Big Night In
With Brace of Butchers, Poundbury
As the temperature drops and daylight dwindles, the prospect of venturing out can seem rather underwhelming – typically, this coincides with the climax of our social calendars over the festive period! And with worries about rising costs and tighter budgets, it can feel daunting when you’re faced with so many invitations to dinners, drinks parties and trips to the pub. That’s why, this year, we’re perfecting the art of the night in.
Forget paying through the nose for elaborate but disappointingly small cocktails and getting cold as you wait for the taxi home. Instead, this year we’re all about rounding up our favourite people and putting on some top-notch food to enjoy from the comfort of our own home – or a friend’s.
Ben (pictured above left) and Rob, our expert butchers, can help you find everything you need for feasting at home this winter; whether you want to go gourmet with duck breast for two, host a chilled steak night, or need a luscious leg of lamb for your home-style carvery, our dynamic duo can help you pick the right cut, give you tips on how to prepare it and recommend lots of produce to pair it with.
If picky teas are your thing, Lee is the man to speak to – he carefully curates our in-house charcuterie range, delicately smoking and curing a range of treats that are perfect for the occasion. Of course, no charcuterie board can be complete without a choice of fine cheese, which is Henry’s area of expertise. Whether you’re a cheese novice or connoisseur, Henry (pictured above right) will be able to help you build a superb selection of texture and flavour.
To top it all off, we have a fantastic range of local drinks. What could be better than curling up with a beautiful bottle of Bride Valley Pinot Noir on a chilly evening? We’ve also got plenty of choice for the beer, cider, cocktail, gin, and rum drinkers. Whatever your tipple of choice, we promise to deliver something delicious.
So that’s it, our recipe for the best big night in; great company + great food + great drinks. The team is always on hand in the shop or on the phone to help you prepare for your own night in, whether it’s a low-key, sophisticated dinner or a wine and cheese night with friends. Either way, it will cost you less than a night out, and you can stay warm and cosy!
Brace of Butchers can be found in Queen Mother Square, Poundbury. To find out more, visit the website at braceofbutchers.co.uk or call 01305 260956.