Game for a taste of something new
Tuesday, 22 November 2011
A Northumberland inn is encouraging people to eat more game with a series of weekly eating events.Dishes featuring the flavours of wild pheasant, partridge, rabbit and venison will be among the highlights of weekly game evenings being introduced at The Lindisfarne Inn at Beal, in a bid to raise the profile of game as a tasty and healthy alternative to beef, pork and chicken. Wild game, fresh from Northumberland estates, will be showcased each week in a menu devised by head chef Chris Taylor. Chris said: “Game is lean, healthy and in season right now so what better time to sample it? Game is already growing in popularity and is an ingredient I like to use in the kitchen.“We’re hoping that by offering people game served up in alternative dishes like curries and risottos as well as traditional roasts, we will tempt more people to give game a go. “As a meat, game has so much going for it, from its rich flavour to the wide range of dishes that can be produced from it. Plus, it’s incredibly healthy - game is free-range, organic, high in protein and low in cholesterol.”Game will be supplied by Northumberland Estates at Alnwick, Rothbury’s Bamburgh Castle & Cragside Estate and from Ellingham pheasant and partridge shoot, meaning meals will have low food miles. The Lindisfarne Inn kick started the initiative with a special Game Feast where game suppliers were among those sampling just what Chris can cook up with their produce. Showing her support for the inn’s drive is local game expert Emma Whittingham. Emma, who has written the Game on Northumberland cook book, said: “We have a fantastic array of game on the doorstep here in Northumberland, yet so many people never experience it for themselves. “People tend to think game is very strong in flavour or they have bad memories of being forced to eat game that has been hung for too long. The reality is that game is a delicious meat and suitable for far more meals than roasting alone. I’m delighted chefs like Chris are encouraging people to give game a go.”
The Countryside Alliance’s Game-to-Eat campaign is also backing The Lindisfarne Inn’s initiative. The campaign started in 2001 to bring game to a wider audience and has been building on its success year by year. Alexia Robinson from Game-to-Eat said: “We are delighted to be supporting the Game Feast evenings and we hope it persuades lots of people to try game. We have supplied the inn with our free 16 page recipe booklets in the hope that the customers will take them and go on to enjoy game more often.” The Lindisfarne Inn game evenings will run each Wednesday evening from 6pm – 9pm. See www.lindisfarneinn.co.uk for more details. And for information about game and how to cook it, see www.gametoeat.co.uk or follow @GametoEat on Twitter.