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Saturday, 4 April 2009

Butterscotch Sauce for the Sticky Toffee Pudd

Video coming soon, in post production at the moment.

Here's the text version


Melt over low heat...

8 ounces castor sugar

8 ounces butter

12 ounces soft dark brown sugar

10 ounces golden syrup

pinch of salt

When all smooth and disolved, finish with 12 fl oz Double Cream.Pour some of this sauce over the Sticky Toffee Pudding when it comes out of the oven.

Thursday, 2 April 2009

Our Wine List

As pointed out to me tonight, we have no online wine list... so here it is!

We have a neat list selected by our
local merchant, binTwo – including
many recognisable styles – and
several less obvious choices too. Do
have the confidence to go off piste
with those marked with a ‘ * ’
as such wines are really good value.


All available by 200ml glass (£4.50) or 500ml carafe (£11.50)

Las Toscas Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon 2008, Cachapoal Valley £15.50 Classic dry Chilean House White with pure, refreshing character.

La Serre Syrah Rosé 2007, Vin de Pays d’Oc France £15.50
Colourful, dry Rosé showing delicate redcurrant fruit.

Sierra Grande Merlot 2008, Central Valley £15.50
Impressive Chilean red – full and ripe with plenty of dimension.


France Vouvray 2007, Les Côteaux Tufiers £19.00
Chenin Blanc from the Loire valley fermented to less-than-dry, lendng a little
gentle sweetness to the fresh apples and pears style of the variety.

Pouilly Fumé 2007, Domaine de la Renardiére £31.00
Lovely Upper-Loire white – showing well its lifted Sauvignon fragrance and the
fruit ripeness well captured by winemaker Christian Chatellier.

Chablis 2007, Louis Moreau £31.00
Great white Burgundy – with mineral character and good full Chardonnay
flavour balanced by fresh acidity.

*Pinot Blanc Reserve 2007, Cave de Turckheim £19.50
Seemingly simple and gently dry Alsace white with a lively freshness; but
drink with food and it proves the perfect foil to vibrant flavours.

Italy *Verdicchio 2007 ‘Pallio di San Floriano’, Monte Schiavo £21.00
Verdicchio is a lean and fresh variety from Marche in Central Eastern Italy.
Dry and bright, this example has a lovely steely character.

New Zealand Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2007, Marlborough £19.95
In the classic Marlborough style – rich, dry gooseberry fruit and refreshing zippy punch. Grown in the Waihopai Valley – home also to a satellite listening station.

Australia Petaluma Chardonnay 2006, Piccadilly Valley £32.00
Really smart oaked Chardonnay grown on steeply sloped vineyards up in the
cooler Adelaide Hills – really full and complex.

*d'Arenberg ‘Hermit Crab’ Marsanne Viognier 2006, McLaren Vale £22.50
Fabulous value from the New World: full-flavoured varietals made in this vintage
with an emphasis on fruit character, and very little oak.


France Rimauresq Rosé 2007, Côtes de Provence £24.50
Really firm, dry rosé – well suited to food, as you can almost taste some tannic
structure in the wine. Made in the far south from Cinsaut, Tribouren, and
Mourvèdre, with a whisker of Grenache.


France *Les Ruffes 2007, Côteaux du Languedoc £18.00
Made by Englishman Gavin Crisfield on some very rocky terrain from low-
yielding Carignan, Syrah and Grenache vines. Pretty meaty and well-structured.

Fleurie La Madone 2007, Reine de l’Arenite £22.00
Fresh, purple Beaujolais – summery strawberry scent and soft, ripe texture.
Delicious served cool, or (perish the thought) with a lump or two of ice.

Savigny-les-Beaune 2002, Camus Bruchon £32.50
Attractively perfumed, with a lean, spicy flavour and a moreish finish holding
onto a touch of sweet fruit.

Château Ramage la Batisse 2001, Haut-Médoc £31.50
Firm, structured Bordeaux with a complex, cedar-scented palate. Mature now,
and drinking really well.

Italy *Salice Salentino 2005, Giardinelli Vineyard, Agricola Vallone £20.00
Gorgeous rustic red from the South of the country. A mature, bricky red, with
notes of stewed fruit and leather. Made from the raisiny Negroamaro grape.

Spain Viña Albina Reserva 2002, Rioja £27.50
Traditional, fleshy Rioja matching warm plummy fruit with a good flavour of
American oak from its time spent in barrel.

Australia Glenguin Stonybroke Shiraz 2005, Hunter Valley £28.50
An out-of-the-rut example of this hackneyed variety, made by MW Robin Tedder
who has achieved here freshness and food-friendly dryness with superb fruit length.

Fonty’s Pool Pinot Noir 2007, Pemberton £22.00
Silky Pinot from a Southerly district in Western Australia, made in a modern
‘jammy fruit plus new oak’ style. Lovely!

Chile Tabali Reserve Merlot 2006, Limari Valley £21.00
On the nose violet and bramble, while the palate is intense and structured, with
fine-grained tannins from French and American oak.

South Africa *Roulette Rouge by Lammershoek 2005, Swartland £24.50
Relaxed Rhône-style, barrel-aged blend of Syrah, Carignan and Grenache with
tiny amounts of Viognier and Mourvèdre; broad, spicy and rounded.


Prosecco Spagorosso NV, Italy £20.00
In a class of its own – Prosecco, the name of the variety, the region and the wine
offers light, slightly off-dry flavours and bags of frothy freshness.

Angoisselles Brut NV, Champagne £35.00
Entirely satisfying – yeast on the nose, with plenty of the toasty, nutty flavours
of autolysis (from the second fermentation) and bottle age. 150ml glass £8.00

Camel Valley Brut 2006, Cornwall £34.00
Made only a few miles up the river – really fresh and crisp!

Lallier Premier Cru Brut Rosé NV, Champagne £48.50
Deep salmon-pink: bone dry and invitingly truffley.

DESSERT WINES (see our Dessert Wine Card for tasting notes and wines by the glass)

Moscato Passito ‘Palazzina’ 2004, Piemonte, Italy 375ml £15.50

Verema Tardana 2005, Montsant, Spain 500ml £18.50