Posts tagged #The Lighthouse

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.

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 .

The importance of real bread at the Lighthouse

We've been baking our own breads for years, and we've loved every moment of it, but for now, we want to put all of our efforts into producing wonderfully tasty food and leave the bread making to the Artisans.

We couldn't serve just any bread at the Lighthouse, it had to be special, it had to be the best.

We're lucky enough to have the award winning Hambleton Bakery in the neighbouring county of Rutland. So together, we tasted their breads and picked three that perfectly compliment our food.

Date and Walnut bread
A sourdough made with walnuts and dates and topped with pumpkin and sunflower seeds to finish it off nicely. We serve it as part of the Hambleton bread basket with either butter or olive oil. It's also the bread we love to serve warm with our British cheeseboard.

Hambleton Sourdough
A traditional loaf baked in a wood fired oven using a combination of wheat and rye flour. It has a distinctive crumpet-like texture and is a match made in heaven for our locally smoked salmon. We also love it for soaking up the last drops of cider broth in the mussels, divine.

Hambleton Local
A wonderful loaf made with organic, stone ground wheat from the local Whissendine Windmill. The dough is fermented for 24 hours or so, using beer barm, the yeasty froth from the fermenting ale at the Grainstore Brewery in Oakham, and then baked in the wood fired oven. It comes in the Hambleton bread basket, and we also use it for making our bruschetta.

We can't get enough of it, honest, real bread really is one of life's simple pleasures. Try it next time you pop in to the Lighthouse and you'll see why.