New country-house dining in Kent

The Salutation, a spectacular country house with restaurant opening in Kent this summer, is hosting a trial-run pop-up with a spring tasting menu over Easter.

Built by Sir Edwin Lutyens in 1912 in medieval Sandwich, the Salutation was the first 20th-century building awarded Grade I listing by English Heritage. It also has a 3.7-acre garden by Gertrude Jekyll.

Opened as a hotel by previous owners in 2003, the Salutation will have a serious restaurant under its new management, with chef Shane Hughes running the kitchen. He has worked with John Burton-Race at the Landmark in London, with Martin Burge at Whatley Manor, at Ynyshir Hall in Powys, and most recently at Thackeray’s in Tunbridge Wells.

The Easter pop-up from April 13 to 16 will feature seared scallop and slow-cooked ham hock with homemade piccalilli and sweet mustard dressing; beef Wellington with dauphinoise potatoes; and dark chocolate and morello cherry cream gateau with pistachio and hazelnut parfait, costing £98 per person with matched wines. A dinner, bed and breakfast package is also available.

Full details of the permanent opening will be announced later in the spring.


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