Gin has recently been growing on me, adding another alcohol to my list of favourite bevvies. I don’t drink fizzy drinks but I sure drink alcohol…
Don’t even get me started on Slingsby’s rhubarb gin – mixed with elderflower tonic, it is possibly the tastiest drink around… and therefore possibly the most dangerous!
So give me the opportunity to enjoy an evening of free gin, accompanied by lush food and I’m on it like a gin and tonic!
The White Hart Hotel in Harrogate regularly hosts sponsored dining nights; their monthly beer club is great fun! (I had the hangover to prove it.) But this month they added an extra Gin Night to the bill, sponsored by Sipsmith London and Fevertree.
Starting off with a welcome drink of Sipsmith London dry gin with Fevertree original tonic, the bar was in high spirits with the promise of a sophisticated 3 course meal in store and lots more gin!
The menu consisted of beetroot cured salmon, pickled vegetables and goat’s curd to start. This was accompanied by a sweet tipple of Sipsmith London Cup and Fevertree ginger ale (which went down far too easily!). For the main people enjoyed loin of venison, venison pie, parsnip puree, girolle mushrooms and juniper jus, paired with Sipsmith VJOP Gin and Fevertree Mediterranean tonic. (This gin was a crisp 59% but it tasted so pure that it was easily downed.) And for pudding, we had rhubarb and sloe gin panna cotta, alongside a final drink of Sipsmith Sloe Gin and Fevertree lemon tonic. (I preferred this gin without the lemon tonic and had a second helping that was just straight sloe gin over ice.)
As I’m transitioning into more of a vegetarian diet, I selected from The Fat Badger‘s usual menu for my first two courses. (The Fat Badger is the bar and restaurant within The White Hart Hotel.) I had the pan fried halloumi with broccolli, peppers, lemon and chilli to start and then the linguini with roasted garlic, tenderstem broccolli, chilli and parmesan for my main course. The food at The Fat Badger is always great and it’s such a varied menu. It was refreshing to have great veggie options for once!
With copious amounts of drinks flowing, the room buzzed with chatter and laughter. By the end of the night I was suitably tipsy…
With everything food and drink-wise included in the price of £29 per person, it’s a good deal and it means you don’t have to spend any more money on the night, unless you want to buy more drinks at the end.
If you fancy attending future events like this one, perhaps one of the monthly beer clubs, keep an eye on the events page of The White Hart Hotel website, get a group together and get yourselves on a table. It’s a great mid-week alternative to spending another night sat on the sofa with your latest Netflix binge (as great as that is…)