Chef Rob Taylor and his wife Donna open their new restaurant Tallow, at Southborough on the edge of Tunbridge Wells in Kent next Friday, 5 November, having left the well-regarded The Compasses further east at Crundale after eight years last month.
Set in an old building on the edge of Southborough’s village green, Tallow is a 26-seater with a “really nice bistro vibe”, aiming for a local clientele who might drop in for a well-cooked midweek dinner, said Rob.
â€śWe want it to be the sort of place we like to eat in ourselves, and not just for birthdays and anniversaries. You can always tell if a place is owned by the people who run it, or just managed.”
Donna is a trained pastry chef from Australia who runs the front of house. Rob cooks seasonally using local ingredients where possible, and picked up a lightness of touch as well as some subtle Asian influences while working in Australia. Tallow will also have a private dining room upstairs offering a more ambitious tasting menu.
The couple have downsized their business in order to find “a better work/life/family balance”, having struggled with the demands of weekend opening at The Compasses, a large gastropub. “We’ll be opening Tuesday to Saturday, so we’ll have Sunday together as a family day with our little boy.”