Published: 05:00, 07 January 2022
Shopgoers in one Kent town are set for a sweet treat when a new patisserie opens in the high street today.
A local chef is joining forces with a renowned pastry master to bring Parisian-style pastries, breads and other goods to the town.
Artisserie is opening at No. 53 in the High street under the care of chef Graham Garrett and Chris Underwood, who is currently working as executive pastry chef at the Belmond Cadogan hotel in Chelsea.
"We're excited, Chris has been working really hard to get everything ready," said Mr Garrett.
"We’ve had so many people sticking their head in and waving through the window, I’m anticipating it to be quite busy but who knows!"
The two became friends when Mr Underwood visited Mr Garrett's Biddenden restaurant The West House.
They had hoped to open before Christmas but were hampered by delays.
"We've had so many problems with delays, things going wrong, and people letting us down, but we're excited to be opening now," explained Mr Garrett.
"We got there in the end, we’re into our second quarter of rent now so we're very keen to open! There's a nervous excitement, definitely."
The pair will bring their twist on French pastry to residents to start the new year with a bang.
"I hesitate to say it is French, because it isn’t really, but if you think of Parisian boutique patisserie, you think handmade cakes, tarts, macaroons and so on – that is what we will be bringing," explained Mr Garrett.
"I’m always getting asked for my bread at the west house, so we’ll do that there as well, maybe adding in hand rolled croissants.
"We will change things seasonally and develop things as we go."
The shop will be the latest addition to the High Street, which also recently welcomed Blossoms Home into the former Oasis shop.
Mr Garrett said that he and Mr Underwood had always planned to work locally.
"Being in Biddenden myself, it doesn’t make sense for me to be involved in anything too far away and Chris wanted to move to the area," Mr Garrett explained.
"We were looking as far as Ashford maybe, but the space that we have chosen is perfect. It’s a great site with a beautiful big front window space and the millenium gardens behind.
"I think Tenterden is a great town, and it's on the up really. We want to be part of that!"