Woodland Dinner

Jupiter this way...

A month or so ago I discovered that during the summer a pop up restaurant would be appearing at Jupiter Artland.  I have written about Jupiter Artland before, and how its a great day out.  So I was really excited about this event which was being run by Barry from C{ate}r.  Thankfully we were able to get a table for last Thursday night, and what a night it was! It was lovely to walk around the grounds in the sunshine before sitting down in the Proposal Room for a delicious 5 Course Dinner!

Funky SculptureCharles Jencks MoundsFriendly DonkeyMore MoundsRamsYet more mounds! all the mounds!

We started off with an aperitif of Rose Scented Prosecco, sitting outside the Proposal Room taking in the tranquil setting and beautiful evening, before being shown to our table.

CourtyardFunky Airstream BarWelcome!A Little AperitivoDining Room

We started off with a soup for the first course, which was a Chilled Garlic Soup with Freeze Dried Cherries, Sherry and Almonds.  I am not a huge fan of chilled soups, they should be hot in my opinion, however this was delicious, creamy, garlicky and the cherries were a totally surprise and worked really well in the dish! I think we both could have happily licked the bowl!

Chilled Garlic Soup

Now, this is where our meals differed, Stuart was on the meat menu and I was on the vegetarian one!  This next course was a salad course.  For Stuart, he was treated to Home Cured Sea Trout with cucumber, apple, fennel and yoghurt.  While I had a Watercress, Fennel, Apple, Cucumber and Walnut Salad with a yoghurt dressing. Stuart enjoyed his, the sea trout was very tasty, and my salad was fresh a light, just what you want as part of a 5 course epic!

Smoked Sea TroutWatercress and Apple Salad

Next up was our main, I’m afraid I hit a wall at this point and wasn’t sure how I was going to make it through another 3 courses! Stuarts meat main was a Rolled Flank of Scottish Lamb with a Tomato Fondue, while mine was Tomato Fondue with a Courgette Risotto and Basil Pesto.  Stuart had never had a Lamb Flank before but said it was very tasty, and we both agreed the Tomato Fondue and Risotto was flavoursome and filling!

Lamb MainVeggie Main

After a short break, which involved a little walk in the fresh air in the courtyard I set about tackling the fourth course… the cheese course! At least this wasn’t too big or too cheesy – otherwise I don’t think I could have coped! The cheese was a Blue Murder, not overly strong, but went well with the accompaniment of Seaweed Bread, Walnuts, Apricot and Plum Jam.

Cheese Please!!

And finally, the dessert, well all you need to know is that it was delicious.  It was a Cherry and Almond tart with Almond Shortcrust Pastry, Cherries aged in Red Wine, Frozen Grapes and Clotted Cream

Yummy Dessert

A lovely end to a great evening! The food was wonderful and so was the setting.  Barry is running the pop ups every fortnight over the summer, so if you can make sure you book a table!