I’ve realised over time when it comes to Gunwharf Quays, all I’ve talked about is the fashion brands available – which is clearly brilliant. But actually the main appeal for making so many trips is because of the WHOLE experience. Not just for shopping, but also the variety of places to dine at the stunning location of Gunwharf marina.
On my last trip to Gunwharf Quays I actually didn’t purchase anything – I know this may come as a surprise. But I still loved the day as had I returned with many shopping bags. It’s so nice to just walk around and window shop.
When wandering there does come a time to make a mid morning pit-stop. I would have to say Patisserie Valerie is THE best place to do so. Why? Have you seen how amazing their cakes are, and yes they really do taste as good as they look. In the havens of self-indulgence I opted for a morning
snack feast, a black forest gateau and soya latte!
And if that wasn’t enough, I still had room for a late lunch at Brasserie Blanc.
As you can see from the design and ethos, Brasserie Blanc is both friendly and inviting. Supporting local produce there is a menu suitable for all tastebuds. After studying all dishes I ordered the grilled asparagus with cauliflower crumble and smoked paprika dressing. Followed by the roasted atlantic cod fillet with mussel, clam and samphire broth which also included leeks and new potatoes. I asked for them to come out together. Honestly, both dishes were to my delight, tasty, extremely satisfying and complimented each other perfectly.
Ever the pudding lover, I indulged with a pistachio soufflé and chocolate ice cream for desert. Filled with flavour and wonderfully light, it was easy for me to finish it all off – c’est magnifique!
With a Prefix Menu available, I will be making another reservation at Brasserie Blanc very soon;
2 courses for only £11.95, available before 6.30pm
3 courses for £14.45 after 6.30pm
To finish the day off, once I’d done a little more window shopping, a cocktail is a must. I made my final destination Coast to Coast, a place inspired by the tradition of the american bar. With an extensive cocktail menu and a happy hour every Monday – Friday from 5pm – 7pm it seemed stilly not to have two drinks.
Celebrating spring I enjoyed two very summery cocktails. Pina Colada – an old classic but served with a modern take, made with vanilla ice cream, double cream, coconut cream, pineapple juice and Bacardi Superior rum. And a French Martini – something very ‘Sex and the City’, made with Absolut Raspberri vodka, Chamboard and pineapple juice, then shaken to give you a smooth fruity finish. For me out of the two different cocktails, I would say the Martini is more desirable. Saying that, the Pina Colada is more of a desert cocktail, and from a day of dining I clearly had enough deserts.
As you can see Gunwharf Quays is perfect should you fancy a day out with family, friends or loved-one. You’ll find over 30 bars, coffee shops and restaurants should you wish to keep entertained or even relaxed.