Friday, 2 December 2011

A Meal to Remember

If you are looking for that extra special treat then look no further than The Inn at Grinshill. Their head chef Chris Conde was a quarter finalist on Masterchef, the Professionals and should definitely have gone further but I think nerves got the better of him. His food is amazing and worth the trip to the Inn even if you don't live in the area. 

On our visit last night, we were given a warm & friendly welcome by Victoria Brazier who is one of the proprietors of the Inn. After a drink in the bar, we were shown to our table, prime position to watch Chris at work. He plated up every dish to perfection on the 'pass' in full view of all diners. 

Our meal began with an Amuse Bouche (a taster dish courtesy of the chef) which was a carrot & orange soup with baby coriander served in sweet little coffee cups & saucers and very delicious! 
For starters, I had Pan fried Scallops & hubby had the Goats Cheese & Beetroot textures, both works of art. Mains for me was Braised shin of beef served with escargots, roast shallots, truffle puree & parsley whilst hubby chose the 2 cuts Pork (Belly & Loin) served with apple caviar & Cauliflour. 
We were then given a pre-dessert course (again couresy of the chef) of vanilla ice cream with a mousse topped with popping candy served in a shot glass. Dessert proper was Eton Mess with a difference for hubby & Coconut Parfait for me stacked high with caramelised banana, chocolate, pecans & what looked to me like biscuits made from rice crispies - absolutely scrummy! 

Wonderful Coconut Parfait Tower

Chris Conde's twist on Eton Mess

Belly & Loin of Pork cooked to perfection

Braised Shin of Beef

Goat's Cheese with Beetroot textures

Pan Seared Scallops
This venue gets straight 5 stars across the board from me - I think this was possibly the best meal I have ever had!!

1 comment:

  1. See what you mean about totally awesome looking and artiscly presented food. This is why I love to cook and create stuff like this!!!!!!