With a recent study of 250 British restaurants showing that 72% were asked about the seasonality of their menus on a weekly basis, there is a lot of pressure on eateries to ensure their produce is seasonal and home-grown, or at least grown in Britain. And for good reason – it may be adventurous to try flavours inspired by different parts of the world, but doesn’t a meal taste so much more fresh and wholesome when you know that the ingredients were grown locally? Leeks from that little village you drove through earlier, fish from the local seaside town you visit frequently, pigs from the field across the road… you get the idea. Try these restaurants for a dining experience of delicious food and classic drinks that are both seasonal and well worth the money.
The Grazing Goat, London
Featuring an extensive menu of Suffolk pork Tomahawk, broccoli & Colston Bassett Stilton soup, and Norfolk Horn lamb, The Grazing Goat doesn’t disappoint when it comes to food. The rustic, pared-back interior lets the flavours of the seasonal produce take the focus. This is a food sanctuary in the hustle and bustle of London.
Playfair’s Restaurant, St Andrews
Playfair’s are fully aware of the difference that seasonal produce makes, being almost as important as the chef. The food is tastier because the ingredients are at their best, grown in weather to suit its needs. The Shetland mussels cooked in white wine, cream and garlic sound particularly appetising.
With seasonally changing menus and an impromptu medley of freshly selected specials throughout the week, Ensemble certainly makes the most of the season’s fresh produce. For breakfast try the organic Somerset yogurt with seasonal berries and honey, or the sausage sandwich with local, award-winning sausages.
The Talbot Inn, Mells
The mouth-watering menus at The Talbot Inn feature produce grown in their own kitchen garden. You can bet that if it’s possible for something to be sourced locally, it is. The traditional pub and coach house settings make the perfect cosy backdrop for a delightfully warm apple cake with cider caramel sauce, clotted cream and hazelnut granola.
The Cornish Barn, Penzance
All ingredients at this stylishly rustic restaurant, bar and smokehouse are sourced locally from the finest Cornish suppliers, and it makes one exciting set of menus. Sip on a Cornish ale whilst enjoying a fresh dish of hake, butter bean, chorizo & red pepper stew, and rejoice in the supreme flavour that this seasonal restaurant has to offer.
Refectory Kitchen & Terrace, York
With flavoursome dishes celebrating the highest quality Yorkshire-sourced ingredients, The Refectory offers a menu that is fresh and seasonal right down to the cocktails. Whilst it’s still warm, sit out on the terrace and watch the night slip into a Sloe Royale Champagne-cocktail-blur, with Plymouth Sloe gin, seasonal berries and Besserat de Bellefon Grande Tradition Brut.
Featured image: The Cornish Barn
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