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From must-have earrings to the best new eateries...our ear is firmly to the ground and these are the rumblings we’re hearing this week…

NEW FOODIE FIND: The Small Holding, Bar & Kitchen, Kilndown 

The brand-spankin’ new, The Small Holding has just opened its doors in Kilndown and is already turning heads. Owned by one of Kent’s most exciting chefs, Will Devlin, (mostly known from Thackerays and Richard Phillips’ pub The Windmill in Hollingbourne), acquired a smallholding with an acre of land. On it he decided to grow his own salads and vegetables, keep pigs, ducks and chickens – and open a rustic restaurant where he can showcase all that wonderful home-grown and reared produce. The Small Holding strives to gather seasonal produce for their everchanging menus, ensuring that there’s a constant evolution – watch out for the Muddy review, coming soon!

SNAP ‘EM UP: Catherine de Crevecoeur, ‘Les Midinettes’, Jewellery Collection 

Catherine is a very-successful stylist, fashion and image consultant, based in Tunbridge Wells, and after spending years advising women with their own unique styles, Cat saw her chance to create her own range of beautiful, bold statement pieces of jewellery to celebrate these women who have inspired, motivated and supported her over the years. Each piece is named after a woman who holds a special place in her heart. Cat sources her materials form the highest quality leather suppliers who comply with REACH standards. With something in the collection for everyone, we’re sure you’re going to love it as much as we do.

STORE LAUNCH: Duck and Dog, Homeware, Gifts & Accessories, Cranbrook

Think you’re going to like this new interior store that has just opened its doors on Cranbrook’s High Street. Having struggled to find affordable luxury interiors that were both beautiful and practical for her family home, Holly decided to source a handpicked collection herself – and the Duck and Dog was born. Basically the philosophy is that you should always drink your tea from your best china, even whilst wearing your wellies (how very sensible). We always admired her online collection of soft furnishings, innovative homeware and cute gifts so we’re excited to go and oh and ah over the stuff in the flesh.

NEW OPENING: Basil, Cafe, Sevenoaks

Joyous news for lovers of wholesome fresh food and gorgeous cakes! The popular coffee shop and eatery has opened a new premises in Sevenoaks. Located on Bank Street, the new cafe will be the fifth Basil to open with locations already in St John’s, Tunbridge Wells, Kingdom at Penshurst and Tonbridge. The new venture also sees employment opportunities arising, and the company are now seeking full and part-time workers. Sadly we haven’t spotted ‘official cake taster’ on their list but we can hope…

WATCH THIS SPACE: Marco Pierre White, Restaurant, Folkestone

Celebrity chef Marco Pierre White is to open a brand new restaurant in Folkestone! You lucky lot you. The Steakhouse Bar & Grill will be on The Leas, in the Best Western Clifton Hotel, to be taking over the existing Garden restaurant. The new restaurant is said to be everything you would expect from a traditional steakhouse combined with ‘the superior quality of Marco Pierre White’. The menu is exclusively curated by the famous chef himself, it includes signature steaks, timeless English and French classics and a comprehensive selection of premium cocktails – see you at the front of the queue!

UNDISCOVERED SEVENOAKS: Reuthe’s, Nursery & Gardens, Sevenoaks

Reuthe’s has now re-opened after months of renovation work to the historic gardens! They have been welcoming back visitors since early May. If you haven’t been, Reuthe’s are the Lost Gardens of Sevenoaks, featuring 11 acres of ancient woodland, a place for discovery and adventure. Ruethe’s journey began over 100 years ago when a young Jewish émigré, Gustav Reuthe, left Germany in fear of his life. Driven by an insatiable curiosity, Reuthe embarked on dangerous plant hunting expeditions to China and the Himalayas. There, high in the snow-covered mountains, he discovered never seen before rhododendrons, azaleas and other rare plant species. The plants that he brought home are thriving to this day in the nursery’s magical 11-acre gardens. Explore the wilderness, hike up through the jungle like pathways or just go for coffee and homemade cake in the cafe.

TIMELY THIS TOUR: Call The Midwife Tours, The Historic Dockyard, Chatham

2018 is The Historic Dockyard’s 400th Birthday and to celebrate there’s a whole bunch of special events taking place. Like some of the cast of Call the Midwife visiting to promote the launch of the official tours. Capturing the hearts of over 10 million TV viewers who, for seven series have tuned in each week to watch the much-loved programme. Many of the show’s iconic scenes feature The Historic Dockyard Chatham as a backdrop. If you’re a fan of the series, this year is the perfect time to visit and enjoy a location tour.

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