Eat for England
PUBLISHED: 12:11 03 April 2009 | UPDATED: 15:54 20 February 2013
St George's Day is celebrated this month and what better time to champion all that is English?
St George has been the Patron Saint of England since the 14th century and claims the same title in Aragon, Catalonia, Georgia, Lithuania, Palestine and Portugal among others. He was born in Turkey and was a Roman soldier who protested against the Romans' torture of Christians and died for his beliefs. One of the best known stories about Saint George is his fight with a dragon but it is highly unlikely that this happened and even more unlikely that he ever actually visited England.
But as St George is a representation of England, April 23rd is a time to celebrate being English and one way of doing this is through food and drink. Shropshire can offer everything you need to create a traditional English meal and is home to a number of great cafes and tearooms where you can indulge in an English cream tea.
Great Berwick Organics, near Shrewsbury, produces organic Longhorn beef which would make a good start to your traditional English meal or try the different cuts of meat or a beef wellington from the Battlefield Butchery in Shrewsbury. Or to save you the trouble of cooking Battlefield 1403 also offers a range of ready meals so you can whip up an English favourite in a fraction of the time.
Then to continue the theme you will need a good olde English pudding! You could sample a dark sticky gingerbread cake or a traditional Victoria sponge from the Squidgy Cake Company, Market Drayton, or fruit cakes from the Fruit Cake Company in Ludlow. Varieties include the Totally English Tradition - a fruit cake made with whiskey, and the Shropshire Gamekeeper's - a fruit cake made with a mix of spices and sloe gin. And if you fancied you could indulge with one of a variety of flavours of ice cream for Top House Dairy Ice Cream based in Cockshutt, near Ellesmere.
After your pudding you could then try some nibbles from an English cheeseboard. Mr Moyden's Handmade Cheese, based in Newport, makes Wrekin White, Newport and Newport 1665 and Appleby's of Hawkstone produces coloured or white Cheshire and smoked Cheshire and a Double Gloucester.
Or you may want to celebrate St George's Day by treating yourself to the very English cream tea! A scone with cream and jam and a good cuppa - what more could you ask for? There are a lot of good tearooms in the county but perhaps try Berry's Coffee House in Church Stretton or Wycherley's Coffee House in Newport for an afternoon tea. Alternatively, you might like nothing more than good old English cuppa in the comfort of your own home. Aroma Tea and Coffee Merchants in Shrewsbury produce Shropshire Brew which is specially formulated for Shropshire water and is carefully blended for a good full strength.
For more information about HEART of ENGLAND fine foods visit www.heff.co.uk or call 01746 785185.