Strawberries at Donnington Valley


The berry

From this week we have, from local supplier Cobbs farm in Hungerford, a great selection of berries and currents. Tayberries (a cross between a raspberry and blackberry), raspberries, blackcurrents, red currents and blackberries and of course the last of the British strawberries.

One of my favourite ways to enjoy all of these summer berries all together is in a Summer pudding with clotted cream, and because I’m sure you will all enjoy it as much as I do, we’re putting it on the menu for you to enjoy in the WinePress restaurant.

Sometimes an over looked berry, due to its tart flavor, but never the less a delicious summer treat is the humble gooseberry. We are also making the most of the last gooseberries of the season in a traditional shortcrust pastry pie and serving it with hot custard.

Its not just in the restaurant you can enjoy the berries. The bar are also making good use of the berries in a seasonal cocktail “Berry Refreshing” which combines Smirnoff Vodka, crème de cassis, raspberry pureé and lemonade and comes served with lots of fresh berries.

So you can see there are many ways to enjoy the fruits of the season and we hope to welcome you to enjoy some of these flavours in the bar and WinePress restaurant soon.

Kelvin Johnson
Head Chef