Here comes summer – and the sizzling menu to go with it

Summer is almost here, and in anticipation of months of lovely sunshine a leading hotel group has unveiled its sizzling summer menu.

Designed for lazy afternoons spent lounging in the sunshine, and long evenings unwinding and relaxing with friends over a glass of wine, the Hotel du Vin menu is packed with the fresh and light flavours synonymous with the season – with a touch of something different.

Starting with the starters – the Severn and Wye smoked salmon is smoked in front of you, the chicken liver parfait is served with a hazelnut brioche muffin and tomato chutney, and there’s a whole host of tantalising new dishes to try, like the salt baked beetroot with whipped goats cheese, sumac and Greek yoghurt.

The main courses offer a delightful twist on some classic favourites.

A succulent rack of Yorkshire Dales lamb is served with a pea, bean and goat’s curd salad – flavoursome yet fresh.

For fish lovers, perfectly cooked sea bass is paired with a fresh panzanella salad and nasturtium pesto, and butter poached cod comes with lyonnaise potatoes, smoked salmon and a hispi cabbage sauce.

For those that don’t want meat, the aubergine caponata is a wonderfully spiced stew with capers, olives, and tomatoes, served with flat breads and grilled halloumi that gives it a delicious saltiness.

On to dessert – a delicate tart of finely sliced apples with calvados ice cream, a lemon meringue cheesecake with elderflower jelly, the Italian-favourite affogato and a pineapple and coconut kulfi are just four of the heavenly desserts on the menu and each has been paired with a wine that perfectly complements the flavours.

All these tasty treats can be enjoyed at Hotel du Vin in Henley.

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