‘Tis the season of feasts and festivity! This time next week the feast of Christmas will be halfway through, with some time to wait until the next one. However on any Elite Gourmet Escape every day is a feast day so, Wednesday being an average middle-of-the-week sort of day, we thought we’d share with you the food and wine you can expect at an average feast.
Actually, as with all our menus, your hostess Angharad
will have talked to you well before you arrive to see what food you’re passionate about or discover any particular preferences or allergies you might have. That way your Private Chef can tailor exact menus around your specific requirements and keep you healthy.
It all starts at breakfast. Chef can serve light and healthy with fruit, yoghurt and cereals, a traditional ‘full English’, kippers or smoked salmon, eggs Benedict or Royale and whatever pastries and bread that takes your fancy.
Lunch is generally a lighter meal but extremely delicate. Dinner is much more of a robust feast. Chef sources the best local produce which, the Cotswolds historically being a livestock area, is often meat-based. However we are always happy to cater for vegetarians, pescatarians or vegans. Just let us know when you book.
A typical Wednesday lunch might be:
- Rosemary Roast tuna Niçoise salad
- Scotch eggs
- Spelt salad, ham, peas and fresh herbs
- Roast beetroots, with raspberry vinaigrette, wholegrain mustard and local sheep’s cheese
- Single Gloucester
- Hazelnut & Pineapple Soft Cheese
- Bread & Butter Pudding & Berry compote
- Ashcombe Hill Rosé, Denbies Estate, England 2017
Lunch is light as, normally of an afternoon, we would plan an excursion to a place of historic or topical interest – possibly Highclere Castle, the film set for Downton Abbey, or afternoon tea at the polo.
Chef tends to take dinner seriously. Our chefs love to show off their skills and, frankly, there’s no point in coming on an Elite Gourmet Escape unless you leave thinking you’ve had an elite gourmet experience!
As such a typical Wednesday dinner could be:
- Truffle Tea
- Fish & Chips
- Roast Pepper & Stilton Terrine
- Beef Wellington
- Epoisses (one of France’s two most fabulous cheeses)
- Roquefort (the other most one!)
- Lancashire Log (bet you haven’t had that before?)
- Sticky Toffee with Rhubarb, Strawberry Compote with Vanilla & Armagnac ice cream
- Puligny Montrachet, Domaine Borgeot 2014
- St Emilion Grand Cru, Chateau St Georges, 2012
Wine pairings are carefully selected from our extensive cellar and we ensure you never get the same wine with a meal twice. You also never get the same cheese twice. Of course, with an open bar you may have warmed up with a cocktail or a glass of fizz and, over the cheese opted for a glass of vintage port. This is your Elite Gourmet Escape and we’re here to make it happen.We only have two more words to add: Bon appetit!