Aubrey’s team get spicy in the kitchen for National Curry Week!

The nation’s favourite dish is also a team favourite here at Aubrey Allen! With statistics published in 2016 stating that Britons spend over £30k on curry in their lifetime it’s no surprise that National Curry Week has tickled the tastebuds of the Aubrey’s team.

To celebrate National Curry Week we challenged seven members of the team to each cook a curry over seven days and here’s what we discovered…

  1. Quick and easy or low and slow – it’s up to you! Busy mum Claire wanted a family-friendly curry in a hurry and looked to the ready-prepared spice mixes available in the shop. Adding a bhuna Spice Pot to her diced chicken supremes and natural yoghurt she created a delicious dish in no time at all leaving her with plenty of time to spend with the family and plan the next cheese of the week in the shop!

    Sophie had an afternoon to herself and dedicated it to her slow cook shin of beef recipe starting by making a spice paste from scratch. Cooking low and slow allowed Sophie to carry on with the new shop slideshow graphics while she waited. The finished result? A Thai red beef curry jam-packed with flavour!

  2. No meat, no problem! If you hadn’t already heard, Aubrey Allen is #MoreThanAButcher and we challenged Zara (self-confessed cheese addict) to a meat-free dish. Halloumi was the perfect alternative and Zara created a Cauliflower & Halloumi curry sure to tempt vegetarians and meat lovers alike.
  3. It’s not just chicken…For those used to cooking their curries with chicken we can definitely recommend stepping out of your comfort zone!
    For Sarah, cooking with pork was limited to grilling bacon on a Sunday morning but with 400g of diced pork she made a spicy pork bhuna in less than an hour leaving her plenty of time to check in on the company’s social media pages.

    ‘Captain’ Simon Kelly wasn’t afraid of the challenge and created a fantastic spicy shoulder of lamb cooked on the bone for maximum flavour.

  4.  Cooking on a budget? Curry’s the one…A few handy spice jars from the cupboard, stock, fresh or frozen vegetables and meat from our Monday special offer range and you’ve got yourself a delicious, nutritious dish without spending a fortune.
    Every Monday is special offer day and you can find the shop full of great meat at great prices. Beef mince, chicken supremes, lamb joints, steaks, even ready made curries and casseroles! Take a look and fill your freezer ready for the next curry night at home!

    Cal used lamb mince (part of our Monday special offers) and plenty of chilli (he’s the mastermind behind the crazy-hot burgers we do!) with a hint of North African flavours using dried apricots and almonds.

    Resident Masterchef, Robin, used his day off to rustle up a fragrant lamb curry – and that was after he’d made over 100 portions of curry to sell on the meat counter!

    So there you have it – curry for all tastes, budgets, couples and families and as hot or as mild as you like.
    What’s your favourite meat to use in curry? Let us know!

    Claire’s curry in a hurry

    Sophie’s slow cooked Thai Red Curry

    Zara’s Halloumi curry

    Sarah’s Pork Bhuna

    Simon’s slow cooked lamb on the bone

    Cal’s super speedy lamb curry

    Robin’s fragrant diced lamb

C’est magnifique! We’re helping Oscar’s celebrate the Best of Bordeaux

The annual Bordeaux Dinner at Oscar’s French Steakhouse and Bistro is a firm favourite in the Aubrey Allen calendar and a perfect lead up to the colder months.
This year’s event is being held on Thursday 8th November and we can’t wait! As always, Lindsay from Wine Poole will be on hand to introduce the wines.

The evening starts with an Oscar’s standard – french bread, olives and saucisson, paired beautifully with white Bordeaux. It’s all about the aperitif!

Dishes of Shellfish Bisque and Fish Terrine with Watercress sauce will be enjoyed alongside a 2015 Bordeaux blanc which has delicious flavours of peach and apricot.

The main course is a sight to behold – Aubrey’s Sirloin of Beef with Short Rib Pie, Roasted Carrots, Savoy Cabbage and Claret Sauce. We’d be there for that dish alone! Paired with a St Emilion Grand Cru it’s bound to be spectacular.

A regional evening at Oscar’s wouldn’t be complete without a cheese course and the finest Brie de Meaux from our cheese shop is a real crowd-pleaser.

If that wasn’t enough the sweet tooth will be satisfied with the final course – a dessert of Apple and Frangipane Tart with Cognac Cream and a glass of dessert wine to make you smile.

We’ll be there – how about you?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For bookings call Pascal on 01926 452807 or email bookings@oscarsfrenchbistro.co.uk

Aubrey brings home the bacon!

Is there anything more comforting than the smell of bacon cooking on a weekend morning? The tea is brewing, the bread is buttered and the ongoing argument of which sauce to have – red or brown? Or neither?! – is only just heard over the sizzling rashers almost reaching the perfect place between chewy and crisp.

Imagine those bacon sandwiches that you’re used to…only better!

With our knowledge of bacon, and passion for doing the right thing in the right way it was only a matter of time before we started to produce our own bacon.
Want to know why Aubrey’s home cured bacon is so good?

  • Low water content for full flavour
  • We have a commitment to ethical sourcing and so all of the pigs we use are English outdoor-bred gilt pigs with full traceability #happypigs
  • we built our own state-of-the-art bacon room to focus on creating the very best product
  • its all cured in-house by our dedicated team
  • our rashers are cut to a thickness that you’ll love

MD Russell Allen can tell you more…

 

So next time you’re in have a try of our delicious home-cured bacon and let us know what you think!

What to buy the food lover in your life? The search is over…

Stuck for that perfect present…the one they’ll always remember? Or maybe it seems like they already have everything they need? Now you can call off the search…

Aubrey Allen’s butchery school is the perfect gift for the ‘foodie’ in your life! And now you can book a place or buy vouchers online!

With over 60 years’ experience between them, our Master Butchers will teach you some great practical skills and help you get more from the meat you buy from Aubrey Allen.

The class will consist of:

  • Introduction and why provenance and animal welfare matter
  • Overview of the meat and its provenance
  • How to care for your knives and sharpen them correctly
  • How to get the most from your chicken including making stuffing and stock
  • Providing you with the skills to turn whole roasting joints into smaller cuts enabling you to get more for your money
  • Introduction on how to make sausages using a selection of ingredients before you have a go at making your own
  • Supper with a glass of wine or two.

All the meat used is yours to take away. We will provide you with overalls and tools, and you are more than welcome to bring your own knives for the knife sharpening tutorial. Sounds like fun? That’s what we want it to be…informal, fun and entertaining in a relaxed environment…a great learning experience.

We challenged the Wasps Rugby team to an evening learning basic butchery skills – see how they got on!

If you need further information take a look at an article reviewing one of our very first Butchery Schools here.

To buy a gift voucher online simply head to our online gift shop or call us on 01926 311208.

There’s plenty to be proud about at the 2018 Pride of Warwick District Awards!

Does it get much better than being named Business of the Year?
Seeing the smiles on the faces of the Aubrey’s team upon winning the award at the Chesford Grange in September you’d be right in thinking it doesn’t!

Surrounded by fantastic local businesses and community heroes, the team enjoyed an evening celebrating those things that make this region so great to be a part of.

It’s been a busy couple of years for the Leamington Spa shop… pop-up restaurants, seasonal collection launches, weekly support of local charities, the installation of a fantastic cheese shop – we  use the tagline more than a butcher with pride. Our award-winning meat sits alongside vegetarian dishes prepared by our in-house chef, picnics and gift hampers, not forgetting our brilliant Butchery School and customer loyalty card.

And plans for the next 12 months? There’s no time to rest on our laurels…it’s all about being better than ever!
MD Russell Allen says “the team work so hard and strive to be better every day . They come to me with ideas which is how you want it to be and they always put the client experience first. You have to give more today than ever before as internet shopping takes over; we have to be even better and find products and people to delight our guests every day”

Take a look at all of the winners at this year’s Pride of Warwick District awards here –

 

www.102touchfm.co.uk/pride-of-warwick-district-finalists/

Beer and music – a perfect match!

There’s few things we love more than enjoying a nice cold beer while listening to fantastic music and this weekend we can do it on our doorstep!

The Leamington Beer & Music Festival is back for the 4th year and we can’t wait to sample one (or two!) of the 75+ real ales, ciders, gins and wines from a variety of local and national brewers that will be on offer.

We’re delighted to be sponsoring a barrel so maybe we’ll see you down there for a taste of our beer – all in the name of research, of course!

The Leamington Beer + Music Festival is a CAMRA supported charity event to raise money for the The Band Factory, which supports numerous local community music and arts groups throughout Warwickshire.

For more information visit leamingtonbeerfestival.org/

The Leamington Food and Drink festival is here!

Now in it’s 11th year (and the 11th year in a row that Aubrey Allen has exhibited), the Leamington Food & Drink Festival is back this weekend!

On Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th September the Pump Room Gardens will be packed full of discerning food lovers, local businesses, families, bands, and many more to enjoy two days of the best food and drink that Leamington has to offer (and that’s quite a lot!).

We’ll be there (opposite the bandstand) with the following delights:

  • Aubrey’s dry-aged beef
  • Special festival offers on our sausages, burgers, steaks and kebabs
  • Aubrey Allen pop-up cheese shop!
  • Cheese and charcuterie boards
  • Treats for the dogs
  • Treats for the children
  • Smiles (guaranteed)
  • Sunshine (we can hope!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keep your eyes peeled for Russell Allen and Simon Kelly each doing live demonstrations over the weekend as well as last year’s Home Cook champion, Sophie Hyam, who’ll be cooking up a storm with our chicken!

Live from the Cookery Theatre on Sunday lunchtime will be the nail-biting final of this year’s Home Cook of the Year competition. Our three finalists -Tim, Trudie and Sean – have been practising their best lamb dishes for the past month and are ready with crisp white chefs jackets to cook head to head live on stage!

So, come rain or shine, we’ll see you there!

www.leamingtonfoodfestival.co.uk

Which burger gets your National Burger Day vote?

We never need an excuse to celebrate them as we are burger-lovers all year round, but this week’s celebration of National Burger Day gave us a good excuse to look a little closer at which of our burgers is your favourite!

We took a look at the top 5 burgers sold in the shop over the summer so far and here’s what we found…

Our best-seller – is it any surprise? The classic chipsteak burger made with Aubrey’s dry-aged, grass fed beef and a little sprinkling of salt and pepper.
Did you know we sell these in two sizes – 4oz and 6oz – with the smaller size perfect for children or smaller appetites!

Your second favourite is our Lamb & Coriander burger – delicious Cornish lamb mixed with simple seasoning and fresh coriander. Try it with mint yoghurt in a pitta bread for something a bit different.

In third place is the mighty Dragon Slayer – not for the faint-hearted! We added scotch bonnet chilli to our dry-aged beef and the result is a bold, fiery burger, definitely worth a try!

Something new comes in 4th and it’s getting more and more popular every week…the Vintage Leicestershire burger! Made with chuck steak, Sparkenhoe Red Leicester cheese, parsley and seasoning this is a great burger to cook pink.

To find out more about ‘less than thoroughly cooked’ burgers take a look at this…

Rounding off our top 5 is the Rustic – made with love and a real staff favourite. Beef onglet, Chuck steak, ox cheek and pork belly fat is minced and mixed by hand in small batches to create a juicy, meaty burger absolutely jam-packed full of flavour.

So there you have it! What will you try next? Tag us in your pictures and let us know what you’ve been eating #aubreyinspires

Life after winning…

What happens after winning Home Cook? Sophie Hyam, 2017 champion, has been kept very busy and not just in her own kitchen!

2017 champion, Sophie Hyam, tells us why she entered last year’s competition

Thinking about entering the Aubrey Allen Home Cook competition? Last years winner, Sophie, was proud of her kitchen skills and wanted to show them off!

You could be cooking at the live final held on Sunday 9th September at the Leamington Food and Drink festival…enter here today!