Halloween at Donnington Valley

Halloween At Donnington Valley Hotel

Fast approaching is one of my favorite times of the year Halloween! Not only do I get to see my own kids dressed up and out trick or treating but it is also means pumpkin carving season!
 
Pumpkin carving is really fun and we get to use the fillings to make some beautiful seasonal dishes. This year at Donnington we have ordered in lots of extra pumpkins for the school holiday week so any mums with kids looking for something to do can come in and carve a pumpkin to take away to scare the neighbours. We are holding our own staff carving competition so expect to see lots of strange carvings about the hotel!
 
With all of these activities you can expect lots of pumpkin dishes on the market menu and my personal favorite is pumpkin and chilli soup which really helps to warm the winter blues away. We will also be trying roasted pumpkin with ginger as a side dish and for dessert a pumpkin, honey and almond tart served with a winter ice cream.

Lets get carving!

Autumn Food at Donnington Valley Hotel

With autumn now fully upon on us we are looking at sourcing as much as possible locally for our new menus.

We have started this week with some beautiful Hampshire Red Deer supplied by Thatchams Butchers, this venison is very low in fat (good news for the health conscious!) but really full in flavor.

Our new dish on the A La Carte menu is Loin of Hampshire Red Deer with Buttered Hispi Cabbage, Roasted Baby Beetroot, Celeriac and Potato Rosti, Beetroot Puree, Dark Chocolate Jus and Sweet and Sour Walnuts.

This dish is full of texture and taste, the natural sweetness of the beetroot combines beautifully with full gamey taste of the deer. Top this with a Perez Cruz Chaski, Petit Verdot from our wine list; a rich full bodied red from Chile and you have a wonderful autumn meal to keep you warm.

Kelvin Johnson

Head Chef

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