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Chef Alejandro Bello

12th July 2021

The Gastronomist cooks up a storm in its opening month

Ashford’s fine dining restaurant welcomes more than 300 guests since end of May launch

Guests at the dinner party style restaurant have enjoyed curated six course tasting menus using seasonal ingredients and contemporary culinary techniques. Each dish is paired with a wine offering from the Kentish countryside and further afield. The sophisticated evenings have gone down a treat with gourmets as the stunning venue proves to be a desirable draw for destination dining.

The Gastronomist has featured in InsideKENT, the Wealden Times and Ashford For You. Coverage has focused on the concept behind the pioneering restaurant, the celebrated and experienced team and the unique venue itself, which combines an open presentation kitchen and dramatic gallery space with rare and refined ambience.

“I'm so happy that The Gastronomist Club has received such a warm and genuine welcome from the people of Ashford. We envisioned this exciting new project just a few short months ago and are thrilled it has now become a reality. The team and I dreamed of creating a unique place; combining our playful approach with sophisticated tastes. The Gastronomist is now alive with activity and destined to thrive. We are excited to share each new stage of the journey with our guests and friends.” Ainara Mateu, Co-Founder

Amongst the acclaim received by guests were several nominations from visitors for an enviable Muddy Award. Today it has been announced that The Gastronomist has been shortlisted as a finalist for the Best Covid Start-Up Business.

Commendation also came from distinguished guests and food connoisseurs alike;

“Having the paired food and wine menu was absolutely amazing; the food was delicious and the wine was superbly matched with each course. It is a fabulous venue that delivers an intimate dining experience. I booked the next visit as I left the first!”

Alongside regular ticketed dinner party evenings, The Gastronomist has begun to include additional events in its monthly calendar. Wine appreciation evenings will be a recurring occurrence, with the first of these exploring a fine selection of Spanish and Kentish grape varieties.

Exclusive masterclasses will allow guests to learn culinary and cocktail making techniques from experts in our professional presentation kitchen. The first such immersive masterclass centred on classic ceviche and pisco sours. This is the first collaboration with Kent brothers Dan and Jon from The Thirsty Farriers.

The Gastronomist is also available for exclusive hire for unforgettable occasions.

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