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Welcome to the Yourcounty Food Directory. The aim of this feature is to provide a relevant and positive view of all that is best and interesting in Kent food and drink. Current Kent food and drink retailers are linked from this page. Follow these links if you're looking for Kent Farmers' Markets or ideas for Kentish cooking.
So what is Kentish food and drink? If you type 'Kent food' into an internet search engine you'll have to look quite hard for reliable information about the local food traditions. The bulk of what information there is can be found on websites of food businesses themselves or the agencies whose function it is to promote them; something of an irony for a county known as the Garden of England. Whilst our own pages actively support local food producers and retailers we are also happy to feature information about local food traditions not connected to contemporary businesses.
If you'd like to recommend a retailer or producer for inclusion on these pages send us some details with 'Kent Food' in the title, we also welcome submission of general interest features connected to Kent food and food traditions. Our contact details are at the foot of the page.
So how can we define Kentish food? There isn't space here to itemise the full richness of the local food and drink industry but some of the most well known produce includes: the Dover sole and skate fish in the English Channel, the shellfish along the North Kent Coast valued since roman times. The renown lambs from the southern marshes, free range cattle, fowl and pigs of every description. Fruit, berries nuts and hops grown for centuries in all parts of the county; as well as award winning wine and beer derived from them. Market gardens growing vegetables to the highest organic standards and dairy farms and produce as good as anywhere in the UK. These scant details do but scratch the surface!
Visit this page for the current Kent food feature. Links to previous features are below. The Kent food feature is written on a rolling basis so some of the information and prices featured in the directory may be out of date, always check any details direct with the producers or retailers before you visit or buy.
Allens Farm are one of the county's producers of cobnuts (or filberts as they are still known in some quarters). A cobnut is essentially a hazelnut, they have a long association with Kent and still be found under cultivation but also growing wild in some gardens and even in woods and on common land.
Beult House Bees take advantage of the natural process undertaken by honey bees of creating honey from nectar. Beult House Bees are based up on the Sussex, Kent borders largely in and around the towns of Cranbrook and Hawkhurst.
Bourne's Butchers are a well known local butchers serving New Romney and the surrounding area. Bourne's have been trading for over a quarter of a century, providing a wide range of "locally sourced, naturally reared, free range meats and meat products". It's been a while since our last feedback about this Kentish butcher so if you have recent experience of the products or service we'd be delighted to heear from you.
Brogdale Horticultural Trust is a great repository of over 3,800 varieties of; apples, pears and plums not to mention cobnuts and cherries. Something like a living museum and the de facto National Fruit Collection. The orchards are a record of the fruit that we have been eating for hundreds of years. There is something to see nearly all the year round and there are celebrations of produce at harvest times through events and festivals held on site. A world class resource.
Cheese Harp is one of the places in North West Kent where you can buy excellent cheese from knowledgeable and passionate staff. There are generally 60 or more different products in the shop at any one time. The emphasis in the shop is on quality but there is great representation of UK cheeses with both Kent and Sussex cheese present.
Cheesemakers of Canterbury cheeses can are described as being produced using traditional equipment and methods; wrapped in muslin and then pressed. The product ranges includes: Ashmore, goat's cheese, as well as semi-hard and a soft cheese.
Core Fruit Juice is a well known fruit juice producer based in Chartham which is about five miles outside of Canterbury in the direction towards Ashford. On an idyllic position on the North Downs, the orchards sit on a chalk base, helping to give the apples their unique flavour.
Dennis of Bexley is one of the leading sausage makers in Kent. They enjoy a great reputation as well as a host of awards including Pie & Sausage Gold Medals from the 2011 Smithfield Awards.
Dungeness Fish is a fresh fish supplier based on Dungeness Point and run bas a family concern. Dungeness Fish sell to the public as well as wholesale. They can offer smoked fish which they prepare themselves and their smoked salmon and haddock enjoys a very good reputation.
Gore Farm The BarnYard sells a wide range of local produce, as well as gift shop and farm shop, much of the produce grown and/or produced in Kent. The Farm also has a number of attractions for all the family on site, there is also a pick-your-own facility.
Kent Beer Festival Canterbury plays host to one the regions leading beer and cider festivals. This is really a great event and particularly well organized. It's one of the best opportunities you will find to sample authentic Kentish, beer, cider and perry.
Kent Tea is an established local firm acting as wholesale; importer packer and also a retailer of a range of tea and coffee. To say range really isn't doing the product portfolio justice, 250 kinds of tea and 50 types coffee!
Luddesdown Organic Farm is a long standing organic farm that has been selling direct to the public for many years.
Ocado Home Delivery is the online shopping division of Waitrose. You can get £10 off your first shop, year round savings with the Ocado Pass, two for the price of one offers and much delivered to your own home.
Organic Box Schemes in Kent is own own directory of box schemes throughout the county. It is periodically updated but things do change so if you are a retailer or customer and notice any errors in our coverage do let us know. We're always happy to add new schemes to the list so if you'd like an en try simply drop us an email.
Perry Court Farm Shop can boast three generations of of sustainable farming down in the Stour Valley. They can now boast 200 different crops, many of which are sold direct to the public through their farm shop and local farmers markets.
Ripple Organic Farm has held the Soil Association's Organic Symbol for two decades. They run a vegetable box scheme but also sell great organic produce at local Farmer's markets including Wye and Whitstable.
Solly's Farm Shop Ice Cream Solley's Farms are delighted that their ice cream is SALSA approved.
Staplehurst Blue an increasingly popular blue cheese, unpasteurized and mould ripened, made by hand at Staplehurst, in the heart of Kent.
Tesco may not strike you as being an important As well as all the usual supermarket essentials, you can also order Tesco's Organics, Tesco's Finest* Tesco's Free From, Tesco's Fair Trade, Tesco's Value and Tesco's Healthy Living products.
The Weald Smokery is an award winning producer of smoked fish and meats.
Villagers Sausages are amongst the most well known in North Kent, they have a vast range including gluten free award winning Cumberland and Lincolnshire, Beef Biltong and even Kangaroo.
Whitstable Fish Market is a fixture on the quay in the town's harbour. There is an enormous range of fish and shellfish; locally caught as well as imported and smoked.
Our aim is to publish relevant, interesting and accurate food related features with a local flavour. We do check this page regularly however from time to time things will change. If you find anything out of date or links broken we would appreciate it if you could let us know. We welcome recommendations of local producers and retailers, and we'd also like to hear from you if you have any experience of the produce featured on this page. Simply send us an email with 'Kent Food' in the title.
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