Riverford Wicked Leeks

the travelling field kitchen comes to kent

Wednesday 21st May 2014

Gordon Ramsay said he “knew it would be good, but not that good”, Giles Coren described it as “the lunch of his life” and Observer readers voted it the “Best Ethical Restaurant”. Under Jane Baxter, our Devon restaurant the Field Kitchen’s championing of seasonal vegetables, shared dishes and an affordable set menu has turned out to be a phenomenal success. The obvious thing would be to open another restaurant further East, but cash is tight and I hate doing the obvious. So we asked local craftsmen to cut some ash from our woods, fashion a giant yurt and make tables and benches for 80; the Field Kitchen is coming to a field near you this summer.

We are on the road, complete with a tent-dwelling team of chefs, waiters and pot washers. We have already had successful stints at our sister farms in Hampshire and Cambridgeshire and a city farm in London; the food and atmosphere have been getting glowing reviews. If you’re in the South East and missed us first time around – or fancy second helpings – we will be pitching up at Mole End Farm in Cranbrook, Kent, between 19-29th August, before travelling on to Cheshire for the rest of the summer.

The yurt is a beautiful structure; snug with a woodburning stove for cool evenings but, with removable sides, open enough to enjoy an alfresco lunch. The menu makes the most of seasonal produce and although we are not vegetarian (there is an option), we regularly convert even the most avid carnivore with our vegetables. Jane describes her cooking as “gutsy and no nonsense” and her puddings have become legendary locally. Portions are generous and the service relaxed and leisurely. Bring a group of friends and book a table of ten or make up a shared table. Find out more on the website and to book, call 0845 367 1155 or 01803 762062. Our beautiful yurt, tables and benches were handcrafted by Rod Richardson and his team at Yurts for Life in Devon. To find out more visit www.yurtsforlife.com.

Guy Watson