A winning combination

Last month saw the launch of The Stables, an intimate fine dining experience created by the hugely talented chef Mark Charker from The Bell Inn at Ticehurst…


Mark Charker’s vision is deliciously simple: to provide discerning diners with an exciting and unique five-course menu which takes their taste buds on a gastronomic journey. Mark and his team forage through the fields and trawl the coastlines of Kent and Sussex to source the finest seasonal ingredients and independent foodie producers for this new menu, which is a must-do for any passionate gourmand.

The hugely enjoyable epicurean experience, which changes regularly, is available to book from Wednesdays to Saturday evenings and costs £65 per person for the tasting menu and £35 per person if you opt for the wine pairing. We especially loved the riddle ridden menu which invites guests to guess each course courtesy of a series of clever clues…

On the night SO Magazine visited, we feasted on crab rillette and seaweed crumpet canapés, a sensational amuse-bouche of Jerusalem artichoke foam, parmesan crumble and winter truffle, pan-fried scallops, beautifully amplified by the addition of a fragrant dahl velouté and succulent goat cutlets served with salsify, puréed parsley and heritage carrots. Dessert offerings included a show-stopping salted caramel chocolate slab with blood orange and smoked whisky sorbet, and each course was accompanied by a spectacular wine, hand-picked by The Stables’ chief sommelier and restaurant manager Paris Tate.

Mark’s menu is further enhanced by the The Stable’s décor – think cosy, candlelit tables, creaking wooden floors and a plethora of eclectic styling details including a huge vintage French tricolore, funky neon pink illuminated slogan sign and a glittering peacock which takes pride of place in The Stables’ bijou cocktail bar.

If you’re after a quality dining experience that’s right on your doorstep then The Stables is first past the post…


To book The Stables email reservations@thebellinticehurst.com or call 01580 200 300

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