Twice a year The Kitchen Table likes to go out for staff dinner – for inspiration, downtime catch up, and for the glory of being cooked for. We choose a local restaurant that’s doing something interesting and spend a lovely evening not talking about work and tasting great flavours created by inspiring chefs.
Our most recent jaunt was to the Treby Arms. Some friends of ours had been and highly recommended it – the chef had won Masterchef: The Professionals 2012 and the bistro pub with a difference has quite a name for itself in the area.
Nestled in the village of Sparkwell, between Totnes and Plymouth, The Treby Arms is a lovely old pub with a tasteful and comfortable interior. We were placed within sight of the kitchen so watched as each dish came out, matching it with the menu and finding the decision harder with each passing plate.
I had for my starter a local crab salad with delicately poached eel and an incredibly flavoursome crab mayo. Hannah had pork scratching flavoured popcorn! in her black pudding starter. We were both pleasantly astounded at the combination of flavours, textures and ideas and they all worked really well together – not to mention how colourful and beautiful the plate looked!!
For my main I had Devon squab pigeon with red cabbage puree (divine!!) game fritter, roast baby parsnips and wild mushrooms which was also absolutely delicious. Again, the flavours and textures were wonderful. Hannah had local fish with a locally foraged nettle homemade pesto crumb and we shared blanched and flash-fried greens which included nettles, green beans and purple sprouting broccoli!
To finish, as I am dairy intolerant, I could only have a trio of sorbet’s but it had tropical fruit salsa, berry puree and violet flavour popping candy – so what could have been a very simple dessert was pretty, tasty and refreshing after the richness of my main,. Hannah had cardamom panacotta.
The service was really great – the staff were aware of our interest in the food and gave us a thorough run down of what we were eating. They were sensitive to my dairy allergy and helped me choose my dinner and were friendly and efficient and made the evening really easy and comfortable!
I feel like I just wrote a restaurant review – but I’m still reeling at how great all the food was and I’m also now a little obsessed with nettles!
Can’t wait for our next outing! We love eating other people’s cooking – seeing how different styles can be used to make local food interesting and delicious.