MARCH 2022

Royal squab pigeons from Anjou in France are brined in star anise and garlic before roasting in this lavish but light dish from Sam. Beautifully lean thanks to their natural diet of wild berries and acorns, they yield a rich, earthy woodland flavour, which pairs well with a robust Stornaway black pudding crumb. A vivid green lovage emulsion; all celery, parsley and anise, segues into caramelised apples, balanced with lightly charred gem and tender Italian courgette. You will anoint the plate with a truffle dressing that says everything about the luxury and discipline of the dish you have created.

Sam will tell you about his creation, below:

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Matthew Jukes, our wine pairing expert has paired this dish with a 2016 Château des Gravières, Graves, Bordeaux, France.

Click the waveform below to hear about this pairing.

Wild Radish · Wood pigeon with black pudding by Sam Ashton-Booth
this month's playlist

*Shoegaze Revival*

It’s the soundtrack to the quintessential 80s alternative American high school prom scene. The ice-cool loner shyly locks eyes (through a perfectly coiffed wayward fringe) with their crush over a gaudily lit, empty dance floor. Smoke machines, vaseline on the lens and disco lights. Lonely, ethereal songs of heartbreak and irreverence that seem to play out exclusively in slow motion.

Only now, it’s on TikTok. A whole new generation have been feverishly consuming every morsel of Mazzy Star, My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive and Cocteau Twins they can lay their hands on. Through years of on and off social isolation at such a formative age - a new school of musicians have emerged.

Emboldened by the defiant other-ness of the classic, 80’s genre that slunk back into the shadows as Brit-pop reared it’s gelled, madforit head.

...about our music.

Our series of playlists are designed to accompany you all the way from the cooking, to the dining. Taking you on journeys that are a mixture of both the familiar and the adventurous, just as our menus are.

No more letting food get cold while you decide what to listen to, we have got you covered.

Compiling the playlists is Matt Farthing, a multi-disciplinary instrumentalist, composer and sound designer whose music and compositions have been played on radio stations as far ranging as Classic FM, BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 3 and BBC 1 Xtra.