Bush & Richie’s Pub Grub Showdown at The Vintry

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Absolute Radio's Andy Bush and Richie Firth went head-to-head in the ultimate Pub Grub Showdown hosted at The Vintry on Sunday 23 February.

The Hometime with Bush & Richie radio hosts swapped the studio for the kitchen to see whose three-course pub menu would win over diners, with all proceeds going to Fuller's charity partner Special Olympics GB.

Bush and Richie each designed a three-course pub menu that they believed should be a staple in any great British pub. Fuller’s chefs helped to bring their menus to life and serve 70 Absolute Radio listeners, who each paid £20, to try the three-course meal cooked by Bush and Richie.

The food was donated by Fuller’s suppliers – Owton’s and Sheringhams – and all proceeds were donated to Special Olympics GB.

Bush & Richie’s Pub Grub Showdown at The Vintry

The menu

Diners could choose whatever took their fancy from both menus and voted for their favourites. Special Olympics GB athletes were among the taste-testers.

Bush and Ritchie, who donned Fuller’s Chefs’ Guild whites for the day, cooked up the following dishes:

Starter:

Bush: Prawn cocktail with Golden Pride sourdough and spiced marie rose sauce.
Richie: Crispy halloumi fries with BBQ sauce.

Main:

Bush: Pork bangers and mash with roasted shallot gravy.
Richie: Baked hunter's chicken quarter with triple cooked chips.
Guests could also choose a vegetarian option.

Pudding:

Bush: Salted caramel ice cream with shortbread.
Richie: Lemon meringue pie with raspberry sorbet.

Bush & Richie’s Pub Grub Showdown at The Vintry
Bush & Richie’s Pub Grub Showdown at The Vintry

The winner...

While it was a closely fought battle, Richie stormed to victory with his winning three-course meal of crispy halloumi fries, baked hunter's chicken quarter with triple cooked chips, and lemon meringue pie.

Richie said: “I’ve never spent time in a proper kitchen before – it was great fun. There might be a rematch next year.”

More than £1,000 was raised for Special Olympics GB, which will help to make transformative changes to the lives of people affected by intellectual disabilities.

Bush & Richie’s Pub Grub Showdown at The Vintry

Special guests

Athletes from Special Olympics GB St Albans attended the event and tasted their way through the menus, with Richie's halloumi fries, hunter’s chicken and lemon meringue being among the favourites.

Charlotte, one of the Special Olympics GB Athletes, said: “I loved this afternoon, it was fantastic.” 

Michelle Carney, CEO of Special Olympics GB, said: “We talk about Special Olympics GB as being one of the best kept secrets in Great Britain, and Fuller’s does an incredible job with helping us to share our message and our story with creative events like this, as well as helping to fundraise for our charity.”

Absolute Radio Special Olympics GB cook off
Winning pub grub: Richie talks about his win with Special Olympics GB Athlete Charlotte.

A portion of proceeds from Fuller’s Ale & Pie tasting boards and children’s menus in pubs is donated to Special Olympics GB. Browse our Ale & Pie pubs and child-friendly pubs with children's menus.

Find out more about Fuller’s partnership with Special Olympics GB.

The Vintry, which recently reopened after a refurbishment, is open Monday to Friday, 11am until late. The pub is tucked into the maze of alleyways between Cannon Street and Bank, inside St Mary Abchurch Yard in the City of London [EC4N 5AX].

Find out more: The Vintry reopens after refurbishment.

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