Frasers is located in the 13th century village of Egerton. The village boasts over 80 listed buildings, with the Old Bakers featured in the 1990s television series Darling Buds of May. The working farm set in around 300 acres of beautiful countryside, consists of a traditionally built oak-framed Kentish style barn and other outbuildings which are used to house the five star accomodation arranged around the original farm house and courtyard. Frasers without a doubt has the most idyllic rural location yet it remains within easy access of Maidstone, Tonbridge and Ashford along with all of Kent’s attractions.

The first indication of the venue’s true quality is when you initially see the Frasers (of House of Fraser) Family Crest announcing your arrival and directing you along the long driveway towards the medieval farmstead.

Having been warmly greeted by our charming host Lisa Fraser we were shown to our table in the impressive barn style restaurant which boasts magnificent double height ceilings with a wealth of exposed oak beams. This tranquil setting is the perfect ‘getaway from it all’ venue to enjoy a fabulous meal whilst overlooking the unspoilt views of the Kent countryside.

Talented Head Chef Alan Egan has worked hard to produce an impressive array of dishes and his enthusiasm and boundless energy for the Frasers environmentally friendly ethos of ensuring a ‘guilt-free’ experience means that all the food is from a local group of suppliers, hence the ‘food-miles’ are far lower. All the primary produce is traceable and seasonal, and the menus reflect this seasonality.

Lunch menu starters on the day we dined included Belly of pork, black pudding, puree of Egerton Bramley apple and caramelised baby pear and a beautifully presented and delicious trio of prawns, all served with a selection of artisan breads and butter. However, Alan’s popular signature dish of smoked haddock scotched egg with curried mayonnaise and mixed seasonal leaves is one of the undoubted highlights of the menu. Inbetween courses we take the opportunity to marvel at the stunning scenery and muse about dining al fresco in the summer months on the lovely patio area from where diners can watch the geese flying in to graze on the pond and listen to the owls calling from the nearby oak trees.

Back at the table, our main courses of rack of Romney lamb, citrus herb crust, roasted butternut squash and sweet potato mash, roasted vegetables and a red wine reduction; and the local butcher’s steak served with homemade chunky chips, roasted vine cherry tomatoes, flat mushrooms and watercress were both succulent and appetising.

Already feeling comfortably full Lisa successfully managed to tempt us with the dessert menu. I was unable to resist the decidely decadent chocolate marquise accompanied by chocolate coated strawberries, which was absolutely delicious. Somewhat spoilt for choice my dining partner chose the trio of homemade ice creams and sorbets which he thoroughly enjoyed and claimed to be as good as any he had ever tasted in Italy, where let’s face it, the ‘gelato’ is pretty hard to beat!

The meal itself was magnificent; cooked to perfection and served by friendly, helpful staff who go out of their way to make your visit both succinct and succulent. All in all, we felt that the food and service at Frasers is first rate and certainly of a quality that demands repeat visits.

Lynn

Frasers

Coldharbour Farm

Egerton

Nr Ashford

TN27 9DD

Tel: 01233 756122


Opening times:

All tables are pre bookable,.

Lunch from 13.00 - 15.00

Dinner from 18.30 – 21.00


Afternoon tea: available seven days per week, between 14:00 and 17:00.

www.frasers-events.co.uk

 


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