Rob and Donna Taylor to open Tallow in Southborough on November 5th

Rob Taylor

Rob Taylor

Chef and Owner 8th October 2021
Rob Taylor

Rob Taylor

Chef and Owner

Rob and Donna Taylor to open Tallow in Southborough on November 5th

Tallow is the new restaurant from Rob and Donna Taylor opening on Friday 5 November.
Reservations are open now.
Dropbox images here. 

Open for lunch and dinner from Tuesday - Saturday, Tallow sits on a village green in
Southborough, in the leafy surrounds of Tunbridge Wells and has 26 covers downstairs and a
private dining space for 10, upstairs. 

The menu showcases chef owner Rob’s unpretentious style where good ingredients are elevated
with a sharp attention to detail, using modern techniques and bold flavours. 

Coming from East
Kent, Rob Taylor brings with him a wealth of local suppliers who source from the Kent larder -
game birds, mushrooms, oysters, cherries are all local. 

The menu offers three starters, three main
courses and three desserts with a nine-course tasting menu available in the private dining room,
alongside an interesting and small edit of wines.

Sample dishes include treacle cured beef, glazed
ox cheek, braised baby gem and English mustard clotted cream; Stour Valley quail with Kentish
cherries and black pudding; crispy confit lamb, mint pesto and goats’ curd; roast loin of venison,
celeriac puree, pickled girolles and potato terrine; roscoff onion and cheddar cheese tart and
pickled walnut ketchup and for dessert, press apple mille feuille and caramelised mascarpone. 

Tallow’s design is confidently pared-back providing a cocooning dining space with exposed
brick, weathered wood and a log burning stove. The walls are painted a rich liquorice shade that
make for an interior to feel grounded and comforted in. 

Rob and wife Donna Taylor met while both working in restaurants. Donna, a trained pastry chef,
now runs front of house. Working for a long time together in Donna’s native Australia, the pair
worked in Sydney and Brisbane in senior positions before returning to Kent to take over The
Compasses Inn in Crundale, Kent.

Running the acclaimed Bib Gourmand and Top 50 gastropub
for 8 years, Rob and Donna achieved critical success from the hospitality industry, national
restaurant critics and repeat diners, alike. 

Rob comments, “We want Tallow to be a neighbourhood restaurant, the type of place we like to
go ourselves. The menu will change all the time so there will always be a new menu for regular
diners to try.” 

“Wherever they go, I will follow” Grace Dent in The Guardian

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