This week my Thought for the Day fell on Shrove Tuesday. This was also the day that a nostalgic feature on Berni Inns was being discussed on the breakfast show. The Rummer Hotel, (site of the very first Berni restaurant) was staging a Berni Inns Revival Night. The menu comprised of classic retro food – prawn cocktail, steak and chips and Black Forest gateaux.
Original story here: http://therummer.net/event-registration/?ee=28
To my knowledge, I have never been to a Berni Inn. However, there was a classic song about a visit to one in Victoria Wood’s brilliant musical, That Day We Sang. If you’ve never seen it before, it’s an absolute cracker: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYNMW-wcQWk
So here’s my thought about pancakes and prawns…
Thought for the Day February 17th 2015:
Victoria Wood is one of my all-time favourite comediennes.
Over Christmas her musical “That Day We Sang” was shown on TV – a heartwarming story of a middle-aged couple, Tubby and Edith, who found love at a reunion of a children’s choir.
One of the scenes revolved around Edith’s boss and his wife taking them out to a Berni Inn. For them, this was the height of class and sophistication – and if you saw the musical, you know there’s a whole song that they perform dedicated to the greatness of this particular eatery.
So I LOVE the idea of the Rummer Hotel in Bristol– the site of the very first Berni restaurant – going retro and reviving the classic Berni menu of prawn cocktail, steak and chips and black forest gateaux tonight. I wonder if all the diners will turn up in vintage outfits?
Today is an important day for feasting – it’s Pancake Day – or Shrove Tuesday.
This is the day when traditionally, all fat, sugar and meat in the household was used up before Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent.
Lent lasts for 40 days and is a time of ‘giving things up’ and reflecting before Easter.
So it makes sense that Shrove Tuesday is a time of feasting before the fasting; Mardi Gras and Fat Tuesday and Carnival before the more sombre, thoughtful days ahead.
Whatever we are feasting on tonight, we give thanks for what sustains us in a physical, mental or spiritual sense.
But I’m sure that the Berni brothers could have added one more thing to their menu – a Prawn Cocktail pancake perhaps?