After a fabulous first day for the Feast Of Fife Bloggers Event at Eden Mansion, there was just enough time to check in to our accommodation for the night, and get ready for an evening at The Newport Restaurant in beautiful Newport-On-Tay.
Jamie Scott, Masterchef: The Professionals Winner 2014, and his wife Kelly opened the restaurant in early 2016. The menu is heavily influenced by its surroundings and by the seasons. Have a look at their current menu… Just reading the menu makes me smile and makes my mouth water.
Our evening kicked off with a cookery demonstration and talk from Jamie himself. Jamie’s excitement and enthusiasm for food is clear to see and I love his approach to using what is on his doorstep in Fife.We were shown upstairs for dinner, and were all in awe of the stunning views over the River Tay. We had a perfect evening for capturing some shots on our cameras with a most beautiful sky.
Next we took our seats, in readiness for the five course tasting menu that was put on for us. We began with a selection of snacks, including a simply divine Anster Cheese Gougere – the lightest, fluffiest savoury choux you could dream of with a heavenly molten middle filling of fondu-like Anster cheese. I love pork belly, and I love bau, so the Puddledub Pork Bau was definitely a hit with me. The Buckwheat, Flowers & Curds was beautifully light, with contrasting textures, and beautiful colours from the edible flowers.Our next course was an Autumnal Salad, described as a selection of the seasons offerings. A beautiful plate with contrasting textures, and layers of flavours… This was a huge hit with many of the guests, with many of us commenting that this was one of our favourite dishes from the night. The fact that Jamie can make a salad so exciting speaks volumes about his skill as a chef. For the fish course, Pittenweem Mackerel was served with Pittormie Tomatoes & Basil. I do not eat fish or seafood, however I was served a lovely Greek style tomato salad.
Before the meat course arrived we devoured a beautiful treacle and stout bread with whipped creme fraiche butter. The flavour of this malty bread was warm and the whipped butter was deliciously light.Next we were presented with a beautiful plate of Starr farm beef with mixed onions. I especially loved the short rib, with its intensely beefy flavour, and the little crispy onion rings were just perfect – light and crunchy against the melt in your mouth beef. My only grumble with this dish is I would have loved more sauce/gravy (but then again I am the girl who always asks for more sauce/gravy)! Finally, for dessert we were served Newport Plums with popcorn, liquorice and white chocolate. Unfortunately for me I am not a fan of liquorice, so found the liquorice a little overpowering, but I thoroughly enjoyed the plums and the panacotta. Once again the presentation was perfect. This really was a fantastic evening at The Newport, especially sharing it with a group of like-minded food-lovers. Jamie and Kelly and their team have created something very special in Newport-Upon-Tay and I highly recommend a visit to their beautiful restaurant if you are visiting Fife.
Thankyou so much to Jamie & Kelly and to Welcome To Fife for hosting a fabulous evening with amazing food.