Meet the Man behind the Menu – Tom Mulcahy
The kitchen here at The Spa is headed up by Tom Mulcahy, having progressed through the ranks of some of the South East’s best eateries, from porter to head chef.
After getting a taste of professional cooking in his first job as a Kitchen Porter, Tom enrolled at Westminster Kingsway College on a 3 year professional chef diploma. During this time he worked his way through some of London’s Michelin star restaurants such as Le Gavroche under Michel Roux Jr and Pied à Terre under Shane Osborn.
Craving a quieter life alongside his studies, Tom retreated to The Garden of England and began working at The Mulberry Tree in Kent, where he discovered his love for local produce and modern British cuisine. He then was given the opportunity to work under Scott Goss as sous chef at two AA Rosette The Swan in West Malling
One of his biggest achievements however was in his next venture at The Swan at The Chapel Down winery where his team won a Bib Gourmand, recognised as the Michelin Star equivalent for good value and quality. From there he was asked to head up the team at The Swans sister restaurant, The Beacon in Tunbridge Wells for its reopening
Now he resides as Head Chef here at The Spa Hotel, with a brilliant team of young and talented chefs all dedicated to creating exquisite, mouth watering dishes for our guests.
“The Spa has had huge investment into the refurbishment and modernisation of what is a very old building, and the dining options and menus have grown and developed alongside it. Sourcing local ingredients is key for me and when we can’t it’ll always be from the UK, such as our beef from Surrey Hills and Brixham crab. There is something for everyone here, whether you’re just popping in for a light bite on the Terrace, or enjoying a three course dinner in The Orangery Restaurant, we can’t wait to welcome you”.