Lets celebrate St Davids Day with our fantastic Leeks!

No apologies for focusing on Alliums again this week. It is, after all, St David’s day tomorrow and, with due deference to a certain Secretary of State, some of us do crave local and seasonal vegetables – particularly our Leeks!

We may not have fresh turnips this week but we are serving a zingy, Lebanese style Turnip pickle as a starter along with a humble pickled Swede as part of the Kimchi!

In terms of the Leeks, we are using our own field-grown produce albeit we may have borrowed some of the recipes from the Continent. Leeks 3 ways on the menu then: Leeks Vinaigrette served with Toasted Hazelnuts, Potage Bonne Femme or Leek and Potato Broth and finally, one of my favourite dishes – Flamiche – a melting mix of sautéed leeks and thick cream encased in puff pastry served with our signature mixed salad – quite delicious!

This month’s Saddlebacks still feature heavily on the menu as we have unctuous Rillettes as a starter, the Bacon Chops and a fiery Pork Shoulder Vindaloo as mains. On Sunday, we will again be serving 24 hour Roast Pork Shoulder with Catalogna, Roast Alouette Potatoes and Pickled Crab Apples.

At last the Yarnton Road re-opened today to single lane traffic controlled by a traffic light. There is a chance of on-going weekend works which may intermittently require a full closure over the next month or so – we will endeavour to keep you up to date but do feel free to telephone on the morning of your booking/visit to check the status.

Our full menu for the week is set out below – we look forward to greeting you in the shop or in the restaurant.