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Charity Quiz Raises over £1100!

A BIG thank you to all the participants, for all the raffle donations and general support from everyone for the Mad March Quiz event  on Monday – we raised in the region of £1,100.00 for The Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity in Sharon’s memory.

Not bad for a quiet Monday night in a small village pub!

Generous prizes were donated from
Vass-Tech
Hans-on Health and Fitness
Red Carpet Hairdressing, Wendover
Aylesbury Vale Golf Club
Majestic Wine
Dayla
House of Coffee
Vale Brewery
XT Brewing Company
The Unicorn Pub
Woodland Flowers
Parrott Bros, Whitchurch
Colin Antos
Freddy Bradbury
and special thanks to quizmaster  John Barnett

To all our wonderful customers – January 30th 2014

People say its how you respond to problems that really matters and at The Unicorn we are having to respond to some challenging issues that seem to have beset us over the last few months.

As all our regular customers will know, our dear friend and colleague, Sharon Sletcher passed away in January after a short illness. Sharon was such an important part of the fabric at The Unicorn and we all miss her so much. Less than a week after this sad event our popular manager, Tim has spent time in hospital resulting in a heart operation. This was a huge shock to us all and we wish Tim a speedy recovery.  Prior to these two sad events, we were already in a transition stage in the business, with two key members of staff having left to move out of the area following their partners in their careers.

Paul and Chris and I have spent some time looking at how we can re-group and continue to provide you, our customers,  with the high level of service that you have come to expect.   You will be encouraged to know that we have a plan and are confident that as we consolidate and rebuild our staff structure, it will be business, nearly, as normal..

This is a relatively quiet time of year, so we have decided to change our opening hours to give more time for staff to re-charge their batteries, to focus on the key times and to enable us to carry out training, recruitment and essential work to the kitchen and customer areas.

To achieve this we have decided to open fewer hours each week. We believe that the effect on the vast majority of our customers will pass without you realising, however having been open for at least 12 hours every day for the last 4 years, the changes below need digesting as they will come into effect from Sunday 2nd  February.

  • Opening for coffee from 10.30am only on Friday and Saturday and Bank holidays
  • Closed between 3-5pm, Mon-Thu
  • Extending our Sunday lunch service to 4pm, but closing the kitchen on Sunday evenings and the bar at 10pm
  • Instead of breakfast on Saturdays from 9am, we will be serving Brunch from 10.30am

We hope to be able to revert to our ‘open all hours’ policy as we head towards summer and trust that you will understand why we have had to introduce these changes.

As mentioned above, we are sure that the majority of our customers will not be affected by the changes and we aim to ensure you will experience a consistently high level of enjoyment from your future visits to The Unicorn.

Thank you for your continued support

We miss you Shazza!

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Our dear friend and colleague, Sharon Sletcher passed away after a short illness (in Jan/feb 2014). Sharon had been with The Unicorn since 2004, always ready with a cheerfull welcome for our customers.  She was a much loved and important part of the fabric and family of our local pub. I am sure those of you that knew her will miss her as much as we do.

God bless you Sharon!

Sloe Gin Competition

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Congratulations to Mike Farr for his winning Sloe Gin at our recent competition.

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Come Dine With Us – the Final Results

Another brilliant competition with the standard again very high was ended last night (the 24th) with the
winning dishes from three heats being prepared by the Unicorn chefs.

The three starters this year were all of a very high standard. Team one produced a hearty autumn soup –
Pumpkin and Coconut – with an amazing zing, served with a beautiful curry scone with a fresh coriander leaf baked in. Very clever!

Team two created a balanced east-west concept of a filo parcel filled with paneer cheese infused with chilli and garlic mushrooms accompanied by a seasonal, beautifully balanced chutney. Wow!
Team three won the show however with their mussels in spicy broth. Well spiced with a beautiful build
up of flavour and a good balance of fresh coriander. Beautifully presented, the mussels ( or mushrooms)
complemented the broth beautifully- a winning combination!

All three mains were both tasty and of a seasonal nature. Team one presented a strong contender with a
hunters chicken casserole with mash and seasonal veg. Tasty but perhaps overall too much!
Team two presented a seasonal and adventurous dish of venison which was perfectly cooked but lacked gravy. A well done champ but undercooked carrots!
Team three had a lot going on with flavours of pork, pancetta, sage and apricot served with a perfect crackling!
Perfect veg complementing the strong flavours made this the winning main!
The winning vegetarian option came from team one with a goats cheese and red onion tart with perfect pastry.

Desserts
Team one presented a wonderful white chocolate cheesecake with a lovely meringue twist!
Team two created a winning combination of chocolate and biscuit base with an apple Ice cream served with a fruit coulis, fresh blackberries and a ginger snap. Totally excellent and could grace any west end restaurant in the judges’ opinion! Team three cooked a wonderful rendition of a true classic- tarte tatin – all the plates were cleared. Good effort!

But overall best dish of the competition was felt to be team two’s dessert. Sophisticated and stylish.
Well done to all the teams who participated but the overall winners were team three – led by Tim Harwood including Simon and Vanessa Morgan and Miranda Gregory.

Over £500 was raised for charities including mustbmad, the Philippines disaster fund and Florence Nightingale Hospice. Thank you to all the teams who entered- a daunting task to serve a three course restaurant standard meal to fifty paying customers! Watch out for a competition twist next year! Sign up if you’re interested right now!

Well done to all the chefs who participated!