We went for dinner last night at The King’s in Chipping Campden. We love it there, food is always great, as is the service, and the surroundings, well take a look for yourself, just lovely, cosy and warm.
We had 8 courses last night… no, not in total, each. And Oh… Wow… we knew we were in for a treat when we went, but we didn’t know that we, quite literally, would be in for the most wonderful meal we’d ever had… ever. It was THAT amazing for a number of reasons. Firstly, every single course was prepared to absolute perfection. You could image that with 8 courses, there might be a few of them, or certain parts of some at least, that was less to one’s taste than others. No, not so. Every single dish, lovingly and expertly prepared by Head Chef, Ian Percival, was constructed and balanced perfectly, served in a completely unpretentious fashion (this matters, I’m really not one for pretentious food!) and cooked as if he had us in mind.
Rhubarb and Gingerbread Pud
But the star dish for me, was the most unexpected of all. It was the Rhubarb and Gingerbread Pud! I would never normally go for rhubarb puddings and I’m not the biggest fan of ginger or gingerbread, but this was served to me as part of the 8 courses and I am so happy it was.
Poached Rhubarb, Gingerbread Ice Cream, Rhubarb Mousse and Grenadine.
I tasted the gingerbread ice cream first and immediately I was sent back to my childhood Christmasses and my Grandmother’s ginger cookies that she only made for Christmas. They were delicious, only she made them like that and I’ve never had them anywhere else. The last time I had them was maybe 12 years ago, before she fell ill and stopped her wizardry in the kitchen.
The next thing I tasted was the rhubarb mousse, and once more, I found myself transported to my Grandmother’s kitchen. She used to make a soft rhubarb jelly and cream. This was an everyday pudding, one we had when we visited on a weekday when I was a child and only, of course, when the rhubarbs in her garden were in season. Nobody else has ever made me this pudding and I hadn’t had it for a good 25 years.
The sensation of being transported back to two such wonderful memories on an evening out was extraordinary and wonderful. Thank You, Ian Percival, for a spectacular meal and for this unexpected stroll down memory lane.
My Grandmother died a few years ago. She was a Great Grandmother then, a role she loved most of all x
Now feast your eyes on this… and get your table booked for an unforgettable dinner at The King’s in Chipping Campden.