A gastronomic beer menu has recently launched at Great Taste at The Cadogan, created by Pete Brown (Beer Writer of the Year 2009) and award-winning food writer Charles Campion, together with Head Chef Oliver Lesnik. They are the first restaurant in the UK to launch a fine dining beer menu, using beer and cider as integral ingredients and I was very intrigued (beer isn’t just for men is it?) and excited to experience it.
Olivia, the restaurant manager is the most informed, enthusiastic, patient member of staff I think I’ve ever encountered. Working for the Great Taste awards before managing the restaurant at The Cadogan, she really does have an all round knowledge of great British food. And what great British food it was.
The menu has a star system next to the dishes so you know how many Great Taste stars the main ingredients have won. We started our gastronomic journey with the most fabulous oils to accompany a selection of breads; Kentish Cobnut Oil and Rapeseed Oil infused with Lemon, DELICIOUS – I wanted to buy them there and then, such a shame there is no deli counter at The Cadogan… I then started with the pear and Roquefort salad, with shallot and walnuts, incredible, instantly your senses are tingling. The husband had the Scotch egg which I asked him too, intrigued to know what it would look like. It was huge and looked properly rustic and filled to the brim with ham hock, barely a crumb left on the serving board it came on. He then went for the Ox Cheeks that had been cooked in beer, accompanied by seasonal vegetables and horseradish mashed potatoes. I had a tagliatelle freshly made with summer vegetables and a light sauce made with cider, and a salad of herb shoots to top it off. The smells coming from our food were incredible, it almost seemed like a sensory explosion; visually beautiful, stunning aromas accompanied by sensational tastes and textures.
For dessert I asked the husband to have the beer float, so much fun, served in a tall glass with a huge froth (just like when we were kids at the seaside), it tasted of ginger beer (very famous five!) with a dollop of vanilla ice cream, I helped him finish that…. I had the Chocolate and prune brownie made with beer served with vanilla ice cream; it was melt in your mouth, sensual chocolate…. I finished that by myself.
An extremely reasonably priced menu for fine dining, however, because the menus are created for a limited time you will need to RUN to The Cadogan to sample this one before it disappears and I absolutely recommend you do. However, I’m already excited to find out what the next concept will be…
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