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News, events and recipes from Aiden Byrne and his restaurants.

Aiden visited a Birchwood charity he has helped to the tune of £8,000.

The owner of the Church Green in Lymm dropped into Brainwave recently as part of the town’s Disability Awareness Week. A firm supporter of the charity, Aiden met some of the children the centre helps.

Brainwave, the Warrington Guardian’s charity of the month for June, helps children with disabilities and additional needs to achieve greater independence Aiden said: ‘Family is very important to me and my wife Sarah, as is our community and the people within it.

“When we were looking for a charity to support, we knew we wanted something that had some association to all of those elements, and Brainwave was the perfect choice. It’s always an inspiration to visit Brainwave and see first-hand the great work they do.”

Brainwave community manager Joanne Freeman said: ‘On behalf of the families we support, I’d like to thank Aiden for all his hard work and generosity.

“His fundraising is making a huge difference to the children who visit our Birchwood Centre.”

Aiden, who recently opened a new fine dining restaurant in Manchester, helped raised £8,000 after making Brainwave his charity of the year. This is enough to help two new children onto the programme.

During his visit, Aiden met the Brainwave team who support children through therapy programmes that are tailored to meet their needs.

He also had a chance to meet the families of three young children attending on the day: 18-month-old Sophia Holmes, two-year-old Eva Abbrell and nine-year-old Lilly Halam.

Exciting times at the Church Green as our highly anticipated ice-cream parlour has opened to the public. Situated on our large decked area next to the pub the parlour is now serving an extensive selection of fine Cornish Ice-creams every Saturday and Sunday for the rest of summer. We have a great menu of flavours ranging from classics such as rum and raisin or mint choc chip, to wacky and wonderful creations; candyfloss ice-cream anybody? The ‘little Byrnes’, Lauren and Harrison put in the first shift on Sunday and did a fantastic job taking a roaring trade. Get down this weekend to see what you’re missing out on!

Lymm ice creamIt’s not just our ice-cream menu that is new, as Ben has freshened up our ever popular British grill menu with a great selection of original dishes, alongside some old favourites and returning Church Green classics. I’m struggling to pick a personal favourite dish but can heartily recommend the ‘Crab and chilli beignets’ starter, and the ‘Cider braised pork cheeks’ with bubble and squeak and mustard sauce is simply to die for. I also have to mention our stunning veal fillet, served with boccicini and confit tomato. Using high welfare British rose veal from Cumbria, it has to be tasted to be believed, just amazing! We still have our famous 25oz wing rib of beef for two amongst many other popular choices, so why not check out the full menu for yourself.

With so much going on at the moment there really hasn’t been a better time to pay us a visit, so I hope to see you soon!

Aiden and Sarah Byrne hosted a fantastic gourmet night at the Church Green in Lymm for Brainwave Northwest.

The dinner which was to help support young George who has Cerebral Palsy and developmental delay was a huge success.

Guests enjoyed a glass of Prosecco on arrival which was kindly sponsored by Draught Prosecco and then sat down to enjoy a fabulous three course meal, designed by Aiden especially for the evening, which included a wonderfully flavoursome and tender lamb main course and a truly delicious dessert of iced banana parfait, peanut crumble and caramelised pineapple.

Thanks to the enormous generosity of the guests, Aiden and Sarah , the donors of the many raffle and auction prizes and our very kind sponsors Matt Greenhalgh and Simon Henning from St. James’ Place Wealth Management consultancy in Lymm Village, the event raised just over £5,700 for young George’s on going treatment and education.

For more information about the work of Brainwave, please go to www.brainwave.org.uk.

Restaurant Wars

April 18, 2014

Firstly I would like to thank all of our customers for their continued support and well wishes. Your positive comments through and after the show have been overwhelming.

Business for both The Church Green and Manchester house have been affected dramatically from the show and I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all.

As you can see from the program there is a lot that goes into setting up and running a restaurant on a daily basis. The pressures can be phenomenal and can get to the best of us, week one of the series was Simon's turn to feel the heat but we haven’t done our opening night yet.

There is still time for me to loose the plot. This is the first time I have seen the show so I am watching it as you are and being surprised as to how they have edited it. We hope to see you all over the Easter break, keep watching Monday night BBC2 8 pm.

More information can be found on the BBC website.

Valentine's Menu

January 17, 2014

We’re well into the New Year now and have hit the ground running. Business is great thanks to our deal for the 5 course tasting menu for only £40 and another £15 gets you another 3 courses. We still have availability towards the beginning and the middle of the week so take advantage of this deal that will run until the end of February.

Speaking of February Valentine's Day is coming up, so why not take a look at our Valentine's menu? For those who have dined with us before you will know that these spaces sell out very quickly and we only have a limited amount.

Ben and Dylan

I have the pleasure of announcing that Ben Chaplin (a fantastic young chef) has returned to us after a stint away and both Dylan and Ben have compiled a phenomenal new menu and with those two in the kitchen the atmosphere is electric. They are a force to be reckoned with!

The new menu will come into play towards the end of January and trust me there are some exciting new dishes on there. Hopefully we will see you over the next couple of weeks!

Regards Aiden and Sarah

A happy new year to you all from the Church Green, we hope you had a fantastic and indulgent Christmas. We are pleased to announce that we are offering our five course tasting menu at an incredible £40 throughout January and February, Monday to Saturday. That’s a third off our normal price! We have included some of our favourite dishes from previous menus such as our elegant ‘Hot and cold smoked salmon, limoncello jelly, vodka Chantilly’, and the stunning ‘Chocolate and beetroot’.  

For those who wish to carry on the indulgence into 2014 we are also offering an extended tasting menu with three extra courses for a £15 supplement, including Aiden’s classic ‘Palm sugar and foie gras mousse, pain d’epice and cherry’.

Our resident wine buffs have tasted a wide selection of vino (it’s a hard job but somebody has to do it!) to find the perfect pairings for this menu and have produced two wonderful wine flights for your enjoyment. Our usual wine package is available at £25 per person, and we also introduce the premium wine flight at £45 per head, which includes some of the most luxurious bins from our cellar as an extra treat.

Alongside this great offer we are also running our ever popular British Grill Menu, where you will find the decadent 16oz Chateaubriand to share, and homely classics such as the classic fish pie. With all this choice there really never has been a better time to join us at the Church Green.

View our menus.

We hope to see you soon.

The Church Green Team

Aiden, the team and I would like to wish you a very Happy Christmas and thank you for all your support and custom. as a BIG thank you we are offering our Tasting Menu for only £40 throughout January (subject to availability).

We have had a very busy year, with the opening of Manchester House and many changes here at The Church Green. We have a lot of plans for 2014 too, with the return of our very popular Gourmet Wine Nights, a Summer BBQ or two and lots of busy days inbetween. We would really like you to enjoy these events with us, so be sure to keep an eye on our website for details of all our upcoming events.

We hope that you have done all your Christmas shopping by now, but if you are still stuck for a present, why not pop in and pick up a voucher so they can dine with us? You choose the amount, they choose the meal and wine!

Wishing you the best Christmas and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Sarah, Aiden and all the Team.

 

Christmas is a coming...

October 28, 2013

It seems that summer is becoming but a dull memory. With storms lashing the country and our fire being lit for the first time today, it is definitely seems that winter has arrived.

Our Festive menu has been written and will be available from 2nd - 24th December Monday through Friday. For only £28 we think it's great value.

Our Tree will be decked in all it's finery, the fire will be lit and the mulled wine warming. So now is the time to start planning for a big family get together, an office party, or even a nice meal for two to take a break from all the Christmas preparations. 

Church Green Festive Menu

Aiden's Turkey

 

We have limited availability so make sure you book in early to avoid missing out. You can call one of the team on 01925 752 068 or book online now.

Looking forward to hearing from you soon.

Fun in the Sun

June 28, 2013

Spring seems to have just passed us by here at The Church Green! After Aiden’s success on Great British Menu and my promise to marry him if he won, we decided to jet off to Mauritius to affirm our relationship and tie the knot. We’re delighted to now be Mr and Mrs Byrne and are looking forward to a very happy future together. 

Not only have we been serving many of Aiden’s delicious Great British Menu dishes in the restaurant, but we’ve been repainting the outside of the building and getting all the outdoor furniture fit for summer.

Last month we also hosted a charity gourmet evening in aid of our new charity of the year, Brainwave, raising over £4380 for this worthy cause.

Brainwave works with families to deliver individual, home based therapy and exercises for children with disabilities and Development Delay to help them reach their full potential. This can be anything from walking to recognising numbers. The Charity looks after a whole range of children with conditions including Cerebral Palsy, Down’s syndrome and Autism.  

Family is very important to us, as is our local community and the people within it. When we were looking for a charity to nominate for the year we knew we wanted something that had some association to all of those elements, and Brainwave was the perfect choice. By giving our time and resources, whilst reaching out to our customers to ask them to engage with our fundraising efforts, we know we will be able to help and support many families in the area, making a difference to their everyday lives.

With the weather seemingly brightening up, the lighter evenings and our mission to continually use produce that is in season, we have created some exciting new dishes and cocktails for you to enjoy.

Our salad menu gives you the opportunity to combine your favourite ingredients, giving you the perfect summer salad. Options include Asian vegetable salad, Greek salad, Caesar salad, etc, with toppings including Chilli and coriander with medium rare beef, Grilled garlic and lemon tuna, Grilled chicken, and so on.

Our cocktail menu is brimming with exotic and classic blends to suit all palates – we’ve even got some fun non-alcoholic ones for the kids to enjoy! Perfect in the afternoon sun on our decked area, as a pre-dinner drink or night out with the girls!

And finally, Friday wouldn’t be Friday without a fresh fish dish. Our fish Friday dishes are cooked freshly on our Inka grill and you get to choose your garnish. Fish and garnishes change on a weekly basis depending on what has been caught.

So, we hope to see you very soon. Enjoy our summer menu and fingers crossed for some warm, sunny weather.

Sarah Byrne

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