Who doesn’t love that British classic, the Yorkshire pudding? I’m a big fan of a roast dinner, and a good Yorkie is one of my favourite bits.
Until this year, it’s managed to pass me by that there’s actually a National Yorkshire Pudding day, haha! The first Sunday of February every year, in case you’re wondering.
I know right, there’s a day for everything now! But I’m not complaining because to celebrate National Yorkshire Pudding day, Reform Social & Grill at The Mandeville Hotel in Marylebone have launched a special month long Yorkshire Pudding Menu of mini sandwich treats! But these aren’t puds with your expected roasted meat and gravy, they have a bit of a twist!
I was overjoyed to be invited along to sample the menu, which consists of a choice of two platters of a trio mini puddings – Savoury or Sweet. Each platter is priced at what I think is a very reasonable £8.
Of course I tried both, and of course Savoury came first! The Savoury selection featured;
Salt beef and horseradish with watercress – I only recently discovered a love for salt beef, so this was the one I was most looking forward to from the Savoury platter. It was lovely, not too much horseradish so the flavour of the beef really shone.
Hot smoked salmon, cream cheese and chive – While I enjoy a good salmon dish, I’m a bit fussy with them, but I loved this one! I had been a little sceptical of salmon with a Yorkie, but it actually worked really well! And the balance between the salmon and cream cheese was perfect.
Tunsworth cheese and truffle – Of all the Yorkies on offer this is the one I wasn’t overly excited about, but it was actually my favourite of the savouries! The Tunsworth cheese had a lovely, slightly sweet, nutty flavour which wasn’t too strong and was perfectly complemented by just the right amount of truffle. I could have eaten several more of these. Absolutely delicious.
Onto the ones I was really intrigued by – the Sweet selection. I have never tried, or thought to try a dessert involving a Yorkie before, and I was excited to!
The Sweet selection featured;
Chocolate and caramel – This is the one I thought I’d like the most of the Sweet platter. It was lovely, filled with caramel and chocolate sauce. Rich but not too rich. I’m not sure if the chocolate was dark chocolate – it seemed like a high cocoa milk. Very good, but I couldn’t have eaten a second one of these!
Sugared Yorkie filled with clotted cream and jam – A combination of two British classics here, and hands down my favourite of the whole Yorkie menu. Not too much strawberry jam, and not too sweet, with a generous dollop of clotted cream on top. I think I actually like the sugared Yorkie (which tasted a little doughnutty maybe?) with this filling better than a traditional scone…
Banana and custard – I’m a big fan of bananas and custard and this custard was beautiful. Not too runny, not too sweet, and worked surprisingly well with the Yorkie!
Overall I loved both platters, and although they don’t look very big, the two together made a very substantial meal – all for £16! I really hope that Reform Social & Grill consider keeping these on the menu after February.
The thought that has gone into the combinations, and the quality of the execution, make the puddings more than just a gimmick, which other eateries may not have achieved. I would love to bring tourist friends to give these a go, and they’d be a really fun alternative to a more typical afternoon tea!
This was actually my first time dining at Reform Social & Grill, and I will most definitely be back – the dishes from the standard menu being served to diners around me looked delicious!
As well as the Yorkie platters, we were treated to some preview cocktails from the awesome bartenders under development new cocktail menu, in which he puts a new spin on classics. Now it’s pretty obvious by now that I like my whisky, so I went straight for the variations on an Old Fashioned.
I tried the following (it was a good night, haha!), and it should be noted that these may not be the final names of the drinks;
Shoulder Corn – Monkey Shoulder infused with caramel popcorn. I loved this so much, although it should perhaps have accompanied the Sweet selection rather than being the first one I ordered. The caramel flavours really stood out, and it was served with a little cone of caramel popcorn. Cute! This is one I would definitely order time and time again.
Banana Re-fashioned – Plantation 2001, Pedro Ximenez and creme cacao. Using rum instead of whisky, this one was pretty strong! Delicious though, and had a dried banana slice garnish.
Three Wood – Laphroig 10 and Auchentoshan. I love Laphoig, but this was my first time trying Auchentoshan. Combined they worked very well. No fancy garnishes for this classic, just some orange peel, it shone all by itself.
Rosemary – Rosemary infused Beefeater, Antica formula and Campari. Something a bit different for me, as I wouldn’t usually order a drink from the Negroni family and I rarely, if ever, drink Campari. The herbal flavour was very strong, it took me a couple of sips to get used to it!
The drinks are likely to cost around £11.50-13.00, which I don’t think is bad given the location and their quality. When I’m next at Reform Social & Grill, I’ll definitely go for the Shoulder Corn and Three Wood again!
I would like to point out that, although this was a review meal, this is a genuine write up of my experience. I would 100% honestly recommend Reform Social & Grill and their Yorkshire Pudding menu.
The Yorkshire Pudding menu runs until 29th February 2016. I’d love to hear from anyone else who has tried it!
All photo’s my own unless stated otherwise.