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March News – Mothers’ Day gifts & more
28th February 2018
Well this winter certainly has a sting in its tail – do hope you are keeping well and warm. Comforting foods and hearty vegetable soups are still definitely the order of the day; luckily there’s plenty of fresh seasonal veg and deliciously sweet root veg available – beets, carrots, turnips and parsnips. Brassicas too which grow best in cooler environments are so tasty – like the kale, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower and varieties of cabbage.
King January – beautiful green leaves tinged with purple. Crunchy texture, sweet delicate flavour so only needs light cooking such as steaming – enjoy with black pepper and butter or raw for a coleslaw with carrot
Savoy – robust dark green leaves with a strong flavour – perfect for those hearty soups and stews or stuffed with rice
Hispi – also known as sweetheart, is sweeter, pointy-shaped and more tender than other cabbages, cooks quicker too – works well shredded into stir fries, briefly charred and served with a garlic, pepper and hazelnut sauce.
In the Café
Dan has created a special lunch menu for Mother’s Day, see below, with two courses at £25.95, three courses £29.95.
We still have a few spaces for breakfast and lunch, please ring to book soon though.
Alternatively, you may like to treat your mother to our Luxury Afternoon Tea with a glass of prosecco; we still have availability on Saturday 10th March or perhaps give her a Tea for Two voucher to enjoy at a later date of your choice.
Please note our Afternoon Teas are only served Mondays – Saturdays
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In the Shop
Inspiring ideas to make your Mother’s Day –
Beautiful artificial flowers, peonies, dusky pink roses, sweet peas arranged in their own elegant jugs to brighten up her home
Spring flowers and bulbs in an eclectic variety of containers, trugs, glass bowls, wicker baskets, zinc buckets
Bunches of cheerful fresh flowers
Hampers – a gift that never disappoints, beautifully packaged and filled with gourmet goodies
Delightful bone china mugs new in from Two Bad Mice and Sophie Allport
Luxurious diffusers and candles from Peppermint Grove, Rathbone, Branche d’Olive
Flowerbomb Gin packed with floral botanicals, hand bottled and sealed in numbered bottles with an eye-catching design by their resident artist.
Easter: 30 March – 2 April
Our opening hours for the weekend:
Good Friday 30 March 8.30 – 5.00
Easter Saturday 31 March 8.30 – 5.00
Easter Sunday 1 April CLOSED
Easter Monday 2 April 8.30 – 5.00
Decorating your home for Easter is very trendy nowadays and Gisela Graham’s collections in her charming native German style are bright and welcoming:
Hanging decorations, chicks, bunnies, geese and eggs to put on twigs in a vase or an Easter tree
Faux egg and twig wreaths
Table decorations and egg cups for the Easter table
Fillable eggs for the Easter egg hunt, baskets and bonnets
If it’s a chocolate treat at Easter – Lindt eggs and rabbits, Bonbon Gourmet finest chocolate hens, ducks and other farmyard animals, Belgian praline eggs; hot cross buns fudge and marshmallows too.
Celebration Cheese Cakes
If you love cheese, we can create your own bespoke cheese cake perfect to make any event an occasion to remember, whether its weddings, birthdays, parties, graduations. Each unique cheese cake features a combination of wonderful artisan cheeses, such as Cornish Yarg, Wendolyn, Reblochon, Stilton, topped with the Godminster Cheddar heart or brie – to suit your taste, theme and budget. Please talk to a member of our staff for advice.
Cheeses of the Month
We have three cheeses this month for you that carry a 20% discount – look out for the red star.
Wendolyn – a brand new cider brandy-washed cheese made by Trethowan’s Dairy from organic raw cow’s milk and traditional rennet. Washed in Somerset Cider Brandy, it has the characteristic sticky pinky-orange rind of other washed cheeses but instead of a runny soft centre it has a rich, slightly sweet oozy layer under the rind, then a firm and fresh centre with savoury notes, making a deliciously more-ish cheese.
Rob our wine guru from Corney & Barrow recommends the C&B Les Chaumiennes Pouilly Fume to go with this cheese – it’s lovely, fresh acidity and stony minerality will cut right through the Wendolyn and make for just the tipple (or two!) for a delightful sounding cheese.
Peyrigoux – a soft cheese made with pasteurised cow’s milk in the Perigord region of France. Creamy, with a smooth texture and delicate fresh taste it is perfect with fresh crusty bread or cheese biscuits.
Rob suggests trying the Lane Block 1A Chardonnay, a fantastic wine and certainly bold enough in style to deal with the creaminess, as well as being so very well integrated (of itself) that it could pick up and marry with those delicacies of texture in the Peyrigoux.
Truffle Gloucester – this single Gloucester cheese is made by respected cheesemaker Simon Weaver at Cotswolds Organic Dairy with rich organic milk from the cheesemaker’s single herd of Gloucester cows. It is then infused with 100% minced black summer truffles.
A tricky pairing this one, requiring something of all things red to work with it. Rob, though suggests the Santa Florentina Malbec, which with its light spice and roundness of fruit will go beautifully with both that richness of the truffle and weightiness of the Gloucester.
MOTHERS DAY MENU 11th MARCH 2018
Squash and Rosemary Soup
Smoked Haddock Crumpet, Welsh Rarebit, Tomato Vinaigrette and Watercress
Chicken, Ham Hock and Apricot Terrine, Fruit Chutney and Sour Dough Toast
Creamy Wild Mushrooms, Puff Pastry Galette, Rocket and Mushroom Pate
Classic Prawn Cocktail
Priors Hall Roast Pork
Local Leg of Lamb (cooked pink)
Local Sirloin of Beef (served rare)
Free Range Chicken Breast stuffed with Sausage Meat & Herbs
Our Own Nut Roast (with vegetarian gravy)
All served with Seasonal Vegetables, Yorkshire Pudding, Roast Potatoes & Gravy
Whole Roast Plaice, Wilted Samphire, Crayfish Cream and New Potatoes
Warm Squash & Parma Ham Salad (vegetarian option also available)
Pearl Barley Risotto, Roasted Squash, Toasted Pumpkin Seeds, Crispy Kale and Mascarpone
Children’s Roast Beef, Pork or Chicken served with Seasonal Vegetables, Roast Potatoes