A Sunday roast just wouldn’t be complete without a Yorkshire pudding would it?
And now, one place in Leicestershire is putting its own spin on these batter-based beauties.
The Pickled Mushroom at Market Bosworth is serving Yorkshire pudding waffles (yes, waffles!) with its Sunday roasts.
It’s something I’ve never heard of before, so, feeling intrigued, I decided I just had to give one a try.
More about The Pickled Mushroom…
The Pickled Mushroom was started in September 2020 by chef Phil Collard, together with his partner, Tara Wightman.
According to Phil, he was keen to take the techniques he’d learned working in kitchens across the world, from Leicestershire to New York – many of which were at Michelin-starred restaurants – and apply them to simple food, sold at a price that’s fair to the customer.
The Pickled Mushroom is based at cafe Thyme in Market Bosworth, where Phil is renting the kitchen whilst the cafe is currently closed. Once it reopens in June, The Pickled Mushroom will continue to serve food from there, but Phil is also looking for his own space.
The cafe is handily located in a lovely area for walking – with Market Bosworth Country Park just a few minutes’ stroll away. So, you can pick up a tasty lunch after having a wander.
The Pickled Mushroom is open in the evening from Thursday to Saturday, with a menu including burgers, wings, mac n cheese and dirty fries. On Sunday, roasts as well as burgers are served from 12pm until 5pm. All meals are for collection only.
Lured by the Yorkshire pudding waffles, we were keen to try the Sunday roast – which is priced at £10 for adults, £6 for children.
The choices were beef medallions (which has since been replaced by beef rump) pork belly, and thyme roasted chicken breast, plus a vegetarian option of pepper and mushroom Wellington.
Roast dinners come with two of the signature waffles, thyme and garlic roast potatoes, stuffing, roasted root vegetables, greens, creamed potato and stock gravy. Children’s meals come with the same items, but include one waffle rather than two.
Desserts available were banoffee pie, chocolate brownie, and spring berry pudding – all of which cost £4 each, and come with Chantilly cream.
We decided on one beef, one pork and two children’s chicken dinners, plus a banoffee pie and a chocolate brownie to share between us.
I sent a Facebook message with our order (you can also call) and asked for our meals to be ready at 12pm – and they were. It all seemed very well organised when I went along to collect the food. I simply paid at the counter and the food, packed in boxes and presented in a brown bag bearing The Pickled Mushroom logo, was brought out by chef Phil.
With the delicious aromas circulating in the car, I was certainly ready to tuck in when I got home.
Although you could eat your meal straight out of the box, we decided to plate ours up. Overall, there was a good amount of food, but I did notice that there was only a very small amount of the creamed potato – which we later discovered was really tasty, so we would definitely have liked more of it!
We enjoyed all three of the meats. The boys were impressed with their chicken, which was nice and moist and had a lovely flavour from the honey and thyme with which it had been roasted. The pork belly was beautifully succulent, and the crackling was just the right level of crispiness, so there was no danger of any tooth-breaking. Served pink, the beef was flavoursome, having been roasted with garlic and rosemary, although it was slightly chewy in places.
The thyme and garlic roast potatoes tasted delicious, as did the honey and thyme roasted carrots (orange and purple varieties) and parsnips. The sausage, sage and onion stuffing was tasty as was the rich stock gravy. The green beans added colour to the plate and retained a nice bit of bite.
As for the Yorkshire pudding waffle, it was a definite hit. It tasted much the same as a traditional Yorkshire pudding, with a good blend of crispiness and chewiness – but it also had an added quirky, fun factor.
The desserts were excellent. The banoffee pie was rich and creamy, with fresh banana pieces and thick toffee sauce topped with cream and chocolate sauce, in a buttery, crisp pastry case.
And the brownie? Wow. That was definitely one of the best brownies I’ve eaten, and I’ve bought, and made, a lot of them! The texture was perfectly fudgy, dotted with pieces of milk and white chocolate and topped with marshmallows. It was finished with cream and a sprinkle of biscuit crumbs.
This was a delicious, and slightly different, Sunday lunch.
The quirky Yorkshire pudding waffles were certainly popular with all of us. In fact, the whole meal was, from the main courses to the puddings.
I think the meal offered good value for money given the quality of the food and the portion sizes (although an extra spoonful of creamed potato would have been welcomed!) and the service was prompt and friendly.
Based on our Sunday roast experience, I reckon this new business has got off to a great start. I think I just need to head back to check out the impressive-looking burgers!
Our rating: 4/5
Food hygiene rating: Awaiting inspection