From strawberries to courgette and broccoli to tomatoes, our new menus welcome back a variety of seasonal ingredients, guaranteed to provide you with a delicious taste of summer.
Development chef, Andy Owen explains: “The summer season provides lots of wonderful fresh produce to work with.
“Fresh fruits and English berries are at their best and we begin using lots of freshly podded peas, beef tomatoes, courgette, pak choi and sprouting broccoli.”
Ripe summer peaches are a favourite at this time of year. Sadly our English weather just doesn’t cooperate in the growing of this stone fruit, so we benefit from Spain and Italy’s bounty. Versatile in both sweet and savoury dishes, the peach is an ingredient our chefs love to cook with or even make a cocktail or two!
All of our fresh, hand picked crab arrives in our kitchens from the Isle of Man. The beauty of crab is that it pairs with endless flavours. It works surprisingly well with both delicate, gentle ingredients as well as those with bigger personalities, such as chillies and limes.
All of our strawberries are delivered to us hand-picked from the Great British countryside. To guarantee outstanding quality and flavour, our strawberries are sourced from Mary Stewart of Tofthill Farm, who grows the popular summer fruit on the banks of the River Tay in Perthshire – an area regarded as one of the best regions for growing soft fruits in Europe.
During the summer months English courgettes arrive in our kitchens from Banks, Southport. Rob Johnson has been growing courgettes on Marsh Farm since 1998, specialising in Tosca (green) and Oriella (yellow) varieties.
During the summer months spinach arrives in our kitchens from the beautiful Breckland area of Norfolk. With small sheltered fields and light sandy soils, Kemp Herb’s family run farm provides the perfect environment for this delicate crop.
What’s your favourite way to eat these seasonal ingredients? Let us know on twitter at @clubindividual