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Oxford-based restaurant group, House of Jacob, are pimping Pancake Day by offering an alternative to the usual flour and egg mix, with ‘Pigcakes’ – a Shrove Tuesday classic made entirely of meat.

The ‘Pigcakes’ were created by Executive Head Chef, Chris Kennedy, and consist of 5 different cuts of pork, including belly, cheek and shoulder. This coming Tuesday, the four restaurants will be serving up a ‘classic American’ style meat stack, as well as a refined ‘brisket ballotine’. Both will be served with chunky ‘slaw and veal jus as an alternative to the standard lemon and sugar.

The group, founded by Damion Farah and Johnny Pugsley, are locally applauded for rearing their own animals in the restaurant’s back garden and believe strongly in using every cut possible when creating their meat-heavy dishes, so nothing to goes to waste.

Chris Kennedy, Executive Head Chef at the House of Jacob group, commented:

“Pancake Day was originally about ‘pigging out’ before Lent, so we decided to update the boring batter mix and hero our organic pigs by creating an all-meat alternative. We’re passionate about local, quality produce and wanted to offer our loyal customers something a bit different this year.

For both dishes, I slow cooked the pork belly for four hours until it could be moulded it into the classic, pancake shape. I then fried it off with carrots, onions and candied apple, served with a dousing of veal jus and a side of cherry tomatoes and chunky ‘slaw. It’s a carnivores dream with no Nutella in sight.”

The ‘Pigcakes’ will be served at all day at all four venues this coming Tuesday, costing £8.50 with the option to add a fried egg for £1 and recommended to be enjoyed with their famous Spicy Bloody Mary.  

To get in on the piggy-action, visit any of their venues below between 9am and 10pm on Tuesday 28th February:

Jacob’s Inn

Jacobs & Field

Jacobs Brasserie

The Woodstock Arms


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