Posted Monday, January 10th, 2011 by

Firstly a very happy new year to all our past, present and future guests.  May 2011 bring you happiness and prosperity.

On BBC Breakfast News this morning (Sunday 09/01/2011) two respected journalists/food critics were interviewed by the presenter about their predictions for top level food trends for 2011.  With great enthusiasm they cited how classic retro dishes – such as prawn cocktail and pie ‘n’ mash, scotch eggs, etc. would be returning with “twists” this year.

Well here are a few examples of dishes we have been bringing to the Beech Hill dining community for several years!

A couple of takes on the classic 70’s starter but not a lemon wedge in sight!

  • Muncaster Crab & Flookburgh Shrimp “Cocktail” with lobster & tomato Marie rose sauce
  • Warm Lobster & King Prawn Cocktail, with lobster & tomato béarnaise sauce

These small versions of a hearty pub or football match classic make great starters; the mini pastie comes with crimped edges just like a little Cornish pastie, very cute.

  • Holker Partridge “Pie n Mash” – Char-grilled partridge breast & leek pie with celeriac mash
  • Homemade Mini Oxtail & Foie Gras Pastie, with green beans and truffled mash
  • Winster Rabbit Pie ‘n’ Mash – Rabbit and Parma ham pie, with watercress mash

A very grown up version of an 80’s kids favourite, but with ours it doesn’t have to be your dirty little food secret anymore!

  • Crispy Mushroom, Spinach & Smoked Allerdale Cheese Pancake

Breakfast is too tasty to eat just once a day so we re-vamped it for dinner.

  • “Ham ‘n’ Eggs” – Ham hock terrine with a mini foie gras scotch egg
  • Micro “All Day Breakfast” – Kedgeree, pancetta cube, blood orange juice, grilled cherry tomatoes and an egg & mushroom frittata

Everybody’s favourite picnic snack …

  • Mini Smoked Scotch Quail Egg with tomato chutney

So as Gok Wan has been known to say … ‘bang on trend!’

Have a great January.

Christopher G. Davies

Executive Head Chef

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