Now we all know that I love a lunch out around Chester and Cheshire, either with friends and colleagues – or on my own… I’m perfectly happy catching up on a few emails and enjoying a spot of people-watching with lunch for one, and due to a serious Sat Nav malfunction last Tuesday … an opportunity presented itself to me which I simply couldn’t’ resist!
I had organized a meeting with Ernst and Sarah at The Lord Clyde in Bollington near Macclesfield. To cut a very long story short, my Sat Nav decided that it didn’t know Bollington and that I wasn’t going to end up there that day.
Of course I eventually found it (it really isn’t difficult) but a little later than expected… so as it was much closer to lunch time service I decided not to totally waste my trip – and enjoy lunch for one… although I did manage to spend a little time chatting with my hosts beforehand (thankfully) – and they have a fabulous story to tell.
Ernst was born in Cape Town and raised in the winelands of South Africa (very jealous, I really love South Africa!). He came to the UK at the age of 21 and I could very happily present his whole (and very impressive) CV to you right here, but the highlights are exciting enough; Heston’s The Fat Duck, Raymond Blanc’s Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, London’s Park Lane Hotel, Noma in Copenhagen, Restaurant Frantzén and latterly Head Chef at Etrop Grange Hotel… WOW!
Partner Sarah also has a glowing resume and is a front of house expert having studied hospitality management before heading off to the Lake District to immerse herself in foodie heaven as well as a stint on the Channel Islands.
They decided it was time for their own pub restaurant last year when they learned The Lord Clyde was available – and what a labour of true love it has been for them both. The Lord Clyde is a real food treat… and if you’re looking for a somewhere a little out of the way with the most delicious, considered and beautiful food – then this lovely little pub is just for you. And its no wonder they’ve just been awarded their third rosette.
Here is my menu, and I have to mention that I was totally blown away by the pre starter; totally unexpected at lunch time and melt in the mouth, sublime flavours;
- Moss with pine shallot emulsion & enoki mushroom
- Beetroot macaroon with goats cheese
- Pork skin cracker with apple & earl grey
- Crispy cod skin, cured mackerel, trout roe and pear (Sarah suggested I eat this one last due to its stronger flavor)
Salt Cod and pumpkin / egg yolk and chicken liver
Venison and cauliflower / Heritage carrot and grapes
Alas I didn’t have time for dessert, but of course this means a return trip is imminent!
I absolutely loved The Lord Clyde, its small and perfectly formed and the food is outstanding.
Next time it will definitely be lunch for two, I couldn’t keep this to myself any longer.