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There’s a new spot for brekkie in Ciren
Rob Rees is at it again!
Gold star
A series of special supper
clubs will be taking place at Cheltenham’s Star Bistro this summer. Six-course feasts
will be cooked up for guests
by The Cotswold Chef himself (that’s Rob Rees, in case you didn’t know), with menus featuring the likes of medallion of Cornish brill, hot soufflé suissesse, hay-baked lamb
and Champagne-poached strawberries.
Rob’s charity, Wiggly Worm, joined forces with National Star to create the bistro, and help people with disabilities reach their full potential by offering them valuable work experience. The dinners, which will take place on the 16, 17 and 18 July, are being held to raise money for the National Star and Star Bistro, and support their great courses. Tickets can be booked online now.
Doing your bit has never been so delicious. Like, ever. ✱ nationalstar.org
SOFA, Far from a lazy bunch, The Loungers group ironically love to multitask. Their café-cum-restaurant-cum-bar SOGOOD venuesdoitall–andCirencesteristhelatesttowntoget one of their very own. Toro Lounge recently launched on Cricklade Street, with the building having undergone a pretty dramatic, not to mention pricey, redesign. (Did someone say £600K?) Having originated in Bristol, The Loungers group is known for eclectic, retro visuals, as well as, of course, its all-day food menu. From breakfast to brunch, lunch, afternoon treats and dinner, it’s got all your food-related needs covered. So get comfy, ’cause once you pull up a pew, you’re there for the long haul.
✱ thelounges.co.uk
pLOugHING AHEAD
The Kingham Plough has just been awarded a two-star rating by the Sustainable Restaurant Association, don’tcha know? The Oxfordshire pub and restaurant, owned and run by chef Emily Watkins (who you might know from off the box), was recognised for its involvement with the local community, the fair treatment of its employees, and responsible sourcing methods.
The pub works to support the local area and do its bit for charities, such
as Hospitality Action and Well Child. When it comes to its food, the kitchen
team makes sure all the meat and dairy it uses is from ethical British producers,
and changes the menu regularly to make the most of what’s readily available
each season. Mother Earth would be proud. ✱ thekinghamplough.co.uk Eating out here’s a good deed
Grape expectations KATIE DAY gets excited about this issue’s new recipes, and pairs them with some cracking drinks...
With the quiche (p8)... There are contrasting flavours and textures here, creating a delicious dish that can be tricky to match with wine. I have selected the Cantine Meran Weissburgunder (£12.95) from the Alpine heights of Alto Adige, Italy. It is a beautifully balanced wine with fresh, crisp acidity, subtle fruit flavours and weight.
With the salted caramel mousse (p32)... A classic Sauternes or a PX Sherry would work well here. However, for me, there is just one tipple that will do – and that is the elegant Delaforce His Eminence Choice 10 Year Old Tawny
Port (£21.99). With its mellow complexity (and name!), it will certainly not be overwhelmed.
With the crumble (p28)... The Taltarni Tache (£16.50) from Tasmania is a sparkling rosé
wine made in the traditional
way with the three permitted Champagne grapes. This wine will be a stunning match for the sweet strawberries, tart rhubarb and creamy richness of the crème fraîché sorbet.
All of these drinks can be bought from Talking Wines in Cirencester, and online at www.talkingwines.co.uk
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