North Yorkshire Chef serves first class food for GNER

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North Yorkshire Chef serves first class food for GNER
Date: 8th September 2003

The menu on board the GNER first class restaurant this winter will be featuring a selection of dishes from Swinton Park, Masham. David Spencer, the chef at the luxury castle hotel, was invited by GNER to put together a menu of his own dishes for the London – Edinburgh line, which serves approximately half a million lunches and dinners each year.

“Choosing the menu was quite a challenge, as every dish is cooked on board the train, and these are quite unusual conditions to take into account in terms of preparation and service” commented David Spencer. The emphasis of the menu draws on the local produce and game available at Swinton Park – “a taste of Yorkshire which will be served up and down the country”. GNER operates 124 trains a day, and carries approximately 14 million passengers per year.

David Spencer joined Swinton Park over two years ago, and the fine dining restaurant Samuel’s has been awarded 2 rosettes by the AA. The walled garden at the hotel has been recently restored and is now producing herbs, fruit, vegetables and flowers for the first time in 30 years. Delicacies such as home grown artichokes, asparagus and alpine strawberries now regularly feature on the menu.

The Yorkshire Tourist Board has also nominated Swinton Park for Best Hotel 2003 and Outstanding Customer Service Award 2003, the results will be announced at the White Rose Awards on 18th September. This year Swinton Park has been awarded 4 red stars by the AA, recognising it as one of the top hotels in the country.