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HOT GOSSIP! 10 things you need to know

Calling all movers, groovers, gossipers - there is loads going on across Kent from new openings to summer sales. Here's 10 tasty news nuggets for you!

NEW OPENING: Bowley’s Restaurant at The Plough

Fresh on the food scene, new community-funded, family-run hidden gem. With a great bar and top notch food we know you’re going to love. Bowley’s Restaurant at The Plough. Chef Alex has created a bespoke menu of high quality food and drinks using ingredients which are locally sourced.

NEW LOCATION: Papa Bianco, Faversham

Now in a brand new location, Papa Bianco is down at 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! Or you can still take your order to go. Their pizzas are hand rolled and stretched by their pizzaiolo’s, so sometimes they’re round and sometimes they’re square! Their latest deal is 4 pizzas and a garlic bread for £35, perfect with friends or the family – let’s go!

COMING SOON: Domaine Evremond’s Winery & Visitor Centre, Chilham

We here at Muddy always know what’s going on! Domaine Evremond have just received planning approval to build a winery and visitor centre at their Wine Estate in Chilham, Kent. Their visitor centre (pictured above) will give the best views over the vines and wider landscape, giving visitors a full appreciated of the Kent Downs. We’re excited for this one!

NOW OPEN: Samsara Yoga, Retreat & Supper Clubs

You might have noticed that Samsara Yoga & Retreat have been busy with their Garden Yoga Classes and Virtual Classes over the past few weeks but they are now fully open for retreats, Yoga classes and guest stays! Including the return of Feel Good Fridays (a mini-retreat designed to be the perfect start to your weekend!) that include a yoga class, meditation sessions and nutrition talks.

They have an exciting summer ahead with the launch of Samsara Supper Clubs – the next one is Thurs 27 Aug (6pm – 10.30pm). A delicious monthly dinner club for Kent foodies in partnership with Bathtub gin (yes, please) with 5-course menus, designed by one of Kent’s most celebrated chefs, Scott Goss. Join the fun here.

BOOK LOVERS: Get Wilderness Chef signed from Sevenoaks Bookshop

Sevenoaks Bookshop are now open and the award-winning bookshop is still hosting their much-loved events, brining brilliants and authors into our lives – just via Zoom! Ray Mears’ is signing copies of his new book ‘Wilderness Chef’ especially for Sevenoaks Bookshop, you can even ask for a dedication so it makes the perfect gift (order online and simply include any details for your dedication in your order notes). Pick up your signed copy of Ray’s cookery book which is filled with wonderful stories of his travels plus recipes to cook and enjoy outdoors – ideal for post-lockdown summer! 

NEW OPENING: Street Food Market, Chatham

Ready for a fresh new foodie experience? Well… Street Food Warehouse have teamed up with Dockside Outlet at Chatham Maritime to launch a brand new street food market. Now open daily, this market will host some of the South East’s best traders with a range of cuisines – so come hungry! From buttermilk fried chicken to brilliant British fish and chips, to deliciously vegan mac’n’cheese and sweet & savoury crepes. There’s enough to suit everyone. They have a huge outdoor terrace so perfect to sit out on and enjoy your starter, main, dessert or just a quick snack. 

TAKEAWAY: Experience The Ambrette from your home!

Margate’s first ever Michelin recommendation in 2010, The Ambrette (also now in Canterbury and Rye) is a foodie destination for traditional Indian dishes with an exciting and innovative twist. If you’re in Dover, Deal or Folkestone, well good news for you! They are offering a home delivery and collection service from a kitchen in The Three Cups of Dover, where owner Dev Biswal (Asian Chef of the Year AA Rosette) will be launching on Sat 1 Aug. In Ashford? Watch this space! See their Home Delivery Menu here. 

DAY TRIPS: Visit the home of Kentish Pip

Forget beer gardens, why not visit a Cider Farm this summer? Visit Woolton Farm, the home of Kentish Pip, (right next to Howletts Wild Animal Park, 5mins drive from Canterbury) a family-run fruit farm that they’ve now opened to the public! They’ll be serving the finest Kentish beers, gin, wines and ciders from their 16th century thatched barn. Enjoy BBQs and Woolton Farm strawberries and cream at the weekends, all set in the huge green space, it’s the perfect day out. Open Mon-Sun! Book your table now.

NEW OPENING: Lumière, Tunbridge Wells High St

Fanfare please! Lumière, designer lighting from industry leaders in the heart of Tunbridge Wells, is NOW open! This stunning addition to the high street is owned by mum-of-four, Melissa, who launched her new store with a glamorous open day with Marissa Bourke @missyhoops, award-winning creative director and interiors editor of Harper’s Bazaar, popping in to cut the red ribbon. It’s now open to the public so make sure you support local and explore this beautiful lighting showroom! (Challenge you not to get your credit card out – the pieces are divine!)

FOR THE FOODIES: New Supper Club, Alive With Flavour, Sept

Hot news! The latest hot-off-the-press dates announced for the Alive With Flavour popular Supper Clubs is now here. Don’t miss ‘Best Of Local‘ on the 2nd of Sept! Jo Banks, founder of Alive with Flavour, is a food presenter, food blogger, lifestyle chef and organiser of food events. Through food festivals, workshops, corporate events and supper clubs Jo is on a flavoursome mission. So don’t miss the celebration of the best of Kent’s fruit, vegetables and local meats. Details are yet to be announced but keep your eyes peeled for this one.

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