By Nick Gordon
Here at The Tack Room we consider ourselves unafraid to break from the norm and try new things, all in an effort to consistently deliver high-quality dining experiences for our regulars and visiting customers alike.
Which is partly why the top-class team of chefs in The Tack Room kitchen were excited to work with a new ingredient when it came to formulating our new menu, just in time for summer. We’re not kidding when we tell you that our goat dishes are a delicious addition.
But there’s also more to it than just adding a new ingredient, there’s also an issue of sustainability and increasing demand, which creates an entirely new market.
As we all know, the goat industry has until recently relied solely on dairy production, and the products manufactured as a result, as opposed to using goat meat for cooking purposes. Until recently that is.
A recent article in The Guardian highlighted the growth of the goat industry and puts the number of commercial dairy goats in the region of 45 000 animals in the UK.
The sad reality for farmers was that it was not worthwhile – or profitable – to rear male kids when they were born. But the booming goat meat market has changed that stigma.
“If there’s a demand for it it makes it worthwhile for farmers and is a help for the industry as a whole,” Adam Spicer, Head Chef at The Tack Room, says of the exciting new flavour added to our menu.
“It’s got an intense, ‘gamey’ lamb taste and offers something different to the people of Newmarket.”
Among the dishes added to the menu that include goat are the Goat’s Herd Pie – an adaptation of the traditional Shepherd’s Pie with the dish including a side of Cavolo Nero, cooked in butter, and a sprinkling of chicken scratchings – and the Slow-Cooked Curried Goat, Coriander Yoghurt, Served in a Brioche Bun.
“The goat, brioche and coriander yoghurt has been really popular at lunchtime. It has really spicy flavours and served with a side of pickled carrots which really cuts through it all,” said chef Adam.
And it isn’t just the goat meat that serves as an ingredient. There’s also the Heritage Beetroot and Goat’s Curd Tart, served with Lovage which sees a popular vegetable paired with the early stages of a cheese to add a fresh flavour and texture to the dish.
Apart from being a delicious addition to our menu, there are also several health benefits when it comes to consuming goat. It’s a pretty lean meat, comparable with chicken, it’s high in protein, low in saturated fat, low in sodium and high in potassium. To name a few.
Have you read our blog post about the other exciting new additions to our menu for summer?