The Small Holding
“Great transformation of a revamped village pub – one to watch” - AA Inspector
Our Inspector's view
What was once a run-down village pub has been given a fresh lease of life here. The acre of land that came with the pub is now home to chickens, pigs and two polytunnels (hence the name) and dishes contain as much of their own produce as possible. The style is daily changing tasting menus – 5 or 8 courses of small, rustic tasting plates plus vegetarian and vegan menus. A starter of cod mousse comes with crispy kale and shavings of egg yolk, while a slice of tender rare beef, with a simple garnish of garden peas and horseradish, is a satisfying main.
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Facilities – at a glance
- Seats: 26
- On-site parking available
- Open all year
- Wines under £30: 5
- Wines over £30:
- Cuisine style: British
- Vegetarian menu
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About the area
The White Cliffs of Dover are an English icon – the epitome of our island heritage and sense of nationhood. They also mark the point where the Kent Downs AONB, that great arc of chalk downland stretching from the Surrey Hills and sometimes known as ‘the Garden of England’, finally reaches the sea. This is a well-ordered and settled landscape, where chalk and greensand escarpments look down into the wooded Weald to the south.
Many historic parklands, including Knole Park and Sir Winston Churchill’s red-brick former home at Chartwell, are also worth visiting. Attractive settlements such as Charing, site of Archbishop Cranmer’s Tudor palace, and Chilham, with its magnificent half-timbered buildings and 17th-century castle built on a Norman site, can be found on the Pilgrim’s Way, the traditional route for Canterbury-bound pilgrims in the Middle Ages.
In the nature reserves, such as the traditionally coppiced woodlands of Denge Wood and Earley Wood, and the ancient fine chalk woodland of Yockletts Bank high on the North Downs near Ashford, it is still possible to experience the atmosphere of wilderness that must have been felt by the earliest travellers along this ancient ridgeway.
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