Thursday 15 November 2012

Bay Leaf - Grayshott

Wednesday 14th November was a fine day, with glorious autumn sunshine, and we had plenty of mellow heat that evening when we visited the Bay Leaf in Grayshott.

After an enjoyable couple of pints in the Fox and Pelican, we made the short walk to the other side of the village green and a warm welcome from Bishnu and the team. A delicious mixed starter comprised onion pakora, sheek kebab, chicken tikka and lamb sikora. Everything was very tasty, and enough to whet the appetite for the main courses.

We enjoyed lamb madras, rogan josh, chicken pathia, and a chicken chilli stir fry that had a touch of Chinese about it. Sag paneer, tarka dhal, various naans and rice made perfect accompaniments, and the overall result was a really excellent meal, a good balance of medium and hot, but nothing too much to be thoroughly enjoyable. One of our stalwarts remarked that this was on a par with Madhuban, as good a Curry Club meal as he'd ever had, and that's a pretty fair summary.

We decided that as the December meeting (Wed 12th) is to be held at Spice Lounge, we'd go to the Old Square Brewery for aperitifs. We plan to book at Madhuban for the January meeting.

Talking of Madhuban, we hear that the restaurant has been included in the prestigious Michelin Guide for 2013. Congratulations to them!

Christmas is coming, and members that are planning to shop on Amazon are requested please to enter via the Amazon shopfront on our website. Buying through here gives a small kickback for the beer kitty! I'll put up some recommendations including books about Indian food that could make very acceptable gifts for Christmas.

Tuesday 6 November 2012

November meeting - Bay Leaf, Grayshott

The table is booked! We're out of Petersfield for the November meeting, on Wednesday 14th, at Bay Leaf in Grayshott. We visited in early May when it was still located in its old premises near the Fire Station. The business moved towards the end of May and is going very well in the new location, much nearer the Fox & Pelican, which is our rendezvous for aperitifs.

Essential information: aperitifs from about 19:30, and then dinner at 20:30. Please reply by e-mail or use the feedback page of our web site to say whether you'll be there or not. The F&P has Bengal Lancer on draught at the moment, and as well as being great beer, it seems a very apt start to a Curry Club evening.

Bay Leaf impressed us with the quality and presentation of its food at our last visit (review here) and I'm sure they'll aim to do just the same this time, promising a very good evening.

Two other notices:

1. As we run up to Christmas, a reminder about our Amazon shop. Amazon has a massive choice of books, music, films, electronics, and kitchen gear. This can give us a contribution to the beer kitty, so it's worth using. Here's the link!

2. As previously mentioned, the December meeting will be in Petersfield.