River Cottage Annual Members Party 2008

The whole point of the weekend was to attend the RC annual party for members, as you probably know. However, in true Globe Troffers style, we managed to cram into the weekend all manner of food and dring excitement.

The Saturday began with a quite acceptable breakfast at Fernhill Hotel (very good place to stay if you plan a visit to Park Farm) and then a nice 2 mile stroll to Lyme Regis, which looked resplendant in the early autumn sunshine. A fine wander along the front and on to the cob was made perfect by an OK crab sandwich lunch in restaurant overlooking the bay (the view was better than the food I have to say) but Chablis went down well and we all commented on how life can be hard.

We squeezed a quick game of crazy golf (really) before a quick scrub up and taxi to RC. Drinks and canapes in the garden was just perfect as the sun slipped behind the picturesque Devon/Dorset hills. The rest of the evening was equally outstanding – although the marquee got very cold due to problems with the heating a splendid evening ensued with the food and drink excellent considering how difficult it is to cater for 250 people in a marquee in the middle of nowhere. Special mention has to go to the Sea Bass Ceviche, grilled sprats, super tender lamb shoulder and the carrots, which were excellent. The local somerset brandy took the lining off my throat though and Stinger (Hugh’s beer) came to the rescue.

Julie gave Hugh a kiss and cuddle (as did Dawn I think!) and the evening rolled on with much discussion on wild mushrooms with John. Standing around the bonfire capped it all and we jumped on the trailer to get the taxi back to the hotel. What an absolute cracker of a night!!

River Cottage Canteen – Friday Night

Well, we could be posting from now until Christmas to cover off this weekend! It was absolutely brilliant. Gurdev, Dawn, Julie and I travelled down to Dorset for the annual River Cottage Members party.

The journey was tortuous to say the least due and it was a race against time to get to the River Cottage Canteen before they stopped serving – and we made it, just!

In the sentre of Axminster is the Canteen and you enter on an evening through a deserted shop/del through to the restaurantant at the rear. It felt very unpretentious, down to earth and very real. Bang on Hugh ‘brand’ I’d say. And the food that followed was stunning – simple, great produce cooked simply with great style and a very steady hand.

Clearly there is talent in this kitchen too and you could sense Hugh’s hand in everything from the home made bread and butter, smoked cold meats (awesome flavours), fresh picked crab through to the very meaty main courses. We opted to all share three dishes – shoulder of lamb, pork belly and a double portion of sirloin (wow). It was Julie’s idea to all share and it was a great call.

We washed it all down with a couple of bottles of St Emillion (the only french wine on the menu) for me and Gurdev and the girls shared a bottle of white from the Sharpham estate in Devon.

As you’d expect, everything was super local and the cheese board was memorable and vast. What a great way to kick off our weekend – more to follow!

Hotel Tresanton

Julie and I had a great anniversary weekend down in Cornwall staying at the Hotel Tresanton in St Mawes. I would absolutely recommend it – beautiful location, exceptional service and amazing food. As you would expect the weather was hit and miss (as the entire summer has) but it was a real treat to be down in Cornwall again.


Julie ordered a room service cream tea and it was absolutely delicious. She had complained that we’d been coming to Cornwall all these years and she’s never had one (which I don’t think is true and was just a ruse to order room service). It was delivered to our room by Julie’s favourite waiter too (a nice boy) so all was well.

Dinner was equally lovely with a not enormous menu but everything looked fab. Friday night we enjoyed Pigeon and Oxtail, scallops, peashoot & broadbean risotto and roasted seabass. Saturday we enjoyed crab for starters then a historic cornish sirloin whilst Julie had wild mushroom pasta. All amazing.

I have to mention the breakfasts – top quality and on the Sunday morning, we even managed an al fresco breakfast!

I also have to mention the stupendous crab sandwich that Julie bought from the little deli in St Mawes. We had one from there about three years ago and Julie has been searching for a better crab sandwich, to no avail. They did not disappoint – Julie couldn’t wait for hers and scoffed it before we’d go past Bodmin!

Great weekend, Tresanton is highly recommended. I feel a lunch at New Year beckoning for those who fancy it…

New Year at Fifteen

Hi Troffers

Rather than photocopying the sample menu and wine list for Fifteen in Cornwall and using loads of paper I thought I’d post the stuff on the blog then everybody can have a look when they get a minute.

I’ve posted their wine list (which looks fantastic and not bad value at all) and a sample menu, although by the time we go on the 2nd January it will have changed by then. 





Made for sharing… Fifteen Cornwall signature antipasto plate An outstanding selection of beautifully dressed seasonal vegetables,

the biggest olives, superb cured meats and cheese on our fantastic platters (minimum 2 people)

£8 pp

Tuscan tomato and bread soup and basil oil £7.50

Grilled Cornish mackerel fillet, shaved courgette and Florence fennel, chilli and lemon £8.50

Insalata of Italian Black fig, Yorkshire blue cheese, speck and basil pesto £11

Coppa, beautifully dressed Buttervilla beets, horseradish and rocket £10


Bucatini with bolognese, zesty gremolata and Fontodi olive oil £14

Gnocchi alla norma (lovely baked aubergine and tomato sauce) with baked ricotta and mint £14

Taglierini with Cornish sardines, chilli, garlic, shaved fennel, pine nuts and raisins, parsley and Amalfi lemon £10/£15

Risotto of first of the season Scottish girolles, summer truffle and mozzarella di bufala £11/£17


Roast Cornish ray wing, chickpeas, Florence fennel, Buttervilla artichokes and herby aioli £19

Pan fried Grampound duck breast, cianfotta (aubergine and potato stew), green olive dressing £19

Baked monkfish saltimbocca, mountain lentils, Russian kale, girolle mushrooms and 12 yr old balsamic £23

Char grilled 30 day aged Angus rib eye, borlotti all’uccelletto, salsa verde £22


Ben’s fantastic Amalfi lemon, almond and polenta cake, gooey Cornish clotted cream and Boddingtons strawberries £6.50

Italian apricots, smashed Volpaia di flora pavlova, vanilla mascarpone and pistachios £6.50

Amedei chocolate ‘torte Caprese’, baked amaretti peach and crème fraiche £7.50

The best vanilla panna cotta, the lightest shortbread and juicy cherries £7.50


Served with Fifteen’s date and hazelnut salami, Ken’s spiced hazelnut bread

2 for £6.50, 3 for £8, 4 for £9.50

Mrs Finn – A mixture of ewes and cows milk with a lacing of cream from Menallack Farm, Penryn, Cornwall.

Morn Dew – A cows milk cheese washed vegetarian rind, mild yet tangy with an aroma that develops with time from Bagborough Farm, Somerset.

Yorkshire Blue – Full fat blue cheese, has a creamy texture, slightly sweet, full, round mellow taste, from near Thirsk, north Yorkshire.




The Wine List

We’ve had lots of fun compiling a small but diverse list of wines that bring together many of our favourite names from around the globe. While some of the producers here are better known than others, the sheer amount of effort invested in order to make great wine is common to all. There’s something here for everyone and if you’re unsure please ask, as one of the wine team would be more than happy to talk you through any of the wines, and/or suggest some great food and wine combinations too.

By The Glass

All 175ml unless otherwise stated. Fizz 125 ml

Jansz Premium NV Cuvée Tasmania, Australia £5

Fifteen Prosecco, NV Valdobbiadene, Italy £6

Louis Roederer Brut Premier, NV Reims, France £9


Fifteen Vino Bianco, 2007 Veneto, Italy £5

Spy Valley Riesling, 2007 Marlborough, NZ £6

Planeta ‘La Segreta’ Bianco, 2007 Sicily, Italy £6

Springfield ‘Life from Stone’ Sauvignon Blanc, 2007 Robertson, South Africa £6

Vina Los Vascos Chardonnay, 2006 Casablanca, Chile £6

Château de Saurs Gaillac Blanc Sec, 2007 Gaillac, France £6


Fifteen Vino Rosato, 2006 Veneto, Italy £5

Yering Station Pinot Noir Rosé, 2006 Yarra Valley, Australia £7


Fifteen Vino Rosso, 2006 Tuscany, Italy £5

d’Arrenberg ‘d’Arry’s Original’ Shiraz/Grenache, 2005 McLaren Vale, Australia £7

Vinum Cabernet Sauvignon, 2005 Stellenbosch, South Africa £7

Delta Vineyard ‘Hatter’s Hill’ Pinot Noir, 2006 Marlborough, New Zealand £8

Fizz & Champagne

Fifteen Prosecco, NV Valdobbiadene, Italy £28

Jansz Premium NV Cuvée Tasmania, Australia £30

Camel Valley Brut, 2006 Cornwall, England £42

Louis Roederer Brut Premier, NV Reims, France £51

Louis Roederer Brut Premier, NV – ®ˆ bottle Reims, France £26

Ruinart Blanc de Blanc, NV Reims, France £65

Ruinart Rosé, NV Reims, France £65

Louis Roederer ‘Cristal’, 2000 Reims, France £175


White Wine


Spy Valley Riesling, 2007 Marlborough, NZ £23

Dr Loosen Blue Slate Riesling, 2006 Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, Germany £24

Pewsey Vale Riesling, 2007 Eden Valley, Australia £30

Grosset ‘Watervale’ Riesling, 2006 Clare Valley, Australia £39

Ribeauvillé Riesling, Altenberg de Bergheim, 2005 Alsace, France £40

Other Stunning Whites

Domaine de Millet, Ugni Blanc/Colombard, 2007 Côtes de Gascogne, France £20

Château de Saurs Gaillac Blanc Sec, 2007 Gaillac, France £23

Laurenz V ‘Friendly’ Grüner Veltliner, 2006 Wachau, Austria £24

Castro Martin A2O Albarino, 2006 Rías Baixas, Spain £28

Redbank ‘The Widow Jones’ Viognier, King Valley, 2006 Victoria, Australia £30

Alois Lagader Gewurtztraminer, 2006 Trentino Alto Adige, Italy £30

Turkey Flat ‘Butchers Block’ Marsanne/Viognier, 2006 Barossa Valley, Australia £32

Black Rock Chenin Blanc/Chardonnay/Viognier, 2006 Swartland, South Africa £33

Mitchelton ‘Airstrip’ Marsanne/Roussanne/Viognier, 2003 Central Victoria, Australia £33

Masciarelli Trebbiano d’Abruzzo ‘Marina Cvetić’, 2005 Abruzzo, Italy £58

More Whites…

Sauvignon Blanc

Vacheron Sancerre, 2006 – ®ˆ bottle Loire Valley, France £17

Springfield ‘Life from Stone’ Sauvignon Blanc, 2007 Robertson, South Africa £26

Brokenwood ‘Cricket Pitch’ Semillon/Sauvignon, 2006 Hunter Valley, Australia £29

Nautilus Sauvignon Blanc, 2007 Marlborough, NZ £29

Henry Pellé Menetou Salon ‘Clos des Blanchais’, 2006 Loire Valley, France £30

Domaine Thomas Sancerre ‘Grand Chaille’, 2007 Loire Valley, France £33


Fifteen Vino Bianco, 2007 Veneto, Italy £19

A Mano Fiano-Greco, 2007 Puglia, Italy £23

Planeta ‘La Segreta’ Bianco, 2007 Sicily, Italy £23

Belisario Verdicchio Di Matelica ‘Vigneti Del Cerro’, 2006 Marche, Italy £25

Terlaner Pinot Grigio, 2006 Trentino Alto Adige, Italy £26

C S Gallura Vermentino di Gallura ‘Gemellae’, 2006 Sardinia, Italy £27

Cos ‘Rami’ Inzolia/Grecanico, 2006 Sicily, Italy £35

La Giustiniana Gavi di Gavi ‘Vigneti Lugarara’, 2006 Piedmont, Italy £35

Tamellini Soave Classico ‘Le Bine de Costíola’, 2006 Veneto, Italy £35

Planeta Cometa, 2005 Sicily, Italy £46

Pieropan Soave ‘La Rocca’, 2005 – Magnum Veneto, Italy £80


Vina Los Vascos Chardonnay, 2006 Casablanca, Chile £25

Gautheron ‘Colette Gros’ Chablis, 2006 Burgundy, France £34

Radford Dale Chardonnay, 2005 Stellenbosch, South Africa £37

Shaw & Smith ‘M3’ Chardonnay, 2006 Adelaide Hills, Australia £39

Leeuwin Estate ‘Prelude Vineyard’ Chardonnay, 2005 Margaret River, Australia £41

Isole e Olena Chardonnay, 2004 Tuscany, Italy £46

Planeta Chardonnay, 2005 Sicilly, Italy £46

Henri Boillot Meursault, 2005 Burgundy, France £85

Carillon Puligny Montrachet ‘Combettes’ 1er Cru, 2003 Burgundy, France £110

Pink Wine

Fifteen Vino Rosato, 2006 Veneto, Italy £19

Masciarelli Rosato delle Colline Teatine, 2007 Abruzzo, Italy £23

Yering Station Pinot Noir Rosé, 2006 Yarra Valley, Australia £29

Charles Melton Rose of Virginia, 2007 Barossa Valley, Australia £32

Andre Neveu Sancerre Rosé, 2006 Loire Valley, France £34

Red Wine

Pinot Noir

Escale Pinot Noir, 2007 Languedoc, France £23

Franz Haas Pinot Nero, 2005– ®ˆ bottle Alto Adige, Italy £28

Yering Station Pinot Noir, 2004 Yarra Valley, Australia £33

Delta Vineyard ‘Hatter’s Hill’ Pinot Noir, 2006 Marlborough, New Zealand £34

Felton Road Pinot Noir, 2006 Central Otago, New Zealand £58

Ata Rangi Pinot Noir, 2005 Martinborough, New Zealand £60

J.C. Boisset Pommard 1er Cru Les Chaponnières, 2002 Burgundy, France £60

J.C. Boisset Clos de La Roche Grand Cru, 2004 Burgundy, France £120

Rhone Style

d’Arenberg ‘d’Arry’s Original’ Shiraz/Grenache, 2005 McLaren Vale, Australia £29

Mount Langi ‘Cliff Edge’ Shiraz, 2001 Grampians, Australia £33

Coudelet de Beaucastel, Côtes du Rhône, 2003 Rhône Valley, France £34

Clonakilla ‘Hilltops’ Shiraz, 2006 ACT, Australia £35

John Brocksopp ‘Lillian Pemberton’ Shiraz/Mataro, 2001 Margaret River, Australia £37

Domaine de Fondrèche ‘Persia’Rouge, 2006 Côtes du Ventoux, France £40

Paul Jaboulet Crozes Hermitage D. de Thalabert, 2005 Rhône Valley, France £55

Yalumba ‘The Octavius’ Old Vine Shiraz, 2003 Barossa Valley, Australia £110

More Reds…

Other Interesting Reds

De Loach ‘California Series’ Zinfandel, 2005 California, USA £25

Domaine Gayda L’Archet ‘Cuvée Occitane’, 2005 W. Languedoc, France £28

McHenry Hohnen ‘Tiger Country’ Red, 2004 Margaret River, Australia £31

Izadi ‘Vetus’,2005 Morales de Toro, Spain £38

Izadi Rioja Reserva, 2003 Rioja, Spain £46


Fifteen Vino Rosso, 2006 Tuscany, Italy £19

Allegrini Valpolicella, 2007 Veneto, Italy £24

Di Majo Norante, Aglianico ‘Contado’, 2004 Molise, Italy £29

Ceuso Nero D’Avola ‘Scurati’, 2006 Sicily, Italy £29

Fatalone Primitivo, 2004 Puglia, Italy £31

Brancaia ‘Tre’, 2005 Tuscany, Italy £33

Fonterutoli Chianti Classico, 2006 Tuscany, Italy £36

G.D. Vajra Barbera d’Alba, 2005 Piedmont, Italy £38

Allegrini Amarone, 2004 – ®ˆ bottle Veneto, Italy £40

Corte Sant’Alda Valpolicella Superiore, 2004, (Ripasso) Veneto, Italy £45

Fontodi Chianti Classico Riserva ‘Vigna del Sorbo’, 2001 Tuscany, Italy £58

Fontodi ‘Flaccianello della Pieve’, 2003 Tuscany, Italy £75

G.D. Vajra Barolo ‘Bricco delle Viole’, 2003 Piedmont, Italy £90

Tignanello, 2004 Tuscany, Italy £100

Punica ‘Barrua’ 2003 – Magnum Sardinia, Italy £110

Merlot & Cabernets

Vinum Cabernet Sauvignon, 2005 Stellenbosch, South Africa £27

L de Lyeth Sonoma County Merlot, 2005 California, USA £26

Balnaves Cabernet Merlot, 2002 Coonawarra, Australia £36

Yalumba ‘The Signature’ Cabernet/Shiraz, 2003 Barossa Valley, Australia £70

Petrolo ‘Galatrona’, 2002 Tuscany, Italy £90

Grand Puy Lacoste, 1986 Bordeaux, France £100

Sassicaia, 2002 Bolgheri, Italy £125

Grand Puy Lacoste, 1982 Bordeaux, France £150

Sweet & Sticky

By The Glass 100 ml

Domaine Bellegarde ‘Cuvée Thibault’, 2005 Jurançon, France £6

Fattoria Selvapiana Vin Santo del Chianti Rufina, 2001 Tuscany, Italy £9

By The Bottle – 1/2 bottle unless otherwise stated

Anselmi ‘I Capitelli’ Recioto di Soave, 2004 Veneto, Italy £29

De Bortoli ‘Noble One’ Botrytis Semillon, 2002 Riverina, Australia £30

Fairview Sweet Red, 2007, 750 ml Paarl, South Africa £30

Mount Horrocks ‘Cordon Cut’, 2005 Clare Valley, Australia £32

Domaine Bellegarde ‘Cuvée Thibault’, 2005 – 750 ml Jurançon, France £42

Yalumba ‘Late Harvest’ Viognier, 2005, 500 ml Wrattonbully, Australia £40

Valpantena Recioto della Valpolicella, 2005, 500 ml Veneto, Italy £40

Fattoria Selvapiana Vin Santo del Chianti Rufina, 2001, 500 ml Tuscany, Italy £48


By The Glass 50 ml

Noval 10yo Tawny Douro Valley, Portugal £5

Warre’s Otima 20yo Tawny Douro Valley, Portugal £6

Krohn White Port, Single Colheita 1969 Douro Valley, Portugal £12

By The Bottle

Silval, 1997 Vintage Port, ®ˆ bottle Douro Valley, Portugal £45


By The Glass 100 ml

Hidalgo ‘La Gitana’ Manzanilla Jerez, Spain £4

Tio Pepe Jerez, Spain £4

Harvey’s Amontillado Jerez, Spain £4


British Ale Power

Having just spent last weekend at the highest pub in England at the British Sea Power ‘Sing ye from the hillsides’ festival, I thought it would be good to share with the Troffers this pic. It’s a specially brewed ale for the weekend provided by the Dent brewery called British Ale Power.

It was truly a special drop and kept us going all weekend…I’m going to try and get hold of a crate so we can all have a try!