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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 or 07730 039361.

Ranters Lane | Kilndown | Kent | TN17 2SG

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 or 07730 039361.

Squerryes Winery
Beggars Lane | Westerham | Kent | TN16 1QP
Reservations  01959 562345 |

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