There’s always a palpable sense of heightened anticipation and excitement in Prestbury during February and early March. But this year that has been further elevated, in my house at least, by matters completely unrelated to the equine jamboree which starts this week.
Over the past few months, you will have seen the Cotswolds Gent and I, with numerous other enthusiasts, testing several of the Cotswolds’ best burgers. Various establishments have contacted the Gent to throw their hat into the ring but I think it’s fair to say that none have done so with such confidence and gusto as Chef Jon Ingram from Dormy House. Over the past few months, there has been an ongoing exchange of Twitter banter which escalated when someone (I plead guilty here) suggested the possibility of ‘super-sizing’ the already rugged Dormy burger. The Dormy Double was born and the challenge was on.
Six burger aficionados assembled in the beautifully presented Potting Shed at Dormy House. No menu was necessary (though I do confess to taking a peak at it and feeling like a Pavlovian dog having done so). Each of us had approached the challenge slightly differently, though the Gent’s diet of a mere two Fruitella sweets that day may well have been excessively spartan. However, like Olympic athletes, we felt we had each peaked at the exactly right time.
The attached photo confirms how impressive, and gravity-defying, the Dormy Double looked on arrival. It was accompanied by perfectly cooked hand cut chips and a delicious harissa mayonnaise. The Dormy Double itself was actually comprised of four beef patties, cooked medium rare and bursting with flavour. The cheese was Double Leicester which, for me, evoked welcome memories of childhood barbequed burgers and was present in significant quantities. A tangy BBQ relish, lettuce and tomato completed the line-up. And I ought to pay tribute to the bread. Despite groaning under the weight of the contents of the Dormy Double, it was lusciously soft but also robust enough not to disintegrate mid dining. No mean feat!
So what was the conclusion? I can pay the Dormy Double no bigger compliment than saying that it tasted even better than it looked. It’s possible, when super-sizing an item, to trade quality for bulk. But not when Chef Ingram is involved. The Dormy Double is both a monster and a masterpiece. Even in the face of other fine dining opportunities at Dormy House, it’s something that everyone should experience.
And did everyone manage to finish it? Well that would be telling. Visit the Potting Shed and ask for the Dormy Double. You will not be disappointed.....
Dr Simon Gillson
Concierge Medical Practice