The 12 sober treat Days of Christmas – Day 11

Eleven Pipers Piping – hmmm, well I am piping up about this awesome meal I had recently!  So I met my London Marathon running partner for a catch up and we decided to treat ourselves to a culinary delight.

We went for a pub lunch – but not any old pub lunch, a Christmas Lunch at The Hinds Head in Bray, owned by none other than the world famous chef Heston Blumenthal.  He also owns The Fat Duck in Bray, a 3 Michelin star restaurant, which was budget busting for us at £220 per head taster menu and requires 4 1/2 hours of dining time ……

Heston Blumenthal

Ours was a Michelin star lunch and oh my goodness, it was divine!  To see the full menu we could chose from – go here.  I can safely say it was the best Christmas lunch I’ve ever had!

This was pudding that arrived after I’d been presented with a note explaining what a Christmas Quaking Pudding was 🙂

christmas quaking pudding

And here’s the accompanying note:


As my friend, who’s a ‘normie’ said, we celebrate Christmas together with her raising a glass of Argentinian Malbec and me raising a glass of a gorgeous green elderflower based mocktail 😉  Hell for me food is perfect sober treat territory and this meal was both nourishing and inspiring.

What restaurant have you been dying to try and you could treat yourself too?  Maybe the pipers piping could be a piping hot cup of hot chocolate instead?  Let your imagination run riot about how you could spend the money you’ve been saving by not drinking alcohol 🙂


18 thoughts on “The 12 sober treat Days of Christmas – Day 11

  1. Hey another great post – thanks!!! Always wanted to try a Heston venue, am very jealous!! Sounds lovely.

    I am meeting a friend of lunch today, we are off for a Thai Meal (a change from the usual xmas fayre) so suppose this could be a “piping” hot meal?! xx

    1. You’re welcome tryingagain2505 and would recommend saving your pennies for going to a Heston venue. Ooh Thai food – my favourite 🙂 Enjoy your ‘piping’ hot meal! 😉 xx

  2. wow that lunch sounds fantastic! and beautifully accompanied by a catch up with an old friend 🙂

    had lunch at The Fat Duck what seems like a lifetime ago and it was spectacular – though not at those prices then, even in the days of yuppies and mobile phones the size of bricks!

    my sober treat for this day would be a vow never, ever to listen to bagpipe music ever again. because not to offend any Celtic listeners but it sets my teeth on edge eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee…….
    by the way was looking at The Bagpipe Shop’s Christmas Gift section – what would they think suitable for a treat? a bagpipe brooch? bagpipe themed socks? nope, you’ve guessed it. some luvverly bagpipes 😉

    but actually the biggest piping treat is one I have already given myself by getting sober. which is the ability to hear the little voice piping up inside my head, telling me what I really need, rather than drowning that voice in booze. that’s there for me now, every day. priceless. xx

    1. Oooh Prim I am so jealous – I would LOVE to go to The Fat Duck. Said friend and I have vowed to make this the way forward and Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons is next on the hit list! 🙂 Bagpipe music? My Nan was Scots and so I’m quite fond of it myself but a whole CD of it would probably set my teeth on edge!! Love your little voice piping up in your head every day – bought to you by Mastercard?! 😉 [gah they have TM’d that word would you believe!!] 🙁

    1. I had the potted shrimp for starter (which was a little underwhelming tbh, but the rest of the meal amply made up for it!) then the full Christmas roast – turkey was so moist and tender, roast potatoes were triple roasted so proper crunchy on the outside and lovely and soft in the middle and everything was cooked and seasoned to perfection. I had a caffe latte after the dessert which came with this divine soft chocolate ganache dusted with chocolate that was so rich that when they offered us a second one with the bill it was too much! Love me some sushi 😉

      1. If it’s proper chocolate – like 85% dark chocolate then it is possible to have too much. I felt like Mr Creosote in the Monty Python sketch ‘just one wafer thin mint sir?’ 😉 xx

  3. “If you don’t eat your meat, you can’t have any pudding!” Sorry a little Pink Floyd reference there. 😉 as for “pipes”, I’m improving my inner pipes by no longer pouring the boozy poison down them on a daily basis 🙂 xx

    1. LOVE Pink Floyd Lori *claim to fame time: went to same school/college as Roger Waters and Syd Barrett as they come from my local city – although obv not at the same time!* 😉 Love that you’re fixing your inner pipes by no longer drinking and so true!! 🙂 xx

    1. No future goal Rachel – we ran it together in 2011 🙂 That said she is trying to persuade me to lace up for another one – possibly New York and for the minute I am resisting 😉 Happy Christmas lovely xx

  4. Dear Lucy,
    YUM! And yes, going out to eat is the only way my husband gets any food!
    Well, now that I had my cochlear implant I can now hear some pipes!
    My sober treat today is looking at blogs in a busy coffee shop and people watching!
    It’s very fun!

    1. It was yum untipsy 🙂 Love your sober treat for today 😉 Happy Christmas for the coming days xx

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