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World Enough and Time at Park Theatre

10:54am Wednesday 26th March 2014

A thought-provoking and funny play which questions the changing power of women

A Michelin edge to a wine dinner evening

Watford Observer: Bread, Butter and Grill invites you to wine and dine

4:08pm Thursday 20th March 2014

Finally the enhancements to the top of town are nearing completion and you can see across from one side of The Parade to the other. Nestled in amongst the nitespots and stores in this neck of the Watford woods is an unassuming restaurant Bread, Butter and Grill, which faces onto the renewed Pond area.  Despite its prime position, this bistro-style eatery has had its trials and tribulations – a burst watermain led to a flood on the night of its first fine dining evening and the council improvements outside have rendered it practically invisible since it opened last summer. Nevertheless, Bread, Butter and Grill’s reputation for offering good quality food and interesting wines at reasonable prices has grown steadily through word of mouth. This is a testament to head chef Mark Read, formerly of the Michelin-starred Oak Rooms at Le Meridian, who has a talent for pairing meat and fish with vegetables to create surprising combinations.  On our visit we sampled a five-course set menu matched with wines from the Marques de Riscal vinyard in northern Spain. The cod and parsley mousseline with shredded vegetables and a shallot soubise was enlivened by the crunch and tang of carrot and raw onion, but not so much that it overwhelmed the creamy and salty base of the dish – its partner wine Blanco Rueda is a credit to the white Rioja varietals – a fennel-tinged peachy, floral number made from 100 per cent native Verdejo grapes. The next course of scallop and spiced black pudding broth was a little thin for my taste, but it was cooked well.  Since the room was quite busy, I did feel the timings were slightly off as food arrived less than piping hot, but getting so many plates out in one go is quite a tall order, especially when the accompanying wines are being introduced with each course. The highlight of the night was the main of roast Hertfordshire partidge breast with celeriac horseradish mash – a robust, hearty dish which was a perfect match for the glass of damson and berry infused 2008 Rioja Reserva that it was paired with. Desserts included a heavenly dark chocolate fondant with vanilla bean ice cream and a chef’s cheese selection including an invigorating Irish cashel blue and a smooth Somerset brie and with fig chutney, which were married with NV PX Jerez – a dessert wine dripping in raisins, dates and honey and a plummy, molasses-edged 2008 Rioja Crianza, respectively. Apart from the quality, locally sourced food, you’re in for a double treat here as it’s both somewhere to have a good value lunch (two courses for under £10) or for a high quality dinner where you can dress up and still have enough for a taxi home.  The next wine dinner (£49.95 a head) is in April.

Review of Gareth Gates in panto at Alban Arena

Watford Observer: The cast take a bow

2:31pm Thursday 12th December 2013

The whole cast really threw themselves into their panto parts, including the leading man Gareth Gates as Prince Charming

Mother Goose at Watford Palace Theatre *****

3:58pm Friday 14th December 2012

THE Palace has been holding a Christmas panto for more than 100 years and this year’s offering, Mother Goose, retains all the music hall charm of yore with a thoroughly modern twist.

And on the conveyor belt tonight: a plethora of tasty treats

Watford Observer: Yo! Sushi, Camden

11:56am Friday 25th May 2012

Nick Elvin checks out the new YO! Sushi, in Jamestown Road, Camden Town

Jamie's Italian opens in St Albans

9:13am Monday 5th March 2012

The opening of Jamie Oliver’s restaurant in St Albans has been hotly anticipated.

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All things veggie

Watford Observer: The fourth annual Vegetarian Food Festival is at the Sadhu Vaswani Centre

10:25am Thursday 5th July 2012

Enjoy a great day out for the family while learning how to eat well without meat

Food is central to the Jewish identity

Watford Observer: Gefiltefest's Michael Leventhal with supporter Tarryn Klotnick

10:35am Thursday 17th May 2012

Gefiltefest celebrates the best in Jewish food and culture. Rosy Moorhead finds out what's cookin'.

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Recipe: Tenderstem galette with lardons, mushrooms and brie

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8:00am Sunday 31st August 2014

A galette is a savoury buckwheat pancake and naturally gluten-free. In France they often stuff their pancakes with ham and cheese and maybe a fried egg, or perhaps some goats’ cheese and lardons.

Hazelnut meringue and strawberry layer cake

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5:00am Friday 29th August 2014

Sophie Michell’s hazelnut meringue layer cake with Sweet Eve strawberries and raspberries

Recipe: Tenderstem bouquets wrapped in Pancetta served with aromatic Italian cod

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7:00am Tuesday 26th August 2014

This recipe is flavoursome and Italian at heart. It combines the flaky texture of cod with the fresh bite of Tenderstem. The delicate flavour of these two main ingredients is enhanced by crisp pancetta and the fresh, aromatic herbs. Great for a family meal and quick-to-prepare for a dinner party.

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