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London chain restaurant opens in South Petherton

London chefs open restaurant in South Petherton

Three top London restaurateurs open a contemporary restaurant in the heart of the Somerset countryside.

Nicholas Balfe, Mark Gurney and Matt Bushnell of South London neighbourhood restaurants Salon, Levan and Larry’s, launched Holm, their first rural outpost on 10th November 2021 in South Petherton.

The focus is to provide an exceptional dining experience in South Petherton. The team has worked hard to create a really unique menu that reflects the restaurateurs’ knowledge.

Nicholas Balfe, the chef director, has relocated to the South West to oversee the project and get involved in the kitchen.

Nicholas Balfe
Nicholas Balfe, chef director

Situated in the former bank on a quarter acre of land, Holm boasts an impressive outdoor grill and dining terrace.

The new Holm restaurant has a 40-cover dining room and a 50-plus-cover terrace and garden grill, with seven bedrooms planned for spring 2022.

Unlike the food at Salon or Levan, where the produce is seasonal and largely British-grown but the dishes can be anything from Asian-inspired to Provençal, the food at Holm will “feel more British and produce-driven”, says Balfe.

Nicholas has been working hard to establish a stronger connection with local farmers and producers, sourcing food locally in a way that’s unimaginable in the city, not to mention growing many ingredients onsite at the restaurant. After all, he said “being a city chef doesn’t compare with meeting farmers and growers on their home turf”.

Holm represents a new chapter not only for me personally, but our businesses.

Whilst laying new roots for my family outside of city life, I get to live every chef’s dream; working directly with farmers, growers and artisan makers, whilst bringing the energy and passion of our London restaurants to a new community

Founding chef, Nicholas Balfe

The best of the produce available to the kitchen at that point in time is reflected in Holm’s a la carte lunch and dinner menu.

Co-founder Mark Gurney will be creating a focused and accessible list of exciting, forward-thinking biodynamic wines, as well as local ciders and perries from artisanal producers.

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