Tuesday 18 October 2011

Ten Mile Menu at Parkers Arms, Newton in Bowland

The Parkers Arms at Newton is a little gem.  A proper pub with a talented chef of (some sort of) French heritage.  Virtually everything is locally sourced - very locally for the most part.

At the moment, for mid-week lunches they are celebrating their sourcing policy with a daily changing prix fixe menu in the French tradition of  "le menu" - if you found this on a by-way in France, you'd come back saying things like "only in France." It's a three-course, no-choice menu, all produce sourced within ten miles, for £10.

I started with a "Dunsop Egg" - a scotch egg, made with a delicate mousseline of smoked trout from Dunsop Bridge, the geographic centre of the Kingdom, just down the road.
As you can see, the egg itself was just right and the trout worked well. On the side was some soused fennel and a remarkably good home made mayonnaise.

Main course was a ballotine of chicken from local suppliers of chicken to most of the top restaurants in the country, Reg Johnson of Goosnargh.
A beautiful creamy mash, properly cooked root veg. Good roast chicken flavours and a good chicken gravy.

Dessert (no photo) was crème brûlée (runny in the French style) with local damsons in the bottom.

Quite how they do this for a tenner is difficult to fathom, but clearly we need to make full use of it.  Must go back very soon!

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