MARTINSGANS – 25TH November 2018

After a welcome drink of Sekt, provided by the BCH, we entered the private room at Hotel Alte Wache to sit at the table imposingly decorated with beautiful silver candelabra. K.H.F. gave an interesting speech illuminating why this traditional meal is called Martins Gans and takes place around the 11th of November. He explained that this is in fact a celebration of the life and work of St Martin, a Roman who became a catholic bishop renowned for his charitable and humble demeanour and gave us a charming insight into his life and good works. There followed a delicious meal of not only goose with all the accompaniments, but a large choice of soups to start with. I chose the pumpkin soup which was very tasty. However, when the main course was in full swing, I wished I had forgone the starter, as a wonderful plate of goose with baked apple and dumplings was placed before me, closely followed by bowl after bowl of potatoes, red cabbage, brussels sprouts and gravy. The goose was plentiful, provided with silver service from large platters which were brought round again and again until I had to admit defeat! To my shame I have to admit to giving into the tempting dessert of speculatius parfait with fruit. After all that lovely food and a companiable few hours catching up with club members, what was left but to return home and retire to the sofa to digest both the food and the events of the afternoon.