It’s Tapas night!

As I write, the first splash of spring sunshine is grazing my keyboard. I’m not quite transported to the hills of Andalusia but it’s amazing how the first hints of spring make me want to move from eating pies and sumptuous stews to the vibrant colours and flavours of southern Europe. Tapas night is one my favourite of our gourmet nights, and the menu this year is as inviting and lively as ever.

Creamy Leek and Mussel soup, pillowy tortilla and a variety of pintxos are all part of our fabulous Tapas night

Drawing from his travels through the Basque region, including the food paradise of San Sebastián, and time spent in Andalusia and Valencia, Stuart has perfected a unique menu that highlights the flavours of Spanish cuisine that enhance the relaxed feel of an evening spent with good friends, good food and a crisp drop of manzanilla.

Tapas originates from the practice of using a saucer as a cover for a glass of wine. These covers were adorned with tasty morsels of food to attract customers, which soon became as popular as the wine, with bar owners seeking to produce the most flavoursome flashes of local flavour.

Fennel and orange give vibrant notes of Spanish flavour to our tapas dishes such as creamy mussel, leek and fennel soup, or succulent duck leg slowly cooked and infused with orange and warm Moorish spices.

Our menu showcases the best of Spanish food, from the simplicity of Iberico Ham, to the delicate complexity of a salt cod and parsley croquette, we want to take you on a journey through this enticing country from the comfort of our warm and vibrant restaurant.

Warm and lively, Paprika brings a unique flavour to our Chicken Pinchitos.

We’ll introduce you to Pinchitos (or Pintxos), the Basque version of Tapas. The principle of little plate is the same, but Pintxos are always served on skewers. Or perhaps you fancy indulging in a unique taste of Valencia, with our Squid, Fennel and Morcilla stew. Morcilla is found throughout Spain, and the recipe varies with plenty of regional rivalry as to which if the best. We find the warm spicing of recipe common to Valencia is the perfect seasoning for this flavoursome dish.

Moorish influence on Spanish cuisine peppers our Tapas menu.

Desserts are a splendid as ever, Crema Catalana is my personal pick, originally created to celebrate the feast of St. Joseph, this dense, luxurious cream borrows from Crème Brulée, with the flavourings of citrus and caramel that belie its Catalan origins. Or finish you meal with a zing of lime and chilli sorbet. Add in the fact that we have music from the fabulous Synergy and you can be sure we’ll have a gorgeous evening that will really make you feel summer is on it’s way.

Call 01952 580240 to join us on the 6th of April and journey through the delights of Spanish cuisine, all for just £27.95.



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Glorious Gin

A perennial classic, Gin has fizzed into the spotlight in recent years.At the Hundred House we have joyfully embraced the exciting flavours that have developed through the focus on carefully crafted gins, that draw inspiration from traditional knowledge of spicing and aromatics. Whilst I talk a great deal about our wonderful food and gorgeous gardens, it really is time our fabulous range of drinks were placed in the spotlight and where better to start than with gin!

Not long until its time to sip a gin under the Cherry Blossom. I can feel the gentle sun on my face already.

Whilst we are all familiar with classic brands that give us a cheery lift when we hear the clink of ice and feel the tickle of fizzy tonic on a summers day, the delights of small batch gin are what excite us at the Hundred House. By carefully selecting specific botanicals, gin makers create a unique range of flavours, which are enhanced by choice of tonic. It’s fabulous to help our guests  find their ideal blend, and it’s always fun  journey.

Whitley Neill is one of our favourite suppliers of small batch craft gin.

One of our most exciting suppliers is Whitley Neill.  A descendant of the legendary Greenalls brewing family, Johnny Neill has  used his knowledge to create a unique range of gin that fit beautifully with our values of fine flavour and innovation married with knowledge gleaned from family tradition. Blending familiar botanicals with more unique flavour of Baobab the Whitley Neill brand is a vibrant addition to our range of gin.

What can I taste ? All about botanicals


Juniper – this is the classic “gin” flavour that gives gin it’s bittersweet flavour.


Florentine Iris – Hailing from Italy, this imparts a soft fragrance that balances citrus notes and adds sweetness


Cassia Bark – a cousin of familiar cinammon, Cassia bark brings warmth to the aroma


Andalucian Lemon and Orange – zingy citrus notes balance the spice and lift the aromas, similar to the impact of a gremolata.


Baobab –  fruit of the African Baobab tree and the signature botanical of Whitley Neill, this brings a grapefruit softness to the gin, creating a truly unique drink.

A range of flavoured gins mean we can help our guests create a unique drink.

Our flavoured gins give a new dimension, elderflower is a familiar summery delight, with a heady perfume and floral finish while  our unusual nettle gin gives a herbal hit that is perfect to enjoy surrounded by the fragrance of herbs from our gardens.

Choosing the perfect tonic means you can create your ideal flavour combination.

The flavour of gin is further refined by the addition of tonic. Lamb and Watt tonics blend pure water from the Lake District with a range of herbs and florals to make your favourite gin sing a unique tune. When we found out their Basil tonic had been voted “best for 2018” by the Craft Gin Club we had to try it.   The basil brings a sweet-savoury sweet note that works beautifully with a gin such as Hendricks, with it’s distinctive Mediterranean nuance, always intensified by the classic cucumber garnish. Or perhaps a bouncy Hibiscus  to lend a tonic mysterious sweetness to the simplest gin is more appealing ? Where you have a more complex gin, or one with a strong flavour, such as J.J. Whitley’s Nettle Gin, the clarity of a classic tonic enhances without dominating the precisely crafted balance of flavour.

And if all this choice is a little overwhelming, we still offer the classic pairing of Gordon’s and Schweppes !

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