Did you make a New Year's Resolution, or are you a naysayer? And how are you getting on with sticking to it so far?
For some people, New Year's Resolutions are a 'must-do.' New Year's Day signifies a new beginning, time to turn over a new leaf or start something completely new. For others, New Year's Resolutions are a complete no-no, adding extra pressure at what can be a cold, wet and dreary time of year, when the excesses of Christmas are showing at every turn from your depleted bank account to your front room, which never looks quite as bright once the festive lights are taken down.
New Year's Resolutions by our team and their partners range from starting the couch to 5k programme, from being able to do a handstand, from learning how to use a sewing machine properly, to being able to able to do the Rubix cube in under 4 minutes - a challenge inadvertently ruined by a Year 6 child running into school and showing their teacher they could do it in 1m 58 seconds!
If you have resolved to make changes to what you eat and drink, here at Imperial Hotel, we're doing what we can to help make your New Year's Resolutions a big success.
If you're doing Dry January, we've over-hauled our non-alcoholic drinks choices, because coke or lime and soda can get very boring very quickly when you're trying to stick on the straight and narrow. We are delighted to announce that we how have Posh Pop on the drinks menu. Made by the team at Breckland Orchard, Posh Pop is a drinks company from East Anglia. Their sparkling drinks are seriously zingy and refreshing, with flavours taking inspiration from classic British ingredients, yet adding their own unique twist.
We have 7 flavours available, including two of their lighter versions, so if you’re watching those calories and doing Dry January, you’re all sorted.
Flavours behind the bar include Slow & Rose, Plum & Cherry, Strawberry & Rhubarb, Pear & Elderflowers and Cloudy Lemonade. Elderflower and Cloudy Lemonade are also available as lighter versions, with 0 or 5 calories per bottle respectively!
If you're trying Veganuary this January, you'll be delighted to know that there are several new vegan options on our menus, including an incredibly delicious new Vegan pudding, Coconut Mousse. This imaginative new pudding is a wonder for your tastebuds, with all sorts of textures and flavour sensations, including a soft, foamy mousse, ziny lime sorbet, luscious passionfruit compote, comforting roasted pineapple and with added crunch from some coconut crumb. You don't have to be vegan or trying Veganuary to give it a go! We'd definitely recommend trying it next time you eat in Café Cru Restaurant, it's a really exciting dessert with which to round off your meal.
If you're trying to spend a little less money this January, but still want to eat great food, you could always give our Fixed Price Menus a go. We've got a fixed price hot lunch menu available on The Terrace or in Bar Fizz if the weather is inclement, with two courses for £18.50 and three courses for £23.50. You choose whether you fancy starters and mains, or mains and pudding.
If you'd rather eat in out in the evening, we also offer a Fixed Price Menu in Café Cru Restaurant from Monday to Saturday. Two courses cost £20.95, three courses cost £25.95. For 2 AA Rosette quality food cooked with flair by our fabulous chefs, we think this is really good value and perfect if your resolution is to give your wallet a bit of slack this January.
If you just want to eat a little bit healthier, please just ask one of our fabulous team for the lighter option. Meat and fish can always be grilled instead of fried. You can always replace chips with new potatoes, or with salad, and vegetables don't need to be served with lashings of butter if that's not your cup of tea this January. Feel free to ask how your favourite dish can be more healthy eating and cooked in a lighter fashion, and our team will be more than happy to oblige.
And finally, if you're dealing with January head on, with no need for any New Year's Resolutions, we are always happy to help you indulge with fine wine and excellent food! Simply book your table online or call us on 01493 842000.
Whatever your plans for this new decade as we start the 2020s, with VE Day 75th Anniversary, the Tokyo Olympics and the UAFA Euro Football all to come, we look forward to welcoming you to Imperial Hotel.