Many of you will have attended some of the excellent lunches that Persephone Lewin has organised for us over the last few years. Now she has bought her own historic public house, and undertaken extensive renovations to bring it up to today’s standards. She has just reopened as a gastro pub and very kindly invited us to join her for a very special lunch. She had a wonderful menu for us, based upon fresh locally sourced food from Mersea Island, where she lives, with a champagne aperitif and matched wines with each course.
Sadly she was ill on the day and unable to join us, but her chef Gemma did a marvellous job and served us some excellent and really memorable food.
Amuse Bouche – smoked salmon and chicken liver pate canapés
Champagne Lanvin Brut
Main – Lamb chop hazelnut crust, broad bean houmous, crispy capers, pesto, Hasselback back new potatoes, selection of vegetables.
Dessert – poached pears, marsala wine, maple mascarpone, sugar tuile
Coffee with home-made mulberry liqueur chocolates, and mulberry or damson vodka liqueur.
The Greenwich Pensioner was built in 1827 and it is fast approaching it’s 200 year anniversary. Now a Grade II listed building and part of the All Saints Conservation Area together with All Saints Church and many of the surrounding Victorian properties. Bow Lane (now Bazley Street) was heavily bombed during WW2 and the pub was the only building left in the terrace.