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A new menu is helping to herald in the spring at selected Shepherd Neame pubs.
Head development chef Simon Howlett (pictured) has produced a combination of new dishes and enhanced favourites that make the most of the kinder weather and diners’ wishes.
The Aviator on the Isle of Sheppey and the Spanish Galleon in Greenwich are among those introducing the menu.
Simon said: “We have introduced new steak cuts – such as the flat iron steak – which people in this country may not have seen before. The menu also offers a lot of healthy choices, including fish dishes and salads.”
Examples include salmon, pepper and sweet potato fishcake salad; pan roasted red snapper fillet; roast garlic, tomato, pasta and mascarpone bake; and Malaysian fish curry.
Pub favourites such as beer battered cod and chips, sausage and mash and steak and ale pie remain firmly in place with some enhancements.
“For example, we have introduced a 21-day matured British beef burger, which is even more flavoursome,” said Simon.
Vegetarian dishes make a prominent appearance on the menu, with increasing numbers of meat-eaters choosing such tasty alternatives.
Examples of dishes on the new menu likely to tempt both types of diners include vintage Cheddar cheese and leek frittata and sweet potato, spinach and chickpea curry.
The menu has also been designed with a view to lighter bites, with diners offered an array of starters and the option of sharing three dishes for £12.
Desserts are also well represented with such dishes as Turkish delight cheesecake, strawberry yoghurt profiteroles and St Clements sponge pudding.
Nigel Bunting, Shepherd Neame’s retail director, said: “We are very pleased to have introduced this new menu. It features a wealth of choice and has been carefully compiled to reflect diners’ springtime appetites.”