So today’s post is from Ms M. I sent her on little journey to Bolton. The purpose of this was to check out the launch of the Autumn/Winter à la carte menu along with a taster of the Christmas menu at Provenance Food Hall & Restaurant.
So over to Ms M…
Before I get into just how amazing the food was, a little about Provenance. Provenance has only been in business for little over a year and have already been honoured with being featured in the 2017 Good Food Guide. Their head chef, Lewis Gallagher, is absolutely fantastic and has won several awards, including North West Young Chef of the Year. But anyway, onto the food. Just wow.
We were given a selection of canapes from the Christmas Fayre menu; salmon and beetroot, black pudding and apple and duck on sourdough. As I don’t eat fish, I can’t comment on the salmon, but the black pudding and duck were gorgeous. It was very hard to pick a favourite between the two but I think I would have to go with the duck.
The Pumpkin Soup was gorgeous (and my favourite kind of soup as well!) It was beautifully sweet and creamy and was garnished with pumpkin seeds and pumpkin oil. This is definitely something that I can see myself tucking into very happily on a cold winder’s evening. My only complaint was that there wasn’t enough of it, though seeing how much else was on the menu, maybe that was for the best.
This was then followed by Scallops, Cauliflower and Granny Smith apple (and Risotto instead of scallops as the vegetarian option). I had the risotto version of the menu while Mr C. had the scallops. The scallops, Mr C. tells me, were lovely and tender and the risotto was so very yummy.
Next came the Ravioli of Truffle and Jerusalem Artichoke. The pasta was beautifully made – the best that I’ve ever had, and was drizzled with truffle oil. A very gorgeous dish indeed. Definitely one I will be going back for.
Then we had Monkfish, Ham, Chorizo and Lemon, and the vegetarian option was fig and blue cheese. I didn’t try the monkfish, but the ham and chorizo were gorgeous. The fig dish didn’t taste very cheesy, but was cooked beautifully.
Finally from the main menu, we had the Fillet of Beef, Onions and Mushroom. This was by far my favourite of the main menu. The presentation was gorgeous and the steak was cooked to perfection! Definitely go with Lewis’ recommendation for how it should be cooked – rare is definitely plenty! It was accompanied by gnocchi and a divine gravy. I’ve had steak at many different restaurants, but never have I had one like this. If you ever get the chance to go to Provenance, this course comes highly recommended!
For dessert, we had Chocolate “Mushroom” and let me just say that this tasted just as good as it looked. Lewis said it was meant to look like “Autumn on a plate” – let’s just say this was a huge success! The course was a selection of different ways to make chocolate; the ‘soil’ was chocolate sprinkled with more chocolate and the mushroom was a meringue topped with chocolate ice cream. Everything complemented each other well and this was probably my favourite dish of the whole evening (I am a huge pudding fan!).
Finally, we had teas and coffees accompanied by violet macarons. These were also scrummy. Certainly, it was a really good menu and Provenance comes highly recommended by me (in fact, I’m going there for Sunday lunch tomorrow and I’m very much looking forward to it!).
The Christmas menu runs from the 26th November until the 23rd December. But not only is their restaurant superb, they also have a butcher’s, bakery, delicatessen and grocery shop downstairs and all the food sold here and in the restaurant upstairs is prepared on site. Unfortunately the shop downstairs was closed by the time we arrived, but I certainly do intend to go back to make sure I try as much as possible – it all looked amazing!
Have you been to Provenance? Are you going to make that journey now? Let us know in the comments,
P.S. Sunday lunch was awesome!
P.P.S. Food was complimentary, in this case all words, photos and opinions belong to Ms M.
P.P.P.S. Provenance is located at 46-48 Market Street, Westhoughton, Lancs, Bolton BL5 3AB.