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J'AIME SEPTEMBER 2019

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Cured meats The continental staple of salty and spicy cured meat offering of chorizo or salami are being joined by biltong and British reared charcuterie with good quality olives transporting you to the continent, and the spiritual home of juniper, Tuscany, or Barcelona for the birthplace of the modern gintonica. Try www.madefordrink.com for some premium bar snacks. COLSTON BASSETT STILTON IS A PERFECT PAIRING WITH SLOE GIN Indian starters Gin’s botanicals lend themselves very well to being paired with the variety of spices used in Indian cooking including three Cs: coriander, cardamom and Ceylon Champagne aka cinnamon. Try tandoori prawns, pakoras, samosas and dusted masala popcorn or, for the more adventurous, mango and chilli paneer or, as served at a Passage to Gindia event recently, lamb nargisi kofta, an Indian style scotch egg made with a quails’ egg and spicy lamb, served with pickled onions and chutney. Cheese and crackers Gin and tonics pair well with cheese (so much so I’m running several gin and cheese evenings later in the year) especially strong-flavoured varieties that hold their own on a nice charcoal cracker, so here’s a few combinations to wet the appetite: Slingsby Gooseberry and Fevertree Elderflower with sliced pear, a flavoured honey, walnut and goats cheese/chèvre: this combo also works great with citrusy G&Ts or pick up some Joe & Sephs goats cheese popcorn for something moreish. Whitley Quince and Lamb & Watt Cucumber tonic with the fragrant hybrid apple and pear’s partner in crime, Manchego. And referring back to sloe gin as a poor man’s Port from last months article, Chase Sloe Gin and Mulberry or a Four Pillars Bloody Shiraz is a taste revelation with Pedrino Port tonic and the Rolls Royce of stilton - Colston Bassett - available from Anderson & Hill in Birmingham’s Great Western Arcade. TEAM SLINGSBY GOOSEBERRY WITH FEVER TREE ELDERFLOWER TONIC AND GOATS’ CHEESE 34

Christmas Party Nights Celebrate in style! Includes a glass of prosecco on arrival, 3 course meal and disco. Various dates available. From £28 pp Murder Mystery Evenings Something a bit different and with plenty of yuletide fun! 3rd, 10th, 16th & 17th December. £42.50 pp Christmas Carols & Afternoon Tea A deliciously festive afternoon tea with carols from our live choir. 3rd, 10th, 16th & 17th December. £25 pp Family Lunch with Santa Enjoy a 3 course lunch with a magic show and visit from Santa. 1st, 8th, 15th, 21st & 22nd December. £29 per adult, £20 per child. Christmas Party Nights Celebrate in style! Includes a glass of prosecco on arrival, 3 course meal and disco. Various dates available. From £26 pp Wreath Making Workshops A two hour workshop with mulled wine and nibbles. 27th & 28th November. £36 pp Christmas Carols & Afternoon Tea A deliciously festive afternoon tea with carols from our live choir. 5th, 13th, 18th December. £19.50 pp Moor Hall Drive, Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield B75 6LN 0121 308 3751 www.moorhallhotel.co.uk Visit our website for more events, menus and to book Bird Street, Lichfield, WS13 6PR 01543 414822 www.thegeorgelichfield.co.uk Visit our website for more events, menus and to book Galettes + CRêPES Home-made French cuisine in a family-run restaurant Al Fresco dining in our stunning courtyard Vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options available Unique wine list, French/ Belgian beers and cocktails 01543 481807 www.peartreecreperie.co.uk Follow us Heart Of The Country Village, SWINFEN, Lichfield WS14 9QR

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