Nick Monthly Round-Up
I hope you all enjoyed the Olympics – I most definitely did and still have the armchair sores to show for it!
It’s all stations go here….. The building of the restaurant extension is starting early September. The plans are looking superb. The extension will give us an additional 40 covers and the ability to offer private dining and parties and meeting facilities. Kelly is already booking the new room for Christmas parties. We’re going to make a few subtle changes to the bar area and then there’s the plans for the garden, which are very special. As you can tell I am very excited about the whole thing.
Those of you who are local to us may have heard a rumour that Dom and I are taking on a second pub. Well it’s no longer just a rumour. I am very pleased to announce that Dom and I have joined forces with entrepreneur, Eric Newnham, to set up NED Pubs and NED Pubs is taking on The Belgian Arms in Holyport. Dom and I have been talking about doing something together for a long time and it has now come to fruition. The Belgian is a great pub and one that means a lot to me and my family.
We move in at the beginning of September, we’re closing for a few weeks to redecorate and undertake some minor refurbishments – but don’t worry we have no intention of abusing The Belgian’s charm and character. We plan to reopen on 17th September or thereabouts. I’ll let Dom tell you about the menu.
Outfront by General Manager, Richard Martinez and Restaurant Manager, Mo Gherras
If you’ve been in recently you may have noticed some new faces out front…….. we’re very pleased to introduce and welcome Kirri and Zanda.
We’d also like to let you know that our reservation opening times have changed. To make a reservation for a future date please call between 9.30am and 6.00pm Monday – Friday. On the day reservations can be made outside of these times subject to availability. You can of course still make reservations via our onlinebooking system or by emailing reservations.
As Nick mentioned we are taking Christmas reservations for both the main restaurant and the new room. Tables in the new room are available from 1st December onwards for parties of a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 40. We’ll be offering a set menu, which will be on the website next week.
Throughout the festive season we will be serving an à la carte menu in the main restaurant for tables of up to a maximum of 8.
Mo Gherras and Richard Martinez – August 2012
What’s Up in the Kitchen by Head Chef, Dominic Chapman
The Glorious Twelth
The Glorious Twelfth is an important date in the culinary calendar and this year has been no exception. Game season is back and the Red Grouse has now made its return to our menu. The birds are in plentiful supply this year from both Yorkshire and Scotland which makes the prices more reasonable. It’s always exciting receiving the first young grouse of the season and I enjoy adding it to my menu. I make sure I am in charge of preparing these first grouse, a tradition that is important in our kitchen.
Autumn is now just around the corner and the new season always brings lots of exciting ingredients, Blackberries, Plums, Damson, Greengages, Apples and Cobnuts. I’m looking forward to autumnal classics like Blackberry and Apple Crumble and Greengage Tart . It’s not only exciting ingredients in September it’s exciting times at The Royal Oak with the build of the restaurant extension starting and then there’s The Belgian Arms……….
I’m busy working on the layout of the kitchen at The Belgian and designing the menu which is going to be full of simple but very tasty dishes, cooked to perfection. A different style to The Royal Oak – a new challenge and one that I’m really looking forward to.
Dominic Chapman – August 2012
All About Wine by Sommelier, Simon Beneteau
My search to improve the list has pushed me this month to incorporate a new French Sauvignon Blanc by the glass, and I believe I have a gem. Here it is : Sancerre Silex Michel Girard, Domaine Girard. It is the perfect aperitif for these sunny days… Sancerre is so famous that the name speaks for itself, but this one is special, they call it “Silex” (flint). The finest soil where Sauvignon Blanc can grow, and like all great wine it reflects its unique terroir coming from a single vineyard called Jeugny. Only a small glass and you will sense it on the nose – crackly gunsmoke, orange oil and earthy stoney notes, followed by dazzling purity and finesse… Our Royal visitors enjoyed it very much…
Last month I promised I would let you know about a ‘special red wine’ that Richard and I had sampled. It took me a little while to gather information about it… The reason is pretty simple, it is Italian…and one of the smallest DOC (aka appellation) in Italy. So here goes……
This tiny appellation’s vineyard is overlooking the northeast city of Messina in Sicilia. They only use local grape varieties such as nerello mascalese, nerello cappucio, nocera acitana, tignolino, galatena, calabrese. Although the weather is warm the wine does not show any sign of over-ripe grapes, which is often linked with Sicilian red wine. Instead you get an intense horse saddle smell, mature oak aromas (the wine is aged for 12 months in new French oak barrels) and some intense and noble touch of spices, jasmine, cardamon, red berries, finishing on some soft tannins and persistent acidity. Produced under the supervision of their winemaker, Salvatore Geraci this is a great red wine to dine with for special occasions… priced at £115 per bottle for the 2007 vintage.
Simon Beneteau – August 2012
Back to Nick…………..
I would like to thank you, on behalf of everyone at The Royal Oak, for your continued support which we really appreciate. We look forward to seeing you soon.
Choose 2 courses for £25.00 or 3 for £30.00 from our table d’hôte menu plus petit fours, coffee or tea. Available:-
Lunch Monday – Saturday
Dinner Monday – Thursday
Mas de Daumas Gassac Wine Dinner
24th October 2012
A fine 4 course dinner with Mas de Daumas Gassac wine to match. Please click here for more details and call or email to reserve your table.
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