Simon Ulph has joined the family as Head Chef of The Twenty Six


Originally from New Romney, Simon’s career has taken him to London, California and the Isle of Wight, but we are delighted at I’ll be Mother, that Simon has returned home to Kent and is taking over the stoves at The Twenty Six.

Simon will stay true to the values and ethos of The Twenty Six, but will bring his own style and personality to the menu. His new menu will see modern techniques, bold flavours, Asian influences and a new tasting menu.

Dishes being developed include braised pig’s head with radish, smoked eel emulsion, diced blowtorched eel and pickled apple; plaice, seasoned with sumac, served with courgette tagliatelle with harissa and yogurt; mackerel ceviche with tomato jelly; and a muscovado panna cotta with pineapple, lime sorbet and dark rum mousse and what will surely become a signature at The Twenty Six, White Chocolate and Miso Fudge petit fours.

A series of guest chef nights have also been planned, scheduled to take place on Sunday afternoons and will kick off with Tony Parkin from the West House. Other confirmed guests include Gareth Ward from Ynyshir Hall near Machynlleth, Wales; Nathan Eades from Simpsons, Birmingham; Michael Bremner from 64 degrees in Brighton; and the Sticky Walnut team, Chester.

Always a Kent boy, Simon was lured back to the mainland but his long team mate and friend Scott Goss. Scott, previously Head Chef of The Twenty Six, will be developing his role as Creative Director and Executive Chef at I’ll be Mother, bringing on talent in the other restaurants in the family, The Beacon and The Swan at Chapel Down.

Simon says, ““I’m really happy and excited to be back in Kent. I’ve been away for seven years now and it’s so nice to be back living where I grew up. It’s great to be back working with Pete and Scott again; it’s like coming back to family. It feels so natural.”

The Twenty Six

15a Church Road, Tunbridge wells, TN4 0RX

01892 544607

Opening Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 18:00-22:00

We look forward to welcoming you at The Twenty Six and at all our homes.