Category: Paul

A new Côte (Brasserie)

There’s a new Brasserie in town, and a friend and I had an evening to spare after a day full of busy pre-Christmas nonsense and slightly unpleasant weather, so we treated ourselves to what turned out to be an excellent meal with prompt service and good atmosphere. We were...

Autumn cigar

The Pickerel is one of the best places to sit outdoors when the winter months are drawing close. It has a nicely sheltered courtyard which prevents the breezes from chilling you further and has rain-proof covers for when the weather’s even more inclement. That’s why we enjoyed a Hose...

Post-holiday transition

Friends had just got back from some sunshine and fancied carrying on their theme of food from abroad, so we had lunch at Café Rouge on Bridge Street in Cambridge. It was surprisingly busy at 1.30pm and has recently had a small face-lift, so was interesting to visit once...

A brief beer

I was half an hour early for the bus, so I went into The County Arms and ordered a beer I’d never heard of before: Tyskie. I’ve no idea how that’s pronounced properly, but it’s from Poland, so perhaps those of you in the know can leave a comment....

Christmas cake

I was privileged enough the other week to be introduced to an old, private family recipe for Christmas cake, and taken through the process step-by-step, so that when its current proponent croaks, I can continue the tradition. I always like to make sure there’s plenty of brandy and sherry...

Part-boiled, part-grilled

Although not the same part of the dinner! I started by cutting in half a slightly stale small, soft-crusted baguette, which I then grilled on both sides. Whilst that was happening, I put into a pan about a third of a pint of water, with a small vegetable stock...

Chop House rosé

It was a very pleasant evening, and we decided to wander over to the new St John’s Chop House in Cambridge, behind the college of its name. It’s a great place to eat, but this time, it was just for a glass of wine. I quite like rosé, and...

Champagne tasting 4

Our group of roughly 32 people then moved on to the last two Champagnes at the tasting. The first was probably the most famous of the entire lot: Dom Perignon. It was subtitled Grand Marque and from 2000. It had spent a minimum of eight years in the bottle,...

Champagne tasting 3

The fifth drink for the evening was, remarkably, a rosé Champagne called Alain Thienot Brut. It was also non-vintage, with a company founded in 1979. Its roughly eight years in the bottle gave it very light bubbles and a peachy colour. The nose had light strawberries, blackberry and dark...

Champagne tasting 2

We now arrived at our first true Champagne of the evening – and it was pretty good. More than twice the price of the previous bottle, at £27, this was cheap, and was called Canard Duchene Brut, non-vintage. Apparently, Champagne tends to stay in the bottle for four years...