Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Farms' Food Is Full of Flavour

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Farms' Food Is Full of Flavour

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IT was something of a winter wonderland around the Woolsington area last weekend.

As the village and surrounding area was gripped by the snow, we decided to pull on our big boots and take to the fields and lanes for a trudge through the white stuff.

A bracing, but thoroughly enjoyable, threehour walk ensued, and to say we had worked up something of an appetite is a bit of an understatement.

The thought of having to do our own Sunday dinner wasn't appealing, so we chose instead to continue our walk a little further, up the road to Kenton Bank Foot and its pub, Twin Farms.

It had been a while since we had ventured here, but went in the knowledge we had enjoyed meals here in the past.

What we hadn't counted on was the fact the usual extensive and broad-ranging menu wasn't on offer, instead it was the Sunday option. What we eventually had, though, made up for it.

We settled ourselves at a table for two, next to the fire, and warmed ourselves up a bit.

There is a lovely ambience here - pleasant surroundings and very amenable staff.

Having perused the Sunday menu, Callum was intrigued by the vegetarian roast dinner (pounds 6.95). On inquiring at the bar, though, he discovered it was simply a roast dinner with no meat - just the veg! He was disappointed there were no 'meat substitute' options.

For starters there was the choice of homemade soup of the day, chicken liver pate, garlic field mushrooms with real ale rarebit and tomato and chilli prawns with chorizo sausage.

His mushroom dish (pounds 4.75) came piping hot and consisted of a huge mushroom on some delicious rarebit.

My prawns (pounds 5.50) were a delight on the tastebuds. The prawns themselves were coated with the spicy tomato sauce, while the chorizo proved a great accompaniment - a kind of opposites attract scenario.

Having decided the veggie roast would be a tad boring, Callum instead opted for the chicken breast Sunday roast (pounds 8.75), which came served with sage and onion stuffing, boiled and roast potatoes, mixed veg and some gorgeously creamy mashed turnip.

The chicken itself had just the right moistness to it, while the vegetables were al dente and that turnip mash exquisite. …

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