Guinness beef and colcannon shepherds pie.

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Guinness beef and colcannon shepherds pie.

It’s January, it’s freezing, it’s time for some comfort food.  A good shepherds pie, with super-tender beef and fluffy, creamy mash.  But how about a shepherds pie with a twist? My latest version is inspired by two Irish classics: cabbage spiked mashed potato, which is called colcannon and a slow cooked Guinness beef stew. Continue reading

Last Minute Christmas Cake.

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Everything you need for my last minute Christmas cake.

If like me you’ve left all your Christmas preparations to the last minute there’s still no need to rush out a buy a shop bought Christmas cake.  Lets face it half the time they are stale, overly sweet from the vast quantity of sugar put in them as a preservative and always disappointing compared with home made. Continue reading

The Duke of Wellington – East Horsley

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The vegetarian deli board for one.

The Duke of Wellington in East Horsley has a long history of being a great village inn.  First as The Greyhound in 1576, then remodelled in the 1840’s by Charles Bray, the architect of The Houses of Parliament who gave the pub its famous brick and flint work. Continue reading