£5 platter fit for The Queen at The Giggling SpringBy Jon Nurse
May 08, 2012
The town’s restaurants are busy creating £5 platters for the grand Jubilee street party.
Jon Nurse went to find out what The Giggling Spring will be offering
Wokingham will be awash with bunting this June when the town hosts a spectacular street party to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
Restaurants across town have signed up to create £5 platters for party-goers to enjoy on the trestle tables lining the streets. So what sort of fare can we expect?
“We’ve created something especially for the Queen,” joked the owner of The Giggling Spring as I chomped into a special Jubilee sandwich.
Settled into a chair in the Shute End cafe, I took another look at the preview platter before me and wondered whether it would be rude to eat them all?
For its £5 Jubilee menu The Giggling Spring is offering a packed lunch spectacular with a choice of three sandwich flavours, a can of fizzy drink or juice, Jubilee cakes and fruit or a bag of crisps.
The sandwich flavours on offer are Stilton with rocket leaves, ham salad and, of course, Coronation chicken.
But the thing that makes the menu extra special is a Jubilee chutney which has been created for the occasion.
“We wanted something English-themed, with English fruits,” said chutney creator Alison Clements.
And from the sweet chutney that gave my sandwich a delicious extra kick, it would appear the experts have succeeded.
English plums, pears and cider vinegar are mixed together in a special recipe that is sweet, delicious, and – as I can officially confirm – very moreish.
“We take pride in what we do and that makes us reach high standards,” said manager James Grue. “Everything is homemade and all the ingredients come from local sellers.”
More than 2,000 people are expected to fill Wokingham for the celebrations in the town centre on Sunday, June 3, and families can start pre-ordering their lunches now.
“I can’t wait,” James said. “People are starting to talk about it and we’re really looking forward to being involved. It should be a great weekend for the town centre.”
James has run the cafe for two years, having previously been a cookery lecturer at Richmond College. The cafe offers a diverse lunch menu and provides buffets for events such as weddings, funerals and family parties.
It’s also been awarded a five star hygiene rating.
“Opening the shop is the best thing I’ve ever done,” said James. “I’m really enjoying it.”
The ex-chef has decorated the cafe to give it a cosy feel downstairs, while displaying Wokingham’s history upstairs with a series of historical photos of the town centre on canvas. There’s a lot of history downstairs too, with an old Victorian fire pit now home to cooking equipment.
The Giggling Spring is also doing its bit to go green, with all its packaging made out of recycled plants.
This April the cafe joined the Recyclebank scheme, which rewards people for recycling by giving them vouchers for sandwich offers at the cafe.
The preparations for the Queen’s special day are well under way in Wokingham and, thanks to the Jubilee chutney, The Giggling Spring is offering a sweet deal that shouldn’t be missed.
- To pre-order the Jubilee lunches phone (0118) 979 9017.