Our Story

Macknade is at the forefront of the UK food scene and has been for over 170 years. Our mission is simple - to create spaces & experiences for people & communities to come together over a shared love of food & drink.

Our Story - Macknade Fine Foods

Our Story

Food, Family & Friends Since 1847.

Macknade has been in the same family for sixth generations. Fredrick Neame Snr, was the first to bring the family to Faversham, Kent, in 1847, where they farmed the land for the first five generations. During this time, Macknade Farm was one of the region’s leading growers, nationally renowned for its hard fruit, hops and livestock. In 1947 pears from the Macknade orchards were served at the wedding of Princess Elizabeth to Phillip Mountbatten.

By the 1970s, the world was changing, and with pressure from international exports, there was a need to diversify. In 1979, Patricia Neame (Frederick Neame’s great, great granddaughter) opened Fir Tree P.Y.O on a corner of the wider family farm, with her husband Renato Cuomo, an Italian native – originally from the island of Ischia in the Bay of Naples.

What started life as a tent in a field on the family farm has evolved into what Macknade is today… a pioneering food & drink operation leading the way in the UK.

We no longer farm the land, but our Flagship Faversham Food Hall is right at the heart of where we started some 170 years ago and our heart is, just as it has always been, in our food and the people we share it with.

This spirit runs through the land to our other locations. Our latest venture at Elwick Place offers an all day dining & drinking experience in the centre of Ashford, on the site of a former cattle market. Here we take you right through from coffee & brunch to cocktails & supper, using quality ingredients, simply cooked to bring out their flavours.

Today, Stefano Cuomo (the sixth generation of the family business) heads up Macknade and inspires our team of over 100 people to deliver ‘favourite places’ for all to enjoy.

Our Vision & Values

Our vision is to be the best loved and most trusted name in food & drink, creating spaces that deliver personal aspiration, support & grow communities, and allow us to appreciate & protect our world through the shared joy of food and drink. This is done through our core values of:

Learning

We will be the best we can be by learning all that we can from the world around us and sharing that knowledge with others. We are inquisitive and seek to find the best way of doing things.

Earnest

Our decisions will be made with conviction. We expect to be challenged on what we do and we will always be accountable for our actions. Our community must be able to trust in us implicitly and we must trust in one another too.

Longevity

We have been at the heart of the community for over 170 years and we intend to be here for 170 more. We will grow responsibly, always thinking about the long-term impact of our decision making, leading by example to exist in a sustainable world.

Happiness

Above all else, we must be happy in everything we do. To be everyone’s ‘Favourite Place’ demands happiness and that is not just our own happiness, but the happiness of everyone around us too.

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