THE SALU­TA­TION

Six rea­sons to visit this Arts and Crafts ho­tel, where the kitchen is now as pop­u­lar as the spec­tac­u­lar gar­dens

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1 In the quaint Kent vil­lage of Sand­wich, The Salu­ta­tion is a unique, re­laxed 19-bed­room ho­tel. House­plants, botan­i­cal prints and win­dows open­ing onto Lu­tyens­de­signed gar­dens blur the boundaries be­tween in­doors and out­doors. 2

The kitchen gar­den in­forms the menus, and chef Shane Hughes works closely with head gar­dener Steve Ed­ney to en­sure the restau­rant is sup­plied with fresh fruit, veg and herbs. Gar­den­ing cour­ses are avail­able – in­clud­ing a plot-to-plate class

– and the kitchen’s com­mit­ment to pick­les and pre­serves en­sures a taste of the gar­den all year round. 3 The menu is founded on clas­sics with lighter, Asian touches. High­lights in­cluded cured and smoked trout with ban­tam egg in teriyaki and a dessert of olive oil cake, le­mon pos­set and dill meringue. Kom­bucha spiked with gar­den herbs makes a re­fresh­ing palate cleanser. 4

For a touch of the­atre, book a table in the Tast­ing Room. Glass pan­elling of­fers a full view of the kitchen, and chefs de­liver dishes to each table. 5

Break­fast choices in­clude home­smoked had­dock with saf­fron beurre blanc, home­made fruit sal­ads and com­potes, along with lo­cally sourced eggs and ba­con. 6 A for­mal af­ter­noon tea is served in the main house (book­ing is es­sen­tial), and tra­di­tional cof­fee and wal­nut, Vic­to­ria sponge and choco­late fudge cakes are avail­able in the on-site cafe. Head to the gift shop to pick up pot­ted herbs and soaps made with gar­den botan­i­cals. Chris­tine Hayes

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