On the final stop of our road trip we are in Cheshire, meeting our friends Trump and Myra at the Stretton Fox. We arrive only minutes apart and it is fantastic to see them again – we have not met for more than 100 days. After we greet each other, Trump gestures with his hands…they’re not small, he says, nor is anything else – I guarantee it. Immediately, it has become clear that Trump remains as outrageous as he has always been.
I have the mixed pate including coarse pork, Madeira & bacon and oak smoked chicken liver. Trump has the leek and stilton soup – he tells us it tastes nice but that the kitchen has not gone bigly on the stilton, indeed when people say the soup includes stilton some might consider this to be fake news. Myra has the oven baked button & portobello mushrooms in a garlic & mature cheddar sauce and Rock the ale-glazed shallot tarte tatin with an apple & hazelnut salad.
Trump moves on to the roast breast of turkey served with lemon & thyme stuffing wrapped in bacon, Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes, carrots, parsnips & gravy. He says the turkey is dry and may have been the subject of some extreme vetting. Rock has the beer battered, line caught cod with triple cooked chips and samphire tartare sauce. I have the slow-cooked lamb shank with bubble & squeak, honey roasted carrots and a red wine jus. Myra has the roasted salmon with feta stuffed bell peppers, green peppers, baby potatoes and a basil dressing. Believe me when I say that everyone, except Trump, is happy with their food.
For dessert Myra has the vanilla crème brȗlée with home-baked butter biscuits. Rock has the elderflower custard tart with blackcurrants, I have the apple & blackberry crumble and Trump orders off-menu. He asks for vanilla ice cream and takes the shackles off his mood when it arrives. He had hoped for enough ice cream to build a great wall but the portion is so small that now he wants the kitchen to pay for it.
The Stretton Fox is a very large place and it is absolutely packed with diners today. But the service is so fast it almost makes your head spin. It has been wonderful to see Myra and Trump again and we hardly stopped laughing. Trump might claim that all his words come from an extremely credible source – but most of his comments about the meal were just locker room banter!