Wild Garlic, Boeuf Bourgignon and Albondigas

What a difference a week makes!

From people eating at the outside tables last weekend to guests clustering round the wood burner this week! So a few changes to the menu as we switch back to heartier more robust food for the coming weekend. Delicious Boeuf Bourguignon made from the extraordinary Hampton Gay Longhorn Beef partnered with the last of the season’s Alouette potatoes from Close Organics. A new dish this week is Albondigas – Spanish meatballs in a rich tomato sauce – also coming from the Longhorn cattle, we are now using the mincemeat, delicately spiced with cumin, paprika and parsley. Good for warming the cockles but also good for making enough space to take a new delivery from Hampton Gay in a couple of weeks!

On the fish side, we are still running on a limited repertoire but have some delicious wild Seabass and tender Squid on the menu.

We have just put tickets for a new series of Worton Nights live on Eventbrite. First up is our Easter Saturday concert:

The Oxley – Meier Guitar Project
(An evening of soundscapes from Turkey to Brazil!)

The Oxley Meier Guitar Project is a unique duo, very much straddling contemporary jazz with world music. Both leaders have travelled widely, bringing various influences to their compositions from, for example, Indonesia, North and South America and Turkey. There may be 10 differing types of guitars (including fretless 11-string, sitar guitar, electric and acoustic 12 strings…), used to deliver a truly broad expanse of varied soundscapes for the listener.

This is a duo that likes to make full use of the dynamic range, from the most tender of ballads to pieces of full-on power. They have performed in all sorts of places, from Ronnie Scott’s (most recently, two months ago) to The Wigmore Hall to the Musicport World Music Festival and many other jazz festivals.

Both guitarists are prolific composers, having released at least 35 critically acclaimed CDs featuring their original works (Pete is one of only a handful of British jazz composers to have his pieces included in the ‘European Real Book’ [Sher Publishing])

This promises to be a night of scintillating fare, engaging and appealing to anybody interested in (guitar!) music.

“When it comes to empathy, this duet of guitar virtuosi comes close to perfection” ~ The Observer

“Not just a guitar album to love, a jazz album to savour, but a joyous album of music that reaches towards a goal beyond “ ~ Jazzwise

“These two resourceful maestros reach out to a wide audience” ~ The Guardian