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NEW: The Zero Waste Company, The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells, Opening soon

Oh bravo! The Zero Waste Company is the first completely plastic free store in Tunbridge Wells. Their aim is to provide a zero waste environment for customers, offering refill stations on bulk goods, household and personal toiletries, as well as ethical vegan make up, perfume and accessories. They work with a local farm to offer fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables, and a zero waste florist for beautiful flowers without the cellophane! They also offer great coffee and breakfast, bring a cup or container (or use their compostable ones) and take away, or come and hang out in store in their comfy seating area. Whether you are looking for an eco solution to your shopping or a place to chill with some like minded individuals, they’ve got it covered.

BOOK AHEAD: Design-Your-Own Accessory, Elvis & Kresse, Tonge Mill, Sat 2 Nov

Elvis & Kresse, is the incredibly cool brand that makes luxury bags and goodies from reclaimed materials and Burberry’s off cuts (you read about them here before, remember?). They are hugely current, have a big cult following being an eco-friendly, sustainable business. Now it’s your chance to learn how to make and design your own luxury accessory in Elvis & Kresse’s very own workshop at Tonge Mill. On 2 Nov, choose between the wide selection of leather colours and textures, then design and assemble your very own piece. The crafts team at Elvis & Kresse will the finish your piece and send it out to you in their wonderful reclaimed packaging. Including a light lunch. Spaces are limited, book now! 


Snuggle on down at The Milk House this Autumn & Winter, the longer you stay the better the room rate. Join them for 2 nights and receive 20% off, stay for 3 nights and receive 30% off, move in for 4 nights and receive 40% off (offer ends Easter 2020). Or join The Milk House for an overnight stay in one of their beautifully appointed rooms, partake in a 3 course dinner for two people & indulge in one of our delicious cocktails, all for £140 – stay for another night just for £50! (offers ends Thurs 19 Dec). Or make the most of their Settle in Sundays offer, have a Sunday roast, a leisurely stroll through the orchards at Sissinghurst Castle, have a hot bath, curl up in front of their roaring fire or play some scrabble then collapse into crisp white sheets and wake up to a heart English Breakfast for just £100! (Valid Sundays until Easter 2020).


Friday nights in Margate just got better! The Ambrette are offering Bottomless Thali with a signature cocktail for just £25.99 pp. Thali is an Indian-style meal made up of a selection of various dishes which are served on a platter. Choose from the South Indian Meat Thali or the South Indian Vegetarian Thali – there’s even Vegan Thali available! Or upgrade for bottomless cocktails, £45.99 pp including bottomless thali and as many cocktails as you can get through. *hic*
#Mytime Fashion & Beauty A/W19 event, St Julian’s Club, Thurs 14 Nov 
Following the sell-out success of last year’s fashion & beauty event, Sevenoaks Mums is putting on another #Mytime morning not to be missed. Packed with more expert style direction from Fleur McCrone of Fine Styling who will take you through Autumn/Winter trends, key capsule winter wardrobe pieces and things to be looking out for as we approach the party season. There’s also expert advice from the Space NK Pro make-up team who will demonstrate two individual, Charlotte Tilbury makeovers creating an iconic daytime and evening look. Takes place 9.30am – 12:30pm, book your ticket here.
FOODIE FANS: Fordwich Arms named as AA Restaurant of the Year (England) 2019–20

A big hip hip hoorah to Fordwich Arms to continuing to put Kent on the foodie map by scooping AA Restaurant of the Year at the recent AA Hospitality Awards. As well as getting our Muddy stamp of approval,  Fordwich Arms also received a Michelin star just 10 months after the day they opened and Chef-patron, Daniel Smith, was awarded Observer’s Young Chef of the Year which is pretty good endorsement. It’s the winning mix of a great Kent pub that just so happens to serve exquisite food which affirms once again why it’s really not that bad living in the sticks.

NEW: Pig & Sty, Bethersden

Oink Oink, listen up – The Pig & Sty, part of the Elite Pub chain that includes The Potting Shed in Langley, has just opened its doors and is ready for you greedy little piglets. Set in Bethersden (formerly the Mumbai Gate), The Pig & Sty possesses all of the right ingredients for a quintessential English pub – beautiful Grade II listed public house with traditional fireplaces, exposed brickwork and Dering windows serving seasonal farm-fresh food, local craft gins, beers and ales. Plus there’s also a takeaway sourdough pizza, with traditional and the fancier choices (Korean Piggy – korean pulled pork, bbq sauce, chilli, pickled ginger, pineapple, mozzarella) for those who feel like something a bit different.

REVAMP: The White Bear, Tunbridge Wells

While we are on the subject of saying big fat hello to people, we should give a virtual high five to the return of local favourite, The White Bear, which returned to its former premises after the Tunbridge Wells Bar and Grill closed down. Not only is it set in a pretty part of town and on the doorstep of Pantiles, you will also be well-looked after here, whatever the weather, as there’s a secluded Orangery complete with theatrical garden grill kitchen, magnificent walled garden and outside bar with retractable roof as well as a menu that focuses on local producers.

THEATRE: The Shakespeare Project, Macbeth, Salomon’s Estate, From Thurs 7 – Sun 24 Nov

The Shakespeare Project is a collective of professional actors and creatives who are bringing quality Shakespeare productions to the South East. Using an ensemble of experienced classical actors, their aim is to bring Shakespeare’s plays to life, with superb storytelling being at the very heart of what they do. Based at the beautiful Salomons Estate, making fantastic use of their Victorian Theatre space. Don’t miss their inaugural production of Macbeth which is arguably one of Shakespeare’s greatest plays with themes of the supernatural, fate, and the corrosive nature of ambition. Based on true events (yes, really!), they follow the descent of Macbeth from war hero to murderous tyrant. The project’s cast and creatives have worked at such prestigious institutions as The Royal Shakespeare Company, London’s Globe and The National Theatre. Book your tickets now:  

NEW: The Dining Room, Squerryes 

Launching this month for lunch and dinner is the new Dining Room at Squerryes, the 2,500 acre estate (just outside Westerham) known for its vineyard and winery as well as a rather beautiful 17th century house that has been featured in many period dramas such as Vanity Fair and the like.  The Dining Room will focus on a menu of British fish and seafood married with seasonal ingredients from the Squerryes estate and local and artisan producers, and will combine a restaurant, tasting room, open terrace and a beautiful shaded pergola, overlooking the vines. And rather helpfully, their award-winning wine with its fresh and clean palate with a rich intensity of orchard fruit and buttery brioche is an ideal pairing for seafood and shellfish.

NATURE: Big Forest Find, Bedgebury 

Did you know that Top travel guide the Lonely Planet has released its first ever list of the nation’s most ‘memorable, beautiful, surprising and compelling sights’ – and our very own Bedgebury Forest sits right there in the list of UK’s best sights and experiences not to be missed. If that wasn’t a compelling enough reason to visit, The Forestry Commission is inviting people to join the biggest ever survey of England’s forest wildlife as part of its centenary celebrations. The Big Forest Find is taking place in the nation’s forests such as our very own Bedgebury Forest, as volunteers and visitors embark on a journey of discovery through England’s wooded landscapes. From birds and butterflies to insects and plant life on the forest floor, the information recorded will paint a better picture of England’s forest biodiversity. Forestry England is encouraging people from all walks of life, seasoned naturalists to budding wildlife enthusiasts, to take part and record forest wildlife through the seasons using the free app iNaturalist. Do your bit today!

EVENT: Vegan Celebration Dinner, The Dog, Wingham, Thurs 24 Oct

Those clever people at The Dog in Wingham are always thinking of ways to lure you back into their clutches and their Vegan Celebration Dinner on 24th October is a fabulous initiative to try out some very tasty vegan food.  Vegan Chef Asher Wyborn has devised this very special menu just for The Dog and he will be working with The Dog’s chefs for a fantastic foodie night! The event starts at 7pm with a Rosemary and Gin-ger (see what they did there) and prepare to have your taste buds tantalized with dishes as Chestnut panna cotta, shiitake remoulade & golden beetroot gazpacho and  Leeks vinaigrette, “boiled egg” & truffled breadcrumbs awaiting you.  Welcome drink & dinner is £45.00 per person and tickets always go really fast so call 01227 720 339 to get booked in!

COMEDY: The Village Idiot, Pembury Village Hall, Fri 25 Oct

We love a bit of a comedy at Muddy and if you do too, you should know about The Village Idiot, who regularly host stand-up comic nights at venues around Kent. They have a very exciting performance on 25 Oct as they have their most famous (and funniest) comic to date performing for the crowds. Scott Capurro is very well known on the UK comedy circuit, TV and performs at the best comedy clubs in the world – not to mention he was in Mrs Doubtfire and Star Wars! London stand-up comedy is coming to the sticks – don’t miss it!

OFFICE PARTY SORTED: Twisted Bramble, Christmas Parties with a difference

Roll up, Roll up – let us tell you about a couple of wondrous events that should be on your radar from Muddy favourites, Twisted Bramble, who were created to shake up the world  of corporate events by hosting unusual outdoor venues with magical decor, engaging entertainment and sumptuous feasts. First up: The Enchanted Forest at Friday Street Farm on Fri 30 Nov. Held in a beautiful sailcloth tent, The Enchanted Forest is a totally uique event that invites guests to relax whilst being entertained, by engaging, enchanted woodland themed performances that will take place around the tables as you dine and unwind. I am all for sitting and eating while the action takes place around me. OR: The Night Circus at Longton Wood on Sat 7 Dec. Head to The Night Circus which is based on the whimsical novel about a travelling circus in the 19th century.  Held inside stunning black and white striped canvas tipis,you can expect food from an award-winning chef (yum), entertainment from fire performers (wow) as well as aerial acts, silk performers and magicians (oh my). Tables of 12 are £1,200 + VAT and include: Arrival drinks, a 3-course meal, tea and coffee, half a bottle of wine each, entertainment throughout the evening, a fully stocked cash bar, DJ, dance floor and cloakroom. Head here to pick up your tickets and put the traditional Christmas party to bed:

XMAS SHOP: The Christmas Shop, Sue Davies Flowers, Sutton Valence, 24 Oct

Calling all festive superfans! For three months of the year brilliant Sue Davies Flowers turns her Sutton Valence florist in The Old Butcher’s Shop into a perky, quirky Christmas pop up store. Situated in this pretty rural village, between Maidstone and Headcorn – it’s soooo worth a visit. Wander down the narrow streets into the heart of the village (it feels very quaint – possibly Medieval?) and you’ll find it packed with gorgeous unique decorations – think wreaths, garlands, baubles, lights and ornaments of every kind, all hand-made and cute-as-they-come. Now in its forth year, you’ll get a warm reception in the shop and won’t be able to resist a festive shopping slurge, which is open Tues to Sun, 10am-5pm (late night on Thursdays). Go and see the magic for yourself.

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