After an afternoon of being on my feet hunting for home furnishings, I walked out of my final carpet shop, looked up and saw a perfect opportunity to outperform a quick ready meal. Anybody who’s anybody in Nuneaton will know about Frank Parker’s awarding winning meats, even more so in a dieting club (which is how I originally heard of them) which was established in 1896. In case you were wondering, I am a relocated Northerner.
You haven’t got to travel very far to discover a near by pub to see that Frank is on the menu and with all the hype, I’ve been wanting to get my tastebuds around them. The only reason I haven’t so far is because of its location. If you’re driving, it always looks awkward to get to; you can see them in arm’s reach just off a busy main road which today I discovered I could only go through a one way system the way I came so I coul park up. They also have an online shop, so if you’re not local or find this easier, you may still be in luck but I don’t know about how far they deliver.
So once I got inside the butchers, I was far too dizzy with excitement and in a rush as they were soon to close. I found it easier to dive in asking for their best award winning meats and below is what I brought home. I bought two rump steaks for £10.26 and two cheese in the middle burgers (my fiance’s was a classic cheese for £1.50 and mine was a stilton at £1.89. There was a huge selection of products including breads and being a wholemeal lover, I opted for a local malted brown sliced loaf as opposed to the white traditional burger bun (or batch as the locals would call it).
I’m also really looking forward to massaging my new garlic and chilli frylight oils in to the rump but also bought a suggesting steak sauce and picked a bbq and diane.
When I got home, we had loads of DIY jobs to do, so with limited time, we naughtily nipped to the chippy which is annoyingly only far too close for temptation being only a 3 minutes walk from our house.
To cook, I put on a rack and as suggested by the butchers to only oven cook them and guessed it on gas mark 6 for around 30 minutes. By the time I got back from the chippy, I checked on the burgers and they’d really swollen in size and looked a luxury fat burger. Don’t let the photo above fool you; they are much bigger than they appear here.
I took another tip from the butcher and let it cool a little before eating (note there’s also tips on their website), but I don’t think we left it long enough as the cheese was piping hot and squirted out a little with pressure. As for my stilton burger, I really didn’t expect it to taste as strong as it did an it was mouthwateringly delicious. This is why I bought one of each as my fiance doesn’t like stilton and tells me his was lovely also but should have opted for the white burger bun. Still, I was happy.
So all in all, I’ve been spoilt today and most other burgers would look laughable in comparison. The next time we want some luxury, I will persevere the tricky drive or walk a few minutes when I pop to Nuneaton for a shop.
I’m really looking forward to the steaks and cannot wait to try their award winning sausages but I will have to let this digest for a couple of days first.
Let me know if you venture this way and which of their meats you think I should try next. P.S, I feel a 5k run coming on tomorrow…
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