Another great dinner at Kendell’s last night. We had the early bird menu – or rather, we started off on the early bird and then went off piste with a la carte because we couldn’t resist – and as usual the food was superb and the service, as ever, on the money.
I had the boudin noir (French black pudding) for starter (from a market in Paris, apparently – it was deeply savoury and unavailable in the UK) and calves liver for main course – served pink – which melted in the mouth. Chips are de rigeur of course, twice fried if I’m not mistaken.
I tell everybody about the quality and service at Kendell’s and urge everybody to go there. Now.
On a trip to London last week I got off the tube at Southwark with the intention of wandering through Borough Market. As it was the middle of the day and midweek not all of the stalls were open but even with depleted numbers it was still great to see so many great providers and shops.
I’d love it if we had an equivalent up North. The farmers markets are cool, but it’d be amazing if we had the breadth and quality of food on offer every day.
In preparation for the Globe Troffers cheese and wine evening I paid a visit to the rather excellent cheese emporium in Harrogate as recommendended by my good friend Craig.
In search of something rather special for the evening’s festivities, I was seeking the seriously strong Cabrales that I’d sampled in Madrid. It had to be ordered and along with that I bought a rather amazing Calvados Camembert and a goats cheese affair that was wrapped in chestnut leaves that had the distinctive taste of the earth. Unfortunately its name passed me by, but I still have a copy of the label so I can be sure to get some more.
The Calvados Camembert won the overall grand prix for the evening, if there was such a thing, and we had a brilliant time sampling mental cheese, wine, port and sherry combinations. Special mention has to go to Tony’s Falachan (not sure it’s spelt correctly as it resulted in a google zero) a crazy, cheese flavoured wine from the highlands made from fermented whey. It sounds bonkers I know, but it worked.
John and Linda went completely local with their beer and local cheese selection, full marks for cheesn ale carbon footprint minimalism. Full marks to Dawn for designing her very own point of sale device to sell her cheese to the massed Trotter hordes: no need, the mild creamy affair from Ireland ( I think) won full marks for sheer smoothosity (not a real word). Tess threw down the gauntlet with a cheeky, honey falvoured, nut filled bad boy that went down well with the sweet tooth brigade.
All good. And on top of that, we reviewed the hog roast photographs which proved to be a perfect documentary of one of the most perfect days I can remember.
Gurdev and I spent a fabulous weekend in London with friends, it started with a show(The Jersey Boys, well worth seeing) followed by dinner at The Ivy. There was the odd celeb in but we ignored them. Dawn had Fish and Chips with crushed minted garden peas and I had Calves Liver, both were excellent. However the puddings surpassed expectations with D having Creamed Rice Pudding with Plum Jam and the rest of us shared a Baked Alaska to die for! Sometimes The Ivy can be viewed as overrated but we felt at home and the service was very good and value was good at £50 per person including drinks.
Saturday we met Luke and his friend Alistair in the Market Porter pub for a couple of pints of Wessex Ale (Rose for the girls) followed by a wondrous stroll around Borough Market which is a MUST for the Globetroffers, we would have bought everything on display………….
So we had a break at Wrights Oyster Bar, Chablis and Oysters(Helford natives, Devon Rock Oysters, Kilpatricks(warm with bacon bits)) absolutely heaven. Suitably set up we went back for a more selective look, the ingredients on sale were exotic, comprehensive and top notch quality. The boys bought Ostrich Steaks, Buffalo Mozzarella, salads and bread. G treated them to a bottle of beer each.
The rest of us raided the wild Mushrooms(Ceps, Girolles, Black Trumpets and Chanterelles), 2 types of bread, Eppoisse(?) cheese which was served as supper to Phil/Julie/Tess on Sunday night.
After a quick nap we had dinner at Elystano’s, Elystan St Chelsea. Great food, great service, great company and good value.
Sunday we treated the boys to a most superb brunch at Villandry(Great Portland Street) this should be on every Globe Troffers list as it’s an amazing, deli/flower shop/bar/bistro/restaurant!!
Long drive back but well worth it
Tess, Pat, Tony and I had a great four day break staying at the Aramay, a lovely five bedroomed B & B set in gardens near Trevaunance cove. An extensive breakfast menu catered for everyone and included fresh fruit with berries, sunflower seeds, natural yogurt and honey, a vegetarian option and a very hearty meat feast but even better breakfast was served until 11am. After breakfast, exercise was in order so we decided to follow The Camel cycle trail from Wadebridge to Bodmin, it was a warm, sunny day and perfect for following the trail, it was a bit muddy but we survived and on the way back we took a detour and decided to visit Camel Valley wines…and yes… we did share a bottle of white, the 2007 Bacchus was delicious.
Finally arrived and it was an incredible success.
There will be a full report in a day or so – also a full picture gallery on Flickr.
In the meantime here’s a photograph of the lovely Priscilla!