I'd been given warning to pack various outfits into a bag for a couple of days away already but the main event was still a secret until I opened Mr TOTKat's birthday card in the morning. Dinner at The Latymer at Pennyhill Park! We've been to Pennyhill a few times already but only ever eaten in the brasserie there. It's tricky to get a table at the Michelin starred Latymer but this time we had a booking.
Without a pause for thought, the tasting menu was chosen and the wine selection to go with it...
Poached and roast duck liver from Langres, duck and beetroot consomme, Sour dough crisp, artichokes, truffle emulsion, Pedro Ximenez foam
Marinated rainbow trout, slow cooked octopus, seaweed salad, dill mousseline, warm seaweed tea
Cassoulet of clams, baby squid, poached quail egg, squid ink gnocchi, clam veloute
Freshly baked breads with unsalted butter
Us, enjoying a glass of Perrier Jouet
Poached breast of royal Anjou pigeon, mustard cream cabbage, roast kohl rabi, glazed new season black figs, bread and bay leaf puree
Red mullet, roast Scottish langoustine, anchovy beignets, Cornish samphire, bagna cauda jus
The Latymer from a corner table
Poached fillet of Limousin veal, sweetbread, pickled baby onions, roast cavalo nero, lavender jus
Fourme d'Ambert, Beaufort, smoked paprika crisp, pickled apples, celery cress
Glazed pea cassonade, Yorkshire strawberries, mint ice-cream, crispy tapicoa
Coconut parfait, confit pineapple, rum gel, marinated raspberries
Bitter chocolate delice, pistachio marzipan, coffee tagliatelle, caramel powder, almond foam
List of petit fours
Very strong coffee
The petit fours
It was a fabulous tasting menu - I could have had one or two courses fewer and felt a bit less stuffed at the end but I don't regret a single mouthful of the whole meal. I did have to cheat a little bit though, and stick some of the petit fours in my handbag for later.