Welcome to Field & Fork
EATING SAM’S FORK
January 20, 2015: @Field and Fork
The team – have a look at some who work here – are enjoying the restaurant’s new challenges in 2015 and we all warmly welcome you. Nothing stands still, least of all in a restaurant setting, including challenges for Chef-in-Charge Scott Taylor, from Kent’s Garden of England and Justine Clarke-Goss, newly appointed Restaurant Manager, Falklands Island-born, both playing a key part in the business for six years.
As Chef-Director, I’m chuffed to have such loyalty from my staff, really part of the family. Chef Matt Blackwood (Selsey) and Restaurant Staff Naz Abidi (Tunisia) have been with us for years too, their allegiance shining through. This allows me to organise chefs and menus at our sister catering company at Southend Barn, our busy Donnington wedding and celebration venue, knowing I can leave them to do a grand job. Nothing is too much trouble for the team which is appreciated by all who work alongside them. As a reward, a past trip to Rungis, the Paris wholesale market, to talk to suppliers was arranged; a new suppliers’ visit planned this year.
My own challenge, apart from running a successful, enjoyable restaurant for staff and diners alike, is to finish writing Sam’s Fork, this year about my life in the trade, food influences starting with experiences in Botswana from an early age during my father’s anthropological tribe studies, dried caterpillars stuffed into my shorts pockets, one of the first – and fond – four year old’s food memory.
Do come to enjoy our food and our ethos, some dishes in pictures as well as staff photos forming part of this January blog. We look forward to cooking for you and giving you a pleasurable time, either for a light or larger lunchtime meal, a pre-theatre or cinema supper – or serving you choices from our a la carte menu. Some choices include that retro favourite Oxtail, braised for hours to give a real winter treat, rarely tackled at home. Or a fish dish: Fillet of hake, warm salad of merguez sausage, honey and pepper roast fennel, goat’s cheese and watercress (£16.50). Those very seasonal cipollini – baby onions – are partnered with peppered loin of venison, chestnut polenta, spring greens and cranberries (19.50). Come too for smoked haddock fishcakes; linguini with walnuts, broccoli, roasted onions; maple-glazed pork belly; caramelised beetroot tart; banana tart tatin; chocolate jelly on shortbread with Guinness ice cream (pictured) plus many other dishes.
Everything is made by us: breads, stocks, ice creams, all desserts, no shortcuts, no skimping on quality.
SCOTT TAYLOR AT THE PASS DISHING UP OXTAIL
FINISHED DISH: OXTAIL WITH PARSNIP AND POTATO PUREE, WINTER ROOTS, CAVOLO NERO £15.50.
JUSTINE CLARKE-GOSS, RESTAURANT MANAGER
SALMON STEAK WITH OCTOPUS TENDER TENTACLES AND GARLIC
DIG INTO CHOCOLATE JELLY ON HOUSE-MADE SHORTBREAD
WITH GUINNESS ICE CREAM
MOTHER’S DAY – SUNDAY, 15TH MARCH 2015
Due to popular demand, the restaurant will be open from 12 – 3pm on Sunday, 15th March especially to celebrate Mother’s Day. We will be offering a set 3 course menu, with 5 choices for each course, for £24.95/person. So, why not treat your mum on her special day; there is limited availability so we recommend early booking to avoid disappointment.
BOOK YOUR TABLE SOON ON 01243 789915