Frasers Restaurant, Egerton
An elegant six-course taster menu at Frasers, Egerton
Frasers is located in the 13th century village of Egerton. The village boasts over 80 listed buildings, with the Old Bakers featured in the 1990s television series Darling Buds of May. The working farm set in around 300 acres of beautiful countryside, consists of a traditionally built oak-framed Kentish style barn and other outbuildings which are used to house the five star accommodation arranged around the original farm house and courtyard.
Having been warmly greeted by our charming host Mark we were shown to our table in the impressive barn style restaurant which boasts magnificent double height ceilings with a wealth of exposed oak beams. This tranquil setting is the perfect ‘getaway from it all’ venue to enjoy a fabulous meal whilst overlooking the unspoilt views of the Kent countryside.
Talented Head Chef Robert Bryant has worked hard to produce an impressive array of dishes and his enthusiasm and boundless energy for the Frasers environmentally friendly ethos of ensuring a ‘guilt-free’ experience means that all the food is from a local group of suppliers, hence the ‘food-miles’ are far lower. All the primary produce is traceable and seasonal, and the menus reflect this seasonality.
We had the six-course taster menu which started with pea soup, fresh peas and pea shoots. This was followed by salt baked heritage carrot with crispy skin; then came the baked cod loin, samphire and mussel casserole. The next course was roast rump of lamb, potato emulsion, charred leeks and lamb sauce. To finish we had two superb desserts, the first was toasted marshmallow, poached strawberries and honeycomb; this was followed by an indulgent dark chocolate and passion fruit.
The meal itself was magnificent; thoughtfully balanced with plenty of contrast and cooked to utter perfection. Add that to the friendly, helpful staff who go out of their way to make your visit both succinct and succulent and all in all, you’ll be in for a very pleasant evening indeed. Frasers is shaping up to be a notable landmark on the Kent dining scene, and is a good reason for planning a trip to Egerton this autumn… or any other season, for that matter.
FRASERS, Coldharbour Farm, Barham’s Mill Road, Egerton TN27 9DD. 01233 756122; www.frasers-events.co.uk
Originally published in our Autumn 2017 issue.