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Wet & Wild

Wet & Wild


As part of the celebrations to mark English Wine Week (23rd - 31st May) Saltwood on the Green restaurant, near Hythe on the south Kent coast, is to host a special gourmet Wild food & Kentish wine evening on Tuesday 26th May, with Biddenden Vineyards. Tickets cost £65 including service (£55 if booked in advance) with a £10 deposit required.

English Wine Week is a national campaign, designed to raise awareness of English wine across the country through retail outlets, including supermarkets, independent wine merchants, delicatessens hotels, pubs, bars and restaurants. Vineyards across the country will also be opening their doors to welcome visitors, offering tours, tastings and special offers.

“English wines – especially the whites and sparklers - are now being recognised as some of the best in the world, consistently beating French offerings in blind tastings at international competitions,” said Saltwood on the Green owner chef Jeff Kipp, adding. “Here in Kent we are particularly blessed with fabulous local food produce and medal-winning wines to match.”

Biddenden Vineyard is Kent’s oldest commercial vineyard, having been established by the Barnes family in 1969. The vineyards are set in ideal growing conditions in 23 acres on a gentle south facing slope in a shallow sheltered valley, just over a mile from the Wealden village of Biddenden. They grow eleven different grape varities, including Ortega, Huxelrebe, Bacchus, Schonburge, Reichensteiner, Pinot Noir, Gamay and Dornfelder, producing white, red, rosé and sparkling wines. Traditional Kentish ciders have also been made here for over 30 years, together with farm pressed apple and pear juices.



Brighton’s Indian Summer restaurant to close

Brighton’s Indian Summer restaurant to close


Brighton’s award-winning Indian Summer restaurant is closing on Sunday 24th May . . . then reopening next door at 70 East Street on Thursday 28th May.

The move to the larger site at a cost of £90,000, creating 7 new jobs for kitchen, bar and front of house staff, the new venue will seat c90 diners, half as many again as its current location.

The existing restaurant turns away 100 people at weekends.

"Whilst it's nice to be full, turning away so many potential customers isn't brilliant business," said restaurant co owner Minesh Agnihotri, adding “And moving next door to our existing premises, means the restaurant will be closer to the sea.”

Indian Summer is a prime mover in backing Brighton & Hove’s bid to become the Curry Capital of the Year 2015 and was instrumental in helping achieve the runners’ up spot in 2014 – up 13 places from 2013. Indian food lovers can nominate their city by emailing “Brighton” to vote@fedrest.com.


Pretentious menus demystified

Pretentious menus demystified


British Bake of finalist Luis Troyano has teamed up with Bosch oven makers to produce a “menu demystifier” to translate “pretentious” restaurant descriptions.

The website allows diners to type in complex menu descriptions such as “goujons of line-caught sea bass nestled on a bed of hand-crushed garden petit pois accompanied by thrice-cooked field-fresh Maris Piper soldiers” which becomes"fish, chips and mushy peas".


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 American, 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 kind 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 around 30 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."



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