Food for thought with Neil Grant

Neil Grant of Ferndale Garden Centre
Neil Grant of Ferndale Garden Centre
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Neil Grant is director of Ferndale Garden Centre at Coal Aston. He lives in Beauchief with wife Linda and black Labradors in place of their three adult children.

Are you a cook?

Um, no. My signature dishes are pancakes and gravy, but not together!

Any cooking tips?

Marry a good cook — like my wife Linda. Maybe it’s being county commissioner for Girl Guiding, she’s probably got a badge for cooking!

What’s your favourite dish?

Pasta puttanesca (‘tart’s pasta’!) bursting with flavour.

And a drink to go with it?

Barolo, a fantastic red wine.

Your favourite restaurant in the Sheffield area?

A new one: Brocco on the Park: great staff, relaxed atmosphere, lovely décor and good local beer… And Ferndale coffee shop of course!

And pub?

The Broadfield: I can just about walk there from home. I like the eclectic mix of people – and the 200 whiskys!

What’s the worst meal you’ve ever had?

At a restaurant in a semi-derelict village on Tenerife. What arrived was a bowl of unidentifiable sea creatures and a ‘sausage’ that turned out to be pickled octopus tentacles.

And the best?

Raymond Blanc’s Manoir de Quat’ Saisons: every mouthful a heavenly banquet.

Your favourite TV cook?

Nigella. Linda says it was 10 years before I realised it was a cookery programme – her food’s good as well!

What do you think of Sheffield as a place to eat out?

Improving dramatically. There is so much innovation going on.