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Last Updated: Friday, 3 June, 2005, 17:47 GMT 18:47 UK
Squirrel is pub's new menu secret
A pub in Worcestershire has unveiled its latest secret to attract customers - by serving grey squirrel.

The squirrel and foie gras terrine starter is the unusual delicacy being served at the Hadley Bowling Green Inn, near Worcester.

The meat is immersed in duck fat before being cooked in a medium oven and added to fois gras and then served with rhubarb compote.

Head chef Darren Stocker said it started as a dare with a colleague.

"I have been doing pigs head, trotters and things like that and we both decided to come up with something that would shock each other and other people and we came up with this," he told BBC Midlands Today.

Owner Richard Everton insists the squirrels are pests and dismissed any concerns about the culling of the animals.

"They are a danger to the whole growth of the countryside, he said.

"We have many dishes that are made form so-called small cuddly animals plus plenty of vegetarian dishes and I would like to say that they are humanely killed."

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