What can you tell us about The Lyle's Game Box?
It's all part of the new Lyle's Provisions website - which sees the Michelin-starred restaurant getting into the delivery business. They've created a number of new boxes (as well as a mince pie kit). There's the provisions box in which they'll send you lots of great things for your larder and two meal kits - the Lyle's menu box and the Game Box, which is the one we opted to Test Drive.
Over the years, Lyle's have built up a reputation for their annual game dinners - so this is a great opportunity to get a taste of that at a time when it's a lot harder to organise these special events and menus.
What kind of kit is it?
As you can see from the photo above - there's quite a lot to it. Every course comes with several elements - but most often it's just a reheating and plating exercise. We noted that the instructions that come with each dish were some of the easiest to follow we've seen so far (and we've tried our fair share of kits). We would recommend spending some time grouping the ingredients for all courses together at the beginning, so you can remove them from the fridge in batches as you need. It really helps things along.
What initially looked like something of a daunting exercise proved to be both a simple and enjoyable process. It's useful that each dish states how many pots and pans you'll need. The inclusion of a photo of each dish was also invaluable - it really is very helpful to see what you're aiming for.
So what's the Game dinner?
It comes in six courses - and it's best to make them all as you go along. Don't be tempted to try and make too many of the dishes together unless you happen to have a whole kitchen brigade working for you.
Here's how it all turned out:
What about the other kits?
The Lyle's menu box has the same pudding and cakes, with courses including Crab & Barley Porridge, Pumpkin & Whey Soup and 14-Week Hung Dexter Rib. And pre Christmas they're also selling a mince pie kit - as their mince pies are often lauded as some of the very best in town.
Lyles's have clearly been taking some time in getting their box just right, as this has had an awful lot of thought put into it. From clear and concise instructions to proper labelling and fancy packaging, it really feels like a premium product. It was fun to put together and frankly resulted in one of the best meals we've had during either of the lockdowns. And most importantly, it really feels like a Lyle's meal - the essence of the dishes served in the restaurant really feels replicated here. All in all, a very easy recommendation.
Now - can we get the recipe for those brown butter cakes..?
Hot Dinners received this box as a gift. Prices are correct at the time of writing.
More about Lyle's Provisions
Where do they deliver? Nationwide
How much? Both meal boxes are £140, serving two.
How to order: On their website
Find out more: Follow them on Instagram @lyleslondon.
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