You may have been following the progress of Kevin MacLean, Head Chef at the Rat Inn in Anick, who was my nomination for the Parliamentary Pub Chef of the Year competition, organised by the British Pub and Beer Association and the All Party Parliamentary Beer Group. Kevin was one of four finalists who took part in a cook-off last month in London, and last night he was announced as the overall winner at a ceremony at the House of Commons. Kevin’s cook-off creation of pan-fried brill, roasted Jerusalem artichokes, purple sprouting broccoli, razor clam, parsley and hazelnut salad with a wild mushroom fricassée wowed the judges, and the dish is expected to be on the menu at The Rat Inn before too long so you can try it for yourself!
The Rat Inn is one of the finest pubs we have in the constituency and I am delighted that Kevin has been recognised for his fantastic food. Commiserations to the other three finalists who all did such a great job in the cook-off, and congratulations to Kevin on a brilliant achievement! Make sure to go along to The Rat Inn and try some of Kevin’s award-winning cooking- just one of many examples of excellent pub cooking in Tynedale and Ponteland.