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Rebranded Resto helps local economy and decreases food miles

Eat & Drink

by Brussels In View


Christmas will soon be here so why not make a trip to the UK to enjoy some festive fun?

Kent remains the most popular entry point to Britain for people from mainland Europe. It also has Canterbury as its county, which makes it a great place for Christmas shopping.

Long-famous for its Canterbury Tales, Chaucer and Cathedral, the city now has a memorable “C”, the Cook’s Tale.

It’s the name of the city’s “newest” restaurant. After a long day walking around Canterbury’s many fine shops and sights, it’s well worth a visit.

It is the perfect spot to satisfy your hunger after a day of exploring this vibrant Kentish city and the Garden of England.

Dev Biswal, the owner and chef of Ambrette Restaurant, has changed its name to The Cook’s Tale.

This fine Anglo-Indian restaurant offers modern Mumbai dining and is a tribute to Geoffrey Chaucer’s C14th ‘Canterbury Tales’ anthology.

Dev, a Calcutta native, said, “The name Cook’s Tale comes from Perkyn Revelour’s character, who was quite fond of wine and women, and who was also well-known for selling rotten meat infested by flies and maggots. We won’t be following the model too closely!”

Dev’s dishes have always featured the best of the locality’s sustainable produce. Now, Dev only uses ingredients that are within 30 minutes from Canterbury.

Dev, who is ably supported by his Bangladeshi-born head chef, said, “It’s good to be able support local products, local producers, and especially at this time.”

This policy partially explains the new menu and 12-course Chaucerian Feast.

The Goods Shed in Canterbury supplies line caught cuttlefish and sea bass from small boats. Laughton Farm, Faversham provides free-range chicken. Stour Valley Game sources venison, pigeons and other seasonal birds.

Lydden Farm in Dover is the source of Tamworth rare breed pork. The Kent cherries come from Mount Ephraim, near Faversham. Walmestone Farm, 8 acres near Canterbury, also produces other fruits and vegetables.

Dev explained that he had closed Margate’s original restaurant and opened another one in Rye because he needed to balance work and family. This would allow him to make more dishes and pursue other business interests.

Dev will also be reviving his popular cooking master classes for small groups. Dev also had plans to start a gastro tours company, which would take groups to foreign and domestic destinations, to learn about local cuisines and the history behind them.

Dev has been awarded national recognition and awards in all major food guides for his innovative and unique food menus.

Although the interior remains as it was, Luke Smith, a highly skilled local pianist, now plays in the restaurant live. This adds to the wonderful ambience. The staff is professional, helpful and attentive.

Dev’s Ashford-based delivery kitchen has been rebranded as Bombay Cooks. He will now offer ‘curry” for the first time ever in his career. Dev had avoided the generic term “curry” because it was too general and diluted the rich and varied culinary styles of the Indian subcontinent. Curry is not a word that can be found in any of the Indian languages. It is synonymous with fast food, especially spicy fast food, which many Indian chefs don’t eat at home.

The Cook’s Tale created a 12-course menu to celebrate the launch of their new brand and concept. It is based on medieval recipes from the renowned Canterbury Tales. Each dish is inspired and prepared using ingredients from the Canterbury region. The chefs have given the dish a modern and exotic twist.

Dev says that it is an English term. It could be from a French root. However, I have accepted the fact that ‘cury” appeared in cookbooks during Chaucers lifetime.

All the top national restaurant guides recommend his restaurant, including Michelin and AA. Good Food is also recommended. Harden’s

Dev was the resident chef for Channel 4 TV’s Superscrimpers. He taught how to make delicious meals on a tight budget. Others include. The coveted Taste of Kent Awards named it the “Best Restaurant”; Morrisons magazine named it the “Best Indian Restaurant” and the Cobra Good Curry Guide the “Best Restaurant in South East”.

At the Asian Restaurant Awards 2019, he was named Asian Chef Of The Year.

A CV like this would make it almost criminal to visit Canterbury without paying a visit Cook’s Tale.

Cook’s Tale

14-15 Beer Cart Lane, Canterbury, Kent

T: +44(0) 1227 200 777


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