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NEW TO SOMERSET: HOLM, THE FIRST RURAL RESTAURANT OPENING FROM THE TEAM BEHIND SALON, LEVAN & LARRY’S

Posted: 08th Nov 2021

After establishing a great reputation for their individual restaurants in South London, Nicholas Balfe, Mark Gurney and Matt Bushnell of Salon, Levan & Larry’s are hoping to encapsulate the richness and vitality of rural life with the opening of their first rural outpost, HOLM.

Located in the idyllic village of South Petherton, the opening, set for 10th November 2021, represents a coming of age and pastures new for the founding team, in particular Chef Director Nicholas, who has relocated to the South West to oversee the project and head up the kitchen.

Holm represents a new chapter not only for me personally, but our businesses. Whilst laying new roots for my family outside of city life, I get to live every chef’s dream; working directly with farmers, growers and artisan makers, whilst bringing the energy and passion of our London restaurants to a new community”.

Situated in a handsome former bank, and sat on a quarter acre of land, Holm will boast an impressive outdoor grill and dining terrace, making it a destination for visitors from near and far as well as a welcoming spot for locals to get together.  As with the team’s London restaurants, the menu will be driven by the seasons and have sustainability at its core. Nicholas has been busy using his time in the county to forge a deeper connection with local growers and producers, sourcing ingredients locally in a way that’s inconceivable in the city, not to mention growing many ingredients in the onsite kitchen garden.

The sleek 34-cover dining room will be centred around the bank’s original vault, now housing the restaurant’s collection of organic, biodynamic and low intervention wines from UK and European producers. Meanwhile, the restaurant’s open kitchen will be surrounded by an intimate dining counter, giving six lucky guests a full sense of the action. Housed in the rear of the space will be a 10-cover private dining room, which will double up as a pantry and larder, storing the house-made ferments, tinctures and preserves.  The space will lead straight out to the leafy garden and terrace, which houses a custom-made grill and where upwards of 50 guests can dine, surrounded by greenery and Holm’s own produce.

 

 

Diners can choose from the seasonal a la carte menu, starting with a selection of small plates such as smoked eel toast, beetroot, horseradish and apple; Somerset ex-dairy tartare with beef from nearby Bagnell Farm is served with anchovy and dripping crumbs as well as mussels, leeks, crème fraîche and cider. To follow there will be larger plates including grilled celeriac with broccoli tops and seaweed Béarnaise, Tamworth pork chop, baked quince and bitter leaves or plaice, sea vegetables, elderberry capers and brown butter. Desserts will also follow the seasons, showcasing the best local treasures, including dishes such as caramelised apple crumble with raw cream and custard spiked with Burrow Hill’s cider brandy; ricotta doughnuts filled with blackcurrant jam and spelt ice cream with caramelised pear and sourdough praline. In addition to the a la carte will be Holm’s signature Chefs tasting menu, representing the very best of the produce available to the kitchen on that moment in time, with dishes changing from one service to another.

Levan and Salon are known and loved for having some of the best wine lists in London and the newest site from the team will be no different. Co-founder Mark Gurney will be creating a focused and accessible list of exciting, forward-thinking biodynamic wines, as well as local ciders and perries from artisanal producers such as the Somerset Cider Brandy Company and the Devon-based Otter Brewery. There will also be a selection of classic cocktails alongside a range of soft drinks made in house using herbs and botanicals picked from the garden.

Officially opening on Wednesday 10th November, you can join Nicholas and his team at 28 St James Street, from lunchtime Wednesday to Sunday, by booking online.