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A taste of South Africa comes to Bishop's Stortford with opening of Smoke BBQ Kitchen



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Bishop's Stortford's newest restaurant, Smoke BBQ Kitchen, opens on Friday (Oct 25) with a discount deal for customers.

First diners to sample the menu inspired by the flavours of South Africa can get 25% off their main course until the end of November – and there is a 'family happy hour' on Wednesday and Thursday evenings when children can eat for free.

The restaurant in Hockerill Street, which replaces the Prickly Pear Mexican, is the brainchild of Cape Town native Charles Erleigh, 42, and Sofia, his Swedish wife of ten years.

Smoke BBQ (Former Prickly Pear), Hockerill Street, Bishops Stortford. Owner Charles Erleigh with his family at their new restaurant. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (20055141)
Smoke BBQ (Former Prickly Pear), Hockerill Street, Bishops Stortford. Owner Charles Erleigh with his family at their new restaurant. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (20055141)

They want to share their passion for good barbecued food, or braai, "that brings people together". The couple met in Tanzania while working in the hospitality industry; Charles is also a former manager of Down Hall Country House in Hatfield Heath.

Their nine-year-old daughter Siri is a pupil at Thorn Grove Primary School and the couple hope their 45-cover restaurant will appeal to families. Their plans include offering pre-booked "sticky fingerspit master parties" for under-10s to stack their own burgers and design a dessert waffle.

They are keen to support other local businesses. Charles' brother Robert, an experienced chef, will be working with meat and boerewors, the famous South African sausage, from Bishop's Stortford's Secret Sausage Shop on the Peek Business Park, while the house beer comes from the Belgian Brewer at the Links Business Centre.

Smoke BBQ Kitchen (20055074)
Smoke BBQ Kitchen (20055074)

The "little place with big taste" Charles and Sofia have created uses traditional wood smokers and charcoal barbecues to cook smoked brisket, pork ribs and chicken treated with a range of home-made rubs and served with bespoke sauces alongside fish, vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.

Charles is also introducing the town to "smashed burgers" – pressed and seared, double-stacked patties of prime chuck steak and brisket.

As well as the opening offers, the restaurant will have takeaway and delivery options, daily specials, sharing plates and eating challenges. For more details see www.smokebbqkitchen.co.uk.



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