All the right ingredients

Terry Brouet and Tom Genty

Located in the pretty market town of West Malling, Kent, St Leonard’s is a modern British restaurant offering seasonal dining from chef Tom Genty and General Manager Terry Brouet.

The elegant, relaxed space was opened in summer 2021, showcasing exciting menus that champion bold British and European flavours, made using the best local produce on the restaurant’s doorstep. It is open from Wednesday to Sunday.

“Having previously worked together in restaurants, Terry and I had always wanted to open a place of our own,” says Tom. “West Malling offered the ideal setting, and 47 Swan Street suited us perfectly for the experience we wanted to create for our discerning guests.”

In the kitchen, Tom’s heartfelt cooking is underpinned by the provenance of the ingredients that he works with. Locally sourced and seasonally-changing dishes span an à la carte, tasting, and set menu, whereas Wednesday steak nights, weekend brunch, and Sunday lunch have proven equally popular. Additionally, a love of fermenting, preserving, and reducing waste ensures a sustainable approach.

“We want to showcase what we do across a variety of experiences, while remaining consistent, and true to who we are and what we do,” Tom continues. “We don’t want to dictate what our diners can eat, providing a choice in product and price point, but also ensuring that each dish tells a story that’s quintessentially St Leonard’s.”

A spacious, stylish dining room and beautiful bar is where Terry oversees service and the front of house. His carefully curated wine list features award-winning English growers, as well as European wines from highly-regarded wineries, cellared in perfect conditions for up to 25 years. Furthermore, a creative cocktail selection includes highlights such as the signature St Leonard’s, St Lucian Rum Punch, Barrel-Aged Negroni, and Chocolate and Hazelnut Martini.

“Our drinks are just as essential to the customer journey as our food,” explains Terry. “As soon as a guest walks through the door, we want them to feel at home, and our beautifully designed interiors provide a sophisticated, comfortable backdrop against which to drink and dine.”

With private hire options readily available, in addition to refurbishment plans to expand this part of the business later in 2024, St Leonard’s is going from strength to strength, becoming a firm favourite with locals, and a destination spot that’s well worth travelling to for visitors from further afield.

“For us, it’s a dream come true to be doing what we’re passionate about in such a stunning corner of Kent,” Terry concludes. “Hospitality is certainly thriving throughout the Garden of England, so it’s an honour and a privilege to put our own stamp on the county’s already vibrant, buoyant industry. We can’t wait for what the future holds, and to welcome many new and familiar faces to St Leonard’s.”

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