I’ve known Beth (aka The Free Range Chef) for a while now – we’re part of the awesome #bathindiechat gang. When I heard that she was putting on one of her infamous Pudding Nights at The Tollgate in Holt, I couldn’t book my tickets fast enough.
Beth is a true foodie – she’s a passionate vegetarian and is very mindful about food waste, sustainability and seasonality. Not only all that, she supports other local businesses in the area by buying as many of her ingredients as possible from them. Her work has included her infamous stalls at local markets, including delicious breakfast pots or a lunchtime salad bar. Cooking has taken her around the world where she has catered at yoga and wellness retreats. Beth will also rustle up a wedding cake or cater for the whole event. Nothing seems to phase this wonder woman!
Anyway, onto the Pudding Night, advertised as an evening of indulgence with four courses of sharing platters. Having already been to a Pizza and Pudding Night last year, I knew I was in for a treat!
A savoury tasting board kicked off the event. This included herby millet falafel, a smoky aubergine and tomato salad served with wild garlic hummus with sourdough focaccia. The wild garlic hummus had just the right amount of garlic in without being over powerful and was the craziest of colours!
Seconds involved a whiskey, date & walnut slice with raspberry custard tarts, pumpkin seed praline and a cardamon & orange semifreddo. The semifreddo was incredibly light, refreshing and just the right amount of ‘frozen-ness’ to it.
Our third platter included lemon & rosewater posset, rhubarb, pecan and salted caramel torte and delicate black sesame & ginger snaps. Again, the snaps had just the right balance of ginger and I loved the tiny dots of sesame peeking from them. The posset was divine – so smooth, rich (without being too rich) and not an old lady rose scent in sight.
The last platter of the night was good old cheese, biscuits and chutney!
It was SO difficult to chose a favourite. Everything had just the right balance, nothing was too sweet and I did’t leave feeling like I’d been overdosed on sugary treats. There were take away boxes to use but I have to say my friend and I cleared the LOT!