Peacock House, Aldington, Kent
Giggers Green Road, Aldington
TN25 7BY London
In a 300 year old cottage in the Kentish woods, just 1 hour from central London, Sæl Projects by 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 a sample from our last SixSeats dinner:
Cleavers cream soda
Scarlet elf cups, pheasant liver, ramson fruits
Smoked mussel tart, lesser celandine
Hogweed, milk, preserved flowers
Mutton tartar, melilot, ramson
Whelks, rosehip, barley
Potatoes and hogweed seeds
A broth of wildlife from the marshes
Chicory, Romney hogget, wild chervil
Duck from the village, bilberries, turnip
Duck hearts, rosewater, rhubarb root
Sussex ox in butterscotch, lady’s smock
Dulse ice cream, cherry plum blossom, mugwort
Chequer berry & chestnut
For each edition of SixSeats, we join forces with a guest sommelier to celebrate shared passions for terroir and low intervention principles through curating a flight of natural wines. The aim is to expose our guests to diverse flavours of authenticity from like-minded people, championing their native landscapes in your glass.
For our sixth SixSeats, we are reuniting with our old friends at Basket Press Wines. Jiri and Zainab will be bringing more of their incredible native wines of Moravia in Czech Republic. The winemakers they support produce artisanal, authentic wines which are terroir focused, follow low intervention principles, and truly let the fruit and vineyard speak for itself. Jiri is also a master of mixology, so expect some stellar decoctions from our wild larder.
So book your seat for a sensory journey back to nature, It tastes just like home.
Here's what some of our recent guests said about the SixSeats experience:
“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
"The most inspirational meal of the year"
"beyond passion, it's like inventing your own language" Claudio Teri @claudiowithachanceofmeatballs
"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