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Truffles? From England? You’d need a pig wouldn’t you?
Food Posted: 10/11/2016
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Truffles? From England? You’d need a pig wouldn’t you? In the not so distant history of England truffle hunting was common thing, with a booming industry in the South through the 18th and 19th century. But unfortunately, as farming methods changed and modernised, this was a skill that had gradually died out by the 1930’s. Truffle hunting was almost lost, but not forgotten. That was until 12 years ago, wh...

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Sheer Cheese Comfort: Vacherin Mont D’Or
Food Posted: 26/10/2016
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Sheer Cheese Comfort: Vacherin Mont D’Or This iconic French cheese comes into season late September in time for the winter months. The Massif du Mont d'Or, rises to a height of 1,450 meters. Over the years there has been a heated argument who made the Vacherin first, the French or the Swiss. The Swiss have finally conceded that the French were the first. The cheese is always presented in a wooden box and bound with spruce...

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Autumnal Fine Dining
Food Posted: 07/10/2016
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Autumnal Fine Dining From grouse and venison to duck and pigeon, game’s very much on the menu for Autumn at Michelin Star Restaurant, L'Ortolan.   When the air is crisp and the leaves start to fall, you'll love recipes that showcase the season's best flavours. The smell of apples and pumpkin spice might be in the air, but it's autumn recipes w...

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Out pop the hops
Food Posted: 30/09/2016
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Out pop the hops It's almost that time of the year when the weather takes a turn for the worse and the days draw shorter. But for us in the kitchen here at L'Ortolan, Berkshire that isn’t a complete sign of doom and gloom. Our favourite ingredients begin to pop up out of the ground; right on our doorstep. The challenge each year is to make sure that we are able to utilise these fantastic ingre...

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Lobster at L'Ortolan
Food Posted: 12/07/2016
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Lobster at L'Ortolan British native lobster season is in its peak. Each week, here at L’ortolan we receive two deliveries of these fantastic animals, allowing us to serve the very freshest of those worlds famous crustaceans. We have very exacting standards we look for when purchasing lobsters, but being over 200 miles from the fishing port of Newlyn we need to ensure we have a great workin...

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