Did you do it? Did you brave the snow and sleet on the “Glorious 12th” – pint in one hand, brolly in the other, shivering away next to a tiny little patio heater that definitely was not recreating those visions of Southern Californian outdoor dining that we all had in mind when we made those bookings… Thankfully we’ve had a few nicer days since then, and (at time of writing!) the weather’s looking a little jollier for the bank holiday weekend, although I won’t quite be hanging up my thermals just yet.
We’ve made it. The clocks have just jumped forward, it’s still light at dinnertime, winter is over, long live Spring! And, for all foodies out there, restaurant re-openings are (fingers crossed) finally just on the horizon.
March – end of Winter, start of Spring. Snowdrops and Snapdragons, Daffodils bursting through the earth, lifting the spirits to push us through those final weeks of chilly weather. There’s a lot to look forward to in March (especially for the Irish), and though the produce isn’t quite as bountiful as April, when things really get going, there’s plenty of wonderful things to cook and eat.
[caption id="attachment_32590" align="alignnone" width="600"] Shaun Rankin from the Grantley Hall[/caption] It was, undoubtedly, a bit of an odd Michelin ceremony this year. Originally scheduled for October 2020, postponement thanks to you-know-what meant that the results of the 2021 Michelin Guide were announced last week, on Jan 25th.