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There's a rustic, farmhouse-like feel to this former village pub run by two brothers. The team's focus is firmly on self-sufficiency: they grow fruit &...
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The small holding is a Farm & kitchen situated in the village of Kilndown just off the A21. We serve lunch and dinner Wednesday to Saturday. Our aim is to provide you with the ultimate dining experience, from the carefully thought out tasting menu using the very best Kent & Sussex has to offer. Specially selected wine and beer pairing to enhance the dishes and just great, friendly, thoughtful service.
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
CUISINES
British
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Wine and Beer
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was exceptional. We had ten of us for dinner before our son’s wedding. We had the half acre menu. The atmosphere is informal, modern and welcoming. The service is friendly, efficient, informal, attentive and included continuous infuses great service. The enthusiasm of the chefs...and team in explaining courses and dishes is infectious. We thought this even better than any of the excellent dozen or so dinners we have had at Michelin starred restaurants in the last 12 months. It is partly the combination of of good service and d good atmosphere, if you like unstuffy but good service. But the star is the food and the cooking. Every dish, every little extra, was beautifully flavoured, textured and balanced. There was not a weak moment in it. The theme of local sourcing/ growing on site is genuinely enhancing of special food, rather than a gimmick. The wines are curious: non mainstream choices: mostly very good and all interesting. Not crazy prices given the food quality and standard though obviously not a cheap restaurant. Everyone loved it. An exceptional evening and meal. Thank you.More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Cannot fault this venue. We have been before and will be back again. Service, food and atmosphere is the most you could hope for. The attention to detail and knowledge by the service team is excellent. We look forward to our return visit later this...year. See you soon.More

Date of visit: June 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First visit to this lovely place. The food was amazing - we opted for the half acre option and were not disappointed. I really enjoyed how different members of staff served the various courses. The flavour of the food was remarkable and tasted very 'clean'...will definitely be backMore

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Simply great. Everything that passed our lips was exceptionally delicious. One of the best meals I have had in a very long time. Up there with my top 5 favourite restaurants. Can't wait to go back.

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Exceptional food and lovely service in a nice environment. Quality local ingredients used and the dishes beautifully explained.

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 5 May 2024

Food was all incredible, with knowledgeable descriptions by the staff. A very relaxed atmosphere - quiet and formal without being stuffy or uncomfortable. The sommelier was fantastic and the pairings delicious. We took our children and the staff very kind and accommodating of them -...the children loved the food (no children’s menu option) and unusual soft drinks options. We have recommended it many times since going and certainly hope to be back.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 2 May 2024 via mobile

I’ve been reading great reviews about TSH since it opened. So was excited to eventually come for dinner. We had the Full Acre x2 and it was superb. Truly excellent and I came away very happy. As many have written on here the food tastes...amazing and smells super fresh. Carefully presented and full of wonderful flavours. With 10 courses you could be concerned about being over fed. Nothing is further from the truth. A careful balance of portions meant we were eager for the next course. This was a real treat and lived up to the reputation it’s gained. Lots of highlights. But stand out was the blackened apple sorbet. Genius. We will be back.More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 28 April 2024 via mobile

WOW! Just, WOW! What an amazing restaurant. The food is just incredible. All the staff have a real passion for what they are doing and provide great service.

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 11 April 2024

The Small Holding is an unforgetable experience. We opted for the 8 course "Full Acre" tasting menu & were well & truly satisfied. Every dish was delicious & tasted so fresh. James & his staff explained every dish in detail. Vegetarians are well catered for....The atmosphere is warm & cosy. A truly fabulous evening.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 31 March 2024

There are restaurants and then there are little gems hidden in the countryside that make your experience one you will never forget! Thank you The Small Holding for the wonderful lunch! Suzi, Max and Sophie were attentive, informative, friendly and professional but with a warm...and caring touch. The food was superb and with such high standards! I love their ethical values and you can feel it from the moment you walk through their door. I would highly recommend this restaurant.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 27 February 2024

Since reading about this Michelin Green Star more than a year ago, it has been on the wish list. Much to my surprise and delight, my husband advised me, on the eve of my 40th Birthday, we would be going for a special meal there....We went for the full acre- and we attended with my step son, who was delighted with his meal. Husband was designated driver, so just I enjoyed the delights of the wine pairing- which was exceptional. Amazing snacks and bread to start- I wish I had my camera out to capture my step sons delighted face with the chalk stream trout tartlet! Moving on, I particularly enjoyed the simple but delightful potato, mushroom and wild garlic. Fish courses were tasty, and we laughed when my step son said 'KFC' looking at the menu, and then an actual chicken fillet (like KFC but so much better!) came out. The venison could have done with being a little bigger, and the squash was a little salty, but these are small areas of feedback. The desserts were a real star, and I am not usually too bothered with desserts- so incredibly tasty! The yoghurt whey caramel was divine. Service was so lovely and friendly. It is disappointing I couldn't bring my dog, as having my boy with me is always the cherry on top, but it was worth arranging a baby sitter for. We will definitely return to experience different seasonal menus!More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 12 February 2024

A trip to The Small Holding is an adventure, an exciting experience and a huge treat! The food is always completely delicious, beautiful to look at and almost everything comes either directly from the farm there or from as close as possible. Sustainability and zero...waste is really important to them. Even the ‘no-dig’ way they farm helps reduce greenhouse gas release. The best part of the experience is the staff - both front of house and the chefs who come to the table to explain all the details of the food and wines. They are so welcoming, knowledgeable and passionate. You can taste the love and hard work that goes into every dish!More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 11 February 2024 via mobile

We had a wonderful meal at The Smallholding to celebrate my birthday. We were made to feel very welcome and the birthday card signed by the staff was a lovely touch. The staff were knowledgeable and friendly, and very well-informed about the menu. The food...was sensational and each course presented new delights. I had the vegetarian menu, which was thoughtfully prepared with tasty vegetable alternatives to meat, although not much protein. The only course where I really felt short-changed was when my husband had a succulent scallop but the veggie replacement was a solid chunk of vegetable (kohlrabi, I think). The desserts were out of this world and the accompanying wines were delicious. An excellent experience overall.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 15 January 2024

It is rare in this world to find a true gem in the midst of all the mundane - but if you chose to go to Cranbrook you will have found one. From the moment you enter, the atmosphere is inviting. The front of house...are friendly, efficient, and demonstrate a genuine desire to engage and please their customers (isn't that a novel idea in 2024!). Every dish served is explained in detail, how & where the ingredients are sourced, and questions answered about where the notion for the dish came from. Its even possible to engage and have some friendly banter with both the Chef's & the waiters/waitresses (another novel and increasingly unique idea in 2024!). Each course can come with a wine specifically chosen to match the dish by in-house sommelier's. Without doubt I would wholeheartedly recommend The Small Holding.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 31 December 2023 via mobile

Just go here, you will not be disappointed. 7 of us dined here. The staff were welcoming and very good, explaining the sources of food and the ethos of the restaurant. While there were things on the menu I would not normally eat, I intended...to try it anyway. And the food was excellent, as good as any Michelin starred restaurant I have eaten in. The chocolate ice cream with mushroom was unbelievable. The sommelier particularly was excellent. She was funny, engaging and did the perfect job of picking the wines and explaining them. Every pairing was interesting and matched well. Just get a booking and go!More

Date of visit: December 2023
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The Smallholding is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 5