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Celebrating The Best of Kent

Five Kentish gems everyone should try…

From fruit to veg, dairy to meat, Kent is home to some of the country’s very best produce. Our Bluewater pop-up shop is all about showcasing this produce and the products that make the most of it, so here are a few of my favourites:

Chegworth Valley Beetroot & Apple Juice

Like Macknade, Chegworth Valley started life as a farm, where they grow the apples, pears and soft fruits used in their juices. I love the earthiness of beetroot in this juice, which is an ingredient proven to enhance performance during exercise – ideal if you’re taking part in the London marathon this weekend!

Ellie’s Dairy Original Goat’s Cheese

Produced just down the road from our Faversham store, this goat’s cheese is a real winner, made using milk from goats that graze freely in the Kent countryside. I suggest trying it crumbled over a light & healthy spring salad with broad beans, rocket, mint, a splash of lemon & olive oil.

Whitstable Pickle Apple & Pear Chutney

A smooth & sweet chutney, which makes the most of fruits picked in Kent’s beautiful orchards. This works well with several of our Kentish cheeses, including Winterdale Shaw and Ashmore from the Cheesemakers of Canterbury, served with Zingiberi crackers, which are produced on the North Kent coast.

Kent Crisps Smoked Chipotle Chilli Crisps

Kent Crisps newest flavour is made using chilli grown at Kent Chilli Farm near Dartford, and has what I think is just the right amount of kick. I’ll be tucking into mine alongside a Whitstable Bay Blonde – my favourite lager in the shop.

Chapel Down Flint Dry

Similar in style to a Sauvignon Blanc, this refreshing white wine is produced at the Chapel Down Vineyard in Tenterden and is ideal in white sangria (a lovely alternative to Pimms!). I shake mine with peach purée, raspberry liqueur, a squeeze of lemon and plenty of ice, before garnishing with fresh raspberry and peach.

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