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French celebration of English national day with St. George’s at Elizabeth’s of Eastgate restaurant

( Elizabeth’s of Eastgate, Rochester’s historic French restaurant, is to serve special menus dedicated to the English patron saint on April 23. Elizabeth's was quoted in the novel Great Expectations by Charles Dickens as the home of Uncle Pumblechuck. The 16th century Tudor building retains many original features.

The £30 dinner comprises a “Toad in the Hole" appetizer; melon and prawn starter; lemon sorbet; traditional roast beef in a Madeira jus with roast potatoes and Yorkshire pudding; with a home-made Banoffee pie pudding.

Quizzed as to the concept of a French celebration of St. George’s Day, Elizabeth’s proprietor, French-born head chef Yannick Fausse said, “Why not? I love England. I live in England,” adding, “But the best cuisine is French, but that’s not to say that it cannot help [being] improved with [an] addition with subtle influences of the best English, Italian, and Spanish cooking.”

Fausse, who trained in his native Ardennes region of northern France, bordering Belgium, has worked for leading restaurants and hotels in Canada, Dublin, and London, including a spell with the Michelin-starred patron/chef Richard Corrigan.

Sous chef Nic Antoncini is Italian and previously worked at the Hythe Imperial Hotel.

Proprietor Manuel Mouzo commented, “Food is an international language and whilst most of ingredients are English, we bring to bear a fusion of modern European influences to an essentially classic French style.”

The a la carte menu features starters of baked portobello mushroom, with red onion marmalade, goat cheese, and buttered spinach; a duo of locally-smoked salmon with a caper dressing; home-made game terrine with a port reduction and roasted whole quail, buttered spinach, and cassis jus. Mains include grilled rump of Romney Marsh lamb with rosemary jus and lyonnaise potatoes; fresh local Dover sole with tartar sauce and new potatoes; ‘Limousin’ cote de boeuf in a red wine jus. Puddings number warm tart tatin - caramelized apple and puff pastry, cooked upside-down with calvados ice cream; Baileys parfait with roasted pistachio & hazelnut ice cream, vanilla anglaise; crepes suzettes and British cheeses.

A two-course lunch costs around £15.50 and a three-course diner £30.

An extensive wine list, featuring old and new world wines has an entry-level of £15 but includes the noted Chateau Kirwan 1998 Margaux for £110.00 and Batard Montrachet 2004 Grand Cru at £220.00.

Opening Times: Tues - Sat, 12:00 - 14:00 & 18:45 - 21:45; Sun: 12:00 - 14:30

George Shaw
T: 01892 750851
M: 07860 695555

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