Little Book of Shropshire Campaign

More owl soup, anyone?

Michelin Stars – so prized by restaurants and gourmets everywhere – are not awarded lightly. More restaurants in Ludlow, Shropshire, have earned this accolade than anywhere else in the kingdom. (Apart from some place called 'London'). It comes, however, as no surprise to the locals. Their healthy appetites have long been sated by such hearty delicacies as Wine Jelly, Shropshire Fitchet Pie (a.k.a Shropshire Pie) or even Owl Soup, (these days made without the owl).

For those concerned with calories and the like, we Shropshire folk find that the effects of fine living can be balanced by the fine walking available on the local hills.

Owl Soup

1 plump young barn owl
1 carrot, sliced
1 onion, sliced
1 stick celery, chopped bouquet garni
1 pint of beef stock
Lemon juice

Roast the carcasses in a hot oven, 400c (gas mark 6), for 20 minutes.
Fry vegetables 'til golden brown.
Put in the carcasses; add the boiling stock and bouquet garni.
Simmer for 2 hours, strain and remove the meat from the bones.
Put in blender with slightly reduced stock.
Return to pan and season with port, lemon, salt and pepper.

Hungry for more? Wet your appetite by taking a gander at our brochure.

Owl Eyes

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