Take a taste tour of France in York­shire

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IF you are a lover of all things French, what do you miss most about your last visit across the Chan­nel?

The at­mos­phere of the rus­tic bistros and the vine­yards with their beau­ti­ful scenery will no doubt be mem­o­rable, as will the food and wine.

Fran­cophiles, and lovers of good food, will then most cer­tainly find a way to re­vive the hol­i­day mem­o­ries at the Butch­ers Arms, Hep­worth.

Set in the beau­ti­ful Pen­nine coun­try­side, the vil­lage pub uses the best York­shire pro­duce to cre­ate a fan­tas­tic French flavour. Each dish cre­ated by head chef Mark Ho­gan, who opened the pub with part­ner Caro­line Kim­ber in April last year, is a re­sult of his ex­ten­sive time liv­ing in France.

Re­cently, din­ers’ taste buds were trans­ported to the Dor­dogne in the sud ouest with the five-course Taste of Perig­ord spe­cial event. Forth­com­ing events in­clude an evening of clas­sic French fish and seafood dishes with Soiree de Fruits de Mer on Septem­ber 16, at £35 per head, and a wine tast­ing event on Oc­to­ber 7.

Talk­ing about the events at the Butch­ers Arms, Caro­line said: “Our ‘Tour de France’ wine event cov­ered wines from the Al­sace, Bur­gundy, Rhone, Langue­doc and Loire Val­ley, guests en­joyed food pair­ings and the chance to com­pare our range of food matches; this was fol­lowed in July with a Bastille Day cel­e­bra­tion.

“The events at the Butch­ers give guests a chance to re­ally ex­pe­ri­ence the dif­fer­ent cuisines through­out France and ex­plore the dif­fer­ent in­gre­di­ents and cook­ing styles across this vast coun­try.

“The events al­ways in­clude spe­cially matched wines from the re­gion. The next wine tast­ing, which will be ‘World­wide Reds’, is tak­ing place on Oc­to­ber 7 and is book­ing up fast.”

The daily menus are burst­ing with French flavours, with the likes of the starter of gam­bas aux pastis – king prawns flam­béed in pastis with a chive cream sauce, pop­u­lar in south­ern France. For main, typ­i­cal French dishes in­clude con­fit of lo­cal duck leg, served with green beans and sautéed pota­toes and Toulouse sausages grilled and served with a Puy len­til casse­role.

How­ever, you can also find an Ori­en­tal in­flu­ence, thanks to Mark’s ad­ven­tures in South East Asia. A Thai curry is al­ways on the menu, along with a Thai ban­quet hosted ev­ery month – a tast­ing menu of 11 dishes for £27.50. The next one takes place on Au­gust 26.

English clas­sics also rub shoul­ders with French favourites, with the bar menu in­clud­ing fish and chips and beef and ale pie. And, on a Sun­day, you can ex­pect tra­di­tional roast beef and York­shire pud­dings.

A Menu du Jour, based on sea­sonal French flavours, is of­fered at £14.95 for two cour­ses and £17.95 for three.

High qual­ity is key to each dish, thanks to the su­perb fresh York­shire

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