Peacock House, Aldington, KENT
Giggers Green Rd, Aldington, Kent
TN25 7BY London
In a 300 year old cottage in the Kentish woods, Sæl Projects by British chef Tobyn Excell hosts SixSeats, an intimate rural dining experience connecting people with landscape.
Once a month we open up the cottage to 6 guests to join us for dinner at our kitchen table for an evening of natural wines, genuine old-school hospitality, and creative food from the wildlife in the marshes, woods and coastline surrounding us, where we rediscover forgotten ingredients and unearth buried methods.
The menu is an expression of the landscape, and evolves right up to the last moment as the season changes every day. Here's one of our previous menus:
Mayweed cream soda
Plantain flowers, cream, praline
Monkfish liver, toasted oats, gooseberries
Warm cucumbers, vinegar cream
Chard, cheese, buckwheat
Smoked herring, blackberries, whipped cream
Bilberries, trumpets, ox tongue
Beetroot, elderberry balsamic, sheeps milk
Potatoes, sour butter, green hogweed seeds
Halibut, daisy leaf oil, sea blite
Roast carrot, butterscotch, black mustard flowers
Muscovy duck, roast onion, elderberries, tansy
Calf’s tail, rose hips, girolles, dulse
Bread & butter
Beeswax custard, dulse, roses
Raspberries, acorn cream
For each SixSeats edition, Sæl Projects collaborates with a guest wine importer to curate our drinks. The winemakers they support produce lesser-known artisanal, authentic wines which are terroir focused, follow low intervention principles, and truly let the fruit and vineyard speak for itself. Previous curators include Modal Wines, Honey Spencer, RoLand Wines UK, Basket Press Wines, Ollie Zelenczuk and Roman Pawar.
This SixSeats welcomes Charlie Blightman to the cottage. As head sommelier of Noble Rot, as well as importing wines with Keeling Andrew, this is a chap with serious creds. We are beyond excited to see what bottles he'll bestow on the table.
Here's what some of our recent guests said about the SixSeats experience:
"The most inspirational meal of the year"
"beyond passion, it's like inventing your own language" @claudiowithachanceofmeatballs
“Probably the UK’s best hidden secret and easily landing in the top 3 meals I have had the past year. This is Tobyn in his element. The experience from beginning to finish was simply magical, contrasting world class techniques and menu composition with warm hospitality. I’m not sure I can say the experience has actually finished as I have frequently relived it in telling friends and colleagues about Sæl Projects.
The experience has already become a seasonal event on our calendar when I agreed to join again with some wonderful companions I met during the dinner." Tiffany J. Ng, CEO of @RSVPyes
"Sael Projects is a love letter to Kent written in ink and paper harvested here. You won’t find a more down to earth experience than dining in a place that challenges the preconceptions of British cuisine in such ways. SP is crafted with knowledge of the land woven into Tobyn’s passion for food and expert technique. An intricate menu is made simple by the homely environment provided by the Excells and their humble vibe. This could easily be the most pretentious dining experience in which someone schools you on their findings but instead it feels like a lifelong friend sharing their weekly harvest around the fire— an experience so genuinely human it keeps you wanting more. " @hola_silver
"Tasty pieces of art... I felt like I was visiting old friends" @mliavaag