In the Kitchen News
There is no doubt now that the summer season is in full swing.
The gardens are coming alive at an alarming rate. Every day seems to see the arrival of some new product from the kitchen garden. The trays this morning were brimming with salad leaves, spinach, chive flowers, pansies, asparagus, strawberries, sorrel, kale, radishes and many more wonderful freshly picked products for us to play with.
These last few weeks we have started to re-introduce the small Gravetye Salad with which we start the daily dinner menu. This proved to be enormously popular last year and is a great way to start a menu that is very much driven by the seasonal, fresh produce available to us at this time of year.
For our longer staying guests, we like to alternate this first course between the Gravetye Salad, a fresh soup or a simple combination that is always inspired by our kitchen garden and the previous evening’s discussion with the gardeners.
While at Gravetye, I have been lucky enough to learn a little about the wild flowers that are so abundant on the estate and to also start to appreciate their delicate flavours and their important role in lifting a simple salad to levels that I had never appreciated were possible before. Pansies, cornflowers, borage, nasturtiums, daylilies, apple blossoms and wild garlic flowers are all lending complex flavours and bright colours to our salads at the moment. As the summer progresses, many more blossoms become available keeping our simple salad an ever changing window into what lies within our grounds. It is truly one of the most exciting areas of development within the kitchen at this time of year.
Rupert and his team look forward to welcoming you to the restaurant very soon. To book or for further information please call 01342 810567 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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