100 per cent horse meat on the menu

Bret Davy, head chef at Bino's Bistro in Whitby tucking into his first horse burger which will go on the menu this weekend.''w130823b
Bret Davy, head chef at Bino's Bistro in Whitby tucking into his first horse burger which will go on the menu this weekend.''w130823b

THE horse may have bolted in the national meat scandal but one Whitby chef reckons he has backed a winner.

Horse meat will be on the menu loud and proud at Bino’s Bistro in the town this weekend despite supermarket chains, pubs and butchers being quick to distance themselves from the issue.

Bret Davies is serving up the dish, which is widely eaten in Europe, and wants people to make up their own minds.

He has sourced it from an exotic food supplier in Scotland - the same firm which supplies the very small number of butchers in the UK that stock horse meat.

He told the Gazette: “With the lasagnes and whatever, people think they have been misled into eating it. The British are a lot more squeamish about food and I think that is why they are upset, they didn’t have a choice in it.

“I am not putting it into a beef burger, it is a lot more expensive anyway, but I am putting it out there and if people want to eat it they can if not then they don’t have to.

“Everyone is advertising the fact that they don’t serve horse meat so I thought why not. My specials board is always a little bit different anyway with rabbit and duck. You could go to a Walkabout pub and order a kangaroo burger - it is about sourcing it in the right way.”

Bret is serving up the £10.90 horse burger with paprika French fries, garlic mayonnaise, Yorkshire blue cheese, caramelised red onion and mixed salad.