Publicans are being urged to take part in British Food Fortnight with the national food promotion “Love British Food 2012” running from 27th July to 12th August, featuring Enterprise as an Official Partner.
Promotions are planned in thousands of shops, pubs and restaurants, comments organiser Alexia Robinson. “We are urging pubs to put British food at the centre of their promotions and to capitalise on the huge commercial opportunity provided by the recent Diamond Jubilee. And with the patriotic excitement of the London 2012 Olympic Games, the stage is set for a huge showcase of British food while the eyes of the world are upon us.”
Two Enterprise pubs getting involved are the White Swan, Blyth, and The Sandrock, Farnham.
The White Swan reopened in November 2011 following extensive refurbishment and Chef Patron Richard Howden has a background in Michelin. “We focus on typically British dishes with an innovative twist, locally sourced within a 30 mile radius,” Richard says. “Next year we are hoping to achieve recognition from some of the UK’s leading food guides.” Starters include carpaccio of venison with port and lemon jelly and main courses include cannon of spring lamb with confit shoulder.
Carol Haime took over The Sandrock in 2002 and the pub now prides itself on producing quality home cooked meals. Carol says: “I recently won the British Pie Week ‘Jus-rol Pub Pie Champion 2012’ with my Wheatley House Pheasant Pie. We have also changed the emphasis of our food offering, opening ‘The Sandrock Great British Pie Shop’, which features pies made with seasonal British produce sourced locally where possible. We now have Union Jack placemats and bunting and will definitely be getting involved with Love British Food 2012.”