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2004, with an eclectic line-up If you’re after a hot drink or of ales that includes Finchcocks quick bite to eat, the Westerham Original, Grasshopper, Summer Cyclery purveys a wide range We’re developing the town as a visitor Perle and Spirit of Kent. As for of cakes for hungry cyclists, experience, and the restaurants are a Squerryes, the award-winning, while Venetian coffee house core part of that. We want to encourage 35-acre vineyard was planted Deli di Luca serves lunches people to come and experience the in 2006 on the south-facing and patisserie. Elsewhere, escarpment of the North Rendezvous is reflective of an whole offering that we have, because Downs, and creates sparkling authentic brasserie at its best, Westerham has something for everyone Kent vintages expressive of the providing a vibrant yet relaxed estate’s ‘terroir’. atmosphere, or why not treat “We try to keep it all locally yourself to ‘much more than a produced,” explains Jane. to find anywhere else. It’s very much a coffee’ at The Courtyard? “There are no chain restaurants here; community, so people feel welcomed Heartier meals are readily available they’re all independent or family-run, when they come here.” at Italians Da Peppino, The Comodore which the locals try and support, and The coming months are set to be an Restaurant and Napoli é, as well as there’s a lot of help and interaction exciting time for wine and beer Indians Tulsi and Shampan at the in our community that goes on in our drinkers with the upcoming arrival of Spinning Wheel. And with traditional restaurants. Westerham is regarded Westerham Brewery, which is English fare on offer in tea rooms Tudor as a destination for food, but it’s more relocating from Edenbridge to the Rose and Food for Thought, alongside than just that.” same site as Squerryes Court winery. pubs The George & Dragon, General Wolfe To give something back to its patrons, The two producers are hoping to and Grasshopper on the Green, there’s an longstanding Chinese restaurant Chow’s establish tasting rooms for visitors to assortment of cuisines to suit all tastes. hosts an annual dinner for old-age sample their regional tipples this spring. “Our restaurants and cafés are open pensioners, as does Westerham Club, a No17 Westerham Wine Bar, meanwhile, much longer than other places, so you can small, friendly members’ club that ‘sells will showcase a taste of Spanish tapas come to Westerham for breakfast, which the cheapest drinks in town’. and cocktails from November. most of the places serve,” Jane continues. Plus, St Mary’s Church’s yearly As regular Gastro readers will recall, “It’s quite a cosmopolitan, café-style Christmas tree festival sees tourists flock Westerham Brewery was established in culture in Westerham, which is hard

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Gastro Magazine Winter 2016  
Gastro Magazine Winter 2016