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[Wrinehill, Staffordshire] Hand & Trumpet

Harters | May 8, 201508:36 AM

A one course lunch.

Quiche came from the “lighter options” bit of the menu – nice pastry and a good balance of ingredients – tomato, pea, asparagus and mint. My partner hadn’t expected the generous serving to be quite so generous and ordered some bread on the side. It was unnecessary. A handful of dressed leaves took up the rest of the plate.

Squash, lentil and shallot pie was also generous – although pedants like me would say that it's only a pie when there’s pastry on top. So, this was a well flavoured tart. Again, good pastry. Dense filling, but not overly so and, again, a good balance of flavours – the squash and shallot giving it sweetness but this was tempered by the earthy lentils. It was topped with a hazelnut & thyme “crumble” and a scattering of parsnip crisps. Alongside, a dollop of good mashed potato and some mixed veg – kale, cabbage and sugarsnaps. I’d craved chips and with them and the pastry and mashed spud, there was something of a carb overdose which meant that this definitely stuck to being a one-courser, rather than the considered inclusion of dessert.

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