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The Small Holding’s Kent food awards

The Small Holding’s Kent food awards

It’s been a whirlwind nine months for the whole team at The Small Holding since we opened our doors last April. As we approach our one-year anniversary in 2019, we take a look back at the awards, nominations, successes and honourable mentions that have resulted from our staff’s hard work, as well as the continuing support and loyalty of our beloved customers…

A New Year at The Small Holding

A New Year at The Small Holding

It’s a New Year at The Small Holding It’s a New Year at The Small Holding and we hope you’ve had a cracking Christmas and are reading for 2019. We’ve had a fantastic first year here at The Small Holding. We raised our first pigs, which feature on the January menu and we couldn’t be […]

A very Kent Christmas at The Small Holding

A very Kent Christmas at The Small Holding

There’s nothing like a Kent Christmas at The Small Holding. With our innovative menus, flavoursome cocktails and scenic surroundings, the Kilndown restaurant is a truly enchanting place to be. Whether you’re getting into the festive spirit with dinner and drinks, heading out with colleagues for a work party, or bringing the whole family together around the table, pull up a chair for our own unique brand of festive cheer…

5 minutes with… Chef Harry Fields

5 minutes with… 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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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’…