Now What You’ve Done To My World: CURED At BrewDog

CURED1I popped into my local BrewDog yesterday as they have a new range of food available and I was intrigued.
You see, BrewDog Leicester opened with the usual BrewDog menu of burgers and fries but it didn’t last long before it was changed to a short list of pies and mash, and then a few weeks ago the word CURED, all in capitals in the true shouty BrewDog way, started appearing in the bar.
And yesterday the new menu was unveiled.
CURED features a range of charcuterie and side dishes conceived and produced by Chef Martin Powndrill, formerly of The Smokehouse in Leicester, and it’s inventive and really rather good.

CURED2There’s a bacon cured in Punk IPA, an ox cheek brined in Oatmeal Stout, salmon pastrami made with Smoked Porter and a burned barley an treacle brisket.
All the meat was flavoursome and rich, presented with side salads of coleslaw and pickles, fresh crusty bread and butter, and I opted for a couple of side dishes that would also have worked very well as simple bar snacks to go with you beer.
The pretzels, though not pretzel shaped came with a very good mustard dip and the seaweed and chilli pop corn was a particular favourite, its salty heat cutting across my glass of Lost Industry Fuss Double IPA (9.2%) with its enormous chewy toffee body and sharp bitter citrus and resinous pine hops.

Rodenbach Caractere RougeChris and I had ordered the large platter between us and it was plenty as lunch for two, and worked really well to pick at as we chatted and drank.
I didn’t try any of the desserts as I’m not a big dessert eater, though I noticed beer doughnuts in bourbon sauce on the menu and for a moment thought I might take the plunge, but instead our dessert came in the form of a delicious bottle of Rodenbach Caractére Rouge (7%), its warm leathery body and its soft fruit flavours topping off the meal beautifully.
The new food range at BrewDog Leicester is worth checking out, CURED is very good, and I hear they are offering a Hangover Club on a Sunday morning which will involve American style breakfasts and computer games.
I may need to get me a hangover at the weekend.

BrewDog Leicester is on Friar’s Lane, LE1

And just in case you wondered where the title for this article came from…

About Simon Williams

Founder of CAMRGB. Member of The British Guild Of Beer Writers. Leftist bigmouth. Old and grumpy.
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