Great Books and Fine Dining
Two years ago we first introduced the Bookshop Reading Group to the considerable pleasures of dining monthly at the Jardine Cafe and Bistro,
What a glorious two years it’s been, with some brilliant book choices from the bookshop, and exceptional menus and impeccable service from the Jardine team.
Find out how to join us below.
We will meet on the following dates to discuss Tarjei Vesaas’s ‘The Ice Palace’
Please note that there is no meeting in December 2013, and from January 2014 we will be meeting on Wednesday evening only.
Weds 22nd Jan 2014 7.00pm dinner (2 courses + glass of wine £14.95)
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Dinner – Weds 20th Nov
- Pan Roasted Chicken Breast with Wilted Baby Gem and Chive Velouté |gf|
- Grilled Fillet of Seabass, Braised Fennel and Salsa Verde |gf|
- Petits Pois, White Truffle and Mushroom Risotto with Lemon and Créme Fraiche |v|
- Trio of Luxury Handmade Icecreams, Seasonal Berries and Crushed Cookies |v|
- Glazed Baileys Crème Brûlee |gf|
- Selection of Three Cheeses with Celery, Chutney and Water Biscuits |v|
Lunch – Fri 22nd Nov
- Cumberland Ring Sausage, Spring Onion Mash, Pommery Mustard Sauce
- Smoked Haddock, Brown Shrimp and Chive Risotto, Caramelised Lemon
- Artichoke, Sun Blessed Tomatoes and Baby Mozzarella Tartlet, Roasted Garlic Infused Balsamic Dressing |v|
How To Join Us
To join us simply provide us with your email address, and we’ll let you know the monthly book choice. We’ll also email you the menus for the dinner meeting. All you need to do is read the book, reply with your menu choices, and pop into the shop to pay before the meeting – please make cheques payable to Roxton Properties Ltd.
Should you need to cancel your booking, kindly inform the bookshop by email a minimum of 24 hours before the meal, or you may have to pay.
Nov 20th & 22nd
2014 dates (Weds evenings only)
Jardine - In their own words:
‘Situated on the ground floor of the newly refurbished Westcott House, at the junction of the High Street and Belle Vue Road in Wivenhoe, Jardine Café and Bistro is the place where European café culture meets the contemporary British cuisine of our Head Chef Phil Southern.
An all day venue with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere where morning coffees become light lunches and dinners fade into late drinks and where the sophisticated ambience makes it the ideal place to unwind.’
Eat, Drink, and Talk About Books – Heaven!
How did it all begin? We started ten years ago with seven members and the idea of combining good food with book talk, and got together at a local restaurant for a meal and a glass of wine. The rest, as they say, is history . We now have 170 floating members who come when they choose – rather fortunately, they don’t all come every month!
We never have fewer than 25 per meeting and have recently started an equally successful evening meeting on a Wednesday night as well as our normal Friday lunchtime meeting. We try to keep table numbers down to four so everyone has a good chance to put their views forward and we seat people so that they meet someone new each time. Many new friendships have been made - what better way to break the ice with a stranger than to have both read the same book and be eager to discuss it over a relaxing glass of wine?
Book choices during 2012
January Jamrach’s Menagerie by Carol Birch
February Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
March The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht
May The Importance of Being Seven by Alexander McCall Smith
June The Secret Life of France by Lucy Wadham
July Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes
September State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
October Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
November The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner by Alan Sillitoe
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