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23rd July 2012

Pete Brown and Charles Campion create “Gastronomic Beer Menu” for Great Taste at The Cadogan

On 24 July 2012, a gastronomic beer menu will launch at Great Taste at The Cadogan in Knightsbridge.  The innovative menu will showcase the wonderful diversity of beer and prove that beer is more versatile than wine when it comes to cooking.

Great Taste at The Cadogan is the first restaurant in the UK to launch a fine dining beer menu, not only pairing food and beer, but using beer and cider as integral ingredients.

Creators Pete Brown (Beer Writer of the Year 2009) and award-winning food writer Charles Campion, together with Head Chef Oliver Lesnik, are determined to dispel the myths that beer can only be used in hearty “Steak and Ale Pie” type recipes.   Instead, they have created delicate and refined dishes such as: “Mosaic of quail in Monty’s Sunshine jelly, pickled Scottish girolles and cabbage”; “Sea Bass poached in Bristol Hefe broth with a Quickes vintage cheddar and herb crust” and “Chocolate and prune brownie made with Harviestoun Ola Dubh served with vanilla ice cream”.

Interestingly, even the glassware has been carefully considered as this dramatically changes the taste.  Beers to accompany the cheeseboard will therefore be served in a variety of vessels from Champagne flutes to martini glasses.  For example, “Dark Island Reserve” is a complex beer matured in a whisky barrel and at 10% ABV is best served in a brandy balloon.

There are over 30 gold star award-winning beers in the Great Taste Awards.  The new menu will incorporate a selection of these including Black Sheep Ale, Meantime London Lager and Aspall Cyder.  The menu is priced at £18 for one-course; £23 for two-courses; and £28 for three-courses and will run until the end of September 2012.  There will be an ongoing beer theme running at Great Taste at The Cadogan for the rest of the year, along with the usual wine list.

The last decade has seen a revival in the popularity of traditional ales.  With over 900 UK breweries combining old fashioned recipes with experimental modern brewing techniques, new flavours are constantly being developed.  The influence of international methods, especially from the US, has also helped to generate new ideas, making cooking with beer more interesting than wine.

Great Taste at The Cadogan is a showcase restaurant highlighting award-winning British producers.  Prominent foodies including Fay Maschler (Evening Standard), Xanthe Clay (Telegraph), Thomasina Miers (MasterChef winner), Lucas Hollweg (Sunday Times), Nigel Barden (BBC Radio 2) and many more are involved in creating menus for Great Taste at The Cadogan.


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