After the craziness that was Christmas we are back to normality now. There is only #wetjanuary here!
Earlier this week we held one of our ever popular wine suppers. This one was hosted by Luca Soldo, Ambassador for Antinori Wines in Italy.
The Antinori family has been involved in the production of wine for over six centuries, ever since, in 1385, Giovanni di Piero Antinori entered as a member, the “Arte Fiorentina”, the Winemakers’ Guild of the city of Florence.
Today the firm is run by Marquis Piero Antinori with the support of his three daughters, Albiera, Allegra, and Alessia, directly involved in the work of the house. Tradition, passion, and intuition have been the three driving principles which have led the Marquis Antinori firm to become a leader in Italian wine. http://www.antinori.it
This evening was a great success with fantastic wines and beautiful food to compliment each wine served.
A very generous customer of ours also found a couple of bottles of extremely old Antinori Chianti Classico in their cellar and donated them to us so we could do a raffle for our chosen charity … The Rowans Hospice.
We managed to raise £200 and both the lucky winners were born in the year of the wine that they won … Amazing coincidence!
A great night was had by all.
The next supper in our diary is 9th March #winewednesday
having a relationship in this hardship industry is tough, however, living with a vegan has been a huge creative journey for marco, creating some of the abars best ever dishes. the successful home cooked trials make it onto the menu. The latest original creation is the soft baked butternut squash filled with quinoa, soothing avocado puree and basil. the plate is finished with a balsamic glaze and summery sunblushed tomatoes. watch this space for more creative designs from the marco-anna household.
on tuesday 18th august we hosted another of our fantastic wine tasting suppers. this time we were lucky enough to have joe roberts from peter lehmann wines hosting. we started with the layers White as an aperitif which went down a storm, and is now served by the glass in the restaurant.
this was followed with some great food and wine matching with the hill & valley riesling served with crab & apple tian, hill & valley shiraz with spicy beef noodles, mentor cabernet sauvignon with confit duck leg and finishing with peter lehmann botrytis Semillon which was matched perfectly with peach & frangipane tart.
we would like to thank joe for his laid back but very informative presentation. also nigel gilling from @liberty_wines for helping to organise this event.
on wednesday 25th february, amber and steve popped up to london to attend the best uk trade show, casual dining. the show displayed 150 exhibitors and is a great opportunity to purchase or enquire about new products or business ideas.
we enjoyed ourselves (and the freebies) and found the show brilliant for innovation and just a chance to spruce up our existing products, including our new luscombe drink flavours and stokes remoulade- a great addition to our abar club sandwich!
just thought we’d do a quick post on our infamous fishy fridays.
as most of you know, on the first friday of every month (bar december) we host a quick turnaround event we call ‘fishy friday’. it’s something we’ve been doing for the last five years and we love it!
from 5pm-6.30pm, we serve only our award winning fish ‘n’ chips & a dessert of choice, one that varies each month and changes seasonally also. our normal menu resumes at 7pm, but during that hour and a half, everyone enjoys the simplicity and britishness that fishy friday personifies.
fishy friday is an early evening event that brings out everyone- the young, the old, families, children, friends and colleagues and is something which we are all proud of and enjoy being a part of each month. so if you enjoy a good fish ‘n’ chips, paired with some tasty condiments, our delicious tartare being our favourite, don’t hesitate to give us a call and get yourself booked in on one of the nine events left this year!
head chef mark and manager steve enjoyed a great evening of entertaining when they hosted their 3 course charity meal to the lucky raffle winners, steve & caroline avis. in a collective effort steve & mark raised £2000 for their respective charities (seafarers UK & the rowans hospice), and the representatives of the two charities were on hand to accept their cheques on the evening. the money was raised for running the great south run and by selling tickets to customers for a chance to win a 3 course meal for 8 people including a mini wine tasting, hosted by steve. the evening was a great success, with dishes including seared scallops for starter, followed by a fantastic duo of duck (confit leg and pan fried breast), and trio of chocolate to finish, (great menu mark). this was accompanied by fantastic wine throughout the evening.