It was, perhaps, just as well that Mrs H declared today to be a “greedy day”. Of course, we’d had breakfast before leaving home but that didn’t stop us having at second one at Swanky’s on Chester’s Lower Bridge Street. It’s a better-than-greasyspoon caff serving good coffee. I also had a sausage, scrambled egg and cheese sandwich which came on a far too small American style “English Muffin”. It was an OK sandwich – most of which fell out onto the plate – note to caff….serve it on a barm. Mrs H’s toasted bacon butty was also OK. But what on earth possesses them to put crisps on the plate as garnish? Worthwhile fuelling point.
We then spent a couple of hours taste grazing round the Food & Drink Festival. We left laden with jams, Demels chutneys, some good looking mutton and organic pork. We wandereda cross town to stock up at the Cheese Shop on Northgate Street - some fab looking Red Leicester (apparently the only RL still made in Leicestershire ) and Llangloffan (a new one for me - similar in making to a Cheshire)
Lunchtime brought us to Brasserie 10-16 (a Good Food Guide “also recommended” place). It brought me the best value lunch I’ve had in a long time. £6.95 for two good courses. A cream of curried cauliflower soup was exactly what was needed on this bitterly cold and windy day. Comforting, unchallenging, but with a background note of spice from the curry paste. Main was a perfectly cooked piece of salmon – just cooked but with probably the most crispy (non-burnt) skin I can recall. Came with a few boiled potatoes, griddled baby leeks and a red pepper coulis (which added welcome moistness but not too much extra flavour).
Mrs H also had the soup but went to the carte for her main – homemade butternut squash ravioli, with hazelnuts, deepfried sage leaves and sage butter. Good dish and just about worth the £10.95.
The only notes of criticism were that bread was poor – being nothing more than sliced white & brown. Also, espresso was on the feeble side.
And to round off the outing, my new “sat nav” easily found two farm shops on the way home where we added a bit more to the day’s “hunter gathering”. And dinner is still to come.