The Carlton Suppliers
The Carlton we have sought to work with a range of local quality suppliers, since August 2015. And to be fair we’ve got an amazing choice being based in the South West.
Being surrounded by over 230 miles of coastline means we get to choose from a huge variety of fish and seafood. Plenty of boats land in the south of the county, but in North Devon we have a thriving market at Appledore where Ilfracombe based S&P boats land their daily catch. Other smaller boats land in our own harbour. Species such as plaice, sole, cod, haddock and of course skate are all harvested. The quality of the fish is superb, and the sustainability is wonderful. The smaller day boats means the catch is fresher and caught in a more sympathetic less damaging manner.
We are equally proud to work with Phoebe Chope who supplies us tidal mussels and oysters from the Torridge estuary. The plump mussels are usually available all year round except when the weather is truly hot. Oysters make an occasional welcome on the menu too!
You can be sure that fish and seafood is a big feature of our brasserie and event food offer.
We tap into the main fruit and veg market in Bristol from time to time, with more exotic options. Equally we shop locally for vegetables, and our menu serves plenty of produce grown and picked locally. All year-round staples like cabbage, cauliflower and brassicas are regularly included. Seasonal delights such as asparagus from Braunton, samphire from the River Taw feature when the time is right.
Another true local merchant is Tony The Butcher. Tony works out of his shop in Muddiford, just a short 8-mile drive from our kitchen. Despite the size of his business Tony manages to bring us some fantastic West Country meats including most of our beef, pork and chicken. In one of our most popular menu items alone, the marriage of his pork sausagemeat, mixed with our recipe of herbs and seasoning, together with (another local) Farmer Bobs free range egg really makes our Scotch Egg. You’ll find this and other hand made dishes on our Club brasserie menu.
Tapping in to the knowledge and passion of our local merchants is really inspiring. Ensuring our own team of kitchen pro’s stay in tune with what’s best on the market and therefore best for our guests.