And finally…

December 31, 2010

An interesting take on gaining notoriety from this new restaurant on Welford Road, Leicester.

So a happy new year to all readers, thanks for checking in over the past year and I wish you all many memorable meals in 2011.

Thanks to Matt at Great Food Leicestershire and Rutland for alerting me to this beautiful, atmospheric film about Leicester Market, made by Nick Hamer of Intrepid Media. Filmed from early in the morning during the recent icy weather it really deserves two and a half minutes of your day.

While on the subject of the market, the council is taking suggestions of names for the new openair food court area to be created next year. The council has suggested  five names  but you can come up with your own  alternative to either Market Corner, Market Piazza, The Courtyard, Exchange Plaza or Market Courtyard. To vote, via a local newspaper site, click here .

Finally, on the subject of food courts, I have heard a  rumour there could be plans for the redevelopment of the old International  Hotel site on Rutland Street that might involve  student accommodation and  a public food court with opportunities for entry-level food businesses offering food to residents,  local shoppers and businesses.  I’ll look out for more details on this as it sounds a promising addition to an area that needs  investment.

Offering an Olive Branch

December 7, 2010

At the weekend a friend was asking if I knew of any cookery demonstration that she could send her Dad on for an Xmas present. Serendipitously the very next day I was invited to just such an event today at the Olive Branch in Clipsham, Rutland. The half-day demo is presented by Sean Hope, the chef that oversees the kitchen here, for which he has one of those Michelin thingies, and at the Red Lion in Stathern. 

Sean is a confident, competent host and the kitchen’s extensive preparation means the cooking is pacey, but Sean is left with time to answer questions and expand on his themes.  He showed us a three course, Christmassy menu and struck a good balance between giving an insight into how a professional kitchen would do it, and how the dinner party giver can do it at home. Best of all, we got to eat the menu  –  beetroot-curred salmon gradlax with horesradish  creme fraiche, roast goose breast with goose leg stuffing, chestnut and bacon sprouts, goosefat roasties and a chocolate roulade with cherry compote.

There’s five more events planned at each of the two pubs in 2011 and they do make an excellent gift or, obviously, just a treat for yourself. Sean also revealed he is planning a more hands-on cookery school for next year too so watch out for further details. Thanks to Great Food Leicestershire and Rutland for the opportunity to attend.

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