Our History

From humble beginnings, Macknade has flourished and grown into what it is today. 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.

1847 

Frederick Neame Snr, was the first to bring the family to Faversham, Kent. The family farmed the land for many years and Macknade Farm was one of the region's leading fruit and vegetable growers, nationally renowned for its hard fruit, hops and livestock. This continued for 5 generations. 

1947 

Pears from the Macknade orchards were served at the wedding of Princess Elizabeth to the late Phillip Mountbatten. 

1979 

Patricia Neame (Frederick's great great granddaughter) opened Fir Tree P.Y.O on the corner of the family farm. Patricia does this with her husband Renato Cuomo, an Italian native – originally from the island of Ischia in the Bay of Naples.

2001 

Macknade stops farming altogether and focuses solely on retail.

2011 

The café opens, encouraging Macknade shoppers to sit and enjoy quality food with friends & family in-store, a community is building.

2013 

Stefano, Patricia & Renato’s son, becomes Managing Director, the sixth generation to own and run Macknade.

2016 

The butchery opens at Macknade Faversham

2018

 Macknade opens the Deck, the outdoor dining area in Faversham.

2019 

Introduction of Unpackaged at Macknade and an even greater commitment to more sustainable practices.

2020 

Macknade's second store opens in Ashford, offering 8,000 sq ft of retail & dining space in Elwick Place, the former site of the bustling cattle market.

2021 

Shane Godwin takes over as Managing Director and Stefano Cuomo becomes CEO.  Macknade at Hoopers in Tunbridge Wells opens on the second floor of a family run department store.

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.

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Careers at Macknade

We’re always on the look out for hard working, passionate people who love food and want to share that passion with others.

Our team enjoy great perks, including discounts on produce, complimetary lunches and best of all, the opportunity to learn, thrive & grow in your career.