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Cool new happenings in Kent

Extra, extra! We've got the latest gossip in Kent this month on new restaurant openings, hot offers, vintage shopping masterclasses and the opening of a Crab Museum (yes really!).


Tallow, Tunbridge Wells

Lovers of The Compassess Inn in Crundale you’re in for a treat! Owners Rob and Donna Taylor are opening their second venture, Tallow by the village green in Southborough, just outside of Tunbridge Wells. Opening from Fri 5 Nov, enjoy lunch and dinner Tues – Sat. The menu showcases chef owner Rob’s unpretentious style using good ingredients from local suppliers. There’s 3 starters, 3 main courses and 3 desserts with a 9-course tasting menu available in the private dining room, alongside an interesting and small edit of wines. Now taking bookings, you’ll want to be the first to try.

The Toll Bridge, Sandwich

Introducing The Toll Bridge, an all-new family run Restaurant and Bar located on the riverside in the historic town of Sandwich. Originally built in the 1980’s at Fisherman’s Wharf, it’s since had a modern and contemporary refurb with a seated courtyard, swanky bar area and upper floor balcony offering views overlooking the River Stour. You can expect food from tender meaty ribs, perfectly grilled salmon to juicy chicken wings – veggie and vegan dishes too! Plus a great selection of irresistible refreshing cocktails, beers and lagers and a choice of carefully chosen local and worldwide wines. Book your table now.

Brichwood, Flimwell Park

Now open is Will Devlin’s third restaurant! Birchwood sits on the edge of 46-acres of birch and chestnut trees, technically in East Sussex in the brand new eco development Flimwell Park. Open for daytime dining, breakfast begins at 8am where you can enjoy home-smoked trout, duck egg and sourdough crumpet; waffles with fruit compote or set goat yogurt with local Goudhurst honey and summer berries. Stay for lunch after a walk in the woods, a yoga class or even a visit to the nearby spa and enjoy Paley Farm lamb chops and parsley dressing; skate on the bone with new season potatoes and perry vinegar dressing or a summer farm salad with pickles and preserves. We’re salivating! Book it now.


CHECK THIS OUT: Meet new people with Just Good Company

Hello new Kent biz Just Good Company! NOT a dating site, JGC means you can be happily independent to meet new people, make new friends and have a diary as full as you like, doing what you like. No matter if you’ve just moved to a new area, you’re working from home and missing having a coffee break with someone or you’d like to try a new class or hobby!

Instead of scrolling endlessly through profiles, why not scroll through fun outings (or create your own) and then choose a like-minded companion to fit? We love the sound of this pressure-free away to meet people of the same or opposite sex. Sign up here!

DINING POD EXPERIENCE: The Curious Eatery, Boughton Monchelsea

Have you discovered The Curious Eatery? No? Well it’s a brilliant little dining and event space set up inside The Albion Inn, Boughton Monchelsea. The inside eatery is now a beautiful event space that caters for micro weddings, parties, special occasions, hen dos and more. The team specialise in creating bespoke and very personal events so guests can experience a day like no other.

And if it’s every day dining you’re after – then you’ll LOVE their brand new Globe Dining Pods which are available lunch and dinner, Weds – Sat and Sunday Lunch. Here they offer 2 seasonal 3 course menus at £35ph and £55ph. Dine under the stars and enjoy your beautifully decorated globe complete with your own bluetooth speaker and heater. 

BOOK THIS: Ceramic Workshop at Water Lane, Hawkhurst, Thurs 18 Nov

You won’t wanna miss this! Local potter Kate Monckton Ceramics is coming to Water Lane in November with a pottery workshop. On Thurs 18 Nov create 2 tea cups and a small vase (pictured) using the ‘Kurinuki’ method. It promises to be a fun and informative day, the perfect chance to try something new and create your own piece of pottery.

Kate will be on hand throughout the day to offer guidance and help, there will also be be breaks during the day for mid-morning coffee and lunch. Kate will take your finished pieces away to be fired and glazed, then you’ll be able to return to Water Lane for you to pick up 2 weeks later. All you need to bring is an apron and wear clothes you don’t mind getting a little dirty. Book your place now.

COMING SOON: Crab Museum, Margate

Europe’s #1 Crab Museum and a satisfyingly baffling tourist attraction which is about to open up in Margate on Sat 23 Oct. Yes we are just as confused as you but their fun Instagram page isn’t giving much away so I guess you’ll just have to see it for yourself! Book a slot and see the space. Admission is free.

HOT OFFERS: The Dog at Wingham

It’s Dog-tober don’t you know! Friendly, stylish, foodie pub The Dog in Wingham are turning 5 so they’ve got lots of fun offers going this month. From bottomless Prosecco and House Wine, every Fri lunchtime in October when you order 3 courses and buy-one-get-on-free on Prosecco, Peroni and Whitstable Bay Pale Ale every Thurs in October from 4pm. Book your table now.

Last but not least! They’ve got a wonderful Supper Club coming up on Thurs 28 Oct. Dinner will be served from 7:30pm where you can enjoy 5 delicious courses which will be paired with wines from Gusbourne Estate. £80 pp. Call to book your table: 01227 720 339.

WINE LOVERS: Woolton Wines

Woolton Farm, home of Kentish Pip cider, have just launched Woolton Wines and it’s already winning awards! They are creating a range of small-batch, limited edition wines. So pop by and experience the English grape harvest or better still, enjoy an evening of tasting wine and enjoying cheese and biscuits – we like the sound of that! Their Wine Tasting Flight at The Barn are £20 pp and provide the perfect chance to discover their range of 5 still and sparkling wines from their vineyard. Maybe even pick up a bottle or 2 – we won’t judge!

SUSTAINABLE STYLE: Vintage Shopping Masterclass, Becky’s Wardrobe

Is it time for a wardrobe edit? Meet Becky Leeson, of Becky motivates and coaches women to rediscover their identity, to own their own style, to feel confident, comfortable, feminine and empowered everyday.  

As a Sustainable Style Coach she supports you with her range of styling experiences, from bespoke Digital Mood BoardsWardrobe Reframes and Outfit Reinvents plus Online Masterclasses! Don’t miss her Vintage Shopping Masterclass on Thurs 25 Nov, it’ll be a 1 hour virtual event filled with her vintage shopping tips and experiences for just £25. Book your tickets now.

BEAUTY DISCOUNT: Skin & Beauty Clinic, Tenterden

Late to the party? Don’t worry we’ll fill you in… The Skin & Beauty Clinic (winners of Best Beauty Salon in Kent) based on the beautiful Tenterden High Street specialises in facial treatments including the highly effective facials, Environ, CACI and Dermalux. We know you’ll find your perfect skin solution here. This October they have 20% OFF all Environ Facials plus get a Swedish Back Massage for 20mins for just £20. Book your appointment now!

GET OUTSIDE: Vineyard Tours, Wine Garden of England

Why not book a nice Autumnal stroll around a Kent Vineyard? Autumn is the perfect time to explore as there’s lots going on due to the harvest. See how they turn those delicious grapes into your favourite sparkling wines. There’s plenty of tours available from 6 Kent Vineyards from Wine Garden of England. Book a girlie lunch at Squerryes or walk through the vines followed by a wine tasting at friendly Biddenden Vineyard. Book your next adventure here.

Halloween & Burlesque Night, The Zero Waste Company, Sat 30 Oct

Get your costumes at the ready for a spooky evening of music and burlesque this Halloween! The Zero Waste Company set on The Pantiles in Tunbridge Wells is hosting a Halloween themed event from 7pm on Sat 30 Oct. Enjoy your free drink where a live singer will be performing with a spooky twist plus Britain’s Got Talents’ cabaret superstar Keri Gold will be making a guest appearance! Snap a picture with the stunning vintage Mustang GT parked out back, professional SFX make-up will be on hand and temporary tattoos. Dressing up is a MUST. Get your early bird tickets for just £15 now!

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