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Your Guide to a Kent Summer

Your one stop shop for inspiration of things to do, where to eat, what to cook & how to treat yourself over the summer months

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Bean Smitten's New Honey Processed Coffee

Celebrate the end of summer and support women in coffee with Bean Smitten's latest offering from Costa Rica.

Sisters, Arleen & Maria Jimenez a member of Bean Voyage, a feminist, non-profit organisation, which works to strengthen address the gender gap in coffee farming. Here we have, a light-medium roasted coffee offering notes of papaya, cherry, milk chocolate, roasted hazelnuts, orange acidity and a creamy body.

From £10.50


Bean Smitten Coffee Roasters

Self Guided Tour

Daily Self-Guided Tours & Tastings at Biddenden Vineyards

With no pre-booking required, Biddenden’s Self-Guided Tours run daily throughout the summer months, in line with the Vineyard Shop opening hours. Just £10 per person, the Self-Guided Tour includes entry to the vineyard walk, a Self-Guided Tour booklet and a tasting flight of 3 wines of your choice.


Biddenden Vineyards

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PYO Flowers on a Saturday

Our flower plot is open every Saturday, until the end of October, with an ever-changing array of seasonal flowers and foliage for you to pick. Come along and enjoy this wonderful experience with your friends and family. We sell tea and cake and will wrap your flowers to take home. Booking required.


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Heritage Orchard Days at Brogdale

For a truly unique family day out, you won't find anywhere else visit Brogdale Farm on their Heritage Orchard Days! Taste your way through hundreds of apple varieties straight from the trees. We have so many weird and wonderful sizes, shapes and tastes you will be amazed! Hear all about the fruit and trees from our guides and harvest your own apples and pears to take home in your FREE National Fruit Collection tote bag. Campfire cooking, apple pressing and face painting are all included too! Heritage Orchard days start 16th and 17th September. Come and delight in the wonderful orchards bursting with fruit and help us raise funds to protect this important local diverse horticultural resource. BOOK NOW


Brogdale Collections Charity.

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New Pink Gin from Canterbury Brewers & Distillers

After many, many requests Canterbury Brewers & Distillers have made a modern-day Pink Gin. Dry in style, infused with soft red fruits; rhubarb and cherry to create a sweeter profiled gin. It’s a seasonal release from us meaning only one batch has been made for the bar and a small run of bottles and once it’s gone it’s gone! For a more traditional pink gin you could try our Navy strength Torpedo gin with a dash of angostura bitters and lemon….quite the contrast to our modern version. We pride ourselves on no artificial flavouring.


Canterbury Brewers and Distillers @The Foundry Brew Pub

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Chapel Down in Summer

As the Chapel Down winery estate begins to flourish in the summer sun, we're busy adding to our events calendar in preparation for some unique entertaining this season! From opera and wine tastings, to theatre in the vines, we've planned an exciting array of events to delight any wine enthusiast. Open 10am – 6pm Sunday to Wednesday. 10am – 8pm Thursday to Saturday.

Book online -


The Chapel Down Winery

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Art Exhibitions & Tastings at Chartham Vineyard

The full collection of our current still and sparkling wines is available for you to taste free of charge in our Vineyard Shop every Saturday 10.30 to 5.00, where you will also have free entry to our art exhibitions featuring 4 artists who exhibit nationally. We are one of the most accessible vineyards in the country, situated next to Chartham Station, (one stop from Canterbury West) and at the end of a delightful footpath along the river from Canterbury. Relax with a glass of wine in the surrounds of our heritage farmyard featuring 450 year od buildings of national significance.


Chartham Vineyard

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Comedy Nights at Elite Pubs

Our Comedy Nights are back by popular demand and you can expect to see shows throughout October and November!

As well as guaranteed laughs, you can enjoy your favourite pub grub and a glass of wine (or two) before the fun begins. All ticket holders will receive 25% off food on the evening. * Tables for food must be made separately.

*at select venues

Get your table booked at


Elite Pubs

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It's Shoot Season!

It's that time again and one we always look forward to! Between now and the end of January, our family don their wellies and rifles and set out into the Harty countryside come rain or shine to gather produce for our autumn and winter menus. Expect to see partridge, pheasant, wild duck and pigeon making its way onto the menu, providing the perfect opportunity to try some new flavours. Even if you've never tried game before, we encourage you to give our game a go. Keep your eyes peeled for some things we're doing a little differently this season.

Book a table:


The Ferry House

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Murder Mystery in the Kentish Countryside

Have you seen our latest competition? We're giving away 4 tickets to our Murder Mystery Evening on Friday 22nd September! Put on your glad rags and join us for a night of solving crime in the secluded Kentish countryside. Set alongside a three-course locally sourced menu, with drinks upon arrival and talented cast, if you're looking for a great night out, this is the place. You can enter our competition now on our socials (@TheFerryHouseHarty) by liking and sharing our recent Murder Mystery post or you can buy your tickets now on our website.

Buy your tickets:


The Ferry House

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Cocktails and Canapes at Frasers

What better way to spend a sunny Summers afternoon than with friends, sitting in the garden at Frasers, enjoying cocktails and canapes!

£25.00 per person for a chefs selection of 6 canapes per person and a delicious cocktail, pick from Strawberry Daiquiri, Passionfruit Martini, Espresso Martini or Pink Gin Spritz.

Available Wednesday to Sunday in our Garden Pods, minimum numbers 6 per table.

Contact us on 01233 756122 or e-mail to make a reservation


Frasers Egerton

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Garage Coffee x Simply Ice Cream - The quest for the perfect affogato

We recently took on the arduous task of testing our affogato with a range of Simply Ice Cream.

Affogato is a traditional, indulgent Italian dessert, and we put our twist on it by using our current decaf coffee, El Tucan from Mexico.

We tested it with some of Simply's best sellers as well as some of their vegan and sorbet options. The results where quite surprising!

Read all about it in our latest blog:


Garage Coffee

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Greensand Ridge Gin Experience

A wonderful gift for the spirits enthusiast in your life, this 2.5hr experience is an in depth guide to making gin and gusts go away with their own creation.


Greensand Ridge Distillery

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Picnic for two, every weekend until 1st October

Soak in the last rays of summer sun with a picnic for two in the vineyards. Our specially created picnic garden at the top of our Boot Hill vineyard is ready and waiting – imagine the views across our Pinot Noir vines, over the lush wetlands of Romney Marsh and towards nearby Camber as you sit down to lunch in the open air. Inside your picnic you’ll find the best of Kent and Sussex produce, from artisan cheese and charcuterie to local fruit and homemade bread, accompanied by a bottle of Gusbourne Brut Reserve (usually £45 per bottle). You can also upgrade your wine choice to Rosé, Blanc de Blancs or Blanc de Noirs.


Gusbourne Estate

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Hengist Out and About have been busy this summer!

Hengist Out & About have had a busy summer, catering for some amazing customers. Work BBQs, private suppers, christenings, baby showers, launch parties, two day cocktail party - this one makes me smile and oh course weddings.

Rather than me telling you what we offer , here’s a review from an intimate wedding.


Korkers BBQ

For this BBQ season, why not try our Korkers BBQ Bundle.

Call or email to place your order and collect from our office in Rolvenden, Kent.

Bundle includes: 12 x Korkers Jumbo Sausages. 24 x Korkers Premium Sausages. 8 x Honey Roast Sausage. 8 x Chilli Sausages. 8 x Gluten Free Sausages. 4 x 4” Korker Burgers. 4 x 4” Chilli Burgers.

(Available from 1st Apr to 31st Aug)

01580 241307 (Mon-Thu: 8.30am-3pm, Fri: 8.30.12pm)


Hoads Korker Sausages

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Award winning Vegan Pad Thai Sauce!

Karimix are delighted to announce that the Pad Thai Vegan Sauce was awarded a Gold Star in the 2023 Great Taste Awards.

Judges’ comments included:

The sauce has notes of soy in the aroma. The flavour is full-bodied with notes of sour, sweet and salty. It is a well-balanced and versatile, delivering the tastes of Pad Thai. It would be an authentic marinade or seasoning or would enhance a stir-fry. It would also work well in mayonnaise.


Karimix UK Ltd

Our Amazing Animal World

Summer of fun at Millbrook Garden Centres

We have some amazing events lined up at our Gravesend and Staplehurst Garden Centres this Summer! From pirates and mermaids, to circus performers and superheroes - join us for a fun-filled party hosted by some very special guests. Creative kids and little engineers will love our new craft and Lego workshops, and we have a real treat for animal lovers - Our Amazing Animal World returns to Millbrook for the holidays!


The Millbrook Garden Company Gravesend

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Summertime and Fresh Seaspray Soap with the scents of that salty air!

Our essential oils have top notes of douglas fir, a fresh crisp scent, with a background sweetness of lavender, ginger and juniper berry with a low note of black pepper.. add it all together for that fresh sea air in your soap bar!


My Cottage Cosmetics

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The farmers markets still have some soft fruits making an appearance, but we're moving on to cobnut and squash season soon.

You'll find a lovely selection of local food, drink and some craft at our accredited Real Farmers Markets - details of future dates below:

Lenham Country Market - Sunday 10 September 9 til 1
Hall Place Saturday Farmers Market - Saturday 16 September 10 - 2
Chislehurst Farmers Market - Sunday 17 September 10 - 2
West Malling Farmers Market - Sunday 24 September 9.30 - 1.30
Hall Place Bexley Farmers Market - Sunday 1 October 10 - 2

To find out more about our farmers markets and future dates take a look at our website:


My Farmers Market Ltd

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Smoky flatbreads and outdoor eats at THE PIG-at Bridge Place

Right in the heart of the walled Kitchen Garden, our rustic and reclaimed outdoor kitchen is now open! Head over the rickety bridge, past the summer sprouting, through the greenhouse, and onto our Garden Oven terrace to find wood-fired cooking and tasty tipples - the ultimate spot for sunshine dining!


THE PIG - At Bridge Place

September Quiz Trail

Have fun with a Quiz Trail – explore in a new way!

We love sharing the Kent history we discover! In the month of September head out and explore more of one of our fantastic Kent seaside towns – maybe Broadstairs or Folkestone or Herne Bay? Here’s a tale of some famous Kent visitors!

Jolly Boys Outing... to Herne Bay! Back in 1989 the ‘Only Fools and Horses’ Christmas special episode told the story of the memorable lad’s trip down to Margate. Del Boy, Rodney, Uncle Albert, Trigger, Boycie and the rest of the gang got up to their usual funny mayhem. The story included a stop off half way at a pub ... scenes that were filmed at a former pub in Herne Bay - the Roman Galley. It was where the coach exploded! The pub has since been converted to luxury flats which you can see when you drive east along the Thanet Way.

Order online at


Quiz Trail

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Autumn Shepherd's Hut Stays at Romney Marsh Shepherd's Huts

Leap into autumn with a luxurious stay at Romney Marsh Shepherd's Huts. Choose from the Lookerer, the Rumwold or the new, family Romney hut, and escape to the Kent countryside. The award-winning huts are available to book all-year-round, and each hut has its own log burner, firepit, cosy double beds, a kitchenette and private en-suite bathroom. Book your stay here.


Romney Marsh Shepherds Huts

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Romney Marsh Wools launches new, sustainable toiletry designs

Romney Marsh Wools is so pleased to announce a brand new look for their toiletries range! As part of their ongoing mission to remain carbon neutral and reach carbon zero, they have refreshed the packaging of their luxury toiletry products - with everything being fully recyclable and sustainably made. Rest assured, it will only be the packaging that has changed, and the ingredients within the bottles will remain the same. Browse the toiletry range here.


Romney Marsh Wools Ltd

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You need matcha in your life!

Learn about the health benefits of Matcha with our 7 reasons to switch from coffee to matcha, with our Tea Makers of London, Ceremonial grade Matcha!


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Harvest at Wayfarer is open to volunteers, even for just a few hours!

Picking dates TBC, sign up to our newsletter/e-mail with your name and number if you’d like an invite.

The day begins at 9am and the finishes at approx. 2pm.

Light refreshments available, plus celebratory glass of wine at the end.

Contact Karen 07943532197


Wayfarer Wines

Rosemarys Strawberry Raspberry

Rosemary's ‘No Ordinary Jam’

Since discovering that she, herself, has diabetes, Rosemary Shrager, TV chef, author and owner of Rosemary’s Online Cookery School has been a keen advocate of a reduced sugar diet that is still packed with flavour. However, after looking around, Rosemary was shocked to discover that many no-added sugar varieties were bland and tasteless. So, after contacting The Wooden Spoon Preserving Company, Rosemary decided to produce her own range to show that you don’t need sugar to have a great tasting dish. This ‘no ordinary range’ will initially consist of two high fruit spreads Strawberry & Raspberry and Blackrurrant and two relishes, Chilli Jam and Fig & Apple Chutney


The Wooden Spoon Preserving Co. Ltd