food and drink
Michelin-starred restaurants, world-class wineries, tangy cider and classically-brewed beer - Kent overflows with fine things to eat and drink
Kent is brim-full of fine food. From furrow, to orchard, to marsh, to shore - the county is crammed with foodie delights.
In Kent, people are never short of ideas for what to make for dinner, or what to drink with it. Fabulous locally produced food includes just-caught fish; superb oysters; tender Romney Marsh lamb; sweet soft fruit; tangy apples. Wash it down with locally-made, world-class wine; a crisp cider or a zesty beer.
It makes Kent an outstanding place to dine. From sleek Michelin-starred restaurants to characterful eateries graced by log fires or stunning sea views. Kent offers everything from fine dining and gourmet Indian cuisine, to great grub in rural pubs.
Highlights include TV chef Richard Phillips' acclaimed restaurant, Thackerays in Royal Tunbridge Wells. Gordon Ramsay's former Head Chef at Claridges, Mark Sargent, is casting culinary spells in Folkestone, serving up superb seafood and harbour views at Rocksalt; and a classy twist on fish n' chips at The Smokehouse.
County-wide people strive to help you enjoy fine Kent produce, an attitude that is championed by Produced in Kent Ltd and the Kent Farmers Market Association. Farmers showcase their wares at countless markets. Fishmongers' counters proudly display a super-fresh catch. Cafes add dollops of Kentish soft-fruit jams to your afternoon tea.
Then there are Kent's Vineyards and Breweries. Enjoy a tour and a tasting at Chapel Down Vineyard, Biddenden Vineyards, Hush Heath Winery, and at Britain's oldest brewer, Shepherd Neame Brewery. Experience 170 years of food and farming history at the Southeast's leading foodhall - Macknade Fine Foods. Or sample Dockyard Gin from Copper Rivet Distillery, Kent's only spirit maker, set in the magnificent Pump House No. 5.
Or visit during a food festival where excellent produce comes with tastings, cooking demos, workshops and art events too. Highlights include the Whitstable Oyster Festival, Canterbury's Eurofair, the Broadstairs Food Fair, and the apple and cherry festivals at Brogdale.
Whenever you come, look out for the Kent Breakfast symbol, so you can enjoy a tasty, locally-sourced start to the day.
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