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4 Apr

At The Chef’s Table

The English asparagus season officially begins on St Georges Day, 23rd of April and runs for just 6 weeks. Associated with everything from hangover cure to increasing libido, the asparagus is also linked to many historical folklore tales and stories. This mighty green can grow up to 10cm a day – it’s not affectionately known as the Usain Bolt of veg for...

1 Mar

At The Chef’s Table

The perfect rabbit pie Celebrate this year’s British Pie Week (6th to 12th March) with a thoroughly British classic, rabbit pie. A rich and gamey favourite that’s spot on for a family gathering or dinner party – and is sure to get the table talking… rabbit, rabbit! Simple and quick to make, this perfect pie recipe will definitely get you in the...

3 Feb

At The Chef’s Table

The proof is in the pudding! To celebrate National Yorkshire Pudding Day (5th February) – (yes there really is a day to applaud this firm family favourite) – we’ve caught up with Exec Head Chef, Chris Spencer, to discover all the tricks of the trade and find out how he makes his Yorkshire Puddings just so damn good! There is definitely more...

5 Dec

Chef talks

…Exec Head Chef, Chris Spencer catches up with wine supplier, Boutinot, to talk wine and the best options for your Christmas dinner table and our Christmas menus. Boutinot’s Top 5 Christmas Wine Matching Tips When food and wine matching this Christmas it’s important to take the flavours, weight and texture of the dish into consideration. For example, a chunky cut of red...

5 Dec

At The Chef’s Table

It’s one of the most debated dishes out there – how to cook the best roast turkey for Christmas Day. Hear more from our Exec Head Chef, Chris Spencer, as he imparts his wisdom to help you create the perfect bird for your Christmas table. Chris’s top turkey busting tips! Make sure you note down the weight of your turkey to avoid...

31 Oct

At The Chef’s Table

Sunday 20 November is ‘Stir-up Sunday’, the traditional day when the whole family gets together to make a Christmas pudding. Making your own Christmas pudding is such a simple thing to do and once you’ve given it a try you’ll never return back to a shop bought one. Have it your way with extra fruit, nuts, or booze if you want...

6 Oct

At The Chef’s Table

Celebrate curry week and seafood week with this flavoursome Thai green curry. For those that want to make a vegetarian version, sweet potato and butternut squash make a great alternative. If you’re looking for an alternative fish, why not try the dish using delicious red gurnard, a native to the British Isles, or some large king prawns. There are some fabulous curry...

5 Oct

Chef talks

...Exec Head Chef, Chris Spencer catches up with fish supplier, Direct Seafoods, to talk all things seafood. We’re hooked on great fish and seafood at the Bickley, but we also appreciate that our fabulous fish dishes should never cost the earth. We only ever source and serve fish that we know have been responsibility caught and are a regular on the Marine...

19 Aug

At The Chef’s Table

This colourful, flavoursome tart is one of our pub favourites. Using lots of great seasonal veggies and herbs, picked at their prime, it’s rustic charm conjures up a great British summer on a plate. Making it at home is simple and it can easily be adapted so you can add your own seasonal vegetables or a personal twist. Pre-made puff pastry 30g spinach...

13 Jul

We scream for great ice cream

The heat is on to find the best ice cream, and we think we’ve nailed it. We’ve travelled the length and breadth of the UK to discover the creamiest, tastiest and fruitiest ice cream out there. And, just in time for National Ice Cream month, we’ll be herding in a delicious new range from Cornish producer, Callestick Farm. They’ve been making...