Jamaican takeaway Jamrock Grill offering a taste of the Caribbean opens at Horley Cricket Club

February 10, 2019
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A taste of the Caribbean has come to Horley with the opening of a new takeaway restaurant.

Jamrock Grill opened on premises at Horley Cricket Club on February 1 and is offering its customers an authentic taste of the West Indies.

The business was previously run from Langley Green but was forced to close in November after outgrowing the premises.

Now head chef and owner Soumia Baker, 21, and her fiancé, barber Jack De Hoedt, 27 both of Mulberry Road, Langley Green have brought their restaurant to Horley by popular demand.

Miss Baker said: “We had lots of customers from Horley ordering from us [in the past] and they kept asking us to come to town after we had to shut.

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“We tried to look at some premises and when Horley Cricket Club (HCC) came up and it was exactly what we pictured and exactly what we needed.

“It’s close to Crawley, the vibe as really great and the people are really nice and its exactly the kind of place we wanted to be in.

“The opening was really good over the weekend, we saw lots of old faces from our old premises and that was really nice.

“Business has been really good with the new cuisine and our customers have been able to try our new foods.”

Miss Baker quit her job as a trainer for a bank aged 20 after deciding the time was right to try and open a Caribbean restaurant in July last year.

Jamrock Grill’s head chef Soumia Baker showing off her jerk smoked wings
(Image: Grant Melton)

She says she has been overwhelmed by the popularity of her food.

She said: “I thought it was going to be a tiny local thing but now we’re going to be across two towns which is bigger than I ever imagined.

“To have people still message us from Horley after we shut, and that they’re willing to travel all the way to us just to get our food is amazing.

“I want to say a big thank you to those people and us moving closer to them is a way of saying that.

“I’ve been looking forward to meeting new customers and bringing flavour to more people.”

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The new menu, mostly available as a takeaway but with an eat in option for cricket club members, includes treats such as saltfish fritters, jerk wings and chocolate rum cake

But at its core are the original family recipes passed down through the Baker family from Miss Baker’s Jamaican grandmother.

She said: “My mum is half Egyptian and half Irish and when she met my dad and he took her to meet his mum in the Caribbean.

“She was like ‘girl you gotta learn to cook’ so she taught her.

“Mum then adapted the recipes for us kids to make it a bit less spicy because I don’t really like spice.

Jamrock Grill’s goat curry
(Image: Grant Melton)

“I try to make her recipe’s better because people were always saying how good she is.

“My parents come and help along sometimes and so do Jack’s parents.

“I taught Jack and my in-laws who had never had [this kind of food} before. It’s really family oriented and every single thing we make is made by us from the sauce to the coleslaw.”

Jamrock Grill is open Tuesday to Saturday between 5pm-10pm.

Article source: https://www.getsurrey.co.uk/whats-on/food-drink-news/jamrock-grill-horley-jamaican-food-15690481


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