Top places to live in Kent Faversham
This pretty market town is one to watch as an investment due to its growing reputation as a foodie destination, stunning scenery all around (from coastal rambles to countryside walks) and decent train links to London. (should you ever want to leave)! Part of our Top 200 Places to Live series.
The oldest market town in the county used to be one of Kent’s best-kept secrets – until now! Faversham is bursting with history, full of independent shops and boasts a growing reputation as a foodie destination. Plus an idyllic spot for coastal and rural walks.
A town of two parts with the historical main centre leading down towards the Creek which is now home to Standard Quay with an eclectic bunch of shops selling a wide range of stuff, from antiques, local meat and fish as well as a shop purely dedicated to spices!
Nestled in this medieval market is also Shepherd Neame – Britain’s oldest Brewer. This independent family business – that boasts more than 300 pubs and hotels throughout London and the South East – has an award-winning visitor centre. Make a day of it and learn all about how this iconic local brewery works its magic with a Tour & Tasting at the Visitor Center. Not suprisingly, with this heritage the town has a festival dedicated exclusively to the humble hop – the infamous Faversham Hop Festival.
We mentioned that Faversham was becoming more known as a foodie hub and a large part of that is down to Macknade food hall which is 10,000 sq ft of foodie heaven, serving not only local produce but also stocking the very best food and drink from Italy and all over the world. And there’s an onsite Food Village, boasting some of the best street food you’ll ever taste (seriously, we’ve tried it all!) including our personal favourite, Silver Birch Fine Foods (who are also available for private catering).
You’ll love The Quay, a new boutique hotel, bar and restaurant that’s already established itself as a real foodie favourite within the Faversham area and, with the stylish rooms for overnight stays, it’s also a destination for anyone coming from further afield.
Or there’s the more old-fashioned boozers such as The Shipwright’s Arms where they pride themselves on their lack of wifi, no background music or gaming machines and real ales, served straight from the cask.
Check out Papa Bianco down at the Standard Quay in Faversham with a beautiful waterfront setting. So sit inside their new restaurant, try their popular pizzas, have a cocktail and don’t forget about dessert!
Muddy are also fans of Albion Taverna, a classically Kentish weatherboarded building on the banks of Faversham Creek specialising in Mexican food. Another firm favourite is Posillipo for pizza and The Yard (based at the end of a pretty cobbled street) or Jittermugs.
Apotheca on West Street, a pretty cobbled street in the heart of the town is one of our favourite spots. The store has been designed to resemble an old-fashioned apothecary setting with rows upon rows of natural oils, herbs, remedies, tea leaves, candles, recipe books, homeware items and beauty products displayed around you.
Don’t miss The Standard Quay if you are a bit of a magpie and like a bargain. Barley Mow is also a lovely spot for interiors and gifts. You walk in need of nothing and leave wanting everything. Plus, No.77 interiors shop, for unique, beautiful homewares and accessories, gets the Muddy stamp of approval. The Antiques & Vintage Market is held on the first Sunday of every month, where you can pick up some unique treasures for your home. And on the corner of Market Street you’ll find the brilliant Tales on Market St. Winner of Best Bookshop in Kent in the Muddy Stilettos Awards 2021.
Well, we’ve already suggested a tour of the local Shepherd Neame brewery, but if that’s not for you, why not step back in time in the grounds of nearby stately homes such as Mount Ephraim, with its ten acres of stunning Edwardian guardians, or Belmont House, an elegant 18th Century house designed by Samuel Wyatt.
We also rate Brogdale Collections a celebration of Kent’s fruit and orchard culture where themed festivals are held throughout the year including its quintessentially English Strawberry fair. The whole family can join in with a tug of war, sack races as well as tucking into its rare and heritage strawberries, washed down with plenty of cream and a glass of Pimms of course.
AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE
Average House Price: £301,922 – for a local estate agent contact Foundation Estate Agents.
Faversham scores strongly here with fantastic range of primary schools – both in town and in the neighbouring villages if you are looking for more greenery.
From a private perspective you are within easy reach of key players such as Spring Grove (read the Muddy review here), Kent College in Canterbury (read the Muddy Junior School review here and the Senior School review here), Ashford Prep School (read the Muddy review here), St. Edmund’s (read the Junior School and Senior School reviews here) and Junior King’s Canterbury.
When it comes to senior schooling, you have the older counterparts of these schools to consider as well as QE Grammar School in Faversham which has a fantastic reputation.
BEST KEPT SECRET
Sir Bob Geldof is a local resident.
Not as far away as you may think due to the High-Speed Train which goes from St Pancras to Faversham and takes 1 hour and 8 minutes. Or you could go to Victoria with a journey time of 1 hr 20 minutes.
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