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11 Apr 2014

The Importance of Dom Pérignon

Dom Pérignon has grown to become one of the most recognisable brands of champagne across the world, but did you know the famous bottle is named after a 17th century monk?

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That’s right. Dom Pierre Pérignon was a monk and cellar master based in the Abbey of Saint Pierre d’Hautvillers in the Champagne region of Northern France. He lived and worked there tirelessly for 47 years, inventing and perfecting the techniques of creating wines of the highest quality. On a rolling hill overlooking the Marne Valley in the heart of the Champagne region, the Benedictine Abbey is the place where he pursued his mission of perfection.

He pioneered a number of ground-breaking techniques still used today, including the blending of grapes and removing of skins, leading to the very first bottle of white wine. He is also famously tied to the legend of capturing bubbles in champagne, which were initially seen as serious impurities amongst Dom Pierre and his fellow monks. Counteracting the problem of exploding bottles due to the fizz of his new creation, Pérignon introduced the thicker bottles and shape seen with today’s champagne bottles, and even the ingenious solution of using corks as opposed to wood!

If you, like us, are passionate about good wine, why not pay our hotel in Suffolk a visit and enjoy a drop from our extensive wine list.
31 Mar 2014

James' Fish Pie

Enjoy a delicious fish pie, here is James' favourite recipe.

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Fish pie(makes 4)

250g boneless/skinless white fish cut chunky
250g boneless/skinless salmon cut chunky
200g cocktail prawns
50ml double cream
pinch salt
Pinch cracked pepper

Bechamel sauce
450 ml milk, warm
½ small onion peeled
50g butter
50g plain flour
1 cloves garlic
1 bay leaf
8 cloves
Sprig of thyme
5 scrapes nutmeg

Pin the bay leaf to the onion using the cloves, melt the butter with the garlic, thyme and onion, add the flour and cook on a gentle heat for 2-3 minutes, gradually add the warm milk ladle at a time, and cook out for 7-8 minutes until there is no ‘floury’ taste, add the nutmeg and pass through a fine sieve.

Mix the Bechamel sauce with all the ingredients and place in 4 bowls (a cereal sized bowl is ideal)

Mashed potato
6 large potatoes (weighing approximately 2kg together) baked in their skin until tender in the middle,(roughly 1 hour @ 160 oc) whilst hot cut them in half, scoop out the flesh and mash, allow to cool slightly then place on top of your pies

Bake the pies at 160oc for about 20-30 minutes until the top is golden and the middle piping hot

Serve with seasonal vegetables like I have or a side salad/garlic bread
19 Mar 2014

Mother's Day

We all love to treat our mothers on their special day, but sometimes inspiration for ideas can be a little hard to come by. Here are a few ideas from us at The Brudenell.

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Fancy Edibles
Boxes of chocolates are a safe bet but why not try something a little different? Have a browse around your local town for independent delicatessens and farm shops, or even city department stores for speciality produce such as fine jams, chutneys or pickles. They look great as a set and are sure to please.

Vintage Handbag
Handbags are potentially risky as everyone has their own tastes, but risks can pay off! Vintage looks are very on trend so have a look around for vintage bags and accessories. You’ll be inundated with choice for any budget.

New Book
Kindles, iPads and tablets are growing in popularity but for those who love reading, nothing beats a new book. For inspiration, check out The New York Times Best Sellers and other similar lists - you’ll be sure to find something suitable.

Wines and Liquors
A fine bottle of wine or liquor is the perfect gift for those looking for a hint of luxury with their gift and sense of celebration. Keep an eye out for hampers in your local department store as they often include a bottle alongside chocolates and other treats.

Personalised iPhone or iPad Case
For something a little different and very modern, a personalised phone or tablet case can be a perfect gift with that little extra touch. Surprise your mum with a little creative thought which she is sure to appreciate.

A classic gift for any occasion, and none better than Mother’s Day. Explore a wide range of perfumes for that perfect scent in your local department store or stockists.

Mother’s Day Lunch
Spoil your mum to a wonderful dining experience at our luxury hotel in Suffolk. Our head Chef James has created a special Mother's Day menu, reflecting his passion for creating delicious dishes using local and fresh ingredients. A certain winner!
11 Mar 2014

Bounce Into Spring

We've certainly been blessed with the recent weather and it seems that the worst of winter is well and truly behind us…

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The sunny spells of spring have arrived with a welcomed blessing. Days are longer, temperatures warmer, and there’s an all-round feel good factor that has come along with it. Next time you’re out and about in the great British outdoors, whether it’s in your garden or on a walk with your dogs, take a few moments to see for yourself the re-emergence of our country’s wildlife. Plants and trees are once again in budding season, with the popular sights and sounds of flowers in blossom and birds in song clear for all to see, and hear. Now is the perfect time for a weekend break in Suffolk, so why not join us here for a short stay on the coast and take in the beauty of our county.

The Suffolk coastline is the perfect place to embrace this turn in weather. If you’re looking for accommodation in Aldeburgh, we have everything you need here at The Brudenell, and even have our very own ‘Bounce Into Spring’ offer to celebrate the impending season.

Remember to follow us online for all the latest news from us here at The Bru, and whilst you’re at it, why not tweet us some of your favourite springtime photos? We’d love to see them!
01 Mar 2014

Brudenell's Green Focus

Brudenell wins Silver for Green Tourism Award & Bronze for Suffolk Carbon Charter

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Great news for the Brudenell on winning a fantastic silver award in the Green Tourism Awards. We are also pleased to announce Bronze in the Suffolk Carbon Charter Award

Green Tourism businesses are on a green journey, they have not reached perfection but they are focused on being sustainable, responsible and green. This is demonstrated through a three grading levels (Bronze, Silver and Gold).

The Suffolk Carbon Charter is an award recognising carbon reduction measures in Suffolk's small and medium businesses.

Our Top Tip's to be environmentally friendly are:

1.Conserve energy – reduce energy consumption by switching off the lights and closing windows if the heating is on

2.Give the car a break too – Suffolk is a beautiful place to explore on foot, by bike or public transport

3.Shop locally – buy local produce, they give you a flavour of the area and help support local communities

4.Reduce, reuse, recycle – try to avoid over packaged foods and say no to that extra carrier bag, try and recycle any waste you have

5.Be wise – use water wisely by turning off taps when brushing teeth and read our towel policy
26 Feb 2014

Top Toppings for Pancake Day!

Sweet or savoury, sticky or smooth, what kind of pancake topper are you?

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Shrove Tuesday, or Pancake Day as we all know it, is just around the corner. It’s the one day of the year where we feel obliged to get whisking, frying and flipping our doughy friends, stacking them high on our plates for the whole family to enjoy. To get you in the mood, we have provided a little inspiration in the form of our favourite toppings from all of us here at the Brudenell in Aldeburgh. Sweet or savoury, sticky or smooth, what kind of pancake topper are you? Get in touch with your favourite toppings on Facebook and Twitter for us to share them with the world!

Lemon Juice and Sugar
Celebrate the pancake in its brilliantly simple form with a splash of fresh lemon juice and sprinkling of sugar for added sweetness and texture.

Chocolate and Banana
An all-time classic that’s a hit with the whole family. Cover finely sliced banana with melted chocolate, or spread your pancake with Nutella. For an extra special touch, scatter a few crushed peanuts.

American Style with Blueberries and Strawberries
Thicken your pancakes with a little baking powder and self-raising flour for perfect American style. Top with fresh blueberries and strawberries, and finish with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream.

Bacon and Scrambled Egg
The perfect savoury treat for pancake lovers. Add a little mashed potato to your mix for a more savoury flavour and added thickness. Serve with scrambled egg and crispy streaky bacon.

Pear and Apple with Maple Syrup
Simmer slices of pear and apple in around 50ml of water with sugar to taste for around 15 minutes. Pour the compote over your pancakes and finish with a lashing a maple syrup and dusting of cinnamon.

Share your favourites with us here on the Suffolk coast by getting in touch with the Brudenell on Facebook and Twitter! We look forward to hearing from you.
17 Feb 2014

We made the Toptable Diner's Choice List!

We are pleased to announce that The Brudenell was voted onto the Toptable January 2014 Diner’s Choice List!

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First of all, a big thank you to all of our hotel guests and restaurant diners past and present. It if wasn’t for you leaving your kind reviews and appreciating the hard work we put in here at The Brudenell, we certainly wouldn’t have been recognised for this award. And of course, a big thank you goes out to the brilliant team who have helped to make this happen. It’s a great achievement and one that all of us here in Aldeburgh are very proud of.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Toptable and are wondering what this is all about, the Diner’s Choice Lists determine the best local restaurants using reviews given by the thousands of diners using the Toptable service. Toptable itself is the largest online restaurant booker here in the UK, where diners can read and leave reviews, and earn points whilst they are at it. Each month, over 400,000 restaurant reviews are made worldwide using their service! For more information, visit toptable.co.uk.

Once again, a massive thank to those of you who left us such lovely reviews and recommendations. We hope to welcome you back to our Suffolk hotel and restaurant very soon!
07 Feb 2014

Family Fun on the Suffolk Coast

We are a family friendly hotel and look forward to welcoming you and your children for an enjoyable break, on the stunning Suffolk heritage coast, this February half-term.

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There are plenty activities for your children to enjoy in the area to keep them entertained while you relax and take in the beautiful surroundings our great county has to offer. Here are a few suggestions…

Sutton Hoo

This world famous Anglo-Saxon burial site is a must-do when visiting Suffolk. Located in Woodbridge, a short distance from the coast and around 14 miles from Aldeburgh, the popular visitor centre welcomes families year round with exhibitions showcasing priceless treasures and artefacts.

Framlingham Castle
This magnificent 12th century fortress has a long and exciting history which makes for a captivating day out in Suffolk. Children can enjoy a host of interactive features and games, which bring the great history of the castle to life. Audio tours are also available and be sure to take advantage of the fantastic views when on the famous Wall Walk.

Africa Alive
Based in Kessingland, Africa Alive is one of the UK’s largest wildlife attractions where visitors can get up close to rhinos, cheetahs, giraffes, lions and hundreds of other African animals and birds. A fantastic day out for the whole family who can enjoy a safari experience with guided tours and a fun-packed Discovery Centre.

Boating at Thorpeness Meare

The picturesque Meare at Thorpeness is a fun and safe activity for families with waters never over three feet deep. Enjoy a multitude of boats from canoes and kayaks to rowing boats and punts, and set on a little adventure around the surrounding islands spread across forty acres of water.

Minsmere Nature Reserve
Enjoy guided wildlife walks and tours through the stunning countryside at RSPB Minsmere Nature Reserve. Family activities are available throughout the year along with hot and cold meals at the visitor centre and cafe. Children will especially enjoy the Wild Zone and Wild Wood Adventure!

Rendlesham Forest
The main recreational area for the Sandling Forests, Rendlesham offers a fun and exciting experience in the woods. With three circular walks, a special UFO trail and various cycle routes, you certainly won’t be short of ideas. Keep an eye out for the giant sculptures!

And don't forget that kids stay free B&B at the Brudenell when sharing a family room with two full paying adults.
30 Jan 2014

Valentine's Chocolate Heart Truffles

With Valentine's Day coming up Chef James Barber would like to show you how to make your loved one a homemade treat of chocoloate heart truffles.

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23 Jan 2014

Brudenell Wine Experience

Here at the Brudenell Hotel we are passionate about bringing good quality wines to our wine cellar for our customers to share and broaden their wine palette. Available from the 1st February 2014 our 'Wine Experience' package will enable customers to enjoy a break on the Suffolk coast as well as enjoy some of our most select wines and food.

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Our collectors wine list features a collection of quality wines from some of the best producers around the world. These wines can be found at an acheivable price and not the usual higher price you would typically find in the restaurant industry. If you are a wine buff or would love to immerse yourself in a relaxing break by the coast tasting a variety of quality wines from our collectors wine list, this is the wine package for you.

Arrive in Aldeburgh with complimentary chocolates and a bottle of wine handpicked by Garth, general manager at the Brudenell. Garth has a real passion for wine and has been involved in selecting the wines that made it onto our collecters wine list. Secondly we will provide a bottle of limited release Cloudy Bay followed by a fruit tart in our sea view lounge allowing you to relax and enjoy the ambience of our unrivalled views of the Suffolk coastline. Follow this with a glass of the delightfully sweet Muscat Beaumes de venise M.Chapoutier 2011.

Before heading to our award winning restaurant you can enjoy a wine flight which gives you the opportunity to enjoy three small tasters of wine. To accompany your meal we will help you to select a bottle of wine to match your food choices that will be available to purchase from our collectors wine list. After dinner enjoy a glass of dessert wine to accompany your dessert.

For more information visit our offers page.