So it’s official. From September all dining establishments are ‘on plan’ to encourage the public to change their eating habits by declaring health information including calories per dish, ingredients and perhaps even fat content. All this will be appetisingly displayed on the menu, right next to your seared scallops (good) or your foie gras and sour cherry terrine (Hello? What were you thinking?). Of course, it’s not legislation (yet) but the government and the NHS would like to achieve the changes without such action and apparently 85% of us are in agreement, according to the Food Standards Authority, in that restaurants should make clear what’s in their food. Read full post
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The big question this week: When is a pub not a pub, but a ‘poncey restaurant’ to quote Paul Castle, the somewhat disgruntled owner of The Goose in Oxfordshire’s Britwell Salome. You may have been following the story: The Goose is one of the few pubs to have been awarded a coveted Michelin star, but less than a month later the chef, Ryan Simpson, walked out Gordon Ramsay-style, taking the entire brigade with him after a heated disagreement between himself and the owner on what customers want – and expect – from a local pub.
Well, it’s a very good question. On the one hand, you have a clearly talented young chef whose efforts in the kitchen have been justifiably rewarded; on the other you have a pub owner-cum-property developer who says takings are down and bums, frankly, are not on seats because the chef doesn’t do burgers. What do we want from our local public hostelry? Read full post