Sumptuous Winter Fare from Clarke’s
Previous Articles on Clarkes:
Clarkes of Queniborough's Christmas Fayre is fantastic! (November 2013)
Clarkes of Queniborough Festive Taster (December 2013)
Food for thought! (March 2014)
Alfresco Delights (July 2014)
Clarke's of Queniborough tell us that they have had a remarkable summer with their home made burgers and kebabs proving to be ever popular. But with the clocks going back and the Autumn nights drawing in our thoughts turn to winter warmers to keep our tummies full and warm. Well, look no further than Clarke's belly busting family pies. Believe us when we say ‘Family Sized’ these pies are not for the feint hearted and weigh like a brick! We have recently tried and tested them ourselves and can safely say they would feed a family of six adequately. Packed to the brim with chunks of top quality locally sourced meat, with a tasty gravy all surrounded by a delicious shortcrust pastry. The images speak for themselves. The mouth watering choices available Steak & Ale, Steak & Mushroom and the ever popular Steak & Kidney. The Chicken pies come with an option of fillings either with mushrooms or ham and leek. These pies will soon become a family favourite any night of the week, as we say tasting is believing and the value for money goes without saying. Not only do you know a nutritious meal has been served for all the family to enjoy, they contain no additives, GM produce or preservatives.
Alternatively treat yourselves to Clarke's sumptuous beef wellington, again, a prime cut of beef fillet topped with pate & mushroom and enveloped in a delicate puff pastry, ideal for a family get together or adding that WOW factor to a glamorous dinner party.
Clarke’s home made honey roast ham are unlike the thin watery scraps you find in the supermarket which go off in the fridge after a couple of days, these slices stay moist and tasty. Sourcing the meat himself from Packington Farm, Ian guarantees you will have the best delivered to your plate.
A must buy this year are Clarke's succulent free range stuffed Turkey crowns. The stuffing is hand made with pan fried onions and bacon mixed with fresh herbs, pork sausagemeat and breadcrumbs. Very economical with no bones or waste and they are easy to carve too. Sure to become a firm family favourite. Of course Whole Turkeys can be ordered from Ian in time for Christmas which are supplied from Kirks Farm in Barkby. If you feel more adventurous this year why not try something a little different and purchase a Goose from Croxton Kerrial, or Cockerels from Packington-Free Range.
Clarke's award winning pork pies - truly delicious, of which we are proud to say we have converted many to (which was not a hard task!) These delectable hand made pies will soon be coming to a retailer near you (listed below). Remember a pork pie is for life not just for Christmas!
The cheese counter at Clarke's offers an assortment to suit all taste buds from mild cheddar's, Gorgonzola, Wensledale & cranberry to of course Red Leicester and Stilton. One of the most popular products at the moment (and voted one of the best in the world) is produced by Long Clawson Dairy - Claxstone. It is hand-crafted with a soft, creamy texture and a mild blue taste. It is gentle and delicate compared to other blues, yet still has that recognisable blue flavour. Unusually, it is produced to be eaten straight from the fridge. All of the cheeses match perfectly with the variety of cheese crackers on offer in store and are not your run of the mill, you can opt for crackers from around the world – even from Denmark and Sweden. Don't forget to add some pickles and chutneys which compliment the cheeses and pork pies perfectly.
The ready meals are still going down a storm and are not only available to buy from Clarkes of Queniborough but at selected village stores (listed below). The range is too extensive to mention but a full list can be found on Clarke’s website. These convenient wholesome meals start from just £3.00 and considering the quality of ingredients found in these meals they are ridiculously cheap in comparison with supermarkets, at least Ian can tell you where all his ingredients are from! Suitable for Children, students and busy families, you are assured of top notch healthy meals with no E numbers, additives or preservatives. These ready meals are perfect for the elderly so tell gran to put away the pan and pop the oven on instead!
I have witnessed with my own eyes customers in the shops coming in with their freezer bags and buying their ready meals for the week, these people can't be wrong!
P.S. Don't forget to try Clarke's award winning bacon and sausages – you didn't think I'd forget to tell you that did you?
For stockists of ‘Gourmet Meals’
see our website: www.clarkesqueniborough.co.uk
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