30pm live music and Guy Fawkes competition.

Brigstock Bonfire Night at the Meadow
Sunday 3rd November Gates open at 5.30pm, bonfire lit 6pm, fireworks 6.30pm.  £3 per adult and £2 per child in advance.  On the night £4 on the gate and £2.50.

Finedon Dolben Cricket Club NN9 5JJ
Saturday 2nd November 7 to 10.30pm.  Hotdogs, burgers, jacket potatoes and soup will be on sale.  No sparklers allowed.  £3 adult and £2 child.

**Details given regarding price/times where known.  Please always c
heck details before setting off.  Some events have not released full details yet will update when known**