And to think I invited my vegetarian sister. Smart move Jon. She declined, clearly has more common sense than I do.
Last weekend I spent two days down on the Goodwood estate at The Good Wood Hotel. It was delightful, the golf course was great, the gym was better than the vast majority of hotel gyms, but the highlight was definitely Saturday nights dinner at Farmer Butcher Chef.
Farmer, Butcher, Chef is a new restaurant on the Goodwood Estate located just yards from the farm. Goodwood has been farmed by the family for over three hundred years and is one of the only self-sustaining organic farms in Europe. Its not often a restaurants customers will travel farther than their food!
Very few restaurants have the level of control over their produce and thus their dishes that Farmer Butcher Chef do. The butcher is directly involved in designing each dish according to what cuts are available. This means nothing is wasted.
A wonderful example of this is the Butcher’s Boards. We ordered the lamb and beef boards to share. They were quite literally humongous boards of nothing but meat (aka heaven). Each board came with about 5 different cuts from that animal. This unique way of presenting a dish to a customer gives the chef an opportunity to highlight different cuts and showcase some of the less popular dishes. After trying each it really gives you an appreciation of how delicious some of these lesser known cuts can be. The offal for example was just exquisite!
I love what Farmer Butcher Chef are trying to do, not just because I hate waste, but because they show the utmost respect for the ingredients they use. That respect shows in the dishes, they are visually very simple so that you have no choice but to focus on the flavour.
I would definitely recommend giving it a visit if you are travelling that way or live locally.