Thursday, February 20th, 2020

Meet the chef at The Pavilion Restaurant in the beautiful grounds of Wildernesse House near Sevenoaks

THE Pavilion Restaurant near Sevenoaks is now open to the public. Here we talk to head chef Nasri Mhamed about his career and what diners can expect when they visit the restaurant set in the grounds of Wildernesse House which has been transformed into a luxury retirement community.

Q: What were your first experiences of food?

I was born in Morocco to a large family who were always cooking fantastic food. I was always amazed at the transformation and how simple ingredients could make such tasty dishes.

The Pavilion Restaurant head chef Nasri Mhamed.

Q: How did you spend your early career?

I went to a hospitality college where I achieved a Diploma. From there I was lucky enough to get a job in one of the best hotels. I left Morocco after two years and I worked across top hotels in Dubai and Oman, including the Shangri-la. I’ve also worked in some of London’s top restaurants including the 5* Royal Garden Hotel and the Berkeley, whose alumni include Gordon Ramsay, Pierre Koffman and Marcus Wareing.

Q: What are your experiences of English cuisine?

There are a lot of food lovers in the UK – and British people are much more willing to try new cuisines than other countries. You are also much more likely to get honest feedback – which for a learning chef is extremely important for changing styles and techniques.

Q: What are you looking forward to most about working at Wildernesse House?

I wanted to be part of creating that experience for people from the very beginning. We offer a fine dining experience right on the doorstep and the restaurant will play an important role at the centre of the community.

Q: What’s on the menu?

There’s a range of great dishes on offer, from the popular Sunday roasts to my signature dish – Duck l’orange with a twist. I add in local rhubarb, wild mushrooms and orange mandarin puree. Our summer menu will focus on light meals. One of our dishes will be mackerel with beetroot with squid ink, creme fraiche and marinated baby fennels.

My working concept is all about ‘from farm to fork’. Not only does this support local farmers, it means I am using the freshest possible ingredients.

Opening times

The new Pavilion Restaurant is set in the grounds of Wildernesse House near Sevenoaks.

The Pavilion Restaurant is a timber-vaulted restaurant based on a traditional glasshouse. It is now open to the public on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sunday each week and can also be booked for private functions on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

To book a table at the Pavilion restaurant call: 01732 494722.

Wildernesse House and its surrounding parkland has been sympathetically converted by specialist developer PegasusLife in conjunction with Purcell Architects into an exclusive over-60s luxury retirement development.

It now consists of a collection of 19 one and two-bedroom apartments on the upper floors of the main house, 4 one- and two-bedroom ‘legacy’ apartments on the ground floor, and 8 two-bedroom mews houses in the newly built stable block. There are spa, pool and wellness facilities onsite as well as the Pavilion Restaurant.

Interested parties can book an appointment to view the properties at Wildernesse House by calling 01732 510150 or email:

For more information on PegasusLife and Wildernesse House CLICK HERE


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