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Rotary members are enthusiastic,
fun-loving and active volunteers,
who give their time and talents to
serve communities, both at home and
overseas. We are dedicated people,
men and women from all walks of
life, who share a common interest in
helping others.
Rotary International in Great Britain and
Ireland (RIBI) has over 55,000 members in
1,840 clubs. It is an integral part of Rotary
International, the world’s first service
organisation, which today has over 1.2 million
members worldwide.

SATURDAY

16th November

Market Place 10.00am ~ 4.00pm

The Sun Hotel 11.00am ~ 7.00pm

See inside for vouchers, recipes,

great local food & wines

Official Sponsor


Rotary Club of Hitchin Tilehouse

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Welcome to the Hitchin

Wine & Food Festival 2013

Where you will find a fantastic collection of

sourced niche Wine, Beer & Food Specialists.

Contents

Insight into Rotary 4

Wine & Food Festival Introduction 5

Dates for the Diary 6

Wine Tasting Master Classes Times 7

Vouchers 8 - 9

Sun Hotel Wine Exhibitors & Stall Plan 10 - 11

Hitchin Market Place Food & Beer

Exhibitors & Stall Plan 12 - 13

Support your local producers 14 - 15

Recipes from Hitchin’s 16 - 23

Top Restaurant Head Chefs

Hitchin Wine & Food Festival

The Official Sponsor of

The Hitchin Wine & Food Festival

Programme designed by DR Design Associates

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in association with The Rotary Club of Hitchin Tilehouse

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Rotary Club of Hitchin Tilehouse

Insight into Rotary & the members

Rotary members are enthusiastic,

fun-loving and active volunteers,

who give their time and talents to

serve communities, both at home and

overseas. We are dedicated people,

men and women from all walks of

life, who share a common interest in

helping others.

Rotary International in Great Britain and

Ireland (RIBI) has over 55,000 members in

1,840 clubs. It is an integral part of Rotary

International, the world’s first service

organisation, which today has over 1.2 million

members worldwide.

Each member enjoys business as well as

social networking opportunities, whilst giving

something back to those less fortunate, learning

new skills and having a huge amount of fun!

Rotary runs countless humanitarian projects

both locally, nationally and internationally, and

also partners with many charities

worldwide. Rotary members organise

community projects that address many

of today’s most critical issues, such as

violence, drug abuse, health, hunger,

the environment, and illiteracy.

Rotary clubs determine service

projects based on local needs. They

work for and with young people to address

challenges facing the youth of today.

Worldwide, Rotarians are enthusiastically

committed to the drive to wipe out polio. Since

Rotary became involved in polio eradication in

1985, the number of reported polio cases has

fallen from 350,000 a year to less than a 1,000;

125 endemic countries have been reduced to just

4 - Afghanistan, India, Nigeria and Pakistan;

and two billion children have been protected

from the disease.

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Welcome to the Hitchin

Wine & Food Festival

Welcome to the 5th year of the Hitchin Wine

& Food Festival. This annual event goes

from strength to strength and this year we

have more exhibitors than ever. As well as all

the food exhibitors, restaurants and cookery

demonstrations, we have no less than nine

independent wine merchants, some of whom will

be holding master classes throughout the day.

Many of the food and wine exhibitors are highly

praised for their produce, giving a mix of great

flavours and tastes. Choose from a variety of

great wines that you would not normally find on

the shelf at your local supermarket which you

can taste before you buy.

See the chefs from the local top restaurants

in action. Get an insight into their skills and

passion for great cooking with locally sourced

produce and treat yourself to a great meal out,

Noel Downes

President

Hitchin Tilehouse

Rotary Club

where you can experience their enthusiasm for

food flavour and presentation.

Tantalise your taste buds with the wide variety

of delicious food and help support the

independent traders.

Funds raised from this event and guide

will go to many needy causes. These

could be local, national or international.

Have a great day, we look forward to seeing you.

Hitchin Wine & Food Festival

Fine wines require

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Your finances deserve

the same treatment.

Consilium are delighted to support

the 2013 Hitchin Wine & Food Festival.

Call us at either our Hitchin or Luton office

to organise a no obligation financial review.

We might even provide a glass of wine!

Hitchin Office: 01462 421775

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Rotary Club of Hitchin Tilehouse

Dates for the diary

Saturday 16th November

Hitchin Wine and Food Festival,

Market Place Hitchin

Friday 22nd November

Hitchin Christmas Lights Switch-On,

Rotary Club of Hitchin Tilehouse

Hot Dog, Burger and Soup stall.

Saturday 23rd November

Hitchin Symphony Orchestra Concert

at St Mary’s Church 7.30pm

Thursday 28th November

Hitchin Historical Society

in Church House, Churchyard at 8pm

with A Touch of Glass - a Victorian

Magic Lantern Show.

Sunday 1st December

Candlelit Advent Carol Service

St Mary’s Church 6.30pm.

Thursday 5th December

Light up a Life, St Mary’s Church

Hitchin 7.00pm

Saturday 14th December

Christmas Charity Car park at

The Priory, Hitchin

Saturday 14th Dec to 4th Jan

Hitchin Christmas & New Year Fayre

(Excluding 25th December)

Wednesday 18th December

8pm Rotary Carols the traditional

annual open-air carol concert

Market Place Hitchin

Saturday 21st December

Christmas Charity Car park

at The Priory, Hitchin

Saturday 18th January

Young Chef Competition,

North Herts College, Hitchin

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Looking after the heart of Hitchin

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Get into the Festive Spirit

Whether you are looking for

that special gift or planning

your Christmas parties, Hitchin

has a great selection of shops

and venues available, with

something to suit everyone.


Saturday 1st March

Pancake Fayre

Tuesday 4th March

Pancake Races

Saturday 22nd March

Bric a Brac, Market Place Hitchin

Saturday 19th April

Vaisakhi Procession

Saturday 31st May

Hitchin Independent Shops

Fashion Show

Saturday 7th June

Health Awareness Day,

Market Place Hitchin

Sunday 22nd June

Hitchin Hard Half Marathon

Saturday 19th July

Bric a Brac, Market Place Hitchin

Wine tasting

master classes

at The Sun Hotel

Bordeaux and Beyond

2:00pm

Hyde Park Wines

3:00pm

Ninesprings Wine

4:00pm

Pacta Connect

5:00pm

Hitchin Wine & Food Festival

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Local Restaurant & Retail Voucher Offers

Offer Voucher

Lunch Time Offer

Monday to Friday 12pm - 3pm

25% Off Food

www.thevictoriahitchin.com

Offer Voucher

Lunch Time Offer

Monday to Friday 12pm - 3pm

25% Off Food

www.thevictoriahitchin.com

Valid from 1st January to 28th February 2014 HWFF.

Not to be used in conjunction with any other offers, minimum

of 2 people and a maximum of 4 people per voucher.

Present voucher upon ordering

Valid from 1st January to 28th February 2014 HWFF.

Not to be used in conjunction with any other offers, minimum

of 2 people and a maximum of 4 people per voucher.

Present voucher upon ordering

Offer Voucher

£10 Off lunch or

dinner from Monday

to Saturday. Minimum

2 guests x 2 courses

£10 Off FINAL BILL

www.redcoats.co.uk

Offer Voucher

£10 Off lunch or

dinner from Monday

to Saturday. Minimum

2 guests x 2 courses

£10 Off FINAL BILL

www.redcoats.co.uk

Valid Monday to Saturday in January, February

& March 2014 HWFF. Not available in conjunction

with any other offers.

Valid Monday to Saturday in January, February

& March 2014 HWFF. Not available in conjunction

with any other offers.

Offer Voucher

Sunday Offer 12pm - 6pm

FREE Starter or Pudding

with sunday main course

www.thevictoriahitchin.com

Valid from 1st January to 28th February 2014 HWFF. Not to

be used in conjunction with any other offers, minimum of 2

people and a maximum of 4 people per voucher. Advised to

book on Sundays and present voucher upon ordering.

Offer Voucher

Free glass of prosecco

with your pudding when

taking 3 courses from

our A La Carte menu.

Maximum 6 guests.

FREE Glass of Prosecco

www.redcoats.co.uk

Valid Monday to Saturday in January, February

& March 2014 HWFF. Not available in conjunction

with any other offers.

The

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Thursday, October 17, 2013. No. 2201 Hitchin Edition

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Support group’s fear

after funding is cut

Thursday, October 24, 2013. No. 2202 Hitchin Edition

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A charity that o fers help and advice

to parents of children who have

behavioural conditions has lost its

funding from Herts County Council.

Angels Support Group, which

supports parents and carers of children

with a tention deficit hyperactivity

disorder (ADHD) and/or autistic

spectrum disorders (ASD), has

had £40, 0 in funding removed by

the county council.

Leise Cooper, 43, was one of the

first members to help set up the

charity, which is based at The

Letchworth Centre for Healthy

Living, after her two children were

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The mother-of-two from Hitchin,

who is now the charity’s parent

support manager, said: “We work

rea ly hard to support families from

By Chandni Tanna

chandni.ta na@archant.co.uk

a l over North Hertfordshire and

Stevenage. It has b en a real shock

that this lump of money has been

taken away from us.

“We hav enough funds to tide us

over until Easter next year, but after

Roadworks

rain check

Residents left in limb ove road

surfacing work which should have

started in September have been told

it wi l now not be done until March

next year – because of weather

Residents living in Old Charlton

Road and Wra ten Road East,

Hitchin, were informed via a notice

put up by Herts Highways, that work

was going to start on September 27

and would last one day, but a month

on nothing has b en done.

Residents were told in order for

work to be ca ried out on worn-out

road surfaces, vehicles would n ed to

be moved to clear the area.

One resident of Old Charlton

Road, who wished to remain anonymous,

said: “We are fed up and frustrated

by this. Every night we move

our cars and in the morning find

that another sign has b en put up to

say that the work has been postponed

or the date has changed.

By Chandni Tanna

chandni.ta na@thecomet.net

“I am lucky because I have a drive

and can park my car there, but for

most people they have to park far

away from their house.

“People that work nearby at LV=

Liverpool Victoria on Tilehouse

Str et are also being a fected by this.

It is tota ly ridiculous. We n ed the

work to be done because there are

potholes everywhere.”

Anothe resident, Phi lip Jones,

said: “Our biggest inconvenience is

that my disabled mother has carers

come to s e her four times a day and

they have nowhere to park.

“We also have an elderly person’s

minibus that comes to take her to a day

centre, and we have to rea range that

each time they put up a sign to say they

wi l be doing the work, because they

wouldn’t be able to get into the road.”

that, if we don’t get anymore funding,

we wi l have to star to cut back

on the services we d o fer and we

A sign from the district council

says that parking restrictions wi l

rea ly don’t wan to have to do that.”

also b enforced from Monday, with

road markings to deter people from

parking on the road, but this has b en

delayed because the resurfacing work

has not been ca ried out.

Currently the charity has 700

Support groups run weekly in

Hitchin, Stevenage and Letchworth

GC and fortnightly in Royston. The

charity also runs various activities

during holiday times for children

Mr Jones, who has lived in Old

Charlton Road for the past five years,

said he paid £80 for three parking

permits because North Herts

and families.

Marolyn Brown, 39, from Hitchin,

District Council (NHDC) was enforcing

the restriction.

“I can’t understand the total

miscommunication betw en the two

authorities, and I wi l be asking for a

credit for the time we have not used

the parking permits.”

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uses the group for support with her

eight-year-old son Zak, who has ASD.

She said: “They are a lifeline to

parents and they have helped me and

my son to a great degr e. They are

always a the end of the phone when

you need them. If the service was

cut, I don’t know where we would go.

“They have helped me with understanding

the condition; they’ve come

with me to m et my son’s teachers to

explain to them what he has. The

new members may not ge to benefit

from a l the support I have had.”

Another parent, Maddie Samson,

whose son Lucas, 10, has b en diagnosed

with severe autism and ADHD,

said: “Our life would be ho rendous

withou their support. My son and I

would not be where we are today

without them. They helped me get

him out of mainstream school and

into a special school which caters for

A Herts County Council spokesman

said: “The council awarded

fixed-term grant funding to a variety

of groups for a two-year period from

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one of 10 local organisations that

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to contribute to the work those

organisations do in delivering

targeted services that prevent the

support n eds of children and their

families from escalating.

“It was made clear from the onset

tha this was not intended as permanent

funding.”

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Herts County Council (HCC) said

the delay was due to a mechanical

failure of some of th equipment

n eded to ca ry ou the work. Once

this i sue was resolved, the scheme

was scheduled to begin on October 18.

However, poor weather conditions

mean this was not po sible.

A spokesman for HCC said: “We

are using a micro asphal treatment

which is not po sible to lay in wet

conditions or in lower temperatures.

Now tha these weather conditions

are becoming more prevalent, we

have reluctantly had to postpone the

treatment until March 2014.”

C lr Tom Brindley, NHDC’s portfolio

holder for planning, transport

and enterprise, said: “We had b en

waiting fo resurfacing work to be

completed by Herts County Council

before refreshing some resident

parking lines in Wra ten Road East,

and adding new bays in Old Charlton

Road, as we l as limited waiting

areas to free up space for visitors

and people using local busine ses.

“We now understand that this

work has b en postponed until next

March, so we wi l schedule in the

work to lay down the new lines by

the end of this month.”

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Local Restaurant & Retail Voucher Offers

Offer Voucher

Monday Supper Club

Every Monday Evening

2 starters, 2 mains and

dessert to share.

£30 for two people

www.radcliffearms.com

Offer Voucher

January Offer

2 Hanger Steaks

with Chips, Salad

and Pepper Sauce

For Only £25

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Valid until 31st Jan 2014 HWFF

Valid until 31st Jan 2014 HWFF

Offer Voucher

Main Course Lunch

Monday - Wednesday

12:00noon to 2:00pm

in January 2014

(up to 4 people with coupon)

10% OFF THE BILL

www.foxatwillian.co.uk

Offer Voucher

Main Course Lunch

Monday - Wednesday

12:00noon to 2:00pm

in January 2014

(up to 4 people with coupon)

10% OFF THE BILL

www.hermitagerd.co.uk

Valid until 31st Jan 2014 HWFF

Not available in conjunction with any other offers.

Valid until 31st Jan 2014 HWFF

Not available in conjunction with any other offers.

Hitchin Wine & Food Festival

Offer Voucher

Lunch Time Meal Deal

For 4 People or More

20% off in December

www.dragoninnhitchin.co.uk

Valid until 31st December 2013 HWFF

Offer Voucher

Dinner suit, dress

shirt & bow tie

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December only

Only £42.50

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Valid from 1st December to 31st December 2013 HWFF

Congratulations to the Rotary Club of Hitchin Tilehouse

for a great event.

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2nd Floor, 99 Bancroft, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, SG5 1NQ

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Sun Hotel Wine Exhibitors (Entry Fee £5:00)

A Bordeaux and Beyond

French wines imported directly from smaller

independent artisan wine makers, not usually

available in the UK

www.bordeauxetbeyond.co.uk

B Pacta Connect (UK) Ltd “PC Wines”

Stunning medal-winning wines from Croatia

and the northern Adriatic coast, featuring some

unusual grape varieties such as Plavac Mali,

Grasevina and Malvasia

www.pactaconnect.co.uk

C Hyde Park Wines Ltd

Sticky wines: Sweet and fortified wines.

Wine for spice: Cool refreshingly sparkling wines

to drink with spicy food

www.hpwines.co.uk

D Carte Du Vin

An independent importer of fine wines from France,

Spain and South Africa

www.carte-du-vin.co.uk

E Three Counties Wines Ltd

Specialising in New World wines, Three Counties

Wines brings you interesting, unusual great value

wines you are going to love!

www.threecountieswines.co.uk

Purchase your tickets early for the

Wine Festival from HRH Holmes

F Beverly Bollons’ Wine Collection

Small but perfectly formed independent wine

merchant offering a choice of quality wines

from around the world.

www.bbwinecollection.co.uk

G Ninesprings Wine

(South African wines our speciality)

Ninesprings Wine offer quality wines from all over

the Western Cape including award winning wines

from smaller vineyards and independent winemakers

www.ninespringswine.co.uk

H The Woburn Wine Company

With over 25 years experience in the wine trade, we

have sourced wines which in our opinion represent

exceptional value for money at all levels

www.woburnwine.co.uk

I Nick Dobson Wines

Our goal is to bring the European regions we love best

to the UK, and share our delight in these wines, their

regions, and the cultures they come from.

www.nickdobsonwines.co.uk

SPECIAL OFFER

Book your table quoting

Hitchin food festival then

bring your copy of the food

festival voucher and receive

a complimentary bottle of

wine with your meal!

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The Hermit of Redcoats is a traditional country pub

with great ales, wines and a hearty menu. We pride

ourselves on serving quintessentially British food; locally

sourced recipes made exceptionally well. Open fires,

welcoming service and a homely atmosphere create a

warm and tasty dining experience.

Hermit of Redcoats, Titmore Green,

Little Wymondley, Hitchin, SG4 7JR

Telephone: 01438 747333

www.thehermitofredcoats.com

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Hitchin Market Place Food Exhibitors

A chancham

Family run business. Sauces are all 100% natural,

quick and easy to use and taste home made. Gluten

free and suitable for vegans.

www.chancham.com

B Charlotte’s Organic Home Baking

Tasty treats for those with food intolerances, wheat,

gluten, dairy and egg free.

www.charlotteshomebaking.co.uk

C The Cherry Tree

Pickles, jams, curds, marinades, cheddar cheese,

cook-in-sauces.

www.cherrytreepreserves.com

D Redcoats Farmhouse Restaurant

Dine in our award winning restaurant. Take your

time and enjoy our delicious & exciting dishes,

fine wine, efficient & friendly service and convivial

ambience. (Performing cooking demos on stand).

www.redcoats.co.uk

E Chiltern Cold Pressed Rapeseed Oil

A healthy British alternative to olive oil.

www.chilterncoldpressedrapeseedoil.co.uk

F G The Giggly Pig Company

Handmade pre packed pork sausages, faggots, dry

cured back bacon and ribs.

www.gigglypig.co.uk

H Cantina Carnitas

Amazing burritos from Hertfordshire’s first and finest

Mexican street food trailer.

www.cantinacarnitas.com

J Hitchin Helping Hands

K Capsicana Chilli Co Ltd

Handmade gourmet chilli sauces and authentic

Mexican chillies.

www.capsicanca.co.uk

L Handmade Treats

Luxury Christmas puddings, oils, marinades,

sauces and gift boxes.

www.handmade-treats.co.uk

M Now Now South African Food Company

Bunnychow, yummy South African soul food

N The Comet

The Hitchin Comet. Your town.

Your Newspaper

www.thecomet24.co.uk

O The Victoria Public House

Honest, homemade pub food, tasty snacks, hearty

meals, daily specials board, traditional roast dinners,

pie nights & gastro food evenings. The Vic will be

serving us delicious Pie and Mash.

www.thevictoriahitchin.com

P Shiva Food

Olives, nuts, Turkish delight

Q Strada

Authentic Italian dishes that offer a true taste of

Italy. Great quality, freshly prepared pizzas, pastas

and risottos.

www.strada.co.uk

R North Hertfordshire College

S Rotary Beer and Mulled Wine Stand

In association with Tring Brewery

T Hermit of Redcoats

Locally sourced, freshly produced, quality food. All

freshly made inhouse from the tomato ketchup in our

Hermit burger to the banana bread that comes with

our cheese board.

www.thehermitofredcoats.com

U Nutmeg and Mace

A real taste of the Caribbean to warm the spirit and

brighten the soul! Sweet and savoury.

V Wobbly Bottom Farm

High-quality artisan cheeses, produced by a small

but perfectly formed dairy herd. Creamy soft goat’s

cheese, to cheddars infused with a delicious range

of extras, including tangy root ginger, real ale and

mustard, and cracked black peppercorns.

www.wobblybottomfarm.co.uk

W Riverford Home Delivery

We deliver organic veg, meat and more from our

farms direct to you.

www.riverford.co.uk

X Hitchin Bakehouse

Hitchin Bakehouse is a micro-bakery specialising in

sourdoughs and other slowly make breads.

www.hitchinbakehouse.co.uk

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Hitchin Market Place Exhibitor Stalls Floor Plan

Hitchin Wine & Food Festival

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traditional south-east Asian cooking.

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Telephone: 01462 440989

www. dragoninnhitchin.co.uk

The Dragon Inn London Road St. Ippolyts, Hitchin Hertfordshire SG4 7NL

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Rotary Club of Hitchin Tilehouse

Supporting independent providers

Every exhibitor is passionate about what they do

whether it is preserving rare breeds, encouraging

us to be adventurous with our taste buds or

showing us that we don’t have to compromise

on quality for the sake of convenience.

Our exhibitors bring with them quality,

freshness, uniqueness and variety that you won’t

find in supermarkets.

There are meats from rare breeds of pigs and

native breeds of beef and lamb that have all

grazed freely on the hillsides of the eastern edge

of the Chilterns. Many producers will happily

invite you to their farms and smallholdings but

why not visit them on the Market Place? What

is meat without vegetables? Find an array of

fresh, seasonal produce that comes straight from

the producers and is with you on the same day.

And what better way to finish a meal than with

one of the 40 local cheeses on display that are

sustainable, traceable and organic.

The Rotary Wine and Food Festival is one way

of supporting our local businesses, it is one way

we can bring our communities together and it is

one way we really find out what delicious, fresh

tastes are right there on our doorstep.

INDULGE

RESTA URA N T

North Hertfordshire College’s Indulge

restaurant invites you to experience a new

lunchtime menu, inspired monthly theme

evenings, and classic seasonal specials. All

food is freshly prepared and cooked by our

catering and hospitality students under

instruction from our Head Chef and visiting

chefs.

Enquiries and bookings

01462 471076

www.indulge.nhc.ac.uk

@NHC_Indulge

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Centre for the Arts, Willian Road, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, SG4 0LS


Flavours from around the World

Our wine exhibitors may come from Hitchin,

Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Yorkshire and

Essex but many have travelled around the

World to bring character, quality, beautiful

and rare wines back with them. Discover new

and exciting flavours and be prepared to be

pleasantly surprised as there is something to suit

everyone’s pockets and taste buds.

Many of our wine exhibitors support artisan

produce and small vineyards in countries across

Europe like Israel, Hungary and Switzerland

and as far afield as South Africa, South America

and New Zealand. Taste the quality of wines that

are made by small producers who passionately

care about what they are making.

We could not forget that this festival is a marriage

of wine and food, so our wine exhibitors have

many ideas of how to blend the two together.

Whether you would like to drink and eat or put

the drink in what you eat, they will be happy

to make a recommendation!

If you prefer beer, then visit the Rotary Beer

Stand in the Market Place where you can try

and purchase a selection of real ales from Tring

Brewery. Experience the richness of ales prepared

by the traditional method, using malted barley,

hops, water and yeast. The finest ingredients,

most of which are home grown.

Hitchin Wine & Food Festival

RESTAURANT

32 Sun Street,

Hitchin, Herts.

SG5 1AH

Tel: 01462 455666

www.just32.com

Since opening in February 1999,

Just 32 has gained an excellent

reputation for a wide variety of

reasons; the excellent freshly

cooked food, the friendly

staff, the ambience and above

all a feeling you are eating

somewhere very special.

We offer a full à la carte menu,

including vegetarian dishes,

a separate lunch menu and also

a mid-week specials menu where

you can enjoy either a 2 or 3

course meal (lunch and dinner)

from only £15.95.

Our à la carte menu changes

every month and our lunch

menu more frequently.

Take a look at the Just 32 Restaurant

reviews on TripAdvisor and

then give us a call to experience

the difference.

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Rotary Club of Hitchin Tilehouse

James Nicholas Head Chef

The Radcliffe Arms

Trained at The Snooty Fox, Lowick &

The Phesant at Keyston under Clive Dixon,

Head Chef to Heston Blumenthal

Cheese maker salad

Ingredients

1 x Pack Gem lettuce

1 x Chicory hearts

50g French Blue Cheese

2 Shallots

4 Sprigs of Rosemary

4tbs of red wine vinegar

1 x Egg

Pack of Croutons

4tbs of double cream

Preparation & cooking

Take 1 packet of gem lettuce and chicory hearts.

Pick off the leaves down to the hearts and then

quarter those. Throw any limp lettuce leaves away

and wash, dry and place to one side.

Chop up some blue cheese we prefer fourm

d`ambert French blue cheese. Peel and slice

2 shallots into thin rings and add 4tbs of red wine

vinegar to them, a pinch of sugar and salt also.

Lightly poach the egg, mix the leaves with the

shallots, add cheese and croutons, add 4tbs

of double cream and mix thoroughly, season

with salt and pepper.

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To book a table at The Radcliffe Arms call: 01462 456111 • www.radcliffearms.com


WHERE A

WARM WELCOME

AWAITS YOU

Hitchin Wine & Food Festival

OPENING TIMES

Monday – Friday 8.00am - 11.00pm

Breakfast 8.00am - 11.00am

Lunch 12.00pm - 2.30pm

Dinner 6.00pm - 9.30pm

Saturday 9.00am - 12.00pm

Breakfast 9.00am - 11.00am

Lunch 12.00pm - 2.30pm

Dinner 6.00pm - 9.30pm

Sunday 9.00am - 4.00pm

Breakfast 9.00am - 11.00am

Lunch 12.00pm - 2.30pm

Closed Sunday Evening

The Radcliffe Arms is one of

the best in the business when

it comes to Traditional Pubs.

Offering stunning food, the best

real ales, beers and fine wines

in a great atmosphere, this is

a venue you’ll want to revisit.

Open from 8.00am in the

morning, freshly cooked

breakfasts are available from

8.00am until 11:30am, lunch

special deals are available

everyday and Sunday lunches are

available from 12:00 to 2:30pm.

All food is freshly cooked and

prepared using locally sourced

fresh produce.

31 Walsworth Road

Hitchin, Hertfordshire

SG4 9ST

Tel: 01462 456111

www.radcliffearms.com

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Rotary Club of Hitchin Tilehouse

Ingredients

Crumble filling

6-8 cooking apples

100g white sugar

thumb of ginger

1/4 tsp cinnamon

Crumble topping

50g oats

50g plain

50g unsalted butter

50g unrefined brown sugar

20g ground almonds

handful of flaked almonds

Custard

1/2pt double cream

1/2pt whole milk

1 vanilla pot

4 egg yolks

50g caster sugar

Preparation & cooking

Michael Poberezny

Head Chef at The Victoria

Young accomplished self-taught Chef

originally from Leicestershire, Michael

is inspired by honest, seasonal ingredients

creating gutsy Modern British food

with flair at The Victoria

Poached Apple & Ginger Crumble with vanilla custard

(Serves 4)

Peel, core and slice apples into segments. Place in a

pan with sugar, cinnamon and ginger, cover with water

and bring to simmer until apples are tender, but not

mushy. Remove apples and reduce liquid by 1/3rd.

Place all topping ingredients into a baking tray and

cook until golden brown and crisp, stirring as necessary

then briefly pulse in food processor to remove any

large lumps.

Gently warm cream, milk and vanilla seeds until

warm. Over a gentle bain-marie, whisk the yolks and

sugar until thick and creamy, add 1/2 milk mixture

to yolks, whisking all the time. Return to remaining

milk and stir until the mixture thickens, take care not

to let it boil.

Divide apples between 4 ramekins and pour over

syrup, cover with crumble topping and heat through.

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To book a table at The Victoria Pub call: 01462 432682 • www.thevictoriahitchin.com


Hitchin Wine & Food Festival

Everyone’s Favourite Local

Now boasting four fine Real Ales Cask Marque approved,

delicious homemade food, themed food evenings, monthly

pie night, monthly acoustic night, quiz nights, beer festivals,

charity events, social clubs & quality entertainment, served

with a big smile & all packed into one very cosy little local.

The Victoria & all of the staff welcome you to The Victoria,

it’s your home from home.

Food Times

Monday - Friday Lunch

12.00noon - 3.00pm

Monday Night Supper

6.00pm - 9.00pm

Friday Night Supper

6.00pm - 9.00pm

Saturday Brunch

11.00am - 3.00pm

Sunday Lunch

12.00noon - 6.00pm

Real Ales, Real Food, Real Pub

The Victoria, 1 Ickleford Road, Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG5 1TJ

Tel: 01462 432682 • thevictoriahitchin.com

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Rotary Club of Hitchin Tilehouse

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Scott Liversedge, Head Chef (right)

& Louis Edington, Junior Sous (left)

Scott joined Redcoats Farmhouse back in 1988 as a chef

de partie and worked his way up through the ranks until

he was promoted to head chef in 2003. Under Scott’s

leadership the restaurant has won an AA rosette

and retained it for 9 consecutive years.

Berry Meringue Trifle (makes 4)

Ingredients

270g Frozen berries

300g Caster sugar

15ml Water

Lemon drizzle cake

Sweet sherry

100g egg white(approx. 4 eggs)

Red food colouring (optional)

1 tablespoon Bird’s custard powder

200ml Milk

3.5ml Vanilla essence

¾ pint Double cream

A few fresh berries

4 sprigs of mint to garnish

Visit our

stall at Hitchin

Wine & Food Festival

for a flavour of

Redcoats

Stall D

Preparation & cooking

1. Make the mini meringues by whisking egg whites to stiff

peaks – when they reach soft peaks gradually add 200g

of the caster sugar. Transfer to piping bag and, if you

like, swirl through a few drops of the food colouring

with a wooden spoon. Pipe dots of meringue mixture

(width of a penny) onto baking paper. Cook at 100°C

for 90 minutes.

2. Boil the frozen berries, 60g sugar and the water

for 5 minutes and leave to cool.

3. Whisk the double cream together with the vanilla

essence and 40g of sugar until stiff.

4. Make a thick custard by following the instructions on

the pack but reducing the amount of milk to 200ml per

tablespoon custard powder and 2/3 tablespoon sugar.

Leave to cool. Alternatively thicken a pre-made custard

using cornflour.

5. Build the trifles in tumbler glasses.

a) Cut a piece of cake to fit, place in the bottom

of the glass and then soak with sherry.

b) Cover with a desert spoon of fruit compote.

c) Mix together the cream and the custard and pipe

a layer on top of the compote.

d) Fold another spoon of fruit compote into the cream

and custard mixture.

e) Top the glass with mini meringues, fresh berries

and a sprig of mint to garnish.

To book a table at Redcoats call: 01438 729500 • www.redcoats.co.uk


Hitchin Wine & Food Festival

A delicious & relaxing experience perfect for any occasion

Redcoats Farmhouse hotel and restaurant

is a magnificent building, parts of which

date back to 1480, with delightful gardens

set in rolling Hertfordshire countryside just

5 minutes from Hitchin town centre.

We pride ourselves on serving seasonal food

using the very best ingredients available.

Fruit, vegetables and herbs are grown on site

in our kitchen garden, with partridges and

pheasant all reared within a one-mile radius.

Light lunches from £7.50 per dish

Dinner from £26 for two courses

Afternoon tea from £15 per person

Dining at Redcoats is, perhaps, a little

different from other restaurants. In addition

to our three dining rooms we have a bar,

two sitting rooms and a large garden.

Both of our sitting rooms have open fires

in the colder months and make for

a pleasant cosy place to relax.

Our restaurant is a warm and relaxed

environment with friendly service.

Our main dining room is the conservatory,

with unspoilt views over our beautiful

gardens. Our smaller dining rooms are

ideal for private dinner parties.

Monday to Saturday: Lunch 12.00noon - 2.00pm

Afternoon Tea 3.00pm-5.00pm • Dinner 6.30pm - 9.00pm

Sunday: Lunch 12.00noon - 3.00pm

Redcoats Farmhouse, Redcoats Green, Hertfordshire, SG4 7JR

Telephone: 01438 729500 • sales@redcoats.co.uk • www.redcoats.co.uk

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Rotary Club of Hitchin Tilehouse

Two AWARD WINNING Establishments

20−21 Hermitage Rd• Hitchin • SG5 1BT

01462 433603

www.hermitagerd.co.uk

The Fox Willian Herts SG6 2AE

01462 480233

www.foxatwillian.co.uk

Winner of BEST FOOD OFFER

the Publican Awards 2013

MICHELIN BIB GOURMAND 2014

SIDE POCKET

FOR A TOAD

CRISP, GOLD & HOPPY

3.6

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Light up a Life

2013

Carol Service

Remember a cherished life this

Christmas and help support

children and adults with a terminal

illness in North Hertfordshire.

Hitchin Wine & Food Festival

Thursday 5th December 7.00pm

at St. Mary’s Church, Hitchin

For more information Contact:

Hitchin Town Centre Initiative

27 Churchyard, Hitchin, Herts SG5 1HP • Tel: 01462 453335

You can also donate at www.justgiving.com/hitchintreeoflights

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WIN A LUXURY

CHRISTMAS

HAMPER

For your chance to win a fabulous Hitchin Wine & Food

Festival hamper, just in time for Christmas, simply pop

down to the Festival, fill in our entry form and place

your completed entry in one of the boxes located

on the Rotary stall in the Market Place or at

the wine tasting event at the Sun Hotel. The

winner will be notified by phone/email by

23rd November 2013.

Please Note: This is a free prize draw, Hitchin Tilehouse Rotary club will NOT

store your details. We will NOT contact you or share your details with anyone.

The Gift Hamper image shown is for illustration purposes only. You must be 18

or over to enter the free prize draw.

If you would like to join the Rotary Club of Hitchin Tilehouse

or one of the other clubs in our area,

email : info@tilehouserotary.org or visit: www.ribi.org

Next Years Issue

If you interested in securing your stall for next years (2014)

Hitchin Wine & Food Festival or to advertise in the guide

please email: Info@hitchinwineandfoodfestival.co.uk

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