Allan’s Windfall Apple Chutney

I love making this chutney with windfall apples from our back garden, and we have a mixture of two apples that we use – one is a cooker and one is an eater- and they look nothing like what you…


Swan in Bloom

The talented florists at The Swan Flower Company created a beautiful midsummer’s garden in the Balcony Room, with tumbling wisteria and overflowing florals as part of our 2018 summer pop up. By day we served our A Midsummer Night’s Dream…


Baked Lemon Thyme and Almond Sponges with Fresh Kentish Strawberries

These perfect little sponges are a great accompaniment to fresh Kentish Strawberries. The warm citrus notes from the thyme compliments the freshly cut strawberries. All the hard work is in making of the sponge mix and then they can be…


Allan’s Barbary Duck with Baby Turnips, Confit Potatoes and Black Cabbage

I find duck one of the harder poultry meats to get right when cooking, but don’t be put off by this, once you have mastered some the simple techniques used they will give you the wow factor when cooking for…


Allan’s Easter Chocolate Chip Shortbread Recipe

Easter is a fine time of the year to be baking with the children – especially when chocolate is involved. It’s normally the younger two of my children who want to join me in weighing out the ingredients and covering…

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