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Will Devlin... one to watch

Will Devlin at The Small Holding (credit Severien Vits)

Will Devlin at The Small Holding (credit Severien Vits)

Will Devlin at The Small Holding has been named Chef to Watch in The Good Food Guide 2020

Will Devlin, chef owner of The Small Holding in Kilndown, Kent has been named Chef to Watch in The Good Food Guide which has announced its list of top restaurants in the country and award winners.

Owned by Waitrose & Partners, the Chef to Watch award was chosen by the Guide’s editor Elizabeth Carter and is given each year to one chef who has shown excellence in their field and exceptional talent.

Elizabeth Carter says, “With a number of young chefs cooking to such a high standard, the Chef to Watch award was a tough judging assignment this year. But, ultimately, Will Devlin won our hearts. His is a simple formula: an instinctive feel for food, a refreshing down-to-earth approach with the emphasis on seasonality and quality - ingredients are grown in the restaurant’s own small holding or sourced locally.”

Will Devlin comments, “I am blown away to find out I am in the Guide as this year’s Chef to Watch. It’s an award that has been won by so many amazing chefs and people I really look up to. It’s great to have this kind of recognition in The Good Food Guide, I’m genuinely honoured.”

The Small Holding has been given a cooking score of 4 in The Good Food Guide. The entry says, “Striding confidently into its second year, Will Devlin’s restaurant shows no sign of slowing down, ‘a truly sensational experience’ is one fan’s heartfelt comment. The level of ingenuity generated by a kitchen on turbo drive, fuelled by its own smallholding, hen coop and piggery, is prodigious. There’s a feel for proper flavour in thoughtful assemblages of halibut with a classic beurre blanc sauce, Dexter beef tartare perfectly balanced with a slow-cooked duck egg, and in virtuoso desserts such as a strawberry and basil tartlet or a pear and miso combo. The whole show is fleshed out with brilliant bread, engaging service and a wine list that is gleaned from hands-on organic producers.

For more information about The Small Holding, interview requests or press reviews please contact Hannah Blake at The Dining Room PR on hannah@thediningroompr.co.uk or 07730 039361

Press enquiries regarding The Good Food Guide to Hayley Soper at Waitrose & Partner on Hayley.soper@waitrose.co.uk or 01344 824896

 

Notes to editors:

The Small Holding | Ranters Lane | Kent | TN17 2SG

Everything is home-made at The Small Holding, including sourdough bread and butter, yoghurt and ricotta or sourced hyper-locally such as Hinxden Cream which has a herd of pedigree Guernsey and Holstein Friesian cows in nearby Benenden. Ingredients are picked less than 10ft from the kitchen and when there’s a glut, the kitchen preserves, pickles and jars.

The September Full Acre sample menu includes dishes such as sweetcorn, mushroom and egg; beef, fennel and nasturtium; and plum, yoghurt and honey. There are full vegetarian and vegan menus available costing £60 per person with an optional 4 glass wine pairing at £40 and 6 glass wine pairing at £60. The Half Acre menu is £30 per person.

The Good Food Guide is compiled by coupling reader feedback of eateries up and down the country with anonymous inspections by a team of experts. The Good Food Guide is published by Waitrose & Partners on 12th September, available in Waitrose & Partners shops and online. RRP £17.99.

September at The Small Holding

Radishes at The Small Holding

Radishes at The Small Holding

September at The Small Holding

In early September, The Small Holding’s farm in Kilndown, Kent, is in full production with gluts of courgettes and tomatoes, and new season sweetcorn and beetroot.  There are autumn raspberries and damsons and blackberries from the hedgerows and woods. The first chanterelle mushrooms and Kentish cobnuts have been found and are on the menu. Rare breed Berkshire pigs, chickens and ducks roam the farm and sheep for hogget and mutton graze less than half a mile away.  

Everything is home-made at The Small Holding, including sourdough bread and butter, yoghurt and ricotta or sourced hyper-locally such as Hinxden Cream who have a herd of pedigree Guernsey and Holstein Friesian cows in nearby Benenden. Ingredients are picked less than 10ft from the kitchen and when there’s a glut, the kitchen preserves, pickles and jars.

The September Full Acre sample menu is below, with full vegetarian and vegan menus available and costs £60 per person with an optional 4 glass wine pairing at £40 and 6 glass wine pairing at £60. The Half Acre menu is £30 per person.

Sweetcorn, mushroom, egg
Hogget, cabbage, cheese
Onion, blackberries, seaweed
Cod, lettuce, lovage
Monkfish, tomato, parsley
Beef, fennel, nasturtium
Pork, radish, courgette
Apple, ginger, juniper
Plum, yoghurt, honey
Raspberry, tarragon, potato

For interview requests with Will Devlin, images, commissioned press reviews or to visit The Small Holding for a Farm and Forage tour please contact hannah@thediningroompr.co.uk or 07730 039361.

Ranters Lane | Kilndown | Kent | TN17 2SG

www.thesmallholding.restaurant
@the_small_holding_

The Dining Room at Squerryes

Native lobster from Cornwall

Native lobster from Cornwall

The Dining Room is a new restaurant in Kent focusing on a menu of British fish and seafood married with seasonal ingredients from the Squerryes estate and local and artisan producers.

Launching on 4 October 2019 for lunch and dinner, The Dining Room is set within the 2,500-acre Squerryes estate in Kent, combining a restaurant, tasting room, open terrace and a beautiful shaded pergola, overlooking the vines.

Situated in the Garden of England, at the gateway from London to Kent, Squerryes is a vineyard and winery producing award-winning sparkling wine. Reflecting the rich heritage and terroir of the North Downs, Squerryes signature Vintage Brut Reserve is made in the traditional method, using classic Champagne varietals. The resulting wine is fresh and clean with a rich intensity of orchard fruit and buttery brioche and is an ideal pairing for seafood and shellfish.

Small and large plates at The Dining Room include Cornish monkfish skewer, spider crab and garlic butter; pickled Jersey rock oysters, celery and dill and line caught John Dory, spelt risotto and sauce vierge. All fish is sustainable, seasonal, straight from the boat.

Many of the other kitchen ingredients come from nearby producers and suppliers such as Winterdale Shaw cheese and Pierce Mill cherries. Wild ingredients such as elderflower, cobnuts and blackberries are foraged fresh on the estate.

Estate Executive Chefs Chris Reeves and David Marsaud source seafood for the menu direct from boats that fish the British coastal waters. Oysters come from Whitsable and Colchester while native lobsters, brown and spider crabs, mackerel, bass and turbot come from Wild Harbour in north Cornwall, which supplies only sustainable and traceable fish and shellfish direct from the fishing community. The menu also includes vegetarian and vegan options including roast golden and choggia beetroot, goat’s cheese, radish and shallot.

For more information, images or a press visit to The Dining Room and winery please contact Hannah Blake at The Dining Room PR hannah@thediningroompr.co.uk or 07730 039361.

Squerryes Winery
Beggars Lane | Westerham | Kent | TN16 1QP
Reservations  01959 562345 | celebrations@squerryes.co.uk

Open hours
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday for lunch from midday to 4pm
Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings from 6.30pm-11pm

June at The Small Holding

There are six varieties of strawberries being grown at The Small Holding this summer

There are six varieties of strawberries being grown at The Small Holding this summer

Asparagus, strawberries and ants at The Small Holding

The Small Holding is a kitchen and farm on a country lane in the village of Kilndown on the Kent and East Sussex borders. The 26-cover restaurant has been named as one of the best restaurants in Kent at the Taste of Kent Awards and is set in one acre of land. The tasting style menus change daily using home-reared and home-grown ingredients from the farm, which is less than 10ft from the kitchen.

The ten-course Full Acre menu is a full experience of the farm and kitchen starting with home-made sourdough and butter, made on site with the rich yellow cream from a local Guernsey herd. This year The Small Holding is growing nearly 200 varieties of vegetables and fruits. During the peak growing months, the raised beds and poly tunnels are full of lettuces, chard, beans, tomatoes, courgettes, raspberries, gooseberries and blackcurrants, plus the foraged bounty from the woods over the lane from the restaurant which offers wood sorrel, blackberries, wild garlic, chestnuts and mushrooms. Rare breed Berkshire pigs, chickens and ducks roam the farm and there is a mushroom farm in one of the upstairs prep rooms. The five-course Half Acre menu offers a sample of the Full Acre menu, plus vegetarian and vegan Half and Full Acre menus with wine and non-alcoholic flight pairings.

‘The ambition and attitude of The Small Holding does genuinely feel like something new, a self-contained virtuous circle of excellent produce turning into top-quality dishes, all organic and self-sustaining, with wild plants and herbs growing alongside cultivated vegetables, with nothing to decide what makes it onto the menu other than what's the absolute best on the day.’ Chris Pople, Cheese and Biscuits

The June Full Acre menu at The Small Holding with full vegetarian and vegan menus available costs £50 per person with an optional 4 glass wine pairing at £40 and 6 glass wine pairing at £60. The Half Acre menu is £30 per person.

Kale, Cod, Egg
Potato, Chive, Mustard
Asparagus, Lovage, Cheese
Hogget, Fennel, Chilli
Beef, Peas, Horseradish
Sea Buckthorn, Ants, Cream
Miso, Pine, Pear
Strawberry, Basil, Elderflower
Today’s Cheese

“Growing our own produce on the farm brings an understanding and honesty back to the kitchen, and vital freshness. Making the most of our harvests when the ingredients are at their prime – whilst also preserving and conserving them to use throughout the year, keeps us concentrated on the natural cycle of the land and helps us to create full flavoured and imaginative dishes.” Will Devlin

Will took ownership of The Small Holding in January 2018 and opened in April 2018. A former pub, which was run down and neglected, the site has been transformed into an open kitchen and bar with a large decked terrace looking out over the farm and views of the Weald of Kent.

The bar, run by Will’s older brother Matt, is fully stocked with interesting gins, beers and wines, many locally produced such as Greensand Ridge Gin and top English wine producer Squerryes, whose 2013 Brut won Gold in the 2018 Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championships.

Will won Kent Chef of the Year 2018, beating other finalists, Dan Smith at Fordwich Arms, Fordwich and Rob Taylor at Compasses Inn, Crundale. The Small Holding is recommended in the Good Food Guide 2018. He lives in nearby Goudhurst with his wife and baby daughter.

For more information, images or for a press review visit please contact Hannah Blake at The Dining Room PR
07730 039361 | hannah@thediningroompr.co.uk

Farm and Forage at The Small Holding

Will Devlin at The Small Holding, Kilndown, Kent

Will Devlin at The Small Holding, Kilndown, Kent

Farm and Forage at The Small Holding, Kilndown, Kent

Will Devlin, chef owner of The Small Holding, a kitchen and farm on a country lane in the pretty village of Kilndown on the Kent and East Sussex borders, has created a Farm and Forage day for guests to experience a day in the life of the restaurant.

Launching on Wednesday 1 May, the day will start with coffee and homemade pastries before pulling on wellies for a walk around the farm to learn more about the 200 varieties of fruit and vegetables being grown on site for the restaurant. After feeding the pigs and chickens, guests will venture down the lane to the woods and fields to go foraging with Will to find what’s in season including wild garlic, blackberries, elderflower, cobnuts, mushrooms and wild strawberries.  

On returning to The Small Holding, guests will be greeted with a glass of awarding-winning Squerryes’ English sparkling wine before being seated for a 5 course t tasting menu.

Launching on 1 May, the Farm and Forage days are only available on Wednesday and Thursdays throughout the Summer from May until 29 August, priced £145 per person, including a 5-course lunch and arrival drink and a goody bag with seasonal treats to take home.

Bookings can be made direct via www.thesmallholding.restaurant or by calling the restaurant on 01892 890 105.

About The Small Holding

“Homely village restaurant secreted away in glorious Kent countryside… simple, ingredient-led dishes are fiercely seasonal… triumphant standouts are the village reared pork – served as a cube of beautifully fatty pork belly, a tiny, offaly faggot, homemade blood pudding and a lovely, sticky gravy – and a dish of sweet strawberries with an intense basil ice cream and shortbread.” The Good Food Guide 2018

“A thoughtful, original and completely delicious meal. I loved the foraging walk with all the culinary tips and sage gardening advice. I will definitely be back for more. The L’Enclume of the South in the making in a beautiful Kentish setting.” Sudi Pigott, national food and restaurant writer