Christmas Menu 2014
“Keep it Local”
As you are probably aware, here at Restaurant Gilmore, we like to theme our festive season menu and have put on many unusual menus from all over the world, from different historical periods and from different regions of the UK.
This year we are doing something a little different !
Throughout the year I have been actively promoting and endorsing local produce, not only at the restaurant but also out and about at various food events.
A demonstration and dinner to the British Wildlife Conservation Trust set it all off early in the year over in Eccleshall, followed by demonstrations at Stafford Cheese and Beer Festival, The Great British Kitchen at Shrugborough, The Game Fair at Weston Park, and Food and Drink festivals at Uttoxeter Racecourse, Lichfield Garrick Theatre and Stone.
My common theme on all of these events was ” Keep it Local” so that’s our theme for this year,
I have put together a menu using as much local produce as possible, obviously there are certain areas were I need to look further afield, but rest assured if its available locally and its good, then it will be on our festive menu this year. As always I struggled with a local fish dish but Cornwall helped out and least my brother lives 4 miles away from the fisherman I buy from and he, like me, is from Staffordshire!
I have sourced Tamworth goats cheese, chicken from Barton under Needwood, trout from Blythfield, smoked near Abbots Bromley, parsnips from Lichfield, lamb from the Leek moors, beef from Bramshall, eggs from over the road, pheasant from local shoots, milk and cream from Cheadle and a cheese board from local dairies and farms and the medlars to make jelly from (mind your own business, the tree only has enough for me ! )
We welcome back some of the old festive favourites such as Mrs B’s Christmas pudding and our own stalwarts , B&B and poached blade of beef.
I hope you enjoy what I have put together for you this year and wish you all………………..Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year