Let’s face it, autumn gets a bad press. In the constant shadow of summer; there doesn’t seem that much to shout about. The days get shorter – or as a good old Norfolk boy once said to me, ‘it gets later earlier’, you need an extra jumper, and that plan that you’ve wanted to do all summer and haven’t quite got round to yet, of hiring a rowing boat and rowing out to a lovely little otherwise inaccessible spit of land somewhere in the Broads, spending the day having a picnic and rowing home sun-baked and satisfied, has finally been shelved for another year.
But one thing that autumn does do well is produce great food. According to Keats, it’s ‘the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’, or as the gardening guru, John Seymour, called it, ‘the real harvest time’.
Our new autumn menu launched on October 9th, with the apples and pears picked, the poly-tunnel still going strong and a great deal of vegetables still growing. This year, we are, as always, supported firmly by local suppliers. Our butcher, Icarus Hinds, produces hearty meats including pheasant and wild venison. Local gastronomically celebrated dishes such as Gressingham duck and Hevingham chicken, come back, with Brancaster mussels and John and Claire Davies’ caught-to-order lobsters still a firm favourite.
We’ve also added a couple of little twists, like the Adnams vodka penne. And continuing the harvest theme onto the dessert plate, garden apples are combined with treacle in a delicious warming tart and there are crumbles of gooseberry, apple and blackberry and rhubarb, all from the garden.
So instead of bemoaning the last of the heat, better to hunker down in front of a wood burner and make the most of the fruits of your labour, or if not yours, then somebody else’s.
Our autumn menu can be found by clicking here.
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