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Superflashy Newsflash! The hottest local goss

Feast your eyes on our latest round-up! 15 of the hottest happenings in our 'hood - openings galore and cool events to add to the diary...

NEW: The Lamp Room, Betteshanger Park, nr Deal

Say hello to The Lamp Room! This brand new kitchen and bar at Betteshanger Park, curated by one of Kent’s top chefs, is a relaxed eatery serving great food with tasty vegan options and a children’s menu. With outside seating overlooking their brand-new, mining-themed play park, this is a perfect spot to catch up with friends or make a day of it with the family. Breakfast is served all day and Lunch is from 12pm.

BANK HOL FUN: The Dove in Dargate, Fri 3 – Sat 4 June

Summer is sorted at The Dove in Dargate, set in the heart of the Kent countryside just 15mins from the pretty seaside town of Whitstable and 15mins from the city of Canterbury. Its got a fast-growing reputation for producing seriously good food so if you haven’t been in yet now is your chance! Especially as they have an exciting range of summer events coming this June…

Friday Jubilee Bank Holiday Afternoon Tea on Fri 3 June from 12pm and it’s not your ordinary afternoon tea either (pictured), view the menu here. Don’t miss The Dove Dargate Gin Festival kicking off 12pm – 6pm on Sat 4 June only £20 per head where you get a gin and mixer for FREE plus a personalised gin glass with BBQ food and live music (playing 1-4pm). Plus there’s a Jubilee 6 Course Tasting Evening Menu on Sat 4 June, view the menu here and book your table now!

WINE LOVERS: Bowley’s at The Plough launch wines ‘Bowleys

You know Bowley’s at the Plough near West Malling right? Well they’ve just launched their own range of wine which includes red, white and rose and created in partnership with local winemaker Henry Boorman at Redhill Estate Vineyard and Vinery in nearby Wateringbury. You can now shop them from the restaurant or online via their wine shop. Make ours the Variety Box pronto!

GO SEE: The White Horse, Boughton, Opening on Fri 13 May

Escape to The White Horse, a charming boutique hotel, restaurant and bar nestled in the beautiful village of Boughton-under-blean, perfectly located to visit Whitstable, Faversham and Canterbury. Enjoy a peaceful escape whether that’s staying the night in one of their gorgeous bedrooms, dining in the restaurant or popping in for a wellness treatment. They’ll be opening to the public on Fri 13 May and are already taking bookings so beat your friends and get in there first!

EAT: Food Village at Macknade, Faversham, Open Now

With the warmer weather finally upon us, the Food Village at Macknade is now open in full swing again for delicious al-fresco food, drink and live music. Go see some of the best street food traders in Kent, open every day with free parking directly outside plus dogs are welcome. View the menu here and thank us later!

SAVE THE DATE: Platinum Jubilee Event, Whitefriars, Canterbury, 2 – 6 June

Diaries out! Whitefriars in Canterbury are hosting a weekend of celebrations to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee this June. We hear there’ll be music, dancing, afternoon tea, croquet on the lawn and much more! More details to be announced soon…

STAY: Edgecliff Boutique B&B, Birchington

We’ve unearthed this TikTok sensation, Edgecliffe Boutique B&B, and it’s on none other than our fine Kentish coast! Tucked away in the seaside village of Birchington – very close to Margate just a 15mins drive. Watch this video and tell us this isn’t your next romantic getaway? Those views!

COMING SOON: Valentina Occasions Pub Dining Pods, The Chequers

Oooh we’re very excited about this one! The Chequers – a beautiful country pub in Lamberhurst, boasting one of our fave beer gardens – is having three gorgeous new dining pods designed by the amazing Valentina Occasions. Easier than explaining, watch the tour here! Book the Regency Garden Lodge, Woodland Garden or Botanical Garden themed pods, enjoy delicious food and have a summer celebration to remember!

FASHION: Soleil Collection, Catherine de Crèvecoeur Jewellery

Discover the new collection of beautifully handcrafted bracelets from this fab Kent designer. Pair them with your statement shirt, layer them up and bring your look even closer to summer. Made in premium Italian leather this stunning, new range of soft, high quality bangles (yes, we love that word) give an instant pop of colour. Create your own stack, mix, match and add that perfect finishing touch to your spring/summer wardrobe.

BOOK NOW: Summer Celebration Dinner, The Dog at Wingham, Thurs 26 May

We have our ears firmly to the ground and we know The Dog at Wingham has a new dining club coming in May to celebrate the start of summer. The menu is a good one so you won’t want to miss this! Call 01227 720 339 or email info@thedog.co.uk to book.

CO-WORKING SPACE: Lime Tree Work Shop, Sevenoaks

Escape the same four walls, meet and wow brand new clients at this vibrant and exciting co-working space in the heart of Sevenoaks. Perfect for those looking for more than just a place to work, local business partners (and sisters) Sandie Johnson and Cathy Emmins have helped to breathe life back into this beautiful building on Lime Tree Walk creating a pretty cool co-working space! Look at that!

GET FIT: Outdoor Sessions with Top To Toe Fitness, Faversham, 21 & 22 May

Get fit and feel great! Join Charlotte Shaw founder of Top To Toe Fitness at the new outdoor fitness facilities at Macknade Food Hall in Faversham for a range of fun classes, with the launch on Sat 21 and Sun 22 May and classes starting from 6th June! Try out all the equipment on offer and enjoy a sneak peek of the classes that will be coming soon including FiTHiiT and Power Hour. Plus enjoy a complimentary coffee from Macknade’s Food Village after the class! Running on Saturday at 8am, 9:15am and 10am and Sundays at 8am and 9am.

DON’T MISS: Sooshi Sushi, Whitstable Harbour, Mon 16 May

Cancel all your plans and set the alarm because the amazing (Muddy tried and tested, thank you very much) Sooshi Sushi is coming to Whitstable’s Harbour this May. Unit 16 at the South Quay Shed to be exact. Picnic goals!

WELLBEING: Yoga and Meet & Greet Alpacas, Alpaca Annie, Tues 21 June

In honour of National Yoga Day on the 21 June, Alpaca Annie is hosting a one-off yoga in the paddock event! Experience a 45min yoga session and get to meet their adorable alpacas after including nibbles and a glass of Prosecco. Kicking off from 6pm for £25pp. There’s limited space so email info@alpacaannie.com or call 01303 870527 to book yours quick.

BOOK NOW: The Hopper Huts, Boughton-Under-Blean, nr Faversham

Tucked away in rural Kent, The Hopper Huts have been gently revived to create four unique holiday homes. Whilst keeping their fascinating story alive, The Huts carefully consider comforts for the modern holiday-maker. Each of the four self contained huts are uniquely designed, with a charming mix of heritage features and modern touches with fully equipped kitchens, bathrooms, comfy sofas and cosy beds. The spaces are open plan, clean and modern. They also sleep up to 4-6 so you can fit your whole brood in. 

The Huts are the perfect base to explore on your next holiday with Selling Train Station only a 10min walk away where you can travel to Faversham, Whitstable or the city of Canterbury. Dover is also just under 40mins away!

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