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Recommended: tasting menu at Riverbarn Restaurant, Salisbury

Modern dishes paired with old world charm: the award-winning Riverbarn, just outside Salisbury, impresses critics and locals alike.

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On June 2, there’s a chance to go to foodie heaven with one of the team’s acclaimed tasting menu nights. Brothers Jonny and Tom Sutcliffe will preside over the stunning seven course feast, using fine seafood from Poole, meat from Devon and Wiltshire, cheese and vegetables from Somerset and Bristol – it truly is the best of the west on a plate.

RIVERBARN-210-300x200The menu is shrouded in secrecy until the actual day, to allow the chefs as much room to be creative as possible. But to give you a flavour (sorry) of what to expect, I found a menu from a previous event in February.

Guests began with a glass of French Grandial Brut Rose then were served an amouse bouche of musroom, celeriac and truffles. Next, a spicy lamb terrine was served with flatbread; pickled mackerel with oysters and horseradish formed the initial fish dish; then pan fried brill was served with shellfish chowder and bacon breadcrumbs.

The main event was West End Farm pork tenderloin served with an unusual wheat beer jus, with pickled cabbage, garlic sausage, malted cheek beignet and mustard mayonnaise.

Next, mascarpone was served with blood orange and honey. And the meal was wrapped up with ceam cheese ice cream, meringue, ginger cake and Yorkshire rhubarb.

19059354_10154337271057126_7665619541951125067_nA flight of wines was perfectly paired with each course and chosen by John O’Keefe of Christopher Piper Wines.

Each tasting menu event costs £70 per person and booking is essential. So why wait for a special occasion? Treat your tastebuds with some truly excellent modern British cuisine in stunning surroundings next month.

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Call 01747 820232 or email info@theriverbarn.org.uk. Alternatively you can make a booking for the restaurant or accommodation online.

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