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Classic comfort food will help to banish winter blues at The One Elm in Stratford-upon-Avon as hearty homemade pies and classic Sunday roasts take pride of place on the popular gastropub's new menu.
Starting in January 2017, Head Chef Andy Lock and his team will pay tribute to one of the nation's favourite dishes, holding Pie Nights every Wednesday at the pub. Each week they'll be serving up a scrumptious selection of pastries for visitors to snuggle up with, including four savoury pies with seasonal greens and lashings of gravy, and one special sweet pie accompanied by a choice of custard, cream or ice cream.
"Most people like a pie in some shape or form, whether pie and mash; pie, chips and gravy or warm apple pie with a big dollop of cream. It's one of the most British things you can think of,” says Lock. “So we've decided to celebrate this great British tradition every week and put a fresh selection of great pies on for everyone to enjoy, every Wednesday night, whether with a pint or a glass or two of red.
“Think classic steak and ale pie made with caramelised beef and a dark rich gravy laced with stout, or a satisfying shepherds pie packed with minced lamb and sweet tomatoes topped with cheesy mash. Or try something different like our chicken balti pie filled with chicken simmered in coconut milk subtly spiced with cumin, fennel, cloves and fenugreek. Just be sure to leave room afterwards for a delectable pear and blackberry pie with creamy custard.”
At the weekend, meanwhile, brand new sharing roasts will create a real talking point on Sunday tables. For just £30, couples, friends or families can pair up to tuck into a perfectly roasted whole chicken, ready carved and served with cracking roasties, towering Yorkshire puddings and bottomless jugs of gravy, as well as sumptuous sides like cauliflower cheese and stuffing, greens, root vegetables and carrot and swede purée. Staff will also be on hand with extra roasties and Yorkie puds for customers with bigger appetities.
"Our roasts have always been popular and now they're even better than ever with great joints of meat, generous helpings of seasonal veg and all the trimmings," Lock adds. "We'll be serving up different roasts to share over the coming weeks - look out for pork shoulder with roasted belly pork and roasted rump of beef with slow braised beef cheeks teamed with sides like warming braised red cabbage. Throw in the papers and a decent bottle of wine and you've got it sorted. It's what Sundays are made for," he says.
To book a table on Wednesday Pie Night or for Sunday lunch at The One Elm, visit oneelmstratford.co.uk, email email@example.com or call 01789 404 919. The One Elm is at 1 Guild Street, Stratford-Upon-Avon, CV37 6QZ. Follow them on at @theoneelm on Twitter or at facebook.com/theoneelm for updates.