Green Cow Kitchens – A unique dining experience, just make sure you skip lunch!
I recently had the pleasure of joining some friends for a meal at the Green Cow Kitchens on the pleasantly named Crumplebury Farm in Whitbourne, on the border of Herefordshire and Worcestershire.
As you drive along the meandering country lanes, you could be forgiven for thinking you’ve taken a wrong turn, but don’t worry, it’s worth persisting as you are well signposted to your destination and you can take in some stunning scenery en-route.
A warm welcome awaits you, with one hand ready to take your coat and the other to hand you a refreshing glass of Mango Prosecco or similar. The small but perfectly formed dining room offers a relaxed, intimate environment that houses a wealth of local artwork and can be enjoyed by couples and groups alike, all under the watchful eye of a very grand stags head.
We were treated to the April tasting menu, which consisted of no less than seven courses, each one an interesting blend of high quality, seasonal local produce:
Estate Woodpigeon & Green Lentil Salad
Potato & Spring Watercress Soup (our favourite course)
Risotto of Home Smoked Codling
Poached Peking Hens Egg, Mixed Herb Hollandaise
Whitbourne Organic Beef Bitok, Seared Beef
Medley of Green Vegetables, Crushed New Potatoes
Lower Broadheath Cheese, Spiced Pear Tartlet
Passionfruit Tart, Mango Sorbet, Caramelized Coconut
The courses were small in stature, but each packed a punch of flavour and texture that left you wanting more. Add in the canapés and drinks and we left suitably stuffed – if I have one word of advice it would be to skip lunch in preparation!
Price-wise, the set menu was £39.50 per head (ours came to £55 per head with drinks) and given the amount of gastro pubs now carrying a similar price tag, we felt it represented good value for such a unique dining experience. We will certainly be back!
Green Cow Kitchens – Find out more at www.greencowkitchens.co.uk
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