Jeff Kipp the renowned owner-chef of Saltwood on the Green is to cater at his year’s OpenGarden, Plant and Craft Sale being held at the magnificent medieval Saltwood Castle, near Hythe in Kent on Sunday September 20th, 10am – 4pm.
As the grounds of Saltwood Castle (the former home of the late Rt. Hon Alan Clark MP) are not normally open to the public, this is a rare chance to see this stunning castle, by kind permission of Mrs. Jane Clark.
Visitor will see the moat, battlements, a secret garden, peacocks and Clark’s collection of classic cars.
This year there will be over 25 nurseries selling unusual perennials, small flowering trees, alpines, geraniums and irises, crafts and wooden gardening accessories.
There will also be a chance to practice archery in the Knight’s Hall with the Castle Moat Archers.
Chef Jeff will be serving pulled pork and barbecue chicken with home made coleslaw. Vegetarian options will including goats cheese and grilled peppers, with desserts of brownies and American cookies
“Being an American, I come from a land where chocolate brownies have near religious status,” said Jeff Kipp, adding, “These are a favourite of mine.”
Chef Jeff’s chocolate brownie recipe is a tantalising creation, with malted ice cream with a caramelised chocolate sauce.
Saltwood on the Green is fast gaining a reputation for simple, but exciting cooking with an emphasis on light bites and sharing plates. Kipp creates enticing modern British dishes with a contemporary American twist, utilising the best the abundance of local ingredients from carefully chosen producers.
Renowned Observer restaurant critic Jay Rayner reviewing the restaurant, wrote: “Boy do you get a lot for your money. There are thumping pieces of skinless breast from a bird that could clearly have taken you down with one punch. More impressive than the size is the fact that it tastes so deeply of chicken and is soft without feeling like cotton wool … this is a serious kitchen keen to punch above its weight.”
Further national plaudits have come from The Guardian, Daily Mail and The Sun and The Week.
Closer to home, recognition has come in the form of Jeff being placed on a three-man shortlist in the forthcoming Kent Food & Drink Awards. The winners will be announced at a glittering awards dinner being held at Ashford International Hotel on 15th October 2015.
Before opening this, his first restaurant, Jeff learned his trade working in some of the world’s best kitchens, including the famed Charlie Trotter’s in Chicago and Gordon Ramsay’s three Michelin-starred restaurant in Chelsea. He has also held exec chef roles at top Londonrestaurants including Duck & Waffle and SushiSamba and global food home delivery company, Deliverance.
From next summer private tours of Saltwood castle may be arranged for groups of between 10 and 18 people. These take place midweek in June and July, midweek only. The unique tours are conducted by Mrs Jane Clark and take in of the interior of the private gatehouse (which is still very much a family home), the romantic gardens within the Inner and Outer Bailey, Lord Clark’s study and library. Also included is the vintage car collection belonging to the late Alan Clark and the new kitchen garden and fernery. Homemade cream teas are taken in the stable tearoom next to the museum. Price per person is being held at £25 for 2016. This will cover the tour, cream tea and, most importantly, historic building conservation costs, for which the family do not receive any government grants. There is also an option to include brunch, lunch or dinner at Saltwood on the Green Restaurant.
Saltwood Castle, Hythe, Kent CT21 4QU. Entry to the open garden event on 20th September costs £6 on the door and is free for under 16s. The event lasts 10.00am to 4.00pm. Parking is free but limited. Details at www.saltwoodcastle.com.