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The extensively refurbished Abergavenny Arms, an imposing C15th coaching house in Frant near Tunbridge Wells, is to host a ‘Culinary Extraveganza’ from 7.30pm on Thursday 23rd June at £49 a head.

A 5-course gourmet menu of mostly local, seasonal produce will be served with accompanying wines selected by Mike Kard from Ellis Wines.

The evening begins with a canapé of home cured salmon and asparagus with a glass of prosecco superiore ; a starter of baby spring vegetables with soft boiled egg served with a South African Chardonnay; a fish course of Cornish crab and chilli croquettematched with an Australian Paulette Reisling; a main of rump of lamb paired with a Spanish Bodegas Ramon Bilboa, with a selection of British cheeses to finished served with Port.


ACT condemns convicted restaurateur

ACT condemns convicted restaurateur


The Chairman of the Asian Catering Federation (ACF), Yawar Khan, is among the first community leaders to condemn the “reckless” Indian restaurant owner jailed for manslaughter of a customer.

“This callous individual has done enormous damage to hard working restaurateurs and staff, who exercise meticulous customer care and strive to build their businesses,” said Khan who welcomed the court’s decision. “This was a needless tragedy and our thoughts go out to the victim’s family.”

Paul Wilson, 38, suffered severe anaphylactic shock and after eating a takeaway containing peanuts from Indian Garden in Yorkshire. Owner Mohammed Zaman, 52, was found guilty of manslaughter and jailed for 6 years. Zaman cut costs by using the cheaper nut powder and by employing untrained, illegal workers.

The ACF is conducting a nationwide series of road shows, which has already been attended by the owners of around 1,000 owners of restaurants and takeaways. A repeated theme during the events from one of BBC TV’s ‘Spicemen’, the renowned chef Cyrus Todiwala, was ‘Don’t Buy Cheap!’

Mohammed Zaman has never been a member of the ACF.


Jazz on The Pantiles

Jazz on The Pantiles


Jazz on the Pantiles is going ahead this summer despite losing its main sponsor. Audi Tunbridge Wells "pulled the plug" at the last minute on organiser Julian Leefe-Griffiths, who owns the Tunbridge Wells Hotel plus other restaurants and pubs in the area.

Leefe-Griffiths is speaking to other potential sponsors to fund the £10,000 shortfall.

Taking place Thursday evenings throughout the summer, this year's line up is: 26 May - Volare Trio; 2 June - Trudy Kerr Quartet; 9 June - Picante Latin Jazz Band;16 June - Dino Baptiste and Darby Todd Duo; 23 June - Anita Wardell & Roger Beaujolais Sextet; 30 June - Force 10 Big Band; 7 July - Matt Skelton Quartet; 14 July - Jive Aces; 21 July - Unit 7 featuring Derek Nash; 28 July - Quinto; 4 August - Violet Jive;11 August - Coalminers; 18 August - TBA; 25 August - Protect The Beat; 1 September - TBA; 8 September - Project 5; 15 September - Sol Guarachando; 22 September - Burrito Cat; and 29 September - Blues Brothers Little Brother.


Small Bills

Small Bills


Bill’s Restaurants has opened in Sevenoaks. The company has launched the venue in London Road on the site of former sports bar and restaurant Tex Mex, which closed last year. Bill’s now has 74 restaurants in the UK having opened its first site in Lewes, E.Sussex, in 2001.

The closest nearest branches to Sevenoaks are in Tunbridge Wells and Bluewater shopping centre. The company is trialling new concepts with different formats with smaller footprints and daytime Bill’s going back to the original concept.


Restaurant owner jailed for 6 years

Restaurant owner jailed for 6 years


A "reckless" restaurant owner has been jailed for six years for the manslaughter of a customer who had an allergic reaction to a curry.

Paul Wilson, 38, suffered a severe anaphylactic shock in January 2014 after eating a takeaway containing peanuts from the Indian Garden in Easingwold, North Yorkshire.

Mohammed Zaman, 52, was found guilty at Teesside Crown Court. The court heard he cut corners by using cheaper ingredients containing peanuts. Zaman denied he was responsible but a jury was told he switched almond powder for a cheaper ground nut mix, which contained peanuts.

Mr Wilson, a bar manager from Helperby, North Yorkshire, specified "no nuts" when he ordered a chicken tikka masala - an instruction which was written on his order and on the lid of his takeaway. He died three weeks after a different customer with a peanut allergy bought a meal from one of Mr Zaman's six restaurants and had a reaction requiring hospital treatment.

The restaurateur had a "reckless and cavalier attitude to risk" and "put profit before safety" at all his outlets, the jury was told.

Zaman cut costs by using the cheaper nut powder and by employing untrained, illegal workers.

Sentencing him, Judge Simon Bourne-Arton, said Zaman had remained "in complete and utter denial" and ignored warnings from officials after 17-year-old Ruby Scott suffered a reaction to a curry, three weeks before Mr Wilson's death. He said he had thrown away his successful business and property portfolio worth £2m "in pursuit of profit".

Mr Wilson's mother, Margaret Wilson, from Sheffield, her son was "meticulous" about dealing with peanuts after a reaction to a chocolate bar at the age of seven. She said the smell of peanuts, or accidentally drinking from the same glass as someone who was eating them, could trigger a reaction.

Paul Wilson asked for a nut-free takeaway and tried to make himself sick when he realised he hadn't got what he ordered.

Detective Inspector Shaun Page said Mr Wilson's death was "totally avoidable" and Zaman's "lack of remorse" had been striking. "And trying to distance himself from any involvement in his death. That had struck me through this investigation. His lack of compassion and understanding about that he's actually done," he said.

The case is thought to be a legal first, setting a precedent for the food industry.

Zaman claimed he left managers to run his restaurants and that included ordering stock and hiring staff. The father-of-four was found guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence and six food safety offences. He was cleared of a charge of perverting the course of justice.

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