When it comes to creating the perfect environment for a family to gather round the table for some great food, Café Britannia in Norwich, has mastered the art of creating a menu and atmosphere to keep both children and adults happy
BRITANNIA ROAD, NORWICH, NR1 4LU 01603 708770 WWW.CAFEBRITANNIANORWICH.CO.UK
Winners of our Best Family Dining category sponsored by Makro and Booker Wholesale, the café - which is based at the former Britannia Barracks - is a social enterprise offering training, rehabilitation and employment to current and ex-offenders at Norwich Prison. For the team at the café it is all about finding fun ways to get children to enjoy good food – such as this great dish, chicken bites wrapped in courgette ribbons, which would work perfectly as an alternative for little ones at Christmas dinner.
CHICKEN BITES WRAPPED IN COURGETTE RIBBONS
Cut two chicken breasts into small pieces and pan fry them in butter, season with salt and pepper. With a potato peeler, peel ribbons off the courgettes and griddle. Wrap each piece of chicken with a strip of courgette. Make a smooth and creamy mash, with butter and milk.
To make the sauce, heat butter over a medium heat until it foams; stir in 50g mushrooms, season, add 100ml of gravy and 30ml of double cream and stir for three to four minutes. To serve, place the wrapped chicken bites into the mashed potato and pour over the sauce. For a delicious dessert for children (and adults), try Café Britannia’s cherry clafoutis.
Beat four large eggs and 160g of golden caster sugar in a bowl, stir in 160g flour, 350g milk and the seeds from a vanilla pod. Stir in 50g of melted butter, pour the mixture into six large ramekins and add flaked almonds and fresh cherries (with stones and stalks removed) on the tops. Bake for 20 minutes in a preheated oven (220C/200C fan), dust with icing sugar and serve warm for a sweet, sticky treat.
Davina Tanner at Café Britannia