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Your guide to the best food & drink independents in Kent

England’s hop-growing county is home to some outstanding independent pubs, restaurants and food shops. The Garden of England is also blessed with two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty – the North Downs and the High Weald – as well as some wonderful coastline. The food and drink its producers create is as rich and diverse as its green and pleasant landscape. We’re just starting out in Kent under editor and county resident Hugh Thomas. Expect more of his recommendations soon.

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  • Be guided to great independents, from street-food stalls to stylish restaurants
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Recommended businesses in Kent

Here are the food and drink independents we love in this region and their member offers, with more coming soon…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • JoJo’s

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

  • Shipbourne Farmers’ Market

    Shipbourne in Kent may have a population of fewer than 500 but its Thursday morning farmers’ market is outstanding…

  • 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…

  • 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…

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    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…

  • Tonbridge Farmers’ Market

    An excellent array of over 50 local food traders who sell their wares in Tonbridge, Kent, on the second Sunday of each month…

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