Sunday, May 18, 2014



On Wednesday, 7 May 2014, ‘Deal With It’ treasurer Jane Stubbington and secretary Victoria Nicholls visited the refurbished ‘Chequers Kitchen’ restaurant and cookery school at the invitation of Stephanie Hayman.

Stephanie and chef Pieter van Zyl told an assorted assembly of representatives of various local charities and organisations all about the aims and achievements of the ‘Chequers Kitchen’. This lovely little restaurant is situated on the ancient highway, alongside the Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club and has the unusual set up that allows diners to watch the chefs at work.

The main aim of the ‘Chequers’ is to teach people of all ages how to cook from scratch, using locally sourced ingredients where possible and to emphasise the importance of eating good, fresh and seasonal food.

The Cookery School Programme includes ‘Kids Cook It!’ where children can cook with adults, learning how to make pizzas and muffins. ‘Cook & Dine’ enables adults to join together to cook a meal and then enjoy eating it and other topics include ‘Seasonal Cookery’, ‘Morning Cookery’ and ‘Bread Making’. Stephanie also hopes to have classes using gluts of produce in the autumn, such as making preserves and chutneys, and to emphasise the importance of not wasting food.

The restaurant is open Saturday and Sunday lunchtimes for those who just want to eat and the profits from this will help to fund the cookery courses. It is a very small restaurant so book early to avoid disappointment.

Thank you to Stephanie for inviting us and allowing us to sample some lovely scones and shortbread along with our tea or coffee.

For menus or to book online please check the website:

Phone 01304 362288 Email

Victoria Nicholls.

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