First of its kind at the Kenton Theatre, as part of the Eat! Food Festival we are putting a kitchen on stage and letting Great British Menu and Award–winning chefs loose with their pans!
Live cooking on stage at The Kenton Theatre, what could possibly go wrong!
Two Henley institutions to grace the stage of another Henley institution hosting the first of its kind, The Kenton Theatre.
With his inimitable style Chef Paul Clerehugh of the Crooked Billet at Stoke Row will be vying for attention alongside Jonnie Hobbs fifth generation Hobbs of Henley family famed for their boatyard and behind the newly welcomed and much-loved Mr Hobbs Gin.
Want to know your cephalopods from your crustaceans and your berries from your botanicals, these are the fellas to ask.
Expect a few antics and a fun filled show from these two charismatic stalwarts of Henley for what will be a fantastic intimate and informal Saturday Kitchen style show, with Q&A’s and, who knows even a bit of audience participation if you’re brave enough!
You’d better bag your tickets to learn about all things local and all the wonderful food, drink and restaurants on your doorstep.
Paul Clerehugh has run The Crooked Billet since 1989 and lives on his smallholding nearby, rearing beef and sheep and growing produce for the menu.
A self-taught chef, wanting his own restaurant, he approached the bank for a loan.
With only punk rock guitar experience and no security against the loan, unsurprisingly the bank said no. Paul successfully negotiating a car loan with a second bank, he used the ‘Porsche’ money to buy The Crooked Billet, choosing The Crooked Billet because not only was it pretty and rustic, but it was also the cheapest place on the market, run down with a tree growing through the floor and out through the ceiling, £500 weekly takings and no hot water.
Quickly establishing a reputation, he left those days far behind him and is well known for hosting Kate Winslet’s (first) wedding breakfast.
The Crooked Billet retains the unspoilt rustic country charm that made it famous. A large and varied daily changing menu, specialising in local and British produce –
buffalo milk and honey ice-cream (there’s a Buffalo farm next door and Paul keeps bees), beef, lamb, hogget and mutton from Paul’s farm, good seasonal British seafood and a legendary annual lobster festival. A blackboard on the front door encourages guests to swap their home-grown delicacies for lunch.
Paul Clerehugh is the second pub chef ever to win the highly coveted Craft Guild of Chefs award. Previous winners include Paul Gayler, Brian Turner, Anton Mosimann and Raymond Blanc.
Mr Hobbs Gin has been launched by Jonnie and Suzy Hobbs, Directors of Hobbs of Henley, who give you the most enjoyable way to “mess about on the river” whether it is in a small rowing boat or on one of their prestigious luxury river cruisers.
Jonnie and Suzy launched a new premium gin to play their part in the remarkable renaissance in British gin. Distilled from only the most refined ingredients, the gin is in keeping with the reputation and brand of Hobbs of Henley and will be a unique extension of the Hobbs’ family business. The gin is distilled in batches of no more than 200 to maintain its high quality and its special refreshing properties.
Henley hosts some of England’s most important and exclusive cultural events such as Henley Royal Regatta, Henley Music & Arts Festival, Henley Literary Festival. Jonnie and Suzy felt that such a great town deserved its own special gin, so they created a gin worthy of the Henley name.
For more information about Eat Food Festival go to www.eatfoodfest.co.uk
(includes £1 theatre restoration levy)
Running time: 75 minutes (includes a 20 minute interval)