Food for Festivals through Lent

April 3rd 2017
By: Melanie
Food for Festivals through Lent

In St Albans and Harpenden we are spoilt for choice with fantastic pubs, bars and restaurants to book into, not least the Winners of 2016 St Albans and Harpenden Food and Drink Awards such as:
Best Pub – Ye Olde Fighting Cocks, Abbey Mill Lane.
Best Bar – Dylan’s at The Kings Arms, George Street.
Kate D’Arcy Award for Customer Service – Samera Butt, The Six Bells, St Michael’s
Best Restaurant - Dylan’s at The Kings Arms.
As with any national holiday, food seems to take centre stage in the UK with Christmas turkey dinner and Easter spring Lamb. Mothering Sunday was once even also known as 'Refreshment Sunday' as it was the mid-lent Sunday, between Pancake Day and Easter Sunday,  where fasting could be 'eased' for the day and people could enjoy a delicious meal together as a family. It was an opportunity to temporarily indulge in some special rich food for the day breaking up the hard slog of lent.
If you have just enjoyed a good old English roast and a rich pudding with your mum you are keeping with tradition.  Historically after church on Mothering Sunday, families would tuck into a Sunday dinner of either roast lamb or veal, followed by Simnel cakes made of two rich fruity layers boiled in water and then baked, before having almond paste spread on top and in the middle of the layers. If you are back on the long hard slog of fasting for the rest of lent be sure to book your St Albans Easter roast dinner well in advance!