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15th June 2022

New Lunch Menu at The Ferry House

The Ferry House is a 16th century country estate on the edge of the Swale River Estuary, on the peaceful Isle of Harty, off the north coast of Kent.

In a truly stunning location, with vast marshlands and even vaster skies, TheFerry House offers a winning combination of countryside and coast an hour from London, with an AA Rosetterestaurant, 4* guest rooms and self-catering holiday cottages. The restaurant uses home-grown Kitchen Gardenproduce and family farmed beef and game from the family shoot on the Harty Estate.

The Kitchen Garden and Barn Restaurant
Taking ‘pride of plate’ on The Ferry House menus is the bountiful produce from the large kitchen garden, beef from the Burden family’s own farm of 2000 cattle and gamebirds from the family shoot on the Harty Estate, while eggs are certified free-range from the flock of 100 ‘Harty Hens’. The chefs regularly forage along the edible shoreline and in the Harty hedges, not just for the food menu but for herbs and botanicals for the bar. What isn’t grown, farmed or foraged on site at Harty is sourced from a small selection of Kent’s best local producers.

As if serving up Harty Estate beef, game and Kitchen Garden produce isn’t enough there are also home grown artisan spirits. The family farm grows three types of grain, which when harvested is taken to Chatham's Copper Rivet Distillery to be turned into their award-winning gins, vodka and whisky. The spent grain from the distillery comes back to the family-farm to feed the cattle during the winter months, reducing the carbon footprint of the herd.

The kitchen Garden is the heart of the Barn Restaurant. Head Gardener, Natalie Read, and her team work
together closely with Head chef, James Pilcher and his team, to provide fresh, delicious and seasonal produce year-round. What started off as one small lettuce bed in 2013 is now a flourishing garden of almost 1.5 acres, growing an abundance of fresh, seasonal home-grown produce, cropped daily to be used across the restaurant menus.

The highly productive garden has a poly tunnel where the garden team grows numerous varieties of heritage tomatoes, as well as a colourful and flavourful array of peppers, chillies, salad leaves and edible flowers. There are many vegetable and asparagus beds, while many of the varieties grown are rare and not to be found in the supermarkets, with several flower and herbs beds to attract the pollinators. In the fruit cage are strawberries, raspberries, cherries, rhubarb and many varieties of currants while in the secret orchard, which has scenic views out over the estuary, there are blossoming trees in the spring, swaying grasses in summer and ripe fruit trees in autumn, including apple, plum, pear, quince, cherry, mulberry and medlar. The surrounding hedgerows are foraged for other seasonal produce like sea buckthorn and rosehips.

On the menu start with pan fried partridge with boudin noir, poached pear and blackberries, before a main course of roasted crown prince squash, butternut mole, toasted seeds and whipped yogurt and for pudding sea buckthorn tart, butter tuille, vanilla and mascarpone.

The Ferry House, Harty Ferry Road, Harty, Kent, ME12 4BQ

Tel: 01795 510214

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