Flat cap unveils new seasonal menus at its Cheshire destinations | Knutsford Times

Flat cap unveils new seasonal menus at its Cheshire destinations

By on June 15, 2019

Flat Cap, a collection of bespoke gastro-led destinations, set in the picturesque Cheshire countryside, has unveiled a trio of new seasonally led menus championing fresh British produce.

The Flat Cap collection comprises of The Courthouse in Knutsford, The Bridge in Prestbury and The Vicarage in Holmes Chapel, with Executive Chef, Steven Tuke leading the restaurants across all locations. Together with his experienced team of chefs, they create seasonally influenced dishes, all served with effortless grandeur.

The new menus combines fresh flavours and seasonal produce from a host of local suppliers, foragers and gathers, showcasing the very best of Cheshire.

The Courthouse, a Grade II listed 200-year-old heritage building situated in the popular Cheshire town of Knutsford, houses the Barristers Restaurant & Bar with outdoor garden seating.

The new seasonal menu here offers an array of homemade classics, full of flavour. For lunch, highlights include fried sardines – Panko & herb crust, lemon aioli, smoked paprika salt, braised gem lettuce & lilliput capers, Market Fish of The Day – pan fried, shrimp beurre noisette, capers, baby gem, new season potatoes, and Samphire and confit pork belly with balsamic onion puree, confit potatoes, stem broccoli & cured egg yolk.

For dinner, Braised Octopus with sweet potato, carrot & caraway puree, fondants, black garlic, basil crisps, chorizo & burnt lime salsa, Butterflied red mullet with curried sweet potato, spiced Hasselback potatoes, spinach, Menai mussels & Arenka caviar, and Guinea fowl – seared breast, roasted garlic & cannellini beans, Savoy cabbage, confit baby beetroot, parsnip and honey puree.

A dedicated drinks menu offers tantalising cocktails, spirits, wines and craft beers, the perfect accompaniment to fine cuisine.

Perfect for all dining occasions including breakfast, lunch and dinner, other menu highlights include a dedicated breakfast offering, The Courthouse Afternoon Tea, five-course tasting menu and the Sunday lunch menu.

The Bridge, situated in the picturesque village of Prestbury, is a Grade II listed country pub and, restaurant combining classic country fare with a modern twist. The new seasonal menu at The Bridge sees an array of quintessential modernised British classics, made using premium locally sourced produce. 

The new lunch menu consists of open sandwiches, light bites and delicious mains including Smoked Scottish salmon & Atlantic prawn with rocket leaf and black pepper crème fraiche on a soft brown bloomer, Pea mousse with crumbled goats’ cheese, confit lemon, black olive croute and fresh peas, and Flat Cap Fish & Chips – Ale and onion seed battered cod fillet with curried chick peas, mushy pea puree, blush tomato ketchup and fat cut chips.

For dinner, a dedicated A La Carte affair of classic British dishes including Roasted king scallops with salt baked celeriac, horseradish crème fraiche and crispy oxtail and mustard cress, Smoked salmon cannelloni with spiced crab, fennel & apple salsa and avocado puree, Roasted Scottish salmon fillet with fennel textures, acidulated grapes, smoked salmon potato cake, dill cream, keta caviar and lemon spinach and Chicken breast “Coq au Vin” with potato rosti, carrot puree, balsamic onion, pancetta, mushroom ketchup and red wine jus.

The Restaurant & Bar, located in the oldest side of the building, dating back to 1626, is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner throughout the day. The Bar is stocked with unique spirits and carefully selected wines to accompany the food.

The stunning garden room and beautifully kept gardens also make the perfect setting for a quick bite, afternoon tea or long lunch on the sun terrace overlooking banks of the River Bollin. The Bridge also offers breakfast, afternoon tea, a five-course tasting menu and a popular Sunday lunch menu.

The Vicarage is a refurbished 17th-century Grade II listed country pub and restaurant situated in the attractive Cheshire village of Holmes Chapel. The in-house restaurant and bar champions local British produce, with the new menu driven by the summer season.

The lunch menu, available from midday serves sandwiches, small plates, salads and tasty main courses. Highlights of the new menu include duck leg salad – rice noodles, shredded veg, sweet chilli, lime & coriander sauce, Market fish of the day and Vicarage burger – 8oz ground beef, flat cap mushroom, fried onions, Monteray jack cheese, “Buttercress Farm” smoked bacon, dill & pickle remoulade, salad, brioche bun and Massey’s fries.

For dinner, a tempting A La Carte menu serves up Confit duck leg hash with crispy duck egg, homemade brown sauce and watercress, Lamb rump with Boulangere potato, celeriac puree, baby carrots, chestnut mushrooms, roasted shallots, kale, lamb reduction and Smoked cod loin with French peas, and chive mashed Massey’s potatoes.

The Vicarage also offers a dedicated brunch, Afternoon Tea and Sunday lunch menu, as well as an extensive drink offering. Outdoor seating facing the setting sun with a back drop of the Cheshire countryside provides for the perfect place to relax and unwind over a local beer or classic cocktail.


About Lucy Thorpe

Lucy Thorpe is a freelance journalist who writes for the Knutsford Times - covering stories and news in and around Cheshire and Greater Manchester. If you've got a story to share, or would like to speak to Lucy, please email news@knutsfordtimes.co.uk

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