This year moves swiftly on. New troths plighted over our massively busy Valentine's weekend and the cold easterly March winds announced the arrival of St. David's Day, to which we offered a slight culinary nod with warming mussel chowder heavily laden with local leeks.
Wild garlic made a record early appearance in a new soup of its green shoots, otherwise known as ransoms, with wonderful creamy Slipcote sheep's cheese from the High Weald Dairy in Horsted Keynes. We can anticipate a very special celebration this St. Patrick's Day on the 17th March following Ireland's phenomenal victory over England in the Cricket World Cup. Time for a few oysters on the menu perhaps? Other requests always welcome, please.
Life is good and all the team are in good form following our January refurbishment of the restaurant which, thankfully, is meeting with universal approval. Cafe Elvira has been a welcome alternative to Jeremy's through the winter for those seeking a civilised environment for refreshment throughout the day, provided by my spouse and her hard-working team. Thirty-eight years ago this month, on a cold windswept Northumberland day, Vera said "I do", thus sentencing herself to a lifetime of graft in the hospitality business. I am eternally grateful.
The re-opening of Borde Hill Garden on 21st March will hopefully introduce new visitors to the pleasure of Jeremy's and the Cafe will open on Mondays throughout the spring and summer season.
There are a still a few spaces for our Modern Tapas and Wine Evening on Thursday 24th March; the rescheduled Dao Sherry wine evening in January was a great success with generous quantities of wine provided by Emilio Lustau and the organisation ViniPortugal (which promotes the export of Portuguese wines). Special thanks to them. I am a latecomer to the wonderful variety of table wines available in Portugal and thanks to Charles and Kathryn Metcalfe's persistence in converting me. I will make it my business to introduce a few more of them to our list.
I am still chuffed for our team with our wonderful rating from Harden's 2011 Restaurant Guide. Time the AA and the others recognised our efforts a bit more, perhaps?
Bon appetit, Jeremy, Vera and the team