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5 minutes with… Kent chef Harry Fields

5 minutes with… Kent chef Harry Fields

Having worked with Will Devlin for many years, Harry Fields is an integral part of the Small Holding team here in Kilndown. We catch up with the Kent chef to talk about life in the kitchen and on the farm at our restaurant, and find out why and how having access to homegrown produce and ingredients makes such an impact on the dishes and menus he creates…

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The Cook Book’s celebration of west Kent food and drink

The Cook Book’s celebration of west Kent food and drink

We’re thrilled to be included in The Cook Book, a celebration of the chefs, restaurants and producers of the west Kent food and drink scene. As the highly-anticipated recipe collection gets released, we find out how children’s charity Tree of Hope teamed up with a trio of local foodies to champion the dishes that put our county on the culinary map…

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Pipehouse’s alchemy approach to Kent gin

Pipehouse’s alchemy approach to Kent gin

With its independent spirit of distilling, Pipehouse Gin has become one of the most popular and exciting Kent gins to enter the market in recent years. We catch up with two of the brand’s four founders, Emma Priestley and Katie Larcombe, to find out more about their unique flavour combinations, and why they were the perfect fit for our local outlook on food and drink…

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Gin cocktails in high spirits at Greensand Ridge

Gin cocktails in high spirits at Greensand Ridge

As the founder of Greensand Ridge Distillery in Shipbourne, Will Edge knows a thing or two about what goes into creating a showstopping mixology experience. We catch up with him to talk about the rise of gin cocktails in Kent and beyond, the introduction of new and exciting flavours, and why the recent boom in the UK gin trade is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon…

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Beer and food matching with Fuggles in Kent

Beer and food matching with Fuggles in Kent

It might not be quite as widely recognised as wine just yet, but beer and food matching is well and truly on the rise. To give you some insight into this increasingly popular fusion of drinks and dishes, Alex Greig from Fuggles Beer Café in Tunbridge Wells looks at why it’s coming into its own through events such as his recent collaboration with The Small Holding…

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Why we work with Kent and Sussex farms

Why we work with Kent and Sussex farms

At The Small Holding, it’s hugely important for us to work with Kent and Sussex farms, producers and suppliers that share our values, vision and ethos. Whether it’s pork and veal from Lewes, or fresh fruit and vegetables from Goudhurst, we love using produce and ingredients that are completely homegrown, right on our doorstep. Here’s a selection of our most frequent local collaborators…

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Pairing food and English wine with Squerryes in Kent

Pairing food and English wine with Squerryes in Kent

There’s no better way to enjoy a Small Holding menu than with some fine English wine in the heart of Kent. From combining different flavour combinations, to the rise and rise of UK vineyards, James Osborn at Squerryes tells us about marrying his favourite vintages with some of our top dishes, and why they should be ‘like a well-tuned orchestra’…

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Best places to visit near Kilndown in Kent

Best places to visit near Kilndown in Kent

Summer is a fantastic time of year – the sun’s out, the grass is green, and the county of Kent truly comes to life. We’re certainly lucky to be positioned where we are, as there’s an abundance of standout places to visit nearby. From climbing through trees to exploring National Trust sites, read on for ways to fill your days before joining us at The Small Holding…

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Five things you didn’t know about The Small Holding in Kent

Five things you didn’t know about The Small Holding in Kent

In The Small Holding’s first blog post, we introduce Will and Matt Devlin’s Kilndown restaurant, which serves real food using homegrown, organic and sustainable ingredients, all locally-sourced from the Garden of England to create an exciting and sustainable modern British menu. Here are some little-known facts about our farm, kitchen and bar …