Posts tagged #Kibworth

Oops! There goes another Negroni!

At The Lighthouse and Boboli we do love a good Negroni . . . one of the most popular Italian cocktails comprising of campari, red martini and gin . . . or try a sbagliato, without the gin and prosecco instead!!!

The origins of this classic are said to be from Firenze, back in 1919, concocted by or for, depends whose report you read, Count Camillo Negroni . . . they say that the vermouth and campari are good for the liver and counteract the negatives of the gin!!!

Whatever!  We love it wherever it came from!

 I was first introduced to it when living in Firenze at the time Lino and I met.  I remember our fond farewells when I departed for the UK, leaving him in Italy and not knowing how or if we were going to make "this thing” happen.  We sat at the Firenze train station bar, on the platform as I recall, toasting the unknown with a Negroni.

So, all these years on and here we are, still drinking Negroni, served these days in all the best places and bars, not least of all in our own restaurants.  It’s not everyone’s tipple, it is neat alcohol after all, no mixer involved . . . but I am happy to say that it does have a following.

Whilst writing this blog, I discovered my mother (from whom I learnt all good things) had never had a negroni – the horror! – we soon put that right!!

Our friend Patrick introduced us to The Queenie, a very similar drink made with Dubonnet . . . mmmmm . . . delish, a worthy alternative we feel. 

Oh dear it’s all about the cocktails this week!!!

A presto,

Sarah x

By the way, ‘sbagliato’ is mistaken in Italian, and it is said that in a Milan bar in 1972, prosecco instead of gin was added to a negroni by mistake.  The ‘mistake’ caught on and it is now a classic in its own right.


In our quest to keep it local . . . and these days I feel more and more impassioned when it comes to all things eco, pure and good . . . good for us and good for generations to come if we can reduce our carbon footprint.

So, how happy are we to be using the fabulous milk from Kingarth Dairy, just around the corner in Burton Overy. The Barbour family have farmed and milked cows in Burton Overy for over 100 years.

They say, “from grass to glass in three hours”, and it certainly seems that way, non-homogenised, super creamy and from beautiful, happy, pedigree Holstein cows, grazing in the fields just around the corner from our front doorstep. Happy cows mean happy milk and rather amazing cream too. Our Cappuccinos have never been so good . . . and our Floater Coffees have taken on a whole new level of delicious indulgence . . . sorry to the skinny lovers, but this is really too good to miss. The pasteurisation process is extended and at lower temperatures the good bacteria in the milk is retained and therefore is a more healthy option, even if it’s not semi-skimmed!

The benefits are also apparent in the cooking, Carbonara and Panna Cotta are a must with the improved quality of our dairy products. We love supporting our local community especially when the benefits to our food are so apparent too!

Come and see for yourself, but take a detour through the fields and say hello to the Happy Cows at Kingarth Dairy too!

A presto

Sarah x

Have we Bean Had!!!!

There is so much information around about coffee, some myth, some fact, some basic, some ridiculously elaborate. Recently I read of the new thing, a “cafelier” ( a sommelier for coffee making apparently?) and of a London café where a particular coffee from Yemen costs £15 a cup (their straightforward cappuccino was £5!)

The hilarious ads for various brands taking the rip out of the overcomplicated coffee offerings when all you want is a good cup of coffee have a point to be honest and we at Boboli and The Lighthouse are guilty of indulging our fancies whilst trying to please the ever changing coffee culture around us... recently  we introduced the Marocchino, a speciality in the bars at home in Dalmine; chocolate hazelnut spread around the inside of the vessel, super crema espresso, a dollop of milky foam and crunched up meringues and chocolate flakes on top… well why not!

And Affogato is a real fave with our regulars, a scoop of ice cream, a shot of espresso and biscotti to finish it off!

We are currently enjoying working with St Martin’s Coffee Roasters, who roast and mix their coffee beans in Leicester, and we love the Magpie blend, which has a touch of Italy about it and altogether hits the caffeine spot when it’s needed.

Personally, as with wine and gin, (more about those another time) I would rather not have a bad coffee, I never drink instant. Oh and I never drink alcohol free wine either.. it’s all a question of taste and we rather hope that our offering will suit your taste, and promise not to get carried away with extravagant contributions from across the seas, particularly Yemen!

 A presto!

Sarah x

Posted on March 22, 2019 .