Tuck Box: Thornbridge beer just champion

Thornbridge's Rob Lovatt  with Alistair Myers and Tom Samworth of Rowley's.
Thornbridge's Rob Lovatt with Alistair Myers and Tom Samworth of Rowley's.

THORNBRIDGE Brewery joined forces with Rowley’s gastro-pub at Baslow for a double celebraion this week,

Rowley’s annual Thornbridge evening, featuring fine food married with the Bakewell brewery’s award-winning ales, coincided with an announcement that Jaipur had been named Champion Beer 2011 in the international ‘brewing Oscars’.

A spokesman for the Brewing Industry International Awards said: “Jaipur has been judged by experts to be the finest of its type found anywhere in the world, and Thornbridge should be very proud.”

Rowley’s manager Alistair Myers and head chef Tom Samworth served up a six-course meal featuring blade of beef slow-cooked in St Petersburg ale and Brock stout ice cream disguised as a pint of beer, with malted milk foam and dark chocolate mousse.

Right royal celebrations

As wedding fever grips the nation, the Wig & Pen will be leading the celebrations this afternoon (Thursday) with an English garden party in historic Paradise Square.

Pimms, cocktails and English wines will be flowing from 3pm, along with a barbecue and homemade strawberry and cream trifle.

The Milestone team, which now runs the gastro-pub, has a Regal Wedding Breakfast from 10am. Highlights range from home-cured salmon with scrambled duck egg and truffle toast to the full works: home-cured bacon, rare breed sausages, fried eggs, black pudding, hash browns and homemade baked beans. Prices from £7.

* Other city restaurants marking the royal nuptials include the Crosspool Tavern and the Moorlands at Owler Bar – where diners enjoy a free carvery if they take a commemorative plate from a previous royal wedding.

* Walkley butcher Chris Beech has created a limited edition royal wedding sausage of pork, rosemary and thyme.

“I’ve named it the King William but my regular customers have nicknamed it the Big Willie!” says Chris.

Cookery school revamp

COghlan’s Cookery School at Sheepbridge, near Chesterfield, is due to reopen next week following a high-tech revamp.

The kitchen is being kitted out with Miele equipment and a new demonstration area.

Head of school, Janet Coghlan, says: “This investment is a major boost to the area, giving Sheffield a world-class cooking environment right on the doorstep.”

New tuition will include Miele short courses, let’s do lunch and cookery days, and a range of wine courses delivered by resident expert Andrew Coghlan.

Dam House sale

Dam House restaurant and bar – formerly owned by footballer Carlton Palmer – has been put up for sale. Receivers were called in after withdrawal of funding forced the Crookes Valley Park business to close.

High five for bar 23

23 Bar and Restaurant at the West One plaza is celebrating its fifth birthday tonight with a party. There will be two floors of live music and DJs plus food and some free drinks from 7.30-10.30pm.

Animal attraction

Newest attraction at Meadowhall’s Oasis Food Court is family-friendly restaurant Giraffe. It is one of five outlets expected to open by October as part of a £7m transformation.