Saturday, 25 May 2013

Week beginning May 27th - The Cricket wrap up

Last week we continued our residency at the Marylebone Cricket Club at Lords Cricket Ground with the New Zealand vs. England Test match. It is our third season there and it truly is a wonderful experience from all points of view.

We are set up as part of the Veuve Clicquot champagne dining area in the Harris Gardens. Gates to the members open at 9 am, the public are allowed in at 9:15 and the first ball is bowled at 11 am.

What happens is that over 700 people pass into our area in the first 90 minutes and can either opt for filter coffee only at one end of the bar, or speciality coffee and/or filter at another end. We supply the two group Linea and two baristas and the club supplies us with four of the Bravilor 20 litre filter monsters. The prime bulk of our business is in that first session when we get absolutely smashed, especially on espresso and the girls Jess and Claire have a wonderful time chatting to the members and guests and pushing our machine to the limit. I am out the back running the two filters with help from M.C.C. staff and by 11 am when all the crowd is inside the arena ready to watch, we have settled down and get ready for a la carte lunch service for 150 covers.

On the Saturday morning we had a special treat though, we were given a full tour of the Members Pavilion. At 8 am, myself  Jess and Claire were taken all around the pavilion, through the Long Room, we walked down the England players walkway and through the central doors towards the pitch, up to the roof terrace and then went up to the New Zealand dressing rooms. Luckily for us, our tour guide knew the dressing room attendant and we were allowed into the actual dressing room itself. Now this is pretty special, to be allowed into one of the most famous rooms in sport. We felt very fortunate indeed. We dropped off some ANZAC biscuits that we had made for the Kiwi boys and went back to our area ready for the Saturday rush. We hope they enjoyed them.

Our next game is this coming Friday, a One Day International with New Zealand and then we are back again in July for the Ashes against Australia. We are very much looking forward to it.

Please enjoy this weeks menu, as we have enjoyed putting it together and will enjoy serving it to you.

Traditional bircher muesli with rhubarb and raspberry compote 3.50
Granola muesli with pomegranate molasses and rhubarb and raspberry compote 3.50
Fruit salad (pineapple, mango, strawberries, grapes, passionfruit, peach) 3.70 (add 30 p for granola or yoghurt)
Ciabatta roll with omelette, pancetta, rocket and tomato salsa 4.90
Ciabatta roll with courgette omelette, rocket and tomato salsa 4.90
Croissant with Italian roast ham, talleggio cheese, spinach & plum tomatoes 4.90
Croissant with gruyere cheese and plum tomatoes 4.00
Seven seed bakery bloomer toast with homemade preserves 1.70
Coffee, cherry and walnut toast 2.30
Banana bread 2.40

Pastries by Seven Seed bakery
French butter croissants 1.80
Pain au chocolat 2.40
Almond croissants 2.80

Baked Treats
Sweet Muffins: peach and almond 2.20
Savoury Scone: ham and nettle pesto 2.20
Japanese knot weed friands 2.20
Super moist chocolate brownies 2.40
White chocolate blondies 2.40
Portuguese tarts 2.00
ANZAC cookies 1.80
Chocolate chip cookies 1.80

French retro baguettes 4.90
Ham, apple butter, gherkin, gruyere, spinach
Roasted courgette, tomato, parmesan aioli, avocado, rocket

Foccacias 5.00
Smoked salmon, capers, dill, red onion, aioli, rocket
Saute st george's mushrooms, camembert, onion jam, spinach

Salads: 5.50/6.50
Chicken adobo with camargue red rice, coriander and rocket
Roasted scots pine flowers, fresh peas, confit garlic, tomato mayonnaise, gem, parmesan, croutons,
Green beans with peanuts, chilli and fish sauce

Tart: 4.00 or 7.50 with salad
Roasted red peppers with goats cheese, honesty seed pods

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