If you’re anything like me you will jump at the chance to taste a bit of Christmas early! So when I was kindly invited to try Cosy Club’s Christmas Menu ahead of its launch on 22nd November, I couldn’t say no.
We were greeted with champagne on arrival and were surprised that we would be given the opportunity to taste all seventeen dishes on offer. So, get ready and take a seat whilst we take you through this delightful breakdown…
Let’s start with the menu; an overwhelming selection of your cosy winter faves mixed with some interesting twists on some favourite festive delights.
Needless to say, we were excited to begin.
For starters, the Sharing Platter, which was filled with a variety of traditional favourites. The Camembert and pigs in blankets can never disappoint, but alongside the fig and date chutney and mulled cider glaze, it creates a new sensation which left us wanting more. The Slow-cooked Pork Belly Bites were a lovely surprise, with sweet honey and a five Spice coating, it created a gorgeous spin on a typical roast dinner meat. The Mushroom, Tarragon and Chestnut Pâté was another surprise, although looking less than appetising, the warming spiced mushroom was delightful and more than enough sourdough bread to accompany to make sure you are able mop up the last few drops.
The drink options also have a seasonal feel, with mulled wine and mulled cider on offer to help you get in the Christmas spirit. The normal bar options are also available, with some cocktail and mocktail pitcher options to try – shout out to the Cherry Bakewell cocktail!
We were spoilt for choice with the mains, and happy to try all that was on offer. My dining partner, who is a newly migrated vegetarian, was happy to find that more than half of the menu options were vegetarian friendly, whilst many options also being gluten free.
The first main we tried was the Pan-fried Fillet of Sea Bass. Whilst I wouldn’t normally opt for a fish dish myself, we appreciated the soft and delicate texture complemented by the lobster butter and crème fraîche and herb mash. Whilst mild in flavour, this dish would suit those who may wish to keep it light and avoid the traditional Christmas meat options.
Next we tried the Beetroot, Carrot and Parsnip Pie with it’s crumbly top. Containing large chunks of beetroot this gooey pie was well suited to its other vegetable counterparts and mash. It also had a deep red filling which looked stunning.
Quite possibly my absolute favourite (I can tell, because I would’ve happily had more) was the Confit Duck Leg. The duck was fantastic, with a melt in your mouth flavour and red wine gravy, it was accompanied by beautifully creamy dauphinoise potatoes – I wouldn’t hesitate to pick this dish again.
The Pork Belly was as traditional as it gets, succulent and moist, your typical roast favourite.
The Norfolk Turkey and Smoked Bacon Pie doesn’t disappoint and is an makes an interesting twist on the typical turkey Christmas dinner, and by adding bacon it will definitely appeal to all. The velvety rich creamy flavour is incredibly indulgent. The tender turkey pieces and smokey bacon flavour left us feeling very naughty and the light and fluffy mash and glazed vegetables complimented the dish well.
The biggest surprise of the evening was the Halloumi and Winter Vegetable Wellington. Neither of us had previously tasted a wellington before, so it was unexpected to be almost blown away by the beautiful sweet flavours inside. The wellington was not only warmly spiced but sweet in flavour. The beautiful mix of textures and the salty halloumi meant that this was one of our top picks for the evening. Both myself (a vegetable-avoider) and my dining partner would have been very happy if this had been our only choice of the night.
After an incredible selection of starters and mains, you would be shocked to hear that we did have space left to be able to try the deserts.
It was lovely to see that the twists on traditional festive Christmas day dinner didn’t end at the mains.
We started with the Traditional Christmas Pudding – how could we not? – warm and luscious, this dense fruity pud was filled with spices and tasted like Christmas day. The rich brandy sauce was a perfect addition to add some sweetness in to the spicy fruit mixture.
A perfect little cup of wonder was the Chocolate Brownie and Cinder Toffee Trifle. If you’re a chocolate lover like me then this is your dish – light, chocolatey, chocolatey and chocolatey! Rich with dark chocolate flavours, light in texture with a little brownie surprise hidden inside.
After all of that, you think we couldn’t possibly try more, but then comes the Limoncello Cheesecake. I’m not normally a fan of mixing fruit flavours with my food, however this cheesecake was to die for. If we hadn’t agreed to be sharing I may have fought my dining partner for the last bit. The lemon with berry, meringue and vanilla was a perfect mix of sweet and sugary – incredibly light and moreish, whilst refreshing, I’m surprised we didn’t ask for more. I may have to go back just for the cheesecake.
But the deserts don’t end there, if you’re looking for extra deserts there is a bitter Chocolate and Orange Torte and English Cheese Selection with biscuits and a fig and date chutney showstopper to finish.
We thoroughly enjoyed our evening at the Cosy Club and would be more than happy to recommend their Christmas menu to all.
If you enjoy a night out with friends or your work colleagues before the big eve, then Cosy Club in Derby won’t disappoint you this winter season. With decadent surroundings, attentive service and luscious food and drink options you will definitely feel as though you’re one step closer to Christmas day!
The Christmas menu runs 22 November till 24 December and 3 courses costs £27.95