The Cottage is perfect for winter – cosy and inviting. It’s like stepping into a Hobbit’s home, except it’s full of tall, beautiful people. So it’s no surprise the launch of their new winter menu went down a treat. Guests were invited in to try Head Chef Ellen Young’s new menu of comforting dishes including roasted cauliflower with pulled lamb shoulder; maple and cider braised beef brisket, mushrooms stuffed with barley; and Yellowfin tuna tartare – to name just a few. Cocktails showcased by co-owner Osman Misirlizade included the Speyside Sour with Glenfiddich 12-year, ginger liqueur, honey water and orange bitters; The Slow Cuban with Plymouth sloe gin shaken with pressed mint and lime and charged with soda; and the Lemon & Basil Gimlet made of Citron vodka and limoncello shaken with fresh basil, lemon and lime. With tunes from musician Dom Cotton, the evening was geared towards unwinding, by the time you left you honestly felt like part of the furniture.