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.