The Waterworks is different, it is special, and it is always surprising. On Wednesday, June 15 Kevin Beale from Maws Fine Foods treated the customers of the Waterworks pub to, as he put it, “an evening of education, culture, gastronomic delight and fun.”
One night over a pint, or should we say a few pints, David Roder, the quirky owner of the Waterworks and Kevin Beale hatched the plan to showcase cheeses from Kent and Sussex and to raise money for a local charity. The idea was born, then it was down to practicalities as to how best to stage this event.
The evening was advertised, and all the tickets sold like hot cakes. Each person was given a platter of twelve cheeses and then Kevin talked about each one while they were tasted and notes made. There was a great deal of discussion at the tables as to which cheese was liked best. These were some of the delights on offer: Sussex brie, Chaucer’s camembert, Woodside Red and Kentish Blue. Lord London was also on offer, a semi-soft cone-shaped Sussex pasteurised cow’s cheese suitable for vegetarians, which was served at Kate and William’s wedding.
One lovely aspect of the evening was that people were sharing tables with people they didn’t know, and by the end of the evening new friendships has been forged.
David Roder proudly announced at the end of the tasting that £350 had been raised for the local food bank who do such an amazing job for those who are finding life tough.
Bob Harper, manager of the food bank, said, “We are so grateful for Dave Roder’s continuing generosity and care. This gift directly reflects the goodwill and kindness of many Waterworks customers, and is so encouraging for the team of volunteers in the food bank. Many clients will be helped along in difficult times because of it.”
There are other interesting evenings planned: do follow The Waterworks on Facebook to find out more, or better still call in and have a pint.
Image Credits: Kt bruce .