November 6 2012

This week, The Pig is mostly…

…bidding a fond farewell to Marlborough Tavern Head Chef Richard Knighting, who – after 6 years of loyal service – has called time on his stint in the MT kitchen in favour of exploring pastures new. MT Sous Chef Sam Coltman has taken over where Richard left off, and has already proved his worth as a cracking hob god; less than a week into Sam’s new position, the MT was visited by an AA inspector who was happy to confirm retention of the Tav’s double-AA Rosette status. Hoorah!

…eagerly anticipating this year’s Christmas Market, poised to dominate the city centre from Thursday 22 November-Sunday 9 December. Food and drink related opportunities courtesy of some of The Pig’s favourite local watering holes include veggie scrumptiousness to go-go from the lovely, lively Metropolitan Cafe, locally-sourced festive menus courtesy of Gascoyne Place (who also have a wine-dedicated HQ on site) and all manner of winter-appropriate wonderfulness including freshly cooked Bratwurst, locally-sourced sausages, mince pies, Stollen, mulled wine, mulled cider and hot chocolate courtesy of the Green Park Brasserie. Meanwhile, the Tasting Room will be rocking our Christmas stocking selection with a range of whiskies, ports, brandies and “rums of interest” – the market scene is set to create a very cool yule indeed!

…keeping a close eye on the fascinating (if occasionally fickle) foodie fashionista flourishes gracing modern menus across the Heritage City. Apparently, galangal is the new ginger, chilli popcorn the new salted caramel and shin the new shank, while the humble egg isn’t worthy of a menu mention unless its of the slow-cooked duck variety; the Pig can’t wait to see how the super-chefs intend to reinvent this year’s Christmas turkey.

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