Celebrity chef delights staff and diners with visit to acclaimed village pub

Tom Kerridge, standing left, talks to staff at the Compasses Inn, Crundale

Michelin-starred chef Tom Kerridge has delighted customers and staff with a visit to the acclaimed Compasses Inn at Crundale.

The Shepherd Neame pub between Canterbury and Ashford held a one-off special evening of food and chat.

Tom, 45, brought two of his chefs from his award-winning pub, the Hand and Flowers at Marlow, Bucks.

They created a five-course tasting menu for 50 paying guests.

Tickets for the event sold out in just 12 minutes after licencees Rob and Donna Taylor promoted the evening via social media.

Dishes included: beef toast and dripping with mustard butter, English lettuce and salad cream; crab cannelloni with bisque; West End Farm pork belly with smoked cheek beignet, black pudding and gherkin ketchup; and chocolate and caramel macaroon with praline ice cream.

Donna said: “Tom was absolutely amazing. Rob and the team were fairly nervous about him coming down and cooking in their kitchen, but he was so chilled and friendly and they all had a fantastic time.

“Tom was also great with the customers, going to every table in the pub throughout the evening to have a chat with customers and pose for photos.”

Donna and Rob took over The Compasses Inn in 2012. Since then it has received numerous awards including a Michelin bib gourmand, two prestigious AA Rosettes, and Best Food Pub at last year’s Great British Pub Awards.


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