Sunday, 4 November 2012

Getting the chop with Geronimo

Geronimo Inns have popped up thick and fast around Fulham and Chelsea. Our favourites include The Surprise, The Chelsea Ram and The Builders Arms, all of which offer a cosy country pub vibe in the heart of South West London. With over 20 pubs dotted around London they each have their own personal style whilst remaining deep rooted within their local communities. They say that when they are considered as a core part of the village, they know the pub really works. 

We were thrilled when Ray, the Director of food for Geronimo invited us to a bloggers evening to witness the 'carving' of an 11 month old Cornish reared lamb, not one for the faint-hearted but a lamb lovers dream. Not usually a massive fan of Lamb I was fascinated to hear Ray's words of wisdom on preparation, cooking and the various cuts and their different tastes. Clearly passionate about butchery and organically sourced produce Ray seemed somewhat disheartened about the demise of quality local independent butchers and butchery as a practice in the UK. 


In Fulham we are lucky to have a couple of fantastic butchers, Randalls on Wandsworth Bridge Road is a favourite with the locals and prides itself on its superb service and expertise. Antonio Carluccio was quoted saying it was "one of the best butchers in London". 

During the show and tell session we heard about Geronimo's passion for its food, and it became evident that the heart of the company's ethos is in its stomach. Talking and drinking underway we began to tuck into the morsels of food that were being handed around, including liver and kidneys, which were surprisingly delicious!

We were really blown away by our main course, a boned leg of lamb stuffed with lentils and capers served with mayonnaise potatoes, pearl barley and red cabbage - the perfect dish on a cold winter's evening. Geronimo is hearty comforting food at its best, perfect for a long lunch at the weekend with a round a bloody mary's or two, and if lamb's on the menu, order it! 

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