V for Vegan at Dough Bath – A Review

Well hello there dear friends. It’s been a while (a longer while than I had anticipated but hey, such is life). I won’t blabber on about why I have been AWOL and instead just get on with telling you all about a very good pizza experience that I recently had. So let me tell you about Dough Bath – A Review.

Residents of Bath will probably have heard of Dough by now. Nestled in the famous Corridor, one can smell the soft aroma of freshly baked pizza from many metres away. Dough’s mission is to bring Bath the finest quality ingredients, cooked simply at the best possible value. Their love of pizza in its purest form that led them to explore new innovations that they believe haven’t been seen in UK restaurants before. With bases such as kamut, turmeric and hemp, it’s easy to see why Dough is so popular. They’ve also got 4 different gluten-free bases.

We popped down a few weeks ago to try out their new vegan offerings. I was immediately drawn to ‘V for Vegan’, with vegan cheese, beetroot carpaccio, crispy parsnip, capers, yellow courgette and rocket sauce on kamut dough. C went for the ‘Vegetariana’, without the mozzarella. Both pizzas were large portions, and we didn’t have to wait long for them to arrive. The ‘V for Vegan’ was utterly delicious, with a generous helping of all toppings, but I especially loved the crunchy addition of parsnip crisps scattered on top. The vegan cheese was also some of the nicest I’ve had on a pizza. The ‘Vegetariana’ was also a good, but we both said that my choice was the top pick.
To finish we had some vegan ice cream, which was a good end to the meal.

Dough Bath - A Review // roughmeasures.com - A review of my experience at Dough, Bath, sampling their new vegan pizza.
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hoto credit – Dough, Bath.

The service we received was lovely, we felt relaxed and at home during our meal. The restaurant started to get busy and I could see all customers were getting the same friendly service that we had.

Vegan or not, I would highly recommend you get your bottoms down the Dough and sample some of their delights. We’ll be returning pretty soon that’s for sure!

Dough Bath - A review // roughmeasures.com - my honest review.

V for Vegan at Dough, Bath // roughmeasures.com - my review of the famous pizza restaurant; Dough.


Disclaimer – I was invited for a meal at Dough. All opinions are solely mine.

Digital Detox at West Withy Farm

I feel refreshed. For the first time in over 6 months, my brain is a little calmer. We’ve just returned from 2 days in rural Exmoor, on a Digital Detox at West Withy Farm. Ian and Lorena invited us down to come and enjoy the tranquility at West Withy Farm Cottages. With a focus on switching off and enjoying the surroundings and nature, I knew a digital detox was just the thing I needed.

West Withy Farm is located around 20 miles west of Taunton. The cottages are set within the 23 acre farm, the nearest neighbour is half a mile away. The cottages were converted from two Exmoor stone barns in the mid 1980’s to create charming holiday cottages perfect for a quiet getaway.  West Withy Farm have been welcoming visitors for 30 years.
Each cottage oozes character – from huge beams to 50 cm solid stone walls. The cottages are now complemented by modern internal facilities. With a lovely kitchen space, dining corner and lounge, plus bedrooms with oh-so-comfy beds.   All the cottages have their own garden, ours had a view of the pond so we could watch the geese from the kitchen in the morning.

We arrived and were greeted by Ian, who showed us around. He explained they collect their own rain water, which supplies the cottages. They also make their own bread, butter and jam, and grow many of their own fruit and vegetables. They have cows, horses, sheep, geese and many other animals in their farm. He had even thought to arrange a telescope for us, in the hope we could catch some star gazing time in, but unfortunately the clear skies were not in our favour and it was cloudy both evenings.

Digital Detox at West Withy Farm // a much needed rest and break in tranquil Exmoor // roughmeasures.com

Digital Detox at West Withy Farm // a much needed rest and break in tranquil Exmoor // roughmeasures.com

After a lovely, deep nights sleep, we spent Saturday exploring Exmoor and the surrounding Devon areas. We walked over the misty, foggy moors and up to Dunkery Beacon. Unfortunately the impending weather meant we couldn’t see much, but it was good to stomp around the soggy moors, walking in the dregs of the March snow that had fallen the week before. We headed on to Lynton and Lynmouth, two small villages sitting on top of each other on a cliff, connected by a very steep path or a cliff railway. We found a cosy pub to grab an early lunch, and then headed for a walk along to the Valley of the Rocks. We spent the afternoon exploring the coast path as the weather lifted slightly. We arrived back at Withy Farm, tired and content, hoping to see some stars, but the clouds hadn’t lifted enough for us to view anything other than dark, black mass.

After a lazy Sunday breakfast of Ian’s homemade bread and damson jam it was time to say goodbye to Ian and West Withy Farm. We left the peaceful countryside and headed back to the coast to explore more of the South West Coastal path. The clouds had cleared and we spent the day walking the coast, stopping at rocky bays and taking in the views across to Wales. We arrived home that evening rested and calm. I kept my phone off for the evening and enjoyed the last few moments of switching fully off.

Since this trip, I am so much more aware of how much time I spend (waste) on my phone. I love Instagram and the other social channels are an important part of having my blog, but switching off now and again is so good. I’ve noticed an increase in my energy levels since spending less time on my phone. Will you try a Digital Detox sometime soon? I am thinking once a month, who wants to join me?

Digital Detox at West Withy Farm // a much needed rest and break in tranquil Exmoor // roughmeasures.com

Digital Detox at West Withy Farm // a much needed rest and break in tranquil Exmoor // roughmeasures.com

Digital Detox at West Withy Farm // a much needed rest and break in tranquil Exmoor // roughmeasures.com

Digital Detox at West Withy Farm // a much needed rest and break in tranquil Exmoor // roughmeasures.com

Digital Detox at West Withy Farm // a much needed rest and break in tranquil Exmoor // roughmeasures.com

Digital Detox at West Withy Farm // a much needed rest and break in tranquil Exmoor // roughmeasures.com

Digital Detox at West Withy Farm // a much needed rest and break in tranquil Exmoor // roughmeasures.com

Digital Detox at West Withy Farm // a much needed rest and break in tranquil Exmoor // roughmeasures.com

Digital Detox at West Withy Farm // a much needed rest and break in tranquil Exmoor // roughmeasures.com

Digital Detox at West Withy Farm // a much needed rest and break in tranquil Exmoor // roughmeasures.com

Digital Detox at West Withy Farm // a much needed rest and break in tranquil Exmoor // roughmeasures.com

Digital Detox at West Withy Farm // a much needed rest and break in tranquil Exmoor // roughmeasures.com

Digital Detox at West Withy Farm // a much needed rest and break in tranquil Exmoor // roughmeasures.com

Digital Detox at West Withy Farm // a much needed rest and break in tranquil Exmoor // roughmeasures.com

 


Disclaimer – West Withy Farm Cottages invited me to come and stay and enjoy a Digital Detox at West Withy Farm. I was not paid to write a positive review and all opinions are my own.

The Perfect Valentine’s Dinner with Wayfair.co.uk

Now, PDA fan I am not, but I do like love. Like The Format once sang, I love love, I love being in love. I love being in love with C, with family, with food, with our cats, with life. Love is a good feeling. I do not love overly crowded restaurants with half of the city’s population declaring their undying affection for one another on one specific day of the year. I do however, love cooking and setting the table nicely and having a proper sit down meal, facing each other, without distractions, and enjoying the pleasure of food and our company, and let’s be real, a large glass of wine.

Perfect Valentine's Dinner // roughmeasures.com

Perfect Valentine's Dinner // roughmeasures.com

Perfect Valentine's Dinner // roughmeasures.com

Perfect Valentine's Dinner // roughmeasures.com

Wayfair.co.uk is a great place to source items to spruce up your table for a nice meal in. From actual tables, down to the finer details like candleholders and vases (because we are all hoping we are going to get a bunch of flowers, am I right?!) – they have it covered. Since we moved off our floating home and into a real life (non-floating) house, I have used them a lot.

When Wayfair.co.uk asked if I would like to partner with them and style up my kitchen table for The Perfect Valentine’s Dinner, I knew exactly the look I wanted to create before I could even type Yes. I am a lover of earth textures and plants (oh hey all you Virgo Earth Element folk out there) and I wanted something that reflected this. I chose copper tones in the candle holders, both the flute and the tumbler glasses, and of course the gorgeous marble platter. They are such lovely pieces and I love having a slightly jazzier style of glass to use for special occasions.

Charlie says we should style up every dinner like this, but then it wouldn’t be as special would it? I am however, going to try and do it once a week, to make a little extra effort to the one I love.

Positivity and love to you my friends, speak soon.

Perfect Valentine's Dinner // roughmeasures.com

Perfect Valentine's Dinner // roughmeasures.com

Perfect Valentine's Dinner // roughmeasures.com

Perfect Valentine's Dinner // roughmeasures.com

Perfect Valentine's Dinner // roughmeasures.com


Disclaimer – I was sent products from Wayfair.co.uk in return for a post. Words and thoughts are entirely my own. Thanks for helping me side hustle my way through this thing we call life.

Harrods Christmas Hamper: The Harrogate

Harrods Christmas Hamper // roughmeasures.com - my review of The Harrogate Hamper 2017

My review of the Harrods Christmas Hamper: The Harrogate

Over the years, I have managed to acquire some rather nice hampers. I love their wicker look and they make great storage options. But mostly, I like what the often contain – food! I did a little squeal when Harrods asked if I’d like to review one** of their Luxury Christmas Hampers. They have a vast selection on their website, and I would be reviewing ‘The Harrogate’ – a generous hamper with an enormous selection of indulgent treats, perfect for Christmas time and festive evenings.

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Win 3 A Little Bit Artisan Dips

A Little Bit Dip review and competition // roughmeasures.com

When the lovely folk at A Little Bit got in touch about their delicious artisan dips made with fresh herbs, I was eager to hear more. I am a little bit dip obsessed. Give me hummus, guac and baba ghanoush, give me hot salsa with crunchy corn chips, give me white bean dips with all the garlic. I’d happily have a selection of dips for dinner every evening. I like having lots of little options to choose from. The selection feels like a pic’n’mix, and who can argue with that? Read more

An Autumn Colour Challenge

Autumn Colour Challenge // roughmeasures.com

Autumn is one of my favourite seasons. I love the golden hues that make the trees glow, the cooler misty mornings with pink sunrises, and cosy evenings infront of the fire. Now we have swapped a boat for a house I appreciate these even more. Wrapping up in throws on the sofa and settling down with a book in front of a glowing woodburner, these are my Autumnal moments that I love. I remember running into the park and nose diving into piles of leaves as a child. Gleefully kicking up orange leaves and watching them float down like nature’s confetti. Watching the trees change colour in wonder from my bedroom window. The smell of the first bonfire of the season. The first conker fight with my brothers. Autumn holds so many happy memories for me and I itch for it’s return year upon year. Read more

Tapas Revolution, Bath – A Review

Tapas Revolution, Bath - A Review of our meal at the latest opening in Bath! // roughmeaures.com

We are blessed in Bath with many a good restaurant. New ones pop up each week and it’s always exciting to check out the new kid on the block. One recent newbie is Tapas Revolution. Tapas Revolution is the brain child of Spanish chef Omar Allibhoy, and the Bath branch is his seventh tapas bar opening. Tapas Revolution, Bath promises to offer dishes cooked with the finest ingredients sourced from small artisan producers in Spain, all freshly prepared.   Read more