After a turbulent start to the year, here’s where to take comfort this autumn...
Good Food Guy
As the nights draw in and the seasons begin to change, thoughts inevitably turn to comfort food. For us at Taste Club, that can only mean one thing – puddings! Whether you want a riotous night out, cosy Cotswold pub grub or a quiet night in, here’s our pick of where to take comfort this autumn...
The Pudding Club
If you’re looking for the ultimate experience in comfort eating, The Pudding Club is the first place to start. Based at the Three Ways House in Mickleton near Chipping Camden, the club has resumed for its famous Friday night pudding fest. The ethos behind The Pudding Club, which was launched in 1985, was to preserve the Great British Pudding – and with waiting lists and a Pudding Club tour due to take place around the country, it’s more than achieved its mission! If you’re fortunate enough to get a table, the fun begins with a glass of fizz, some light bites, and an introduction from The Pudding Master. There follows a parade of seven traditional puddings, including syrup sponge, sticky toffee and very chocolate puddings: guests vote for their favourite pudding of the night and leave with a Pudding Club certificate. If seven puddings in one sitting sounds a bit like hard work, there is the option to dine at the Three Ways House and choose one of the infamous puddings from the dessert menu.
The Crown Inn
As well as The Pudding Club, we are fortunate in the Cotswolds to have a number of great pubs and restaurants who do exceptional puddings. One of these is The Crown Inn in Minchinhampton, part of the Lucky Onion Group. Since opening last year, Sunday lunch at The Crown has become an institution, followed by a traditional British pud – how about jam roly-poly and custard, apple and plum crumble with vanilla ice cream or a gluten-free chocolate fudge pudding with double cream? The menu even suggests wines to accompany each pudding should you need any more comforting!
The Cotswold Pudding Company
If the idea of venturing out is still too remote, you can have your comfort food brought to you thanks to Karen Leggett of The Cotswold Pudding Company. Founded in 2007, the Cotswold Pudding Company does a roaring trade in award-winning sticky puddings – sticky toffee, sticky lemon, sticky ginger, sticky toffee and toasted pecan, sticky chocolate, sticky chocolate and orange, as well as gluten-free versions of sticky toffee and sticky lemon, both award-winners. The puddings are made using local ingredients where available and all puddings are ‘gloriously handmade’. With over 1,500 puddings being consumed a week, there’s a lot of comfort-eating going on in the Cotswolds right now! Available to order online or at Your Coop Food Markets, Stroud Farmers’ Market and local farm shops and delis.
A full version of this article appears in the October issue of ‘Cotswold Life’.