Hertfordshire Mountaineering Club

Xmas Dinner Meet- Dartmoor

Date(s) - 11/12/2015 - 13/12/2015
All Day

Sparrowhawk Backpackers Hostel

Contact Organiser


The HMC Christmas event will be at the “Sparrowhawk Independent Hostel” in Moretonhampstead which is located in the Dartmoor National park.


MEAL AT “THE HORSE” 7.30 for drinks and seating, meals served at 8pm on the Saturday evening, excellent menu with reasonable prices below; food to be chosen in advance. Please email me your choices by the 5th December so I can email the restaurant our orders, to be paid for individually on the night.

“Here is the menu for your party on Saturday the 12th of December at 7.30 for 8 pm sit down. Please choose starters, mains and desserts (2 or 3 courses). There is a supplement on the ribeye steak and on the cheese board.

Please do let me know if you have any specific dietary requirements and we will obviously do our very best to cater for that.

December menu

2 courses £21
3 courses £26
2 courses w/ pizza as main course £16
3 courses w/ pizza as main course £21


Tapas to start– choose one:

Trout gravadlax
w/ toasted almonds and mustard mayo

Cornish calamari
w/ lemon aioli

Crispy tiger prawn
w/ Marie Rose sauce and baby gem

Ham hock terrine
Piccalilly and pickled veg

Pan fried lamb breast
Red cabbage marmalade

Crispy turkey croquette
Cranberry & orange compote

Home smoked cheese fritters
Spicy tomato concasse

Main courses

Braised wild boar
Gnocchi gratin and glazed root vegetables

Poached and roasted guinea fowl breast and crispy leg
Quince puree, Brussel sprout fricassee, garlic oyster mushrooms

Pan fried cod loin
Crispy potatoes and mustard lentils, sherry dressing

Chargrilled 21 day hung Dartmoor ribeye | £3 supplement
Dauphinoise potatoes, carrot puree, beans in pancetta and veal jus

Jerusalem artichoke and wild mushroom lasagne (V)
With fresh rocket

Pizza main courses

Margarita (V)
Classic pizza with just tomato pasata, mozzarella, oregano, parmesan and fresh basil pesto

Prosciutto, funghi e tartufo
Parma ham, mushrooms, truffle oil and parmesan shavings

Tuna fish, anchovies, olives, capers, onions, red peppers and hardboiled egg

Puttanesca (SPICY!)
Garlic paste, tuna fish, anchovies, onions, olives, capers and chilli

Capra (V)
Goats cheese, toasted pine kernels, balsamic onions, tomato chutney, red peppers, and fresh rocket. Drizzle of chilli oil

Smoked gammon, courgettes, aubergines, red peppers, capers, olives, balsamic onions and soft free range egg. Chilli oil

Diavolo (SPICY!)
Chorizo, sweet red chilli and hot chili

Quattro formaggio (V)
Raw onions, oregano and four cheeses – Grana Padano, mozzarella, dolcelatte and goat’s cheese

Salsicce tuscana
Fresh Tuscan sausage meat, smoked pancetta, onions, capers and rocket

Mediterraneo (V)
Grilled aubergines and courgettes, roasted red peppers, balsamic red onions, olives, capers, artichokes and fresh basil pesto

NO MOZZARELLA! Garlic paste, anchovies, chilli, parmesan and fresh herbs.

Stromboli (SPICY!)
Spicy Italian salami, onions, mushrooms and sweet chilli

Orange tart
Caramelised orange and Grand Marnier crème anglaise

Sticky toffee pudding
Homemade vanilla ice cream and toffee sauce

Prunes and almond clafoutis
Almond ice cream

Cheese | £2 supplement
Selection of Italian and local cheeses with crackers and tracklements

A scoop of our delicious homemade vanilla ice cream w/ a shot of espresso

Cantucci vin santo
A glass of Italian dessert wine with cantucci (almond) biscuits to dip

Homemade vanilla and chocolate ice creams and strawberry sorbet with a brandy snap

Now for Hostel info:


Sparrowhawk Backpackers is a charming small friendly, relaxed, eco hostel, located in hillside village of Moretonhampstead, in the atmospheric Dartmoor National Park, south-west.

Visitors are accommodated in a beautifully converted stone stable, typical of the area, the dorm being originally a hay loft. The kitchen is fully equipped including tea/coffee and opens onto a courtyard where you are welcome to have a bar-b-q and fire.
Books, maps and advice on the best hiking, cycle routes, archaeological sites and wild swims available at the hostel.

The local Tourist Info. Centre is just 2 mins walk



Bookings are closed for this event.