A couple of weeks ago, both me and Jamie were very kindly invited down to Booths Ilkley to come and check out everything that they would have on offer over Christmas, and after having a fantastic time stuffing our faces full of delicious Food, I thought that I would tell you all about it.
Here’s what Booths say about themselves.
Our founder Edwin Henry Booth had one simple aim, to sell the best food and drink available, in attractive stores, staffed with first class assistants. Since 1847, we have worked closely with local suppliers from the Northern counties we call home, including Lancashire, Cheshire, Cumbria, and Yorkshire.
You’ll find 28 of our stores dotted around Booths Country, each one with it’s own variety of special, local and unique products and seasonal events.
What happened when I visited Booths Ilkley.
Once we had finally arrived in Ilkley, and had wandered around for a little while, we eventually decided to head to Booths Ilkley, which is located on Leeds Road in Ilkley City Centre.
Once we had entered the massive store, we wandered over to the Christmas Preview area that had been set up at the back of the store, and were very kindly greeted by a really nice woman, who said hi, and asked us if we were ok. We said hi back, and that yes we were, and after a second or so of her checking her guest list, she said to go on through and grab ourselves a drink from the drink station.
Then once we had wandered over to the drinks station and had grabbed ourselves a nice glass of Orange Juice, we just wandered around for a little while and checked out some of the delicious food and drink that was on offer from some of the stands that were dotted around the room.
What I had to eat and drink at the Booths Ilkley Christmas 2017 Preview.
The first thing that I had to eat and drink was the Kin Spirits Salted Caramel + Vodka.
I absolutely loved this, as even though it was 20% proof, because it also tasted extremely sweet, I couldn’t actually taste any of the Alcohol, which as you can probably guess was pretty dangerous, as it was one of those drinks that you could drink and drink without realising that you were getting rather drunk.
The next thing that I had to eat and drink was the Booths Game Pie, Shortcrust Pastry filled with British Partridge, Pheasant, Venison, Duck and Quail, in a rich Port, Redcurrant and Cranberry Gravy, topped with a Puff Pastry lid.
I really liked this, as even though i’m not usually a massive fan of Partridge or Pheasant, because it also contained Venison, Duck, Quail, Port and Redcurrant and Cranberry Gravy, it had a delicious deep and smokey yet fruity taste to it that I thought would be fantastic to eat on Boxing Day when you’re sick and tired of eating all of the leftover Turkey. I also thought that the Puff Pastry was amazing, as it was cooked to perfection, and was nice and flaky whilst still being quite soft.
The next thing that I had to eat and drink was the Toppings Apricot & Poultry Pork Pie, British Pork Pie Meat, Chicken and Turkey with Apricot and sweet Cranberries, Topped with a rich Apricot Stuffing and dressed with Apricot halves.
I absolutely loved this, as I thought that it’s blend of Pork, Chicken, Turkey, Apricots, sweet Cranberries, and Apricot Stuffing was absolutely delicious. And even though it could have tasted incredibly sweet because of all the Apricots, it actually tasted rather smokey and meaty. I also really liked it’s Pastry, as I thought that it was the right combination of thick and fluffy, which is just how Pork Pie Pastry should be.
The next thing that I had to eat and drink was the Booths Stollen Bites, bites of sweet festive Bread studded with Fruits and flavoured with Rum.
I absolutely loved these! I’m not usually a massive fan of any kind of fruit cake, but as these were flavoured with Rum, they kind of reminded me of a mini Black Forest Gateau, which as many of you know is one of my favourite ever desserts.
The next thing that I had to eat and drink was the Booths Amaretti Brownie Bites, Dark Chocolate Brownie Bites with Amaretti Biscuits, topped with a light Sugar dusting.
I definitely think that these had to be my favourite thing of the entire evening, as I absolutely love anything that tastes of Almond, and even though these were called a Chocolate Brownie, because they contained so much Almond extract they tasted more like an Almond Blondie rather than a traditional Chocolate Brownie.
The next thing that I had to eat and drink was the Booths Caramel & Pretzel Shortbread Bites, a crumbly all Butter Shortbread base with a generous layer of smooth Caramel, topped with Salted Pretzels and finished with a drizzle of Belgian Milk Chocolate.
I think that these had to be another one of my favourite things of the evening, as I thought that they were nice and crumbly whilst also having the perfect amount of Chocolate to them. I also really liked the Pretzel on the top of them, as I thought that they added a nice bit of crunch to the entire Brownie.
The next thing that I had to eat and drink was the Booths Salted Caramel Brownie Bites, deliciously rich Chocolate Brownies with a luxurious smooth Salted Caramel layer, topped with a sparkling God Glitter decoration.
I really liked these, as Brownies are usually rather hard to get right, and I thought that these were absolutely perfect, as they were slightly crispy around the edges, soft and doughy in the middle, and contained so much Chocolate that I was in danger of slipping into a Chocolate induced coma. I also really liked the soft Salted Caramel layer, as it had seeped into the centre of the Brownie, and had made all of the Chocolate taste even richer.
The next thing that I had to eat and drink was the Booths Iced Christmas Cake Slices, slices of rich Fruit Cake made with juicy Apple soaked Vine Fruit, Cherries and Dates, topped with a layer of Marzipan and Icing.
I’m not usually a massive fan of Christmas Cake, as I tend to find that it tastes incredibly dry, but because these contained juicy Apple soaked Vine Fruit, Cherries and Dates, they all combined to create a light and fluffy Cake that was more like a Gateau than a Christmas Cake. I also really liked the Marzipan and Icing topping, as like I said before, I love anything that tastes of Almond.
The last and final thing that I had to eat and drink was the Home Farmed Venison Boneless Loin Joint.
I absolutely love Venison, and luckily this didn’t disappoint, as it was cooked to perfection, and was nice and chewy whilst still being incredibly tender. I also really liked that it didn’t contain an ounce of Fat, as I absolutely hate eating fatty Meat.
Then once we had finally finished stuffing our faces full of all the delicious Christmas Food, we decided that it was time to head off, so we said our thank you’s and goodbye’s to some of the really nice staff members that we had met throughout the evening, and headed off back into Ilkley to catch our Train. But before we could leave, a really nice woman handed us both a little goodie bag with some leaflets, and a packet of their Booths All Butter Mince Pies inside it.
I had a fantastic time checking out all of the delicious food and drink that Booths would have on offer over Christmas, and if you would like to find out more about them, including their Christmas and New Years last ordering dates, then you can find them online here.
Have you checked out any of the Booths Christmas Food and Drink yet? What have you tried? What’s your favourite Christmas time treat? Please let me know down below.