British Sandwich Week is on its way from May 14 to 20, and The Feathers at Woodstock is celebrating the occasion by coming-up with the ultimate tea and sandwich pairings in partnership with Witney-based Whittard of Chelsea.
Michelin-starred chef Dominic Chapman – who is representing South-West England in this year’s BBC Great British Menu – has come up with some magnificent combinations.
As a former head chef at Heston Blumenthal’s restaurant, The Hind’s Head, Chapman’s knack for perfecting apparently simple dishes has earned him wide acclaim.
The man behind the Kitchen by Dominic Chapman restaurant at The Feathers Hotel, Chapman has teamed-up with Whittard of Chelsea in matching tea to sandwiches – a selection of which will be available at The Feathers Hotel in Woodstock for British Sandwich Week.
Examples of what you might expect to find there include:
Summer Pudding + Caramelised Onion, Mushroom & Brie Sandwiches
Inspired by the classic British pudding, Summer Pudding black tea is a symphony of summer with juniper berries, strawberries, blackcurrants and redcurrants. You need a creamy complement to all that fruit, so we’ve plumped for melted brie, a scattering of sautéed mushrooms and some caramelised onion to add sweetness.
Lapsang Souchong + Smoked Salmon Sandwiches
Lapsang is known for its unique smokiness, achieved by smoking the black tea over pine fires. It seemed only natural to pair it with smoked salmon sandwiches – Dominic has added cream cheese with a dash of tabasco and Worcestershire sauce.
Genmaicha + Fish Finger Sandwiches
Genmaicha isn’t your everyday green tea: blended with crispy toasted rice, it’s a popcorn lover’s dream. We’ve paired it with good old fish finger sandwiches for a scrumptious savoury treat, and added a dollop of tartare sauce for good measure.
Chelsea Garden + Tomato & Mozzarella Sandwiches
For a light, floral white tea you need something a little more delicate. We think the Chelsea Garden blend goes rather well with tomato and mozzarella sandwiches: you could even add a little pesto for an Italian twist.
White Peony + Cucumber Sandwiches
Another exquisite white tea, White Peony has a complex fruity sweetness and hints of bright melon. Add some cucumber sandwiches with a little cream cheese and a garnish of pea shoots, and you’ve got a match made in afternoon tea heaven.
Imperial Puerh + Steak & Stilton Sandwiches
Fancy something a little more substantial? Imperial Puerh is a fermented tea from the Chinese province of Yunnan: with its full body and gutsy autumnal tones, it demands a sandwich with welly. Dominic’s gone to town with a serious steak sarnie, slathered in lovely stilton and garnished with a generous helping of rocket, caramelised onions and tomato.
For further details, visit http://www.feathers.co.uk.