BEEFY'S Player's Special 

We are excited to launch the Player's Special at BEEFY'S Restaurant by Lord Botham. This concept pairs perfectly the delectable tastes of BEEFY'S with the unique setting within the heart of The Ageas Bowl cricket ground.

The BEEFY'S Executive Head Chef and restaurant team had the pleasure of sitting down and interviewing members of the Hampshire Cricket Men's team and the Southern Vipers Women's team to discuss their favourite meals, why they chose them for their Player's Special and what they hope our guests will enjoy about it. Each month, from April, will be dedicated to one of our players and their delicious food options. 

As part of Hampshire Cricket's Membership Additional Benefits, 2022 members are entitled to a 10% discount from food, applicable Monday - Thursday.


September's Player Special - Alice Monaghan

We have now reached the end of our Player’s Special at BEEFY’S, and who better to end with than our very own stylish All-Rounder, Alice Monaghan

Alice – who joined Hampshire in 2016 and scored her career-best of 43* on her Women’s County Championship debut against Leicestershire. In 2020, Alice joined the Southern Vipers, playing all seven matches in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy and helped win the inaugural competition.

She has also featured in the London Spirit team for both Hundred tournaments in 2021 and was retained for the 2022 campaign.


September's Players’ Special choice - Spaghetti Bolognese with Garlic Bread

This month’s players special is a classic dish of minced beef in a rich tomato & herb sauce, served with spaghetti and a warm garlic butter ciabatta

In our rich tomato sauce, we sweat some shallots, garlic, rosemary and thyme off before adding a dash of white wine, then chopped tomatoes before adding in the fried and drained local minced beef, then slowly cooking for an hour so ensure all the flavours mix and enrich the dish.

A real mouth-watering dish to end the season on!

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An Interview with Alice Monaghan

Q: Your Player's Special selection is a Duck Spring Roll starter. Do you have a special reason or memory that influenced your choice? 

A: When I was younger my mum used to make it for me all the time. It has sort of become a family tradition, sometimes we used to eat it like 4 times a week! It is definitely my favourite dish, it’s always tasty and I look forward to having it for dinner.

Q: When was the last time you were able to enjoy this dish?

A: I haven’t had it in a while! The last time I was able to go home and see my family was about a month ago so my mum made it for me – she knows it’s my favourite and I don’t make it for myself when I am away at university! 

Q: What do you hope the guests at BEEFY'S enjoy about your Player's Special?

A: I hope that the BEEFY’S guests enjoy the dish, it’s an absolute classic and it is very tasty!

August's Player Special - Nick Gubbins

We are excited to share the news that our August Player’s Special at BEEFY’S has been chosen by Hampshire Crickets’ stylish left-hand batter, Nick Gubbins.

Nick – who joined Hampshire from Middlesex part-way through the 2021 season – is a stylish left-handed batter who has amassed over 9,000 runs in his career date and is likely to be a central figure in Hampshire’s 2022 Royal London Cup campaign.


August's Players’ Special choice - Duck Spring Roll Starter

This month’s players’ special is a duck spring roll starter. To create Nick's signature dish, the duck leg is slowly cooked for 4 hours in oriental spice, before shredded down, rolled in spring roll pastry and fried. The spring rolls are served alongside an aromatic oriental salad with hoisin and sweet chilli sauces.

A beautiful starter to share!

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An Interview with Nick Gubbins

Q: Your Player's Special selection is a Duck Spring Roll starter. Do you have a special reason or memory that influenced your choice? 

A: I am a massive fan of Chinese food and I always look forward to going to a Chinese. When I get to go to the restaurants, I make full use of ordering a full duck. I grew up in Singapore and there is a lot of influence on Chinese food there, so growing up it quickly became a favourite of mine.

Q: When was the last time you were able to enjoy this dish?

A: I recently came back from a trip to Zimbabwe, and my girlfriend had Chinese food (and half a duck) ready and waiting as she knows it was my favourite!

Q: What do you hope the guests at BEEFY'S enjoy about your Player's Special?

A: I hope that the BEEFY’S guests enjoy the summer dish, it is light and made with the fresh flavours of cucumber, spring onion and chillies. In particular, it will be the perfect accompaniment to some drinks!


July's Player Special - James Fuller

We are excited to share the news that our July Player’s Special at BEEFY’S has been chosen by Hampshire Crickets’ big-hitting All-Rounder James Fuller.

James is a big-hitting, fast-bowling all-rounder who joined Hampshire in 2019 from Middlesex and has since starred for the Club across all formats. Born in South Africa, Fuller has been playing professionally in England since 2011 and has become a firm favourite at The Ageas Bowl courtesy of his all-action style.


July's Players’ Special choiceSlow-Cooked BBQ Rack of Ribs

This month’s players’ special is slow-cooked BBQ rack of ribs with sweet potato fries and a crisp garden salad. To create James' signature dish, the ribs are marinated in BBQ seasoning overnight and then slowly braised for 3 hours making the meat between the ribs lovely and tender, they are then covered in a rich BBQ glaze and baked in the oven.

A true finger-licking experience!

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An Interview with James Fuller

Q: Your Player's Special selection is Slow-Cooked BBQ Rack of Ribs. Do you have a special reason or memory that influenced your choice? 

A: I love the tastes and flavours of short beef. Especially if it has been cooked for over 2 hours. I associate this meal with the days I have off from work and training and have to myself. I could spend hours prepping and cooking the short beef rib. I look forward to taking the time for myself and enjoying in the evening.

Q: When was the last time you were able to enjoy this dish?

A: Normally this meal is a Winter dish, I have had it a few times over the past winter season. Nothing better than going to the shop, getting 2kg of short beef rib and tucking in!

Q: What do you hope the guests at BEEFY'S enjoy about your Player's Special?

A: I hope that the BEEFY’S guests enjoy the strong BBQ flavours and the melt-in-your-mouth quality of the ribs. Combined with the sweetness of the fries, this meal will leave you feeling nice and full and satisfied which for me is perfect and hopefully will be the same for the guests.


June's Player Special - Ella McCaughan

We continue our Player’s Special at BEEFY’S with Southern Viper's opening batter, Ella McCaughan.

Ella is an outstanding opening batter, who joined the Southern Vipers for her debut in August 2020. Aged 17, Ella was the youngest player in the 2020 Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy to record two half centuries, marking her with a bright cricketing future. Her impressive record saw her selected for The Ageas Bowl based Southern Brave team for The Hundred in 2021 and again for the 2022 season.


June's Players’ Special choice - Grilled Salmon

To create Ella's signature dish, our BEEFY’S Executive Chef sourced fresh salmon supreme, grilled and presented on a bed of fregola. 

Accompanied by a mix of roasted red peppers, onions, courgettes and aubergines served with a herb dressing.

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An Interview with Ella McCaughan

Q: Your Player's Special selection is Grilled Salmon. Do you have a special reason or memory that influenced your choice? 

A: I am currently studying at university, and that dish is normally out of my student budget so it is a treat to be able to enjoy it! I associate this meal with home. My mum will make it for me when I go visit so I hold fond memories of that. It's quite a summery dish, so when it's a nice day and I am with my family - it is a nice treat!

Q: When was the last time you were able to enjoy this dish?

A:  I can't remember the last time I was able to enjoy it, but I am going home this weekend so fingers crossed my mum will have made it for me then! 

Q: What do you hope the guests at BEEFY'S enjoy about your Player's Special?

A: I hope the guests at BEEFY'S enjoy the spin the Executive Chef Jamie has added to the meal. The vegetables for the dish have been served in a fresh, herb sauce which makes it really tasty and adds a Summer feel. I also hope they enjoy the nutritional benefits from the salmon too! 


May's Player Special - Ross Whiteley

We continue our Player’s Special at BEEFY’S with Hampshire’s hard-hitting left-hand batter Ross Whiteley.

Ross Whiteley is a hard-hitting, left-handed batter who joined the Hampshire team in 2021 on a three-year white-ball contract following an impressive T20 and Domestic One-Day career with Worcestershire. He joins Hampshire with a reputation as a dangerous boundary-hitting batter, having been selected for The Ageas Bowl based Southern Brave for The Hundred in 2021 and again for the 2022 season.


May's Players’ Special choice - Honey Glazed Ham Hock

To create Ross’s signature dish, our BEEFY’S Executive Chef sourced local ham hock supplied by local farm R Owtons. The ham hock is then steamed for two hours, until tender, then coated in a honey glaze and placed in the oven.

Before serving, the ham hock is plated with a pea and tarragon puree, potato and whole-grain mustard croquet and is served with a jug of red wine sauce. This dish is a real meat eaters’ feast.


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An Interview with Ross Whiteley

Q: Your Player's Special selection is a Honey Glazed Ham Hock. Do you have a special reason or memory that influenced your choice? 

A: This dish is something I strongly associate with special occasions and fond memories. I remember having ham hock with my family and when I am eating at a restaurant, it is something I always look for on a menu. 

Q: When was the last time you were able to enjoy this dish?

A:  The last time I remember, it was 2 years ago. My partner and I were up North, had just been on a lovely walk and were settled in a pub. I saw it on the menu and it was an obvious choice for me. It was such an enjoyable meal, paired with a nice day with my partner, which made the occasion a memorable one.  

Q: What do you hope the guests at BEEFY'S enjoy about your Player's Special?

A: I hope that the guests at BEEFY'S enjoy the amazing tastes of the ham hock, and that it will bring them good memories.

April's Player Special - Ben Brown

We kick off our Player's Special at BEEFY'S with Hampshire's right-hand bat and wicketkeeper Ben Brown. 

Ben Brown - a new signing for the 2022 season from local-rivals Sussex - is Hampshire’s wicket-keeper batter and was one of the County Championship’s standout performers in 2021.


April's Players’ Special choice - Slow Braised Lamb Shoulder

To create Ben's chosen dish, our BEEFY'S Executive Chef slowly braised the lamb before rolling and allowed it to cool. The lamb was then cut, crisped and finished in the oven. Explore the full menu through the button below, or take in our interview with Ben himself. 

Read our interview with him and explore our menu below. 


An Interview with Ben Brown

Q: Your Player's Special selection is a Slow Braised Lamb Shoulder. Do you have a special reason or memory that influenced your choice? 

A: My mother cooks an amazing lamb roast. My wife and sister have both given up lamb, meaning I am unable to eat it as frequently as I would like at home, so I thought it would be a good dish to choose for my player’s special. This meal has a strong association with birthdays and special events, so it draws nice memories. As it was always my favourite, my mother knew to make it for me. 

Q: When was the last time you were able to enjoy this dish?

A: Unfortunately, since my wife and sister no longer eat lamb, there has been a "lamb ban" so I don't eat it so regularly. Whilst celebrating my birthday in November, my mother cooked the family a roast and, as the birthday boy, I was lucky enough to be served a single portion of my favourite. 

Q: What do you hope the guests at BEEFY'S enjoy about your Player's Special?

A: I think that the meal was delicious, it was fresh, light and I was very impressed with the summery take on a traditionally "winter" meal. 


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