Sorry but we've got to mention it at some point. Might as well be now.
Since the Brexit vote and the drop in the pound, the years of low inflation and steady food prices have come to a halt. Since a lot of the food we consume is imported from Europe or countries that use Dollars the cost of our food has increased by around 7% and pressure on the markets is building.
Most retailers, hotels and restaurants etc seem to be trying to hold prices for as long as possible. Probably to wait and see what happens once article 50 is triggered and what effect that has on the markets.
We are no different. We have not put up our prices and wait with everyone else to see what is around the corner. Sooner or later we will have to review our prices, both to make sure we are able grow as a business, and of course to remain competitive in the market.
Glad I got that off my chest.
For our latest dinner party we were lucky enough to be booked for a Hen Party at the lovely converted farm buildings that are Mocketts Farm. They are part of the Burden Bros empire on the Isle of Sheppey. The area around the property is still farmed traditionally by the family with their own Cows and Sheep grazing the land. The area is also great for wild game, which is often on the menu at The Ferry House Inn just up the road.
Our clients wanted a simple menu for this event. So for starter we made a lovely prawn cocktail, given a twist with smoked paprika and a salad of mango and radishes. Main course was more traditional being roast chicken with fondant potatoes, braised cabbage, heritage carrots and celeriac puree. Dessert was vanilla cheesecake with crystalized ginger, rhubarb compote and marshmellows.
The facilities in the farm house were great to work in and the dining room was a bright airy space.
Hope to be back soon.