Eat, Drink and Be Merry

Here at The Passage House Inn, we’ve recently finished putting together our Christmas menu and even if we do say so ourselves, it’s looking pretty delicious! During the process of doing so, we got to thinking about the history of traditional festive foods and so I thought I’d explore a few of them here today. Turkey, mince pies, brussel sprouts, chestnuts, figgy pudding…the list of foods synonymous with Christmas is endless. For some, food is the highlight of this winter holiday and with so many tasty things on offer, it’s easy to see why! But why are these foods particularly associated Christmas? What are the stories and reasons behind them?

I think it would be amiss if we didn’t start by looking at the most festive of pies, the beloved mince pie. Originally, mincemeat was a little different to that which we know today as dried fruits, sugar and spices were mixed with chopped meat, a way to use up leftovers and make meat go a little further. I don’t know about you but I’m very glad that we have them in their current state, I’m not sure the brandy cream would go so well with beef in the mix!

The other food that instantly comes to mind when I think of Christmas is roast turkey. Love it or hate it, it’s considered an unmissable staple by many. Why has this funny looking bird become a permanent feature of our Christmas table? Well it wasn’t always our first choice. Traditionally, people chose to eat geese at Christmas. They didn’t want to use their cows for beef as they provided milk throughout the year and chickens were expensive as well as producing eggs. As geese only lay eggs for part of the year, they were the obvious choice to be fattened up and eaten at Christmas.

But what are you to do if you love the end result of a festive feast but can’t face the idea of slaving away in your kitchen for hours whilst everyone else gets tipsy on eggnog and sherry? The answer is simple! Our Christmas Party menu has just been printed so why not book a table and join us for an amazing meal here at The Passage House Inn in Topsham over the festive period this year! Give us a call on 01392 873653 or pop in to reserve your table and guarantee yourself a truly fabulous festive dining experience!