Harvest time is always the best time in the Kitchens of The Strawberry Tree, not alone have we got our Farmer Producers bringing in to us the fabulous bounty of their years labour…. but, also our Wild Food Pantry is bursting at the seams with harvested wild food goodies for The Menu. Exciting times for any Kitchen that has to be totally reliant on the seasons; this is the time that our chefs can flourish with Irelands natural harvest…can it get any better!
Well, yes it can and it has done so every winter since The Strawberry Tree opened its door for the first time. We always find ourselves watching the calendar in the Kitchen at this time of year, counting the days down to midnight on October 31st, when for a brief period every year the Irish Game Season opens and our menu transforms totally into a celebration of the largest variety of Wild Game that any menu in Ireland has to offer.
From the heady scent of braised pheasant, the deep dark flavour of slow-cooked venison to the delicate taste of Woodcock and Snipe, a contented reliance on nature’s gifts is as Strawberry Tree as it gets.
And Natures Gifts they are, She gives us a bounty of Wild Foods every winter: Venison, Rabbit, Pheasant, Widgeon, Teal, Mallard, Woodcock, Snipe to name a few…but its Nature that decides when these will make star appearances on the menu of The Strawberry Tree, not us!