It was Mrs. T’s birthday on Saturday so, after celebrating Mass for the feast of St. Wilgefortis, I took the family for lunch at the Mark Cross Inn situated near Wadhurst on the other side of Tunbridge Wells and recently refurbished after a terrible fire. It is a favourite of mine as the food is delicious and the beer well kept. I highly recommend it.
Jemima and Gus meanwhile opted for ham, egg and chips, an old British favourite, whilst I enjoyed lobster thermidor and Hayley a beetroot, parmesan and halloumi risotto. All of which has to be washed down so it was welcome news that the pub was hosting a mini beer festival with live music that weekend. Anyone might think I was tipped off…
The cheery looking fellow at the bar, in his jolly camp shorts, is Brian Whiting. He is the owner of the pub and a friend of mine. He is also a long standing supporter of Tunbridge Wells rugby club which he supports annualy via sponsorship of the Whiting and Hammond 7s Tournament. Here he is pictured with the recent winners.
Brian’s company, Whiting and Hammond, own several pubs in Kent and Sussex including the Little Brown Jug in Tonbridge which recently won an award for the best restaurant served fish and chips in the country!
After lunch we headed home for desert- an amazing birthday cake which had been specially baked by Jemima. She is becoming an accomplished baker and has an ambition to star on the hit show ‘Bake Off’. With cakes like this she is well on her way. It really was yummy!!