Gourmet trip round the world in eighty plates

Manor Farm team
Manor Farm team
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England may have crashed out but footie fans are promised a real flavour of the World Cup if they watch matches at a historic St Helens pub.

That’s because the Manor Farm pub in Rainhill is serving up complimentary food from international recipes to reflect the traditions of each of the nations which qualified for the 2014 finals.

Chef Adam Whittaker served up hotpot and roast potatoes every time England played, but has sourced a string of authentic continental dishes to serve up when other nations take to the pitch.

For Brazil he’s serving up Empadão – chicken, olives, corn and leeks in traditional flaky pastry - and for Argentina it’s Choripan con Chimichurri, or grilled sausage with a tangy parsley and garlic salsa.

When Croatia play it’s Cevapacici meatballs, for Japan it’s a chicken and shiitake mushroom stir fry, for Italy it’s Penne Arrabiata, for Chile it’s Chilean-style stuffed potatoes and for Iran it’s an authentic Iranian stew.

Adam said: “These are just some of the great dishes we will be serving up to customers to get them in the World Cup mood and we’ve got lots more recipes for the other World Cup teams.

“Manor Farm is a family friendly pub and we want to give our customers a really enjoyable and memorable World Cup experience.”

At just 22, Adam is one of the youngest publicans in the North West - but he started working at the Mill Lane pub when he was just 14!

Initially tasked with collecting glasses, he then worked his way up from kitchen porter to commis chef and head chef.

before spending four years as a sous chef and head chef at a nearby restaurant.

Manor Farm, which is Marstons-owned, operates in a grade II listed building which dates back to 1662. A previous building on the site is thought to date back as early as 1200.

Adam, who is also planning to run a Party at the Farm fundraiser for Willowbrook Hospice next month, added: “I learnt my cookery skills working alongside some very experienced chefs and then returned to Manor Farm as assistant manager. In March this year I successfully applied to purchase the franchise of the Marstons-owned public house and now I am in charge.

“I always said I wanted to run this place one day but it came about a lot quicker than I expected!”