The Small Holding

British, Modern European·

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Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
British, Modern European
Cosy, Fine dining, Romantic, Traditional
SquareMeal UK Top 100
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch
Alfresco And Views
Great views, Outside seating, Terrace
Perfect for
Celebrations, Romantic, Special occasions
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The farm-to-fork moniker has become common parlance in recent years, but few restaurants can truly claim to produce everything that they serve on the plate. In The Small Holding, though, Kent has a true farm-to-fork - or should that be plot to plate? - champion that produces almost everything it serves, from fruits and vegetables to mushrooms, ferments, eggs, meat and more. The small percentage of ingredients that aren't directly grown or reared at the restaurant are sourced from nearby producers. The rest is often picked mere moments before it is cooked and sent to your table.

Kent born-and-bred chef Will Devlin is passionate about his home county and that comes through in the menus, which celebrate produce the 'Garden of England' is known for, from cider and perry to summer berries and cherries. The Small Holding offers a ten course tasting menu at dinner and a seven or ten course tasting menu at lunch, both with optional drinks pairings. The menu is a reflection of what's available each day, so both tasting menus include a combination of meat, fish and vegetable dishes. This generally means that the restaurant can't cater completely for individual diets, but with advance notice the team can remove certain elements from the dishes.

You might expect to try mushrooms with eggs and asparagus, crab with pickles and rye, and cod with XO sauce and pumpkin. While sweets might feature apple with chestnut and rosemary. 

As for the interiors, the restaurant used to be an old inn, and has been lovingly restored by Devlin and team. The restaurant also boasts a large terrace outside - perfect for al fresco dining in the summer - and you can wander around the restaurant allotment before or after your meal to take a peak at what's growing in the polytunnels and visit Devlin's chickens, ducks and pigs.

Image credit: Key & Quill


Is there on-site parking at the restaurant?

Yes, there is a car park.

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Does it cater for dietary requirements?

Yes, please add your dietary requirements to your notes when booking a table.

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Meet the team
The Small Holding

Will Devlin

Chef owner

Kent born and bred, Will Devlin earned his stripes at Petrus but always knew that he wanted to return to his home county someday. That dream was realised when he spotted a rundown old pub for sale in rural Kilndown in 2018, and spent his life savings on it. In the years since Will has transformed the old inn - called The Small Holding in reference to the allotment opposite the restaurant - into a genuine farm-to-fork marvel, and has earned many an award on the way including the Good Food Guide's Chef to Watch in 2020, and a Michelin Green Star in 2021.


Ranters Lane, Kilndown, Cranbrook, Kent, TN17 2SG

01892 890 105 01892 890 105


Opening Times

Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed Closed
Thu 12:00-14:30
Fri 12:00-14:30
Sat 12:00-14:30
Sun 12:00-14:30
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed 18:00-22:00
Thu 18:00-22:00
Fri 18:00-22:00
Sat 17:30-22:00
Sun Closed


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2 Reviews 

Andy S

27 December 2022  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5

Brilliant seasonal cooking and a warm welcome 

Andy S

23 November 2022  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5

Fantastic locally sourced meat and fish and seasonal produce grown in their own allotment and then beautifully cooked in an intimate comfortable space. Heaven!

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