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I’m a Celebrity - Get me out of the Wye Valley

9th December 2014 Print

As the celebrities in the jungle get to grips with the bush tucker trials down under, ex England rugby international Steve Boyle, owner of The Pilgrim Country House Hotel in the heart of the Wye Valley, has created his own insect-eating challenge for his guests to raise much- needed funds for the local St. Michael’s Hospice.

The critters include:

Buffalo Worm Fudge – Butter fudge with worms, caramel & a pinch of Himalayan salt.
Pilgrim Insect Mix – Mealworms, Buffalo Worms, Nutty Crickets & Locusts
Chilli Chapulines – Chilli flavoured Mexican grasshoppers
Chocolate Covered Silkworm Pupae – the name says it all!

Comments Steve: “We all enjoy watching Ant and Dec doubling up with laughter as the hapless celebrities munch their way through Witchetty Grubs and other nasty looking creatures, so we thought we’d create our own ‘Pilgrim Bush Tucker Trial’ and offer our guests a chance to try it for themselves.

“We have produced a ‘tasting plate’ comprising four, interesting looking creatures for £4.95 pp. and have added a Bush Tucker version of our popular Afternoon Teas to our daytime menus. As another incentive for guests to try the “jungle fayre”, we will be donating 20% of our takings on the promotion to St. Michael’s Hospice Charity, a truly worthy local cause.

“Once your trial is complete, I recommend a quick pint of either Wye Valley Bitter or Stowfords cider to wash away the taste!”

The promotion will last for the duration of the current series which is due to finish in late December.

Anyone who feels too ill to get home after sampling the critters has the option of staying overnight in one of the hotel’s comfortable bedrooms, with double rooms from just £29.50 pp on a bed and breakfast basis (two sharing a room).

Those that wish to replace a stomach full of insects for the culinary delights served up by head chef Deepak Kumar (a member of the British Culinary Federation) can dine in the Valley Restaurant which has views over the border towards the Black Mountains in Wales (dinner, bed and breakfast from £49.50 pp – two sharing).

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