Our Bristol Burger-off

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Our Bristol Burger-off

Last month we hosted the great Bristol burger-off between our very own Josh Eggleton, Luke Hawkins and Bristol's 'Burger Queen' Natalie Brereton. 

We invited Crumbs Magazine along and here's what they had to say about the night... 

'Josh Eggleton's sure got beef.. ' by Jess Carter. 

Josh's popular food pub The Kensington Arms has just launched a brand new burger night – and boy, did they kick it off with some drama.

Enlisting the help of Bristol’s ‘burger queen’ (blogger Natalie Brereton, who we’re willing to bet you follow on at least one social media platform), The Kenny hosted a hotly contested burger-off last Thursday. Michelin-starred Josh and the pub's head chef Luke Hawkins got in on the action too, with each of the three creating a very different burger for the evening's menu.

Guests each got to test out two of the gourmet burgers available (which were served with a starter, dirty fries, dessert and a flight of Bristol Beer Factory brews), and were given voting cards at the end of the meal to help determine which patty would triumph.

An imaginative cuttlefish burger came in an inky black bun with a crisp Asian ’slaw and savoury peanut satay sauce, and a meltingly tender and lardy pork number was sandwiched with tangy pickled red cabbage to cut through the rich meat. The veggie option was a proper belter too – honestly. With a patty made from butterbean and cashew, it had a moreish savouriness and great crunch from chunks of nut.

The winner of the night though, which was revealed once all the votes had been counted and adjudicated in the most rigorous and professional fashion (we imagine), was the beef. The meat was topped with soft flakes of ox cheek and crisp shards of pancetta, which punchy smoked Cheddar slowly melted into inside the comfort of the fresh, shiny bun.

But who did the winning burger belong to? Natalie Brereton. Better luck next time hey, Josh?

Although burger night at The Kenny won’t be quite as eventful as this on the regular, it will promise a burger with a side of dirty fries and a pint of Bristol Beer Factory Beer for £15, and is to be held every first Thursday of the month. Expect a choice of three burgers, with a new number appearing each month.

 

Our next Burger Night is July 5th, 6 - 9pm. 
Book online or please give us a call on 0117 944 6444 to reserve a table.  

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Bristol Good Food Awards

Bristol Good Food Awards

Triumph at the Bristol Good Food Awards 2018

Owner + head honcho, Josh Eggleton, was celebrating a series of wins at this Sundays 2018 Bristol Good Food Awards - an annual ceremony which celebrates Bristol’s finest eateries and local producers. Josh’s renowned fish bar concept Salt & Malt was awarded Best Fish & Chips, innovative vegetable-centric hub Root in Wapping Wharf was crowned Best Newcomer, and the ever-popular Kensington Arms (that'll be us) won Best Gastro Pub, with Michelin starred Pony & Trap coming in at a close second with a Highly Commended win.

Commenting on the Bristol Food Awards success, Josh says; “What an amazing result for Salt & Malt, Root, The Kenny and Pony & Trap, I am absolutely thrilled for the team. The kitchen and front of house teams have both worked incredibly hard this past year and I fully trust them to run the businesses and I couldn’t be more proud of them, this is a great win for everyone.”

http://www.bristolgoodfood.co.uk/

http://theponyandtrap.co.uk/about/our-restaurants

 

Introducing... Steak Night

Introducing... Steak Night

So, we asked our Head Chef Luke to put together a steak night offer with a difference, something that reflected our style at The Kenny, and he really didn't disappoint...

From Wednesday 28th February, every week we'll be offering - 

to nibble

Homemade sourdough with a beef dripping and marmite butter

to follow

Medium rare rump cap with a slow-cooked cut (think ox cheek, brisket or bone marrow),
chips, garnish and a sauce to match for £25pp

Fore-rib of beef for two to share for £55

Action Against Hunger

Action Against Hunger

At the Kensington Arms, our lives revolve around food. And we find it hard to accept that in a world of plenty, so many children around the world still lose their lives to malnutrition every day.

This April our very own Josh Eggleton is joinging a UK-wide hospitality industry team to take on a challenging 5 day trek across the epalese Himalayas, ina  bid to raise over £100,000 for Action Against Hunger's lifesaving programmes. Action Against Hunger works in some of the world's most remote and insecure locations, to save the lives of malnourished children and ensure thate veryone has access to good nutrition and clean water.

If you dine with us in the next couple of months you will have the chance to add an apotional £1 to your bill to support our fundraising efforts, This is entirely discretionary, but your support would be warmly welcomed.

Thank you for your support! 

StreetSmart

StreetSmart

We're really pleased to be taking part in the StreetSmart campaign this year, raising money to help the homeless through the next two months.

StreetSmart was established in 1998 and since then they have raised over £8.2 million for homeless and vulnerable people across the UK.

As of today until the end of December, all our restaurant tables will have an optional £1 added to their bill which will then be donated to the charity.

All StreetSmart’s running and operational costs are generously paid for by their sponsors, Deutsche Bank, so every penny in every £1 raised goes directly to the people who need it.

For more details please check out their website http://streetsmart.org.uk

Michelin Guide 2018

Michelin Guide 2018

This Monday saw the release of the 2018 Michelin Guide. Rather excitingly, Bristol now boasts 4 stars - new addition Paco's Tapas joins it's big brother Casamia, plus our own big brother The Pony & Trap, and our neighbour Wilks with one Michelin star each.

There are also another 14 restaurants in Bristol listed in the guide and we're pleased to say we're amongst them! In fact our little corner of Redland includes 4 mentions in the guide with The Kenny alongside the fab Wilsons, No Man's Grace and Wilks.

The Michelin Inspectors comments for The Kenny were....

Fresh ingredients, capably prepared, simply a good meal

"It might be painted 'stealth' grey but this smart Victorian-style pub stands out a mile for its warm neighbourhood atmosphere. The menu evolves throughout the week and is a curious mix of the traditional and the modern."

We're rather happy with that!

Instagram Masterclass

Instagram Masterclass

We're so pleased to be hosting two Instagram Masterclasses with the brilliant Matt Inwood. The first date is very speedily approaching on Monday 31st July and the second on 29th August.

Join Matt from 3pm for a 4 hour workshop in our Mustard Room, followed by a 2 course meal. Absolutely perfect for people looking to enhance their food phone photography skills and who want to get the most out of the Instagram app (more details available on request)

Contact Matt to book in - £80 for a 4 hour workshop + 2 course meal

Lunch Offer at The Kenny

Lunch Offer at The Kenny

We've just started offering a set lunch menu for all our weekday lunch guests -

served Monday-Friday 12pm-2.30pm.

It's tweaked on a daily basis but normally includes some fab Kenny specialities like our gorgeous fishcakes, amazing burger, and scrummy sticky toffee pudding. 

2 courses £15 / 3 courses £18

(sample menu)

We'll also always aim to have a great sandwich option on our specials board for something a little smaller (using our own homemade sourdough)

BRISTOL BEER FACTORY @ THE KENNY

BRISTOL BEER FACTORY @ THE KENNY

We're really pleased to be listing Bristol Beer Factory as our 'House' Ale – whether it'll be Seven, Nova or Independence though, you decide!

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'WILD' PARTIES AT THE KENNY

'WILD' PARTIES AT THE KENNY

Last month we teamed up with the lovely Malcom from Go Foraging to host a sophisticated (and gin-filled) hen do. Making great use of our Mustard Room we set up the bar with foraged ingredients Malcolm sourced locally, alongside gin bases which the girls had great fun infusing and mixing themselves their 'perfect' drink. We put together an afternoon tea menu to complement the gin tasting, and started off the day with a bang with some lush English Fizz from Chapel Down. A great day had by all (and even a few scones left for the team to scoff afterwards).

Photos courtesy of Rachel Chapman

Top 50 Gastropub Awards

Top 50 Gastropub Awards

So last week we got invited (alongside Josh + Holly Eggleton from the Pony + Trap) down to Hermitage Road in Hitchen for this years Top 50 Gastropub Awards. The last time the Kenny made it on to the list was 2014 where they reached 39th position, so we were absolutely thrilled to be nominated and to have made it on to the list. We were even more excited when they announced us at number 24!! Wow, so so pleased!!

Check out our write up here.

http://www.top50gastropubs.com/pub-profile/the-kensington-arms/