Rick Stein group relaunches at-home range
The Rick Stein team has confirmed the relaunch of its Stein's at Home range this week, ahead of November's lockdown.
For the relaunch, chef director Jack Stein has worked with the core chef team to add two new menus to the range, as well as seasonal tweaks to three existing ones.
In addition to Indonesian curry (£55); hake (£40) and lobster (£100) menus, the team has added new sea bass (£50) and coq au riesling (£45) menus.
Included in the new fish-based box, inspired by Rick's favourite flavours of Asia, is a starter of mussels with black beans, garlic and ginger; main course of pan-fried sea bass with a Thai inspired hot, sweet and sour sauce with rice and bok choi (pictured, right); and a delicious dessert of Mango fool, mango pureé and cardamom shortbread.
The new meat-based box begins with smoked salmon paté with sourdough and leaves from Padstow Kitchen Garden, a main of coq au riesling, served with fresh parsley and buttered potatoes, rounded off with chocolate torte and Cornish clotted cream.
"The Stein's at Home boxes were born in lockdown with us needing to create a new revenue stream and fast," comments Jack.
"We were in a position where we had to move quickly into a new space for us - we were completely overwhelmed by the demand, selling over 600 boxes in week one.
"It enabled us to retain several jobs in our business as well as recruiting for new roles to support our online shop and boxes.
"The range will become even more important to us in the November lockdown and we are really happy with the amount of hard work we put in during the summer months.
"It means our customers can still enjoy our restaurant dishes from home while our restaurants are temporarily closed, and it will hopefully give our suppliers some income.
"We're now averaging around 450 boxes per week which is incredible, I'm expecting this to increase across November."
To pair with the food, customers have the option to add a paired bottle of wine to their order, chosen by wine and drinks director, Charlie Stein.
In addition to the boxes, the Rick Stein team is now also selling fresh fish and lobster boxes online, all sourced from Cornish suppliers.