Thursday, 11 August 2011

Bloggerview with Karen Williams patron of The Mulberry Tree, Kent

The Mulberry Tree
Hermitage Lane
Boughton Monchelsea
ME17 4DA
 01622 749082/01622 741058      

Karen is the Patron of The Mulberry and in their own words this is how they see themsleves. And in my view its pretty accurate.

"The Mulberry Tree is a contemporary country restaurant and bar with a relaxed, informal atmosphere, excellent food, wine and service. It is set in the beautiful Kent countryside, only 4 miles from Staplehurst and has been extended and modernised to offer a restaurant and bar seating 75. There is also a sunny terrace and garden for al fresco dining. The restaurant won Kent Restaurant of the Year in 2009, was voted the South East Regional Restaurant of the Year, Good Food Guide 2010, is listed as 74th in the top 100 UK Restaurants in Eat Out Magazine, is featured in the 2009 Michelin Guide and has been awarded two AA Rosettes.

The cuisine style is 'modern British & European' using seasonal, free-range and organic produce that is sourced from local suppliers from within The Weald of Kent, in what really is The Garden of England. We are proud to be a member of Produced in Kent that champions and develops the Kent identity of local products. The philosophy is to offer value for money, using only the best ingredients.

There is an extensive wine list that includes many New World wines from smaller vineyards, together with the more well-known names, including English wines. Many of the wines are served by the glass and there is a full selection of beers, both draught and bottled available, together with locally sourced, organic soft drinks."

Name your three desert island ingredients   Lindt chocolate, bottle of rose wine, iPod

What would you have for your last supper? Lobster, chocolate and a bottle of Gevry Chambertin – none of which go together but all my favourites!
What foodstuff would you bannish? Salad cream
What's your favourite tipple? Chilled white or rose wine
Which book gets you cooking ?  Faye Ripley’s family suppers
What's your dream dinner party line-up? And what would you cook for them?  Duran Duran, Grissom from CSI, Raymond Blanc, Heston Blumenthal, Matthew Fort, Jason Atherton and forget me cooking – I’d have the chefs do it! J
What was your childhood teatime treat?  Cheesecake with mandarin segments – do they still sell those?!
What would you make to impress your partner?  He eats virtually anything, so even beans on toast would do it!
What was your most memorable meal?  Has to be the tasting menu at the Fat Duck
What was your biggest culinary disaster?  A Chinese feast – took all day to prepare and hubby came in and said “I’m not eating that $£%^!!  So we went to the pub!
What's the worst meal you've ever had?  Lunch in Spain – should have known better as the menu had pictures of the food!
What's the most outlandish thing you've ever eaten?  Snail porridge at the Fat Duck which was delicious.
Who's your food hero?  Really admire Jason Atherton – seems like a nice chap and has always been at the pass when I’ve visited his restaurants. 
Marco/Gordon?  Not much between them but Marco
Gin or vodka?  Vodka
Muesli or fry-up?  Muesli
Wine or beer?  Wine
Fast food or fresh food?  Always fresh
What d o you consider the best of the best of British?  One of the best experiences I’ve had in Britain has to be Le Manoir – not very British in name, but it is in the UK .. absolute luxury and faultless from the moment you arrive to the moment you leave
What's the best/worst thing about the British restaurant scene?   The public has to be both – they are an absolute pleasure, but can also make your life hell.
What do you think will be the next big thing?  The Olympics
What would you do if you could choose any other career?  Working at an animal sanctuary
Make a wish  To be healthy, happy and prosperous

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