The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Kent Edition

Category: Drink

WIN! Cool pop up dining experience

24 Feb 2017

Bringing together my 3 favourite things – a cool, quirky pop up venue; sensational food and local Kent wine…Hush Heath Winery are taking over The Old Fire Station in Tonbridge (if you haven’t yet heard about this place read my post here) from 5 – 9 April. Each night brings a different expert chef and concept – from Wine experience to Clay Oven or Fish Masterclass. The week of events is polished off with the Hush Heath Producer himself, Richard Balfour-Lynn, joining in the fun and a 5-course slap-up meal (including wine obvs).

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Muddy eats: The Swan at Chapel Down, Tenterden

6 Sep 2016

The first time I was invited to ‘try a Wine Flight’ I thought I was signing up to an afternoon in a jumbo jet full of journos knocking back the Chardonnay (wide-eyed young magazine writer that I was). Clearly, as all you more worldly folk know, a Wine Flight doesn’t actually involve travel – it’s more a tasting journey – the sampling of multiple wines, quite often paired with various dishes of food. 

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10 Kent places to eat with amazing views

20 Aug 2016

In this county we are truly blessed – beautiful countryside on the interior and stunning coastline around the edges. So I’d like to start this post with the caveat that I am fully aware that there are many, many wonderful pubs and restaurants in Kent with truly awesome views. In fact I could probably list 10 in just one coastal town or village alone. So let’s just call this the first instalment and *hiccup* I’ll update the list with ten more when I’ve completed the next leg of my *hic* pub crawl.

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My Favourite Places: You, Me & The Dream

14 Aug 2016

Jo Killick and Kelly Randolph are the freelance fashion stylists, marketeers and creative brains behind the You, Me & The Dream luxury beach towels.

For these working Mums going on holiday to exotic destinations to take photos of their range is practically a must. But where do the pair hang out when they are closer to home? From boutiques and beach getaways to the best spot for a coffee – lean in while they spill the beans…

The Fine Grind, Tunbridge Wells 

Jo says: ‘This is a hip new coffee shop down the bottom of the High Street in Tunny Wells.

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Muddy eats: The Three Chimneys, Biddenden

14 Aug 2016

I often find myself in the car, whizzing along the winding, rural roads that run between Tunbridge Wells and Ashford. And every time I get to the middle bit, Biddenden, full of farmland and vineyards I notice a sign post tempting travellers to the The Three Chimneys pub. And I think – imagine if that pub’s food is as awesome as its setting…? So I did a bit of digging (not literally – I’m still driving remember), tried it out and – my giddy aunt have I been excited to tell you about it ever since…

The first thing to tell you about The Three Chimneys is that there are only two.

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Why tea is the new cocktail

7 Aug 2016

I discovered two things in quick succession this morning:

1) That is is officially National Afternoon Tea Week (to which my reaction was a bit, meh…)

2) That teatime is cocktail time – because all the best artisan teas work brilliantly in a cocktail blend (to which my reaction was a bit, YEH..!)

This piece of insider information came to me courtesy of Kent-based Francesca Booth, an irrepressible New Yorker (who has a bit of Italian heritage thrown into the mix for extra pizzazz) and trained patisserie chef.

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Birthday at the Bistro: Hotel du Vin

6 Aug 2016

It’s my birthday this weekend and as all grown-up little girls know, ‘No fuss’ means, ‘Just a little bit of fuss. Nothing too demanding. A bunch of flowers. A bottle or two of fizz. A dressing gown made entirely of peacock feathers. Or, at the very least, a cake containing a Chippendale, or baby panda.’

So it’s testament to how well they know me that when I popped into Tunbridge Wells on Friday with a good friend and my sister-in-law to ‘grab a few bits’ they insisted on marking the occasion with a girlie lunch in town.

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Muddy eats: The Kings Head, Wye

2 Aug 2016

If you haven’t yet explored the Kent countryside at the foot of the North Downs (and just North East of Ashford) – here’s 3 reasons Why you should visit Wye. 1) It’s gorgeous location. 2) The fab food at The Kings Head pub and 3) Cool place to stay alert! The pub has just revamped 8 ensuite stylish bedrooms…

Not surprisingly, it was a friend in the food trade that first mentioned this pub to me as it’s very much a rising star at the moment.

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Muddy eats: The Poet, Matfield

21 Jun 2016

Having driven past The Poet numerous times and telling myself I really needed to try out the food there, Mr Muddy Kent and I finally got round to booking a table a couple of weeks ago. Word had reached my shell-like that exciting new changes were taking place at this country pub and that it was starting to make its mark on the foodie map – so slave to the job that I am, in I swooped, napkin tucked in at the ready.

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Muddy Tries: Food foraging and Wine day

1 Apr 2016

I have discovered a new passion. Foraging. And no, I’m not referring to my rummaging around the back of the kitchen cupboards for some out-of-date pistachios to accompany an early evening G & T. I’m talking wild foraging – the search for foliage, flowers, fruit and fungi out there in its natural habitat. I know, it comes as even more of a surprise to me than you. I’m the person who made their seven-year-old son wear marigolds to clear up the apples that had fallen on the orchard floor surrounding our house because, you know, they were a *tad* mouldy.

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