Angelo Rivas

Dawn of a brit era

By Angel Rivas - jun 17, 2020

It is a Tudor house right on one side of the busiest freeways of Mexico City. How did that happen? Well, evolution never stops and a calm boulevard suddenly was converted into a two story freeway that appears to diminish the Sir Winston Churchill’s restaurant inside this house.

Over 40 years of history came to an end just a week ago to this site dedicated to traditional british cuisine with some other fancy plates and even a mexican proposal.

June 18th. marks a special date as an auction will take place to give away all the tableware, furniture and many wines that were held in this special place

Even though, here is a reminder of how the place was in all its glory until the beginning of 2020.

Right next to the parking lot the gardens remind you of the Windsor castle maybe, but it looks someone has taken good care of the fountain, the sculptures and the little bushes surrounding the entrance.

Right after the owner, Jane Pearson, gave you a table, a refreshing english beer arrived before a line up of dishes comes to you.

Promoted in several media, the clam chowder is one of the entrées you had to order. Although the picture promoted in a newspaper looked bigger this creamy soup arrives plenty of clams and with a texture that makes you dig in the bowl for more.

A Dijon mustard steak came next. The architecture of the plate was modern but maintaining a traditional view. A dried carrot and potatoes worked in different texture were like a game around the steak.

The quality of the meat and the cooking point were astonishing. Everything melted in the palate and the temperature is great. The chef probably received many times an applause for this masterpiece.

The bread, sesame, croissant and herbs, was also something you really appreciated from the tasting. At all times, and without being overwhelming, our waiter stared at what we would need.

It felt that we are going back to the start by requesting a zuppa inglese (english soup) which is an italian dessert inspired in a british trifle. Maybe the appearance was OK, but any zuppa is. The taste, the exact sweetness, the moistness and the combination of ingredientes (along with the cherry) made this a favourite.

The plates were really done for a king or a queen.

This was an expensive restaurant and everything is really great. It will be very missed in the hearts of all the clients that visited this house through 50 years.

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Food and wine journalist with two decades of experience. Editor and reporter at Reforma newspaper in Mexico and current collaborator in different media. Awarded with the Best Journalism Career 2011 by Vatel Club Mexico.