Tis the season to be jolly! (and drunk, full to bursting and hungover the next day!) It is Christmas party/dinner season and I have four Christmas meals to attend this year. I am halfway through them now. Today, I would like to tell you about a Christmas meal that I had with my friends last weekend at The Fountain At Clent in Worcestershire. It is a place that I have been too many times and I have wanted to tell you all about it for ages. It has won many awards for its food and drink and is featured in the Good Pub Guide.
When we arrived we were given the choice of having the fixed price (£25 per head) Christmas Fayre menu or choosing from the A La Carte menu. I decided to have the A La Carte menu has it offered more choice than the Christmas menu, which was the same thing but with less options to choose from. My friends split 50/50 with menu choices. However, it did not really matter as we had a fantastic time anyway. Starters and puddings average around £6-£7 and mains were around £13-£17.
For the starter course, I had their homemade plant pot cooked granary bread split in half and covered in cheddar and mozzarella. It was delicious – creamy, crunchy, garlicky, and cheesy all at the same time. My only complaint about the whole meal was that this and my main were topped with cress of some sort as a garnish. It did not really add anything to either dish and should not of been there in my opinion.
My main course was a whole locally shot braised pheasant in a rich stock sauce with root vegetables and finished with port and cranberries. All mains are served with chips, potatoes of the day (it our case – potato dauphinoise) and a selected of five steamed vegetables (we had cauliflower, broccoli, leeks, peas, carrots and fine beans – I think) It was first time I had ever tried pheasant and I very impressed. It was like chicken but had a much richer and deeper flavour. It was a massive portion though. It would have fed three people, not just one. It was one of the best dishes I have ever had. It was that yummy!
For pudding, I had warm compote of winter fruits which was a Kilner jar filled with the compote and it was accompanied by a raspberry cappuccino with a mint chocolate straw. It was the perfect combination of sweet and sour. I loved it, especially the presentation. Apologies for the photos, I was trying to take them quickly as I just wanted to dig in and eat the food! Overall, we had a lovely time at The Fountain and I urge you all to go and give it a try, especially if you are local to the Midlands. Please let me know in the comments if you have ever been there and want you thought. I welcome your opinions.
I will be back before Christmas with a post about the Frankfurt Christmas Market in Birmingham.
Happy Cooking! 🙂