Spring is in the air…

Easter is almost upon us and whether you celebrate it as a religious event or just enjoy the chance to indulge in a variety of chocolately egg shaped treats, this is a festival embraced by many. It could be the four day weekend, the chocolate, the remembering of the story of Jesus or even just that it marks the beginning of Spring but it is definitely an occasion that most people get involved with, from easter egg hunts to roast lamb! Here at the Passage House Inn, we’re no exception and we’re very much looking forward to this weekend and to seeing lots of faces, both familiar and new, pass through our doors as they seek out some delicious food and good drinks this Easter.

The origin of Easter is a pagan one. The name comes from Eostre, who was the Anglo-Saxon Goddess of Spring and ‘the festival of Eostre was celebrated at the vernal equinox, when the day and night gets an equal share of the day.’ According to some, when trying to find a time to mark and celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus, Christians borrowed both the name and timing so that it would match the old Spring celebration and be more accepted. Others however, argue that the Christian festival is related more closely to the Hebrew tradition of the Jewish Passover as this celebration was apparently in full swing when Jesus was sentenced by Pilate.

Whichever version you choose to believe regarding the origins though, I think we can all agree that Easter marks a newness to the year. Winter has finally ended, flowers are blooming, the temperature is rising, small animals are being born left, right and centre and birdsong is starting to fill the air. Folk start to venture out again, to stop hibernating. As the weather becomes more pleasant, our riverside benches start to fill up and our weekends are full of the busy hum of happy people, eating, drinking and spending quality time with their family and friends. So this weekend, why not embrace the start of Spring and come on down to spend some of your Easter weekend with us? We’ll be serving traditional roasts alongside our full menu on Sunday and would love to see you! To book a table, just give us a call on 01392 873653. Happy Easter everyone!

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Who ate all the pies?!

Although it started as a humble marketing campaign by Jus-Rol, British Pie Week has been embraced by pie lovers nationally and is now in it’s ninth year! Here at The Passage House Inn we’re excited to be getting in on the action after the success of our inaugral Pie Night last year by holding another one on Friday 11th March, right in the middle of British Pie Week.

Believe it or not, pies are an ancient and history rich food, with rudimentary versions created and eaten by those in ancient Rome, Greece, Egypt and Arabia. According to David Thomas, the Romans brought them to Britain in 43 AD and ever since then, they’ve been adopted as a national dish and loved by many. Even our national wordsmith, Shakespeare himself, paid lip service to them in 1613 when he wrote in Henry VII ‘No man’s pie is freed from his ambitious finger’. Since those early days of pie eating, the humble food item has exploded in variety and scope. They can be open or closed, made with puff, shortcrust or suet, savoury or sweet and with any fillings you could imagine. And when you look at the etymology of the word itself, the limitless nature of them is encased in their very name. Alan Davidson believes that ‘the derivation of the word may be from magpie, shortened to pie. The explanation offered in favour or this is that the magpie collects a variety of things, and that it was an essential feature of early pies that they contained a variety of ingredients’.

Here at the Passage House Inn, we are proud to be part of this ongoing British tradition of celebrating the humble pie and are very much looking forward to our Pie Night next week. We’ll be offering a range of delicious savoury pies for your consumption, some traditional and some more daring but we’re confident that there will be something for everyone! If last year’s success is anything to go by, booking a table is very much advisable. Just give us a call on 01392 873653 and we’ll be happy to reserve you a space. Who ate all the pies? It could be you!