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(The latest 5 Posts are listed below)


The Kitchen Table
FOOD Posted: 07/12/2016
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The Kitchen Table "Mark is simply a magician" - The first Kitchen Table diners 6 diners, 9 courses, 1 chef, and a whole host of brand new incredibly innovative and mouth-watering dishes by Development Chef, Mark Apsey. On Friday 2nd December, L’Ortolan, Reading’s only Michelin starred restaurant, launched the first ‘The Kitchen Table’, which is a bespoke dining...

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A Christmas tipple for Mr & Mrs Claus
COCKTAILS Posted: 24/11/2016
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A Christmas tipple for Mr & Mrs Claus A bit of the Festive Cocktail History at L'Ortolan During the run up to Christmas in 2005, the then L’Ortolan Head Chef Will Holland received a huge order of figs in order to prepare them for the December menu. The figs were to be poached and served with vanilla panacotta, so during November they were lightly cooked and placed...

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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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