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Monday, July 12, 2010

Summer at The Old Brewery


Summer Menu for The Old Brewery
Following a successful launch menu with upbeat reviews from Time Out, The Independent and first past the post Dos Hermanos, The Old Brewery’s head-chef Daniel Doherty has created a tempting new menu of fresh summer dishes for coat-free evenings and hearty suppers for cooler nights.

As usual, Meantime’s award-winning beer has been skilfully woven through The Old Brewery’s menu and all dishes come with refreshing beer recommendations from the restaurant's extensive beer menu to both compliment the food and help while away lazy summer evenings.

Light summer dishes include a Heritage tomato salad that uses heirloom breeds such as Black Russian, Cherokee Purple and Hillbilly combined with whipped goats' cheese, baby herbs and confit shallot dressing, which has been expertly matched to Meantime’s refreshing Wheat beer, a light feast of banana and cloves.

‘The fruitiness of Meantime’s Wheat Beer compliments the sweetness of the tomatoes and contrasts perfectly with the slight saltiness of the goat’s cheese. Its soft mouthfeel works well with the texture of the cheese.’
Alastair Hook, Master Brewer, founder of Meantime, owner of The Old Brewery.

Seared Dorset scallops with summer squash puree, tomato and cumin dressing are perfectly matched to the fresh and mellow flavours of a chilled glass of Blanche de Bruxelles. Meantime’s popular brew, Kolner, is recommended as a beer match with the Grilled whole lemon sole with Cornish cockles, cucumber, caviar and lemon butter sauce. As Alastair Hook explains:

‘The clean, slightly fruity nose and flavour, together with delicate sweet malt and restrained bitterness, make Meantime Kolner a perfect match for lemon sole. Its crispness cuts the richness of the lemon butter more effectively than many wines.’

For a cooling digestive, a deliciously light Meantime Raspberry Beer Jelly with summer fruits and vanilla cream is logically matched with a wildly refreshing glass of Meantime Raspberry Grand Cru, a beer celebrated for its full raspberry fruit nose, balance of sweet and sour fruit on the palate and zesty finish.

Family-Friendly Alfresco Dining
Adjacent to The Old Brewery’s bar, a beautiful landscaped courtyard provides a sheltered escape from the hustle and bustle of Greenwich’s thriving town centre, making it an instant hit with Greenwich residents, visiting families and those searching for the elusive perfect pit-stop when travelling down the Thames on a river boat. After an enlightening day spent next door at Discover Greenwich trying on Tudor costumes, a morning spent star-gazing at The Royal Observatory or deer-gazing in London’s oldest royal park, there is nowhere better to set up camp for the afternoon and grab a relaxing bite to eat.

This is no average beer garden. Perfectly nestled within Sir Christopher Wren’s architectural masterpiece - The Old Royal Naval College’s complex of historic buildings - The Old Brewery’s family-friendly outdoor space is positioned next to the River Thames within ear-shot of the sounds of practicing musicians from the neighbouring Trinity School of Music.

An all day bar menu of seasonal dishes is available in this idyllic setting. An excellent selection of fish and seafood that befits Maritime Greenwich includes a Pint of Atlantic Prawns with home-made mayonnaise, Irish Carlingford rock oysters doused in Meantime London Stout, Fish and chips with a homemade tartare sauce and a rustic Tuna Nicoise salad. Herdwick mutton burgers with harissa, coriander and lime crème fraiche, Galloway beef burgers, Rib eye steaks and Veal T-bone are available from the grill.

Take-Away Lunches for lazy days in the park
During the day, a selection of food from The Old Brewery’s cafe is available for take-away. The kitchen has put together summer dishes for simple alfresco dining, whether you’re eating in a group or enjoying the sun on your own. Daniel Doherty’s team have prepared the perfect take-away treats for those who intend to head across to Greenwich Park for a picnic, need a pack-lunch for a trip down the Thames or want to relax in the garden with friends.

For adults, the affordable lunch-time menu of freshly prepared sandwiches, soups, salads and pastries is constantly changing with seasonal dishes cooked on-site. Middle White Ham, boiled in Daniel Doherty’s kitchen and matched with English Honey Mustard is served on a specially-created Greenwich Loaf. Containing Meantime spent grain and brewers’ yeast, this loaf is the result of a creative collaboration between Alastair Hook and Greenwich baker Paul Rhodes. To finish this quintessentially English lunch, teas provided by the Rare Tea Company are available to take-away.

For children, The Old Brewery’s kitchen has specially created simple, fuss-free sandwiches, whilst gathering together firm favourites (for children and adults) - fresh pastries, flapjacks, chocolate chip cookies as well as a healthy selection of fresh fruit and juices. Chocolate milk shakes from Shaken Udder are proving especially popular.

Whether dining on-site in the restaurant’s grand main hall or beautifully landscaped beer-garden or off-site at one of Greenwich’s many popular outdoor locations, The Old Brewery’s summer kitchen offers a spectacular meal in a setting to match.