Of all the themed nights that we have hosted here at The Passage House Inn, our Steak Night continues to be consistently our most popular. Steak and chips is one of those classic meals that is loved by so many of us. From rump, sirloin, t-bone or even tuna, with chips, new potatoes, rice or salad, with garlic mushrooms, grilled tomatoes or even mushy peas, there is a delicious variation of this beloved meal available for everyone. Such a simple concept but sometimes simplicity is the key!
One of the most unique things about steak is the recent tendency of many of us to eat it rare. According to a food history site, ‘the word “rare”, counterbalancing “done” describing the doneness of meat, descends from the word “rear”, meaning imperfectly cooked or underdone.’ An investigation into our love of rare steaks in The Independent agrees that historically, Britons thought that beef should be cooked entirely through until ‘well done’. The recent trend of rare meat has only occurred over the last 30 years and according to the founder of London steakhouse, Hawksmoor, it is due to ‘the more general shift from food as fuel to food for pleasure.’ That certainly makes sense, I think most of us would agree that a steak with some degree of pinkness running through it is much tastier than a tough bit of meat cooked until it resembles leather! Ironically though, according to legend, the word ‘steak’ is derived from a Norse or Saxon word ‘steik’ which means meat on stick and I imagine the Vikings wouldn’t have been too fussy about the colour of the meat they were consuming!
Luckily, we have long since moved on from serving our slabs of meat on sticks and now offer them with a range of delicious accompaniments. Here at The Passage House Inn in Topsham, we have recently updated our Steak Night to make it a more attractive, flexible option for everyone. Now, every Wednesday night we are offering a succulent 8oz rump steak served with chips, tomato, mushroom, peas and onion rings for an amazing £8.95! Steak upgrades are available and each week we’ll have a special offer bottle of wine for £10 to accompany your meal. Sounds irrestible right?! So why not join us next Wednesday and enjoy a delicious steak, cooked to perfection with good friends and a glass of red, down by the river in beautiful Topsham! To book a table, just give us a call on 01392 873 653!