Slapton pub re-opens after months of speculation

    Local man Kabby Kholo-Kholo and his wife Leane are pleased to announce they’ll be re-opening The Carpenters Arms.

    Kabby grew up in Tring and got the cooking bug whilst doing an apprenticeship at a local pub.  He was inspired to train under the eagle eye of Raymond Blanc, where, in the vegetable gardens of Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons in Oxfordshire, he learned how fresh seasonal produce can impact the quality of the dishes served at table. He also saw how Monsieur collaborated with his suppliers; procuring the excellent and the unusual to bring his superb menus to life. Taking these lessons to heart he has built a successful 5 star career. More recently he spent 3 years managing the Crown in Stony Stratford, but he has been tempted back to the area where he grew up and to the Carpenters Arms, with a desire to bring his passion for food to Slapton and the surrounding communities.

    Kabby feels honoured to have the opportunity to put this beautiful old pub right back into the heart of the village of Slapton. There has been a community in this area since the Doomsday Book, and in a crazy world, where life spins ever faster, his aim is to offer a warm welcome, a comfortable refuge, amazing food and service with a smile.  Someone once said, "You don't need a silver fork to eat good food.", and Kabby uses this principal to develop his weekly menus.  He’s aiming to partner with the best local suppliers and use top quality ingredients to deliver tasty traditional dishes, family favourites, innovative seasonal specials – all with his own special touch.  He believes this is a recipe for happiness! 

    Kabby spent his early life in Lesotho, South Africa but went to school in Tring, Hertfordshire.  He is proud the belongs to a truly global family. He lives with his beautiful wife Leanne and their lovely children in Leighton Buzzard, but often pops over the pond to see his sister and cousins in Portland Oregon USA. He also continues to maintain strong ties with his ancestral family still living in Lesotho.  He is currently fundraising to build a church for the community there.


    Chef Kabby will be producing delicious weekly menus based on the availability of seasonal and local produce. He will focus on traditional dishes, family favourites and innovative specials - adding his own unique and contemporary touches.  Partnering with local producers and suppliers he will create dishes that feature top quality ingredients – all at exceptional value.

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