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Shane Hughes opens Salutation hotel restaurant

28 September 2017 by
Shane Hughes opens Salutation hotel restaurant

The Salutation hotel in Sandwich, Kent has opened its new restaurant with head chef Shane Hughes at the helm.

Hughes joined the 17-bedroom boutique hotel as head chef earlier this year after John and Dorothy Fothergill took over the property from Channel 4 Gogglebox cast members Dom and Steph Parker in December 2016.

The hotel also has a new management team and has seen extensive investment in the refurbishment of the main house bedrooms and the reconfiguration of the ground floor.

The hotel now has a 36-cover restaurant overlooking the hotel gardens offering a European a la carte menu including dishes such as roast scallops with heritage beetroot and Parmesan bon bons; quail and bacon sausage with summer truffle and creamed potatoes; and sweet ravioli with ricotta, lemon jelly and hazelnut parfait.

A lunchtime small plate menu is priced £2-16 and offers marinated heritage beetroots with apple and sherry reduction; partridge roasted in bacon with Brussels sprout leaves; and shallow-fried, salted cod with citrus preserve and mustard mayonnaise.

The hotel also has a 16-cover ‘tasting room' offering a seven-course tasting menu and a bespoke market menu; a 20-cover ‘parlour' private dining room with a terrace; a ‘drawing room and bar' for coffee, drinks and afternoon tea; and a ‘faint room' lounge.

Hughes spent seven years at Ynyshir Hall in Machynlleth, Powys, where he achieved a Michelin star as head chef, and was also head chef at Thackeray's in Tunbridge Wells, Kent.

Sir Edwin Lutyens designed and built the Salutation in 1912 as a country retreat for the Farrer brothers, and in 1950 it became the first 20th century building to be granted a Grade I-listing by English Heritage.

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