Italian gourmet night

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Publicans who turned TV stars for a Channel 4 fly-on-the-wall are hoping to get Bradway folk to switch off their sets and turn on to their local pub again.

Craig and Marie Harris were running the Peaks Inn in Castleton when they appeared in Four In A Bed, a show that pitted bed and breakfast venues against each other.

Now they are ensconced at The Castle on Twentywell Road in Bradway and determined to bring in customers with gourmet nights.

The first, an Italian night, runs on Saturday with a five-course menu featuring authentic regional dishes from all over Italy. “It will use only authentic Italian produce, our own hand-made pasta and fine Italian wines will accompany each course,” says Craig.

“We go to Italy regularly and think the food is the best in the world,” said Craig.

“I’m particularly looking forward to making the roast butternut squash ravioli with sage butter, mainly because the wine paired with it is out of the ordinary – it’s a Tre Monti Sono Giallo Albana Secco from the Romagna region. Nutty and beautiful, it’s a stunningly different wine which is the first of its grape type to be produced without sulphites.”

The couple left The Peaks in January. “Same old story - daft rents meant we couldn’t make a living,” said Craig. “The Castle in Bradway came up at just the right time in April. It’s been saved from closure by the Tandem Leisure group, who have around 10 pubs including The Millhouses and Church House. The food side of the business is ours and we manage the pub for them.

“We wanted to start “gourmet nights” to showcase the fact that we can do a lot more than fish and chips and gammon.”

Further TV appearances are not out of the question, though: “We keep in touch with the Four in a Bed producer,” added Craig. “She’s promised to contact us if they need anyone for programmes about food in Italy.”