The new owner of The Salutation in Sandwich, Kent, has unveiled the hotel’s new restaurant following an extensive renovation across the whole property.
John Fothergill took over the 17-bedroom boutique hotel in December 2016 for a rumoured £3.5m, after former owners and stars of Channel 4’s Gogglebox Dom and Steph Parker decided to move on.
Together with the new management team, Fothergill embarked on a refurbishment project straight away after acquisition, redesigning the bedrooms in the main house, and the reconfiguration of the ground floor into a new space for dining, drinks and afternoon tea.
The kitchen was also relocated to the north wing under a glass atrium.
Now the new Restaurant, Tasting Room, the Parlour, the Drawing Room and Bar and the Faint Room have all been launched under the supervision of new head chef Shane Hughes.
Hughes boasts a wealth of experience at the likes of The Lanesborough, The Connaught and The Landmark, as well as Whatley Manor and Ynyshir Hall in Wales. He joins from his position of head chef at Thackeray’s in Tunbridge Wells, Kent.
Built as a country retreat by Sir Edward Lutyens in 1912 for three wealthy brothers, The Salutation has evolved over the past century from a grand private residence (the first 20th century building to be granted Grade I status, in 1950) into its current guise as a stylish 17-bedroom boutique hotel.