We're Backing Mutton!
The introduction of Mutton to our menu has been a massive hit. Our new dish:Hertfordshire Mutton with Caper and Redcurrant Sauce
, Potato Rosti, Curly Kale, Silverskin Onions and Honey Glazed Heritage Carrots is now a top seller and we urge everyone to get on board the mutton renaissance
Read about the Mutton renaissance here
"This Month's Special"
Bard of Ale - Bitter - 4.5%
Bard of Ale is a well balanced amber bitter brewed with the finest East Anglian malted barley, and a careful addition of Crystal malt to give it the amber colour and whole flower Fuggle hops to give a floral aroma with delicate fruit notes.
Beer Trivia: To celebrate 400 years of his legacy (Died 23rd April 1616), The Whole Hop Brewery have brewed a far more delicate, hoppy and floral beer, than the not very hopped and rather sweet and wine like ale brewed in Shakespeare's time.
Beer brewed for private individuals underwent no rigorous testing. In London the only quality testing required was for a person employed as an ‘Ale-conner' to ‘Resort to every brewer's house in this city on their tunning day, and there to taste their ale whether it be good and wholesome for man's body, and there to taste their ale whether it be good and wholesome for man's body, and whether they make it from time to time according to the price fixed.''
Food Matching: Pies were very popular in Shakespeare's day, particularly a sweet ‘Warden Pie' using pears for which Hertfordshire's orchards were famous. Savoury pies and suet pudding pies are a must. March/April will be great months for spring lamb and soups.