Alice Bussi and Allister Barsby are taking what they have learned from years spent in the industry to create their own vision in Saltwood in Kent. Neil Gerrard pays a visit
The Kentish village of Saltwood, standing on a hill above the coastal town of Hythe, is probably more famous for the crumbling 12th-century castle that was once home to flamboyant Conservative MP and diarist Alan Clark than for its restaurants.
New arrivals Alice Bussi and Allister Barsby could change that, although they are in no rush to do so. They are no strangers to success. The recipients of a Hotel Catey and an Acorn Award respectively, they have worked in some of the top hospitality establishments in the country. Nonetheless, the young couple's goal is less lofty than awards and accolades: it's all about making a success of their first standalone venture together, Hide and Fox (named after an old Kentish term for the game hide and seek).
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