@SUITESHOTEL we are all feeling very festive!
We hope everyone is enjoying our FREE MINCE MEAT FILO PARCELS with every COFFEE in our lounge!
The countdown to Christmas has well and truly begun. With Christmas Advent Calendars being opened (or have already been eaten), decorations going up and lots of great Christmas party events beginning throughout our hotel! This also includes our profound love of mince pies with a whopping 370 million mince pies being purchased from UK Supermarkets every Christmas!
Interestingly enough we all love our small British fruit based mince pies but not many of us actually know much about them! So what is the history behind our beloved festive treats?
Mince Pies are traceable back to the 11th Century. The early mince pie was known by several names including Mutton pie, Shred pie and Christmas pie! Typically its ingredients were a mixture of minced meat, suet, a range of fruits, and spice such as cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. Mixing animal products with fruit and spices like cinnamon and nutmeg became popular in the medieval period , when returning Crusaders introduced new flavours to British kitchens, it was also of course a thrifty way of making a little mince go further. It was also a particular favourite for Henry VII. Mince Pies were a statement of class and hierarchy.
The meat used to fill these comforting pies ranged from rabbit to mutton and everything in-between. However, many 16th century recipes for Neat or Beef tongue. By the mid-Victorian period, meat fillings became less common. The modern mince pie now consists of no meat just raisins, cherries, candied peels, apricots and currents and spices such as nutmeg or cinnamon is added and alcohol with sugar.
It is a tradition to make a wish before eating a mince pie. Mine would be to have another one!
The popularity of mince-pies is astounding and will fill many of our dinner tables, yet even the best machine-made pies cannot compare with a well-filled hand-made one. @SUITES HOTEL we like to spoil our guests. Ours are not only hand-made with fresh fruit but are also luxurious ‘moneybag’ filo parcels!
When you try one of our Sweet Mince Filo Parcels, you will experience a crunchy texture filled with a refreshing burst of fruit and spices.
Come and enjoy a FREE HOMEMADE SWEET MINCE FILO PARCEL with every coffee ordered at our lounge!
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