Author Archive for Tim Gaudin

Specials, Christmas and what’s behind the blue gates?

Well the last full week of October is upon us and we have some delicious specials to tantalise your taste buds. Details on the menu below. The half term for schools is starting this weekend and once they go back, assuming they do and we’re not in another lockdown, it seems that christmas preparations are the next thing, in a normal year. However this is not a normal year!

We have already started preparing foods for Christmas as they need time to mature and develop the lovely deep flavours that I always associate with the winter holiday. The mince meat is mixed and will be regularly stirred and checked over the coming weeks. Christmas cakes are baked and will receive a frequent splash of brandy over the next 6 weeks, Christmas pudding mixed and receiving similar lavish attention until they are cooked in December. All will be available for home delivery or eating in the cafe in due course.

We have installed some extra shelter for the autumn and winter months in our outside dining area. A gazebo large enough to accomodate parties of up to 6 people (more than that when we have restrictions on gatherings relaxed!) so you can enjoy a coffee or some lunch even when the weather is not very nice.

We serve lunch in the cafe (please phone for a reservation) from 12 to 2 PM, and home or work delivery for lunch and supper. For lunchtime delivery phone before 11.00AM or supper delivery phone before 3.00PM. Also you can order in advance of the day you would like a delivery. The number to call is 07983 941856. If you’re connected to the answer phone when you call please leave a message and we WILL call you back

Specials and an anniversary.

Hello,

While writing this on Monday night I noticed that the 12th October was a date with significance in the history of Ludford. In 1459 a battle in the war of the roses was fought and became known as The Battle of Ludford Bridge. From what I’ve read it seems it was a largely bloodless battle with the town of Ludlow coming off worst as the victorious soldiers apparently ransacked the town, and the defeated army being granted their lives after submitting to The King.  As ever, seems like the ordinary people suffer the most in conflict! Read more at the end of the post if you wish.

On a more cheerful note we are open again today (Tuesday) after our holiday. Tempting you with a couple of delicious specials for home delivery or eating in the cafe. Nourishing and wholesome risotto perfect for colder autumnal days, and the ever popular vegetable lasagne. Details on the menu below.

We serve lunch in the cafe (please phone for a reservation) from 12 to 2 PM, and home or work delivery for lunch and supper. For lunchtime delivery phone before 11.00AM or supper delivery phone before 3.00PM. Also you can order in advance of the day you would like a delivery. The number to call is 07983 941856. If you’re connected to the answer phone when you call please leave a message and we WILL call you back

The-Rout-of-Ludford-Bridge

Holiday Plans & Specials

It is now less than 13 weeks to Christmas, and given the current situation regarding people being allowed to group and mix together you have to wonder quite what that holiday season will be like this year. With the official advice on how to go about our daily lives seeming to change day by day I certainly don’t feel confident to make any predictions!

I was thinking about this holidays today because we’re closing the cafe and Supper Solutions delivery service for one week from this Saturday. We shall be open this Saturday for lunch and supper, but then closed until Tuesday October 13th. We’re very sorry for any inconvenience this may cause you, If there are any items you would like for your freezer to tide you over please feel free to order them this week.

To tempt your tastebuds and provide a hassle free meal solution see the specials for this week listed on the menu below. In addition to our specials our regular menu is available from Tuesday to Saturday. We serve lunch in the cafe (please phone for a reservation) from 12 to 2 PM, and home or work delivery for lunch and supper. For lunchtime delivery phone before 11.00AM or supper delivery phone before 3.00PM. Also you can order in advance of the day you would like a delivery. The number to call is 07983 941856. If you’re connected to the answer phone when you call please leave a message and we WILL call you back

Equinox, Specials and Advance Notice

With the autumn equinox upon us this Tuesday it marks another turning point in the year. The weather has been so warm and sunny the last few days it would be easy to think we are still in high summer. The daylight hours dwindling and the changing colours of the leaves are a sure reminder however that it isn’t. Across the river from the cafe the horse chestnuts are beginning to drop their conkers, it looks like a cracking crop this year.

We have a tasty selection of wholesome specials for you this week, details on the menu below. In addition to our specials our regular menu is available from Tuesday to Saturday. We serve lunch in the cafe (please phone for a reservation) from 12 to 2 PM, and home or work delivery for lunch and supper. For lunchtime delivery phone before 11.00AM or supper delivery phone before 3.00PM. Also you can order in advance of the day you would like a delivery. The number to call is 07983 941856. If you’re connected to the answer phone when you call please leave a message and we WILL call you back

Finally, we would like to give you advance notice of one week closure for a holiday in a couple of weeks time. We shall be closed from Sunday October 4th until Monday October 12th and re opening on Tuesday 13th October. During the week before that we can deliver any meals you would like to stock up in your freezer so you can enjoy our food even when we are closed

Refuge or Idyllic Place.

For specials this week we have local rabbit fricassee and vegetable Cajun spiced rice. Details on the menu below. I was wondering where the word Cajun came from, and as ever a quick internet search came up with the answer for me. From Lafayette tourist board:-

The word Cajun began in the 19th century Acadia. Some referred to the Acadians as, “le ‘Cadiens”, dropping the “A”. Later came the Americans who could not pronounce “Acadien” or “‘Cadien”, so the word, “Cajun” was born.

Acadia was a colony of New France in northeastern North America, the word itself coming from the Greek “Arcadia” meaning Refuge or Idyllic Place. You’re welcome to join us in our own Idyllic Place on the bank of the river Teme for lunch and a serving of our specials or one of our other delicious unique wholesome dishes for lunch. Please phone first to reserve a table. Alternatively we can bring it to your home or work.

For lunchtime delivery phone before 11.00AM or supper delivery phone before 3.00PM. Also you can order in advance of the day you would like a delivery. The number to call is 07983 941856. If you’re connected to the answer phone when you call please leave a message and we WILL call you back

A Poulter’s Dozen

This week’s specials are Poulter’s Pie, and Pasta Provencale, details on the menu below. While looking up the origin of the word Poulter (someone who deals in poultry) I came accross a reference to a poulter’s dozen. This was a phrase first used in the 16th Century and attributed to poet George Gascoigne. He said the 1st dozen eggs sold by a poulter were 12, but if you bought a second dozen you would get 14. And also in poetry it is used to describe a metre with alternate lines of 12 and 14 syllables, known as a poulter’s measure.

In adition to our specials our regular menu is available from Tuesday to Saturday. We serve lunch in the cafe (please phone for a reservation) from 12 to 2 PM, and home delivery for lunch and supper. For lunchtime delivery phone before 11.00AM or supper delivery phone before 3.00PM. Also you can order in advance of the day you would like a delivery. The number to call is 07983 941856. If you’re connected to the answer phone when you call please leave a message and we WILL call you back

The Missing Days of September 1752

Following an extended weekend we shall be open from Wednesday to Saturday this week. Today, the 2nd September, was the day in 1752 that the UK accepted the move from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar and consequently 11 days were “lost” . People went to bed on the 2nd September and got up on the 14th, that must have been a bit confusing for many!

You’re welcome to visit us from 10AM if you would like a coffee, tea, cake or ice cream etc. by the river do come down. If you would like to visit us for a meal we have a limited inside space available so please phone us first and make a reservation

Specials this week are two of our most popular dishes. We have a slow cooked tender brisket, and mushroom stroganoff. See menu below for more details. For lunchtime delivery phone before 11.00AM or supper delivery phone before 3.00PM. Also you can order in advance of the day you would like a delivery. The number to call is 07983 941856. If you’re connected to the answer phone when you call please leave a message and we WILL call you back

Holiday Weekend Specials

The August bank holiday is coming next Monday. Always a full stop to summer in my mind, with the nights drawing in and autumn approaching. I know that a lot of people will use the long weekend for a trip away, but if you’re going to be araound Ludlow then here are this week’s specials on the menu below. These are available for home/work delivery or to eat in the cafe from Tuesday to Saturday. We shall then be closed for 3 days (Sun/Mon/Tues) re opening on Wednesday.

Some of you may have seen on our facebook page a visit we had last week from the local Swan Family, sunning themselves and a mid morning snooze on the riverbank outside the cafe, a copy below if you missed it. There is always something to catch the eye from the garden cafe, no two visits are the same. I haven’t seen the kingfisher recently, though with the leaves falling from the trees now, and there being less camouflage, perhaps there is a better chance of catching a glimpse!

To reserve a table in the cafe, or for lunchtime delivery phone before 11.00AM or supper delivery phone before 3.00PM, the number to call is 07983 941856. If you’re connected to the answer phone when you call, please leave a message and we WILL call you back.

Handmade crispy potato cakes 2 ways.

We have a choice of delicious potato cakes for this week’s Special. See menu below for details. Although I’ve written 2 ways in the subject line, I’ve just found 2 different names for this method of preparation, also known as “rosti” (which are swiss in origin) and “hash browns”. These however are made from scratch in our kitchen, and therefore unique to us. We have one containing ham and the other a vegetarian one. You can choose which you have to accompany the main part (one of each if you wish!)

Found this on wikipedia : “In Swiss popular cultural ethos, rösti are predominantly eaten in German-speaking regions, although they can be found easily elsewhere in the country. Rösti dishes are portrayed as a stereotypical part of the Swiss-Germanic culture, as opposed to Latin culture. The geographic border separating the French- and German-speaking parts of the country is therefore commonly referred to as the Röstigraben: literally the “rösti ditch”

To reserve a table in the cafe, or for lunchtime delivery phone before 11.00AM or supper delivery phone before 3.00PM, the number to call is 07983 941856. If you’re connected to the answer phone when you call, please leave a message and we WILL call you back.

Barbeque Weather?

During this current hot spell of weather I’m sure plenty of people will be thinking about having a barbeque at home. The forecasts however may not look kindly on this with warnings of thunderstorms threatening to strike anywhere at any time this week! Three fine days and a thunderstorm is how some have described the British summer.

Anyway, come rain or shine barbeque flavours our specials this week at Pea Green Cafe & Supper Solutions. See menu below for details. Sorry we weren’t able to accommodate everyone who phoned on Saturday to book a meal for the evening, we were catering for large birthday party and were fully booked for the evening by lunchtime! We are very happy to take bookings in advance for home delivery if you wish to guarantee your meals, though if it’s an impulse or last minute choice we will do our best to accommodate you.

For lunchtime delivery phone before 11.00AM or supper delivery phone before 3.00PM, the number to call is 07983 941856. If you’re connected to the answer phone when you call, please leave a message and we WILL call you back