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Christchurch pub puts horsemeat on the menu
A PUB is quite literally flogging a dead horse as an inventive landlord bravely trials top quality equine steak on the menu.
And perhaps surprisingly for some, diners and regulars at The Nelson Tavern in Mudeford, Christchurch, are hot-hoofing it to the hostelry to chomp down on the taboo choice of meat.
The decision to add horse to the menu follows the recent discovery of horse DNA in burgers in major supermarkets such as Tesco and Iceland.
And while the discovery has been a nightmare and caused alarm among many consumers, landlord Peter Lyon, owner of the pub, said he thinks he’s backing a winner as people are more than willing to try the controversial meat.
The pub, known for their tasty Thai food as well as more traditional dishes, is offering its diners chevaline – horsemeat – freshly imported directly from French suppliers.
“Since we have put it on the menu, we’ve never been as busy,” Mr Lyon said.
“We’re fully booked some nights and of course not everyone is ordering it but it is attracting people in.
“This is not cheap meat. This is top quality ‘chevaline’ – not the meat of some old nag.
“I can’t remember it ever being served on a menu in this country in my lifetime.
“The general consensus has been that it’s very nice – as good as beef steak, just a little more flavoursome – more of a fuller flavour. There have been a lot of jokes – our customers have a great sense of humour – but at the end of the day, it’s providing people with something a bit special.”
The dish is being sold for £10.95.