Adding character to your offering: creating signature dishes

eviivo - My B&B - Adding character to your offering: creating signature dishesThe food you serve up can often be the number one reason why your guests are eager to book another stay – a good breakfast can go a long way! However, every hotel and B&B serves up a full English breakfast as standard, so what can you do to separate your menu from everyone else’s and how can you make it special? We’re here to help you with some practical hints and tips.

Where to start

If you’ve got your heart set on designing a signature dish of your own, then there are a few things you can do to set off on the right foot. Do some research into the local area’s famous dishes – Lancashire Hotpot or Cornish Pasties for example. Basing your signature offerings off local favourites, or at least locally sourced produce, only entices guests more, as it adds to the local charm and character of your establishment. A standard Lancashire Hotpot might not win every guest over; try adding a more modern flair to a classic dish to give your menu something really unique.

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On the hunt for ingredients

If you’re a dab hand in the kitchen and would rather feel the heat of the hob yourself, or feel that your budget can’t quite stretch to a top of the range chef, then don’t despair! You don’t have to go out of your way to create whole meals that add a bespoke touch to your menu. Instead, you could offer bespoke ingredients in your established meals. Doing some research on local suppliers and trying their offerings could lead you to having the tastiest food you can possibly find.

In the restaurant

If you have an onsite restaurant, then creating your own signature dishes for the menu is definitely something to consider. If you decide to spend part of your budget on hiring a chef to create some super-tasty dishes, it’s definitely worth it if visitors order and enjoy them time and time again – good chefs may well bring ideas for unique dishes with them. Your restaurant alone could even establish a standalone reputation, meaning that you could even draw in local residents as well as your treasured guests.

Cheap vs. expensive

So, what kinds of ingredients should you buy? While you can make do with some cheaper options, your local supermarket’s basic sausages may not cut the mustard with your guests.

If you don’t want to blow the budget on such ingredients as fillet steaks, a lot of talented chefs can take cheaper cuts of meat and through their skills and expertise, make them taste just as good, if not better than the expensive stuff. Chefs are also trained in dressing a plate attractively and, as they say, the first bite is with the eye!

However, everyone needs to manage their budget when running a business but with food, the proof, as they say, is in the pudding. Take the humble sausage for example, compare a lower grade, supermarket own brand sausage and a local farmer’s organic sausage. Whilst it may cost a little extra, your guests will really taste the difference, and the little extra expenditure will be reflected in your guests’ reviews!


Not just for restaurants

Offering bespoke dishes can extend beyond a restaurant’s menu. A la carte breakfast options can be a great way to give your menu a unique quality, if you’re offering just B&B. Guests’ faces will light up at the prospect of ordering the likes of eggs benedict in the morning – especially if it’s served as breakfast in bed!

Another option is to serve afternoon tea – this can be a great way to slip bespoke options into your menu without having to hire a chef to cook up amazing evening meals.

Adding character to your offering: creating signature dishes

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