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Yum yum: Foodie’s Emporium, Headcorn

This aptly named café, bakery and food store is a one-stop-shop for all your gourmand needs.

THE LOWDOWN

Aptly named, Foodie’s Emporium, café, bakery and food store is a one-stop-shop for all your gourmand needs. You’ll find this hidden gem, situated in the pretty, rural village of Headcorn, less than 10 minutes walk from the train station, (pictured below).

THE VIBE

Fresh, scandi-style interiors – no fuss or chinz interiors here. If you fancy watching the world go by, there’s a few tables outside on the pavement, or sit downstairs in the window seats (pictured below) and get the view, without the breeze.

The rest of the downstairs is taken up by shelves stacked with foodie delights and then a huge COOK freezer section – so you can stock up here for all your fresh, store cupboard and freezer needs in one fail swoop.

Up the spiral staircase is what’s called The Snug, a cosy few tables (all socially distanced) where your tea and cakes will be transported to you by the Dumb Waiter.

And, no, I’m not being super rude, that’s the technical term for a miniature lift which brings your food up (to avoid anyone tripping face-first into their cake on the spiral staircase presumably). It’s a feature that kids, like my son, find really fun – and your food is then delivered to your table.

SCOFF & SQUAFF

They offer a fabulous collection of breads, cheeses, wines, beers, cordials, chutneys and jams, all selected from the finest independent producers. I spotted a few local favourites in here like Goupie chocolates (pictured below) and COOK itself is Kent-based of course.

With all these top nosh credentials you won’t be surprised to hear the founder is Simon Cannell, who is also MD of Speciality Breads, the artisan bakery in Margate. So he knows a thing or two about breads, pastries – and everything in between.

My son and I indulged in a hot chocolate, with all the extras, and a slice of cake. Before I stocked up on all my store cupboard essentials (and many that aren’t but gave me that certain foodie thrill).

OUT AND ABOUT

Headcorn itself is a charming little village, with a few cute-looking indie shops, see below.

Little Shop of Fabrics can now be found in Smarden

The Big Cat Sanctuary is just up the road and, much like the Foodie Emporium itself, does what it says on the tin. This centre is all about conservation of the world’s endangered big cats and a great family-day-out experience, which can even include an overnight safari stay.

THE MUDDY VERDICT:

A pocket-sized, food-lovers paradise. If you’re in the area or visiting the Big Cat Sanctuary then you must pop into the Foodie’s Emporium. It’s like a fancy corner shop for all your curated finest food needs. Including great cake!

Foodie’s Emporium, 9 North Street, Headcorn, Kent, TN27 9NN.
foodiesemporium.co.uk, 01622 891 856.

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