February’s news – kalettes, luxury tea & more

6th February 2018


It seems to be a long chilly winter, at least the days are getting longer.  There’s an abundance of fresh seasonal veg to make the most of though – cauliflower, celeriac, kale, purple sprouting broccoli, ideal for warming soups, comforting casseroles and vegetable bakes.  For a quick dish have you tried kalettes, the delicious cross between Brussels sprouts and kale –

  • a sweet nutty flavour,
  • quick & easy to cook – steam, microwave, stir-fry, blanch or quickly boil,
  • healthy – packs a punch of vitamin B6, which helps us use and store energy from the food we eat, vitamin C and E to fight toxins and provide powerful antioxidants, all good for the immune system
  • Serve – with fresh herbs, garlic and pine nuts for a warm winter salad, stir-fry in Asian-style dishes, sticky pork with rice or juiced with lime and almond milk.



In the Café

Luxury Afternoon Tea

Our luxury afternoon tea is now being served from 3.00pm Mondays- Saturdays.

Start with a glass of Prosecco and then enjoy with a choice of teas or coffee and a delicious selection of goodies served on our 3-tier plate:

  • finger sandwiches – beef with horseradish, oak smoked salmon & cucumber
  • savouries – Cheddar soufflé, crayfish cocktail with avruga caviar, quail scotch egg, terrine
  • sweet delicacies include mini-salted caramel éclair, apple and cinnamon turnover, orange and elderflower jelly, almond macaroon and a scone with clotted cream and our homemade jam.
  • £23.95, without alcohol £20.95
  • We offer a vegetarian option for our traditional tea, not however for the luxury tea.
  • Please do telephone us to make a booking – 01920 821246



In the Shop

Cheerful new Spring Ideas for you:

Chive Company:

  • The Pooley contemporary bud vase – these quirky, fun tubes are unique and make flower arranging so easy – simply pop a stem in all or few of the tubes for an instant creation.  Or add one or two of their faux flower felt balls for some instant cheer.
  • Classy Liberte pots with saucers in different designs are charming too – perfect for succulents that are currently all the rage.
  • The Coral ceramic flowers also caught our eye when hung as wall art.  These are handmade miniature works of art, no two are alike and they work well as table-top decorations, paperweights or tucked into a plant arrangement.


Two’s Company:

  • Stylish products from this new supplier include wooden salad bowls which have a sensible inside that you can wipe, mason jar candles, hand soap, tea-towels in a ceramic dish and roomy shopping bags.

Valentine’s Day – Why not say it with a difference this year:

  • With Cheese – Godminster have two organic heart cheeses –mature Cheddar enrobed in distinctive burgundy wax has a rich deep flavour giving it a full rounded flavour and smooth creamy texture.  The brie is handmade in their dairy in Bruton, Somerset in small batches and has a fresh flavour and creamy texture.

  • With Pies – from Pyes Farm, pack of two love heart mouthfuls of either apple pies or raspberry bakewell pies.

  • With Chocolates too – a range of Bon Bon’s Gourmet truffles, praline hearts and salted caramels.



For the Italian food lovers amongst you, we now have their new flatbreads in different flavours.  The dough is made using simple authentic ingredients, rolled out by hand and baked to a deliciously thin, gold crispiness.  With the new focaccia sticks as well, they make for very enjoyable antipasto snacking.


Cheeses of the Month

We have two cheeses that carry a discount this month – look out for the red star.

Beemster Classic Gouda – made from rich pasteurised cows’ milk in Holland, this semi-hard cheese is matured for at least 18 months developing a beautiful soft caramel colour and strong aroma.  It is creamy, firm and smooth with a complex taste of burnt caramel, salty, and sharp sweet flavour that comes from the extensive aging.  It works well sliced for sandwiches, cubed for snacks or grated for cooking.

Rob, our wine expert from Corney & Barrow suggests their Vina Mar Chardonnay Reserva as a more unusual choice for the Gouda which traditionally goes with a Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon.  He feels that the purity of fruit and freshness of this wine will help bring out something a little extra in the cheese, not to mention the slightly sharp, saline character of the wine pairing up nicely with that in the cheese – something for the adventurous perhaps!

Red Storm (v) is a recent addition to the Snowdonia Cheese Company’s range and has a vivid red wax. This aged Red Leicester is a fabulously creamy cheese that is aged typically for 18 months creating an intense sweet and surprisingly complex flavour and crystalline nutty texture – adds a great splash of colour to any cheeseboard.

The C&B Claret is just the ticket declares Rob as having some decent maturity to it for an ‘every-day Bordeaux’.  The complexities & intensities of the cheese will marry wonderfully well with the richness of red & dark fruits in the wine – a traditional pairing, but nonetheless a sterling one!

The Wookey Hole Cave Aged Cheddar still carries a 40% discount.

The Pearces