Allister Barsby, November 2016

It's a busy season ahead of us here at The Grove and at the moment its quite like the quiet before the storm.  We've been pulling festive menus together for various upcoming events and group Christmas parties, as well as designing the menus for our own Christmas and New Year’s Eve Celebrations. 

As chefs we like to be spontaneous and creative and quite often think of a dish, do a little trial and error and as well as our tasting notes and wine pairings then then the dish could be on the menu the following evening.  Looking closely into the seasons and sourcing the very best of ingredients at that time of the year is crucial when designing dishes.  At the Grove we are so lucky to have such an abundance of produce coming from our kitchen garden so it really does make my job of dish development simpler.  Just a walk around the garden can inspire a thought for a new dish.

On the 24th of November we will be hosting our annual Italian Evening, showcasing our knowledge of Italian cuisine and cooking techniques, which is set to be a great evening with fabulous food and wines.  Starting with a crab tortelloni with lemongrass sauce, followed by a salad of marinated aubergine, prosciutto and figs.  After that will be a dish of Rose veal fillet, baby gem, roast garlic and Marsala sauce, a classic Affogato and then a Limoncello tart with mascarpone sorbet to finish.  I love Italian cuisine and cannot wait to get these dishes onto plates and to our guests!