Brookside Villa Dinner Menu – March – June 2013.
Dishes are home made – that is, cooked here to our own recipes, using local fresh ingredients. Where I have found small, local suppliers who make dishes better than mine, I am not too proud to use them! These items are marked** on the menu. We NEVER use pre-prepared meat or fish dishes. Please ask for gluten-free or dairy free –many menu options can be adapted
SOUP - Home-made daily from fresh ingredients and always vegetarian. Served with fresh organic bread. We really, really, love soup! – £3.95
(v) HUMMUS** - a lovely nutty locally made hummus dressed with virgin olive oil & a dusting of smoked paprika, served with vegetable batons, warm pitta bread & sweet chilli dip £4.75
LOCAL SMOKED SALMON- Oak-smoked on the Scottish side of the Solway in Annan - served with fresh lemon, cracked black pepper, dill mustard & malted brown bread £5.70
(v)GARLIC MUSHROOMS – fresh mushrooms sautéed in Lakeland butter with chopped garlic, finished with fresh parsley, lemon juice & a touch of white wine. Served with organic white bread to sop up the juices. £4.65
FISH PIE – yes, we know it doesn’t sound glamorous, but these succulent chunks of salmon, cod, smoked haddock & a few prawns in a delicate herb-scented sauce, topped with creamy potatoes is much-loved by our guests £11.50 (GF)
ROAST SCOTTISH SALMON & PEPPERS – another fishy favourite – thick fillet of skin-on salmon, roasted on a bed of sweet peppers – crispy skin & moist fish served with virgin olive oil and balsamic dressing £10.65 (GF & DF)
LOCAL –LAMB RUMP STEAK, a beautifully tender and tasty cut, pan roasted medium rare with fresh rosemary, served with a redcurrant, red wine & orange reduction. This is one of the most popular items on our menu – £11.95 (GF & DF)
TARRAGON CHICKEN – succulent breast of chicken, sautéed with herbs in Lakeland butter served with the juices enriched with white wine & a touch of cream - mouth-watering £10.35 (GF)
LOCAL SAUSAGES & MASH – a selection of wonderful Cumbrian and Northumbrian sausages from local butchers Colin Moore and Billy Bell, cooked with an Umbrian twist – baked with sprigs of fresh rosemary and sage, served with Bramley apple sauce and cider gravy – a traditional favourite lifted to a new level. £9.95
(V) QUORN CUMBERLAND SAUSAGES** & MASH – we really liked these herb-flavoured sausages in our taste test, so offer them as a main course here, as well as at breakfast. You don’t have to be vegetarian to enjoy this meat-free version, also prepared with sprigs of fresh rosemary and sage, served with Bramley apple sauce and cider gravy £9.95
(v) ROASTED VEGETABLES with CHICKPEAS – Seasonal vegetables of the day*, exciting, colourful veg lightly spiced, roasted with garlic. Chickpeas, seeds & nuts added for extra protein then dressed with virgin olive oil & fresh herbs. Served with fresh green vegetables or a green salad. Tasty, flesh-free eating for everyone. £9.75
(*E.g. Robust root vegetables and squashes – butternut squash, carrots, onions, fennel, celeriac, hazel nuts with cracked black pepper & nutmeg, OR Tagine-style- aubergine, courgette, vine tomatoes, onions, almonds, honey – scented with Moroccan spices – cinnamon, coriander, chilli
(v) PENNE WITH TOMATO & OLIVE SAUCE finished with LOCAL cheese. OK, so it’s vegetarian pasta again! – but the feedback is that the sauce is really out of the ordinary – £9.25 (GF pasta available, DF without the cheese)
Desserts @ £4.85
Bramley Apple Crumble- baked individually for you and served hot from the oven with custard,EnglishLakes rich vanilla ice-cream and/or cream – we don’t add sugar to these apples ensuring a lovely tart flavour – GF & DF versions available
Dark Chocolate Mousse – finished with a touch of fresh cream. If, like me, you rarely eat dessert, and are often disappointed when you DO go for the chocolate – this is the one for you. It’s home-made from the finest Belgian chocolate, intensely tasty
Tracey’s Bakewell Cake – freshly baked – the lightest almond sponge cake, wonderfully moist and embedded with fresh raspberries, topped with toasted almonds. Served withEnglishLakes rich vanilla ice cream and cream.
LOCAL Scoops of English Lakes Luxury Ice-Cream and/or English Lakes Real Fruit Sorbets Chose your 3 scoops from:- Madagascan Vanilla, Raspberry Pavlova and Death by Chocolate or Lemon, Raspberry or Cassis Sorbet
(V)LOCAL Cheese – Birdoswald Ayreshire~, Eden Valley Ivory Ewes Cheese & Thornby Moor Blue Whinnow with fresh fruit and home-made red onion marmalade & biscuits £5.15 (All these cheeses are made from unpasteurised milk)~
Our chicken and pork is free–range or British Farm Assured – depending on supply. Our beef and lamb is ALWAYS Cumbrian or Northumbrian – that’s what our farmers grow! We source most of our fresh vegetables and meat –including locally-cured British bacon – from Pioneer – a successful family firm based inCarlisle. They ensure that their produce is sourced from local Cumbrian or Border suppliers. Sausages are made by Colin Moore in Bramptonand Billy Bell’s in Haltwhistle, who also supply some of our vegetables, game and fish.
Our supplier provides the freshest and the best quality fish I’ve bought anywhere!We buy Scottish farmed salmon – organically fed where possible.
EdenValleyand Thornby Moor dairies in Cumbriasupply award winning cheeses; Slack House Farm makes “Birdoswald”.
Allergies & Warnings: Our home-made mousse contains uncooked eggs. Cheeses may be made with unpasteurised milk. We use sunflower oil or olive oil. For legal purposes I cannot guarantee ingredients have not come into contact with nuts.
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Or On: 0169 77 47 300
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Postal Address: Denise Collins, Brookside Villa B&B Hadrians Wall, Gilsland, CA8 7DA
Map Reference: NY 628 666