The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Kent Edition

Category: My Favourite Places

Lee Mead: My Favourite Places

5 Oct 2016

After years living locally, actor Lee Mead recently moved back to his hometown in Essex. But not before getting to know some of the best bits our fair county has to offer. Dry your tears – he’s back regularly to see his daughter Betsy – which is why I was lucky enough to catch up with him and get the lowdown on his favourite places. What’s more if you need your fix of one of Kent’s dishiest Dads (well that’s what my mother-in-law says) you can see him in Some Enchanted Evening at the Assembly Hall Theatre performing songs from the golden age of musical theatre.

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My Favourite Places: Pam Harper from British Fine Foods

23 Aug 2016

Almost 10 years ago, husband and wife team, Andrew and Pam Harper, set up award-winning British Fine Foods – hand picking the best British artisan foods from around the country to create luxury hampers and gifts. Not surprisingly when I asked Pam to let us in on her favourite places they were mainly food related. So come, salivate along side me, as she spills the (rather delicious sounding) beans…

Tavistock Farmers’ Market, Devon

Before setting up British Fine Foods artisan products were already a passion of ours.

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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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My Favourite Places: Dulcima from Coco and the Butterfields

27 Jun 2016

Dulcima Showan is singer and violinist in Kent-based band, CoCo and the Butterfields. If you’ve not yet heard of them – and they are very much on the rise – have a listen the the anthemic ‘Warriors’ here. Or if hip hop’s more your thang check out this awesome fusion of Flo Rida’s Low and Jay Z’s Encore. Described as a Fip Fok band, their music is a mix of folk, pop and rap – and I am their biggest fan.

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Alex Brown: My Favourite Places

14 May 2016

Alex Brown is the bestselling author of five books and launched her career with the hugely popular Carrington’s series set in a seaside town department store. She now writes warm, witty and heartfelt novels centred on the cosy community spirit of village life. Alex lives in a rural village on the Kent and Sussex border, with her husband, daughter and a very shiny black Labrador. Read on to find out which bits of the Kent countryside inspire her stories…

Black timber-framed buildings on Canterbury High Street

I love everything about the county of Kent, in fact it’s the inspiration for the fictional village of Tindledale where all my books are set, detailing the gorgeous little villages with their high streets of black timber-framed, white wattle-walled shops with mullioned windows, surrounded by lush, undulating fields full of hops, hay, lambs, cows, strawberries, buttercups and delicate pink cherry blossom that swirls all around like confetti in a breeze.

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