This January saw the grand reopening of the Skip Garden Kitchen!
The Kitchen team have been working hard over the last few months, tearing apart the old kitchen and putting together the fantastic set-up we have now. Since the refurbishment, the kitchen is much better equipped to keep up with the volumes of tasty food to be cooked.
The Cafe may have been closed for the past few months, but our chefs have been constantly busy. We’ve had a stream of events here at the Skip Garden, from evening drinks in the yurt, to sit-down banquets in the 12m polytunnel, where diners can enjoy a candlelit feast, surrounded by beds growing rainbow chard, wild rocket and other salad crops. We hosted toddlers’ birthday parties with pizzas baked in our own wood-fired cob ovens, as well as corporate dinners and drinks, booked by companies such as Eurostar.
We served dishes from our special winter menu (which is still available for dinner bookings). Our guests were well fed, with options such as a warming bowl of Jerusalem artichoke soup drizzled with a smoked paprika oil, and a Squash, Pecan and Wensleydale Wellington, nestled among multicoloured roasted root vegetables and salad.
As well as providing for all these events, our talented chefs have also been cooking wholesome meals for the staff and volunteers working hard at the Skip Garden. Everyday, members of the kitchen team emerge from the steamy realms of the kitchen, covered in flour with bits of dough in their hair, carrying bottomless pans of hearty soup, and salads that could easily be displayed as works of art.
And then it came - Wednesday 7th January… The chefs braved the cold and threw open the doors of the hatch, ready to thaw people’s hands and hearts with hot drinks and freshly baked treats. At this time of year, people are keen to stay inside and not venture out, but those who have made the journey to the Skip Garden have certainly not regretted it. Gradually, more and more people are emerging and coming to join us for a delicious lunch of stews, quiches, focaccia, salads and squashes stuffed with more squash. With our chefs perfecting their signature dishes and bread baking expertise, the creations of the Skip Garden Kitchen are looking and tasting better than ever.