The latest food news from editor Paul Critcher. Enjoy a meal at Jack’s, glasses of red wine and explores a few locally brewed beer
The recent grand opening of Jack’s Kitchen at the Holiday Inn in Kingston saw MP Dominic Raab cut the ribbon before a smattering of Kingston’s movers and shakers were treated to a sample menu showcasing some of the versatile and delicious dishes that are sure to become firm favourites with visiting diners. A crowd-pleasing starter of peppered wild tiger prawns was followed by a palate cleansing lemon sorbet before we hit the main event of pan-fried venison served with figs and baby turnips and a dark chocolate sauce. The meat was beautifully cooked and the sauce made for an exciting mixture of bitter and sweet. Jack’s Creative Mess was the perfect end to the meal – the dish was specially created for the Creative Youth charity and every time it is ordered from the menu, Holiday Inn will make a donation to the charity. Overall, Jack’s Kitchen is a welcome addition to Kingston food scene and, judging by the reaction of the assembled business leaders, is likely to become a much used venue on Kingston’s restaurant circuit.
Jack’s Kitchen, Holiday Inn, Portsmouth Road Surbiton. 020 8786 6565,
Italy by the Glass
Those with a taste for the finer things in life will enjoy the wine list at Shambles Italian restaurant and bar in Teddington, which makes use of the Coravin System for its more expensive wines. This technology keeps the cork in the bottle and still allows the user to pour wine without any oxidation occurring, meaning that the restaurant can sell wines by the glass without any impact on the flavour of the remaining wine. Fans of Italian wine who prefer to stick to one glass rather than a whole bottle, can enjoy such delights as Sicilian Cometa Planeta IGT at £10.50 a glass and Sardinian Marchese di Villamarina Sella e Mosca DOC at £14.95 per glass. And now that the garden has been open for summer, it’s the perfect time to visit Shambles for a drop of vino.
This month we will mostly be drinking beer
Yes, we know it’s The Wimbledon Championships and that many of you will be sipping Champagne and Prosecco, but micro breweries have had a renaissance locally, and they are springing up all over Kingston and its surrounding areas. Here’s T&L’s pick of some local brews to quench your thirst this summer.
This crisp, pale lager beer from Wimbledon Brewery is overlaid with noble and contemporary German hop varieties. A refreshing summer drink. Available in bottle and on draught.
A light pale ale from The Park Brewery in Kingston, Killcat has floral, tropical notes, the result of using hops from Australia and New Zealand. At 3.9%, it has a low ABV for a pale ale but is packed with hoppy flavour. Available in bottle and on draught.
Produced by the Big Smoke microbrewery based in the former stables at the back of The Antelope in Surbiton, Electric Eye is a crisp, dry pale ale with tropical fruit aroma, light biscuit notes and a lingering, bitter finish. Available in bottle and on draught.