I can remember two years ago; I’d only been blogging for a few months and I was just a shy little blogger hoping to make a few friends and learn more about the blogging industry. So, when I first read about #DerbyBloggersBrunch, I jumped at the opportunity to get involved!
#DerbyBloggersBrunch was my first ever meet up so it’s always held a special place in my lil blogger heart. I went along to the first #DerbyBloggersBrunch at The Cosy Club (you can read all about it here) but since then there’s been three more. I missed out on two of them, but the fourth took place a couple of weeks ago and I was determined to make it!
As always it was hosted by Monet from Munching With Monet but this time it took place at BEAR. BEAR is an independent coffee shop, kitchen and bar that hasn’t been open long in Derby’s Cathedral Quarter. BEAR had been on my radar for a little while as I read about their launch event a few months ago, I’d just never actually visited them.
I ordered the All American Pancakes which came with streaky bacon, butchers sausage, fried egg and maple syrup. I’d never had American pancakes before so I was excited to see how I’d feel about the sweet maple syrup with the savoury bacon, sausage and egg.
I thought I would like it (let’s be honest, there’s not much I don’t like!) but I didn’t expect to like it as much as I did. The sausage was great quality and the egg was perfectly cooked. I’m desperate to go back and order it again but, at the same time, there’s so many other dishes I’d love to try!
Most of the other bloggers had their pretty, Instagram-worthy coffees, teas and hot chocolates and I had my basic orange juice. Don’t get me wrong, I love orange juice, but it doesn’t have quite the same effect. Especially when the fabulous BEAR baristas have put so much care and expertise into the hot drinks. I took advantage though and made sure to snap a few pics of Emma’s drink (from The Emma Lifestyle).
After we’d finished our food we all had the opportunity to experience a home brew coffee masterclass. Ben, one of the wonderful baristas at BEAR, gave us a demonstration on how to use an AeroPress coffee maker to get the purest coffee possible. Unfortunately, I don’t like coffee but I gave it a try anyway! I found it fascinating to watch someone so passionate about what they do give so much care and attention to a single cup of coffee.
Unfortunately Monet is moving up to Inverness to live with her boyfriend so this #DerbyBloggersBrunch was the last of it’s kind. Maybe someone will carry on organising these events regularly, but it won’t be the same.
Leave me a comment and let me know if you’ve ever visited BEAR before. Have you ever had American pancakes? What did you think of them? Where’s your favourite place to go for brunch?