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Spring is here, and Faversham’s famous hops are shooting up in the gardens surrounding the town.
To celebrate their arrival, TasteFaversham came up with the idea of organising a visit to a Teynham hop garden, followed by a Hop Shoots Tasting Dinner at the Carriage Restaurant in Faversham’s Railway Hotel.
Tickets were sold out for the event, which took place at the historic Shepherd Neame pub on the evening of Thursday, April 10.
The menu included Hop Shoots with Smoked Salmon and Green Asparagus; Hop Shoots, Asparagus and Sundried Tomato Lasagne, and Garlic and Rosemary Grilled Fillet of Kentish Lamb with Sauteéd Hop Shoots.
Head chef Laszlo Kocsis said: “They used to call hop shoots the poor man’s asparagus, so when TasteFaversham approached me about putting together a special tasting menu, that was my starting point.
“I hadn’t cooked with hop shoots before so I really enjoyed creating the menu, as I like to devise new dishes.”
The Hungarian-born chef, who has been at the Carriage Restaurant, managed by his wife Andrea, since October, added: “We were really pleased that tickets for the dinner sold out. It is great to see that customers are interested in trying new things, and there is nowhere better to try these dishes than in Faversham, the home of the hop.”