Bread & Butter never tasted so good!

Ham & Pea Soup at St Francis Brewing CoThe beer / wine / food pairings regularly held at St Francis Brewing Company are always one of the highlights on the St Francis dining calendar and an opportunity not to be missed. Chef Daniel again served up a gastronomical treat last night and it seems there is no end to his creativeness in taking a simple dish and creating a gourmet’s delight. It would be difficult to choose the best dish of the 5-course meal served last night for the vegetable terrine fish and steak were all superb and perfectly prepared but his pea and ham soup was undoubtedly my pick of the evening. Unlike a conventional pea and ham soup Daniel served the pea soup, a separate patty of ham and crackly pork ‘biscuit. Ingenious in its presentation and quite divine to the taste buds.

But to top of what was a great evening, spent on the benches of the brewery with friends both known and newly met, was his dessert offering. Now those who spent time and boarding school, well us oldies anyway, before food nutritionist were employed to ensure growing lads are properly fed,  we were served weekly bread & butter pudding, a tasteless mess of brown bread with  smattering of weak tasteless custard. Horrible stuff!

When Daniel presented his menu at the start of the ‘feast’ he came to the last item, bread & butter pudding served with peaches and strawberries and custard, not particularly inspiring to an ex boarder until it was served. In one word “DELICIOUS”, so delicious in that I was very nearly tempted to approach our hosts, Linky and Lance and even Daniel himself, in a rendition of Oliver’s famed “I want some more”. I noticed almost every diner at our table quite unashamedly wiping the remnants of their plates with their fingers to mop up the last morsel and for one moment it looked as though one of our dining partners (no names) was about to lick her plate clean. Without doubt the tastiest bread & butter pudding ever and the custard, well I never knew custard could taste that good. If Daniel were to bottle it, it would put all other custard makers out of business.

A splendid meal enjoyed with wonderful company. Oh, and the beer is damned good too with a couple of new additions I hadn’t tasted before.

Sadly it is St Francis Brewing Co’s last pairing of the year so roll on 2017 so we can again witness some of Daniel’s creativity. But in the interim at least we can still enjoy the daily menu and the outstanding Sunday lunches.

Daniel Hoffman preparing the entree at St Francis Brewing Co