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Newens Tea House Hires Michelin two-starred Chef John Burton Race as Consultant Chef

NEWENS Tea House is delighted to announce the appointment of Michelin-starred celebrity chef John Burton-Race as Chef-in-Residence.

Newens, the 165-year-old English tea house has hired the two Michelin-starred chef to produce ‘The Newens Collection by John Burton-Race’ which will be unveiled this spring.

The 18-piece collection, which will include a selection of classic British pies, pastries and cakes, will launch at Newens Tea House in Malaysia in April 2015, with two further products being added to the menu each month.

John Burton-Race, who grew up in Malaysia and has spent over 30 years at the top-flight of the British cooking, said: “I was delighted to be asked to work with Newens Tea House on The Newens Collection, bringing classic British dishes to a new audience.

“My team and I spent over a year researching and refining these traditional recipes before we went out to Malaysia to share them with the team in Kuala Lumpur.

“Some of these are dishes I grew up with and which brought memories flooding back, while others are little-known recipes that have been lost to the history books and are being brought back to life.

“I hope our customers enjoy all of the dishes in The Newens Collection as much as we’ve enjoyed making them.”

The John Burton Race Collection will launch at Newens Tea House in Kuala Lumpur in April with the introduction of traditional Easter Hot Cross Buns and Cullen Skink tarts.

The new dishes will sit alongside Maids of Honour tarts, the 500-year-old pastry tart discovered by Tudor King Henry VIII and which continue to be baked by Newens Tea House to the same recipe to this day.

Newens Tea House is the international franchise arm of Newens Original Maids of Honour Tea House in Kew West London, which is the UK’s oldest working tea shop and on-site bakery.

John Burton-Race began his career at The Wessex Hotel in Winchester, before working under Raymond Blanc at Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons in Oxfordshire and later Berkshire’s L’Ortolan restaurant where he was awarded his first two Michelin stars.

In 2000 he took over the restaurant at London’s Landmark Hotel, winning a further two Michelin stars for The JBR Restaurant within the space of a year.

Away from the kitchen John Burton Race has carved out a successful media career appearing in BBC series The Great British Menu and MasterChef and reality TV series I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here.

In 2014 John Burton-Race returned to London to open his latest venture, The New Angel, in Not-ting Hill, west London, his first restaurant in the capital for 12 years.


Newens Tea House recommended by Good Housekeeping's guide to 13 places Wolf Hall fans must visit


Written By Helen Glaberson | 18 February 2015
Fans of Wolf Hall can live the experience for real by visiting various National Trust locations that featured on the show (and also many other well known films).

Richmond, London

Although not featured in the TV series, this London bakery has seen a boom in sales for its main bake - the Maids of Honour Tart - as the owner recently revealed how fond Henry VIII was of them, to the extent where he kept the recipe under lock and key for years. If you want to try out Henry's favourite sweet treat, this is the place to go as it is allegedly the only eatery in England still producing Maids of Honour Tarts to the original 500-year-old recipe.


London's Evening Standard: How BBC's Tudor drama Wolf Hall triggered a boom for Newens Maids of Honour tarts

A LONDON bakery which cooks custard tarts from a secret recipe smuggled out of Henry VIII's royal kitchen has seen sales surge — thanks to the nation's appetite for all-things Wolf Hall.

The lavish BBC2 adaptation of Hilary Mantel's Booker prize-winning novels has triggered a surge in inquiries to Newens teahouse in Kew by fans keen to taste its Original Maids of Honour tarts.

Dean Martin, 44, whose bakery claims to be the only one in the world producing the delicacies to the original 500-year-old recipe, said: "When Henry VIII first set eyes on Anne Boleyn she was with other maids of honour eating these tarts cooling from the oven on a silver tray.

"The story goes he was so enchanted by them that he ordered the cook to work for the Royal Palace exclusively and locked the recipe away so only he and his court could enjoy them."

Mr Martin said the recipe was kept by the palace until the 18th-century when it was leaked by a cook to John Billet, a baker in nearby Richmond.

In 1850 a former apprentice at Billet's bakery, John Newens, opened his own business, bringing with him the secret recipe he had been taught.

The original recipe was passed down through the generations of the Newens family, who sold the bakery and recipe to Mr Martin five years ago.

He said: "It resembles Spanish and Portuguese custard tarts but tastes very different. It has a sweet, curd cheese filling inside a crisp butter pastry. It's a very comforting, English taste.

"They are best enjoyed cooling from the oven — as Henry VIII ate them."

Mr Martin said the bakery had seen a spike in demand for the delicacy since the £7 million blockbuster launched last week. It stars Damian Lewis as Henry VIII, Claire Foy as his second wife Anne Boleyn and Mark Rylance as his adviser Thomas Cromwell.

Mr Martin added: "We're already doubling production and we're posting them out to people who cannot make it to Richmond but who would still like to sample them."

Newens counts ex-prime ministers including Winston Churchill, current royals and even Hollywood stars such as Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie among its more recent fans. Last November it opened its first franchise 6,000 miles away in Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian capital.

Mr Martin said: "We enjoyed a taste of fame last year when Jamie Oliver came to our bakery and tried to better the Maids of Honour recipe, and could not. However, apart from the fame these tarts give us, we're very much a local bakery manned seven days a week by local people who provide baked goods to the local community."

Dame Hilary's Wolf Hall, and its sequel Bringing up the Bodies, charts the rise of Thomas Cromwell from blacksmith's son and former mercenary to oneof Henry VIII's most trusted advisers.


Britain's Daily Mail online reveals 500-year-old story behind Newens Maids of Honour tarts

Mail online, the online edition of London's Daily Mail newspaper, published the true story behind our Maids of Honour tarts, to tie in with BBC Tudor blockbuster Wolf Hall which launched this week.

The article told how our secret Maids of Honour recipe is the same one King Henry VIII was introduced to by Anne Boleyn - mirroring the plot of the Hilary Mantel's Booker-prize winning novel Wolf Hall, which has been adapted for television starring Homeland actor Damien Lewis.

Mail online is the world's largest read English-speaking news website with over 50million unique users every month.


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