All too often when faced with the exciting prospect of a child free weekend, we have a tendency to start looking far and wide for something to do and a new place to visit, or at least we do! That was not the case during the recent Easter break. We had both booked tickets for Northhop Aberdeen, but it was only once we started planning around the event that we decided to make a weekend of it, a mini-break in nearby Aberdeen, a city where we have both lived at one time or another. With a room booked in a city centre hotel for a couple of nights, Opera tickets for the Friday night and Northhop tickets for the Saturday night; it was simply a case of putting our heads together for the all important decision – where to eat?!
A lazy Saturday lunch is a thing of the past once children arrive. Sitting enjoying good food, great company, a glass of wine, a gin & tonic, with nowhere to rush off to – such luxury. For this we headed to Moonfish Café on Back Wynd, easily a favourite lunch spot for us. The menu is short, with a list of ingredients telling you what to expect, rather than a lengthy explanation. That is not to say that its easy choosing what to have, its not, every time we dine here we could happily have everything on the menu. The food is delicious, beautifully plated and served by happy, well informed staff who are attentive, but not in a way which is too much. We started with a round of cocktails, then had the 3 course lunch as the desserts are not to be missed, especially when paired with a nice dessert wine. We drank gin & tonic from a very good selection and we all had coffees. The bill for lunch was very reasonable given the quality of what we had to eat. Moonfish has never disappointed.
Saturday night was pretty much taken care of both food and drinks wise by Northhop. We didn’t quite know what to expect from the event, but our party of 6 had a great night. A good selection of beer and cider on offer (our party probably tried every beer there was to try), plenty of street style food and live music thrown in. Our party raved about the scotch eggs from Aye Love Real Food. For us the hero of the food on the night had to be Chris Tonner and the Adelphi Kitchen who’s food was perfect for soaking up the alcohol. We loved the wild garlic chimmichurri served with the hot dogs. We tried everything on offer and many servings over the course of the night. We also enjoyed Angus & Oink walking around the event getting everyone to sample their Voodoo Mango sauce – go to the Northhop website and have a look at the photo’s, hilarious. We’d definitely recommend the event to anyone new to this type of festival and we will be back ourselves.
A lazy start on the Sunday morning meant that we could head out for a coffee late morning, sitting in the sun watching the world go by. All before heading to The Tippling House on Belmont Street for Jazz Sunday brunch. Although not hungover we were all perhaps a little fragile which made the Bloody Mary’s all the more welcome. If you’ve never been to the Tippling House for a cocktail then you should get yourself there. Interesting, perfectly balanced cocktails served every time by friendly and helpful staff. Real care is taken here to produce a high quality drink, with a menu that changes seasonally. We all had a very tasty late brunch with a serving of very chilled live jazz on the side, what better way to spend an afternoon.
From there it was back on the train and the luxury of a short 20 minute train journey back home to Inverurie. No long travel plans, no delays, no missed connections. As keen travellers, we are not suggesting for a minute that you forgo the adventure of exploring a new city, not a bit. However, its too easy to ignore what’s right on your doorstep at times, and perhaps we should all make time to enjoy what’s local. We certainly came home very refreshed from our trip.0