SPEEDY SAUSAGES A KNOCKHOLT KNOCKOUT
The plan to buy a rundown pub in Knockholt, Kent, turn it into a private house and enjoy the two scenic acres on which it sits has been changed by the Barnshaw family – they have thrown themselves into the task of revitalising the Tally Ho into a viable public house business.
Led by licensee Mrs Tessa Barnshaw, the team includes husband Tommy and other family members and within weeks they completely refurbished the dining area and kitchen and earned a five star food hygiene rating with the aim of turning the pub into a destination food outlet.
Work is now being done to upgrade the bar area and plans are in hand to acquire two dining cabins for groups of up to ten and accommodation units for overnight visitors.
“We coped with 42 customers for a recent Sunday lunch and we can manage a buffet for 60”, said Mrs. Barnshaw.
Featuring on the menu in a number of dishes are Lincolnshire sausages (Mrs. Barnshaw’s first experience of pub work was on a council estate in the Lincolnshire steel town of Scunthorpe).
“We chose fully cooked and frozen sausages from Snowbird foods which has just been named as Britain’s best wholesale sausage supplier because of their quality and convenience. They are unique to the catering market so they can’t be bought in a retail outlet and their quality helps engender repeat business,” said Mrs. Barnshaw.
The Barnshaw team has welcomed the speed (it takes seconds) at which the sausages can be microwaved and that convenience frees up the two Lincat fryers, a new six burner Buffalo oven, a Falcon grill and various hot plates to meet the other culinary requirements of a busy kitchen.
Snowbird has just been named in a national competition as the UK’s Best Wholesale Sausage Supplier, a fact which underlines the Tally Ho’s commitment to working with quality food supplies.
Working with Brakes as its frozen food supplier, the Barnshaw team has welcomed the speed (it takes seconds) at which the sausages can be microwaved and that convenience frees up the two Lincat fryers, a new six burner Buffalo oven, a Falcon grill and various hot plates to meet the other culinary requirements of a busy kitchen.