English Wine Week: Wet and Wild At Saltwood On The Green
As part of the celebrations to mark English Wine Week (23rd May - Sunday 31st May 2015) 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 Vineyard.
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.
The special gourmet evening begins with a welcome Saltwood Spritz aperitif – with dandelion and burdock.
The first course will be a Bittercress pannacotta, slow-cooked egg, cured meats, wild-leaf salad and will be accompanied by Bidenden's Bacchus, 2013.
A plate of razor clams follow served with sea purslane, gourge pickle, seeds with a glass of Biddenden's crisp Gribble Bridge Dornfelder 2013.
The main course of local turbot, with lardo, salt-baked alexanders will be accompanied with a refreshing Ortega.
The evening concludes with Sweet cicely of strawberry, licorice served with a Sparkling Biddenden Rose 2010.
“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.”
Tickets for the gourmet dinner cost £65 including service (£55 if booked in advance) with a £10 deposit required. Vegetarian and other dietary alternatives are available.
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.
Saltwood on the Green
The Green, Saltwood, Kent. CT21 4PS.
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Open: Tuesday-Saturday for breakfast/coffee, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch; Tues-Saturday 9am – 11pm, Sundays for brunch/lunch 11.30 – 5pm.