Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Local Eat Treats #13 St George’s Day at The Beehive

The Beehive in Montpellier put on fantastic events from time to time. The last one we attended was a tapas pairing night with Aspall’s Cyder so when I read their newsletter earlier this year and saw they were doing a 6 course St George’s Day Feast with accompanying ales, I rallied the troops.

As soon as we were seated, Dad handed us a red rose each for a buttonhole and we realised, as we were putting them on, we have never (ever) celebrated St George’s Day before!
Anyhow, onto the feast: It started with a Chudleigh farm venison sausage served on a sweet potato and thyme mash with roasted baby onions and gravy flavoured with mead; this was served with Bees Knees ale. I’ afraid I can’t comment on the ales too much, as I’m more of a gin and tonic kind of girl, so I watered mine down with lemonade and drank shandy all night long. The sausage and mash however, I am fully able to write about as my plate was scraped clean, need I say more?

The chef did his take on that good old English dish: Fish and Chips. Aptly called Fish and Tips, we were served roasted Severn salmon and Evesham asparagus on a bed of pea and mint risotto with lemon butter sauce. The accompanying drink was Glaslyn Ale. What a great way of switching up the norm!

Tomato and Chive Soup in a delicate cup was the next course; just a little taster before the main event of pan roasted breast of corn fed chicken with braised red cabbage, braised potatoes, buttered leeks and bread sauce. Our ale for this was a Timothy Taylor Landlord. Everything on the plate was cooked to perfection; a favourite all round on our table.

For dessert, a deliciously light Strawberry Tart was on the menu using Coves farm strawberries, English custard, sweet pastry, an apricot glaze and clotted cream. West Indies Porter ale was poured, but even lemonade didn’t sweeten this one up! It was a very heavy ale, and quickly passed down the table for the others to enjoy.

You can’t have an English meal without finishing up with a cheese course, so we next tucked into a plentiful board of Double Gloucester cheese, pickle, apple and biscuits, all washed down with a MOHO.

Another absolutely brilliant menu and evening from The Beehive in their beautiful dining room.

Did you do anything to celebrate St George’s Day?

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