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issue one

march/april twenty-twelve

George Clooney life at fifty - reflections on the career of a modern hollywood icon

wallets court

a traditional country house hosting an array of delicious food

road to bruges

fine foods and breathtaking scenery on the beer trail


with dresses to die for and top tips for the big day

COSMETIC SURGERY CORNER Kick start the New Year with a new you. Despite the recession, people are continuing to express a strong interest in having cosmetic surgery as a way of looking good. Cosmetic surgery has helped thousands of people feel better. For most people it brings new confidence, as well as a new look. Cosmetic surgery is so much accessible these days with numerous providers offering different procedures and treatments. The quality of post-surgery results and patient care can also vary enormously. Therefore it’s essential to make the right choice, not just of your treatment but of the people you’re trusting to perform it. How can you be sure what’s right for you? That’s simple. The people who know most about cosmetic surgery are the consultant surgeons themselves. To help you make an informed decision about what treatment is right for you and how to choose a provider, BMI The Chaucer Hospital’s team of consultant surgeons have provided some useful hints and tips on how to go about cosmetic surgery. n One size doesn’t fit all: The real expert on your appearance and any concerns you may have is YOU. Your surgeon would assist you in deciding what surgery you might need, if you need it. Remember what looks great on someone might not necessarily suit your own features or body type. Make sure your surgeon understands your goals so that you get unbiased information regarding what you want to achieve and what might be technically possible, alongside any associated risks and benefits. It is also beneficial to speak to your GP about any concerns you may have. Your GP has no interest other than your welfare, so many doctors are very happy to advise patients and not be judgemental about something which many people feel very sensitive and vulnerable about. n Do your research: If you are considering cosmetic surgery, ensure you have done your research and are well informed of the limitations and risks of any procedure. This would help you address any concerns you may have regarding the procedure when in consultation with a surgeon. n Know your surgeon: It is important that you carefully select a reputable hospital or clinic with surgeons who are accredited and experienced in the procedures you are considering. The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) and British Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic

Surgeons (BAPRAS) websites can help you find an accredited surgeon in your area. Or alternatively you can request the surgeon’s name before or while booking your first consultation and check their accreditation on the websites. Also it is beneficial and cheaper to choose a cosmetic surgery package that covers pre-operative tests, free post-operative visits and free revisions of complications where possible. n Get your timing right: Avoid surgery if you have recently experienced major life events such as moving house, changing job, losing a loved one, the break-up of a relationship or the arrival of children unless the circumstances are exceptional. n Take your time: It is essential not to rush into surgery. Remember you have the option to cancel right up until the time you go to sleep for surgery. The fundamental reason for the surgery is to make you feel better about yourself, and if this is compromised or you have any concerns, surgery should not proceed. No reputable surgeon would normally impose any penalty for cancellations. Undergoing surgery is a serious commitment so you must feel prepared and absolutely sure that you have made the right decision. Non-surgical treatments Non-surgical treatments are increasingly popular with more and more people making changes to the way they look through non-surgical enhancements. There is a whole range of nonsurgical treatments available in the market today and some of these treatments are offered in beauty and therapy salons. It is essential that you choose a provider with expertise in delivering optimum results through excellent professional and nursing care. Most importantly, the results you want. BMI The Chaucer Hospital offers a wide range of surgical and non-surgical cosmetic treatments with a network of skilled and experienced cosmetic surgeons, doctors, nurses and aesthetic practitioners. Our combined expertise and state of the art equipment creates an environment where you can feel confident in getting professional advice about your treatment, as well as what’s right for you. For more information about treatments available, prices or booking an appointment, please call 0800 404 6673.

READY FOR A NEW LEASE OF LIFE? At BMI The Chaucer Hospital, we always make sure you’ve asked yourself, and us, all the important questions before you go ahead with a procedure. You can choose your own consultant surgeon who will personally support you through your journey from the initial consultation right through to aftercare. To find out more about how we can help or to discuss the finance options available, call 0800 404 6673 or visit

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march/april twenty-twelve



ello and welcome to the first issue of East Kent Lifestyle, a magazine for, about and inspired by East Kent.


We hope to showcase the best that East Kent has to offer and will endeavour to seek out and share with you top tips on the best places to visit, eat, drink, stay, shop, relax & unwind in our glorious part of the world. We also aim to bring you a complete lifestyle read with something for everyone. As well as our local features and news items we will also be bring you regular celebrity, music, travel, beauty, health, fashion, motoring, homes, gardens and education features. As to this issue, any prospective brides-to-be need to take a browse thorough our East Kent Weddings special starting on page 72 with everything you need to know; from getting the dress that’s right for you, to indispensable make-up tips and the latest wedding trends, picking the venue of your dreams and of course ideas for the honeymoon of a lifetime!

your fancy, dip in to East Kent Lifestyle

Check out (and then check in to) the fabulous Wallett’s Court Hotel & Spa, enjoy a ride in the astonishing Infiniti G37 Coupe or take in a spot of lunch at Canterbury’s newest bohemian Belgian bistro “La Trappiste”. To add a spot of glamour to your day enjoy our feature on the man who women want to be with and who men want to be like – Hollywood’s most eligible bachelor (and Oscar hopeful) Mr George Clooney. Whatever your fancy, dip in to East Kent Lifestyle and we’re sure you’ll find something to entertain, inform or amuse you. Enjoy! Pete Nichols Publishing Director 4

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the wonders of whitstable

broadstairs food festival

what’s inside...

food and drink 12 45 46 49 51 52 72

Broadstairs Food Festival Recipe by Jason Freedman Wallets Court Recipe by Richard Phillips Kent Young Chef Award Winner La Trappiste Sustainable Living

travel 54 Belgian Beer Trail 56 Henley-on-Thames 57 Falling in Love

music 20 Immaculate Fidelity 21 Brads Music

home 23 Decorating 24 Domestic Heating 26 Interior Design 28 Fencing 6


george clooney

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79 Education Matters

spring fashion

weddings 84 Dresses To Die For 86 Wedding Hats 87 Hair Tips 88 Make Up Tips 91 Venues 96 Honeymoons from Heaven 98 Trends


honeymoons from heaven

regulars & features 10 News 14 Fabulous Finds 35 Infinite Cool 38 George Clooney 80 Events

days out 16 The Wonders of Whitstable 18 Explore Kent - The Heron Trail 42 GEEK 2012


dresses to die for

fashion 58 Spring Fashion 70 Trends and Fashion

health and fitness 73 Renee’s Raw Food Tips 74 Cross Fit 76 BMI 77 Lose Weight for the Spring


between the bottom of the hill and the deep blue sea psapublishing East Kent Lifestyle magazine published by PSA Publishing The Joiners Shop, Historic Dockyard, Chatham, Kent ME4 4TZ tel: 01707 878026 email:

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The Coastguard pub & Restaurant isn’t hard to find. Head for the sound of the waves lapping against the white cliffs of Dover, follow the delicious aroma of local produce cooking in a busy kitchen, search out the glint of freshly-poured ale. When the English Channel is about to wet your toes, you’ll be there. Admittedly, it’s a location hard to beat. A pub with its own beach and views across to France when the weather’s clear. Couples say it’s decidedly romantic; families say it’s great fun. It’s true that when you get to us your mobile might think you’re already in France (it is only 23 miles away) but The Coastguard prides itself on being an entirely Britishorientated seaside “home from home.” We’d love to see you soon. The Coastguard – your home by the sea. 50 minutes from London 40 minutes from Calais 2 seconds from the sea

St Margaret’s Bay, near Dover Tel: 01304 853176 9

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Marlowe Makes Moustrap History T

HE WORLD premiere of The Mousetrap on tour will be held at The Marlowe Theatre later this year.

The tour of the Agatha Christie whodunit was announced on Friday, the anniversary of its 60th year in London’s West End. Producers have promised an all-star cast for the mystery, which is the world’s longest running stage production. Each star performer will tour for 12 weeks.

which runs from 11 to 15 September 2012. Theatre Director Mark Everett is delighted The Marlowe will make theatrical history. He said: “This is a major coup for us and judging by ticket sales over the weekend, our audiences are as excited as we are. And, of course, no one here will dare give the game away about whodunit!”. To book tickets, go to or call the Box Office on 01227 787787.

Tickets are already on sale for The Mousetrap in Canterbury,

Kent Young Chef Award winners display their culinary talents at charity dinner in Tunbridge Wells


embers of the general public had a unique opportunity to taste the cooking of the county’s outstanding winners of the Kent Young Chef Award 2011 when they took their places at the Kent Young Chef Award Charity Dinner at Woods Restaurant in Tunbridge Wells last month. The gala evening, with a three course meal devised by the two young winners, gave the talented young chefs – Alice Browning and Phoebe Icke – a chance to showcase their cooking abilities and creativity alongside the dynamic restaurant’s head chef Tommy Ward. Ambitious Alice Browning (aged 14 yrs), senior category winner, and junior category winner Phoebe Icke (aged 11 yrs) worked with Woods’ head chef to plan a fantastic seasonal and regional menu comprising Smoked Salmon and Dill Risotto with a Poached Quail’s Egg, followed by Beetroot, Redcurrant and Rosemary Basted Rack of Lamb served with Creamed Potatoes and Seasonal Vegetables and for dessert Dark Chocolate Panna cotta accompanied with Poached Pear. The Charity Dinner followed on from the dramatic final of the competition which took place at K College, Tonbridge, in November 2011. Kent Young Chef Award 2011 was made possible by the backing of sponsors Hadlow College, kff, Woods Restaurant, Bar & Produce Store and Whiting & Hammond. Details on how to enter Kent Young Chef Awards 2012 will be announced on the Produced in Kent website in September 2012. See Alice Browning’s winning recipe on page 51.


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Open Days at Godinton for the National Gardens Scheme

My Kent Big Weekend Bigger Than Ever


odinton House has two special garden open days on March 25th and April 1st in support of the National Gardens Scheme, gardens open at 2pm and the tearoom will be open serving delicious homemade cakes, cream teas and refreshments. Nick Sandford, Estate Manager said “Godinton is a rightly famous for its daffodils and has opened every Spring for at least 50 years to raise money for the NGS charities. March is such a variable month from bitter Winter to warm Spring. So make the most of the good days and enjoy the gardens.” For those who are in need of a bit more detailed help there is a Pruning and Spring Tasks workshop on Saturday March 17th with Head Gardener, Viv Hunt and Hadlow lecturer, Fiona Abrahams. They will look at all the jobs to set your garden off to a great start for the year, topics to include pruning of shrubs and climbers, preparing the vegetable garden and herbaceous borders. No more than 15 attend the workshops to give everyone the opportunity to learn practical skills and ask questions. Godinton’s gardens open on Thursday March 1st until Wednesday October 31st, 2pm – 5.30pm The House opens from Easter weekend Friday 6th April, until Sunday October 7th. Opening Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays 2pm – 5.30pm with the last house tour at 4.30pm.


isitor destinations and attractions across Kent and Medway are invited to sign up for My Kent Big Weekend 2012 – the county’s annual celebration of its tourism industry and the wide range of venues that entertain more than 56.6 million visitors every year. My Kent Big Weekend 2012, showcasing the best of the county’s tourism, leisure and hospitality businesses to thousands of local residents, will be held on March 17 and 18. The weekend of Kent entertainment will also mark the end of the first England Tourism Week highlighting the importance of the industry to the national economy. Plans are already in hand to ensure My Kent Big Weekend 2012 is the biggest and best to date with even more destinations and venues taking part and more free tickets for local people to explore new places and experiences on their doorstep. “Six years ago we launched the Kent Big Day Out and it has exceeded all our expectations,” said Sandra Matthews-Marsh, Chief Executive at Visit Kent. “It is a tremendous showcase for all the attractions and experiences Kent has to offer going far beyond our iconic castles, cathedrals and historic houses to include many hidden gems such as art galleries, theatres, museums, sporting venues, creative experiences, hospitality venues and even the whole centre of a village. “My Kent Big Weekend gives us all a chance to go out and explore them for ourselves”

Photographer Martin Fagg

To find out more go to, call Kelly Sharp, at Visit Kent, tel: 01227 812912 or email: The deadline for registration is December 31. 11

[food and drink ] WORDS BY JO SCOTT




t seems there is just no stopping this particular gravy train. Shop shelves are crammed with ‘Cook My Way’ books, television chefs are chopping, slicing and dicing whatever the time of day - and every supermarket has a nominated celebrity chef (though who would have imagined coupling Delia Smith, doyen of suburbia, with the boundary breaking Heston Blumenthal?). There’s no getting away from it – food is big industry.

Photography by Andrew Lawson

Words such as instant, pre-packed and convenience are being replaced with sustainability, providence and quality– though what could be more convenient and instant than a fluffy omelette made with farm-fresh local eggs, oozing with a creamy Kent cheese, mopped up with crusty artisan bread, and washed down with local beer? Farmer’s markets and Food Festivals are popping up all over the country to meet this new demand for quality food. One of the newest of these is the Broadstairs Food Festival – and it is proving to be an outstanding success. This past October, over 50,000 people came through the gates over a three day weekend. Result! The town is blessed with a natural venue for the festival with the seafront Victoria Gardens offering space for around 100 stallholders. With all the marquees in place, the green had the feel of a small village with its tented avenues bearing the names of local beaches and bays. There was loads of space for wandering – and sampling – with opportunities to stock up with fabulous cheeses, meats, luscious cakes and pastries, wines and whiskies plus beer stalls where local ales were on tap. The organisers pulled off something of a coup for the first year’s festival when 12

Michelin-starred, television personality chef John Burton-Race gave his time to the Kitchen Theatre but subsequent years have been equally popular with local ‘stars’ strutting their stuff: Toby Leigh from Ramsgate’s Age and Sons, award-winning Dev Biswal from the Ambrette, Margate and Phil from Godmersham Game (Kent’s Meat Retailer of the year) are performers not to be missed. And, for the third year running, Thanet College – one of the major sponsors of the 2011 Festival – brought along enthusiastic students from their Hospitality course: our Gary Rhodes of the future? For me, the joy of food festivals is that you get to meet the cheese maker, the butcher, the baker; the chocolatier, the brewer and of course the cupcake maker. (What did we do before cupcakes were invented?) You can find out where the goats were herded, who stuffed the sausages and when the beer was brewed. Did you know that the hops for Gadd’s beer are grown less than seven miles away from the brewery in Ramsgate? I didn’t - but I do now. It was good to see the local businesses getting in on the act too with wine tasting at the Bottleneck, one of Kent’s finest independent wine retailers and a new food

trail which certainly kept the cafes, bars, bistros and restaurants busy – the streets were buzzing and the bars full well into the evening after the Food Fayre had closed. The roaring success of the Festival – and it absolutely is a success - is all the more extraordinary when you consider that this is not a big-business, commercially-driven event but a ‘not-for-profit’ community interest company (CIC), supported through sponsorship, fund-raising and loads and loads of hard work. Originally conceived to support local food producers and the High street traders and to extend the tourism season, a handful of enthusiastic volunteers simply picked up the challenge and ran with it. There was no manual to follow – no guarantees of breaking even – just a determination to make it work. And the rest, as they say, is history. 2012 Dates: October 5th, 6th and 7th . Stall holder, advertisers and sponsorship details: 01843 871102 / 07866 857 088

To view our complete programme

visit or call the Box Office on 01303 858500 for more information Quarterhouse, Mill Bay, Folkestone, Kent, CT20 1BN

Highlights from our Spring Brochure! Roddy Woomble (Idlewild) - Friday 9th March 2012 - 7.30pm Shoe Baby - Sunday 25th March 2012 - 2.30pm Henning Wehn - No Surrender - Saturday 14th April 2012 - 8pm Paradise Lost - Wednesday 18th April 2012 - 7.30pm Adam Kay's Smutty Songs - Saturday 19th May 2012 - 8pm

This Autumn sees the Spa at Wallett’s Court partner with REN Skincare, Ben Barnett Hydrotherm Massage and Mary Bonas Crystal Therapy. The introduction of a fabulous list of new spa treatments centred around these products and therapists has evolved and has been brought together under the banner of The

Garden of England Spa at Wallett's Court.

The spa has also undergone a transformation which includes a new relaxation garden room and the refurbishment of individual treatment cabins in the woods on the edge of the grounds overlooking the Kent Downs area of outstanding natural beauty.

The Garden of England Spa at WALLETT’S COURT Westcliffe, St. Margaret’s-at-Cliffe, Dover, CT15 6EW W W W. W A L L E T T S C O U R T H O T E L S P A . C O M

For Spa Days & Spa Breaks Call 01304 852424 or Email

Crystal Therapy


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Finds East Kent Lifestyle Magazine’s hottest and most affordable buys at the moment, giving you all the reasons to treat yourself!

 AWAKEN SKIN ...courtesy of Anne Sémonin’s first ever facial cleansing gel. The new Oligo Cleansing Gel is designed to purify and detoxify, leaving skin feeling fresh, pure and supple. A mild, soap-free cleanser, the Oligo Cleansing Gel is suitable for even the most sensitive of skin and is ideal for those exposed to the everyday pollution and harshness of an urban environment. The Oligo Cleansing Gel is also a fantastic product for combination and teenage skin. The Oligo Cleansing Gel will retail at £37 / £31 and will be available to purchase online at, at Liberty Regent St, London and at all Anne Sémonin spas.


A “hands down” favourite this lovely non-greasy, clean formula keeps hands smooth, nails strong, and cuticles soft with a delicate citrus scent. • Hydrates, moisturises • Protects • Essential Oil blend of plant extracts found to help diminish age spots and even out the skin tone • Softens cuticles Nourishes and strengthens dry or brittle nails. The 50ml Tube (Travel Size) is back in stock from January 2012 a bargain at just £12 for more info got to:

 MONTBLANC ALFRED HITCHCOCK Limited Edition 3000 and Limited Edition 80 Passionate craftsmanship and pioneering design are the forces behind Montblanc’s Alfred Hitchcock Limited Edition, an electrifying tribute to the inventor of the psychological thriller genre. The British filmmaker and producer’s horror classics such as “Psycho” and “Vertigo” brought cinema to a new level of artistry, technical innovation and unconventional storytelling. Hitchcock became renowned for taking audiences on a rollercoaster ride of extreme fear and anxiety. Montblanc Alfred Hitchcock Limited Edition will be available in Montblanc boutiques worldwide from January 2012. For further information, visit


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Piper - Heidsieck has released its latest Rare vintage – 2002, the eighth vintage of Rare ever to be released, the preceding vintages being: 1976, 1979, 1985, 1988, 1990, 1998 (in magnum only) and 1999. Rare vintage is the result of the know how and creativity of a winemaker with a talent for successfully overcoming nature's moods to produce a genuine masterpiece, an unexpected experience in the world of Champagne. Piper-Heidsieck Rare Vintage 2002 – RRP: £109.00. Available from all good wine retailers.

 LEICA D-LUX 5 TITANIUM Leica D-Lux 5 Titanium ‘Special Edition’ camera. The elegantly-designed compact camera, with its sophisticated, anodised silver-grey finish, comes presented in a special set with a premium grey leather case and shoulder strap. SRP of £855 including VAT from authorised Leica dealers including the Leica Store Mayfair ( 0207 629 1351).

 KENTISH FESTIVE FEAST A real Kentish festive feast, this hamper provides a wonderful and bountiful selection of Kentish produce for Christmas. Products are locally made, handmade and many are very traditionally Kentish. £139.00 You can find a variety of great hampers from as little as £20 at; 15

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onders of


I never quite realised what a beautiful and somewhat understated little place Whitstable is. Not only is this town world famous for its oysters, but the place has character, history and an overall charm.


o stand on the beach and breathe in the fresh sea air, whilst taking in the view across the sea this place really can be appreciated at any time of year. Refreshingly, you will not find your typical ‘sea-side town’ characteristics in Whitstable. I’m referring to unsightly seafront arcades often filled with gangs of youths, a tatty pier, over-priced swing-rides and helter-skelters along the beach, greasy cafes etc. The list goes on... This picturesque town set just north of Canterbury boasts a beautiful untouched beach and a bustling working harbour. The beach here is shingle/sandy and is perfect for sunbathing in the summer months, though water-sports take place here all year round including windsurfing, dinghy sailing and most recently the very popular kite-surfing. Boat trips can also be taken from the harbour to see the off shore wind farm, the sea fort and a seal watching spot in the Thames Estuary.


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hitstable’s famous Oysters have been collected here since Roman times and the town’s maritime heritage is celebrated with the annual Oyster Festival in town every July. There are many places about town to sample Whitstable’s finest local seafood. Popular choices are The Crab & Winkle Restaurant which is found right in the heart of the harbour and the legendary Wheelers Oyster Bar situated in the high street. The town itself has a collection of quaint shops and boutiques all beautifully decorated within the shopping area of Harbour Street. It is the perfect place to casually browse and purchase original items that you would not find anywhere else. As well as the beach, the good food and the shops you will also find attractions such as the Whitstable Museum and gallery displaying artefacts and portraits relating to the town’s seafaring traditions. Art is very popular here and little galleries can be found about town and dotted along the front. Recently The Horsebridge Arts and Community Centre opened in town. It hosts an art gallery, a performance space and art workshops. Whitstable also has a castle which stands on the border of Whitstable and the suburb of Tankerton. The original structure was built in 1789 and has been added to over the years to create the magnificent building that it is today. The castle is now used as an ideal venue for parties, weddings and corporate and community events. The grounds contain a beautiful public park and a Victorian tea room serving traditional home made food and afternoon teas. This charming town really is a delight to visit, with a laid back atmosphere and plenty of things to see and do it makes for a great day out. Words By Caroline Wilson


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Free as a bird, cycling the



For fun and fitness you can’t beat a bike. Why not spend all day doing this circular route over 18 miles (29km) of country lanes between the shores of Kent’s great rivers; the Thames and Medway? Start anywhere, but the railway station in Higham is convenient if you come by train or car.

Location: Higham Train Station, Higham, Rochester, ME3 7JQ Distance: 18 miles (29 km), allow 3 hours Terrain: All road Parking: Higham train station, fee applies Refreshments & facilities: Toilets and refreshments along the route


[days out ] Head north towards Cliffe, one of three villages you pass through perched on the edge of the north Kent marshes. At this point, the landscape changes sharply from gently rolling arable farmland and fruit to low, flat meadows, crisscrossed by ditches, all the way down to the Thames. St Helen’s in Cliffe is one of the largest parish churches in Kent, revealing the village’s long-time-past importance as a port on the Thames. The striking building, made from layers of pale Kent ragstone alternating with shiny black flint, was constructed sometime c1260. The peaceful churchyard is a perfect place to enjoy the view down towards the Thames sea wall, and the impression (at

high tide) that the ships are floating on the land. If wildlife watching is your passion, take a detour to RSPB Cliffe Pools to see the migrating birds that stop there in autumn to feed. The next village is Cooling where you pass the picturesque Cooling Castle gatehouse with its spectacular twin turrets. The castle is privately owned by Jools Holland the musician but the neighbouring barns can be hired for events. In the nearby churchyard a row of small, lozenge-shaped gravestones, known today as ‘Pip's graves’ is said to have given Dickens inspiration for the opening chapter of Great Expectations. The marshes were very different in Dickens’s day when malaria was common in the area. The farmer Henry Pye drained the land at the end of the 19th century, eliminating the fever and improving the grazing. Onwards towards High Halstow! But don’t miss Northward Hill where the RSPB manages the land and a habitat for wading birds. There’s a big heronry too, where grey herons and little egrets breed (which gave this route its name) and beautiful woods. The view east across the Thames Estuary towards Essex is stunning.

From High Halstow, you head south over the backbone of the Hoo peninsular towards the River Medway. The route takes you to the shore of the river at Upper Upnor with its pretty street of weather boarded cottages leading to the castle. Built in the sixteenth century, Upnor Castle defended the Tudor dockyard and warships. After a daring raid by the Dutch in 1667 on the Stuart naval base, when they captured the flagship HMS Royal Charles and towed it back to Holland, the castle was used as a store and a programme of fort building began to properly defend Chatham Dockyard.

Worth visiting Bikes may not use the Medway Tunnel, so you must cross Rochester Bridge unless you decide to visit these attractions by car or train. You can, however, cycle along Rochester’s Victorian High Street on the way (pedestrians only at weekends). The Historic Dockyard at Chatham lies on the opposite bank of the river, slightly upstream from Upnor. The nearby Fort Amhurst and the Royal Engineers Regimental Museum are both in walking distance of the dockyard. Cyclists are welcome in Riverside Country Park, one of many Sites of Scientific Interest along the North Kent coast, covering 100 hectares beside the Medway estuary. It is a popular park for cyclists, birders and people enjoying the views across the river towards the Hoo Peninsular.

Nature notes: Cliffe Pools nature reserve landscape of glittering water and wide skies is one of the most important places for wildlife in the UK. Swirling flocks waterfowl and wading birds can be watched from the nature trails. During the spring and autumn migrations you might see sandpipers and stints; flocks of ducks and grebes; hen harriers and other birds of prey. At weekends RSPB staff and volunteers are around to tell you more and point out the trails around the pools or on towards the Thames.


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Steinway-Lyngdorf produce a home cinema system well worth its weight in gold


aving successfully launched the Steinway Lyngdorf Model S music & surround systems back in September 2011 at a stunning event at Leeds Castle, I was invited to witness the power of the compact yet immense Model S in the privacy of Sound Integration’s very own demonstration room at their Canterbury showroom. Replete not only with the Steinway system the room was also equipped with state of the art Lutron lighting controls and blinds, Crestron control systems and a 100 inch Stewart projector screen – all which added considerably to the experience. The performance of the Model S was staggering, especially considering the size of the speakers, making this a system which could comfortably sit in any living space creating the perfect sound or home cinema experience for those willing to pay for it. With speaker systems available from around


£16k and home cinema solutions coming in at a little over £30k this may not be within the price range of us all but to those who have the means and a true passion then let’s face it £16,000 is still a few grand less than a new Ford Mondeo - and a surprising number of people buy them! A truer recreation of live sound I have never before witnessed as I enjoyed a number of piano led live musical performances from the likes of Michael Buble and Josh Groban as well as a requested viewing of a chase scene from The Bourne Ultimatum, The fidelity was astonishing and all encompassing. There are many surround systems available, but all are compromised by the same inherent problems. Analogue electronics reduce signal quality and add unwanted noise to recordings, speakers distort at high volume levels making systems tiring to listen to, while the acoustics of even the most carefully designed room will distort sound quality. Steinway Lyngdorf has produced the world’s first fully digital surround systems. These packages provide a far higher level of fidelity than can be achieved by simply combining the best combination of source, amplifiers and speakers available. As a fully digital solution, films and music are reproduced with nothing added or taken away. Innovative speaker configurations provide exceptional timing and dynamics

while the worlds most advanced room correction system guarantees truly accurate results, every time. They manage this using the trade marked “RoomPerfect” 3D sound imaging system which is capable of combining information taken from numerous listening positions with information about the energy transport into the sound-field in a wholly new and innovative way. Without getting too technical the end results is that whether you are sitting in the first row or 20th row of an auditorium using the Model S the sound reproduction will be immaculate. There are simply no other surround systems in the world capable of reproducing the dynamics and volume levels required for watching movies and the fidelity and subtly required to perfectly reproduce jazz and classical music. For film and music lovers they are without equal. As well as working with Steinway Lyngdorf, Sound Integration also work with Bang & Olufsen, Crestron, Lutron and kaleidescape. Their areas of expertise cover audio visual design and installation, lighting, heating and security technology, electronic and digital control systems and system integration.

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Decorating - Trust Yourself! G

lancing through a leading paint manufacturers booklet recently, I stopped at an example room set where the walls were predominantly a pink-red, the shade reminiscent of a stick of seaside rock.

The image was striking and quite effective but I had to think on just how long could one live with it before getting tired of it, or the colour going out of fashion. Changing the colour and style of our clothing every year with what’s in vogue is a lot easier than changing our home or working environment. Redecorating, furnishing, or refurbishing should be viewed long term and wonderful quality solutions can be realised whether the underlying theme is traditional, modern, contemporary, eclectic or even bohemian. I believe that creating a harmonious, practical and pleasurable interior can be achieved by just about anyone with a little research together

with understanding our own intuitive response to the space we live or work in. Somewhere deep down we know what best suits our personal tastes and needs. We know where the best place to eat or sit, the styles of furniture and accessories that interest us, the colours that stimulate or help us to relax.. Spend good serious time planning what you want to achieve, rather than just trying to imitate the look in a brochure or magazine. Interior magazines are great and the internet is full of guides and inspiration but most of all trust yourself. If the project is really complex seek professional help, but remember that the result should be yours, not a designers statement. For the home. there are a few core principles I believe in …

THE HALLWAY This should be we lcoming and brigh t. The entrance hall or lobby is the all important first im pression, and it se ts the expectation an d tone for all who enter your inner sanctuary. The ha llway should be as unclu ttered and spaciou s as circumstances allow.

THE LIVING ROOM If possible I would suggest making a fireplace, not the TV, the main focal point of the room. Enablin g people to congregate and commun icate comfortably is I believe far more important than showing off the flatscreen!

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THE HOME OFFICE Should be kept uncluttered and orderly. This promotes clarity of thought and avoids the home office from dominating or overpowering a living space.

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Domestic Heating Winter 2012 Hopefully we’re over the worst of the winter weather now, with its frosts, snow and cold heat sucking northerly winds but make sure you’re prepared next year and make plans now while the memory of the February freeze is still fresh! Often people cannot understand why their heating boiler suddenly seems to be thrashing away and the house is only just warm. There is however a simple scientific explanation. Put simply the energy required to heat a home is proportional to the square of the temperature difference between the air inside and the air outside. What does this mean in practice? Well suppose the outside temperature is 10 degrees and you want to heat you room to 20 degrees, that’s a difference of 10 degrees. Depending on your property it might take 10 kW an hour of energy to do this. Now if the outside temperature drops to freezing, 0 degrees, the difference is now 20 degrees between inside and out. You would have thought it would take twice the energy, but no such luck it takes the 10 x 10 =100kW’s. This explains why your December, January and February heating bills are so high, and why insulation is so important. If the heating for this dwelling had been 5kW instead of 10 that would only have been 25kw instead of 100kW’s when the temperature dropped. It also explains the popularity of wood stoves. That extra blast of energy in the sitting room as the outside temperature


drops is most welcome, and when the outside temperature rises the wood stove can provide most of the heat for the whole house. Most people can have a wood stove installed in their homes, it’s easier if you all ready have a chimney, but if you haven’t all is not lost, and a ‘factory made’ chimney can be installed. These are a stainless steel pipe with 25-30mm of insulation wrapped around it and another layer of stainless pipe on the outside. These sections can be clipped together and taken up through the house or through the outside wall and up the outside of the dwelling. Your local stove dealer will be able to advise you. Ensure you buy the stove, chimney and installation from the same NACE & HETAS registered company though, or you can end up with a pile of expensive mismatched part that will not fit together. If you buy that stove or chimney on the internet you lose all the guarantees. How to choose a stove; look for efficiency, size and aesthetics. There is a lot of nonsense talked about outputs and all stove now have a nominal heat output figure in kW’s. But this is a nominal figure as it depends on how much, and

the quality of wood you put on the fire. Basically there is small, medium and large stoves. Small 4-6kW’s, for rooms up to about 14’ (4.25mtr) square. Or 18 sq. meters. Medium 6-9kW’s for rooms up to 40 meters square, or smaller if the stairs go directly of the room, this can have a tremendous cooling effect as the heat rises up the stairs. Also larger rooms that have good central heating. Large 10-14kW’s, big rooms, high ceilings, or smaller rooms with lots of glass. Lots of heat, but lots of wood. Opening up an existing fireplace is fairly easy and most stoves shops do it all the time. The vast majority of fireplaces can be opened up to 900mm by 900mm a size which can accommodate all but the largest stoves. A wood stove is a good investment, green, and helps reduce your heating bills whilst increasing the comfort of you home. By G.Thornhill C.Eng.

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nterior design with a difference...? Whilst checking out Papillon Interiors we met interior designer Jude Adams.


ude is ‘absolutely NOT your average Interior Designer’, according to her website

With a diploma in interior design, Jude has been qualified for three years, although she has always had a keen interest and a ‘natural flare’ for styling. Recent projects have included the transformation of her Bed and Breakfast ‘Pond Cottage’, a stylish, cool and quirky micro-boutique set in rural area of Old Wives Lees, Canterbury. Jude explained that for potential customers there will be an initial meeting to gain an overview of the project requirements and to discuss budget. A detailed plan will then be drawn up including sample boards, working drawings (if applicable), quotes will be gained and contracts finalised. All project coordination including issuing of orders to contractors etc will be done on the client’s behalf and furniture, furnishings and equipment etc will be supplied and installed where applicable. Jude is currently holding ‘style surgeries’ and ‘workshops’ around Kent to give advice and explain in more detail to individual customers and businesses about the work she does. For more information contact Jude on 07795424070 or visit her website above. By Caroline Wilson

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elcome to the brightest corner of Margate! Overlooking The Turner Contemporary Papilllon Interiors is a little store with a lot to offer. The family run business opened in August this year and is going from strength to strength, supporting Margate with its ever increasing artistic acknowledgement. The store offers a range of inspirational furniture and design pieces from classic leading designers such as Charles and Ray Eames and George Nelson through to the latest offerings from Alessi and Magis. From designer clocks to trendy sofas, gadgets a plenty and a particular favourite the giant ‘fatboy’ beanbags are not to be missed. The store is awash of colour and intrigue and according to the staff visitors will not find items like theirs this side of London. Due to the great location of Papillon Interiors the shop was even selected to feature in BBC 1’s up-coming drama ‘Love Life’ starring Jane Horrocks as the shop manager.

Visit for more information and a full view of what’s to offer. Caroline Wilson


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ertain types of inter-woven fencing panels have been around for years. These have traditionally been constructed of inter-woven slats of timber sandwiched between horizontal and vertical battens, holding them all in place. Although these can be reasonably attractive to look at, this isn’t the strongest way of making a sturdy fence panel, and they can be prone to coming un-ravelled, and falling apart if they suffer minor damage to any of the key components that are holding them together once the timber softens and degrades, which can happen very easily if the timber isn’t treated correctly.

Enter the new Jacksons Woven panel, it’s like an old style inter-woven panel “dreaming.” – it’s a modern, high quality panel, with old style inter woven panels in mind, but there the resemblance ends. As with all Jacksons panels it’s constructed of Jakcured pressure treated softwood, framed for use with slotted Jakposts. The woven parts aren’t thin slats, but substantial pieces of Jakcured treated softwood that will stay strong, maintaining the structural integrity of the panel. And there are no unsightly rails to ruin the 28

appearance on one side of the panel, so the neighbours and you are both winners. One more very big benefit of this super looking semi-solid panel is you get amazing light and shade effects when sun shines through the panel, and also wind resistance is lowered, as it is with other semi-solid panels, but the additional benefit is you cant see through it, even if you press your face right up against it. For more information log on to or call 01233 750393

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‘Is that your car outside?’

'Is that your car outside?’ It’s a question you wouldn’t normally want to be asked, because it usually means you’re about to hear the words, 'Sorry I've just bumped into it' but this was asked by a puzzled but enthusiastic gentleman who was queuing behind me in my local petrol station.

Great service though means nothing if the product is lacking. In a world of coupes that resemble chopped down 4 door saloons this car really stands out. The G37 is not trying to resemble the German options. It is defiantly and gorgeously different. With a low bonnet that bulges ever so slightly over the 3.7 litre engine and then flows into broad shoulders and low roofline this car is resolutely Un-German and all the better for it. It is a 'proper' coupe. The rear three quarter view is possibly the best as it also encompasses the L-Shaped rear lights on the back deck and captures the squat stance of the car sitting on its beautifully crisp 10 spoke19 inch alloys.

“The best bits of the car are the engine and chassis.”

The previous day my neighbour spoke to me for the first time since a particularly rowdy barbeque I had back in the summer and asked me what that posh car was parked outside and had I just had a big promotion? Alas not and unfortunately and I had to give the G37 back to its makers the following day but nevertheless my brief time with this fantastic characterful car certainly got me lots of (favourable) attention. The company first. Infiniti are still relatively new to these shores (hence the questions I fielded whilst the car was in my tenure) but have a big presence in the States and have taken large chunks of sales revenue out of the more traditional German triumvirate of Mercedes, BMW and Audi. The brand is to Nissan what Lexus is to Toyota - but so much cooler. Infiniti is also redefining the ownership experience by providing a level of after sales service that is second to none. At service time the company will travel up to 150 miles to collect and return your car. Additionally every first owner has a personal Infiniti 'adviser' who will visit your house and answer any questions you have after your purchase as well being a personal point of contact and a 'human' interface for the future. Infiniti has recently opened its 6th dealership in Reading - Which more resembles a boutique hotel with leather couches and high end finishes than a traditional operation.


Inside is far more flamboyant than anything the competition provide but not at the expense of quality. Every button, catch and lever looks like it could withstand a nuclear winter and the whole cockpit is beautifully finished. Slide into the hip hugging black leather heated seats, grasp the perfectly positioned steering wheel, and marvel at the equipment. For the price there really is nothing to touch the spec. Keyless start, stunning premium 11 speaker Bose Stereo with 10 GB hardrive (enough to store over 300 discs), a 'Connectiviti+' system that couldn’t be more up-to-date and a rear view camera for starters. The ultra-fast satnav system is superb, offering a choice of different single or split-screen threedimensional views, incredibly clear graphics, and a simple touch-screen input system. The system also incorporates a digital version of Michelin’s pan-European food and sightseeing guide. Very useful. Of course the G37 has Bluetooth and iPod connectivity as standard. On top of all this, 'bendy' Xenon lights, phone functionality, cruise control with speed limiter and keyless go (Locking/ Unlocking the doors via pushing a button on a key fob is very last year...) all add up to a

seriously luxurious package The best bits of the car are the engine and chassis. The running gear is actually based on Nissan's Porsche 911 bashing GTR but with rear wheel drive rather than the Nissans 4WD - Remember this car costs around £30k less - the test car was spec’d with All Wheel Steer that enables a very tight turn in and confident handling. Ride is not compromised. The test car was spec’d in Sport trim with those lovely 19 inch alloy wheels. A combination that can lead to a jarring ride but the mature way this car rode around the urban back streets belied this. Speed humps and the usual pockmarked mixed texture roads we are saddled with in the UK were handled with aplomb and the G37 felt like a car that could cross continents smoothly, confidently and quietly if that was what was required. If however a more spirited driving style is required the Infiniti will very happily kick out its tail and get down to business. This car will hunker down in a bend and pull you out the other side with a silly ear splitting grin if that's what you want. The brilliant traction control and limited slip differential will let you go so far before pulling you back in safely. This car knows your limits and will let you explore them. On a track the traction contr ol can be disabled for the full fat experience of course.... Gearbox-wise there are two options; a manual six speed affair or the option I had - a 7 speed semi-auto. If a relaxing schlepp around town is required just slot the lever into big 'D' and ride on a wave of torque all day. However if you want to drive it, knock the lever sideways and tug on the magnesium paddle shifters either side of the steering wheel. Pull the left lever to shift down and the right to go up. Changes are seamless and instant and the gearbox maximises every ounce of what the engine has to give.

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The engine.... possibly.. no, actually, the best bit. A big hearted V6 that's based on the unit in the Nissan 370Z. The most striking aspect is the dual personality. If all that's asked for is a friendly companion that settles down into a smooth groove on a motorway then that's not a problem. Easy. The 3.7 lire V6 will happily munch miles discreetly with barely a murmur. With the cruise control on and sat in 7th gear the '37 will cover hundreds and hundreds of miles stopping only for fuel every once in a while. However (and I know this is a cliché and I don't care) drop the window, drop down a couple of gears and put your down and the car howls all the way to the 7500rpm red line. Do it in a tunnel if you can. The engine defines the car and delivers 316bhp and 265lb ft of twisting motion at 5200 rpm. Enough to launch the car to a limited 155mph passing 60mph after just 5.8 seconds or so. The all alloy unit has variable valve lift and 4 valves per cylinder. Combine this powerhouse with the wrist flick all wheel steering and taut chassis and you have quite a formidable combination. In summary I truly loved this car. Confident enough to not conform to what is the boring (German) norm, mature enough to be a true all-rounder and a daily driver, modern enough to truly impress with its on-board 21st century equipment and safety and different enough to warrant a substantial amount of enthusiastic and positive interest from the great British public while performing like no other car for the money the Infiniti G37 Coupe is a legend. Prices range from £29,028 to £43,835. The G37 is also available in 4 door saloon and as a 2 door Cabriolet if you want to get even closer to the engine noise.

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t 50 years old George Timothy Clooney is more in demand than ever. He’s the consummate Hollywood icon; suave, devastatingly handsome, charming, intelligent, political, talented and very much the eligible bachelor. 2012 sees Clooney once again gaining plaudits for his silver screen performances as he recently picked up his third Golden Globe as Best Actor for his performance in “The Descendants”, the critically acclaimed comedy/drama. The film follows the sometimes humorous, sometimes tragic journey of Honolulu based lawyer Matt King (Clooney) an indifferent husband and father of two girls, who is forced to re-examine his past and embrace his future when his wife suffers a boating accident off Waikiki.

In retrospect it almost seems inevitable that this kid from Kentucky was destined to do something in the entertainment industry given his families ties to the world of showbiz. Clooney is the son of the veteran US TV news anchorman, game show host and presenter Nick Clooney and the nephew of internationally renowned singer and actress Rosemary Clooney and her husband the great Puerto Rican actor and director Jose Ferrer, the first Hispanic actor to receive an academy award. Clooney has certainly paid his dues however and it took close to two decades of learning his craft in some rather forgettable TV roles before he came to prominence. As he told the audience in a 2007 interview with Michael Parkinson “I’ve mastered bad television”. He went further in his interview with the Telegraph’s John Hiscock, going so far as to say, “I’ve certainly done some turkeys along the way and made some dumb choices in my career, mostly early on. I’m one of the lucky ones who got to make a lot of mistakes very early when no one was paying attention. I did a lot of terrible TV shows and was really terrible in them and I’ve done terrible films I was terrible in, but nobody really noticed.”

“I’ve done terrible films I was terrible in, but nobody really noticed.”

This year has also garnered Clooney his sixth and seventh Oscar nominations (he has one Oscar to date, winning Best Supporting Actor for his role in Syriana in 2005) as he is not only up for Best Actor for The Descendants but is also short listed in the Best Screenplay (adapted) category. His screenplay is for The Ides of March, a political drama (also starring Clooney alongside Ryan Gosling, the superb Philip Seymour Hoffman and Evan Rachel Wood) portraying the frantic last days before a heavily contested Ohio presidential primary where an up-andcoming campaign press secretary finds himself involved in a political scandal that threatens to upend his candidate’s shot at the presidency.

Exhibiting great versatility Clooney’s roles in tinseltown are not just restricted to acting and writing however. He has produced or executive produced such hits as Michael Clayton, The Men Who Stare At Goats, Syriana and The American and has also undertaken directorial duties on five features including the highly acclaimed and multi-Oscar nominated Good Night & Good Luck – a film Clooney not only directed and starred in but also wrote, alongside regular collaborator Grant Heslov.

He has certainly come a long way since his 1978 debut as a teenage extra in the TV series Centennial. He grabbed bit parts and bad parts in TV series throughout the 80’s before his first semi-regular gig as Roseanna Barr’s supervisor “Booker Brooks” in the hit show “Roseanne” with Clooney finally hitting pay-dirt in 1994 and becoming an international household name as the debonair Dr Doug Ross in global smash E.R.

While still full time on ER Clooney made his first meaningful forays into film with significant roles in From Dusk Till Dawn, One Fine Day (with Michelle Pfeiffer) and The Peacemaker (with Nicole Kidman) – all of which did respectable business and received (largely) favourable reviews. It wasn’t until 1997’s “Batman and Robin” in which Clooney starred as the eponymous caped crusader that he for the first time felt the full force of a critical savaging. While the film did reasonable business at the box office the reviews were atrocious and caused the Batman film franchise to be put on hold until the 2005 Christian Bale incarnation in “Batman Begins”. Nevertheless in a recent interview with Total Film magazine Clooney is quoted as saying, “Batman is still the biggest break I ever had and it completely changed my career, even if it was weak and I was weak in it. It was a difficult film to be good in. I don’t know what I could have done differently. But if I am going to be Batman in the film Batman & Robin, I can’t say it didn’t work and then not take some of the blame for that.” The film may have been panned but Clooney’s star was still on the rise – 1997 being the first year he topped the list of People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive”, a title he would win again in 2006. Plum roles followed thick and fast for Clooney and by the start of the 21st century according to he was commanding salaries of up to $20 million (his widely circulated fee for Ocean’s Eleven). Playing the title role of Danny Ocean in the Ocean’s franchise, Clooney has participated in one of the all time biggest movie franchises as the trilogy took over $1 billion in box office receipts – and Ocean’s Eleven still remains Clooney’s most successful film to date, having grossed over $450 million at the box office.

“It would never be something I’m interested in. I’m not good at the kind of compromises that you have to make to get elected”

For someone as obviously talented, charismatic, beautiful and well known as Clooney it was no surprise when Hollywood came knocking and by his mid 30’s George Clooney was well on the way to becoming the box office superstar he is today.

Nowadays however Clooney is happy to waive the big paychecks to make films he wants made. For instance his fee for the critically acclaimed Good Night and Good Luck was a mere $120,000 and he only took $300,000 for his role in


[feature ] The Descendants. Clearly Clooney now has the luxury he never had in the ‘80’s to pick and choose his roles and sacrifice the quantity of his income for the quality of his work. Clooney is also known for his humanitarian work, lending his name and considerable efforts to such causes as Hope for Haiti and Not On Our Watch (focusing global attention to stop and prevent mass atrocities). He is perhaps best known for his stance of the Darfur conflict in Sudan where he has campaigned for

years for a resolution in the war waged by the Sudanese government against the non-Arab indigenous population of Darfur. Clooney’s efforts have lead to him receiving the Summit Peace Award from the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates in Rome in 2007 and being appointed as a UN messenger of peace in January 2010. While a political activist and clearly interested in politics in general (he visibly backed Barack Obama’s presidential campaign in 2008) Clooney has no interest in doing a Ronald Regan or an

George Clooney at the 18th annual Screen Actor Guild Awards at the Shrine. Auditorium on January 29, 2012 in Los Angeles, California


Arnold Schwarzenegger. According to the Associated Press he said at the premiere of The Ides Of March, “It would never be something I’m interested in. I’m not good at the kind of compromises that you have to make to get elected” and that the life of a bachelor movie star is more for him, “I got the better gig. I got a nice house, life is good”. It certainly is when your name’s George Clooney – that’s for sure.

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George Clooney & Stacy Keibler at the 2012 Palm Springs Film Festival Awards Gala at the Palm Springs Convention Centre. January 7, 2012 Palm Springs, CA Picture: Paul Smith / Featureflash


[ days out ] The floor was also filled with networked pcs for multi-player interaction and banks of wide screen monitors around comfy sofas for gamers to sit, chat, relax and enjoy gaming as a more social pastime than the ‘net based gaming we’re so familiar with today.


Tournaments were played throughout the week, culminating in a successful Guinness World record bid for the largest ever tournament played on the world’s oldest commercial video game as 256 contestants faced off in a battle of Pong on Sunday evening. A success indeed! However, the real success of this event was the education process delivered by the events organisers who used the backdrop of the retro gaming fair to encourage people to look, learn and listen to a variety of top speakers, industry experts, commentators, educators and entrepreneurs on the economic difference the gaming industry can make, not only in the world at large, but to East Kent specifically.




February 15th – 19th saw the Winter Gardens in Margate host GEEK 2012 (Games Expo East Kent) to an audience of thousands. The event was a celebration of the culture of video gaming over the past few decades with hundreds of retro consoles and games to be played and enjoyed by a multitude of visitors over the course of the five day event. The impressive display of games on display were provided by Replay Events Ltd, specialists in retro gaming, and featured everything from the most up to date titles to classic consoles from the 70’s and everything in between. From Japanese chrome imports of the Nintendo Gamecube with built in CD players to the crazy looking Vectrex console, it truly was a technogeek’s paradise – and a damned fine history lesson to the rest of us. As someone who grew up in the 80’s I was particularly excited to see the first real mass market home computers we all clamoured for as kids – with original Spectrums, Commodores, Acorns, Amstrads, Ataris and the like all loaded up and ready for action. My misspent youth was also brought back to me in the arcade zone featuring the upright gaming and pinball machines prevalent in every seafront arcade in the 80’s and ‘90’s


Panel discussions included the likes of Eidos lifetime president Ian Livingstone and the BBC technology correspondent, Rory Cellan-Jones. Impassioned speeches were made by prominent Kent figures such as Kevin Lynes – the KCC minister for regeneration and economic growth who reminded us that growth in the creative sector in Kent has grown by 100% in the last ten years. He further noted that given the value of the gaming industry (£2 billion per annum in the UK alone providing 10,000 jobs) that we in East Kent are ideally positioned to take advantage of the continued sector growth and to really be at the forefront of development, be it in design, animation, programming, music, film or any other of the myriad associated industries. Kate Kneale, Director at Marine Studios, who along with The Winter Gardens and Thanet District Council were at the very heart of bringing GEEK to Margate sees the event as an opportunity to put East Kent on the map and to bring people, prosperity and jobs to the area. Certainly staging an event of this scale in February will have brought a much needed influx of visitors outside of the traditional “holiday” season. The expo also saw Thanet College sponsoring workshops on game design, social media design, special effects seminars and tutorials in the free to enter “Learning Lounge” as the event really sought to engage and educate its visitors. With fringe events happening all over town throughout the days and evenings including poetry recitals at the Tom Thumb Theatre, Nintendisco at local music venue “The Bracket” and specially themed game and film nights at the Carlton Cinema in nearby Westgate, as well as promotional discounts offered at many venues to those sporting a “GEEK” wristband this event seems to have really captured the imagination of the general public. Let’s hope the good work continues and GEEK 2013 is an even bigger and better event.

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Andalucian Arabic Cuisine 8 Butchery Ln Canterbury CT1 2JR 01227 464 300 44

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Obituary - Jonny Dunhill 1962 to 2012 fondly as a kind and gentle man by all who new him. Jonny settled in Thanet because of fond memories of childhood holidays spent in Westgate and initially opened the business as a fishmonger.

The restaurant scene has lost one of its favourite characters. Jonny Dunhill, owner of Eddie Gilbert’s, Ramsgate’s award-winning seafood restaurant/wet fish shop/gourmet chippie, passed away on 6th February, aged 49. He had been diagnosed with cancer in the summer. He leaves young three children Edlyn, eight, and Gilbert, 10 from after whom he named the business and Georgia aged 11 months and partner Nicola. The great grandson of Sir Alfred Dunhill, Jonny will be remembered

Prior to moving the Ramsgate, Jonny ran a wholesale shellfish business in London for 12 years, supplying top London establishments as Le Gavroche, Harrods, The Ivy and Conran Restaurants. It was meeting talented chefs - many of who are now household names - that Jonny became inspired to own his own restaurant. At the end of 2009 he added a down stairs fish and chips takeaway and a restaurant above the shop, which was an overnight success and become a Ramsgate institution, putting Thanet firmly on the gastro travel map. Jonny’s philosophy was to serve the freshest fish, sourced locally - fried in beef dripping.

Eddie Gilbert’s twice won Fish Retailer of the year in the Taste of Kent awards and was voted Newcomer of the Year in the 2010 Kent Restaurant Awards. The Observer food critic Jay Rayner awarded the restaurant’s signature dish of Soft Boiled Duck Egg with Crispy Smoked Eel Soldiers, starter of the year in 2011. One accolade that eluded Eddie Gilbert’s was Coast Magazine’s award for Best Seaside Restaurant. In 2011 it was narrowly beaten into second place by Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen in Cornwall. Other national press plaudits came from The Sunday Times, Sunday Telegraph, Olive magazine, Waitrose Food Illustrated and The Week. The culinary excellence was recognised in national guides including The Good Food Guide, Michelin, Time Out and Harden’s.

The Minnis Bar & Restaurant Sweet Pickled Herrings Ingredients (Makes 10 portions) 20 Herring Fillets 1Pint Malt Vinegar 3oz Caster or Brown Sugar ½ tsp Mustard Seeds ½ tsp Coriander Seeds ½ tsp Peppercorns Szechwan or Black 2 Blades Mace 1 Shallot – Peeled & Sliced 6 Bay leaves In a warmed pan, place the Coriander, Mustard, Peppercorns and Mace, Add the Sugar and start to melt over a medium heat. Add the Vinegar and bring to the boil.

Jason Freedman

Life started for Jason as a 15 year old kitchen porter in Canterbury on leaving school. Moving away to work in Southampton restaurants, he rose through the ranks eventually gaining the experience to man the helm of a string of beautiful country pubs and hotels in Kent. By 1995 he was running his own successful and reputable outside catering company. 2003 saw him purchase a traditional, but very seasonal beach side café in panoramic Minnis Bay. He seized the opportunity to transform and create a

Allow the vinegar to boil rapidly to release the flavours of the spices for about 6 – 8 minutes. In a suitable Jar, place the raw Herring Fillets in the bottom; add the sliced Shallot and the Bay Leaves.

and a Bay Leaf in the middle of each jar, pour on the liquid and tighten the lid. This goes perfectly with a little Horseradish Cream and some lovely fresh Bread.

Leave the Vinegar mixture to cool for a few minutes and then pour over the Herrings. Place a lid on the jar and leave to sit in the fridge for 24 hours. These Herrings will keep for 10 days in the fridge. At The Minnis, we use individual Kilner jars, and place 2 fillets of Herring curled around the inside and the place the Shallot restaurant that reflected his ethos and personality. Jason champions home cooking, fresh local produce, local suppliers and the local community. The Minnis is recognised for its inventive, constantly evolving menu and has garnered a reputation for quality and ethically sourcing its products. Its testament is in attracting repeat custom from around the country, as well as the local county. The young kitchen porter is now a mature successful chef, established businessman, irrepressible, enthusiastic and above all well respected – backed by a very local, very loyal team.


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Having previously reported on the joys of “The Garden of England Spa” at Wallett's Court my partner and I were delighted to be invited back to experience the full Wallett’s Court experience with an overnight stay and a meal at their award winning restaurant.


e arrived a little before 7pm in order to get settled into our four poster ensuite room within the main body of the manor house, and to enjoy a tipple in the bar prior to our 8pm dinner reservation. A stay at Wallett’s Court is the consummate traditional country house experience and a little more besides. Although only a short drive from the hustle and bustle of Dover’s cross channel ferry port and somewhat lacklustre town, the area surrounding Wallett’s Court down to St Margaret’s Bay seems like a whole different world. Rolling fields, parish churches, country pubs, landscaped gardens, narrow winding roads and fresh sea air – you almost expect the “Famous Five” to be in residence nearby, seeking out their next adventure.

The epitome of rural Englishness, Wallett’s Court, set in seven glorious acres sits perfectly in this beautiful landscape. The original estate dates back a millennium and its history is charted and framed along a wall of the oak beamed restaurant providing a fascinating history of the land, its building and its owners, past and present. It is the incumbent owners, the Oakley family, who took on the dilapidated manor house, barns and outhouses in the mid 70’s and have, over time, lovingly restored and regenerated the estate to the fine establishment which thrives today. On this chilly winter evening a drink (or three) in the cosy lounge/bar was the perfect way to unwind. All deep leather sofas, subtle lighting and roaring fireplaces the bar is well stocked and suitably inviting – then it was on to dinner. The restaurant comprises of a main dining room, the conservatory and, when busy, the library (which can also be used for private dining, accommodating twelve guests) and can take up to seventy four covers.


The restaurant is known as the “heart” of Wallet’s Court and fine dining has always been a priority. This is hardly surprising considering that prior to buying Wallett’s Chris Oakley was a chef of some repute,

earning a Michelin star under the guidance of the world famous Roux brothers. Chris’s son Gavin (also a former Albert Roux student) is now at the helm of Wallett’s Court (and their sister hotel The White Cliffs further into St Margaret's Bay) and as such is very much involved in the menu and output of the restaurant alongside head chef Ryan Tasker. This wealth of culinary experience has earned Wallett's Court restaurant no fewer than 22 consecutive appearances in the Good Food Guide and its two AA rosettes are well earned. As you might imagine from an estate which also offers a “forager expedition” in which produce foraged from the expedition of White Cliffs Country may be included in your evening meal, the menu is very English, traditional, hearty and delicious. Perhaps not a menu to suit the vegan palate but for lovers of beautifully cooked and presented English fayre it is a mouth watering affair. Soon after we were seated an amuse bouché of stuffed peppers arrived, a tasty appetiser to sate our hunger during the short wait for our starters proper.

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My partner ordered the fish of the day, Sea Bream served with curly kale, boulangere potatoes and a smoked bacon and cockle broth. The clean, fresh flavours of the pan fried sea bream fish dazzled with the tender potatoes and earthy and nutritious curly kale making for a fine winter dish. After two full dishes and two very full bellies we settled on a cheeseboard to be delivered to our room for dessert to be consumed in a more horizontal position! I am sure that the dessert menu which featured such delights as “Dark chocolate poached pear, cardamom & armagnac ice cream” and “Peanut butter chocolate fondant strawberry jam coulis and brown bread ice cream” was of an equally high standard but alas our greedy side orders had put paid to any chances of finding a spare pocket of space in our stomachs. Head chef Tasker’s mantra is “Simple, British & Delicious” – we concur.

“The room was a perfect mix of traditional country house charm...”

Although tempted by the Kentish venison, celeriac fondue, red cabbage purée, dauphinoise potatoes, juniper & port jus my love of duck won over and I treated myself to the honey glazed duck breast served with charred chicory, cassolet of borlotti bean, smoked bacon and Toulouse sausage in a spiced jus. Realistically this feast was more than a meal for one and the additional side orders of spinach and carrots we ordered between us were a tasty yet rather unnecessary accompaniment to another wonderful dish.

The room itself was one of three located in the manor house and was on the first floor, up the creaky, authentic wooden staircase and overlooking the front of the estate and across the narrow road affording

a splendid view of the church of St Peter. The room was a perfect mix of traditional country house charm and modern luxury with the four poster bed, regency furniture and timeless views combined with stylish and modern en suite bathroom facilities including a deep, free standing, roll top bath – with entertainment provided by the wall mounted large flat screen combined TV and DVD player and free wi-fi. Wallett’s Court provides accommodation not only in the manor house but in fourteen rooms in the converted Kentish hay barns huddled around the ancient manor house and of course the two large well appointed teepees within the seven acre grounds catering for the “glamping” set. After demolishing the cheeseboard and a few more drinks in the bar we settled in for a gloriously peaceful and comfortable nights sleep before taking a lovely breakfast in the restaurant (I opted for fresh fruit salad and juices, toast and conserve followed by a full English to my partners Eggs Benedict and a pot of fresh coffee). We rounded off our excellent stay with a quick dip in the spa pool and Jacuzzi before heading home, rested, fed and watered in one of Kent’s most delightful country retreats.

We shall

surely return.


LA TRAPPISTE The home of Belgian beer in Canterbury

Coffee Roasted on premises Breads baked on premises Fresh Fish & Fine Dining Over 100 Belgian Beers

1 and 2 Sun Street, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2HX For Bookings Telephone: 01227 479 111

Open 7 days a week 7.30am – 11pm (midnight on Fridays & Saturdays)

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Ingredients (Serves 1)

1 x egg Softly poached 1 x piece of un-died smoked haddock (150-175g) skin on Drizzle of olive oil Knob of butter 100g spinach, cooked in butter

Bubble and Squeak

1 x potato, baked in the oven, and centre scooped out 50g Savoy cabbage cut into small pieces and blanched in salted water T spoon of Grain mustard 1 egg yolk Pinch of chopped chives Table spoon of grated parmesan • Mix all the above together, make into a round shape 3” diameter x ¾ “high, flour lightly and pan fry in a little oil and butter until golden brown on both sides • In a pan bring 250ml milk and 250ml of water, 1 bay leaf and sprig of thyme to a gentle simmer, add the haddock with the skin on and cook for 4 min, • Meanwhile, bring to the boil a deep pan of water, add a table spoon of white wine vinegar, crack the egg into a cup then plunge into the rapidly boiling water, cook for 2 min.


65ml white wine vinegar 125ml white wine ½ shallots (peeled and sliced) 25ml double cream 35g unsalted butter 1 x bay leaf t spoon of grain mustard salt and pepper Put the vinegar, wine, bay leaf and shallots into a pan and reduce by 2/3rds Add the cream, reduce by half Then add the butter a little at a time off the heat, pass through a fine sieve. Then add chopped chives Recipe by Richard Phillips

To Serve Place the bubble and squeak in the centre of the plate then the spinach on top then the haddock, followed by the egg, Pour over the sauce and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil

Richard Phillips With an early restaurant career starting off at London's famous Savoy Hotel, going on to work alongside the likes of the Roux Brothers at Le Gavroche and then becoming Head Chef for Marco Pierre White at The Criterion, Mirabelle and Les Saveurs, it's no wonder Richard Phillips had his own Michelin starred restaurant by the age of 29. Richard had excellent grounding to prepare him for creating his own restaurant, having come from two years with the Schrager Hotel Group, putting together and directing teams in both the Sanderson Hotel and St Martin's Lane, the first hotels owned by this group outside United States. After his runaway success with his first restaurant Thackeray's, in Tunbridge Wells, and then Hengist in Aylesford Richard took the opportunity in 2008 to create another outstanding restaurant, this time alongside England's leading wine producer, Richard needed no convincing. Having recently been awarded two AA rosettes and Kent English Restaurant of the Year 2009, Richard Phillips at Chapel Down is fast becoming one of Kent's leading restaurant experiences. At the same time as being at the helm of three thriving restaurants, Richard is now a recognised television personality, regularly appearing on popular shows including 'Ready Steady Cook', 'Saturday Kitchen' and 'Daily Cooks Challenge' 49

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The Minnis Bar & Restaurant

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Full restaurant Menu Light Lunch and Bar Menu outside eating area separate function room Take away service available For menus go to all produce farm fresh & locally sourced. Café du Soleil, 4-5 Pound Lane, Canterbury, Kent CT1 2BZ.


Cafe du Soleil is a modern Mediterranean restaurant, occupying the historic wool store on the banks of the river Stour in Canterbury. Drawing influences from Southern France and Italy, much of the food is cooked in a traditional wood burning oven. The menu offers two distinct dining experiences.

For a casual and very inexpensive meal, you can choose one of our superb wood fired pizzas made with the finest Italian ingredients. Alternatively, experience our healthy sun drenched cuisine offering modern interpretations of Mediterranean classics. Favourites include Chargrilled Kentish Lamb with wood-roast ratatouille and rosemary aioli or Wood-roast Local Cod with crab gratin, noodles and ginger butter sauce. We can also cater for weddings, corporate functions or parties of up to 60 in our beautiful oak beamed function room.



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Winners’Recipes SENIOR CATEGORY WINNER: Alice Browning - Yr Group 10, Age 14 Walderslade Girls’ School

Tea-smoked Quail in an Apricot & Ginger glaze served with a Quail’s Egg Pasta Stack and Braised Lentils INGREDIENTS:

4 quails’ eggs 100g strong bread flour 1tsp salt Olive oil 60g tea leaves 20g muscovado sugar 30g caster sugar 1 tsp ground ginger 2 whole quails, locally sourced 100g puy lentils 1 carrot 1 small piece of ginger root 1 bay leaf 1½ tbsp sesame oil Handful of parsley, chopped 300g purple sprouting broccoli heads ½ a celeriac 150g ricotta cheese 25g grated Parmesan 4 tbsp Kentish apricot jam 1 tsp ground ginger Salt & pepper


: Put the flour and salt into a mixing bowl. Make a well in the middle of the flour and add the quails’ eggs and mix together, then knead into stiff dough. Knead for a further 5 minutes and then leave to rise for half an hour in a bowl covered in cling film. After rising, cut into four and pass through the pasta roller until paper thin. Once done cut out eight circles for the pasta stacks. Put to one side.


To begin cooking the lentils place them into the saucepan then add the carrot, ginger, bay leaf and sesame oil and cover with plenty of boiling water and cook for 20 minutes.


Place the tea leaves, sugar and ground ginger into a rectangular tin foil dish, place into a roasting tin and cover with a wire rack. Prepare the quails; spatchcock the birds and place on top of some greaseproof paper cut to size. Cover the quails with tin foil and place the roasting tin on the hob on a medium heat for 20 minutes, (after 10 minutes the tea will begin to infuse the quail.) Once cooked place on top of the lentil mix for the next 3-5 minutes. Once the lentils and quails are cooked remove the quails and drain the lentils but make sure that you KEEP THE WATER DRAINED FROM THEM! (this will be used for the glaze). Mix the chopped parsley into the lentils. When this is done rest the quails in tin foil.

Celeriac purée:

Peel the celeriac and cut into dice. Place in a saucepan and cover with boiling water and cook on the hob. Once cooked place into a blender with salt and pepper, when almost smooth add the ricotta and finish blending.

Purple sprouting broccoli:

Once the celeriac is boiling you need to also boil the purple sprouting broccoli. To do this place into a pan of boiling water for 5-6 minutes then remove from the heat and drain. Then put to one side for later use. Cook the pasta in salted boiling water for 3-5 minutes, whilst cooking prepare the glaze. Apricot and ginger glaze: Place the jam into a pan with the reserved lentil juices and ginger, place on the heat and bring to the boil. Once plated up brush onto the quail. Now take out the pasta and place onto a plate.

Plating up:

Carve the breasts off the quails and remove the legs. Place a cookie cutter onto the plate and spoon in the lentils and then remove the cutter (it doesn’t matter if the lentils spill from the cylinder shape), now place the same cutter onto the plate again for the pasta stack; to do this put one piece of pasta at the base and then a spoonful of puree and the purple sprouting broccoli. Add another spoonful of puree and repeat for a second time and sprinkle the top with Parmesan. Then place the quail breast and leg to form the 3rd point of the triangle and brush the glaze on top. To finish, drizzle a small amount of glaze on top of the lentils. 51

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La Words by Pete Nichols


he first thing you notice about La Trappiste is the building itself, situated as it is at the fork of the road allowing views of Sun Street, Guildhall Street and Palace Street – making it the perfect spot for people watching as the tourists, residents and business people make their way through the historic city streets. La Trappiste iis the brainchild of Andy Barrett owner of the famous bohemian “Belgium Bar” opposite Ramsgate Harbour and is co-owned with his son Simon. When the cultural minister of Canterbury (a frequent patron of the Ramsgate bar) suggested that perhaps Canterbury could benefit from a similar venture the search for a suitable venue began. The search eventually concluded with the acquisition of the unique aforementioned building, formerly home (for 150 years no less) to Deakin & Sons outfitters and tailors. Given the nature of the location and likely clientele there are of course marked difference in the offerings of the sister businesses with La Trappiste catering for a more demanding market – the similarities end at the abundance of Belgian beers on offer as La Trappiste is less spit and sawdust and more table service, genteel ambience and an emphasis on fine dining.


Inside the sprawling restaurant offers ample seating – handling up to 200 covers in the summer when the beautiful open air first floor terrace is open and serves from breakfast right through to midnight with a constant flow of customers who come in for a variety of reasons; from the freshly baked bread and cakes, to the 120+ Belgian beers, the fresh fish/seafood counter, freshly roasted coffee to the a la carte dinner menu

very experienced and well informed and throughout our meal was buzzing around the surrounding tables making sure everybody was suitably well attended. After enjoying the complementary basket of freshly baked breads (including sour dough and a lovely stilton and walnut bread) and reviewing the menu I decided to plump for something I’d never tried before to start, a pigeon & mushroom pate with toast and chutney while my partner opted for the seared scallops on button mushrooms and blinis.

The interior I would describe as “shabby chic” with mismatching vintage chairs, paintings inspired by the The pate was deliciously owners favourite artist “La Trappiste gamey and a real rustic Alphonse Mucha, the pleasure. Where pigeon can leading light of the “Art is less spit be a somewhat tough and Nouveau” movement, dense meat, served as a pate and sawdust and other adornments with the mushroom you get adding to the charm of and more all the flavour and none of the building. Through the the toughness. My partner’s table service” doors, past the various scallops were plentiful and counters, by the staircase obviously cooked well as they and the upright piano were easily dissected, tender and white (often played in the evenings for the throughout – not burnt or rubbery as can enjoyment of its patrons) you look up be the case when scallops are pan fried through a glass ceiling to the floor above just a little too long. and see the comings and goings of staff and customers on a busy day. For my main I chose a Belgian classic, “Steak Frites”, a 10oz rib eye served Having slight concerns regarding service, with home made chips, grilled tomato having heard from friends that it could and béarnaise sauce where my dining be improved upon, especially in its early companion chose the tempting looking days, I am happy to say that ours was wild boar sausages with mash, red wine impeccable, our waiter was obviously

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I recently wandered through the historic city of Canterbury to take in the ambience, charm, food & drinks of one of the cities newest attractions “La Trappiste” situated thirty seconds from the Cathedral Gates at the beginning of Sun Street.

and gravy. I chose to accompany flavour was beautifully sweet and the dish with the recommended on the right side of rich. They were beer, Grimbergen Bruin – a also very well cooked – firm on the dark and malty affair although outside, tender in the middle. surprisingly easy to drink After the beer and two courses considering its 6.5% abv. It’s a nice we were a little touch that every stuffed for dessert main and starter decided like come with both “...our waiter was but true professionals beer and wine obviously very to share a crème recommendations. brulee, having experienced and I’ve always loved been assured it the flavour of was “quite a small well informed...“ rib eye cooked portion”. This medium/rare turned out to be and was glad to see just the centre the only thing the waiter got wrong cooked to a perfect reddish on our visit as it was a huge portion pink. The frites were also a which, although well cooked and success, slightly fatter perhaps presented with a hard caramel then the average Belgian frite top and rich custard base was a (I am not complaining) and little too much for either of us to mouth watering in texture – complete. Perhaps a couple of the unhealthy in abundance no doubt freshly roasted coffees would have but so, so tasty! been a better choice at this stage of the meal. Not being a huge sausage lover I left the wild boar dish to my Our visit to La Trappiste was a partner who was thoroughly success, a pleasant couple of hours impressed with the taste and spent people watching through texture of the meaty sausages. the wrap around picture windows Her one concern was that the into one of the most picturesque flavour may be a little on the rich parts of Canterbury interspersed side (as had been her previous with some great beer, fine food experience with wild boar) but she and great atmosphere in one of the was pleasantly surprised that the cities loveliest buildings.


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n a surprisingly calm Friday morning at the start of December I boarded the DFDS ferry from Dover to Dunkirk to embark on a preplanned “Belgian Beer Trail” where we would endeavour to eat in the finest restaurants, drink the finest beers and visit the finest beer-related attractions in Belgium – all in the name of journalism of course!

t’Hommelhof is something of a local institution having been owned/operated by the family for twenty eight years sticking to regional and seasonal gastronomy. As you might expect from a chef who has written a book entitled “cooking with beer” the menu has a varied selection of local brews and an appropriate beer is suggested for each course.

After a (thankfully) very smooth crossing, a bargain at only £29 each way for a car and up to four passengers, and a full English to line our stomachs our small party set off on the mere twenty minute drive from the port to our first engagement and our second meal of the day at the marvellous “’t Hommelhof” restaurant in the very Belgian town of Watou.

By now I had a feeling I was in for a belt busting weekend so it was head down, march forward and move on to the next point of interest before I was tempted to retire to the nearest park bench for a bloated snooze.

My triumvirate of Fried Shrimp Salad, raspberry beer yoghurt dressing & balsamic vinegar, Brabant-style Pheasant with Sint-Bernardus Tripel and Crème Brulee was a success – all washed down with a recommended and delicious local brew.

“cooking with beer”

The restaurant, owned and run by father and son team Stefaan and Simon was set in a typically Belgian cobbled square where you are surrounded on all sides by bars boasting myriad intoxicating local brews, charming eateries and a pride in ones town not often seen this side of the water.


So onto the Hoppecruyt hop museum for a tour and beer tasting in the nearby town of Poperinge.

Unfortunately as it was late in the season we didn’t get to witness the splendour of the hop field full with crops stretching several metres high covering the well kept fields – just the rows of prepared frames waiting for the new crops, the huge picking machine used to grasp, sort and spit out the hops sitting

Beer Trail

safely in its winter shed and a collection of enormous cows being fed and watered in anticipation of being sold to market when the time was right. The hops produced in Poperinge are largely used to create the variety of strong, often fruit tasting beers prevalent throughout Belgium. These “aroma” hops are perfect for the climate in Belgium (as indeed they are on our own doorstep in East Kent) unlike in Germany and the Czech Republic where the “bitterness” hops, which fare better in the hotter climates are grown and used for the production of the more bitter “pils” beers. After a brief talk in the museum on the life cycle of the hop and a fine sample of gin, also produced from the hop fields bounty came the slightly surreal experience of our guide (the famers wife, married into the family business but no less enthusiastic about hops in general) picking up an accordion and treating us to a heartfelt and charming yet utterly bizarre rendition of a hop related ditty sung, full throttle, in Flemish. My Flemish is not up to much but I am reliably informed that the lyrics largely focused on the excellence of hops, the glory of hops, how hops are from the heavens and how we should all drink a LOT of beer made from Belgian hops. Good marketing at least… After this strange yet very enjoyable experience we took the hours drive to our resting place in Bruges and I took

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to my bed for a few hours’ r&r in the lovely Martins Hotel in the heart of the town before setting off into Bruges for yet another restaurant appointment. Our evening restaurant, the popular Dan Dijver was a mere hop, skip and a jump from the Hotel so at this point I had seen little of Bruges. However, even on such a slight journey one could see the picturesque qualities of this delightful historic city as we crossed the cobbled (Bruges has a LOT of cobbles!) bridge over the Dijver canal, past chocolate and lace shops galore all set in the narrow, medieval buildings which crowd the narrow, winding streets. The restaurant again was superb and full to capacity where I enjoyed yet another three course feast (the obligatory amuse bouche of local delicacies, the unusually titled “Plaice fillet. Cuttlefish and its ink” followed by a light meringue and sorbet dessert) again washed down with a local brew. Full to bursting we set out across the cobbles towards a crowded bar to sample yet more local ales served in quirky glasses and while the beer connoisseurs in the group smacked lips and compared notes I quietly quaffed the hoppy brew knowing full well it would send me into a deep slumber in not very long at all! After a much needed eight hours sleep and (another) hearty breakfast I swerved the guided tour (it started early and in the rain and I'm afraid I forgot my

mackintosh our honour) and in my own time replete with guide books and map took to the streets of Bruges alone. Stepping out into the famous market square, home of the iconic Belfry and Cloth Hall really is like walking into a Hans Christian Andersen fairytale, especially in December with the Guild buildings around the perimeter of the immaculately kept square (now predominantly bars, restaurants and shops) tastefully decorated for xmas, the ice-rink in the centre surrounded by German style Christmas market stalls and a row of horse drawn carriages waiting to take eager tourists for a clippety-clop around the city. One can imagine a child walking through this scene on Christmas Eve almost bursting with yuletide excitement. There is plenty of shopping to be had, not only in the market stalls, chocolate shops and lace emporiums but also in a more modern yet equally aesthetically pleasing shopping centre with designer stores and funky outlets, although be warned that due to the exchange rate a days shopping in Bruges will somewhat damage your bank balance (a coffee for £5 anyone?). Elsewhere the many churches, cathedrals, sculptures and town squares allow for a good weekends worth of sightseeing.

After meeting for yet another hearty meal, this time at a lovely little restaurant “The Flemish Pot” set off one of the main shopping streets where rustic food and frites served by a hand shovel were the order of the day (plus obligatory strong Belgian beer) we headed off to the Half Moon Brewery, for a splendid guided tour. The brewery, operated by six generations of the Maes family since 1856 (although the original brewery is mentioned in the town register as far back as the mid 16th century) produces a glut of award winning beers which range in strength from 6% abv up to a staggering 11% abv for the Henry penalty Quadruple. The vista afforded from the viewing area atop the brewery is breathtaking as you survey the delightful landscape below. Unfortunately the two of uour group wielding cameras (I shall name no names, you know who you are) stood frozen in fear against the back wall looking utterly terrified despite the distinct lack of any imminent danger – so you’ll just have to use your imagination for this one I’m afraid!

What a splendid way to spend a weekend...

After finishing the tour (with a complimentary beer naturally) we headed back through Bruge to collect our belongings to head back to Dunkirk and onwards to dear old Blighty - fit to burst, full of beer and thouroghly enchanted.


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Hurry to Henley-on-Thames

Words by Peter da Silva


ew towns have the charm and romantic appeal the way Henley-on-Thames has. The town is overlooked by the beautiful Chiltern landscape of wooded hills and green fields. Just a few strides from the riverbank is the very heart of Henley with its historic church, town hall and market square, the latter bustling with busy stall-holders and shoppers on market days. They also enjoy browsing the town’s many boutiques. Founded in the 12th century, and best known for the annual Royal Regatta, Henley attracts some of the world´s finest rowers. Statues of those great Olympians Sir Steve Redgrave and Sir Matthew Pinsent greet visitors to the town´s award winning River and Rowing Museum.

Henley also attracts golfers to local courses, is home to the nationally known Henley Hawks rugby club and successful cricket and football clubs as well as a privately-owned polo ground. Visitors can enjoy a boat trip down the regatta course, either in one of the commercial boats that operate along this stretch or, rather more energetically, in a rowing boat. Afterwards they can relax in the well-maintained Mill Meadows public park. The leading hotel in Henley-on-Thames is the wonderful Hotel du Vin & Bistro. Everything at this hotel & bistro is superb, if you are only staying one night you may even find it difficult to pull yourself away from the hotel’s facilities and particularly those in each bedroom. Only 50 yards from the glorious riverside, the classic Georgian façade of the old Brakspears Brewery is home to Hotel du Vin Henley-on-Thames. Every inch of the superb brewery architecture has been thoughtfully converted, whilst preserving its original character. The collection of buildings that encircle the old brewery yard house 43 bedrooms and suites, together with trademark 56

bistro, bar, private dining rooms, cigar shack and courtyard. Each bedroom features luxurious handsprung mattresses, fine Egyptian linen, deep baths and powerful drench showers, plasma TVs, DVDs and air conditioning. The Bistro at the hotel is an attraction in itself- the layout takes you back in time and the features of the Brewery are all around. The food & drink here are excellent. The place was absolutely full and one imagines this is the case daily, so booking is advisable. The service is excellent and waiters are well informed on produce, suppliers and how to best pair wines. A sommelier is also available to further enhance the experience. Hotels du Vin has won awards and as soon as you enter the Henley-on-Thames hotel you can see why. If it’s romance you’re after then a stay at the Hotel du Vin in the beautiful Henley-on-Thames may just be what you need. Oscar Wilde once quoted “Twenty

years of romance makes a woman look like a ruin; but twenty years of marriage make her something like a public building.”- don’t let yourself get to these stages! Enter a world of romance within a unique public building in Henley-onThames where romance is encouraged as is enjoying one of your best night’s sleeps and best meals. Rooms from £150 including breakfast. Henley-on-Thames station is approximately 0.5 miles away, 10 minutes walk or a short cab ride away from the hotel.

Hotel du Vin & Bistro Henley-on-Thames, New Street, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 2BP 01491 848 400

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Want to whisk your loved one away for an unforgettably romantic rendezvous? Waterfalls are the perfect setting, suggests Jaillan Yehia The atmosphere is filled with spray, and you can hear nothing but the deafening sound of water smashing down against rock in a pure display of natural force. Few of the world’s wonders have the power to stop you in your tracks in the same way as a waterfall. Whether you want to travel to the ends of the earth or stay closer to home, waterfalls should jump straight to the top of your romantic travel plans.

Journey to Africa for Zimbabwe’s Victoria Falls Waterfalls

& Wildlife

The jaw-dropping Victoria Falls is the largest curtain of water on earth and a UNESCO World Heritage Site stretching a mile along the Zimbabwe-Zambia border, in the epicentre of Southern Africa. At double the height of Niagara Falls, the ‘Smoke that Thunders' pummels 19 million cubic feet of water a minute over the world’s widest and highest water precipice, and is surrounded by ‘big 5’ game parks and rainforest. As Zimbabwe's biggest tourist attraction, the falls are removed from the country’s political troubles and easily accessible by direct flight from multiple cities, making an ideal end point for a safari or African adventure.

ROMANTIC TIP: Find a shady spot for a picnic overlooking the Gorge DON’T MISS: A close-up encounter with African elephants at Wild Horizons Elephant Sanctuary STAY: Elephant Camp Lodge, Victoria Falls National Park With breathtaking panoramic views of the spray from Mosi-oa-Tunya, this luxurious lodge is set in a private area within the National Park. Bounded by the Masuwe River and the spectacular Zambezi gorges, the site is also home to the Wild Horizons’ rescue animals.

Travel to Iceland’s Gullfoss Waterfalls

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Gullfoss is Europe’s most powerful and spectacular waterfall - a vast two-tiered gash in the earth’s crust which spans the entire width of the Hvítá River. The Golden Falls forms one third of Iceland’s touristic ‘Golden Circle’: together with the original erupting geysirs and the site of the world’s first parliament at Þingvellir, where you can walk between two of the earth’s tectonic plates, this trilogy of Iceland’s mind-bending natural wonders are all easily accessible from the

capital. ROMANTIC TIP: Cosy up at Icleand’s famous geothermal pool, the Blue Lagoon DON’T MISS: A visit to that volcano (also known as Eyjafjallajökull) 90 minutes by car from Gullfoss. STAY: Hotel 101, Reykjavik. Reykjavik’s stylish choice, all Nordic cool, monochrome and modern touches, 101 refers to the city’s postcode, right in the centre of things in Iceland’s quirky capital.

Stay in England and visit Hardraw Force Waterfalls

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England's highest unbroken waterfall is set in a wooded ravine just outside the tiny hamlet of Hardraw in the Yorkshire Dales, near the famous Pennine Way. Hardraw Force impressed both Wordsworth and Turner; Britain`s greatest watercolour master painted the 100 foot high falls in 1816 - the painting now hangs at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge. The falls are best visited after heavy rain, and are accessed via a public stone pathway.

ROMANTIC TIP: Head into the Yorkshire Dales for an invigorating walk through rugged moorland DON’T MISS: A visit to the Wensleydale Creamery to pick up some authentic Yorkshire cheese. STAY: The Green Dragon Inn, Hardraw. An ancient country inn dating from the 13th century offering cosy, traditional accommodation. The grounds are also home to Hardraw Force. 57

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ver recent years in this country there has been a flowering of vast array of grass roots initiatives where individuals and communities are coming together to explore the practicalities of a more healthy and environmentally sustainable way of living.

Being green’ is now definitely mainstream, reflected in all manner of books, magazines and popular TV programmes and, fuelled by our increasingly challenging economic climate, this movement is likely to keep growing. Whilst this growth of searching for ‘The Good Life’ has moved up hugely in sophistication from the portrayal of Tom and Barbara in the ‘70s sitcom it can all still seem rather chaotic – on the ground, and even more over the internet. However there are more and more examples of practical action ‘from the bottom up’ by individuals and whole communities which are perhaps shaping the models we need for a more sustainable future – preparing us for times when

some of the key resources we take for granted, such as oil and even water, become far more scarce. Meanwhile, from the top down, changing government environmental regulations and policies are providing an additional impetus for businesses to be more environmentally aware though arguably much of the new red tape in this area is coming in at a time, economically, when many are least able to respond.

London was simple (and in the context of today’s standards, I guess we were ‘deprived’!). Whilst playing outdoors in the streets (not so much traffic then) was fun the highlight of the year was when our whole family came down to Kent for six weeks of ‘Hopping’ – carefree wonderful adventurous times. We could fish, climb trees, make camps, explore and any other activity that a child could dream up in the great outdoors.

Whilst there are plenty of doomsayers, there is also a growing army of pragmatic optimists who are making things happen – and across East Kent much is happening, with many places and projects locally reflecting tangibly the opportunities of approaching a way of life that is more closely connected both to the natural world and each other.

Staying in the hopping huts on mattresses stuffed with straw, no lights only tilley lamps and candles with each other telling ghost stories and listening to the old’uns outside around the faggot fire telling the stories about their lives and daily happenings, with plenty of singing and dancing (and plenty of local brew). This connection with the outdoors has stayed with me for the rest of my life and it seems to have come full circle as I am now outreach co-ordinator for Rippledown – a residential centre in East Kent enabling children and families to reconnect with our natural surroundings.

My personal connection with this area of the world first came when I was only a few years old – my family were all markettraders from North London. Our life in

Over the coming editions of East Kent Lifestyle Magazine I will be exploring many local places and projects, and the people behind them – all with the common theme of helping us to reconnect with the environment that sustains us whilst opening up to the communities which we belong to. Diane Martin 72

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Cold the

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olds are everywhere this time of year, it seems there is no avoiding your annual bout of the sniffles, or is there?

Good health begins with a healthy, strong immune system, when your immune system is running on empty, viruses, such as the common cold are easily picked up. A cold can leave you feeling run down, miserable and sorry for yourself. If that cold virus gets on to your chest, this can develop into an infection and you may end up in the doctors surgery. Here are my 5 immune building recommended steps to keep the doctor away and you firing on all cylinders.

 From a child we are told to eat our

greens, we know they are good for us, but often don’t recognise just how good and why we should include them in our everyday diet. Leafy greens, such as kale, spinach, rocket and watercress help build our immune system and give our body much need nutrients to fight viruses, they contain vitamins, minerals and fibre and are high in chlorophyll, which helps to cleanse the body, fight of infection and promote a healthy circulation. Leafy greens are easy to get into a daily diet be they in salads, soups or even in your morning smoothie.

 If you think using Garlic to fight a

cold is an old wives tale then think again. For centuries garlic has been taken for its anti-bacterial and

anti-viral properties. Alicin is the antioxidant found in garlic - with powerful anti-bacterial properties. Garlic's best use is as a preventative measure rather than as a "cure" for the common cold although it does also offer support to fight the virus, and can help to reduce the time of your cold.

 Here’s an easy tip to follow,

Himalayan sea salt contains 84 immune building minerals that our body needs, by taking a bath in these cleansing and soothing salts, they get to work assist in easing respiratory problems , such as asthma, allergies and your cold. They also assist in the detoxification process, so after your bath you are left feeling cleansed from the inside out.

 The superfood goji berries are one of

the highest sources of antioxidants on the planet and when eaten on a regular basis, they are found to increase longevity and promote excellent health. Goji berries assist the body in replacing blood cells, which support a healthy immune system. You can add to your morning muesli or pop a handful into a glass of water, and allow them to rehydrate. Not only do they make the water taste delicious but you get all the the goodness from the goji berries. The fluid will also keep you hydrated, which is equally important when keeping a cold at bay.

 Spice up your life with the king of

root spices, ginger. Ginger is known for its strong antibacterial components and can assist the immune system and has been used for years in home remedies for coughs and colds. Try drinking ginger tea mixed with a fresh lemon, a little honey and hot water; it is a fabulous tonic for prevention and also provides soothing relief to a sore throat and helps eliminate congestion caused from a cold.

For more tips and advice on improving your health, increasing energy levels and reducing stress in your life, go to or follow raw chi food on twitter and facebook. Words by Renee Maguire, Raw Food Coach, Photography copyright of Jo Doran


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how did you find CrossFit? I remember I started going to the gym in the hopes that it would help my kickboxing but the training was so different to what we did to get conditioned for a fight.



didn’t feel like I was pushing myself doing the standard Back and Bi’s, Chest and Tri, shoulders and Legs split routine that was (and is) so popular among those that go to the gym. After not seeing any results I looked arouund for something differentand found CrossFit. The workouts were fast and furious and nothing like what was going on in any “Gym” that I had ever been to.

What is CrossFit ? CrossFit is by definition a combination of different disciplines. A Crossfitter will “cross-train” in a mixture of Olympic weightlifting, Gymnastics and Sprinting (and everything in between). The goal is to be a well balanced athlete over any physical domain. That means that you can’t just be strong, you have to be flexible, have endurance, be coordinated etc. There are actually 10 physical domains that we recognize and train. Working on everything means that you are less likely to have imbalances that result in injuries and it prepares you for absolutely anything! Whether it’s going on that skiing holiday with your children, getting better at your sport or even helping your friend move house.

Glassman, the founder of CrossFit has found time and time again that “the needs of the the olympian and your grandpa vary by degree, not kind.” It’s about 50/50 men and women. Our oldest member is 53, he comes along to just stay fit and loves it. Our youngest member is a 16 year old competitive swimmer, she’s doing very well since she started with us and is currently ranked No.1 in the South East! We’ve also had the Canterbury Rugby Club train with us and, so far this season the 1st, 2nd and 3rd teams have only one loss between them.’s not a gym like you would recognize it.

Who trains CrossFit? It may all sound very elite and scary but this stuff is for everyone. It’s all just a matter of how you scale it. Greg

How is CrossFit is different from typical franchised gyms? In a CrossFit “Box” (it’s not a gym like you would recognize it) there are no machines, no mirrors and nobody is plugged into their iPod. We do sessions that revolve around a group training with a coach, you’re not

on your own and it builds a really nice sense of community. Everybody knows everybody else’s name and they cheer each other on through their workouts. When people suffer together through a WOD (Workout Of the Day) it builds a very supportive community of people dedicated to achieving not only their own goals, but helping others get to theirs. It’s a completely different atmosphere. There’s an emphasis on technique above and beyond what you would find in a normal gym, not because we are trying to slow things down or feel the ‘pump’, but because better technique means more efficient movement and more capacity! Although we drill the basics there are some movements such and muscle-ups (on gymnastics rings)and handstands that are quite technically challenging compared to what you’d find in a normal gym. However I think that’s half the fun; getting upside-down for the first time ever, or finally getting on top of a pair of rings is exhilarating and infinitely more rewarding than doing bicep curls on a machine. James Jones

If you’re interested in trying it out East Kent CrossFit run a FREE beginners session every Saturday at 1pm. Check out to see our Daily blog or for more info in general. Or get in touch: T. 07576756030 E. 75

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Many women at some stage of their life will experience problems with their monthly periods.


PERIOD PROBLEMS Many women at some stage of their life will experience problems with their monthly periods. Some women are embarrassed to talk to their GP, and some don’t know when they should be seeking medical advice. The fact is that period problems are one of the four most common medical complaints for females, so to help you decide whether you need to see a doctor, expert gynaecology consultants from BMI The Chaucer Hospital in Canterbury answer your questions on period problems.

to have major surgery, in the form of a hysterectomy. The vast majority of women will be managed successfully with medication. Some successful treatments introduced in recent years include intrauterine devices that contain hormones which reduce bleeding and procedures which reduce the thickness of the lining of the womb, which is shed during a period and can be the cause of heavy and prolonged bleeding. Some patients will require keyhole surgery. This surgery is minimally invasive and can be undertaken as a day case procedure.



Women should seek advice when: • There is a complete absence of periods. •P  eriods are irregular and menstruation occurs anywhere between every six weeks and few months. •P  eriod pains such as cramps are severe. • PMS is severe and mood changes are affecting quality of life. • If periods are heavy.

Appointments to see a gynaecology consultant can be made quickly and easily either via referral from a General Practitioner or by self-referral via the contact details below. Our gynaecology consultants are specialists in the investigation and treatment of menstrual disorders and are able to offer a sensitive and understanding approach.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I SEE A DOCTOR? Firstly, details of your menstrual cycle, gynaecological and past medical history are taken. A physical examination is usually undertaken which is similar to a cervical smear test. You may then be recommended to have a pelvic ultrasound scan performed. This involves the use of a small internal probe, which is rarely uncomfortable. A small sample of the womb lining may be taken in some cases. Patients maybe asked to maintain a menstral diary for a couple of months. The diary alongside any examination results; personalised treatment plans can be devised. WHAT TREATMENTS ARE AVAILABLE? How you are treated depends on your age, reproductive aims and your diagnosis. Very few women with period problems caused by benign (i.e. non-cancerous) conditions will need 76

BMI The Chaucer Hospital gynaecology consultants are: Ms Zoe Woodward - Consultant Gynaecologist Dr Kate Neales – Consultant Gynaecologist Mr Jonathan Learmont – Consultant Gynaecologist Ms Hasiba Hamoud – Consultant Gynaecologist Mr Nagy Rafla - Consultant Gynaecologist & Obstetricians Mr Ike Okorocha - Consultant Gynaecologist Mr Andrew Nordin - Consultant Gynaecologist Mrs Keyouri Shrotri - Consultant Gynaecologist To book an appointment with one of our gynaecologists please call BMI The Chaucer HOSPITAL, CANTERBURY ON: 01227 825117

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Shape Up for Spring Rachael Hook

Winter time often sees us compounding the horrors bestowed upon us by the festive feasts of Christmas with a tendency to avoid going out in the (a little too) fresh air and to take comfort in stodgy, warming winter fayre. However, getting fit is easier than you might imagine and can be enjoyable as well as beneficial to your health. Here are some fun ways to improve your fitness and boost your wellbeing this spring time.

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Splash around

Cycling offers a great workout and is cheap and pollution free. East Kent has lots of great places to cycle, like Fowlmead Country Park in Sholden near Deal. The 200-acre park was formerly a colliery and has been redeveloped as a safe off road site for leisure, road and mountain biking. Bike hire is available, see for more information.

Water aerobics classes are great fun and keep the heart and lungs healthy whilst toning the body and reducing fat. Kingsmead Leisure Centre in Canterbury offers classes throughout the week in deep and shallow water. To book a class, call 01227 769818.

Take a stroll Walking is one of the most effective forms of exercise. As well as burning calories it helps manage stress and relieve tension. Kent is a fantastic place to explore with our ancient coastline and inspiring countryside. If you don’t know where to start, visit where you can download free maps of walks in your area.

Dance the night away As well as keeping you in shape dancing is a lot of fun and can improve your balance, strength and sense of wellbeing. Argentine Tango South East, based in Canterbury, holds private tuition and courses in this elegant dance. For more information visit

Join a class From yoga to kick boxing there are endless fitness classes you can join. They are a great way to boost your health as well as make new friends. Sandwich Leisure centre offers a range of classes, To book a class call 01304 614947. 77

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hall I ask him to marry me? Is this the house we want to live in for the rest of our lives? Do I want to relocate out of Kent for this new job-of course, the answer to that question is no! These are just some of the vital questions people face. Another might be what school would be best for my child? People from all around the world uproot their children from places as faraway as Africa and China in order to send them to British Independent schools. Why is this? What is the big attraction? One of the reasons parents chose an independent education is the high teaching standards and this is clearly reflected in the grades that these schools achieve. This is partly brought about by very favorable pupil/teacher ratios. Knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff operating in small classes with committed students creates a very special educational experience. There is also great variety in Independent Schools from some that are very academic to those that will bring out the very best in the less able student. I have seen amazing results from pupils who might have been lost in a world of big classes. The private sector also offers a wonderful range of sports and extra-curricular activities. In my school, we have built an impressive complex for our Years 7 and 8 as well as a new sports centre with squash, badminton and basketball courts, indoor cricket nets and a climbing wall. Upstairs there is a fitness suite and dance studio. This sits alongside our two

all weather surfaces and acres of safe, outdoor playing space. Independent schools are committed to providing children with a rounded education. I tell my parents that I want their son or daughter to have grown into a confident, capable and compassionate young adult by the time they leave. Training for leadership plays a vital part in independent schools. It may be through the Combined Cadet Force or the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme but it is just as likely to happen through responsibility taken as a prefect, in producing a play or captaining a team. Surveys suggest that ‘better standards of education’ continues to be the prime factor for parents wanting to send their children to Independent schools. However, ‘better

discipline’ has doubled in popularity rising to second place above ‘smaller class sizes’. This is not about lots of rules and punishments. Independent schools set high standards and find that children enjoy living up to them. Education is not a one-size-fits-all affair and thankfully independent schools come in all shapes and sizes. The independent sector gives parents the opportunity to choose a school that is right for their child. Whether it is the breadth and flexibility of the curriculum that appeals or perhaps the activities out of the classroom, you can be assured that your child will receive a well rounded education helping them to achieve their full potential. However, you are still left with the question, which one shall we choose? 79


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occurring march

Sunday March 4th, 11am-4pm Quex Spring Wedding Fayre – Free entry

The 2012 Quex Spring Wedding Fayre promises to inspire brides-to-be with an eclectic display of exhibits ranging from dresses, cakes, jewellery, photography and wedding cars. Ideal location for Victorian themed weddings. Grand Prize Draw and £200 voucher for all wedding couples. Quex House, Quex Park, Park Lane, Birchington, Kent CT7 0BH T: 01843 842168 W:

Friday 9th March Rufus Hound at Winter Gardens Margate

Friday 9th & Saturday 10th March WhitLive presents – The Beat (9th) and Dr Feelgood (10th)

Two legendary 70’s bands are appearing on consecutive nights at Whitstable’s East Quay. Ska legends The Beat will be performing such classics as “Mirror in the Bathroom” and “Can’t Get use to Losing you” on Friday 9th March while the UK’s finest rhythm and blue’s combo, Dr Feelgood will be rocking the crowd on Saturday 10th. Tickets are £15 and available online from:, and in person from Gatefield Sounds, High Street, Whitstable & Gatefield Sounds, High Street, Herne Bay & Canterbury Rock, Whitstable Road, Canterbury THE EAST QUAY, The Harbour, Whitstable CT5 1AB    

Doors: 7.30pm

Tuesday 13th March Live Nation presents – McFly (Plus Special Guests) at the Margate Winter Gardens McFly are hitting the road in a 26 date tour across the UK and will by playing all their hits up to and including their recent fifth studio album “Above the Noise” which was released to huge acclaim in November last year.

Show Starts 7pm Tickets £27.50, call 01843 296111 or book online at

Watch comedian of the moment and Celebrity Juice panelist Rufus Hound perform on the Winter Gardens stage for the first time for a guaranteed evening of giggles. Rufus will be ably supported by the runner up of ITV 1's “Show Me The Funny”, Ellie Taylor.

Show starts 8pm Tickets £17, call 01843 296111/292795 or book online at


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Thursday 29th March Cher Lloyd at Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone She mesmerised The X Factor 2010 audiences with her unique urban-pop performances and strong personal style, her debut single “Swagger Jagger” debuted at number one in the UK charts and she is currently enjoying success both at home and abroad with her debut album Sticks + Stones. Come enjoy the swagger of Cher's first UK tour in one of Kent's finest venues.


Tickets £16.50, call 0844 871 767 or book online at

Friday 6th - Monday 9th April

Friday 20th & Saturday 21st April

Easter Family Fun

Great Expectations National Theatre Tour The Tower Theatre, Folkestone*

The perfect Easter weekend for the whole family. Children can follow a trail through the grounds to collect a chocolate Easter egg from the Bunny Burrow and also enjoy animal fun and crafts. An additional charge of £2.50 will apply. Easter egg archery and face painting will also be available. Leeds Castle Maidstone Kent ME17 1PL Tel:+44 (0) 1622 765400

The Baroque Theatre Company presents the classic Great Expectations. A stunning theatrical experience to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens. Follow the trials and tribulations of orphan Pip as he makes his way through life – A real gem from the master story teller.

Show Starts 7.30pm

Box Office: 01303 223925

Thursday 26th April

The Tower Theatre, North Road, Shorncliffe, Folkestone Kent CT20 3HL

Lee Hurst’s Man V Woman at the Gulbenkian Theatre - Canterbury

Tickets: £11.00 (full) £10.00 (concessions)

Comedian and TV personality Lee Hurst is now on tour for the first time in over 10 years. He's back on the road while his comedy club, in Bethnal Green is being rebuilt from scratch. Lee is best known as one of the stars of BBC1's comedy sports quiz 'They Think It's All Over'.

Show Starts 7.30pm (Sat) & 2.30pm (Sun)

Show starts 7.30pm Tickets £15, call 01227 769075 or go to

Friday 27th – Sunday 29th April Swimathon 2012 The last weekend in April sees the worlds biggest fund raising swimming event take over 650 pools around the country. Swimmers can compete in various challenges to raise money for either Marie Curie Cancer Care take part in the Big Splash Mile in aid of Sports Relief.

Entry costs between £6-10 Participating pools in East Kent are; Whitstable Swimming Pool – CT5 2BJ Kingsmead Leisure Centre, Canterbury – CT2 7PH Hartsdown Leidure Centre, Margate – CT9 5QX

*Also appearing on Friday 28th and Saturday 29th April at The Memorial Theatre, Hilderstone Centre, St Peters Road, Broadstairs, Kent CT10 2JW Box Office: 0845 2626263 Tickets: £13.00 (full) £11.00 (concessions)

Saturday 28th – Sunday 29th April The Country, Craft and Food Fair at Hop Farm For 2012, the two day Fair will feature craft stalls and craft makers, food halls and shopping malls, an exciting arena timetable, top class entertainment and interactive displays. The craft element of the show has been developed for this year to include pottery for adults and children, patchwork quilting, card making and children’s jewellery that can be created at the show to take home, among other Kentish crafts on display. The Hop Farm, Beltring, Paddock Wood, Tonbridge, TN12 6PY Tickets in advance from £11.35, call 01622 870838 or book online at

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Weddings East Kent

Includes: Dresses To Die For page 87

Wedding Hair Tips page 87

Honeymoons from Heaven page 96

Plus much more

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Flagship Store, Evangeline Rose Bridal, 15A Church Street, Godalming, Nr Guildford, Surrey GU7 1EL Tel 01483 415199 email


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Every bride to be spends hours researching for her perfect wedding dress.


ome girls are able to find their dress in a traditional wedding dress shop. But many brides find the ‘perfect dress’, but, would prefer to make changes. Not all brides want the traditional Ivory or white dress, some have a specific period theme they wish to create. Some girls wish to use the 1930’s for their wedding theme. A dress from this period will be very different from the traditional wedding dress, and using different materials. Silk crepe satin is the most popular choice, because of its soft, fluid behaviour. Zoe can then advise towards accessorising the dress to add to the theme. Another popular period to copy at the moment is the post war years, particularly the 1950’s. This period evokes a completely different mood; many girls want to have their dress quite full with many layers of netting. On this occasion the material would have to be firmer, such as dupion silk, or taffeta. Another fabric very much in vogue at the moment is lace, from simple embroidered lace to heavily beaded lace. One problem that many girls encounter is finding the appropriate material for their dress. As Zoe has an extensive collection of evening wear to hire, she is able to use the dresses to advise girls how certain fabrics actually behave, and can use her reliable stockists to source the materials directly. It is also possible to try these dresses on which may help you see for yourself. Another popular request is to have a dress made in an alternative colour to Ivory. Again, having the dress made means that you are able to choose your own colour! When these issues arise it is time to think about having your wedding dress made for you. There is a misconception that having a wedding dress made to your requirements can be very expensive, this is not necessarily the case. Zoe is able to work to a specific budget with no alteration charges to add to the cost of the dress! All too frequently ‘the dream dress’ seen in a magazine can be beyond the budget, but, it is possible to use the image as a starting point and to design the dress with changes, but still keeping the theme, and without costing a fortune. Zoe is a designer dressmaker based in Canterbury. She attended the London College of Fashion and specializes in bridal and evening wear. She offers a free consultation service where the bride will put forward her ideas, and then Zoe will advise the suitability of the design and suggest materials, for which she can provide. Once the wedding dress has been designed other party members may want to have their dresses made, from the all important brides maids and the mothers of the bride and groom. It is also becoming more apparent that there is an increase in second weddings. Again, the bride to be knows what she wants, but is unable to find a suitable dress on the high street. Another increase in popularity is destination/overseas weddings, where climate of the location has to be considered, as well as transporting the dress! Zoe is passionate about her work and enjoys creating the perfect dress for her clients. To find out more information call on Canterbury 01227 761237, 0776 5786098 or look at the web site

Photos courtesy of Dave Betts – 85

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Top Knotch Coco Rose Millinery

East Kent Lifestyle caught up with Sophie Desai, creator of the fabulous hats at Coco Rose Millinery. How did you get into the craft of hat making?

My friend’s parents owned a hat business in London called Herald & Heart, which are very famous and when they moved their premises to Rye in East Sussex I began to work for them. I trained for 7 years with Tracey Mogard and managed their shop in the high street. I love being able to match colours to customers outfits and create something that suits their style of outfit and which frames their face.

Where do you get your inspiration from?

I love old movies, seeing how they used hats in costume to really bring out the character. I use this technique when I start making a hat, I think of the kind of woman that would wear it and what her occasion is and the impact that she wants to make. Usually its to trump the mother of the groom! I keep an eye on catwalk trends but hats really make their own trends, finishing off an outfit and making it feel complete.

How long does it take to make one of your creations?

It can take anywhere up to 3 weeks, but it depends on what the customer wants or what inspiration takes me when I'm starting a new collection. Some feathers are harder than others to get hold of and then dying them to the exact right colour can take a few tries! When blocking a hat (moulding the sinamay over a wooden moulded shape) you have to wait for it to dry before removing it from the block, so sometimes it's a waiting game!

You were recently featured in Vogue - how did it feel to see your work in a high-end fashion magazine?

It was a great feeling! A real high point. I really enjoyed making that hat

Do you think this was the feature that drew Kelly Rowland’s attention?

Yes think so. Kelly's stylist, Joel Dash, blogs for Vogue.

How did it feel to make a hat for someone who is so well known?

It was extremely unnerving! I only had 2 days to turn it around so worked exactly to the brief. She wanted something delicate but edgy with black, nude and clear crystal diamantes on so that it would sparkle and stand out against her hair. It was for one of the X Factor Live shows, or one of her many red carpet appearances. I definitely felt the pressure, but had to put it to the back of my mind and make it like it was any other customer.

Have you got any exciting projects or events coming up?

I have a trip planned to Cape Town, South Africa, in January 2012 to see if the market is big enough for me to expand CoCo Rose Millinery there. My husband is from Cape Town and they have a lot of up and coming designers that I would love to collaborate with. They have race meetings and unquestionably good hat weather! When I return I will be doing the round of wedding fayres and exhibitions again to start off the season with a new collection.

Contact details +447915963287 Prices start from £75, free consultation 86

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hair tips

Sometimes left to the last minute to arrange, in fact wedding hair and make-up deserves a lot of consideration; after all they are the first thaings you will notice when you look back at those all-important photographs.


he whole process might seem a little daunting, especially if you rarely experiment with your hair and make-up. So East Kent Lifestyle has teamed up with Party Fusion, a wedding hair, make-up and accessory company near Ashford, to offer bridesto-be a few tips on how to end up with a stunning wedding look that you are comfortable with – and of course one that will last.


It is often a good idea to search out a specialist wedding hairdresser and make-up artist. They are likely to be more understanding of the stresses of your big day and are used to working in a pressured environment.


The final style you choose should help you look the best you have ever looked, but at the same time, it is important not to stray too far out of your comfort zone. Remember you will be looking at your photographs for the rest of your lives and you don’t want to look like someone else altogether! Pictures can help, even if they are of styles and looks you don’t like, as it is an easier way to communicate your thoughts. Above all don’t be afraid to be honest with your stylists – they can take it!


Hair accessories can turn a wedding guest hair style into a bridal hair style. Whether you go for a tiara, or some simple pearl pins it is worth thinking about how this can work with your dress, flowers and the theme of the wedding. Most florists will be used to being asked to provide flowers as accessories, so consider this as an option if it fits your theme. Handmade jewellery that matches your accessories can also be the perfect touch.

Things to consider are; cost, get a detailed quote before you book; location, most will charge for travel; references, it is always good to hear about other brides’ experiences and of course personality, you will be spending the morning of the wedding with your hairdresser and make-up artist – it needs to be a team you will get on with!


Any experienced wedding hairdresser will leave you with a style that will last for the duration of your wedding. However there are a few things you can do to help; keep an umbrella close by, just in case; task a bridesmaid with carrying a style survival kit, containing hair pins, a mini can of hairspray, and lip gloss; and ask your stylist to teach a bridesmaid how to carefully remove your veil without upsetting your hairstyle. Oh and you could always invite your stylists to your wedding!

Party Fusion Party Fusion has been offering bridal hair styling, make-up, jewellery and hair accessory design for over ten years. The team of experienced hair stylists and make-up artists take the time to listen and understand, perfectly recreating your style on your wedding day in a calm and relaxed manner. The team would love the opportunity to be a part of your special day, so if you think they could inspire you, give Alexandra a call on 07980 767635 or visit


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Step 1. Apply foundation with a foundation brush to half the face, perhaps the cheeks first, working downwards with the brush. Use the remaining product left on the brush to work over the chin, nose, around the eyes and forehead. Then add more foundation and continue with the other half of the face. Make sure you blend well around the ears and down the neck. Apply a dot of concealer under the eyes with your finger until blended to brighten and waken. Dust a translucent powder over the whole face to set for the day and take away unwanted shine using a large powder brush. If you like a warm glow, apply a bronzer to under your cheek bones and the outer part of the whole face. (Mac Studio Fix Fluid Foundation / Chanel translucent loose Powder / Mac Golden Bronzer)

Step 2. Apply a neutral or skin colour eye primer or eye base to the eyelids, this will ensure your eyeshadow stays on all day and all night. Next, with a blending brush, apply a light coloured/ Ivory tone eyeshadow all over the lid to take away any tackiness of the primer ensuring the darker colours to follow will blend on to the eye beautifully. (Mac Paint Pot ‘Painterly’ / Mac eyeshadow ‘Shroom’)

Step 3. On the outer half of the eyelid and slightly above the socket, blend a mid-brown/caramel toned eyeshadow. Leave the inner corner and the brow bone free from this colour. (Mac eyeshadow ‘Cork’)

Step 4. Using a smaller blending brush, apply a dark brown or even black eyeshadow at an angle from the middle part of the lash line up towards the outer corner, fading at the socket. (Mac eyeshadow ‘Carbon’)

Step 5. Using an dampened angle brush and black eyeshadow, line the whole top lash line, and 3/4 of the lower lash line, leaving the inner corner free from liner. Use a blending blush to buff the liner on the lower lash line to create that smokey soft effect. (Mac eyeshadow ‘Carbon’)

Step 6. Coat your lashes in waterproof mascara. Next apply some false lashes of your choice. Make sure the thin line of glue along the stem is given at least 20 seconds of drying time before you attempt to apply. Tilt your head back, with tweezers, line up the false lash to your lash, attach the middle part first, then the outer corner, then close in the inner corner. Cover the stem with a black liquid liner to disguise the join. (Mac lashes Number 21)

Step 7. Blush should be girly and light, so you cant see where it begins and where it ends! Apply a wash of colour along your cheek bones, not too near the nose or jawline for a healthy and feminine glow.

Step 6. Pretty pink lips look fabulous on everyone because it’s not too far off the natural colour that we were born with! Apply as accurately as you can with a lip brush, blot with a tissue, add a dusting of powder then apply lipstick again for a longer lasting pout! (Mac Lipstick ‘Hot Gossip’)


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…...a naturally inspiring wedding venue  on the East Coast of Kent 

Award winning wedding venue      Licensed for ceremonies        Panoramic natural daylight throughout    Stunning seaside location  Surrounded by a glorious garden      Backdrop of the iconic White Cliffs of Dover 


Call: 01304 851 737  Visit:      The Pines Calyx, The Pines Garden  St. Margaret’s Bay, Kent CT15 6DZ 

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Eastwell Manor uality without compromise, peaceful seclusion – that is the Eastwell Manor experience. Eastwell Manor is a private, 4 AA Red Star family owned hotel with its origins dating back to the Norman Conquest. Set in the heart of the Kent countryside at the foot of the North Downs, the hotel has manicured lawns and beautiful gardens. Then step into the exquisite Manor house with its blazing log fires and discreet service. Your stay can be in either an elegant Manor bedroom with a four poster bed or in a luxury Mews Cottage located in the grounds close to the outdoor heated swimming pool. All bedrooms have been individually designed and contain all the modern day facilities that you would expect from a first class country house hotel. Brides and grooms can enjoy a perfect wedding day in this fabulous setting where there are four special areas licensed for Weddings and Civil Ceremonies which include three beautiful oak panelled Manor House rooms or our delightful Italian Walled Maids Garden. The Wedding Breakfast can be held in either the Rose Garden Room or the Bayeux Room and larger numbers can be catered for in a garden marquee. For the evening celebration, the Chelsfield and Keston Suites in The Pavilion are the ideal choice with a dance floor and private bar. There are three Wedding Packages to choose from starting at £75.00 per person although we are happy to tailor make a wedding to the happy couple’s specific requirements. Eastwell Manor can also offer the bride a relaxing Pamper Day with their compliments prior to her wedding day and for the groom, either a Spa Day or Golf Day with his Best Man.


harlton Place is a tranquil secluded venue and family home set within over 100 acres parkland just off the A2 south of Canterbury.

The Grade II listed mansion house provides a wonderful, serene and exclusive setting for your wedding day, yours will be the only event hosted on the day. The Drawing Room suits a small reception or ceremony and can hold up to 40 people whilst the elegant Regency Ballroom is the ideal setting for weddings for up to 100 people. The lawns to the front and side of the house provide a delightful marquee location and can accommodate 120 to 300 people. In Spring 2012 the Civil Ceremonies Licence will be in place for the Regency Ballroom. The emphasis at Charlton Park is on providing a personal touch with close attention to detail. Each event hosted is tailor-made to suit the requirements of the individual client, guests frequently

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comment on the relaxed and intimate feel of the surroundings. The stunning setting of Charlton Park together with the period features of the house also provide the perfect backdrop for filming and photo shoots. Future plans for Charlton Park are very exciting with a brand new commercial kitchen now in place and development of the

luxury Spa commencing in 2012. The house and park also hosts a calendar of cultural and leisure events for the year and are ideal for business lunches, board meetings and seminars. For further details of all the events and facilities at Charlton Park or to make an enquiry please visit their website at 91

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NEW INCLUSIVE WEDDING PACKAGES AVAILABLE FROM ÂŁ75-ÂŁ110 PER PERSON Enjoy both your ceremony and reception at this stunning Country House Hotel set within a 3000 acre estate with perfectly manicured lawns and beautiful grounds in the heart of the Kent countryside - A choice of three oak panelled Manor Rooms or the Walled Maids Garden and Victorian Gazebo for your ceremony - Award winning cuisine and new wedding breakfast menus designed by our Executive Head Chef

- Licensed for Weddings and Civil Ceremonies - 4 red star accommodation and 62 individually styled luxurious bedrooms and suites - Some of the finest Spa & Leisure facilities in England

Telephone 01233 213000 Email

Eastwell Park, Boughton Lees Ashford, Kent TN25 4HR

Applicable to weddings booked after 1st August 2011. Photographs supplied by Alfie & Trish Photography.

a hidden wedding gem Situated within a wonderful and unique location in the grounds of Canterbury Cathedral, sits a modern and contemporary wedding reception venue accommodating up to 120 guests for a sit down wedding breakfast. Imagine enjoying a champagne drinks reception in the beautiful Campanile garden, with the Cathedral as a stunning backdrop. Wedding guests can enjoy well appointed overnight guest accommodation with Cathedral views from all rooms. Canterbury Cathedral Lodge The Precincts, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2EH Tel: 01227 865350 Fax: 01227 865388 Email:


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he beautiful, historic setting of St Edmund’s overlooks the city and cathedral of Canterbury, giving you and your guests a stunning panoramic view from St Thomas Hill.

Founded in 1858 by Dr Samuel Warnford, its’ magnificent 19th century historic buildings are set amongst acres of tranquil mature gardens and parkland, and offer an ideal location for your wedding day. Approved for civil marriages, civil partnerships and renewal of vows for up to 120 guests, St Edmund’s is the quintessential English venue that promises to make your occasion truly memorable. Step inside and you’ll discover the Drawing room and Terrace with its’ scenic views, creating an intimate atmosphere for your ceremony, and the traditional oak-panelled Dining Hall, a perfect space for your wedding reception. Outside, the elegant limestone-arched colonnade provides a wonderful location for an outdoor ceremony, followed by a marquee reception on our lawns. Whatever your needs, whether small and intimate affairs, or larger receptions, let the magnificent venue of St Edmund’s be the starting point for your special day

Rental and catering packages available to suit all budgets – Please contact our lettings department at: Tel: 012274756289 Email: 93

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Quex park w e d d i n g s

Quex House & Gardens offer a grand and some would say unique setting for your wedding. We took a look at what Quex has to offer so that you can make your mind up yourself.


here has been a house at Quex since the early 1400s, home to several different families over the centuries. It has been called 'Quex' since its ownership in the 1500s by the Quekes family, who prospered from the extensive wool industry in Kent. Major Powell-Cotton's ancestor, John Powell (1721-1783), bought the house in 1777. His nephew, John Powell Powell (1769-1849) demolished the mansion, replacing it with an elegant Regency home which is the Quex House of today. Several rooms in Quex House are open to the public during the Summer Season. The Grand Hall, accessed from the sweeping gravel drive by wedding guests and a stunning oak panelled staircase by the bride and her entourage is licensed for weddings and civil ceremonies. The Bride and her attendants have use of ‘The Roberts Room’, a regency style Brides' dressing room in Quex House with its own bathroom.


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After the ceremony, or as a reception venue only if the ceremony is to take place elsewhere, drinks receptions can be held in the definitely unique setting of the first gallery in the Powell-Cotton museum of natural history or in the gardens and on the patios of the Hannah Dining Suite.

Gardens & Gazebo No country house of merit would be complete without extensive gardens and grounds and Quex House is no exception. There are 15 acres of beautiful, informal gardens as a backdrop for your wedding, including lawns, herbaceous borders, a shrub border, exotic trees, ponds, statues, a woodland walk, croquet lawn, a Victorian Walled Garden and new wedding Gazebo. Created to Quex’s own specifications it provides a unique focal point for a wedding ceremony and is again licensed for weddings and civil ceremonies. There is seating for up to 120. Of course the weather does not always behave as we would wish and so the Dining Suite (also licensed) or the Grand Hall can be booked as back-up for the ceremony to ensure every bride’s wedding day is perfect whatever the weather.

Follies & Bells Having rebuilt Quex House, John Powell Powell built the Waterloo Tower in 1818 – another unique feature of Quex. The bells

are still rung today by the Quex Park Society of Change Ringers and you can book them for your ceremony. And you have heard it here first! Not only can you book the bells for your ceremony but in future you will be able to hold your ceremony at the entrance to the Bell Tower as Quex are in discussions with the Registrars to licence this and the Round Tower which was built as a sea lookout post, for weddings and civil ceremonies. Not for everyone but for those looking for something different these are truly unique! Speaking to Vivienne Smith, Weddings & Functions co-ordinator at Quex, she was keen to emphasise that every wedding at Quex is unique. “Each bride and groom have their own dream for their special day and our aim is to make that dream come true. From their first viewing through the planning stages to the wedding day itself (and beyond!) we will do whatever it takes to achieve the dream!” And she showed us letters and quotes from happy couples to prove it! Should you want to look and decide for yourself you can contact Vivienne on: 01843 482004, by email at Vivienne. to arrange for a no obligation and non-pressurised viewing and you can download a brochure by visiting and clicking on weddings.

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Leeds Castle

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eeds Castle is an idyllic setting for the most romantic of weddings. A choice of venues within the castle and grounds combine to create a perfect location for wedding ceremonies and celebrations. For the perfect end to the perfect wedding, the castle offers magnificently furnished stately bedrooms for an overnights stay. From the initial enquiry to the great day itself, the service is tailored to meet your specific requirements and ensure that the wedding day runs as smoothly as possible. Further information: 01622 767 813 Leeds Castle, Maidstone ME17 1PL

Canterbury Cathedral Lodge

Inspiring Wedding Exhibitions where you can find all you need to make your Wedding Day truly special

ADMISSION FREE Spring 2012 Opening times 10.30am – 3.30pm unless otherwise stated

Hadlow Manor Hotel Goose Green, Hadlow, Near Tonbridge TN11 0JH

Sunday 11th March

Location, Location, Location, a hidden Wedding Gem

Inn on the Lake Shorne, Gravesend DA12 3HB


ituated within a wonderful and unique location in the beautiful grounds of Canterbury Cathedral, sits an often unknown wedding gem. For those seeking a truly exceptional venue, Canterbury Cathedral Lodge is a modern and contemporary venue that can accommodate up to 120 guests for a sit down wedding breakfast.

Sunday 25th March Mercure Maidstone Hollingbourne, Maidstone, Kent ME17 1RE

Thursday 29th March (Evening Event) 5.00pm – 9.00pm

The team at the Lodge are dedicated to offering wedding couple’s quality and choice. Using their own in-house catering team to offer fine food and fine wine and in keeping with the ethos of the Cathedral, the highly skilled chef’s source high quality fair-trade and local produce whenever possible.

The Kent Showground Detling, Maidstone ME14 3JF

Sunday 22nd April 10.30am – 4.00pm

A hidden treasure at the Lodge is the beautiful Campanile Garden that sits in an elevated position overlooking the Cathedral, so providing a stunning backdrop. In the summer months a champagne drinks reception in the garden is a must, with superb photograph opportunities available. For more information visit

The Largest Wedding Show In The South East Pre-register at

01795 844449


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from Heaven East Kent Lifestyle Magazine took a look at the most romantic honeymoon spots of 2012.  Restaurant

Princesa Yaiza Suite Hotel Resort, Lanzarote

As well as an ideal honeymoon destination, the Princesa Yaiza can also accommodate the wedding of your dreams. Couples can take the stress and worry out of planning and preparing for their big day with the expert help and advice from Princesa Yaiza’s experienced and professional wedding planners. Whether it’s a lavish poolside banquet for 150 or an intimate family celebration on the beach, Princesa Yaiza can make it happen.

for their guests, designed personally around the newlyweds’ individual preferences as well as a tailored theme, decorations, flowers, music and entertainment. Anything is possible to make that special day even more memorable.

Couples can choose from an array of gourmet dining options or an interactive à la carte menu

 eachcomber Hotels  B ( 01483 445 685)

*Wedding ceremonies start from €450 (*£390) excluding accommodation.


The fabulous five-star Princesa Yaiza Suite Hotel Resort is situated in Playa Blanca, a pretty and tranquil spot on the Canary Island of Lanzarote. The resort is privately owned and exceptionally well cared for with perfectly manicured gardens and stunning sea views looking on to Fuerteventura and Isla de Lobos. The luxurious suites, impeccable service, Thalasso-therapy spa and gourmet dining options make the Princesa Yaiza the ideal getaway for couples.

Royal Palm, Mauritius As a member of The Leading Hotels of the World, The Royal Palm boasts some of the finest suites in Mauritius –ideal for the honeymoon of a lifetime. Set on an amazing stretch of beach and a short walk to the lively Grand Baie, Royal Palm is renowned for its outstanding hospitality. Known for its impeccable service, clients are extremely well looked after. Be pampered in the stunning surroundings of the Clarin’s spa, or experience Mauritian gastronomy created by award- winning French Chef Michel de Mattéis. The restaurant at the Royal Palm is seen as one of the most desirable places to dine on the island. Every day is special at Royal Palm providing you with an unforgettable experience. Beachcomber Celebrates 60th Anniversary with 60% Savings at Flagship Hotel, Royal Palm.

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2012 marks the Diamond Anniversary of Mauritius travel pioneers Beachcomber, a landmark that truly demonstrates their expertise and longevity in the Indian Ocean hotel industry. To celebrate 60 years in the business, Beachcomber Tours is delighted to offer couples 60% off half-board accommodation for a second guest when travelling in June 2012 to their flagship property in Mauritius, the luxurious Royal Palm.

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Peter Island Resort and Spa, British Virgin Islands

Dreaming of a beach wedding in the Caribbean? Well, Peter Island Resort & Spa is proud to introduce two wedding packages that would make anyone’s heart flutter, they are the Surf & Soul Ceremony and the Serene Sailing Wedding package*. The stunning Peter Island Resort & Spa in the British Virgin Islands is surrounded by the sparkling waters of the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, and Sir Francis Drake Channel. Peter Island’s private location makes it the perfect destination for guests seeking a serene and calming getaway, as well as a peaceful and idyllic backdrop to their perfect wedding ceremony. * go to for details

Kempinski Soma Bay, Egypt

Peter Island is a stunning privately owned resort situated in the beautiful British Virgin Islands. Only accessible by boat or helicopter this unique private location is the perfect getaway for those wanting privacy, relaxation or adventure. A truly magical island, with stunning views over the azure waters of the Caribbean from the exquisite accommodation to the spectacular 10,000 sq ft Spa with indoor and outdoor treatments and relaxation rooms.


Kempinski Hotel Soma Bay is the perfect luxury honeymoon hideaway with guaranteed sunshine! Be enchanted by Soma Bay on Egypt’s Red Sea Coast, where the sun perpetually shines on the desert mountain range, aquamarine waters and the hotels pristine sandy beach. Kempinski Hotel Soma Bay boasts expansive beachfront views, impeccable service and unrivalled access to world-class scuba diving, kitesurfing, championship golf and Egypt’s premier thalassotherapy spa. The hotel offers guests European hospitality with Egyptian flair with its 325 rooms and suites, Kempinski Hotel Soma Bay is also home to the Laguna Club, a members club for those staying in the hotels suites or Laguna Club Rooms.

Pangkor Laut Resort, Malaysia

 The Estate Experience at Pangkor Laut is a week of pure luxury. Enjoy a scenic twoway transfer by helicopter from Subang Airport, direct to the island. With each Estate there is a butler to provide bespoke service throughout the entire stay, and dining is a gourmet adventure with the aroma of freshly baked bread, exotic tropical fresh fruit, seafood literally just caught, and dining options around the island, with cuisine from Thai to Malaysian, Chinese to Western. The week’s package includes an overnight stay at sea on 'YTL Lady'; a day filled with spa treatments at the award-winning Spa Village; and a deep sea fishing expedition or leisurely cruise on the newly purchased Flybridge Princess Yacht. Guests can trek into the high rainforest with the resident naturalist, spotting hornbills and longtailed macaques, walk to Emerald Bay for a private breakfast or brunch on the beach, spend their days kayaking, snorkelling or sailing, or try their hand at Tai Chi and relax with yoga exercises.

Pangkor Laut is a privately owned island sitting three miles off the west coast of Malaysia, along the straits of Malacca. Some 300 acres of secluded bays and pristine beaches, tropical rainforest and lush, fragrant foliage make this island retreat one of the world’s most beautiful. Only a fraction of the island has been developed to house the 142 Villas and eight luxurious Estates of Pangkor Laut Resort, meaning that the natural beauty of the jungle habitat is preserved for guests to enjoy as nature intended. Only a fraction of the two million year old rainforest has been developed, delivering a deep sense of serenity reserved exclusively for guests. Spa Village Pangkor Laut, a four acre haven of tranquility, pays homage to the three major cultures of Malaysia; offering the relaxation and rejuvenation of ancient Chinese, Malay and Indian treatments which are expertly practiced in individual healing huts. Facilities include eight double treatment rooms, an outdoor whirlpool, a yoga pavilion, rotenburo baths, private nap gazebos and a steam room. 97

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Wedding Trends for 2012

• Colour palettes containing multiple colours to match the seasons – think lemon, peach and lilac as a combination for the Spring, and pink, sage green and silver for the Summer months • Drinks receptions to feature a signature cocktail such as a Mojito or Mint Julep – often named after the couple or a favourite pastime • DIY décor will continue to feature heavily but with a shift towards more glamorous occasions rather than just rustic, country style decor • In a similar vein, the vintage trend will continue but with more of a nod towards Hollywood old time glamour than rustic chic

• Couples will divide their day into different parts much more; perhaps making a big feature of the evening party and theming it completely differently to the rest of the day • More of a focus on smaller, intimate ceremonies and then larger groups for the after party • Couples are becoming more concerned about the impact of their wedding on the environment so next year will see a real emphasis on local, seasonal food and flowers • Mismatched bridesmaids will continue to be a popular trend but will be even more eclectic. Think ditsy floral prints in a variety of colours or a rainbow palette of differing shoes for your maids

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