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Saltwood on the Green backs NSPCC castle plant fair

Saltwood on the Green backs NSPCC castle plant fair


Saltwood on the Green restaurant is backing the NSPCC's annual fund raising Garden & Plant Fair at Saltwood Castle on Saturday 2nd May, by putting a special Chocolate Brownie dish on its menu. The restaurant will donate the proceeds of the £5 dish sold all week from 2nd May to the charity.

“Being an America, I come from a land where chocolate brownies have near religious status, and these ones come guilt-free as they’re all for a very good cause,” said Saltwood on the Green chef-owner Jeff Kipp.

Chef Jeff’s chocolate brownie recipe is a tantalising creation with malted ice cream with a caramalised chocolate sauce.

The Garden & Plant Fair offers visitor a unique opportunity to see inside the grounds of the historic Saltwood Castle, the former home of historian and author the late Rt Hon Alan Clark MP, which is not normally opened to the public. The event, now in its 13th year, is held by king permission of Alan’s widow, Jane Clark, who owns the restaurant’s freehold. Last year the fair raised £12,000 for vulnerable children.

As well as having more than 20 stalls to browse, visitors can also explore the picturesque castle’s moat, dungeons, battlements and secret garden, as well as seeing Alan Clark's classic car collection. Refreshments will available.

Saltwood Castle, Hythe, Kent CT21 4QU. Entry costs £6 on the door and is free for under 16s. The event lasts 10.00am to 4.00pm. Parking is free but limited.


Giggling Squid appoints Grant Thornton

Giggling Squid appoints Grant Thornton


Thai restaurant Giggling Squid has appointed Grant Thornton as its corporate adviser as it seeks investment for growth.

Owned by husband and wife team Andrew and Pranee Laurillard, Giggling Squid, founded in 2009, has grown rapidly. The business currently operates 12 sites across the south east of England with a pipeline for seven further openings in 2015.

Andy Laurillard, Founder of Giggling Squid, commented “Grant Thornton has a great team, with a good understanding of the sector and the ambitious growth plans which I have for the business.”

Will Baxter, Corporate Finance Director at Grant Thornton said: "Giggling Squid is an example of a business which has achieved its success through the coming together of an excellent product, sector leading unit economics and most importantly, the vision and commitment of the leadership team. We are looking forward to supporting Giggling Squid in securing finance for the next phase of its ambitious growth strategy."



Asian Curry Awards

Asian Curry Awards


Curry lovers of can now nominate their favourite restaurants in the third Asian Curry Awards (ACA). The awards are open to all Indian, Bangladeshi and Asian restaurants in Britain, including - Chinese, Thai, Japanese and Malaysian, that have been trading for at least 12 months and have a minimum 4-star hygiene rating, with a plan to boost this to 5 stars.

The winners will be announced at a high profile, glittering awards ceremony in London’s West End on Sunday 15th November 2015.

Customers can nominate their favourite restaurants, takeaways and chefs online. Voting closes 16th September.

Leading restaurants will be visited unannounced by a panel of judges led by Pat Chapman, editor of the Cobra Good Curry Guide to ensure
a truly representative customer dining experience. Whilst the judging criteria is heavily weighted towards the quality of the food and cooking, additional points will be awarded for ambience, customer service and hygiene.

Short-listed chefs will compete in a live cook off in London on 5th October.

“We expect top chefs to challenging the existing standards and exceed them,” said Asian Curry Awards chairman Yawar Khan, who added, “These Awards are designed to encourage our young people into the restaurant industry and to motivate those already in the profession to set sights even higher.”

There are eight national and 10 regional awards.


Hedge Find

Hedge Find


Canterbury Times newspaper has exclusively revealed the identity of the hedge believed to have been used as a hiding place by a woman who "did a runner" from a Canterbury restaurant.

No fewer than three police cars turned up to the scene in Linden Grove on Easter Monday evening after reports a couple left an establishment in St Dunstans Street shortly after 6.10pm.

A search discovered a 38-year-old woman and a 29-year-old man believed to have left the restaurant without paying. Neighbours reported hearing profanities shouted before the police stand off.


Brighton launch for National Curry Week

Brighton launch for National Curry Week


The 13th Curry Capital of Britain and 18th National Curry Week (12th - 18th October) has been launched with a media lunch at Indian Summer restaurant in Brighton, supported by the city’s other leading restaurants - Chilli Pickle and Curry Leaf Café. Brighton & Hove was runner up in last year's competition won by Bradford.

Brighton, has home to the country’s first Indian restaurant opened by Dea Mohamed in 1809 and where we are today, Mohamed was also appointed as George IV’s “shampooing surgeon”, became known as “Dr Brighton” and later died aged over 100.

During World war I, Brighton’s Royal Pavilion was converted in to a military hospital tending to Indian troops injured at the front.

Last year the Bradford bid saw the four representative restaurants working together to promote the bid and raise money for charity togther with the council, schools involved, hotels, the Mayor and local companies involved.

Voting for team restaurants for Curry Capital of Britain 2015 open on 1st April via vote@fedrest.com.


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