With an interesting history dating back to Tudor times, Ston Easton Park in Somerset is entering a new gastronomic era with Chef Ashley Lewis at the helm.
The pass is heating up as 2018 sees the creation of an exciting new menu, shaped by the produce available in the Park’s 36-acre grounds.
Energised and inspired by local produce, Chef Ashley has created a menu that celebrates the coming season. “I’m excited by Ston Easton Park’s extensive gardens and the menu shows it. The success of the land, managed by our talented gardeners is reflected in all our dishes. The gardeners and I are continuously in conversation about the seasons and what’s growing well, along with our plans for future months.”
Hand-picked fruit and vegetables from the kitchen garden, along with an abundance of local Somerset produce is paired with a classic French cooking style to arrive at refined dishes. There is also a hint of Asian influence from an injection of modern techniques and artistic plating. It has remained important, however, that the dishes are reflective of its luxurious surroundings, as Chef Ashley explains. “In a setting as impressive as Ston Easton, visuals on the plate are important and I aim to excite the guest with one look at the dish. On visiting Ston Easton Park it’s obvious that the property is rooted in history. At the same time, the lounges, bedrooms and gardens convey a homely feel to visitors. To me, it’s essential that the cuisine matches the surroundings.”
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