APRIL 2022

Spring brings a breath of fresh air, to produce and plate alike. Phil Howard welcomes the new season with a culinary flourish of wild garlic and purple sprouting broccoli. You will release spring from its winter casing in the same way you will unwrap the parchment from your tender cod, steamed en papillote, to liberate its fresh bouquet of thyme, white wine, lemon and garlic. Unctuous polenta, infused with parmesan, milk and bay will cradle your tender stalks of charred broccoli, as a wild garlic pesto decadently melts over the warm cod like a crown of flavour. Deceptively simple, light yet soothing, Phil offers the fullest of flavours with the lightest of touch.

Hear more from Philip talking about his creation, below:

bring the sommelier to your table

Matthew Jukes, our wine pairing expert has paired this dish with a 2021 Peter Lehmann, Hill & Valley Riesling from Eden Valley, South Australia.

Click the waveform below to hear about this pairing.

this month's playlist

*Wait...I know this one*

Sampling. Arguably a musical phenomenon that’s been around since composers first put quill to parchment. The practise was popularised through musical “quotations”, amongst flurries of virtuosity, in dark jazz clubs and truly solidified through the stratospheric rise of turntable-based hip hop starting around the 80s. Depending on who you ask it’s either a glorious revolution that’s helped shaped our ideas of what modern music truly is - or literal theft.

Regardless of opinion the way sampling has influenced the music of today is utterly undeniable. Listen to the first track in this playlist for evidence of that: if it sounds familiar you may have heard one of the 5000+ tracks that have sampled it’s famous drum break.

So here’s to the unsung heroes of modern music, raise a glass and see how many samples you can spot.

...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.