We are thrilled to have fantastically talented chef Anand George returning to Penally Abbey on the 13th & 14th of November. Bringing an authentic taste of Indian cuisine to Pembrokeshire this autumn, this is a rare chance to enjoy a unique tasting menu from one of the very best in the business. Hence we are excited to offer some very special short breaks for this event.
As our regular guests will testify, we take food very seriously here at Penally Abbey. But for our very special Pop Up Restaurant event in conjunction with the Purple Poppadom, the emphasis will switch from South Wales to Southern India, or Kerala to be specific. Here are some things that you might not know about Anand George and his unique approach to cooking:
The real taste of India: As well-travelled foodies will no doubt tell you, our experience of Indian food in the UK is often an Anglicised, heavily altered version of the real thing. We add rich dairy products and toss in things like raisins. Heck, we even swap the rice for chips.
But for the past few years Anand George has been a man on a mission to freshen up our ideas on Indian cuisine, through a mixture of innovative ideas and a passion for the cooking of his roots in Kerala. Keeping the fine presentation of British dishes, but reflecting a more authentic flavour of Southern India was the key- including dishes and ideas deliciously new to diners raised on Chicken Tikka Masala.
Flavours of Kerala
What can foodies expect from Anand’s kitchen? In the past he has charmed our tastebuds from with everything from Keralan street food, to unique stews, fluffy rice pancakes and even more lightly spiced dishes traditionally eaten by Indians for breakfast! The good news for our guests is that you can sample many flavours as part of a tasting menu, sparing you the agony of choice!
Kerala itself is a fascinating region, and a melting pot of trade from ancient Greek times to the era of European colonialism. Hence dishes often feature abundant ingredients such as coconut and tamarind, but also potatoes, tomatoes and peppers that found their way into the region, while Anand’s own food is also influenced by the flavours of Christian Syria. A recipe for some uniquely fresh flavour combinations!
The world’s most expensive curry!
Along with many awards, including “South Asian Chef of the Year” and the highly coveted “Welsh Curry House of the Year” for George’s Cardiff restaurant “The Purple Poppadum”, perhaps the biggest headline grabber of them all was for the so-called “World’s Most Expensive Curry”.
The latter was as the result of his involvement with a charity auction for Welsh children’s charity Ty Hafan, in which two contestants paid a total of £30,000 for their own personal visit and curry night from the chef.
Join us for a very special food event…
An amazing tasting menu with specially selected wines will delight diners at Penally Abbey this November 13 & 14. Spaces for evening guests are disappearing quickly, but we still have some tempting packages for overnight guests wishing to experience this tasty event. For £230, couples can experience our fantastic Indian food night, along with a Welsh breakfast and the very best of luxury accommodation in Pembrokeshire.
Click here for full details and a link to the special Tasting Menu.