Another month and another amazing collection of new pottery from Jane Schaffer. This month Tommy wanted some specific items to go alongside a few changes and additions to the menu. Our Sour Bread and Sour Butter course was previously served with both the bread and the butter on the same ‘Jane The Potter’ plate. But Tommy wanted … Continue reading From The Kiln- February 2017
Situated above the high end clothes shop, Flannels in Leeds and resembling somewhat of an art gallery The Man Behind The Curtain’s decor and open restaurant is as unique and striking as the food that they serve! Rather nervously, but full of enthusiasm I arrived early on Tuesday morning and was shown around the … Continue reading Sam’s Switch at The Man Behind The Curtain, Leeds
The Black Swan is a reflection of everyone that works here and the team work together on everything that we do. We design and build most things ourselves; whether it’s growing our own food, developing our own cocktails, interior design, graphics, menus, inside and out, whatever. It’s us. Designed and made in Oldstead. We most recently decided to … Continue reading Designed and Made in Oldstead
And so it begins! Last night saw the start of this years Great British Menu. Tommy will be making his debut TV appearance later in the series. We’re currently sworn to secrecy, but we can say that records are broken and judges describe the quality of cooking as the best ever. Tommy competes for the chance … Continue reading Great British Menu 2016 commences!
Establishing this kitchen garden is without doubt the hardest thing we have ever done. Running a restaurant with rooms seven days a week is a challenge but coupling that with what is now 5 acres of vegetables, fruits and herbs to look after is at times overwhelming. I am often asked if the project has … Continue reading Success, Failure and Pigeons
Today I realised that it has been a month since my last blog. There has been so much happening that I struggle to find time to write about it. At The Black Swan we have always had a “can do” attitude and now it certainly feels like we are pushing things with all the work … Continue reading Grower by day, Chef by night
I am starting to understand the challenges of growing. The fluctuating April temperatures are really keeping us busy. One day the concern will be keeping the tunnel warm, the next keeping it from overheating. Easter Sunday morning was so gloomy that I left the doors to the poly-tunnel closed. A quick look out of the … Continue reading Sunburn and Seedlings