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Articles by Hugh Thomas

Localism in Catalonia highlights what Britain’s missing

There are lots of good things to be said about a food scene with a wide range of influences. London, especially, has the most diverse set of food cultures anywhere. But at what cost? On a recent jaunt through Catalonia, I realised few things are specifically described as “sourced locally”. Because they always have been. […]

Villages Brewery Taproom

Villages Brewery Taproom in Deptford is where you can drink beer made by Villages Brewery at its freshest…

Park Fever

Park Fever in Hither Green Hospital is a great neighbourhood craft beer and chocolate shop…

Eat The Farm

If there is one way to describe what Eat The Farm do, it’s as a colleague put it – ‘obsessive’. As the name suggests, they source from Kentish farms…

The Artisan

Part of West Kent College, The Artisan is for the nurturing of budding chefs and waiters. The food is both affordable and often excellent…

JoJo’s

A superb Mediterranean-style restaurant in Whitstable, Kent – the tables here are in demand so make sure you book ahead…

Haywards Farm Shop

A shop near Tonbridge in Kent offering a good selection of local produce, from fresh fruit to preserves, cured meats to beer, and vegetables to ice cream…

Fuggles Beer Café

A superior watering hole and bottle shop in Tunbridge Wells offering a massive beer range complemented by cured meats and fine cheeses…

The Beacon

One of the most attractive dining-out venues in the Tunbridge Wells area, with food to match…

The Plough

A fine village food-focused pub and restaurant in Ivy Hatch in the Kentish Weald with its own garden farm…

The Bakehouse at 124

As far as interesting independent food businesses are concerned, Tonbridge High Street is a touch limited. The Bakehouse at 124 is a notable exception…