A Day In the Life of The Mulberry Tree

 

I am very fond of The Mulberry Tree restaurant in Kent for two reasons. The first one is obvious, the food is great, and the second because it was where I decided I was going to change my life and become a wedding photographer.

Do you know what that pivotal moment was? It was when I was sat in their beautiful courtyard garden in the sun (drinking a beer) doing a pre-wedding consultation with a bride and groom. Obviously it was a no brainer, I thought if this is work then I fancy some more of this!!

So, it’s always a pleasure to go back and photograph weddings but it was even more of a pleasure to go back and photograph a “Day in the Life” of the restaurant for the owner Karen a short while ago. Karen has worked really hard to turn it into one of the best restaurants in Maidstone and indeed Kent over the last few years, and has once again made the final of Taste of Kent Awards this year. The cuisine style is modern British and European using seasonal, free range and organic produce that is sourced from local suppliers in Kent. The food is great which I can vouch for first hand and the boys made me a gorgeous fish dish at the end of the night.

Lewis was head chef for the night on the Friday I visited. Home made bread was in the oven when I arrived, that has to be one of my favourite smells of all time along with the smell of freshly cut grass in the summer. The kitchen had a great atmosphere and it was great to see all the attention to detail that went into preparing the meals for the restaurants customers. A simple cold starter is not simple at all. Every ingredient was strategically placed to give the customer not only a great plate of food to eat but also to look at. I am massive salad dodger and don’t like salmon, but even I was tempted to tuck into a poached salmon ballontine with marinated fennel, grapefruit gel and cucumber ketchup.

As the evening wore on and more and more checks came on I was thinking how impressive it is that the chef’s can juggle cooking so many dishes at once, I struggle to cook potato waffles and turkey dinosaurs with a baked bean jus (see what I did there) for my daughter…and please don’t judge us for giving her turkey dinosaurs, she likes them, its turkey shaped as a dinosaur…what’s not to like?

Lewis and the team didn’t have any dinosaur shaped meals that night, but they did have plenty of tasty looking lamb and fish on offer.

Talking about food, I was thinking the other day that The Mulberry Tree has a distinct advantage over its other Maidstone wedding venue rivals. Obviously its a restaurant on most days of the year so the quality of food above anything comes first, so any couples booking the venue for their wedding are not only getting a great setting but also unrivaled food. That’s just my thoughts on the matter. Book The Mulberry Tree for your wedding engaged people; you won’t regret it.

My commercial “Day in the Life” photography is used to show all the effort that goes in behind the scenes to create amazing products, services and of course food. It works particularly well for restaurants, wedding venues and any kind of caterer. The photos can be turned into a photofilm for the their website, printed and hung on the walls or even made in a beautiful coffee table album for clients to flick through while they take on board a pre-dinner drink.

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A picture of two starters being prepared at the mulberry tree restaurant in Boighton Monchelsea, the chef is stood in the background
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A chef at the mulberry tree restaurant in bought monchelsea in kent puts the finishing touches to his dish, photographed by Simon Hawkins Documentary Photography
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A chef stirs a hot saucepan as he prepares the sauce for the main meals at the mulberry tree in bought monchelsea in Maidstone, photographed by Simon Hawkins Documentary Photography
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A picture of some tasty looking lamb in a pan of gravy in the kitchen at the mulberry tree in bought monchelsea in Kent
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A chef pull out some food from a pan of boiling hot water at the mulberry tree in Maidstone Kent
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A chef stands next to another chef at the pass at the mulberry tree restaurant and calls out the next order
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A chef pours jus onto a main course while sat under the lights at the pass at the mulberry tree restaurant in bought monchelsea near Maidstone
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A chef bastes some fish while it cooks in a hot pan at the mulberry tree restaurant in Boughton Monchelsea in Kent
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