Newlook’s AW15 collection has been on fire so far in my opinion, but I am a hardcore Newlook fan. Every couple of months I spend a fortune with them on the latest clothes and bags as you can rely on the continuously good quality and trends at affordable prices. I know Newlook upset a lot of my fellow plus size people by taking their Inspire Collection out of stores, I’m still pretty annoyed, but I feel that as they’re now really pushing to bring a diverse, stylish and I’d say, there’s definitely a lot more styles than usual to this latest latest collection, it may be their way of making it up to us? Perhaps by making more of an effort with the Inspire range, if it does become increasingly popular, they’ll have no choice but to put it back in stores? Maybe. I’m just speculating and hoping.Anyway, as we were off to Bella Italia ‘s Big Free Meal, also known as the tasting session of their new menu the day before it was released, I thought it was the perfect change to show off my new outfit that I picked out. By now my regular readers know my style, this really isn’t me, but I loved it. I picked out a very basic necessity the Newlook Plus Size Black Jersey Skater Dress at £14.99 in a size 20. It’s absolutely perfect sizing, but then I find Newlook is very true to size, but I have been known to fit in anything from an 18-22 there.
For something different, I thought I’d try out a bit of fringe as normally I find the latest trends aren’t often made in a way which I can wear, however, I’m really happy with this piece. The Newlook Plus Size Tan Fringed Waistcoat at £19.99 is perfect to throw on with a lot of different options to really keep it with your usually style. It’s a great quality material, and I sized down as I didn’t want too much material, so it’s another really true to fit piece as well. It was the comfiest and most casual outfit I’ve worn in a long time and absolutely perfect to go for a meal in. I added my own belt, leggings and just some basic, comfy shoes and we were off!
Bella’s Big Free meal was open to the press and special diners to sample and try out their latest menu the day before it hit all the branches! Not really leaving much room for improvements but the menu was pretty much spot on. For starters they combined the two different boards available with half north meats and half south. Me and Alfie always order sharing platters when we’re out and this was definitely one of the nicest we’ve had. Full of flavour, textures and plenty to go around. For mains, we were absolutely spoilt by having all three plates to devour and we certainly took the challenge. The lightest of the plates was simply a 4 cheese ravioli, and to say I’m really not a cheese person, I went to town on this one. I say light as it’s not your usual full plate of pasta, possibly because it’s full of cheese and should be rather filling?The second main course was the most beautiful lamb I’ve ever had, it took over the title from the lamb meal I had at a wedding years ago and that was a very strong winner in my books, so this is a big deal. I found it hard sharing this plate with Alfie, as even the red wine sauce was flipping amazing and it could easily sell out in shops. I adored this dish and if I had to eat the same thing for every single day for the rest of my life, there’s no doubt that it’d be this. We loved it so much that we were even dipping in our pepperoni pizza in the red wine sauce! The pizza was on a beautiful base, not quite as thin as you’d imagine for an Italian twist restaurant, but in a really easily edible kind of way.
The deserts on the new menu were rather disappointing. It was a choice between far too much lemon, or one scoop of ice cream, which with winter coming, I thought they’d be more warming deserts, or bigger portions, Alfie agreed. We definitely weren’t a fan on the lemon pie, but the icecream was divine, if only there was more than one scoop! But that is my only negative comment on the new menu, it’s definitely one where it’d be better to skip desert and go elsewhere, as there’s no indulging here, it’s more of a cleanse the palette idea instead. Which I do like the idea of, but chocolate, need I say more? Finally, a shot of very strong Limoncello to send us on our way. It was a really lovely finishing touch, but if I was dining in-store on another occasion and had to pay for a shot, personally, it’s not for me.
We’ll definitely be returning to Bella Italia very soon for more Lamb! The new menu is now out, have you tried it yet?
*We received this meal for the purpose of this review.