PHIL sure knows his mustard.
Durham county crickter Phil Mustard, from Sunderland, was the obvious choice to launch a new resturant in the region.
Mrs Mustard, in Saddler Street, Durham City, has taken its name from a piece of culinary history created in the city, which became the first place in the world to use mustard powder.
A Mrs Clements – whose first name has been lost over the centuries – is known to have taken the revolutionary step in the 1720s of taking mustard seeds and grinding them into a fine powder, a practice that has been used ever since.
Her breakthrough led not only to a whole industry building up at the time around Durham Mustard – but is now also the driving force behind what is probably the country’s first mustard-inspired restaurant.
The menu will focus on traditional British dishes cooked with a twist, and served with a range of specially blended mustards made by the restaurant’s chefs which will complement the food.
A spokesman said: “Although Mrs Clements is long gone, her legacy remains and a range of specially developed mustards have been created exclusively for the restaurant, made to complement the food.”