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The Luncheon Group

Co-ordinators:  Colin and Sharon Woodland - luncheon@ashbyu3a.co.uk - phone 01530 413867


We are a group of men and ladies who enjoy a meal together, a diferent venue is chosen each month. Everyone is welcome, all we ask is that you sign the sheet by the display board at the meeting prior to the lunch, or contact Colin or Sharon in advance, so that we can book the relevant number of seats.

At the moment, since we are all under Coronavirus Lockdown, we are meeting virtually. That is we are eating at home, on the usual dates, whilst sharing our menus (both real and imagined) and photos here.


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April 9th

In all, 12 Stalwart “Luncheoneers” turned up for the Ashby U3A Luncheon Club meal on 9 April 2020. As this was a virtual lunch, all participants enjoyed lunch physically in their own homes but mentally in different places all over the world.

Mike Stow had intended to have a modest lunch at Brasserie Blanc to have their legendary Cheese Soufflé to start, Confit Duck and Fries followed by Rhubarb & Ginger Crumble. But when he saw where the others were eating he decided to return to the 2* restaurant in London where he celebrated his 70th birthday, or maybe settle for a cauldron of the very best seafood at a restaurant on Ile de Ré outside La Rochelle.

Mike said, “I decided that since I couldn’t really get to Brasserie Blanc for my soufflé, I had better make one. A mix of fresh and tinned crab went in it. It didn’t rise quite as much as I'd hoped and sunk a bit before I could photograph it, but it was delish. I hope you all enjoyed your lunch as much as I enjoyed mine.”

Estelle Sandles flew off to a billabong in Seymour, Australia for her lunch of Cheese and Onion Sarnies followed by loads of After Eight Mints. The lunch was somewhat interrupted by the incessant chatter of the Galaghs.

Bill and Ann Devitt winged off to Miami for a divine juicy steak in very, very up market restaurant. Then, off to Delmonico’s near Wall St in New York that has been there since the 1880s for a Baked Alaska. In reality their lunch consisted of Toasted Crumpets with cheese.

Doug and Dora enjoyed an M&S Dine-in for two lunch in the sun! But their ideal menu would be a recreation of a Vegetarian 5 course Tasting Menu at the Grosvenor Hotel in Chester in 2018. That was fantastic, but a little more than £12. Cheers!

Brenda Dummer ended up in Padstow, Cornwall at Rick Stein’s place. She started with Ravioli of Lobster with Tomato and Basil Sauce followed by Braised Fillet of Turbot with slivers of Potatoes and Summer Truffles. Dessert was a yummy Crème Brule. Then the bubble burst and before her was a Little Betty’s Steak Pie Chips and Peas brought promptly by 1.30pm by the ever smiling Rachel.

Margaret Berry got so busy in the garden that she didn’t have time to go anywhere for lunch so stayed home and enjoyed a gourmet Marmalade on Toast and Yoghurt.

John and Christine Dogherty slipped off to Maxim’s in Paris but kept their meal a secret. They did not want to shock us with their decadent tastes.

Well, we pushed the boat out and indulged in the world famous Fruit de Mer at the Alsace Restaurant on the Champs Elise, Paris followed by Bread Pudding and Custard (or Crème Anglais). Sharon did an amazing job of disguising the main course to look remarkably like Corned Beef and Onion Pie with boiled Potatoes, vegetables and gravy (my favourite). The pudding turned out to be Cherry Pie. Naturally Sharon could not, and dare not, disguise the custard in any way. She did, of course, ensure there was plenty of the liquid gold.

Sharon and I sincerely hope that you enjoyed April’s Luncheon Club. Have you got any suggestions as to what we should do for May’s little shindig on 14 May?

Take care and keep safe.

God bless,

Colin and Sharon Woodland