How to Eat a Peach at Wealden Literary Festival


Diana Henry and Tara Westover lead author line up at Wealden Literary Festival, Boldshaves Garden, Kent

Wealden Literary Festival is an enchanting weekend of words and ideas - a celebration of nature, place and creativity through literature, the arts and food.  Tickets for the 2018 Festival on 30 June and 1 July go on sale from 16 March.

Set in the beautiful Boldshaves Garden near Tenterden in the Weald of Kent and the fields and wild woods that surround the gardens, Wealden Literary Festival brings together renowned authors, poets, artists and makers who look first and foremost to nature, wilderness and the spirit of place for inspiration. It has been endorsed by leading nature writers including Robert Macfarlane, Mark Cocker and Jay Griffiths.

A sense of place is a connecting thread linking authors speaking at the festival. On Saturday 30th June, award-winning food writer, journalist and broadcaster Diana Henry will talk about her new cookery book How to Eat a Peach, a collection of seasonal menus inspired by a memory, place or mood. Planning a menu is Diana’s favourite part of cooking, remembering an afternoon at the seaside in Brittany or a sultry evening eating mezze in Istanbul. ‘This is an extraordinary piece of food writing, pitch perfect in every way. I couldn't love anyone who didn't love this book.’ Nigella Lawson

A sense of place is not always a romantic and poetic one. Diana Henry will be joined by New York Times bestselling author Tara Westover discussing her debut book, Educated. This extraordinary memoir is Tara’s story of her isolated childhood growing up in rural Idaho with an un-hinged, paranoid Mormon ‘survivalist’ father who forced his family to live off-grid, while stock-piling guns, fuel and food in readiness for the end of the world. Tara's birth was unregistered, her birth date unclear and no vaccinations received. She received no formal education at all, no books to read and with no TV or radio, she grew up almost entirely unaware of the world beyond her family. Having no other frame of reference, Tara never knew that their way of life was not the norm.

Tara had never set foot in a classroom before the age of 17. And yet, by 27 she had earned a doctorate from Cambridge University. From her unique experience, Westover tells a universal story about the transformative power of an education, but also of the very personal price she had to pay for that privilege. In pitiless prose Tara charts her unbelievable journey from a violent childhood through traumatic and abusive teen years to heart-breaking choices in adulthood. ‘Marvellous. There is no feeling like discovering a young writer who is springing up fully armed with so much talent.’ Stephen Fry

Wealden Literary Festival is family-friendly and looks after the minds and interests of young readers setting out to explore the world. Yuval Zommer, the acclaimed children’s author will be in the festival tent, talking about his widely acclaimed illustrated book, The Street Beneath My Feet. This double-sided foldout book creates a visceral sense of a journey to the centre of the Earth as readers travel past storm drains, buried artefacts, a subway, and many layers of rock on their way to the planet’s inner core. Children are taken on a fascinating journey deep underground showing a hive of subterranean activity.

In addition to the programme of talks, the Festival offers all ages the opportunity to take part in a series of creative writing and art workshops as well as woodland-based activities and events such as bushcraft, foraging and wildlife spotting. It also showcases the best of local craftspeople and food producers through a pop-up market and plays host to art exhibitions and displays.

Andrew Willan, Festival Director comments, “We hope through the Festival to nurture the links between people (and in particular children) and nature. We believe that nowadays all too many people lack the means to engage in any meaningful way with the natural world. We also believe that with improved access to nature comes a desire to cherish and protect it. The natural world provides a wealth of opportunities for learning, creativity and discovery which the Festival embraces.

As the virtual world becomes increasingly dominant in our lives, time spent out of doors with opportunities to read, write, create and think has perhaps never before been so vital. By nurturing a love of the natural world, of literature and the arts, the Festival hopes to give not only individuals and communities, but also nature itself a real chance to flourish and to thrive.”

“It is a thrill to see Wealden Literary Festival taking root and flourishing. With its emphasis on the natural world, its commitment to children and to community, and its vision of getting people outdoors and hands-on with nature, as well as reading and talking about it, it strikes me as a hugely hopeful and valuable new event. Long may it grow!” Robert Macfarlane, author of The Old Ways and The Lost Words

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James knows an awful lot about goats...

"James knows an awful lot about goats"   Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

"James knows an awful lot about goats" Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

GOAT: Cooking and Eating

We should all be eating more goat. It's sustainable, ethical, highly nutritious and low in fat and has been an integral part of European, African and Asian diets since 3300BC. Why, then, does it remain so underused and misunderstood? Thanks to the efforts of James Whetlor from Cabrito Goat Meat, goat is once again on British restaurant menus and in homes nationwide.

In GOAT: Cooking and Eating, James looks at the story of this versatile ingredient and offers 90 recipes from around the world that will answer the common question: ‘How do I cook goat?’ With dishes arranged by cooking technique James shows that goat can be cooked fast and lean, or slow-cooked in curries, stews, braises and roasts as well as make sausages, burgers, and kebabs. There is also a section for delicious seasonings, spice blends and marinades.

From Kid Shanks with Chickpeas and Chorizo to Goat Tacos, Steamed Dumplings to Schnitzel, GOAT will encourage people to broaden their cooking repertoire as well as use more goat meat in everyday meals. Plus, there are original recipes from renowned chefs including Yotam Ottolenghi, Neil Rankin, Olia Hercules, Gill Meller and Jeremy Lee.

Alongside advice on sourcing goat meat, James highlights issues within modern farming today, the involvement of artisan tanneries to ensure the use of the whole animal and Cabrito’s charitable work with Farm Africa. Fifty per cent of James’ author advance and royalties from GOAT: Cooking and Eating will go toward Farm Africa’s work to transform agriculture and help farmers in eastern Africa increase their harvests, protect the environment and sell their produce in thriving markets.

Goat is a genre-defining book and essential reading for anyone with even a passing interest in food and the way we eat today and is set to be the definitive guide on the subject for years to come.

Foraging at The Beacon with the Chef's Forum

Sunny, but muddy. Foraging in the 13 acres at The Beacon.

Sunny, but muddy. Foraging in the 13 acres at The Beacon.


Foraging has been popular for some years now, and professional chefs’ enthusiasm for gathering food from wild and natural places is only increasing. On Monday 13th March, over sixty top chefs from Kent and surrounds flocked to a fascinating forage led by wild food expert David Harrison.

The Beacon’s impressive thirteen acres were slightly muddy from rainfall the day before, but that didn’t dampen chefs’ spirits as they braved the crisp Spring air to embark on a flora and fauna adventure. Harrison is Michelin-starred chef Simon Hulstone’s personal forager and sources wild ingredients exclusively for Simon and his small team of talented chefs at The Elephant, Torquay.

The event was hosted I’ll Be Mother's Executive Chef Scott Goss, who demonstrated a duck dish with crispy skin and duck soup. 

The Beacon, positioned on the brow of the hill overlooking the Happy Valley perfectly lent itself as the perfect venue for the cheffy wild food hunt. The impressive garden sits below the patio terrace, dropping away from the restaurant towards the valley with three refurbished lakes to be filled with trout next year.  .

Scott said, “I’m really lucky to have these beautiful grounds on my doorstep – I am spoilt for choice.  I thought the event today was brilliant and it’s great to be able to educate and enthuse fellow chefs on our philosophy on food: zero waste using the whole animal and use of as much kitchen waste as possible.  Foraging makes up a big part of my menu here at The Beacon– Most of our mornings are taken up with foraging and it’s great to learn of all the other species available here from David Harrison – We’ll definitely invite him back next season to show us more!”

The culinary experts went on a tour of The Beacon’s impressive grounds, learning to find and identify the abundance of edible plants, seeds, nuts, flowers and fungi that grow wild in the beautiful Kentish countryside. They learnt that provided you are furnished with a permission from the land owner, the only real cost of foraging is time, a valuable resource for chefs. Most foraged produce is perishable and requires picking for service daily or every other day. 

Forager David Harrison told chefs: “Once you pick something, it immediately starts to lose its peak flavour and texture. So we do not store for that reason; we forage every day.  It’s great to see so many chefs in attendance – I hope that foraging with the chefs today spikes and interest in foraging and encourages them to bring this old skill back into the kitchen” 

The event was a great chance for chefs to learn about foraging for their menus and the copious amount of amazing wild ingredients growing all around them.

The Chefs’ Forum launched in Kent in 2013 and has gone on to see many young chefs find work placements and apprenticeships in the best professional kitchens across the county and beyond.

River Cottage Food Fair

River Cottage Food Fair, a food lover's dream weekend

River Cottage Food Fair, a food lover's dream weekend

Tom Kerridge, Nadine Levy Redzepi and Anna Jones lead the line-up for the River Cottage Food Fair, 26-27 May 2018

Some of the country’s leading chefs, cooks, food pioneers and cookery writers are joining Hugh Fearnley- Whittingstall for a weekend of fun on the farm and food for thought at the River Cottage Food Fair on the late May bank holiday weekend.

A food lover’s dream weekend, the Food Fair is taking place at the idyllic River Cottage HQ, a 65-acre organic farm in Axminster, on the Dorset and Devon border. This hugely popular annual event is a treat for all the family to learn new culinary skills, meet the animals and be immersed in a weekend of cooking, growing, relaxing and (most importantly) eating. Held on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 May, the Food Fair is a must-visit for food-lovers and gardeners, to enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of spring, surrounded by the rolling Devonshire hills, just a few miles from the Jurassic coast.

The Food Fair has a fantastic line-up of food talent, including Tom Kerridge, Anna Jones, Melissa Hemsley, Nadine Levy Redzepi, Alex Hely-Hutchinson, Guy and Geetie Singh-Watson and Gill Meller plus more names to be announced soon.

In the Food for Thought tent Hugh has curated a line-up of speakers, including writer and environmental activist George Monbiot, which promises to provide thought-provoking and possibly controversial, debate and discussion.

The Fair is packed full of activities from chef demos on the main stage and culinary masterclasses including wild cocktails and spicy suppers, cooking over fire with Gill Meller, artisan food stalls, craft workshops, talks and live music to garden and wild food tours with River Cottage foraging guru John Wright. There’s also a new BBQ area where chefs will be sharing their techniques for cooking meat, fish and vegetables over fire.

A team of River Cottage experts and friends will be on hand across the site to share culinary tips and gardening wisdom, throughout the weekend.

Children under the age of 16 go free and will be kept entertained with a huge choice of activities including pasta and pancake making masterclasses, giant bubbles, games, craft workshops, meet the animals’ area, face painting, skittles and hula hooping – to name but a few.

Tom Kerridge, chef patron of the 2 Michelin-starred Hand & Flowers in Marlow, will launch the Food Fair with a special feast on the Friday evening. Whilst at the Food Fair there will also be the chance to dine inside the iconic River Cottage farmhouse and enjoy a two-course menu for £20, featuring the very best seasonal and local ingredients. For those looking for food-on-the-go, there will be a range of street food stands as well as a fully licensed bar serving local ciders, beers, wines and seasonal cocktails under canvas.

Those keen to learn something new can book onto one of the popular masterclasses. Starting at £20 these include Bread & Butter from scratch in an hour, River Cottage Ravioli, Wild Cocktails and Outdoor Cookery, whilst children can learn new skills such as Fresh Pasta and Pancakes. 

For more information and to book event and masterclass tickets, please visit the website

The River Cottage Festival will be at HQ on the weekend of 25-26 August and will feature a jam-packed programme of music, masterclass and festival fun. More information as the line-up is confirmed here.


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Notes to Editors

River Cottage Food Fair
River Cottage HQ, Trinity Hill Road, Axminster, Devon, EX13 8TB
Saturday 26 May – Sunday 27 May 2018

Ticket prices:
- Adults: £12.50
- Children (under 16 years): FREE 

- Free park and ride service included in the ticket price

About River Cottage:

River Cottage has been a household name in Britain since 1998, when Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall first brought his hands-on, ethical food ethos to our TV screens.  Since then, the River Cottage books, TV series and Hugh’s hard-hitting campaigns have changed the eating habits of the nation, as well as improving the welfare of our farm animals and the sustainability of our fish.

River Cottage HQ, situated on the Devon-Dorset border, is a thriving organic smallholding. It’s also home to a cookery school and chefs' school, and the base for unique dining experiences and events including weddings and private parties. There are River Cottage Canteens in Axminster, Bristol and Winchester. These award-winning restaurants and delis manifest the River Cottage philosophy by using the very best seasonal ingredients from the surrounding area. Alongside fresh, seasonal fruit, veg and wild foods, the Canteen menus showcase fish and shellfish from West Country day boats and organic meat and dairy products from local farms.

Cabrito chef producer dinner at Corazón


Mexican inspired goat feast

Corazón host exclusive collaborative dinners with some of the most exciting producers the UK has to offer - launching with James Whetlor from the award winning, Cabrito.

Mexican inspired restaurant Corazón in Soho will launch the first of their one-off producer led dinners aimed at celebrating their love and appreciation for independent and innovative UK producers.

On Wednesday 31 January, chef and co-founder Paul Daniel will team up with James Whetlor of Cabrito, the award-winning kid goat supplier and specialist. As an ex-chef, James founded Cabrito in 2012, feeling he should do something about the waste of male billy goats by the dairy industry – he thought that there had to be a better solution than euthanizing them as a by-product at a few hours old. Calling on his 10 years’ of chef experience and contacts, James set up Cabrito Goat Meat and began working with goat dairies to supply some London’s most celebrated restaurants.

This ticketed event, priced at £35pp, will include an introduction to Cabrito by founder James, followed by a 3-course Mexican inspired menu designed to celebrate the meat’s unique and complex flavour profiles, from Corazón’s Paul Daniel.

Feast style menu for the evening:

‘Corazon’ Margarita or Michelada

 Cabrito Taco: BBQ Goat Leg, Avocado Leaves, Roasting Juices, Guacamole, Habanero Pepper Salsa

Goat Birria: Shoulder of Goat Stew spiced with Housemade Adobo, Guajillo, Pasilla & Ancho Chiles, Mexican Chocolate, Cumin. Served with Warm Tortillas, Chopped Onions & Tomatillo Salsa

Mexican Cinnamon Doughnuts and Cajeta (Goats Milk Caramel)

Chef and Co-founder Paul Daniel comments: "Our kitchen at Corazón is committed to experimentation and taking Mexican food a few steps forward  – always a little better, a little different.  We use the best quality ingredients, all in-house prepped, of course – and we also love to get the diner comfortably out of their comfort zone, with the odd authentically adventurous dish. Goat meat may not be seen as the norm in the UK, but in fact eating goat is very popular in Mexico and South Texas. The meat lends itself very well to the slow cooking we do so much of as it retains its moisture so beautifully.  We teamed up with Cabrito for this one-off collaboration to really showcase just how delicious eating goat can be – what a perfect way to start what we hope to be many partnerships with some of the UK’s most celebrated producers!"

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A Curious dinner at Swan Chapel Down

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The new Managing Director of Beer of Curious BrewGareth Bath, is hosting a curious dinner at 7pm on Thursday 22 February 2018 at Swan Chapel Down. The evening will include a tutored tasting of the range of Curious Brewery beers and cider followed by a Curious two course dinner.

The menu offers locally sourced cod in a Curious Brew batter with triple-cooked Morghew Estate chips, paired with Curious Brew lager and Curious IPA and for dessert, Curious Porter steamed pudding, paired with Curious Porter.

Dinner will finish with a glass of Lamberhurst Fine & Rare English Grape Brandy, described as 'utterly, completely, overwhelmingly, mouth fillingly delicious' by Jonathan Ray for The Spectator. Places are £40.00 per person (£30.00 for Chapel Down and Curious shareholders).

To reserve your place, contact or telephone 01580 766111. Places are limited and will be available on a first-come-first-served basis. Cheers!

Meet the Producer with Mark Hix

South West producers including Cabrito, Trill Farm, Black Cow Vodka, Castle Rock Wines and Somerset Cider Brandy

South West producers including Cabrito, Trill Farm, Black Cow Vodka, Castle Rock Wines and Somerset Cider Brandy

James Whetlor from Cabrito is joining Mark Hix at HIX Oyster & Fish House, Lyme Regis on 14 March at 7pm, for the final dinner in HIX’s Meet the Producer series.

Celebrating a passion for the South West’s seasonal produce, guests will spend the evening with Mark and co-hosts James and Julian Temperley of Somerset Cider Brandy. and enjoy a four course meal with paired drinks showcasing the fantastic Dorset produce, starting the evening with a HIX Fix cocktail.

The event is part of a series of Meet the Producer dinners taking place this winter, celebrating the food and drink, grown or produced right on our doorstep in Dorset. Tickets are £65 per person and can be bought here.

The Chefs' Forum: Inspiring the next Generation

Scott Goss from The Twenty Six at The Chefs' Forum lunch at The Yarrow Hotel

Scott Goss from The Twenty Six at The Chefs' Forum lunch at The Yarrow Hotel

The Yarrow Hotel at East Kent College was the latest venue to host a Chefs’ Lunch to raise vital funds for The Chefs’ Forum Educational Foundation. The assembled chefs and industry experts had the chance to sit back and relax for a change as they tucked into a delicious ‘Pay as You Can’ lunch which raised over £1400 to support 14-25 year olds entering the hospitality industry.

The Chefs’ Lunch gave hospitality students at the college the opportunity to work with some of the best chefs in the country and an impressive number of East Kent College alumni were present, showing their support for the college and The Chefs’ Forum Educational Foundation.

The meal began with Scott Goss (The Twenty Six) cooking a dish of pigeon tartare, apple and foie gras. The fish course  of mackerel with beetroot and horseradish by Will Devlin from No Fixed Abode, followed. Cooking the main course was Bobby Brown of The Kentish Hare with a breast of duck with potato fondant, celeriac and Roscoff onion. Masterchef: The Professionals finalist Petrus Madutlela created a pre-dessert of buttermilk and calamansi iced parfait, white chocolate and baobab, influenced by his South African heritage. John Bingley of the Hythe Imperial Hotel rounded-off lunch with a lemon tart.

Scott commented: “It was a pleasure to be back in my old college and to be able to share some of my skills and knowledge with these young people.  The future of the industry depends on these students and based on the talent I saw today, I am very impressed.”

Founder of The Chefs’ Forum Catherine Farinha said: “The Chefs’ Forum was created with the aim of making a positive change in the hospitality industry. It aims to connect chefs with education, suppliers with chefs and education with suppliers to help the industry unite and work towards the shared goal of showcasing the incredible talent we have here in industry whilst raising money for young chefs via The Chefs’ Forum Educational Foundation."

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The Chefs’ Forum holds 36 chef events a year across 9 regions.  Its main objective is to bridge the gap between education and industry, bringing together top chefs, hospitality students and market-leading suppliers to trade.

All the pies from a pastry obsessive

Calum Franklin, executive chef at Holborn Dining Room, Rosewood London

Calum Franklin, executive chef at Holborn Dining Room, Rosewood London

Calum Franklin, executive chef at Holborn Dining Rooms, Rosewood Hotel, at The Twenty Six

Calum Franklin from Holborn Dining Room at Rosewood Hotel, London is guest chef at The Twenty Six on Sunday, 3 December. Calum’s pies - which have fair claim to the biggest restaurant Instagram sensation in London - are the work of a man obsessed with pastry and will be main emphasis of his menu at The Twenty Six. The menu includes White Pudding and Mangalitsa Scotch Egg; Rabbit & Bacon Pâté en Croûte; Lobster Thermidor Tart; Braised Octopus, Chorizo Aioli; Squab Pithivier; 50 day dry-aged Beef Wellington and for dessert, Lemon Tart.

Drawing on a wealth of culinary experience, Calum worked at a variety of renowned restaurants before taking the position of Executive Chef at Holborn Dining Room. His career began at Michelin-star restaurant, Chapter One in Kent. It was here he learnt the fundamentals of cooking and developed his culinary knowledge.

Calum has focused on British cuisine for the last eight years and in doing so, it has become his speciality. He is passionate about using the best produce the country has to offer and feels strongly that British food needs to be championed so that diners “can be wowed by ingredients as well as cooking.” In the industry Calum has become recognized for his work in pastry, crafting pâté en croûte, savoury pies and seasonal offerings at Holborn Dining Room. Rosewood London won Best London Hotel 2017 at the GQ Food & Drink awards and recently launched The Pie Room, adjacent to the main dining space, which will sell fresh pies to passers-by via an open street-side hatch. Calum is also launching weekly pie making masterclasses in April 2018.

Calum’s 6 course menu at The Twenty Six is £60 per person and will be served in one sitting for dinner on a long communal table to 26 guests. Guests to arrive at 7.30 for drinks to be seated for dinner at 8pm. Reservations are open on or call The Twenty Six on 01892 544607 to book. A deposit will be taken at the time of booking.

Calum’s event is the last in a series of guest chef events during 2017, which has also included Gareth Ward from Ynyshir Restaurant and Rooms, Wales and Luke Richardson from Wreckfish, Liverpool. A new series for 2018 will be announced in the new year.

Wreckfish at The Twenty Six

Gary Usher and Luke Richardson from Wreckfish, Liverpool

Gary Usher and Luke Richardson from Wreckfish, Liverpool

Luke Richardson, head chef of Wreckfish, is cooking an 8-course guest chef menu at The Twenty Six on Sunday, 19 November.  

Wreckfish is the much anticipated fourth restaurant in Gary Usher's Sticky Walnut group, a former derelict building in Liverpool, that was renovated with a £200,000 crowdfunding campaign. The restaurant launched in late October 2017, with dishes such as caramelised pork cutlet with chorizo; cashel blue arancini with port poached pears; pan roast skate wing with brown butter dressing and gin cured trout with pomegranate molasses. Desserts include salted caramel tart; marmalade sponge and a matcha tea mousse.

Luke began his career with Gary Usher in 2013, where he worked his way up to head chef of Sticky Walnut and now at Wreckfish. During Luke’s time at Sticky Walnut they were named the AA Guide’s Restaurant of the Year and are regularly listed in The Sunday Times Top 100 Restaurants.

Cooking alongside Simon Ulph, head chef at The Swan Wine Kitchen and Scott Goss, head chef at The Twenty Six, Luke’s eight-course menu is £60 per person and will be served in one sitting for dinner on a long communal table to 26 guests.

Chicken wing and melon
Moroccan mackerel
Skate, brown butter, cabbage
Lamb rump, burnt onion and Shichimi Togarashi
Comte 24
Toasted Porter
Salted caramel tart

Reservations are open on or call 01892 544607 to book. A deposit will be taken at the time of booking. As this is a special dinner the restaurant is unable to cater for dietary requirements. Guests are to arrive at 7.30 for drinks to be seated for dinner at 8pm. Further events in The Twenty Six guest chef series include Calum Franklin from Holborn Dining Room, Rosewood Hotel, London on 3 December.

Toasted Porter

Toasted Porter

The Wine Kitchen goes west

Simon Ulph, head chef at The Swan Wine Kitchen in Tenterden, Kent

Simon Ulph, head chef at The Swan Wine Kitchen in Tenterden, Kent

The Elephant restaurant in Torquay has announced the first date in its next guest chef series. The seafront restaurant, which has retained its Michelin star for a 13th year, will be hosting some of the UK’s top chefs over the coming months.

Simon Ulph is the first chef to take-over on Wednesday 22 November 2017. Simon is head chef at The Swan Wine Kitchen in Tenterden, Kent. Part of the I’ll be Mother family, The Swan is set in the award-winning Chapel Down vineyard and winery, one of the leading English wine producers in the UK.

Simon is cooking a 5-course menu, with each course paired with a wine or beer from Chapel Down. Chapel Down wine expert Freddie O’Sullivan will introduce each beverage pairing.

Simon has previously worked at Morimoto in Napa, California where he developed a passion for Japanese and Asian flavours, which strongly influence his cooking today and most recently as head chef of Thompsons on the Isle of Wight.

Diners at Simon’s guest chef dinner at The Elephant can look forward to the following menu:

A glass of Chapel Down Brut on arrival
Cured halibut, Union Red and garlic purée, fermented mushrooms, kale
Chapel Down Union Red
Seared Orkney scallops, salt baked and pickled swede, burnt apple and thyme
Chapel Down Orange Bacchus
Roasted venison loin, miso braised haunch croquette, smoked pear purée, sauce grand veneur
Chapel Down Pinot Noir
Curious cider sorbet, granola and poached blackberries
Salted caramel tart, bitter chocolate sorbet
Curious Porter
The dinner is priced at £75 per person. As the evening involves the pairings being presented with each course, there will only be one sitting, which will begin at 7.30pm prompt. 

It will be the first guest chef event since Simon Hulstone and his wife Katy took over full ownership of the restaurant, following a management buyout from co-owners and business partners Friederike Etsemmi and Peter Morgan.

Simon commented, “By taking over taking the restaurant, we are putting down roots in Torquay, where we’re all very happy to live. It’s not just about fantastic local produce and the stunning location for the restaurant, Torquay is our home and we can’t see ourselves anywhere else.

Please call 01803 2000 044 or email to book your table. 

Simon Hulstone, chef patron of The Elephant in Torquay, Devon

Simon Hulstone, chef patron of The Elephant in Torquay, Devon



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GOATOBER DUBLIN at Meet Me In The Morning on Saturday 21 October

Meet Me In The Morning, winner of Best Café in Dublin 2017 Irish Restaurant Awards, is launching its first dinner event on 21 October for Dublin’s only Goatober event, which uses billy goats that would usually be a waste product from the dairy industry.

The seven-course menu will use goat meat or milk in each course, paired with three natural wines from La Caveau. All ingredients are local produced, including goat meat from Broughgammon Farm, vegetables from McNally Family Farm, mushrooms from Ballyhoura Mountain Mushrooms and lots of home-picked foraged ingredients too. Tickets are 75€ per person, including wines. The full menu reads as follows:

Goat sweetbreads and parsley
Goat butter and eye toast
Goat terrine and pickles

Goat kidney and liver taco
Goat croquettes and whey
Goat tartar, miso yolk, wild garlic
Goat belly, rose hip and damson, potato
Goat cecina, fig
Goat cheeses, apple
Apple, Tony's honeycomb, sweet chestnut, goat custard

Saturday, 21 October 2017
Meet Me In The Morning
50 Pleasants Street
Saint Kevin’s
Dublin 8
Dinner at 7.30pm

#Goatober UK has been launched by ethical meat champion and producer James Whetlor from Cabrito Goat Meat. The original #Goatober was launched in America in 2010 and was the brainchild of Heritage Radio Network Executive Director, Erin Fairbanks, and renowned New York cheesemonger, Anne Saxelby. It is now an annual campaign every year in October which sees Heritage Foods USA partner with goat dairies around upstate New York and Vermont to purchase their unwanted males. 

For full details of Goatober Dublin and other events visit

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Ynyshir Restaurant and Rooms at The Twenty Six

Gareth Ward, chef patron at Ynyshir Restaurant and Rooms, Wales

Gareth Ward, chef patron at Ynyshir Restaurant and Rooms, Wales

Welsh ingredients, landscape and locality

Gareth Ward, chef Patron of Ynyshir Restaurant and Rooms is cooking a nine-course tasting menu at The Twenty Six, Tunbridge Wells, Kent on Sunday, 17 September.

Tucked away between the golden sands of Borth Beach and the rugged mountains of Snowdonia National Park, Wales, Ynyshir is a Michelin star, four AA rosette restaurant with rooms, and is number 12 in The Good Food Guide 2018. Gareth’s menus reflect seasonal availability of Welsh and British ingredients from both sea and land, including Dyfi Valley Welsh lamb, wild deer, duck and partridge, foraged sea herbs at Ynyslas beach and wild garlic in the Cumbrian mountains. The kitchen garden provides a bounty of herbs and vegetables throughout the year.

Ynyshir is about landscape and locality and the driving force in Gareth’s food is flavour. His menus take the guest through clearings and forests, sea and beach, mountain and pasture. It is seasonal in the traditional sense - using ingredients when they are ready and pickling or fermenting, salting or preserving to carry the kitchen through winter and into Spring. Cooking at The Twenty Six, Gareth and his team will create a dining experience to showcase Ynyshir, that takes guests on a creative journey through Wales and the British Isles.

Gareth’s nine-course tasting menu at The Twenty Six is £60 per person and will be served in one sitting for dinner on a long communal table to 26 guests. Guests to arrive at 7.30 for drinks, to be seated for dinner at 8pm.

Reservations are open on or call Jenny Cook on 01892 519882 to book. A £20 deposit will be taken at the time of booking.

Further events in The Twenty Six guest chef series include Nathan Eades, Simpsons on 22 October; Luke Richardson, Sticky Walnut on 19 November and Calum Franklin, Holborn Dining Room on 3 December.



Broughgammon Farm joins Goatober

Becky and Charlie Cole at Broughgammon Farm, Co. Antrim

Becky and Charlie Cole at Broughgammon Farm, Co. Antrim

Goatober goes to Northern Ireland

Broughgammon in Ballycastle, Co.Antrim is taking part in this year’s national #Goatober, the UK’s only month-long celebration of the dairy billy goat meat industry with Cabrito Goat Meat. With events in London, Bristol, Manchester, Somerset and Amsterdam, Goatober is now an international event.

Broughgammon Farm, run by the Cole family has its own artisan on-site butchery, run seasonal cookery, butchery and wild game classes and have a farm shop selling the best of Northern Irish and Irish produce. They have won many awards including Euro-tourques Food Award 2017 in recognition of traditional and artisan production methods, excellent quality standards and outstanding contribution to Irish food.

Charlie Cole comments, “When we set up the farm in 2011, there was no demand or route to market for kid goat meat in Ireland, forcing the farmers to put males from the dairy industry down as a waste product. Crazy! We decided to put a stop to this by buying the billy kids off the dairies and rearing themselves. We’re obsessed with providing the best quality, tastiest produce that is sustainable and ethical, so getting involved with #Goatober is a great thing to be part of.”

“The Cole family of Ballycastle, County Antrim, is at the forefront of the Northern Irish food revolution, producing cabrito (goat) and rose veal on their farm” Kathy McGuinness, The Sunday Times

Friday, 20 October 2017
Broughgammon Farm
50 Straid Road, Ballycastle, Co.Antrim, BT54 6NP

5:30pm butchery demo
6:30 farm tour (brief tour of the farm and meet the goats
7:30 dinner starts

Tickets are £38 per person and can be booked through Wefifo here. The full menu is:

Starter: Broughgammon’s award-winning Choriz-Offal Goat Taco
The Great British Street Food Awards 2017 Best Snack!
Served on a Blanco Nino taco with pea guacamole, beet salsa, raw goats milk cheese and goat bacon topping.

To follow: Cabrito a la Cruz
Argentinian style slow cooked kid over a hardwood fire, served with homegrown seasonal salads and local and homemade breads.

Pudding: Ballycastle Lardy Cake
Traditionally made with lard, the Broughgammon’s version uses the sweeter kid-goat suet and will be served with an autumnal compote. This is a West Country classic with a difference.



An early Autumn feast

I ate all of this in about 5 minutes.

I ate all of this in about 5 minutes.

Black treacle pork chop, black pudding crumble and pickled blackberries

When the lovely folk at Good Things magazine asked for an Autumn recipe from The Twenty Six, Scott Goss knew immediately what he wanted to cook. Being the dedicated publicist I am, I volunteered to help on the shoot. Anyone who knows me really knows that my dedication is a thin disguise for 'gimme that plate of food'. It's so good and easy to make at home and is already a firm favourite.

This is a hearty, family style dish with big flavours. Add a big bowl of mash (celeriac maybe?), a decent bottle of wine (Australian Pinot Gris for me please) or more of the Kent cider and this is a delicious and slightly different take on a Sunday roast.

Serves 2 (but can be easily scaled up)

2 bone-in pork chops, roughly 300g each. Ask your butcher to remove the skin
100g black pudding, cubed
75g cobnuts (or hazelnuts), roasted, skinned and roughly chopped
50g pumpkin seeds
5 or 6 large sage leaves
2 tablespoons black treacle
2 tablespoons wholegrain mustard
75g blackberries
50ml cabernet sauvignon vinegar
4 shallots, skin on, halved lengthways
300ml cider
Tablespoon of butter


The night before, or 24 hours in advance, mix the blackberries and cabernet sauvignon vinegar together and leave to pickle.

Rub the skin for the crackling in rapeseed oil and salt and blister in a hot oven at 210 degrees for 20 mins. Turn the temperature down to 120 degrees for a further 2 hours.

When ready to eat, season the chops and fry in a hot pan until golden brown on both sides. Put in the oven at 160 degrees for 12 minutes for medium.

Mix the black treacle and wholegrain mustard together and spread on the chops while still hot from the oven. Rest for 10 mins.

For a simple gravy, deglaze the roasting tray with the cider and reduce by two thirds and finish with a tablespoon of butter. Check seasoning and keep warm.

Leaving the skin on, cut the shallot in half lengthways. In a non-stick pan with a little rapeseed oil, char the cut side of the shallot until blackened. Flip over and cook for a further minute. Turn off the heat and let the shallot cook in the residual pan heat.

Chop or crumble the black pudding and fry in a little rapeseed oil in a hot pan until crispy. Add the chopped cobnuts or hazelnuts and the pumpkin seeds to lightly toast. Tear in the sage leaves, crisping in the black pudding oil for a further minute.

To plate:

Pile the black pudding crumble on top of the black treacle chop with the crackling, roast shallot and pickled blackberries on the side and a spoonful of cider roasting juices.



Japanese desserts

Smoked Chocolate Pave by James Campbell in Japanese Patisserie

Smoked Chocolate Pave by James Campbell in Japanese Patisserie

Guest chef lunch with Japanese flavours

The concept of fusion in food can be magical - when cuisines and cultures collide, combining flavours, ingredients and methods from around the world, creating new classics, the best of which become staples in our everyday lives. Pâtisserie master, James Campbell will be cooking a selection of desserts and petit four from his new book Japanese Pâtisserie at The Twenty Six on Sunday 23 July. The book and menu is a stimulation to the senses with a range of delicious and contemporary pâtisserie with a Japanese twist using ingredients such as yuzu, sesame, miso, matcha and wasabi.

Michel Roux OBE, describes James as ‘a simply stunning pastry chef’.

James Campbell has worked as a chef in Michelin-starred establishments across the world. In London, he was Head Pastry Chef at Gary Rhodes’ Michelin-starred restaurant and the award-winning Mandarin Oriental Hotel. It is in his current position as Product Development Manager for Marks & Spencer, that James’ passion for Japanese culture and ingredients truly developed through research and in-depth visits to Tokyo and Osaka. James was recently a semi-finalist in BBC Two’s Bake Off: Crème de la Crème.

Tickets for James’s guest chef lunch are £45 for 6 courses including a glass of dessert wine and available online at or calling 01892 544607.

Summer salad

Poached salmon, cucumber and brined kohlrabi

Tea-smoked duck


Sancho peppercorn & strawberry eton mess with matcha meringues and yuzu


Smoked chocolate pave with yuzu, miso and chocolate soil

Sesame peanut cookies
Matcha madeleines with pink peppercorns and frais de bois
Caramelised miso and chocolate truffles

Desserts are served with a glass of Salice Salentino Aleatico Dolce (Candido, 2010)

Japanese Pâtisserie is by James Campbell (Ryland Peters & Small, £16.99) and photography by Mowie Kay.



Goatober 2017 launches

James from Cabrito with head chef George Wood at Temper and the rest of the team [credit Stephen Joyce]

James from Cabrito with head chef George Wood at Temper and the rest of the team [credit Stephen Joyce]

#GOATOBER 2017 launches in London, Bristol, Manchester and Somerset

Events all over the country celebrating goat meat with chefs cooking from Duck & Waffle, Grafene, Hispi, HIX Restaurants, The Manchester Art Gallery Café, River Cottage, Roth Bar & Grill, Temper and The Jugged Hare.

#Goatober is the UK’s month-long celebration of the dairy billy goat meat industry. During the month of October, restaurants across the country will be putting a goat dish pride of place on their menus and urging diners to try this delicious but much under-used meat. Roasted, raw, curried, baked, skewered, stuffed into a sausage, goat meat is delicious and versatile. First launched in London 2016 at ETM’s restaurant The Jugged Hare in Barbican, #Goatober saw over 40 restaurants take part and the launch event raised £6,300 for charity Action Against Hunger. Due to the huge success of last year’s launch event, this year it will be hosted at The Montcalm Royal London House Hotel on Finsbury Square, which houses ETM’s rooftop restaurant and terrace bar Aviary and all-day café Burdock.

#Goatober UK has been launched by ethical meat champion and producer James Whetlor from Cabrito Goat Meat. The original #Goatober was launched in America in 2010 and was the brainchild of Heritage Radio Network Executive Director, Erin Fairbanks, and renowned New York cheesemonger, Anne Saxelby. It is now an annual campaign every year in October which sees Heritage Foods USA partner with goat dairies around upstate New York and Vermont to purchase their unwanted males. Over 50 New York City restaurants feature goat on their menu for the full month of October including Gramercy Tavern, Babbo, Spotted Pig and Bar Boulud and the campaign’s success continues to grow.

James Whetlor comments, “As an ex-chef myself, there’s nothing that delights me more than seeing top chefs prepping our goat in imaginative, inspired and delicious ways. It’s now possible to sit down in fantastic restaurants to a pile of harissa scented goat chops or goat Soulaki, goat tacos or Indian style pulled goat shoulder or a British classic of boned and rolled stuffed saddle. Britain has woken up to what the rest of the world has known for some time; goat meat is delicious!”

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

The Montcalm Royal London House Hotel
22-25 Finsbury Square, London, EC2 1DX
Drinks reception sponsored by Black Cow Vodka at 7pm
Dinner at 7.45pm

To mark the launch of #Goatober, six competing chefs will each serve a goat inspired dish at a ticketed event at The Montcalm Royal London House Hotel, Finsbury Square, starting with Black Cow Vodka cocktails. Tickets for the event are £95 per person which includes a £10 donation to charity Action Against Hunger. Each savoury dish will be wine paired by ETM’s Head Sommelier Gui Mahaut, followed by petit fours and coffee. A charity auction, hosted by journalist and food writer, Joe Warwick, will follow dinner with all proceeds going to Action Against Hunger, an international humanitarian organisation committed to ending child hunger around the world.  Tickets can be booked here.

The full line up of chefs and their dishes are:

Kid tartare with deep fried oyster and crispy seaweed
Gill Meller, River Cottage, Devon

Kid breast with celery, puntarella, anchovy & caper salad & farro pangratatto
Claire Thomson, author of 5 O’Clock Apron and The Art of the Larder (Quadrille), Bristol

Smoked goat taco
George Wood, Head Chef at Temper, London

Goat kofte with ezme salad and cumin spiced yoghurt
Tom Cenci, Executive Chef at Duck & Waffle, London

Goat Roly Poly
Lee Bull, Chef Director at HIX Restaurants, London

Roast smoked leg of Devonshire kid goat, braised shoulder pie, turnip, wild horseradish, cobnut jus
Stephen Englefield, Head Chef at The Jugged Hare, London

Further events at Hamilton House, Bristol; The Koffee Pot, Manchester and Roth Bar & Grill, Somerset. More information here


Mother's Ruin

Botanicals of wild fennel and wood sorrel foraged around The Beacon

Botanicals of wild fennel and wood sorrel foraged around The Beacon

Still on the Move is the UK’s first ever mobile gin distiller. Affectionately known as ‘Ginny’, the authentic copper still on a vintage 1937 VW truck tours the country, packed full of different spices and botanicals, spreading the joy of gin.

The Garden Lane G&T is a favourite at The Beacon so the bar team were keen to experiment with flavours and botanicals to create a small-batch premium gin that is totally unique. All gin must have a dominant flavour of juniper, but the plan was to not just create a regional Kent gin, but something that has flavours and aromas specific to The Beacon in the 17 acres of woods, that surround the restaurant.

On the palate Mother's Ruin is a strong, well-rounded and balanced gin with hints of citrus, green cardamom and coriander seed with earthy undertones complimented by garden botanicals foraged in the grounds including wild fennel and wood sorrel.

Head barman Jim Harrison recommends the house serve with a slice of grapefruit, juniper berries and a few wood sorrel leaves, served over fresh ice and Fever Tree tonic water.

Raise a glass, the Ginaissance at The Beacon is well and truly here. Cheers!


Pretty as a picture

Wild, pretty, tasty. And free.

Wild, pretty, tasty. And free.

Wild rhubarb compote, lemon sorbet and wood sorrel

I can't resist sharing this recipe by Scott Goss, executive chef at I'll be Mother, which is in the June/July issue of Good Things Magazine. Wood sorrel is easily spotted in early Summer as it has beautiful, fresh green, heart-shaped leaves and delicate white, pink-veined flowers. It forms distinctive clumps in woodlands and shady hedgerows. Tasting of juicy green apples and lemon, it's mouth-puckeringly delicious.

Serves 4

2 sticks of wild (or cultivated) rhubarb
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons water
100g ginger biscuits, bashed to a crumb

Lemon sorbet
250g caster sugar
4 lemons juiced
250ml water

Handful of wood sorrel and fennel fronds

Dissolve sugar and water in a pan, allow to cool and add the lemon juice. Add a little lemon zest for extra tang

Once the lemon sugar water is cool, churn it in an ice cream mixer or put in a shallow tray in the freezer and mix every half an hour for three hours

Lightly stew the sliced rhubarb, sugar and water for a few minutes until just soften. Blitz with a stick blender

To plate:
In each serving bowl, place a tablespoon of ginger biscuit crumb, just enough to sit a scoop of sorbet on. Spoon in a tablespoon of rhubarb compote and go crazy with the wood sorrel and fennel fronds. A few microplane thin slices of raw wild rhubarb will finish the dish with a lovely sharpness.


If you go down to the woods today...

Respect Mother Nature. She's giving you a free feed.

Respect Mother Nature. She's giving you a free feed.

Scott Goss, executive chef of the I'll be Mother group is in the June/July issue of Good Things magazine sharing his passion and knowledge for foraging and eating wild food. 

  • Top tips number one, two and three is to never, ever pick mushrooms. It’s too risky and can cause tummy upset or even worse. As a chef, Scott knows he is safe to pick very easily identified mushrooms such as morels, chanterelles or puffball, but really the best thing for anyone keen is to go out with a professional guide on an organised foraged walk. There are plenty in Kent and East Sussex such as ones run by wild food expert Miles Irving, who is based in Canterbury
  • Invest in a good book, such as The Forager Handbook by Miles Irving. If you’re really keen, get an armchair book with recipes but also a pocket guide you can take out into the woods with you
  • Only pick what you need and don’t pull the roots, or your newly found wild food won’t be there next year
  • Always pick through wild herbs and vegetables for grit and insets and wash thoroughly
  • Don’t pick for prettiness, pick for flavour. There are too many chefs at-the-moment using bought in edible flowers just because it’s fashionable and looks pretty. Nothing winds me up more - just because something’s pretty doesn’t mean it tastes good. Try everything, develop your own likes and dislikes and only ever pick what you need.  Wild Strawberries are flowering now and are very pretty, but leave the flower and wait until a tiny, jewel like wild strawberry grows. Pick the flower and you won’t get the berry
  • Plants that grow together, eat well together. Wild Strawberries and wood sorrel are woodland companions and are beautiful together, sweet and tart
  • When in a new city everybody says, ‘look up’. In the woods and the countryside remember to always ‘look down’! You’ll be amazed after a little bit of research and practice just how much good food is literally on your doorstep, under your feet. It’s tasty, wild and it’s free
  • Wild garlic is everywhere and it seems to be a national Instagram competition who can get the first #wildgarlic hashtag up. Wild garlic is delicious but in my view whole dishes being almost slavishly devoted to it is a bit passé. Scott's big tip if you want to try something a bit different is Jack by the Hedge or Garlic Mustard as it’s also known. It’s a spring wildflower with elongated heart-shaped leaves that are similar in shape to nettles and tiny white flowers. It has a subtle tang of garlic, but much less so than its pungent wild cousin, and has a mild, herbaceous flavour. It’s such a versatile ingredient in the kitchen and goes brilliantly with lamb, kid goat, fresh pasta and sauces
  • Lastly, always respect Mother Nature. She’s giving you a free feed after all. No littering, trampling and never pick more than you need