And so it begins! Last night saw the start of this years Great British Menu. Tommy will be making his debut TV appearance later in the series. We’re currently sworn to secrecy, but we can say that records are broken and judges describe the quality of cooking as the best ever. Tommy competes for the chance … Continue reading Great British Menu 2016 commences!
By Sean Wrest (Chef De partie at The Black Swan Oldstead) For me, The Black Swan is completely unique. A restaurant situated in the village of Oldstead, with around 10 houses and a long windy road (I’m convinced it even has its own climate!) It relies heavily on its two- acre garden and the natural elements … Continue reading Ever Changing Seasons
Establishing this kitchen garden is without doubt the hardest thing we have ever done. Running a restaurant with rooms seven days a week is a challenge but coupling that with what is now 5 acres of vegetables, fruits and herbs to look after is at times overwhelming. I am often asked if the project has … Continue reading Success, Failure and Pigeons
Today I realised that it has been a month since my last blog. There has been so much happening that I struggle to find time to write about it. At The Black Swan we have always had a “can do” attitude and now it certainly feels like we are pushing things with all the work … Continue reading Grower by day, Chef by night
I am starting to understand the challenges of growing. The fluctuating April temperatures are really keeping us busy. One day the concern will be keeping the tunnel warm, the next keeping it from overheating. Easter Sunday morning was so gloomy that I left the doors to the poly-tunnel closed. A quick look out of the … Continue reading Sunburn and Seedlings
Painstaking hours of digging, raking and forking – this week has been all hands on deck. With the outdoor growing season upon us there has been a rush to prepare the terraces for their crops. TB and chef James have constructed clever cloches to allow us to grow outside and take advantage of this wonderful … Continue reading New Beginnings
When does spring actually start?? This last week I have been suffering from what can only be described as weather bipolarism. There is a euphoric feeling when the sun warms your face for the first time in months – it sparks insatiable optimism. Green shoots have started appearing and life in our poly-tunnel is positively … Continue reading Spring??