When Firenze went Fishing!

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‘Why a fish restaurant?’, I was asked so many times when we ‘did the re-brand’ . . . ‘What was wrong with Firenze?’ I was asked. . . The answer was ‘Nothing was wrong with Firenze’.

When I look back over the menus and awards from those days, I glow with pride, and know, as humble as I try to be, that we did good!  The pastas were all made fresh on the premises, as were the breads. . . that butter bread… Ohhh my life it was good.

Lino and I flourished in business and personally when we landed in Kibworth, we knew that we were in the right place, and for our girls too.

As the years rolled on and Firenze blossomed into a much loved and established venue, we extended our efforts to the other side of the A6 and opened Boboli in 2007.  ‘Two Italians in one village?’ I was asked.  Well, it was a challenge to ensure that the two places offered something different, and for the most part we achieved it. . . still offering the same level of excellence but also something of a more relaxed atmosphere.  . . Bibbly Boboli Boo. . . was our hope for Kibworth’s very own Boboli gardens.

Times change and the economy fluctuated, so we decide to breathe some new life into Station Street.  Lino’s first place of work was in Bordighera, on the Livornese coastline, and his passion for fish was born out of this time. . . So, why not fish? Why not Nibbles, small plates of tapas style goodies?  Move with the times to keep it vibrant and people will fall in love with our little restaurant all over again!  Add the challenge of being located in landlocked Kibworth and let’s show them what we can do . . . ably lead by Head Chef Tom, The Lighthouse was born and has flourished, being awarded the Bib Gourmand in the Michelin Guide and retaining the acclaim that we won in the days of Firenze!

The added bonus is that in changing the offering in Station Street, we were really able to let loose on the menu in Main Street, and Boboli also flew and has since received recognition and success for its fabulous Italian menus.

So, Firenze went fishing, The Lighthouse shone and Boboli boomed.

As we hit our 20th anniversary, we wonder what the next chapter holds for us.

Ciao for now!

Sarah x


20TH ANNIVERSARY QUIZ

Q12 Who’s the Head Chef at The Lighthouse

Q13 In which coastal town in Italy did Lino have his first job?

Just answer in the comments below and we’ll enter you into our prize draw celebrating our 20th anniversary!  (Please be sure to put your email address on your comment so that we can contact you if you’re one of our lucky winners)

Look out for other 20th anniversary quiz questions on our future blog posts.  Prize draw winners to be announced on 1st January 2020.

Vlogging not Blogging!

Someone told me recently to Vlog not Blog. . . a terrifying thought. . . but then this happened!!!

What a giggle!

Ciao for now!

Sarah x


20TH ANNIVERSARY QUIZ

Q11 What were the couple eating lobster spaghetti drinking?

Just answer in the comments below and we’ll enter you into our prize draw celebrating our 20th anniversary!  (Please be sure to put your email address on your comment so that we can contact you if you’re one of our lucky winners)

Look out for other 20th anniversary quiz questions on our future blog posts.  Prize draw winners to be announced on 1st January 2020.

Posted on September 27, 2019 .

'AT OUR TABLE' WITH SARAH CRIPPS

WELCOME TO OUR NEW BLOG SLOT, “AT OUR TABLE” WHERE WE ARE FEATURING LOCAL, LIKE-MINDED BUSINESS PEOPLE, WHO ALSO HAPPEN TO BE FRIENDS OF OUR BUSINESS.

First to the table is the energetic Sarah Cripps who, with her business partner Jo Walton, runs Salad Skills. 

Market Harborough based, Salad Skills are dedicated to sourcing apprenticeship and learning development solutions, aiming to help recruit and steer people like us through the complex and ever-changing world of apprenticeships.  Their innovative and honest approach has won them national recognition and commendations.

Sarah and Jo also launched the Business Lunch Club, KRESS, who meet at The Lighthouse monthly. . . again, they offer an innovative approach to networking in this forum, with the emphasis on really getting to know people and working together for the benefit of all local businesses. . . very refreshing!

Sarah’s energy and enthusiasm are boundless, she is a Tough Mudder regular and incredibly fit!  She is also tireless in her efforts to support her local community with various local and charitable events benefiting from her input.


When did you first dine at Boboli or The Lighthouse?
I first dined at Boboli but I can’t tell you when that was. . . .at least 10 years ago I reckon!

What prompted you to visit us/how did you hear of us?
Friends recommended

What’s your favourite dish at Boboli?
Ooh just so many to choose, I literally could eat anything off the menu                               

At The Lighthouse?
Love all of the seafood dishes and can’t choose, sorry, because they’re all so creative and delicious.

What is it you love about our restaurants?
What apart from you two?! I’ve never been to Italy but I imagine a restaurant there to be like being welcomed home by the family and that’s how I feel when I eat at Bobs or The Lighthouse. It’s more than going out for dinner.

Do enjoy cooking at home?
Yes!                                          

What’s your own speciality?
Sunday roast

What are your views on food trends?
I love to try things I’ve never heard of or hadn’t thought of fusing together

Do you have any of your own special dietary needs?
None

Do you believe it’s still possible to enjoy eating out even if you have special dietary requirements?
Yes, although I’m sure it must be restrictive

What style of food/country of origin is your favourite?
French/Italian/Spanish

Do you enjoy wine?
Ha…yes

Which is your favourite?
Champagne naturally.

Is Gin a tipple you enjoy?
Oh yes

If so, do you have a favourite flavour or brand?
No, but love a rhubarb gin with ginger

If tempted, which is your cocktail of choice?
Espresso Martini

What would you particularly recommend about Boboli and The Lighthouse when mentioning the restaurants to your friends?
You’re always guaranteed great food and a huge welcome, lunch or dinner, summer or winter.

Grazie mille to Sarah for entering into the spirit (we knew she would). I hope you’ve enjoyed this new blog post with a difference.

See you at a table near us soon.

Sarah x


20TH ANNIVERSARY QUIZ

Q10 How often does the KRESS Lunch Club meet at The Lighthouse?

Just answer in the comments below and we’ll enter you into our prize draw celebrating our 20th anniversary!  (Please be sure to put your email address on your comment so that we can contact you if you’re one of our lucky winners)

Look out for other 20th anniversary quiz questions on our future blog posts.  Prize draw winners to be announced on 1st January 2020.




Posted on September 20, 2019 .