The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Kent Edition

Category: Travel

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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Muddy eats: The Terrace, One Warwick Park

20 Sep 2016

I’ve been keen to have a nosey around the much anticipated One Warwick Park Hotel in Tunbridge Wells since it opened in June. Sadly the launch party, which I was lucky enough to have been invited to, clashed with the Muddy Awards drinks (the highlight of my calendar, obvs!) so I couldn’t go. But actually to get a true measure of any place you can’t just see it at a launch night – no, you have to arrive screeching through the door 10 mins late because your dental appointment over-ran, followed by a long work call you couldn’t cut short and then total ineptitude about parking your car.

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Britain’s best vintage festival at Chatham’s Historic Dockyard

10 Sep 2016

If you love all things vintage then you’ll want to head over to the ‘Salute to the 40s’ weekender at The Historic Dockyard, Chatham, Sat 17 – Sun 18 Sept. Dress in ‘40s style and become part of the 1940’s Family, be transported back in time, for a weekend of vintage delight. Living history, live vintage music, dancing and variety acts, take place all weekend. Get in the mood with these goodies, inspired by Britain’s best vintage festival, right here in Kent.

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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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Family fun at the Historic Dockyard, Chatham

25 Aug 2016

Crikey, the summer holidays have screamed by. Before I know it I’ll be hosing down the kiddies before waving them off at the school gates and kicking my heels in delight. But there’s a teensy bit of me that is already mourning all the many things I promised myself I’d take time off work to do with them this summer. So this week a friend and I took our sons to The Historic Dockyard, in Chatham, and fulfilled a promise I’d made, oh, about 18 months ago: Batten down the hatches – let’s go!

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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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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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Muddy Reviews: Brighton’s i360

11 Aug 2016

I heard about last week’s opening of the shiny new i360 in Brighton — the world’s slenderest building — otherwise known as, ‘that big tower with the doughnut up it’. And as it’s a perfect day-trip away for us Kent folk I hurried to chat about it with Muddy Sussex, aka Debbie who knows all there is to know about that particular stretch of the south coast. Sure enough, she’s already been up it — lucky thing — and here’s what she thought and some exclusive first piccies…

Opinion has been divided at Chez Muddy, and frankly in my own head, over the project, as it has been in Brighton itself.

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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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