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insideKENT NOV-DEC 2010

kent’s premier luxury lifestyle magazine

GUIDE TO CHRISTMAS SHOPPING Kent’s best places to find all your Christmas buys

CELEBRATE THE SEASON Don’t miss Kent’s most exciting Christmas events

FESTIVE FOOD Gorgeous recipes and restaurants to bring out the Christmas cheer




Look inside for your chance to win over £1,000 in prizes



WELCOME TO insideKENT – KENT’S PREMIER LUXURY LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE. We wish you a Merry Christmas, we wish you a Merry Christmas, we wish you…ok, I’ll stop. I just can’t help myself – I love Christmas. And what better place to celebrate the season than in beautiful Kent? Before I start gushing over our exciting Christmas issue, I want to say a big welcome to our new Editorial Assistant, Emma Hogan. Emma joined us in October and I’m already wondering what we ever did without her. We’re so glad to have her as part of the insideKENT team and are looking forward to great things in 2011. If you’re looking for some Kent Christmas cheer, look no further than insideKENT Magazine, where we’ve not only featured the best events and days out, but have also searched high and low for the finest Christmas gifts, the best winter travel hotspots and the cosiest winter fashions. And what says Christmas better than Jamie Oliver? We all love a bit of extravagance and luxury at Christmastime, so don’t miss our review of the new Bentley Supersports (p98) and our experience at celebrity chef Richard Phillips’ Hengist Restaurant (p70).

Cineworld tickets and lots more. You can triple your chances of winning by subscribing to insideKENT (12 issues for just £12) at As always, we want to thank all of our readers for the incredible feedback and support we’ve received for insideKENT. Keep the comments coming, and don’t forget to join us on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest and greatest. We hope you enjoy our special Christmas issue and look forward to featuring the best of Kent in 2011. From all of us at insideKENT and Sideways Media,


Donna Martin // Editor

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Possibly the most exciting feature in this issue is the insideKENT Great Christmas Gift Giveaway (p102), where one lucky insideKENT reader will win over £1,000 in prizes including a luxury stay at the ABode Canterbury, relaxing spa days, a Biddenden Vineyards gift hamper, iPod speakers,


WIN! Over £1,000 Of Christmas Gifts - P102 Dartington Wine Glasses - P50 Lunch At Fifteen, London - P62 The Ultimate Christmas Party For 10 - P105 98





KENT NEWS What's going on in the Garden of England


HENGIST Gourmet dining at Richard Phillips' Ayelsford eatery


VISIT KENT What's going on this winter in Kent


THE GOODS SHED Lunch can't get much better than this


BUSINESS WK Finn Kelsey’s Mike Swan gives advice on property development


AUTHENTIC ITALIAN Posillipo Restaurant, Faversham


LAW Gardner Croft Solicitors on family law


A TASTE OF HEAVEN Head in the Clouds Meringues make the perfect gift


PROPERTY Property news and listings from Grey Fox Prestige


TASTE OF KENT AWARDS OPEN FOR VOTING insideKENT gets behind the search to find Kent's 'food and drink heroes'


LOCAL CHARITIES Lympne 'Live at the Castle' and the Aldington Soap Box Derby


THE GREAT OUTDOORS A day out in Hollingbourne


BEAUTIFUL BAUBLES Christmas decor from John Lewis at home


ENJOY CHRISTMAS Magical days out in Kent


KEY SPACES The appliance of design in the kitchen


MAGNOLIA HOUSE B&B Get away from it all in the heart of Canterbury


HEAT DESIGN Compliment your home and warm your world



AN ORGANIC WONDERLAND Gorgeous, ethical and organic beauty gifts for Christmas

WINTER INDULGENCE AT EASTWELL MANOR Get your cold-weather pick-me-up at one of Kent's most beautiful venues



ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS... Winter style tips for men from fashion expert Rachel Gold

HOLIDAYING OUTSIDE THE BOX A self-catering break to The Old Rectory North



WINTER FASHION & CHRISTMAS EYE CANDY Warm and cosy styles for men and women and sexy lingerie

ESTONIA EXPOSED The perfect blend of old and new



WINTER BEAUTY Tips from makeup expert Gemma Morpurgo

VISIT EDINBURGH Relax and unwind in this historic city



LONDON BEACH insideKENT visits the London Beach Hotel & Spa, Tenterden

THE BENTLEY SUPERSPORTS The name's Sports...Supersports



GUIDE TO CHRISTMAS SHOPPING The best places around Kent for all your Christmas gifts

WIN OVER £1,000 IN PRIZES in insideKENT's Great Christmas Gift Giveaway



COVER STORY Nothing says Christmas like Jamie

CHRISTMAS IN THE CITY What's happening in London



CHEERS! The finest wine gifts for 2010




ESTIVE RECIPES Fabulous dishes from Michael Caines Restaurant

KENT EVENTS What's happening in your neck of the woods



A DAY AT THE VINEYARD insideKENT visits Biddenden Vineyards

TOP 10 The 10 best advent calendars to count down the days 'til Christmas


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FESTIVE AFRICAN ENCOUNTER THIS CHRISTMAS AT THE HANNAH DINING SUITE AT QUEX PARK Quex Park in Birchington will live up to its African connections this Christmas, with its rebranded Hannah Dining Suite hosting African-style Christmas celebrations. The venue is to be transformed with a touch of vibrant African spirit, as the chefs offer handcrafted African delicacies between traditional British Christmas fare. Colourful displays of African culture, music and dance will transport diners to the ‘Dark Continent’ to relive the adventures of Major Powell-Cotton (whose family once owned the estate which now houses a museum in his honour) and eat amongst the lions at Quex this Christmas. Each night a part of the proceeds will be donated to Jambo Africa, a charity working with British and African youth. Evenings will feature a three-course menu with live African entertainment (7.30pm - 10pm) and a drinks licence until 1.00am. Shared parties can be booked for the 3rd, 10th, 11th, 17th and 23rd December, while private parties can be booked for a minimum of 50 guests on all other available dates throughout the festive season and into January. For bookings call 0800 0925862 or email


The concert starts at 7.30pm and features the Choir of St Edmund’s School, Canterbury directed by Mr William Bersey, traditional family carols, celebrity readings and poems. Heart FM DJ Neil Kefford will be among those doing a reading as well as a Demelza volunteer and Demelza families. Clare Emmett, Events Fundraiser said, “Join us for a traditional concert of carols and readings in aid of Demelza. Now in our seventh year this festive favourite helps us continue our vital care for life limited children and their families across Kent, South East London and East Sussex. Book your tickets now and start your Christmas celebrations early!” Tickets are £10 for adults, £5 for children or £25 for a family ticket. To book log onto the events section of the Demelza website: or contact Clare Emmett on 01795 845204.

FRESH FISH TO YOUR DOOR FROM GRIGGS OF HYTHE A monthly fish box from Griggs of Hythe is now available through the Kent Veg Box Company, with the contents largely depending upon what the boats have caught that week, including cod, haddock, plaice, mackerel, skate, mullet, bass and more. Also, adding another feather to their cap, Griggs of Hythe is now licensed to sell game sourced from the shoot at Eastwell. Coming into November, Griggs will be stocking traditional game fare such as rabbit and pheasant. Award-winning Griggs of Hythe have been fishing and fish mongering for generations, providing a


fantastic variety of locally caught fish and shellfish. The beachfront outlet has its own fishing boats on the beach at Hythe, delivering fresh fish straight from the catch. This supply is then supplemented by regular visits to the renowned Boulogne Fish Market, ensuring choice and quality all year round. Griggs have a 125-year old traditional smokery which uses Kentish oak wood to produce smoked fish, with the salmon and haddock in particular being locally renowned. Andy Cook, proprietor of Griggs, also highly recommends the Dover Sole and Isle of Mull Mussels. Not only do Griggs supply good quality, fresh fish at a reasonable price, they also prepare it to the customer’s specification and deliver it in hygienic packaging. It can come as no surprise then that Griggs of Hythe are in high demand as a supplier. The company currently has 400 wholesale customers and four vans out delivering daily. Indeed, their clientele list boasts some of the South East’s

most celebrated restaurants, including Thackeray’s and Michael Caines at Abode Canterbury. Furthermore, eateries like The Sportsman, located in coastal areas where fresh fish is abundant, still turn to Griggs as a supplier which is a sure sign of their excellence. Griggs is open from 7am to 3pm Tuesday to Friday, and from 7am to 12pm on Saturday. For more info visit

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History, Mystery and Eccentricity along the Coast

Visit the Historic Dockyard Chatham, open every day until mid-December, and catch the splendid Stanley Spencer exhibition in the new No. 1 Smithery. The exhibition features Spencer’s WW2 ‘Shipbuilding on the Clyde’ paintings, the first time all eight panels have been on public display following extensive restoration.

There is a marvellous sense of pick ‘n’ mix with something for everyone along Thanet’s ribbon of resorts. Discover the subterranean Shell Grotto at Margate, discovered in 1835 and still a rare puzzle to this day or even more exotic, the Powell-Cotton Museum at Birchington a collection of diverse natural history specimens and cultural objects from Asia and Africa. The Secret Gardens of Sandwich have 3.5 acres of ornamental and formal gardens by Sir Edwin Lutyens to enjoy and entry is free in December and January and half-price in November and February.

A short distance away is Dickens World, great family fun with costumed characters and maybe Scrooge’s seasonal ghosts. Alternatively head straight for the Royal Engineers Museum and discover the explosive history of Britain, its empire and the rest of the world since the 1700s.

Secrets of Garden, Orchard and Brewery Even in the winter, the Garden of England yields tasty treats. Head to Brogdale Farm, Faversham, famous as the home of the National Fruit Collection and enjoy the marketplace of local rural crafts, delicious Kentish produce and plants. There is an onsite restaurant to tempt you to stay longer. Or take a guided tour behind the scenes of Britain’s oldest brewer, Shepherd Neame and relax over a tutored tasting of Kentish Ales and speciality lagers. In December, Yuletide Brewery Tours feature winterwarming mulled beer and mince pies.

Childhood Christmas Magic All aboard the Kent and East Sussex Railway at Tenterden, which runs Santa Specials in December or head for Santa’s Magical Kingdom at The Hop Farm Family Park, Paddock Wood where you explore the elves’ forest of lights, reindeer land and other enchanting scenes until you meet Santa himself. Depending on your schedule and Santa Special trip timetables, Kent Life at Sandling, is also a great place to take the kids and let them burn off their energy with exciting indoor and outdoor play areas. Alternatively try Hever Castle and Gardens, the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, where this Christmas Narnia comes to life with twinkling trees, decorations and spectacular illuminated gardens, plus Father Christmas, music and carols.

And don’t forget Dover Castle and the transformed Great Tower, where you can immerse yourself in the authentically evoked medieval world and royal court of Henry II or explore the maze of Secret Wartime Tunnels from which Operation Dynamo was directed to evacuate the beaches on Dunkirk in 1940.

Festive Canterbury There is no better time to meander the captivating streets of Canterbury than in the lead-up to Christmas, when festive lights are on, city shops have late-night opening and the cathedral prepares to celebrate. Youngsters will love the fun, laughter and horror of The Canterbury Tales, a stunning recreation of 14th century England and a visit to the Cathedral is a must at this time of year, with its life-size nativity scene and skin-tingling atmosphere. Stay for a service to hear the voices of the choir fill the glorious edifice.

NEW this Christmas Dickens Chrismas Market at Rochester Castle Imagine the Castle walls illuminated in traditional Christmas colours, trees filled with twinkling fairy lights, the smell of roasted chestnuts and gluhwein fills the air and up to 300 German style Chrismas market chalets selling a range of festive gifts and hand-crafted goods. Expected to be the largest ‘authentic’ Christmas market in the UK, this is one not to miss.

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• Consider owning property personally at first rather than through a company. The rules for taxing profits can mean that minimal amounts of profit fall to be taxed in the early years of a business or losses may arise which can then be set against the income of previous years when tax may have been paid at higher rates. • If the business is profitable then it is likely to be advantageous to incorporate. At this point values should be obtained for both development properties and other assets. If property is transferred into a corporate entity before it has increased significantly in value then personal profits can be kept to a minimum and advantage taken of the 21% corporation tax rate. Although there will have been a disposal of assets there are specific reliefs available to prevent any capital gain being taxed on incorporation of an existing business. • A corporate entity is likely to be the best structure going forward, having the advantage of limited liability protection and lower tax rates on the profits made. • Losses made by companies for periods ending between 24 November 2008 and 23 November 2010 can now be carried back against profits of the preceding 3 years subject to maximum claims of £50,000 each for year 2 and 3. Consider how to maximise these claims by reviewing work in progress values, bad debts and repair provisions.

• Letting properties can create VAT issues for property developers (see note below). Transferring let property to a property investment company could be crucial for VAT but there may be other reasons for establishing separate property development and property investment companies. For example, for capital gains tax purposes neither Entrepreneur’s Relief (for individual shareholders) nor substantial shareholding relief (for companies) are available for property investment companies and holding the let properties in a separate company will avoid undermining the trading status of the development company.

Finance costs

It is essential to maximise tax relief for this expenditure. Points to consider are: • Finance expenditure for property developers will be generally allowable. • If finance is specific to a development then relief for the costs involved will be carried forward until such time as the property is sold. • However finance not specific to any particular development can be expensed when incurred thus accelerating tax reliefs. • Tax relief can be delayed if finance is obtained from a related individual, partnership or foreign entity and the interest charged has not actually been paid within 12 months of the year end.

• Remember that it is possible to make a provisional loss claim once it is known that losses will be made even though the accounts may not have been finalised.

• Finally, if there are deemed to be excess borrowings from related entities within large groups then tax relief for the finance costs can be lost if the company is considered to be thinly capitalised.

• Within a group of companies it is often advantageous to use a specific company to carry out one or several property developments. This gives the flexibility to sell a profitable company and provided a trading group satisfies certain criteria the group may be able to do this without paying any capital gains tax.

Mike Swan 01233 629255

Property development / property investment

What happens when you cannot sell your property? • Where properties are let out rather than sold on consider if they should be reclassified as investment properties. If costs have been high and are now close to or exceed the market value of the property, losses could arise in the business which can be set off elsewhere.



And when did you last see your father? What do you think of when you imagine a typical family lawyer? Someone with a cold heart, a pinstripe suit and an aggressive attitude? Someone who will promise the world to a client, but secretly relish a battle between two bewildered people and make lots of money in the process? It’s an easy stereotype, and family solicitors often get pretty bad press. However, whilst the prevailing image may have been true perhaps at one point in history, it doesn’t reflect reality now. A quiet revolution has taken place in the last ten years in Kent and experienced family lawyers today invariably try to steer their clients away from acrimonious family disputes towards more friendly alternatives. Although financial separation can be deeply upsetting, most parents find explaining changes to their children the most difficult, and they often have no guidance in how to do this. As a result, children can suffer immensely and sometimes permanently. For example, did you know that 80% of children who ran away from home last year in the UK said that they did so because they were experiencing family problems at home? Were you also aware that 20% of these children were under the age of eleven? Family lawyers see these problems and consequences on a daily basis, but they also recognise a universal truth: although parents commonly feel angry about the circumstances surrounding their divorce or separation, they both want the best for their children and can unite to achieve this if they are given the right tools. To help provide the right advice, more and more solicitors are joining a national solicitor organisation called Resolution, which lobbies the government for changes to the law so that parents and couples are offered a more conciliatory approach to resolving issues which doesn’t have to cost the earth, financially and emotionally. Allied with this, solicitors in Kent and elsewhere are training in great numbers as collaborative lawyers, a practice borrowed in part from America. Within this process, the couple try to resolve their differences around a table with two specially trained solicitors, who are there to advise their respective clients, but also to encourage a constructive atmosphere and emphasise the need for each person to focus upon the birth of a new type of relationship, rather than the death of the old one. This is intended to ensure couples are empowered to control the negotiations themselves rather than deferring to third parties and to place the needs of any children at the heart of discussions.

Even if collaborative law is not an option for certain couples, Resolution lawyers in Kent are spearheading seminars run by mediation teams designed to explain to parents how to ensure that their children’s needs are considered first when they divorce or separate permanently. Kent is one of six pilot regions for ‘Parenting after Parting’, courses which take place over a morning and are designed to provide parents with the tools to approach children and explain what the family are planning to minimise the suffering and sense of loss often experienced when children feel they are outside the decision-making process. The new coalition government have promised to look closely at expanding the use of family mediation, recognising that at present, there are more and more people without legal representation and faced with a potential fight through the courts for contact with their children or for a fair financial settlement. Whilst solicitors in Kent have always seen the value of mediation as a cost-effective tool to resolve some disputes, especially involving children, there are more and more solicitors improving their skills to offer a mediation service as part of a package of options to assist clients with resolving problems. The role of family lawyers is changing rapidly, and the practitioner of the future is going to need a completely new set of skills to offer a service which their clients expect. However, most Kent solicitors welcome this new focus and relish the chance to talk to clients about their aspirations beyond the simply financial so that parents can stay good friends when they separate and children remain secure and happy in a new environment.



BRANCHING OUT WITH GREYFOX PRESTIGE There was a time was when an estate agent didn’t have to look very far for a buyer. Most came from the same town; many from just round the corner. But times change and the old adage

that an acorn doesn’t fall far from the tree seems, today, a largely redundant one. Each modern generation moves about more than the last. With more young people than ever before breaking the bond with their home towns and moving away to university or to establish their careers, we now have an increasingly transitory population.

So today estate agents don’t just look for buyers in the same town or indeed from surrounding towns, they have to look all over the UK and abroad. To ensure that news of Greyfox Prestige’s clients’ properties reach this national and international marketplace, they have a bit of help. Their local offices have the support of a dedicated marketing team in London. Not only does this give them access to the London market and to busy city types looking to move out of the capital to the Kent Estuary, but it also means that they are part of tight-knit network of independent estate agents. This network extends to over 300 estate agency offices spread across the UK and a further 100 overseas in locations such as New York, Miami, Barbados and San Francisco. In traditional print media the Greyfox network is a top ten country property advertiser in the Daily Telegraph, Sunday Times, Financial Times, Country Life and Horse & Hound. This means

that Greyfox’s clients can enjoy the most cost effective national coverage. Additionally, they have great contacts in the national press on an editorial front ensuring that interesting and noteworthy properties are drawn to the attention of the top property writers in the UK. Going the extra mile often makes the difference between a good property sale and a great one. At Greyfox Prestige they specialise in going the extra mile, which is why so many sellers in Kent wouldn’t dream of going anywhere else. So what does Greyfox think is in store for the property market this winter? Well, it is finely balanced. Despite some slightly encouraging economic results recently, most people understand that we are in for a period of belttightening. A reassessment of personal priorities ahead of austerity measures has already affected the property market. Demand is slightly down while supply is rising. This has halted the unexpected mini-surge in prices that many areas saw over the past year. New sellers no longer have the luxury of optimism that comes with a rising market. Realism will sell property today. At least sellers fresh to the market have an advantage as they can set their price accordingly.

GREYFOX PRESTIGE OPENS WEST MALLING OFFICE Greyfox Prestige are pleased to announce the opening of their new West Malling branch. This branch will provide a boutique service with a bespoke approach to buyers, sellers, landlords and tenants. Managing Director Steve O’Neill said, “Greyfox has established itself as a leading independent agent in the Medway area and the Prestige brand has continued to grow despite the difficult economic times. The opening of our West Malling branch is an opportunity for us to provide a local service to the people of West Malling and the surrounding area.” The new branch, located in a courtyard on Swan Street, was specially designed by international interior designer Jessica Bataille from Spain. Jessica said, “It has been wonderful to work with Greyfox to create this branch. It is like no other estate agent and visiting the branch is an experience in itself. We haved worked to create an environment in which people are comfortable and relaxed and are happy to spend some time searching for their perfect home.”


For more information on how Greyfox Prestige can help in your property search please contact 01732 617227 or visit

PROPERTY Location: Laybourne, West Malling Price: £595,000

Location: Upchurch Price: £975,000

Orchard House is an older style property that has been beautifully renovated. Located in the charming market town of West Malling, the property is a commuter’s dream; with convenient rail links to London, the journey into the city takes just one hour. Occupying a third of an acre plot, Orchard House would make a fantastic family home for those who enjoy entertaining. The large kitchen is modern, with fully integrated appliances and an island with a breakfast seating area, perfect for a family always on the go. The kitchen also has French doors that open out on to the rear garden, which, with the additional feature of a summerhouse, makes a great space for garden parties and children alike. A formal dining area, main lounge and conservatory complete the ground floor while upstairs boasts a modern family bathroom and four good size bedrooms; the stunning master bedroom has a modern en-suite shower room and a balcony with garden views. Additional property features include a detached garage which is accessed via the private drive, allowing for ample off road parking.

Location: Ropers Green Lane, High Halstow Price: £600,000

Set in 1.5 acres and accessed through iron gates and an expansive gravel drive, Twinney Acre is a hugely attractive property. The imposing home has a 24ft family room with a bay window view of the rear gardens and an impressive swimming pool. For those looking for alternative leisure pursuits, the property has a full size snooker table and a gymnasium/games room. A large oak kitchen, complete with range cooker, opens onto a stylish dining area, and two bedrooms, a shower room and a family bathroom also feature on the ground floor. Surrounded by countryside in the beautiful village of High Halstow, this property has been maintained to a very high standard since its build in 1995. This deceptively spacious home has an impressive 26ft kitchen/diner – a great entertaining area for a modern family. Upstairs has a family bathroom and four double bedrooms, with the master benefitting from an en-suite shower room. With an abundance of original features such as the wood-burning stove in the lounge, the property is guaranteed to make a stunning home. With a 61ft x 42 ft barn and a large study, the property is especially suited to someone wishing to run a small business from home. Moreover, any keen equestrians will be taken with the two paddocks that make up approximately 2.25 acres of the property. A large stable in the forecourt and excellent riding paths along the sea wall make this house perfect for horse enthusiasts. Externally, the forecourt houses a 22ft doubled garage whilst a gravelled drive provides parking for several more cars. The rear garden completes this idyllic picture, with a large decking area and a viewing platform overlooking a fish pond.

The property is ideally suited to those with a taste for luxury. With an attractive wrought iron staircase to lead the way to the first floor landing, the veranda to the front of the house offers an extra treat with stunning views of the surrounding farmland and orchards. The upper floor has three sumptuous double bedrooms, two with en suite facilities and balconies. Externally, there is a contemporary annexe containing a large kitchen, a lounge, a modern bathroom and two double bedrooms. Originally designed as the garage, the space is perfect as a guest house or perhaps as an independent abode for older children. Alternatively, it can be returned to its former state should any prospective purchaser require.

For more information on these properties and many more, contract Grey Fox Prestige on 01732 617227 or visit




On 10th September, Lympne Castle was host to the fantastic ‘Live At The Castle’ evening in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. The event was held as part of the Macmillan ‘Big Coffee Morning’, which runs every September. These events have become bigger every year, now requiring a committee of six people to organise, and this is the first year that an evening event has been put on. Thanks to the generosity from locals as well as people from all over Kent, the event sold out completely beforehand, and was attended by 230 guests dressed in their finest eveningwear. As well as food and drinks, guests were treated to an authentic casino run by Wildcard Casinos, housed in one of the many rooms of the castle. On this occasion, it was a good thing that so many people did so badly at gambling, as the money lost went to Macmillan. The evening also featured something of a ‘mini-festival’ with no less than 5 different musical acts performing in two of the halls – one for the loud stuff, and one for the more reflective. Kicking off in the main hall, local band Gherkin warmed the crowd up and got everyone dancing early in the evening, whilst elsewhere in the castle, guitar virtuoso and chart-topper Craig Ogden played a beautiful collection of classical tunes to a captive audience. Other acts included South East funk-legends, Ticklin’ The Pickle, folk singers The Buckthorn Band, and the main act of the evening, the ‘King Of Swing’ Peter Dinsley. A fantastic evening’s entertainment managed to raise £3,400 - due in no small part to the superb running of the evening and the generous local businesses and musicians, all of whom gave their time and services for free.

ALDINGTON SOAP BOX DERBY // 30th AUGUST 2010 There is something distinctly British about grown men and women doing dangerous things on steep hills for charity on Bank Holidays. It is the sort of craziness that makes our nation great, and its inhabitants proud. Sadly many such events are falling foul to the perils of ‘health and safety’ as bureaucrats attempt to keep us all safe from ourselves, and ruin any chance of fun in the process. So it is a wonderful thing that in the country village of Aldington, the locals are still managing to find creative ways to injure and maim themselves once a year in the name of charity. This year’s Soap Box Derby was bigger and better than ever, with 37 homemade vehicles being hurled down Forge Hill, a hill which, if

covered in snow, would be considered a ‘black run’ in skiing circles, with tight bends, chicanes, hay bales and the odd pedestrian. Fortunately the Walnut Tree Pub is situated at the top of the hill, providing an excellent base of operations and a good supply of ‘Dutch courage’. Thousands of people from all over the county lined the pavements to watch the brave few hurtling past in their flimsy vessels. The variety and creativity of karts on show that day was truly impressive - with such ingenious works of art such as ‘Bachelor Pad’, comprising of a 2-seater sofa and TV on wheels, and even a kart shaped like a large training shoe entered by Ashford Group Fitness. Live entertainment was provided by local band Gherkin, as well as future legends FlatLung,

who managed to wow and hold onto a very sizable crowd. It was wonderful to see the local community come together to enjoy themselves, put on a great event and raise a staggering £13,000 which will be divided between Pilgrims Hospice, Ashford and Aldington Primary School PTFA. Thanks was expressed to the many volunteers, event sponsors Ringway, to all the local businesses who contributed their time and monies, and most of all, to the brave individuals who were prepared to risk life and limb – not to mention the wrath of the Health And Safety Brigade – in the name of Bank Holiday entertainment and for charity.




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JOHN LEWIS AT HOME TUNBRIDGE WELLS WILL OPEN ITS DOORS TO CUSTOMERS AT 10AM ON THURSDAY 11 NOVEMBER 2010. THE EAGERLY ANTICIPATED SHOP IS LOCATED OFF THE LONGFIELD ROAD AND WILL FOCUS EXCLUSIVELY ON FURNITURE, FURNISHING ACCESSORIES, HOMEWARE AND ELECTRICAL AND HOME TECHNOLOGY – JUST IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS. The shop will be the fourth branch of John Lewis’ exciting new ‘at home’ format. John Lewis at home Tunbridge Wells branch manager, Gabby Armstrong, said: “The opening of the new John Lewis at home branch is perfectly timed to meet the needs of customers in the lead up to Christmas. Whether you’re looking for inspirational gifts for all the family or festive furnishings and spectacular decorations to bring seasonal cheer to your home, there’s going to be something for everyone.” The new John Lewis at home Tunbridge Wells shop spans 40,000sq ft including a relaxing café and an exclusive 161-space car park. Shopper s will also benefit from the ‘click & collect’ service where they can order products from the full John Lewis online assortment including fashion, beauty and nursery and collect at the branch the next day or opt for home delivery.

The shopping experience…

• Hungry shoppers will be served by a John Lewis café • There are 161 parking spaces in their exclusive car park • Customer access terminals will allow shoppers to browse the full online John Lewis assortment including fashion, beauty and nursery and use the shop’s next day ‘click and collect’ service • The new shop will stock an array of John Lewis own-branded quality products alongside bespoke ranges from some of the country’s leading designers such as Orla Kiely, Sir Terence Conran and Lucienne Day • John Lewis at home is a new format focusing exclusively on furniture, furnishing accessories, homeware and electrical and home technology

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COMMUNITYBASED CLUB GIVING YOUTH A CHANCE Much interest has been shown in Ashford-based football club Bromley Green since the article in the last issue of insideKENT that featured its 80th anniversary celebrations and community-focused plans for the future. Indeed the club is going from strength to strength with five adult sides all prospering throughout the Kent County League and the local Saturday and Sunday competitions. Now, after a gap of several years, the club has decided the time has arrived to reintroduce a youth structure with competitive football for Under 10s planned from next season. Already in place is a manager and head coach and the initial emphasis will be on having fun, primarily offering the children 7-a-side games in a safe and disciplined environment. Historically, the club has represented the borough of Ashford at many local, national and European events and in the 1980s were the proud winners of the International Youth Tournament in what was then West Germany. Other notable more recent achievements include winning the Reebok Fives tournament for Under 14s held in Bolton. Encouraged by the new initiative to promote mini soccer and junior teams, former Green youth team captain, Lee McRobert, who went on to a professional career at Millwall FC, has returned to the club and is keen to gain his FA badges and help coach the youngsters from a young age. McRobert, 38, still plays in the club’s otherwise teenage third team on


Saturdays and says he is passionate about children enjoying the game without feeling under undue pressure. “I have come home to my roots and my future lies here at Bromley Green in helping to build a thriving youth section. Football for youngsters should be fun at the same time as developing their skills. I want to put something back into the game.” With a newly-built youth centre plus a floodlit multi-purpose games area now adjacent to its own humble facilities, Bromley Green FC is ideally situated to play a fuller role in the community and will be seeking closer working relationships with local schools and other voluntary groups. The club’s trainers are FA qualified and all adult officers and helpers are CRB checked while negotiations are ongoing with the local council for more changing accommodation for both young boys and girls to support our widening participation ethos. Bromley Green FC needs interested and committed people to come forward and join them in providing healthy recreation for young persons in the area. They are seeking helpers on training and match days, sponsors of kits etc and will welcome anyone of any age, gender or background who simply loves the game of football. There are lots of new residents in and around Ashford who may not have heard of the club so please do give them a call on 07761101988. To gain a general feel for the club itself, the popular website is always worth a read at




design IN THE kitchen by Paul Batchelor, Director and Head Designer at KeySpaces Kitchens and Bathrooms

APPLIANCES ARE SOMETIMES LAST ON THE PECKING ORDER WHEN PEOPLE ARE LOOKING TO CREATE THEIR IDEAL KITCHEN. BUT APPLIANCES SUCH AS OVENS, FRIDGES AND EVEN FREEZERS ALL FORM AN IMPORTANT PART OF THE ENGINE THAT MAKES A GOOD KITCHEN RUN SMOOTHLY. Fridges and freezers are the hardest working appliances as they operate 24/7. And with market research showing that, on average, we spend around 10-15% of our disposable income on food, investing in the right refrigeration appliance could help your food last longer, resulting in less waste and savings on your grocery bill. Sometimes people shy away from integrated fridges and dishwashers, believing that they are too difficult to maintain if anything goes wrong, but this is not the case if the kitchen is designed and fitted properly. Integrated appliances can help provide a kitchen with a stylish finish, as they create seamless lines that are not peppered by white goods. I also don’t believe that you should ever have to compromise when it comes to style or functionality. Appliances, like cars, have come a long way in recent years. They are not only available in more styles and colours than before, they also work more effectively and efficiently. When it comes to statement pieces, ovens, such as the more traditional AGA or free-standing range cookers, often take centre stage. But not all kitchens, or budgets, are able to accommodate


such grandeur. Integrated ovens can offer those of us with more modest sized kitchens greater flexibility, and are popular with people seeking a more ergonomic design. Increasingly, double ovens are being overlooked in favour of two or more separate ovens as they offer better functionality. The most modern integrated ovens could almost be mistaken for appliances from the future, with their touch control screens and myriad ranges of pre-programmed settings. A perfect soufflé or kedgeree can be easily achieved with a few choice keystrokes, enabling even amateur cooks to rustle up awardwinning dishes with relative ease. Even cleaning up afterwards is no longer the chore it used to be, with pyroclean ovens taking a lot of the hard work away by heating up to such a high temperature that all residue is burnt away. High tech functionality is not only limited to ovens, however. Induction hobs are fast becoming a must-have appliance as they not only use a lot less energy, they are also a lot safer as heat is only generated when a pan is placed on the activated cooking zone, and the glass covering

does not get nearly as hot as its traditional ceramic counterpart – perfect for people with families and inquisitive little fingers! And wine fridges are no longer the preserve of white wine drinkers, as several manufacturers now produce appliances with different temperature zones in order to ensure that your red, rosé and white are all kept at their optimal drinking temperatures. So, although appliances may not be the first items on your list when you are looking to create your perfect kitchen, it is important to remember that they do form an integral part of the design, and have a huge impact on how you use this key space.

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Heat Design of Roper Close, Canterbury (formerly Fireplace Warehouse and Range Cookers), is celebrating over 20 years in business by revamping their showroom with new models and live displays, bringing together an eclectic selection of fireplaces and cookers. They pride themselves on friendly service, professional advice and excellent after-sales service. In addition, they can now offer Solar Power, which can be linked to your existing heating, helping to reduce energy consumption. The showroom layout with live working models provides inspiring examples of how your woodstove, fireplaces or cookers will complement your own home environment and warm your world. They also carry out surveys, design and installation, offering you a comprehensive service. Owner Debbie Thomas said, “By combining our expertise in providing and installing woodstoves, cookers and fireplaces, we feel we have created a destination store for all your heating and cooking needs.” She added, “We want our customers to be entirely satisfied with their choice. One customer, who was very keen on baking, only bought her cooker after she had successfully baked bread in it, in the showroom!”


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Jingle Belle // Be the party belle of the season £54.00

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Organic Homme Heroes // All a man needs for healthy skin £22.00

Aloe Festive Treat // Revive and revitalise £25.00

Become the belle of the ball with the soft, sophisticated glow of Organic mineral makeup. Define eyes with the fabulously rich Volumising Mascara in Black and create glamorous smokey eyes with Eco Eye Trio in Smokey Grey which lightly shimmers as the minerals reflect the light. Eco Lipsticks in Cherry and Candyfloss add a natural colour whilst fairly traded Cupuaçu butter moisturises lips.

Whether travelling, at the gym, or relaxing away from home, this small but perfectly formed kit will meet every man’s grooming needs. Each mini hero is bursting with natural, fairly traded and organic ingredients to nourish and protect for a healthier face and body. Contains Shave Now Wash & Shave, Cool Down Moisturiser, Cool Style Shower Wash and Itch Away Shampoo.


Your wish for radiant skin is granted with this luxurious set of organic spa goodies for the ultimate spa facial made with fairly traded Shea butter, Lavender & Ginger oil. The Brightening Exfoliator gently exfoliates for a bright complexion whilst Reviving Day & Night Cream is an indulgent antiwrinkle moisturiser – this gorgeous set will leave skin fresh, glowing and looking flawless.

Pamper your body with this set of moisturising skin treats made with fairly traded Coconut, Ylang Ylang & Lavender oils for a gorgeous aroma. Aloe Shower Wash is a natural, soothing shower gel and Aloe Hand & Body Lotion rehydrates rough hands and thirsty skin. Infused with an exotic floral scent this duo is a festive treat for every woman.

Christmas Fix It // Clinically proven to turn back the clock £30.00

Festive Fix // A pampering facial experience £29.50

Forever Young // The organic anti-ageing collection £25.75

Invigorating Shower Duo // Stay fresh for Christmas with two iconic treats £17.99

The power packed combination of a deep-cleansing exfoliator and rejuvenating anti-ageing serum will leave skin rehydrated and smooth. These fairly traded organic products are naturally loaded with clinically proven actives like Baicalin, to increase skin firmness and reduce wrinkles. Contains Scrub It! Exfoliator, Active Fix Repair Serum and Cool Style Shower Wash.

Fix the excesses of the festive season with these organic face treats for the perfect skin regime. Gentle Cleanse rids skin of makeup and pollutants leaving skin feeling soft and refreshed. Gentle Tone firms the skin and reduces wrinkles, whilst Vita Min Fix is a vitamin packed face moisturiser that will deeply nourish. Beautifully scented with fairly traded Rose Geranium oil.

Turn back the clock and achieve glowing skin with this luxurious anti-ageing duo. Gentle Tone firms the skin and reduces wrinkles, whilst Anti-Ageing Facial Oil is packed with Omega 3&6, Rosehip oil, antioxidants, vitamins and fairly traded Rosemary and Rose Geranium oils, to improve elasticity,

Rapidly recharge and revive scalp and body with Vitamin Boost Shower Wash packed with natural vitamins and minerals. Then confidently ensure freshness with the best-selling Stay Fresh Deodorant, formulated for longlasting odour control without the use of skin irritants and pore-clogging

Teen Angel // Naturally angelic skin £22.99

Rockin’ Christmas // Cool body treats for dudes and lasses £27.25

Every teen’s teen’s wish wish for for aa clear clear complexion complexion is is granted granted with with Oy! Oy! Cleanse Cleanse && Moisturise, a 3-in-1 cleanser, makeup remover remover & & moisturiser moisturiser that that fights fights bacteria whilst prebiotics feed skin good bacteria for a clean, clear and glowing face. Oy! Volumising Mascara in Black naturally creates flash lashes for a volumised effect that lasts all day. day.

Guys and Dolls will be rockin’ and smelling lush this Christmas with this zesty duo of body gems. Oy! Shampoo & Shower packs a punch to hair and body with its delicious fruit cocktail of Orange, Mandarin and Pineapple, whilst Oy! Roll-On Deodorant made with fairly traded Shea butter will not only make you smell sensational but is seriously effective in beating down bad odours.

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So, for our male readers, a few words of advice: be prepared. Make it easier for us girls and think about gifts that you would like and use. And remember, although some items might not necessarily be the type of thing that you would buy for yourself, they could make a great gift to receive. Here are a few suggestions from me. • Studded Belts • Stylish pens (such as this one by Frey Wille)

• Wool Scarves • Stamped Wallets • Leather Key Fobs Buy from

SUMMER’S GONE, BUT ARE WE REALLY THAT SAD ABOUT IT? It’s a fact – we all love summer. What’s not to love? Sunny days make everyone happy; girls feel more confident with the sun beaming down, while men are just happy to see girls wearing less. So, I am extremely sorry to say that summer has officially gone and won’t be back for some time, but don’t despair. Summer may be gone, but autumn has arrived. With leaves now crunching underfoot, it’s time to start buying and planning those wonderful layered ensembles and sweeping swish overcoats. This season, the catwalks are full of tweed, camel, grey, sheepskin leather bomber jackets, fabulous brogues and tassel loafers.

HOW TO LOOK HOT ON THOSE COLD DAYS • Invest in any, and I mean any, of Cesare Paciotti’s range of men’s shoes – they are so scrumptious. See • Always have a pair of Chinos at hand; they are so versatile and a staple for any man’s wardrobe. It is important to note that the better the cut, the better the fit. Try G Star Bronson Twill Chino from Urban Outfitters at £99 or for a more daring ensemble, Tommy Hilfiger Madison Chino in red, if you dare. Chinos are to be worn with a button down collar shirt and deep V-neck sweater by Gant (Georgetown cotton/alpaca) at £99, a tweed blazer and chunky boots. • If you want a high end luxury look for this season, here are some of my favourite designers/brands: Rick Owens, Ermenegildo Zegna, Marc by Marc Jacobs, CP Company, Mihara Yasuhiro © Tommy Hilfiger

It can be very difficult as a woman buying a Christmas present for a husband, boyfriend, relation or male colleague. When we ask a man what he wants, he is unable to give a useful answer, preferring to utter an ever frustrating “I don’t know” or “what I would really like is a Mercedes 280CE in Concourse condition.” So what do we do? We desperately look for inspiration, from the obvious: men’s clothes, scent, books and tools, to the more outlandish: cookery courses, driving days, balloon flights... oh, I don’t know, anything! But then a strange thing happens. We either buy men a present that, in reality, they neither like nor want or we end up buying them nothing at all. So many times clients have said to me how disappointing this is.

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN THE HAIR DEPARTMENT? Well guys, you have Robert Pattison to thank for the shaggy, messed up “I just got out of bed” look, which is easily achievable if you have thick hair and a good hairline. If however, your hair is thinning and slightly fluffy, you should probably give this style a miss. An alternative celebrity-inspired hair trend is longer hair on top and slicked back as seen with Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Cillian Murphy. This is a really cool look and is very Mad Men. Keep your eyes peeled to see how the celebrities will be wearing their hair in Autumn/Winter 1010. So until next time, stay stylish and well groomed: you know it works!

Rachel Gold is founder of Wardrobe Junkies a Men’s Stylist & Grooming Consultancy 07766 838731


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FFP Graphic 'Headphones' Tee £16, Debenhams

Miller Check Shirt £24.99, Republic

Fairisle Knitted Hoody £50, Next

Beta Parker Jacket in Jet Black, Superdry

Boot Brown £45, Jacamo

Picasso's Pullovers £45, French Connection

Navy Tuxedo Jacket ¤35, Coated Cut and Sew Jeans ¤19, Dress Shirt and Bow Tie Set ¤9, Military Style Boots ¤25, Penneys (Ireland)

Basic Raw Denim £45, French Connection

Urban Natural Briefcase £119, Marks & Spencer



WHO SAYS WHO SAYS YOU CAN’T CAN’TWEAR WEARALL ALLOF OFYOUR YOURFAVOURITE FAVOURITETHINGS THINGSAT AT ONCE? ONCE?CERTAINLY CERTAINLYNOT NOT ME! WHY NOT NOT EMBRACE EMBRACE LAYERS LAYERS IN UNEXPECTED UNEXPECTED COMBINATIONS COMBINATIONS FOR FOR AA LOOK LOOKTHAT THAT IS IS EFFORTLESSLY BOLD EFFORTLESSLY BOLDTHIS THIS SEASON? SEASON? Layered pleats, textures, and patterns create outfits that have unique richness and come alive with wonderful contrast. See for yourself - you’ll appear theatrical while prim, edgy while muted, streamlined yet purposefully draped, and bohemian yet modern.

Try it out right here - how many ways can you layer the pieces on this page? Experiment. Combine. Play. Go for it, I dare you.

Blue Black Tribal Print £39, Oli

Slouchy Parka, £45, Next

Flat Buckle Boot £45, Evans

Corset Ballet Dress £165, Rare Opulence

Miso Fur Gilet £44.99, Republic

Long Double Breasted Grey Coat with Faux Fur Collar ¤45, Flannel Colour Block Skirt ¤13, Lace Back Button Cardigan ¤14, Suedette Snake Platform Shoes ¤21, Penneys (Ireland)

Silk Beaded Waisted Shift, £85, Mint Velvet

Black Riding Boot £80, Wallis

Therapy Grey ‘Whipstitch’ Tote £29, House of Fraser

J by Jasper Conran - Pearl and Metal Stretch Bracelet £20, Debenhams






Animal Print Slip £26, Next

Orchid Padded Balcony Bra £69, Thong £39, Myla

Bra With Floaty Cami £22.90, bonprix

Sequin Bra £28, Brief and Braces £20, Ann Summers

Presence Guipure Red Short £6.50, Bra £16.50, Debenhams

B by Ted Baker - Micro Modal Jersey Vest £18.50, Long Pant £22.50, Debenhams

B by Ted Baker Enchanted Silk Pant £30, Debenhams

Lace Gothic Stockings £6, Ann Summers


Pink and White Nightwear Set £35, Marks & Spencer

Bellissima Lace Long Wrap £30, BHS

Bra £30, Short £16, Simply Yours

B by Ted Baker - Venus Silk Cami £28, Debenhams

Reger by Janet Reger Silk Embellished Kimono £60, Debenhams

Velvet Bandeau Bra £10, Briefs £5, Hooded Cable Scarf £15, New Look

Red Dressing Gown £30, Marks & Spencer

Bra £28, Brief £15, Simply Yours

Mythical Satin Camisole £18, Peached Short £14, Knickerbox

Oriental Butterfly Vest Set £20, Accessorize


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WITH MORE AND MORE PEOPLE SEEKING HERBAL MEDICINE TREATMENT IN THE UK AS AN ALTERNATIVE TO CONVENTIONAL DRUG TREATMENT, I DECIDED TO VISIT MY LOCAL HERBALISTS– FOREMAN & JONES - IN HYTHE, KENT AND SEE WHAT ALL THE FUSS WAS ABOUT. THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE DESCRIBES MY EXPERIENCE THERE. As I walked up the stairs I was greeted by the wonderful aroma of essential oils complimenting a clean, crisp and relaxed reception area – certainly not your typical doctor’s surgery. A warm personal greeting from a pretty young receptionist later, I was sitting in the waiting area enjoying a warm cup of the ‘Herbal Tea of the Week’. I was booked in to see degree-educated Herbalist and Hypnotherapist Hayley Jones for an hour-long consultation. I was led to a spacious and beautifully decorated practice room and invited to take a seat. Hayley ensured I was comfortable before we began. Having established the reasons for my attendance we discussed my health, lifestyle and diet in depth. My blood pressure was also taken as a matter of course. As the consultation progressed, I began to realise that rather than deal with the symptoms per se, Hayley was helping me to understand and appreciate the underlying causes of my complaint. Hayley advised me on some simple diet changes to start with, before recommending a tailored mixture of herbs to aid my recovery. Hayley helpfully explained the purpose of each herbal ingredient, including its corresponding effect on the system. Back in the dispensing/waiting area, I was able to watch my prescription being mixed by hand, created from what seemed like hundreds of tinctures lining the walls. The mixture included many different herbs including Marigold, Vervain and Mugwort. Any current medications from your doctor are taken into consideration, as Herbalists are also trained in Pharmacology alongside their traditional medical training. All in all it was great to have a whole hour to discuss my health and not feel rushed. I didn’t consider myself to be really ill – I had just been feeling a little ‘flat’ for some time. Conventional medicine had proved of little use on this case - my doctor had simply suggested anti-depressants as a pick me up. Keen to avoid medication for such a simple complaint, a close friend had recommended Foreman & Jones and their natural approach to feeling well. Herbal medicine is not just for minor complaints however; Hayley also mentioned that they treat a large number of patients with chronic illnesses such as Eczema, Hormonal complaints and Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

Jodie Foreman (one of the owners of Foreman & Jones) explained further, “Many of us don’t get the opportunity to talk about how we’re feeling very often, we all lead such busy lives often juggling busy work and home schedules – feeling well often takes a back seat. The initial reaction from patients is often that they feel better. Herbal medicine is about keeping the body in balance – when your system is balanced you are able to cope with the demands of modern life more easily. Your immune system is stronger, you feel calmer and generally more at ease. We believe in a proactive rather than reactive approach to medicine.” I left the clinic feeling very much as if I had experienced private healthcare at its best, and I very much look forward to feeling the benefits of my wonderful herbal elixir. I am booked in to see Hayley again in three weeks time. An excerpt from a recent patient testimonial reads: “It is such a relief to have time to relay symptoms, reactions and emotional changes to a practitioner without worrying about taking up too much time. I also thoroughly agree with the way the whole body, emotions etc are taken into account. I feel we address the rest of the problem rather than masking symptoms. I can also talk for an hour about stresses and strains instead of boring my friends and actually receive positive treatment and help.” P.W, Hythe

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FABULOUS 50s The most timeless of looks, this classic style has been given a contemporary overhaul to bring it bang up to date and well into the coming new year. I cannot stress to you the importance of your skin. If your foundation base is applied correctly then the overall look is going to be easier to make perfect. A matt finish foundation is ideal for the 50s glam effect, MAC Studio Fix powder (£19) is a must have for any makeup bag. Studio Fix is a powder and foundation in one that combines good coverage with ease of application.

For those of you with a little more to spend, even an idea for your Christmas list, MAC Pigment (£15) is a highly concentrated loose colour powder that contains ingredients to help it adhere to the skin. Use to create a subtle wash of colour or an intense effect. Pigment does not streak or cake, is easy to blend and long-lasting. Now for the icing on the cake, of course no 50s look would be complete without liquid liner. It’s important to opt for a smudge-proof product to ensure your look has true staying power. A brilliant product is Eye Defining Liquid Liner (£11). It’s a quick-drying, gel eyeliner which delivers a full coverage, dramatic line in one stroke; an ultracomfortable, luxurious easy-to-apply lightweight eyeliner that won't smudge or budge. The liner should be applied along the top lash line and flicked out at the ends, or for a real urban twist try two flicks at the end, almost like a fish tail. For topping off any glamorous look, you cannot go wrong with false lashes! I’m not suggesting we all walk around looking like Katie Price (although I possibly would); even the most subtle of lashes can make the biggest impression.

Designed to be used dry, the powder and pigments create a matt, velvety texture, and it’s available in a shade to suit every skintone. Opt for a soft muted eyeshadow. For mature skin I would definitely go for a matt texture; it is more forgiving and helps to hide any unwanted creases. For those of you who are not afraid of a bit of shimmer, get festive and go metallic with Barry M Dazzle dust, only £4.50, which won’t break the bank.

FUNK IT UP This look sees the introduction of the smoky eye with a truly modern edge. When you have completed my step-by-step guide, complete the look with a sleek updo…Christmas perfect.

Compliment this look using a pink tone blusher and a neutral lip. BIG ON COLOUR For those of you ladies determined to leave a lasting impression and stand out in a crowd, it’s time to embrace those vibrant shades – yes, even in winter. I’m not suggesting you look like a rainbow, but an injection of colour is just what the doctor ordered. My first choice of colour, and great to compliment any eyecolour is purple. I hear you thinking, ‘I’ll look as though I’ve been punched.’ Well, not anymore. If you follow my guide makeup faux pas will be a distant memory. The trick is to apply little and often, never overload your brush and always tap off any excess before applying the shadow. The reason for me suggesting purple is that it’s a great shade for all ages, and makes the whites of the eyes appear whiter and brighter. The illusion of more awake eyes is apparent, and ideal after a few Christmassy nights out.

Gemma Morpurgo is available for makeup artistry of all kinds. Get in touch at or follow Gemma on Facebook

Gemma would like to thank Bar Vasa, Sandgate for allowing use of their bar for the photoshoot location, Luke Sky Bush, Lucky 13 Pix for the amazing photography and her beautiful models.

Prepare your smokey eyes as normal (see insideKENT’s Sept/ Oct issue for more details). Now dab a little lip balm onto the eyelid, this will give a greasy much grittier finish.



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FROM THE SUPERB GOLF COURSE, LUXURY SPA AND NEW HEALTH CLUB, TO ACTIVITY BREAKS – THE LONDON BEACH COUNTRY HOTEL HAS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE. I visited the London Beach for a one night spa break and quickly realised that this hotel also had a lot more to offer. The first realisation came as I entered my room and was immediately struck by an epic panoramic view of the golf course through glass doors spanning the width of the

spacious bedroom opening out onto the balcony. After sitting out on the balcony and taking in the view for a while, I was tempted to take advantage of the professional golf lessons available but the lure of the luxurious spa and pampering treatments was too overwhelming. Although the hotel has a thriving golf club and clearly many of the guests were here to take advantage of the beautiful course, the spa is


more than just a secondary activity to make use of between rounds and is absolutely worth a visit in its own right. After enjoying a delicious light lunch and smoothie in the Juice Bar I started with a swim in the infinity swimming pool and then pounded away some tension with the powerful massage jets before relaxing on the loungers below the waterline in the hydrotherapy pool. The health club has been open for almost a year and everything still feels brand new and thoroughly modern and has clearly been designed with luxury in mind; from the state of the art facilities in the spa and gym to the changing rooms complete with GHD straighteners. After another hour or so unwinding to the relaxing music in the beautiful ladies-only area making use of the sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi, it was time to drag myself away for my treatment; a back, neck and shoulder massage followed by Dry Floatation. The professional spa has an extensive choice of treatments on offer provided by expert therapists. Treatments are available to be booked by all and not just hotel and spa guests and after a lovely massage I will definitely be back to try and experience as many of the tempting treatments as possible. The Dry Floatation is a bath with a gentle floating sensation (but without having to get wet) and was a new experience for me. As I lay in the

warm candle lit room relaxed from my massage I did wonder what added benefit I would gain from laying on the floatation bed, but almost as soon as I had this thought I was awoken by the sensation of the bed rising from the water. I realised I had fallen quickly into a relatively deep sleep considering I had been there for only half an hour! I felt it had definitely enhanced the relaxation after the massage and was a nice addition after my treatment. After a thoroughly enjoyable spa day I was treated to an equally enjoyable meal of seasonal Marrow soup, Sea Bass and Sorbet washed down with excellent local wine from the Tenterden Chapel Down Vineyard. If you’re looking for a unique and memorable gift for someone special this Christmas, then the London Beach Country Hotel in Tenterden could be just what you need. Golf breaks including packages with tuition are available as well as horse riding or spa packages, yoga, painting, garden, fishing, flying or ballooning breaks.

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A TASTE OF HEAVEN FOR CHRISTMAS with Head in the Clouds’ divine meringues


The high flying Head in the Clouds flew straight in at cloud level, with its debut at the Country Living Fair winning ‘Best New Product’, and since then have received many accolades including runners up in the Kent 2020 Innovation Awards. The company has benefited from lots of great publicity including Sky TV Kitchen Secrets and featuring in The Independent National paper demonstrating how to make the perfect meringue. Indeed you can even find them on Facebook and YouTube! The critically acclaimed meringues are based on founder and marketing director Lynn Bolton’s grandmother’s secret recipe, and bear no resemblance to the bland and dry mass-produced meringues that are the norm. The meringues really are ‘made for eating, not for living in a cupboard!’ and yet each gift boxed set offers a flexible shelf-life of between three to six weeks – for anyone who can last that long. With a crisp exterior and gooey interior, the ‘Mystic Meringues™’ bring together an indulgent taste of nine mini meringues, beautifully gift boxed for self-indulgence or as the perfect original gift


alternative to a box of chocolates. ‘Just for me Meringues™’ are ideal for meringue aficionados and can be enjoyed solo – no need to soften them up with lashings of cream and fruit – they are packed with flavour and have their gooey heart. ‘Twogether Meringues™’ are perfect for sharing, and family-sized ‘Four us all™’ and ‘Alldulgent Meringues™’ are ideal for parties and special occasions. Christmas specials include the ‘Snowman’, designed with different coloured scarves and each has its own personality. Speaking of personality, the wonderful gift boxed set of ‘9 Reindeer Meringue ‘Cupcakes’’ each reflect a unique character of Santa’s reindeer. Not just a Rudolph with his red nose, but Comet adorned in stars, Donner sporting thunder flashes and Dancer displaying tutu and glitter – to describe just three. The exquisite flavours achieved have been born out of Lynn’s incessant drive for originality and perfection and the company only uses the best ingredients - be it the finest chocolate, a top quality liqueur or an ethically produced local Kent

ingredient. Head in the Clouds sources its vast number of free-range eggs each week from the Royal School for Deaf Children at Monkshill Farm, situated between Faversham and Whitstable. Head in the Clouds’ client base extends as far north as Aberdeen and as far west as Bath, and with an ever growing clientele, Lynn is looking forward to the next phase of Head in the Clouds meringues – expansion!

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Woods Produce Store

Woods Produce Store in The Pantiles, Royal Tunbridge Wells is introducing an exciting new range of gifts for Christmas. Choose from a range gift boxes with Woods’ own brand Chutneys, Jam and Marmalade made by, and also available to taste at Woods Restaurant! Plus personalised gift baskets, ready-to-buy themed gift boxes and baskets and Woods gift vouchers. Woods Produce Store, Restaurant & Bars 62 & 64 The Pantiles Tunbridge Wells 01892 614411

Joseph McCarthy

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Flossies Ice Cream Parlour

Flossies is a family run business; we make all our ice cream on the premises. Not only do we make the best ice cream, we also sell Fat free frozen yogurt, Cup cakes, the best ever Milkshakes! Home made waffles, filled sandwiches, Panini’s, Jacket potatoes and pizzas. Flossies Ice Cream Parlour 26-28 The Pantiles Tunbridge Wells 01892 527690




Fitzgerald’s store are specialists in the renowned ‘Moments’ range of Pandora charms, offering a vast array of designs made from the highest quality materials, including gold, silver and ceramic. Many awards have been won by the staff at the Fitzgerald’s store, for their elite product knowledge and levels of customer service. They strive to achieve this through their dedication to finding out what it is that their customers want and then successfully fulfilling each of their individual needs.

Pandora Jewellery pieces can be designed and created as the customer wishes, allowing them to convey their personal style through the charms they choose. Pandora Jewellery pieces combine the finest quality gold, silver and gemstones with century-old craftsmanship and modern design, the fusion of which creates exquisite pieces that are accessible to all consumers regardless of their budget. Life is full of unforgettable moments – the ‘Moments’ collection enables the wearer to choose and combine charms that hold a special meaning to their lives. Individual charms can be used to express the person’s story & set their creativity free!

Fitzgerald Jewellers’ skilled staff are happy to offer advice on products or purchases and will often order in items specially if that which is requested is not in stock. The NEW collection is now in stock so come in now to find the perfect gifts for friends and family and avoid disappointment before they sell out.

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Oliver takes his own love of food and makes it accessible to families worldwide. Cooking is no longer just about impressing people with extravagant dishes, it is about how each individual person eats and relates to food. His tireless campaigns for a healthier mode of eating evoke the seasonal wish for goodwill to all mankind; Jamie Oliver, whether training troubled youngsters to be chefs or campaigning for decent school dinners, shows compassion the whole year round, not just for Christmas. Brought up in Clavering, Essex in his parent’s pub, The Cricketers, Oliver developed a passion for cookery from an early age. As a young boy, he could already chop with the best of the regular workers in the restaurant. Although dismissed as a ‘girlie thing’ by the other boys at school, he already knew that cooking was his future. After travelling to France and studying different food cultures, he joined the acclaimed Rive Café, a move that would ultimately propel him to national fame. After appearing in a documentary about the restaurant, Oliver was offered his own television show and The Naked Chef was born. The title refers to the simplicity of his ingredients, stripping food down to its bare essentials. Unlike other chefs, he understood that a family dinner did not have to resemble haute cuisine; his hands-on style meant it could be about handfuls and glugs. His enthusiasm for healthy, easy to prepare food was a breath of fresh air, inspiring people to actually enjoy cooking. Oliver’s philanthropic nature was first seen with the launch of Jamie's Kitchen, his second television series. In the documentary, he mentored and trained unemployed youths to be professional chefs to help staff his first restaurant. The outcome of the project was the award-winning Fifteen, Oliver’s celebrated restaurant, named after his first fifteen students. Fifteen has become a global social enterprise with young people firmly at its heart. With restaurants worldwide – all of which operate a pioneering apprenticeship scheme for young people between the ages of 18 and 24 – Oliver’s first humanitarian project is still a great success. To provide the funding for the enterprise, he created The Jamie Oliver Foundation with a mission to educate and empower as many people as possible to love and enjoy good food. He doesn’t want to stop at teaching people how to cook, he wants people to understand where food comes from and recognise the power it holds within a lifestyle. With Fifteen, Oliver inspired disadvantaged young people and made them believe that they too could create great careers for themselves within the restaurant industry. Moreover, shortly after Fifteen’s launch, he was awarded an MBE for his contribution to the hospitality industry. The idea of making a difference in young people’s lives one at a time inspired him to dream big – why should he stop at just fifteen people? This idea launched his next charitable project, Jamie's School Dinners. Motivated by the poor state of school dinners in UK schools, this fourpart series documented Oliver as he took responsibility of running the kitchen at Kidbrooke School, Greenwich. It introduced Oliver’s ‘Feed Me Better’ campaign, designed to change the poor eating habits of children and improve school meal systems. The campaign was directly responsible for the British government's pledge of 280 million pounds (over 3 years) to improve


school dinners for the children. For most people this accomplishment would have been enough, but for Jamie Oliver, it was only the beginning. Subsequently, he turned his altruistic attentions to chicken farming conditions. Jamie’s Fowl Dinners was an in-depth exploration of the British poultry industry, advising consumers to trade up to a higher welfare chicken or egg. Oliver received praise from farmers for his efforts, which resulted in an increase in sales of freerange and organic chicken of up to 50%. He went on to examine pig welfare in Jamie Saves Our Bacon, highlighting the need to champion British pig farmers and informing the nation of where our food really comes from. Oliver then went on to launch 2008’s Ministry of Food, which showed how people who couldn’t cook could be inspired to cook with just a little encouragement and information. It was a winning formula for him because, as he remarked at the time, “With some basic skills under your belt and a handful of recipes, you’ll be able to prepare nutritious meals on any budget, and there’s nothing like sitting around a table to bring people together.” Since 2008, a Ministry of Food Centre set up in Rotherham town centre has been providing

information, cooking lessons and advice to the townsfolk who want to move away from takeaways. The centre is now so successful that its classes are booked many weeks in advance. A second Ministry Centre opened in Bradford in November 2009 and a third in Leeds in April 2010. The operation is part of a national effort to halt Britain's growing obesity problem. It has recently emerged, however, that central government funding for the project is potentially under threat. Rotherham council is fully behind the centre and is looking at ways to raise revenue including corporate sponsorship. Jamie Oliver recently spoke out in support of the centre, saying, "It’s abundantly clear that this is one of the few strategies that is actually working that helps people overcome their problems with food." He is hoping that the government sees how successful the Ministry of Food Centre has been; the venture has classes for January and February already booked. In 2009, Oliver started his first major network series for American television. Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution sought to tackle the problem of obesity in America. Obesity now affects nearly one in five children and increases the risk of heart disease and diabetes. Moreover, this is the first



COOKING IS NO LONGER JUST ABOUT IMPRESSING PEOPLE WITH EXTRAVAGANT DISHES, IT IS ABOUT HOW EACH INDIVIDUAL PERSON EATS AND RELATES TO FOOD. generation that is statistically set to be outlived by their parents. The problem stems from the eating habits that parents are teaching their young children. When asked to explain or define the Food Revolution, Oliver stated, “My Food Revolution is about bringing people together who care about the future of their children, about their right to good health and a proper diet. I know there are millions of people across America who care about these things and I’ve seen how, with a little confidence and basic knowledge, people quickly change the way they eat.” Jamie Oliver’s passion for healthy eating is clear; to look into his eyes as he talks about processed and fatty foods is almost like seeing actual physical pain. Switching from processed foods to fresh foods can make you feel better in your body and add years to your life. For him, if we rely too heavily on processed foods, “we’re poisoning our future and we don’t even take the time to stop and realise it.” In Jamie’s School Dinners, for example, he encountered a woman giving cola to her baby in a bottle. As a mother, she would have been responsible for that child’s nutritional intake. Examples such as this one consolidate how important Oliver’s schemes really are. For Jamie Oliver, there is yet another new job in his horizon called Jamie’s Home Cooking Skills, where he will continue teaching the next generation about health and what they are eating. He is adamant about his hopes for this generation of young people; providing young people with cooking skills will help them make more informed decisions about what to eat, which, in turn, will help to combat the burgeoning problem of obesity. Favourably, as of this school year, the government has made cooking lessons mandatory for all students in British secondary schools. Home Cooking Skills aims to give every young person the basic skills to be able to feed themselves in a healthy, cost-effective way for the rest of their lives, and the confidence to share these skills with friends and family. In conjunction with Pearson Education and Edexcel, Jamie Oliver has developed a BTEC course for Secondary schools in the UK. This autumn will also see the launch of 30 Minute Meals, a book and TV series that aims to help people become more efficient cooks. Quite simply, he will prove that you can cook an amazing meal incredibly quickly. The programme is perfect for beginners; Oliver eases people into cooking from scratch instead of plunging them in at the deep end with elaborate cooking terms and difficult ingredients. His Ministry of Food website is another great resource for cookery novices, offering simple step-by-step recipes, video demonstrations and advice on store cupboard ingredients and key pieces of equipment. If that isn’t enough, Oliver also has a regular column in the Saturday Times Magazine, is a monthly editor of Marie Claire (UK), and is the food editor for Britain's GQ Magazine. His chain of high street restaurants, aptly named Jamie’s Italian, have also proven to be firm favourites. Launched in 2008, he drew upon his experiences in Jamie’s Great Italian Escape, a

series based on his travels around Italy and his love of Italian food. The accompanying book, Jamie’s Italy, went straight in at number one and sold more copies in the week before Christmas than any other non-fiction book has ever done. Indeed, Oliver’s cookbooks are bestsellers not only in the UK but across the world. His latest cookbook, Ministry of Food, shows just how popular he is; it reached sales of £11.5m last year, making him officially Britain’s bestselling author. In addition to his television programmes and books, for the past 10 years he has worked with Sainsbury’s, advising them on how to further improve product quality. Oliver has faced charges of hypocrisy in the past for his union with a supermarket chain that stocks the very processed meals that he tells the public not to eat. He answers his critics by pointing out that Sainsbury’s stocks the nation, so he reaches people from a larger platform. Furthermore, he has a healthy attitude to food that encompasses the occasional processed meal as part of a varied and healthy diet, “We just need to rediscover our common sense: if you want to curl up and eat macaroni and cheese every once in a while – that's alright!” For Jamie Oliver, cooking is all about family. He and his wife Jools were childhood sweethearts, and family life with their four children provides the narrative backdrop to many of his programmes and books. Cooking is integral to a happy family unit, as Oliver states, “A small change in your kitchen in could save the life of someone you love.” He trusts every word he says and he has sacrificed time and energy that could have been spent with his family to push the projects he believes in. When asked about his hectic schedule he admits, “It's a complete whirlwind - and the only thing I wish I had more time for is my family - I really look forward to Friday nights when we can pack up and spend the weekends together. That's what it's all about!” For Oliver, cooking is not a profession. It is not a nine to five job that just pays his bills or helps him write new books. Cooking is a gift, a tool that he uses to give families a new way of life. Anyone that watches him cook or listens to his hopes for a better future can feel his passion. The saying ‘you are what you eat’ is true in every way and he knows this firsthand. The food that goes into the body affects not only the physical health of our families and children, but also their mental and emotional outlook as well. This Christmas season, as we sit at our tables and enjoy our loved ones, let’s join Jamie Oliver in the greatest expression of love and warmth by saying we care about our health and each other. Let’s all join in the Food Revolution! Please visit Jamie’s site at for information on any of Jamie’s projects.

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A THREE-COURSE LUNCH FOR TWO AT FIFTEEN LONDON FOUNDED BY JAMIE OLIVER Fifteen is a commercial business with a purpose – a global social enterprise with young people at its heart. Fifteen has four restaurants worldwide Amsterdam, Cornwall, London and Melbourne – all of which operate a pioneering apprenticeship scheme for young people, between the ages of 18 and 24, alongside the day-to-day running of the restaurants. Fifteen’s purpose is two-fold: firstly to offer young people, often in need of a break in life, the experience of learning to work in the restaurant business and

secondly, for their customers to enjoy fantastic food and knowledgeable customer service. The restaurant is the trading arm of a registered charity, the Jamie Oliver Foundation (no.1094536), and the profits go towards the apprenticeship scheme. Fifteen is committed to sourcing seasonal, high quality ingredients from the best suppliers throughout the UK and Italy. What this means is fresh seasonal menus on a daily basis overseen by a team of 23 professional chefs dedicated to producing the very best Italian-Mediterranean food.

For your chance to win*, answer this question (answer found in the Jamie Oliver cover story, pgs 58-61): Where did Jamie Oliver grow up? a) Kent b) Essex c) Dorset Enter online at *Entries must be received by 31st December. Only one entry per person. Winner will be chosen at random and notified via email by 14 January 2011. Lunch dates are subject to availability.





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Roasted HYTHE COD with Creamed Leeks, Mussels and Saffron Sauce

• Refresh in ice-cold water and reserve for later use. • In a pan reduce cream until thick. • To reheat add the leeks, garlic puree and a spoon or so of cream (enough but not too runny) in a pan.

Tomatoes Fondue

Plum Tomatoes Chopped onion Olive Oil Thyme, finely chopped Garlic, finely chopped

Buy 12 good-sized portions of cod, 180-200g each

Mussel Cooking Stock Onion Large Parsley Flat Fresh Tarragon Fresh Butter Unsalted Wine White Chardonnay Pepper White Whole Herb Bay Leaf Fresh Herb Thyme Fresh Fresh Mussels

300g 50g 10g 100g 750ml 20g 5g 10g 1kg

• Clean the mussels well and remove the barb. • Melt the butter in a large stainless steel saucepan; add the onions and sweat well for 5 minutes, no colour. • Add the peppercorns, parsley stalks, tarragon stalks, thyme and bay leaf. Sweat for a further 5 minutes and then add the white wine. • Bring to the boil and add the mussels. • Place a lid over them and stir from time to time. Once they are cooked, pass off through a colander with a bowl underneath to reserve the juices. • Allow to cool and then separate the mussels from their shells. Remove the dirt pocket and put them back in the cooled cooking juices. • Put the mussels in a little bit of saffron sauce to reheat.

Leek Fondue

Leeks Garlic Puree Double Cream Seasoning Salt & Pepper

60g 15g 5ml

• Cut the white part of the leek into small squares and wash under water. • Boil a pan of water adding 20g of salt per 1 litre of water. • When water is boiling, add the square leeks and cook for about 3-4 minute (until soft but still a little bit crunchy).


900g or 15 whole 75g 75ml 6g 12g

• Blanch the tomatoes for 10 seconds, refresh in ice water and then peel them. Cut the top off a third of the way down then scoop out the seeds using a small spoon. Reserve this for stuffing. • With the remaining 2/3 of the tomato, cut in half and squeeze out the seeds. • Using a thick-bottomed copper pan, sweat the onions and garlic with the olive oil until soft, no colour. • Now add the thyme and then the tomatoes. Season lightly and then stir together. • Place into the oven for 10 minutes, and then stir again. Replace back into the oven for 10 more minutes and repeat until the tomatoes are dry. Leave to cool and then stuff the tops with the fondue, place on a baking tray and brush with olive oil and seasoning. • Place into the oven @ 160ºC for 10 minutes. Remove and leave to go cold. Wrap and shape into balls in cling film and reserve for later use. • When time, simply remove from the cling film and reheat back through the oven.

Saffron Sauce

Button Mushrooms Butter Unsalted Wine White Gewurztraminer Fish Stock Double Cream Saffron Powder Table Salt Stock from Mussels Shallots

250g 75g 500ml 500ml 500ml 3g 6g 300ml 100ml

To serve: • Preheat oven on 180-200ºC • In a non-stick tray put a drizzle of olive oil just to cover the bottom; place in oven to heat. • Season your cod well skin side, and dip in flour (tapping the excess). • When tray is hot enough, put your cod skin size down then back in oven for 4 minutes. • Turn cod flesh down for another 3-4 minutes back in the oven. It may need few minutes more depending on the thickness of the fish. • At the same time place your leek on a plate, quenelles of tomatoes fondue, spread around the mussels, put the cod onto the leeks, sauce over all and serve.

Layered PANNA COTTA Cinnamon Panna Cotta Double Cream Milk Sugar Crushed Cinnamon Sticks Powdered Cinnamon Vanilla Pod Gelatine

600ml 150ml 100g 2 whole 1tsp 1 whole, scraped 7g

• Place the milk, cream, scraped vanilla pods, cinnamon stick, cinnamon powder and sugar into a pan and bring to the boil. • Soften the gelatine in cold water. • When the gelatine is soft, squeeze out excess water and add to boiled mix. • Stir in gelatine until dissolved, then pass mix through fine chinos. • Divide mix evenly into glasses. • Place into the fridge and allow to set.

• Place the butter in a stainless steel saucepan and start to melt. Add the apples, sugar and scraped vanilla pod and pod itself. • Cook the apple to a compote stirring from time to time. If the texture is too runny then leave to reduce down until you arrive at a thick texture. • Remove the vanilla pod, scraping again, and place the apple compote into a blender; blend to a fine pulp and pass through a fine chinos. • Place into a container and reserve for later use.

Vanilla Custard Milk Double Cream Egg Yolks Sugar Gelatine Vanilla Pod

500ml 100ml 6 75g 3g 1 whole, scraped

Important: This must be made a day in advance and left to infuse with the vanilla pod in to mature in flavour. • Place the milk, double cream and vanilla pod into a saucepan and bring to the boil. • Cream together the egg yolks and sugar, add some of the milk and whisk until smooth. • Add the remaining milk and pour back into the saucepan and cook to 85°C stirring continuously. • Pass through a chinos and leave to cool with the vanilla pod placed back in.

Cognac Cream Chantilly Whipping Cream Icing Sugar Cognac

300g 25g 5g or to taste

• Sift the icing sugar into the cream and whip to a peak. • Add the cognac to taste.

Apple Compote

Granny Smith Apples Caster Sugar Butter Vanilla Pod

800g 100g 100g 1 whole, scraped


Appointed Executive Chef at the Michael Caines Restaurant at ABode Canterbury

To serve: When the Cinnamon Panna Cotta is set, pour Apple Compote evenly on top, then the Custard, topping off with the Cognac Cream.

Jean-Marc Zanetti has been appointed by Michael Caines to be the Executive Chef at the Michael Caines Restaurant at ABode Canterbury. Zanetti replaces Mark Rossi, who has been the Executive Chef since ABode Canterbury was launched in 2006. Before joining Caines at Gidleigh Park in 1994, Zanetti worked in several Michelin star restaurants in Burgundy and the south of France. Zanetti was given the opportunity to open the first Michael Caines restaurant in Exeter in 1999 as the head chef, where it was an immediate success and achieved many accolades. After working for over 10 years with Michael Caines, Zanetti decided to go and work with John Burton-Race at the New Angel in Dartmouth. After working here he went to work at the Hengist Restaurant in Aylesford, where he worked alongside TV chef Richard Phillips for three years. Zanetti said, "I was looking for a new challenge when Michael offered me the opportunity and I could not resist being a part of this exciting new venture between Michael Caines and Andrew Brownsword. Coming back to work for Michael to see how much the company has evolved and grown has been outstanding.” With the help of Canterbury's head chef Toby Lin and the talented team of chefs at ABode Canterbury (home to Michael Caines), they ensure to work with skill and imagination to produce brilliant local food that is served with professional style and exceptional hospitality.




THERE IS ALWAYS SOMETHING VERY OPEN, HONEST AND REASSURING WHEN YOU GO TO A RESTAURANT AND SEE THE FOOD YOU HAVE ORDERED BEING COOKED BEFORE YOUR VERY EYES. THE SAME PHILOSOPHY APPLIES TO BIDDENDEN VINEYARDS, WHICH HAS VERY MUCH AN ‘OPEN HOUSE’ POLICY, WHERE YOU GET TO SEE THE ENTIRE WINE AND CIDER MAKING PROCESS FROM START TO FINISH. The present vineyard was established in 1969 by the same Barnes family who run it now, making it the oldest commercial vineyard in Kent. Back then it spanned a humble third of an acre. At present it covers 22 acres of a 70 acre estate, and comprises of gentle facing southern slopes in a shallow sheltered valley, making it perfect for their grapes. An unfair misconception sometimes held about English wines is that they might somehow not be of the same quality as wines from other parts of the world. This is of course, ridiculous - the weather in the southeast is very good indeed for producing the best grapes, as was apparent to see as we toured the vineyards. Indeed, the grapes used are extremely good quality; mainly of Germanic origin and including familiar names such as Pinot Noir and Dornfelder, and of course the Ortega grapes, which are used to produce Biddenden Vineyards’ multi-awardwinning and most distinctive wine. As you walk around the vineyard and associated buildings, you realise that whilst this

is a family-run business, it is nothing other than highly professional. It is clear to see that everything is done properly to the highest standards, not just to make profit, but because the staff at Biddenden Vineyards care about their work and enjoy doing it to the best of their ability. There is a lot of evidence that the owners of the vineyard hold very strong ethical and environmental values, which are reflected in the way they do business. Biddenden Vineyards does not trade with large-scale supermarket chains, preferring instead to support smaller, local businesses by supplying them with their produce. And it seems to work very well for them; Biddenden Vineyards are currently enjoying the most successful year in business since the vineyards opened, and continue to win many awards for their products as well. After a very pleasant tour of the vineyards, it was finally time to taste the fruits of all that hard work. “I have to confess I don’t know the first thing about wine tasting,” I sheepishly admit to Vikki, the head of Biddenden Vineyards’ marketing department. “Oh don’t worry about that - just ENJOY it!” she stated. There is no pretence or snobbery when it comes to their produce; it is there to be enjoyed by all. All of the wines and ciders are of the highest quality - there is no sign of residue or clouding. Obviously I didn’t find every one of them entirely to my personal preference, however none of them were unpleasant in the slightest, and some of them were absolutely delicious. Such is the variety of wines (both single varietal and blended) and ciders produced, that there is almost certainly

something for everyone's taste. Of special interest to me were the ciders, most notably a brand new sparkling cider ‘Monk’s Delight’ - a mulled cider with honey and spices, perfect for warming up those winter nights, especially during the Christmas season. In addition to their wines, it is worth noting that Biddenden Vineyards have also won a number of awards for their ciders, including the coveted CAMRA Cider of the Year award. There is even a non-alcoholic apple juice, again produced to an exceptionally high standard, ideal for the kids, and as Biddenden Vineyards are keen to point out, ‘for the driver’. As well as wines and ciders, the farm shop stocks all sorts of local produce such as jams and chutneys, as well as serving hot drinks, cakes and biscuits. All locally sourced of course. Biddenden Vineyards is open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm, and on Sundays and Bank Holidays from 11am to 5pm. Tours are available for groups by prior arrangement, with free tours on selected Saturdays for individuals. Admission is free, as is the opportunity to taste the wines, but you should make sure you take your purses and wallets as you certainly won’t want to go home empty handed!

Biddenden Vineyards Gribble Bridge Lane Biddenden TN27 8DF 01580 291726



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As I walked up Aylesford High Street (having never been to Hengist before, or Aylesford for that matter), I was looking for a grand and flashy restaurant jutting out from the other quaint buildings. Because of my expectations, I walked right by, as Hengist rests inconspicuously amongst the rest of the historic architecture.

My guest chose the Poached Sirloin of ’32 Day’ Hung British Beef served with Thyme Pomme Anna, Spring Greens, Creamed Celeriac, Crisp Ox Tongue and Smoked Bacon Cream. Again, the presentation was simply stunning, the beef was flavourful and tender and the accompaniments were perfect.

Upon entering the large lobby, I was instantly impressed by the fusion of modern design with some of the original elements such as the exposed wooden beams next to large chic glass panels.

While at Hengist, you’ll be amazed at the little ‘extras’ you’ll experience, such as a personal visit from the restaurant’s manager and the lovely tasters you’ll receive in between courses. My favourite surprise of the day was our pre-dessert of Lemon and Lime Posette with Raspberry and Blackberry Mousse – both unexpected and delicious.

We were quickly shown to our impeccably set table next to the fireplace and placed our drinks order before perusing the menu. Richard Phillips’ creativity shines through each and every one of his dishes from his interesting taste combinations to his powerful presentations. After placing our orders, we were served canapés of Goats Cheese Puffs with Roasted Beet Root and freshly baked breads. Having enjoyed my prestarters and having been tended to perfectly by the restaurant staff, I was looking forward to my meal ahead. I ordered the Terrine of East Sussex ‘Stonegate’ Goats Cheese for my starter, which was served with Celery, Cox Apple and Walnut Salad, Shallot Cream, Local Asparagus and Walnut Dressing, while my guest chose the Pan Seared Sea Scallops served with Slow Braised Pork, Creamed Cauliflower, Wood Sorrel and Cauliflower Velouté. The presentation of both starters was awe-inspiring, and the tastes and textures were equally spectacular. For my main I enjoyed the most gorgeous Steamed Fillet of Sea Bass served with Salmon and Crab Mousse, Tian of Poached Crayfish, Brown Crab and Tomato Risotto, all smothered in a Vanilla-infused Fish Cream. Who would’ve thought bass and vanilla could be friends? I surely didn’t, but Richard Phillips proved me wrong as the tastes were divine.

For our ‘real’ dessert, my guest and I both chose the Assiette of Chocolate which included Milk Chocolate Tart, Mint Chocolate Fondant (to die for), White Chocolate Sorbet and Crushed Raspberries. Being the chocoholic, sugar-addict, self-professed semi-professional dessert connoisseur that I am, I can say with confidence that this trio of confections was worth every last naughty calorie. Don’t let the inconspicuous exterior fool you; Hengist is a truly memorable experience, from the personal service to the ‘fine art’ cuisine to the interior design. The pure elegance and dining splendour of Hengist is something that will stick with you long after your last bite.

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The Goods Shed

by Donna Martin

IT’S ONE OF THOSE PLACES YOU NEVER THINK TO TRY, BUT ONCE YOU HAVE, IT’LL BECOME AN INSTANT FAVOURITE. YOU’LL TELL ALL YOUR FRIENDS, BOOK BUSINESS LUNCHES, AND TAKE YOUR PARTNER OUT FOR A ROMANTIC DINNER. YOU MIGHT EVEN STOP BY SOLO FOR A CHEEKY FULL ENGLISH ON YOUR WAY TO WORK. WHENEVER YOU VISIT, THE GOODS SHED IN CANTERBURY IS 100% PURE DINING PLEASURE. If you’ve heard of The Goods Shed, you may know it as a year-round indoor farmers market, offering fresh local produce, meats and goodies. The market itself is impressive, with a huge variety of items from fresh fish to wine to pantry items such as peanut butter and olive oil. A great place for your weekly shop (and with many prices surprisingly less than major supermarkets), The Goods Shed is also a great place for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The lunch menu offers something for everyone, with just the right number of starters, mains and desserts to choose from. I started my three courses with Grilled Vegetable & Rosary Goats Cheese Tart with Rocket Pesto. My guests enjoyed the Pork Cheek with Mash & Crackling, and Goods Shed Pastrami with Roasted Tomato Dressing and Gouda. All three starters were big enough to be mains, and were bursting with fresh and local flavours – absolutely delicious.

I stopped by during the week for lunch, and what a lunch it was.

For my main I decided to try the Kentish Ranger Chicken with Wildceps (mushrooms) and Tarragon. The chicken was served in a mouthwatering fragrant sauce with green beans, courgettes and perfect just-like-mama-made‘em roast potatoes. My dining companions chose the Local Wild Bass with Roasted Tomatoes, Anchovies and Garlic, and Wild Boar Sausages with Cider, Apples and Prunes.

Head Chef Rafael Lopez is obviously passionate about his restaurant, and surely knows his food. The open kitchen can be viewed from most tables in the raised restaurant, which overlooks the market below. Rafael and his cooks can be seen working busily (but most definitely having fun) as they whip up original creations throughout the day. The menu changes twice daily, and Rafael never plans his menus ahead. Whatever is delivered in the morning is what Rafael serves, and if it can’t be found in the market, it won’t be cooked. Using his experience and creativity, Rafael creates spectacular dishes on a daily basis which are the description of ‘fresh’.


Even though I was stuffed, I couldn’t possibly pass up dessert (me, pass up dessert?). I went for the Strawberry Tart with Fresh Cream, while my guests had the White Chocolate Mousse with Dark Chocolate Treats, and the Crème Caramel with Apple Sorbet and Shortbread. I managed to eat my entire dessert (it was just too good to waste), and even snuck in a bite of the mousse and crème caramel.

After scraping the last remnants of strawberry tart from my plate, we enjoyed a creamy latte before having a stroll through the market below. During the whole of the two hours I visited The Goods Shed, there was a constant stream of diners, making me realise just how popular the restaurant is, and also realise I seem to have been left out of the loop. Why didn’t anybody tell me about this place sooner? Well, now you know. You have no excuse. You are enlightened. The Goods Shed is no longer a mystery to you; time to plan a visit for one of the best meals in Canterbury.

The Goods Shed Station Road West Canterbury CT2 8AN 01227 459153


Authentic Italian IN FAVERSHAM


HAVING BEEN FAMILIAR WITH THE CANTERBURY AREA FOR MANY YEARS, I HAVE BEEN FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO SAMPLE SOME OF THE CITY’S RESTAURANT GEMS. LOCATED OPPOSITE THE KING’S SCHOOL, OSTERIA POSILLIPO PIZZERIA IS A LIVELY RESTAURANT SUITABLE FOR ALL MANNER OF DINING EXPERIENCES, BE IT A CASUAL GET-TOGETHER WITH FRIENDS OR A DINNER DATE. POSILLIPO’S IS A REAL CORNER OF ITALY IN THE HEART OF CANTERBURY AND, DURING MY STUDENT DAYS, WHENEVER I WAS IN NEED OF SOME HEARTY ITALIAN FOOD, THIS WOULD BE MY FIRST STOP. With another Posillipo’s in Broadstairs, with views of the beautiful Viking Bay, the company has gone from strength to strength. Summer 2010 saw the launch of another extension to the franchise, a Posillipo’s restaurant in Faversham. When I heard the good news that owner Enzo was to open his third restaurant down by the creek in Faversham, I was delighted that the old mill building was going to be brought back to life again in true Posillipo fashion, shipping over only the best in Italian furniture and flooring. We were greeted by a warm welcome and were taken to our table, taking in the stylish decor on the way. The waitress soon brought over the specials board for us to view, alongside some warm ciabatta rolls and rosemary bread sticks, classically accompanied by balsamic vinegar and olive oil. As a starter we ordered the Hand Stretched Pizza Bread, Focaccie Acciughe with Anchovies, Olives and Garlic. Some fresh mixed olives also got the ball rolling. Being coastally situated, the menu is full of locally sourced seafood dishes – something Italians are renowned for. I opted for the Deep Fried Calamari which arrived with Baby Squid, Rocket and Herb Mayonnaise, all which I thoroughly enjoyed. From the specials board arrived the Chunky Scallops wrapped in Parma Ham in a creamy Brandy Sauce; this comes highly recommended by two of my guests. Fresh Mussels in a White Wine sauce completed our selection of starters, all of which were filling and perfectly cooked. The mains menu boasts an impressive eighteen pastas dishes including the delicious Pennette Aumm Aumm, with fresh salmon and parsley in a creamy brandy sauce. Other authentic Italian dishes include Risotto and of course, Pizza. All pizzas are cooked in the traditional wood-fired stone

oven and the open plan dining area means that you can actually watch your pizza cook. The Capricciosa was an instant favourite amongst my guests, with egg, ham, mushroom, salami, olives and mozzarella coming together beautifully with the rich tomato base. One of my guests ordered the Zuppa di Pesce, a big bowl of mixed seafood and shellfish in a white wine and cherry tomato sauce, which looked and tasted fabulous. A side of sautéed spinach with garlic and chillies was also passed round the table and quickly demolished. From the dessert board we chose the decadent Hot Chocolate Fondant, the creamy but not over-powering Tiramisu, fresh Lemon Sorbet and a glass of the Sigillo 2005 dessert wine. The wine menu hosts a range of rare Italian wines of special vintage, an added extra for any wine connoisseur. All in all, Posillipo’s is a great choice for a meal out, with superb food and friendly service, all at a great price. The restaurant is open from noon until 10.30pm, 7 days a week.

Posillipo Belvedere Road Faversham ME13 7LD 01795 590580



KENT’S GOT TALENT in Produced in Kent’s

Taste of Kent Awards 2010

Shipbourne Farmers' Market from bell tower Glittering awards dinner at Taste of Kent Awards


In the kitchen at The Mulberry Tree


Taste of Kent Awards is the brainchild of Produced in Kent, the organisation which champions Kent’s home grown food and drink companies in the county. With twelve categories in the 2010 competition, the general public has the chance to select its ‘dozen dazzlers’ by placing their votes online ( before the deadline of Monday 3 January 2011. The three companies receiving the most votes from the public, in each category, will be shortlisted and go before an expert judging panel, mystery shoppers and mystery diners in January 2011 and on 25 February 2011, the final 12 winners will be revealed at a glittering awards ceremony at Leeds Castle. Last year’s Taste of Kent Awards clearly struck a chord with the voting public as all previous voting records were smashed, with votes topping the 10,000 mark. Julie Monkman, manager at Produced in Kent, said, “The 2009 competition clearly hit the right flavour with the general public as voting leapt to over 10,000 votes, smashing all previous records! We saw an incredible 89 per cent increase in votes from the general public and consumers nominated over 680 food and drink businesses and products in the county.

campaign that insideKENT is fully behind, as editor Donna Martin explained, “Local food and drink producers, together with local food retailers, restaurants , pubs and farmers’ markets are the backbone of our rural communities. Not only are they providing locally grown, locally sourced and locally produced food and drink, but they are also helping to reduce food miles. By buying and dining in the region with establishments that champion local producers, the general public is helping to sustain and maintain vibrant rural communities and ensure that we can enjoy the bounty that comes from ‘the Garden of England’.”

Other double winners included The Mulberry Tree in Boughton Monchelsea which picked up ‘Best Kent Restaurant of the Year’ in both 2008 and 2009 and Shipbourne Farmers’ Market who picked up ‘Kent Farmers’ Market of the Year’ 2009 for the second time.

In an exciting evolution for the 2010 competition, six of the categories have been re-branded to reflect the exciting developments in food and drink retailing, production and dining out. The six new categories include ‘Kent Meat Retailer of the Year’, ‘Best Kentish Brewery of the Year’, ‘Best Kentish Vineyard of the Year’, ‘Best Kentish Cider Maker of the Year’, ‘Kent Artisan Food Producer of the Year’ and ‘Kent Dining Pub of the Year’.

“It’s tremendously heartening to know that in the first round of voting it is the general public who are giving you a big vote of confidence and directly applauding what you are doing. The awards have brought us additional publicity and new customers – many of which have become our long term, loyal diners,” she explained. “We are passionate about serving creative and uncomplicated food that uses local and seasonal ingredients and are so committed to the local cause that we even rear our own pigs in the orchards alongside the restaurant. After the many long hours that we have put into making The Mulberry Tree a success, it was an elation to attend the prestigious awards ceremony at Leeds Castle and be crowned ‘Kent Restaurant of the Year’ for two consecutive years. It was very much the icing on the cake!”

These new arrivals join established favourites including ‘Kent Juice Producer of the Year’, ‘Kent Local Food Retailer of the Year’, ‘Kent Seafood Retailer of the Year’, ‘Kent Food Product of the Year’ and ‘Kent Restaurant of the Year’. Julie Monkman, added, “The huge swell in voting last year is a clear indication that the county has taken the Taste of Kent Awards to their hearts. The awards have become the ultimate accolade of excellence for the companies who win them.”

Winners of Taste of Kent Awards 2009 celebrate their win

This was an impressive 50 per cent increase on the previous year and a clear indication that the people of Kent really care about food and drink in the ‘Garden of England’. Added to that, seven of the twelve categories saw an increase of over 100 per cent in the number of votes they received!” Now Produced in Kent is going for gold and hoping to attract an additional 2,000 votes, pushing the public vote over 12,000 and it’s a

“The icing on the cake” for former winners

Winning a Taste of Kent Award has clearly made a difference for many of the companies who won an award last year. For four of the award winners in 2009, there were double wins with Biddenden Vineyards picking up both ‘Best Kentish Wine of the Year’ 2009 for its already multi-award winning Biddenden Ortega 2008 and ‘Best Kentish Cider or Perry of the Year’ 2009; whilst Gadds’ No 3 from Ramsgate Brewery won ‘Best Kentish Beer of the Year’ 2009 for the second consecutive year.

Karen Williams, proprietor at The Mulberry Tree in Boughton Monchelsea, said the win had made a very positive impact on the business. “Winning a Taste of Kent Award not once, but twice, has been a huge benefit for The Mulberry Tree,” said Karen.

Shipbourne Farmers’ Market too, said winning a Taste of Kent Award twice had made a difference to the village’s weekly farmers’ market. “We have used the winning awards logo all over our literature and on our farmers’ market banners so all our customers know about our wins and are very proud of them!” said Bob Taylor the manager of Shipbourne Farmers’ Market. “We benefited from a wave of extra publicity and attention following the win and it undoubtedly attracted new customers to Shipbourne. I would encourage as many people who care about local food and drink to vote this year – it’s a wonderful award to win.”

TASTE OF KENT AWARDS 2010… how to vote? You can vote in one, several or all twelve categories – selecting the food and drink companies, pubs restaurants and farmers’ markets that you believe produce or offer the most outstanding product, service or experience and hold true to the local principal.

Vote online now at and be sure to cast your votes before the closing date of 3 January 2011. Alternatively, pick up a voting form at your nearest farmers’ market and post to Produced in Kent Ltd, Bourne Grange Stables, Tonbridge Road, Hadlow, Kent TN11 0AU.

The categories are: • Kent Meat Retailer of the Year

• Kent Juice Producer of the Year

• Kent Artisan Food Producer of the Year

• Best Kentish Brewery of the Year

• Kent Local Food Retailer of the Year

• Kent Restaurant of the Year

• Best Kentish Vineyard of the Year

• Kent Seafood Retailer of the Year

• Kent Dining Pub of the Year

• Best Kentish Cider Maker of the Year

• Kent Food Product of the Year

• Kent Farmers’ Market of the Year







Hollingbourne’s heritage trail offers a choice of two routes where walkers can enjoy a leisurely 6 mile stroll (9.6km), or the keen rambler can rise to an 8 mile challenge (12.8km). The shorter route travels west, past the ancient manor of Ripple and back along the Pilgrim’s Way, while the longer main trail takes you out to Eyhorne Street, across the downs and back through the village. Both routes start and finish at Hollingbourne train station so why not go green and leave the car at home?



Postcode starting point: ME17 1TX Distance: main route 8 miles (12.8km), secondary route 6 miles (9.6km) Gates and stiles: main route – 8 stiles and 9 gates, secondary route – 5 stiles Parking: There is parking available near the train station

Those taking the 8 mile central route will leave Hollingbourne and encounter the hamlet of Eyhorne Street. You may find it hard to believe but this quaint sleepy village has an industrial past. At the heart of its industry were the watermills that were once scattered along the Bourne stream. Grove Mill was built on a site that was thought to have been the location of various mills from the 1760’s onwards. Grove was initially a paper mill but due to economic fortunes was recorded as milling corn by 1865, before going back to paper making for a spell and then finally meeting its demise and being demolished in the 19th century. The main route ambles forward and takes you up onto the downs, passing through ancient woodlands and revealing more of the county’s hidden history. As you walk, you will pass close to a field that houses a large pit known as Jack Cade’s hole. Local legend has it that this was a hiding place for a Kent rebel, the eponymous leader of ‘Cade’s Rebellion’, an uprising that

took place in 1450. In fact, it looks as if the county had quite a tradition for notorious rebels; the famous peasants’ uprising, led by Wat Tyler in 1381, had many key ringleaders that hailed from Kent! Another en route attraction is Hollingbourne Manor House, an impressive and well-preserved grade I listed building. Dating from around 1570, the Manor has undergone many changes; the original design, for example, would have been an E-shape, but the north-east wing was destroyed in a fire leaving the L-shaped building that can be seen today. Local legend has it that Henry VIII’s fifth wife Catherine Howard once came to the manor, and now haunts it. There are however other conflicting tales of her ghostly goings-on at Eyhorne Manor and Greenway Court. LOCAL ATTRACTIONS If you are planning on taking the short route why not spend some time after your walk in the local area. There are some wonderful pubs and inns just waiting to accommodate hungry walkers in need of refuelling.

Hollingbourne is also in close proximity to some other great Kent attractions including Leeds Castle. With 500 acres of beautiful parkland, the castle is set on two islands on the River Len and has been home to royalty, lords and ladies for almost 900 years. Open all year round, its special blend of heritage and history, glorious gardens and programme of special events, make it the perfect choice for a day out. Within five miles: • The Bredgar and Wormshill Light Railway - a delightful 2 foot gauge line tucked away near the village of Bredgar, in a richly wooded area of the North Kent Downs. • The Ringlestone Inn – A "Truly traditional family welcome" is really what awaits you as you step back in time to the unspoilt, medieval, lamplit tavern.

For more great days out and free walks in Kent visit or follow @explorekent on Twitter.


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looks forward to welcoming you to a perfect way to begin this magical season!

A Celebration of Christmas at Canterbury Cathedral FRIDAY 3rd DECEMBER 2010 AT 7.30pm Featuring: • The Choir of St Edmund’s School, Canterbury directed by Mr William Bersey • Doors open at 7pm • All proceeds to Demelza Some seats have a restricted view


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public on November 13th and running during weekends and school holidays up until Christmas Eve, the Hop Farm is hoping to attract families to what is now one of the UK’s most innovative festive experiences. Carl Partridge, New Chief Executive Officer of the Hop Farm, let slip that the 2010 attraction is “on a much grander scale” than its predecessor, presenting visitors with “a very unique attraction, mixing traditional values with state of the art technology.” Modern features include a 4D cinema adventure and an interactive ice walk where families can actually watch the ice cracking! Visitors to ‘Santa’s Magical Kingdom’ will be wowed by winter scenes spectacularly brought to life with the help of professional lighting. Against the backdrop of an enchanted snow-covered forest, for example, children will have the chance to meet and interact with reindeer. Father Christmas’ elves, both naughty and nice, will be on hand to entertain and look after everyone as they travel through the Kingdom. And parents never fear,


traditional festive activities on offer, such as writing to Santa in the Magical Craft Room and hearing Mother Christmas’ merry stories, are guaranteed to make any young Scrooges enter into the festive spirit. The experience also includes a much-anticipated meeting with Santa in his study, complete with an early Christmas present for well-behaved boys and girls. With a beautifully illuminated Victorian carousel on display and additional new attractions planned, the Hop Farm is geared up to take families on an unforgettable journey this Christmas. The Hop Farm, located in Beltring, Paddock Wood, is only an hour’s drive from London with free coach parking located close to the entrance. With all-inclusive Christmas tickets now on sale, and school parties and group concessions available, ‘Santa’s Magical Kingdom’ is a festive experience not to be missed. Prices start at £27.50 per person between 13th November and 5th December and peak at £35 per person between 10th and 24th December. For more info or bookings, call 01622 872068 or visit





THE INAUGURAL DICKENS CHRISTMAS MARKET, A 17-DAY FESTIVE EXTRAVAGANZA, WILL BE HELD FROM FRIDAY 3RD DECEMBER TO SUNDAY 19TH DECEMBER IN THE HISTORIC GROUNDS OF ROCHESTER CASTLE, KENT, JUST A FEW STEPS FROM ROCHESTER’S VICTORIAN HIGH STREET. With an array of hand-built chalet-style stalls, the German-style Christmas market will bring a traditional element back to the art of present giving. Stalls of original handcrafted gifts and festive fare, including the best the season has to offer in food and drink, will adorn the grounds of the castle. A seasonal programme of entertainment and hospitality will complete the market and set the scene for Kent’s first true, large-scale Christmas market. With street entertainers in traditional Dickensian dress, carollers, and the smell of roasted chestnuts and seasonal delights filling the air, it aims to be a great day out for all the family, and the perfect place to do your Christmas shopping. Steeped in history and tradition, Rochester already offers a great alternative to the normal high street shops for the discerning shopper. Planned to coincide with the ever-popular Dickensian Christmas Festival in Rochester which takes place over the first weekend of December, the market will add that extra sparkle to your Christmas shopping experience, and a personal touch to your giftgiving. For more information, visit






Included in the ticket price is the opportunity for every child to decorate gingerbread in Mother Christmas’ kitchen, go “ice-skating”, meet husky dogs, see reindeer, send a postcard from Father Christmas' working North Pole Post Office, work with the elves on a new activity in Father Christmas’ toy factory and meet the mystical Sami people. A personalised visit to Father Christmas himself in his snowy forest home completes this unique day and because parents or guardians have already provided Father Christmas with all the information he needs (via the website), he “magically” knows everything about his little guests and presents every child a beautiful high quality gift.

Families will be able to purchase a range of quality warming snacks and meals as well as hot and cold drinks in the Nordic restaurant on site. Warm mulled wine will be available for adults to purchase too. Now in its fourth year, LaplandUK will again be staged at the beautiful Bewl Water Estate in the heart of Kent within the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty between the villages of Lamberhurst, Wadhurst and Ticehurst. For more information visit

The tradition at LaplandUK is that the children will each receive LaplandUK’s new annual collectable husky puppy soft toy, this year called “Joki” (which means River in Finnish). Regular visitors each year are collecting their own husky sled dog team.

“LaplandUK is the Rolls Royce of Christmas experiences”—BBC Radio 4




TO SOME, ARRIVING IN CANTERBURY AT RUSH HOUR ON A FRIDAY EVENING MIGHT NOT SEEM TO BE THE MOST CONDUCIVE WAY TO START A RELAXING WEEKEND. AS YOU ENTER THE MAGNIFICENT ANCIENT CITY SURROUNDED BY ROMAN WALLS, YOU ARE SUDDENLY VERY AWARE THAT THE ENTIRE POPULATION IS TRYING TO GET HOME. BUT THEN JUST AS I WAS GETTING READY TO SCREAM AT TRAFFIC SIGNALS, OTHER MOTORISTS AND MY SAT-NAV (ALL AT ONCE) I ENTERED INTO A DIFFERENT WORLD ALTOGETHER. TURNING INTO ST DUNSTAN’S TERRACE, IT SUDDENLY WENT QUIET, EVEN SERENE. AND THERE, LOOKING UNDERSTATED BUT ELEGANT, EVERY BIT A PICTURE OF REST AND RELAXATION STOOD MAGNOLIA HOUSE. Built circa 1830, Magnolia House is a Late Georgian home, situated about 10 minutes walk from the centre of Canterbury. From the outside it is instantly classy, but when you get inside, it is even more impressive to behold. Exuding authenticity, it is decorated with furnishings and fittings in keeping with its age, beautiful ornate lighting and mirrors, and eye-catching details, such as vintage local maps and photos.

to be in keeping with the age and decor of Magnolia House, yet provide the mod cons that an overnight visitor would really appreciate. A flat screen digital TV, stylish bathroom (complete with handmade luxury toiletries made especially for Magnolia House), a tray of coffee (REAL coffee mind, not instant) and tea complete with a jar of biscuits, and even a fridge with an individual bottle of milk and a bottle of complimentary wine.

Having been greeted by owner Isobelle Leggett, I was shown warmly into the guest room, and within no time at all, a pot of tea and a tray of biscuits had appeared as if by magic next to the carved ornate chess set. Isobelle was happy to chat, showed genuine friendliness and an interest in my stay, and even offered to book a restaurant table for me.

Almost reluctant to leave the luxury and comfort of my room, I ventured out into the city. Sure enough, as promised by the advertising material, I found myself in the heart of Canterbury within a few minutes.

Shown to my room, I discovered an immaculate and individually designed abode, which managed

After an enjoyable time out on the town, I strolled back to Magnolia House, marvelling once more at the instant serenity as you turn into the drive. Having returned to my room, there followed what can only be described as a perfect night’s sleep, and I awoke the next morning feeling totally refreshed, and more than ready to sample the legendary Magnolia House breakfast experience! Whilst the dining room was every bit as classy and stylish in layout, breakfast was an experience very much removed from the stuffy, silent affairs of some B&Bs found in big cities. Isobelle

appeared from time to time carrying huge trays of delicious food (all locally sourced), and taking moments to keep the conversation, as well as the coffee, flowing nicely. I am sorry to say that, I now realise that I have never stayed in a really good B&B before, and as a result, I don’t think I really understood the ethos of what a B&B exists for. Proving itself entirely deserving of its five-star status, Magnolia House righted that wrong by providing a great place to stay for a good night’s rest, a fantastic breakfast, but above all else, a place that made me feel genuinely welcome, and that felt like a home from home, for which the credit must go to the lovely hospitality, friendliness and generosity of owner Isobelle.

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Busy routines and hectic schedules can feel even harder in the colder months as energy levels take a dip and I for one definitely feel the need to take a little time to recharge and reenergise; but it can be hard to find that time for some all important rest and relaxation.

I arrived for my one-night stay on a cold and wet late Sunday afternoon, but on opening the front door to the manor I was greeted with a roaring fire and the buzz of conversation with afternoon tea – the perfect antidote to the winter gloom outside.

With the beautiful and historic surroundings at Eastwell Manor you feel like you have taken a step back in time to an era where the pace of life was far less hectic and stressful. And Eastwell Manor is on our doorstep, set within 62 acres of gardens at the foot of the North Downs in the heart of Kent; so finding time for a short luxury break needn’t seem like an impossible or expensive task.

I made my way up the wide, sweeping staircase to my room for the night. The room was spacious, traditionally decorated with a beautiful four-poster bed, but the real wow factor was the view. Even on a miserable Sunday afternoon I would have been content to sit in front of the window enjoying the view across the formal gardens and reading a good book with some afternoon tea. The peacefulness, scenery and sense of history that comes with the atmosphere of an old manor house were already having a relaxing affect.


The Pavilion Spa is open until 7pm so I still had a couple of hours to make the most of the heated swimming pool, hydrotherapy pool with fantastic massage jets, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam rooms. The facilities are available for the whole of the following day even after you have checked out, so after a relaxing evening in the manor house why not head back to the Pavilion Spa for a spa day and book in for some treatments at the Dreams beauty salon. Or if a round of golf is more your idea of relaxation then complimentary use of the golf course is also included. Feeling refreshed from the spa, my guest and I headed to the bar for some pre-dinner drinks and canapés. Chatting by the open fire, I was surprised just how quickly I was beginning to unwind. To-do lists, daily chores, work and family commitments were already at the back of my mind as we decided what to order from the Manor Restaurant menu.

The menu was very appealing and we took some time to make our choices but settled on delicious starters of Sesame Coated Scallops and Smoked Salmon with traditional accompaniments, followed by the Wing Rib of Scottish Beef for two. Served with pont-neuf potatoes, mushrooms, tomatoes, watercress salad and béarnaise sauce, we were glad we were hungry! Cooked medium rare, the beef was a real treat and drew some envious looks from fellow diners as it was carved at our table. After an extremely enjoyable meal we found a cosy spot near one of the open fires for coffee quickly followed by dozing off in front of the fire. Heading up to bed, the four-poster didn’t disappoint and I enjoyed a very deep and restful sleep, waking up to the sun breaking through the clouds across that wonderful view. Energy levels renewed, I headed down to breakfast ready for the busy week ahead.

Prices for an Autumn Indulgence stay at Eastwell Manor start from £225 per couple and include an overnight stay in a Manor bedroom, dinner and full English breakfast. For reservations, call 01233 213000 or email

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WHEN IT COMES TO SHORT BREAKS, WHY NOT THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX? RATHER THAN BOOK AN ALL-TOO-COMMON LAST MINUTE DEAL AND SETTLE FOR A COOKIE-CUTTER HOLIDAY, HAVE A LOOK INTO SOMETHING A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT, A LITTLE BIT SPECIAL. IF COMFORT AND LUXURY AND SOFT, CUSHY COSINESS FUSED WITH JUST THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF HOME-COOKED HOSPITALITY SOUNDS LIKE HEAVEN TO YOU, A HOLIDAY AT THE OLD RECTORY NORTH, WORCESTER MAY BE JUST WHAT THE DOCTOR ORDERED. Mini bars, all-you-can-eat buffets and branded toiletries have nothing on a luxury self-catering holiday at The Old Rectory. Don’t get me wrong; I love hotels. I like rummaging through the mini bar and ordering room service. What I don’t like is trying to block out the noise of my neighbour’s TV at 3am, having nowhere private to go for some fresh air, or wishing my room had a big comfy chair to curl up in with a great novel. My visit to The Old Rectory in the Cotswolds left me wishing for nothing and offered more than I ever expected. Just under three hours from Maidstone, The Old Rectory in Lower Strensham is conveniently located just 10 minutes from the nearby towns of Pershore, Tewkesbury and Upton-upon Servern, and only 15 minutes from


Worcester and the spa town of Cheltenham – giving guests plenty of options for days out, dining and entertainment. Though it shouldn’t have taken more than three hours to reach The Old Rectory, it took us 4 ? after a major detour because of a motorway closure. To make things even more miserable, it was pouring. Needless to say, we were relieved when we pulled into the long private drive, and our annoyance and misery melted away quickly once we saw the spectacular setting we were to be staying at for the weekend.

The accommodation itself – The Old Rectory North – is a wing of a 500-year-old grade II historic Elizabethan rectory. Sitting magnificently on a hill above the River Avon, the house is beyond beautiful with its striking character, incredible privacy and boasts every amenity you could ask for. The Old Rectory offers self-catering accommodation – in other words, consider it a home from home. No on-site restaurants or latenight hotel entertainment, no full English breakfasts between 8.30 and 10am – just a fantastic homelike atmosphere offering incredible privacy and unsurpassed relaxation. The south wing of The Old Rectory is lived in by the venue’s owners, Peter and Rosemary, who showed us around our ‘home-from-home’ and made us feel instantly welcome. I can’t deny – they were the perfect hosts. Peter and Rosemary have perfected the balance of giving guests just the right amount of privacy, but being there when needed. The ground floor of The Old Rectory North included a large main living area with two oversized sofas, a big-screen TV and a cosy fireplace – the ideal place to snuggle down after a long drive in the rain. There was also a ‘snug’ room – another living area with comfortable seating, games and books. The kitchen was fully equipped with all the pots, pans, dishes and utensils you’d ever need, as well as a full-size washer, dishwasher, fridge/freezer and many ‘necessities’ you’d never find in a hotel such as salt and pepper, ketchup and something I can’t normally live without: kitchen roll. We were surprised to find our hosts had left some wonderful goodies for us, including six fresh eggs (laid by their own chickens that morning), juicy strawberries, local freshly-baked granary bread, some large tea cakes, tea, coffee and even a box of chocolate sweets. To our even greater surprise, they had left a fresh pint of milk in the fridge – teas all around!

The kitchen had a breakfast table which seats 3-5, and there is also a separate formal dining room with double patio doors opening up to one of the best features of The Old Rectory: the view. No words will do the view justice, so let’s just say it was fantastically, stupendously spectacular. As I mentioned, The Old Rectory sits high on a hill above the River Avon, so the view sprawls past the river, through flowing green fields and to the rolling Cotswold hills beyond. The first floor of The Old Rectory North boasts three bedrooms, a mezzanine which looks down onto the main living area below, a family bathroom, and more wardrobe space than you’d ever need. Two of the bedrooms have gorgeous 4-poster beds, and the third has two singles – perfect for the kids. After unloading our bags into our rooms, we caught a few minutes of dry weather on our private patio with a hot cup of tea, and ventured out into our massive private garden to enjoy the view. Sorry hotels, this self-catering holiday thing was really winning me over. We travelled a quick 10 minutes into Teweksbury for a lovely pub dinner before settling down for the evening. Peter and Rosemary have organised an extensive DVD library with hundreds of titles, of which they leave a full list for guests to choose from. A quick text to Peter and he dropped by with our DVDs. We snuggled into the cosy sofas with our bags of crisps for an exquisitely relaxing night.

The Narnia II is a fully equipped, modern yet traditional narrow boat, offering guests the opportunity to take in the scenery, stop off at some of the nearby river towns, or even try your hand at steering and operating a lock gate. Peter provided exceptional company and hospitality, with hot tea and snacks served while we enjoyed the conversation and countryside. Later in the afternoon, we explored a bit of the local area including nearby Defford Farm Shop, filled with local produce, meats and goodies. We picked up some fresh sausages and bacon for the next morning’s meal and spent the rest of the day driving through the countryside, stopping at local pubs and generally enjoying our relaxing break. In the evening we booked out a few more DVDs and played some board games on the mezzanine – the perfect last night to our stay. If you’re tired of searching the same ol’ websites for the same ol’ short breaks, it’s time to widen your horizons and check out the many luxury self-catering holidays around the UK and beyond. My visit to The Old Rectory North was one of my all-time favourite short breaks, being one of the few places I would both recommend to friends and family, and return to time and time again. For more info on The Old Rectory North, visit or Find your perfect self-catering holiday at HomeAway Holiday-Rentals

The next morning, we woke up to the sun streaming in the windows and the sounds of chickens clucking and birds singing. We had been invited to have coffee with Peter and Rosemary on their patio, which we gladly accepted. It can’t get much better than fresh coffee, cakes and wonderful company, all topped off with a to-die-for view. As we had no set plans for the day (after all, we were on a relaxing getaway), we booked a charter on Peter’s narrow boat – the Narnia II.




Built in 1878, the property has been carefully restored and is today a fivestar property offering luxury bedrooms. The older rooms are elegant and classically furnished in cream, while those in the new wing have bolder colours and modern furniture. All bedrooms have ingenious service cabinets that can be unlocked by staff to make room service deliveries. The hotel showcases Estonia’s position as a communications hub with suites named after Alexander Graham Bell and Samuel Morse. Estonia is perhaps best known as the birthplace of Skype and is a country that prides itself on being very forward in Communications development. Consequently, there is no danger of not being able to update your twitter or check your emails; incredibly, Wi-Fi is available in 98 per cent of Estonia.


For those who prefer a technology detox, you are in luck; the spa tradition in Estonia dates back hundreds of years. Hotel Telegraaf has a spa featuring a 32 foot swimming pool. Alternatively, visit the Georg Ots Spa Hotel (also known as GOSPA) on the Estonian island of Saaremaa. A trip to one of the islands is a must and flights and ferries are frequent. GOSPA offers a true spa escape and is an ideal place to recharge your batteries. The spa features a variety of pools including a heated outdoor pool, various saunas and a fitness room. From massages to body wraps to floral baths, unwind with pleasant aromas and relaxing music.


Post treatments, take some time to explore Saaremaa. Fresh air is something you truly get to grips with upon arriving in Estonia and heading out of the capital city to one of the islands certainly takes this to a new level. The largest of over 1500 islands surrounding the mainland, Saaremaa offers beautiful sea views. Guests at GOSPA have free use of bicycles, a great way to explore an island with dedicated cycle lanes. Why not cycle to the neighbouring Castle and explore the city of Kuressaare with its traditional Estonian houses and architecture.

Staying in the Hotel Telegraaf ensures that you are ideally situated to explore the heart of Tallinn, the Medieval Old Town. It’s impossible to deny that this is the main reason that most people travel to Estonia, to see the best protected and intact medieval city in Europe. Indeed, the Old Town is surrounded by nearly 2km of its original city wall, dating from the 14th century. Inside the wall, the town hall square is a natural magnet for tourists. Historically it served as a market and meeting place, and was the site of at least one execution.

After a few days of relaxation, head back to Tallinn and explore. The climate of Estonia is characterised by cold winters with snow and reasonably warm summers and Tallinn certainly looks like the kind of city that can deal with any climate, lending itself to romantic winter strolls and summer outdoor dining in equal measure. Eating out in Tallinn is easy and choices are extensive. The Old Town is home to some elaborate medieval ambiances with restaurants like ‘Olde Hansa’ surrounded by candlelight. Black bread is the perfect accompaniment to salty dishes, and pork is extremely popular; traditional Estonian dishes are meaty and rich, perfect for the colder months. Alternatively, The Hotel Telegraaf is said to house the city’s best restaurant. Restaurant Tchaikovsky offers an inimitable fusion of French and Russian cuisine.

As you walk around Tallinn, you start to realise what a diverse history Estonia has. In Freedom Square, you can see the Monument to the War of Independence, commemorating Estonia’s hard-fought struggle to free itself of foreign rule. Through the ages, Estonia has been occupied by the Swedes, the Germans, and most recently, the Russians. The Soviet occupation lasted from 1945 to 20th August 1991 when Estonia declared independence, turning westwards. The whole country now feels a lot more Scandinavian than it does Russian, something EU membership has helped with. Any culture vultures planning next year’s holiday should definitely give Estonia a look. Things are certainly looking up for Tallinn; this December, the city will be hosting the European Film Awards and in 2011 it is set to become the European Capital of Culture. The city is gearing up for a

major cultural agenda covering numerous live performances and an array of other activities destined to put Estonia firmly on the map as a tourist destination. Estonia has a culture firmly steeped in folkloric history and songs. Indeed, The Estonian Song Festival, called the Laulupidu in Estonian, is a hugely popular event. In 2009, more than 26,000 choral singers gathered to perform for an audience of 80,000 people. Why not embrace the Estonian love of singing and visit Tallin’s opera house. Alternatively, plan your visit to coincide with Tallinn Music Week in March, an exciting festival for both music professionals and music lovers. Tallinn will further step up its cultural campaign with theatre events from May-September, the Asian Film Festival and the Dance Festival in August, and a Photography Month in October. With a very low population, it would be incredibly easy to overlook Estonia. Look a bit closer, however, and the country opens itself up; there truly is something for everyone. With Ryanair recently launching Estonian flight routes, Tallinn, and the charming Hotel Telegraaf, can expect plenty more visitors in the foreseeable future. Hotel Telegraaf, Tallinn GOSPA Hotel, Kuressaare Information

Estonian Air fly from London Gatwick to Tallinn in just under 3 hours and offer a two class flight with on board food & drink included in ticket price. The airline also flies between Tallinn and Kuressaare daily and journey time is about 20 minutes.




WITH FLYBE FLIGHTS DEPARTING DAILY FROM KENT INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AT MANSTON, TRAVELLING TO EDINBURGH FOR BUSINESS OR PLEASURE HAS NEVER BEEN EASIER. Having never visited Scotland, I was excited to be making a trip to Edinburgh and was especially looking forward to avoiding the usual motorway dash to a busy London airport, and instead enjoying a much shorter journey to Kent’s very own international airport. From Ashford, the drive to Manston on a quiet Saturday afternoon was a little over a half hour. With ample parking opposite the departures entrance I managed to check in, whizz through security and relax with a coffee and good book in the departure lounge within an hour of closing my front door. I couldn’t help but compare this experience to previous airport runs – motorway congestion, dragging luggage from far-flung airport car parks on cramped buses, queue after queue… Possibly for the first time, I actually felt as if I was already on holiday. My fellow passengers and I were quickly seated aboard our Flybe flight and ready to


go well ahead of schedule, and instead of having to wait our turn for the runway we could just get going and took off several minutes ahead of schedule (another first for me I believe!) After a smooth journey it was hard to believe that an hour later I was collecting my luggage from an airport at the opposite end of the country. Altogether it had taken me just over three hours from leaving my front door to arriving in Edinburgh. I was impressed. After picking up a hire car from the airport I made the short journey to my base for the weekend. A twenty minute drive from the airport, Dalhousie Castle sits proudly in eleven acres of beautiful scenery and woodland. Arriving at dusk, the castle was grandly lit and made a suitably imposing impression.

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My room boasted uninterrupted views of the grounds and traditional décor in keeping with the age and location of the castle. The room felt warm and inviting with its tartan cushions and throws, dark wood furniture and soft amber glowing lamps. But modern mixes with traditional in the form of LCD TVs, DVD player and luxury bathroom complete with ‘his and her’ sinks and an extra-deep bath with its own LCD TV. The room was spacious yet cosy; a real home from home, only better!

The Falconry had a wide variety of birds including many different types of owls, peregrine falcons, hawks, eagles, kestrels and even a ‘celebrity’ raven who had starred in various films and television programmes. The staff are clearly dedicated and it was fascinating to learn about the birds and how they care for them. The Falconry offers a number of different experiences involving flying the birds on walks around the extensive castle grounds. Starting at £40 for the Hawk Walk to £125 for the Platinum Experience, three hours flying various birds including the majestic eagle; the Falconry can even offer five-day intensive courses with ongoing support for those who wish to learn how to responsibly fly and care for their own birds. Dalhousie Castle would make a fantastic wedding venue and the Falconry can provide a unique and exciting way to entertain your guests. Their trained owls will fly to the wedding chapel in the castle and down the aisle to deliver the wedding rings, secured in a silk bag, straight to the Best Man.

The hotel was busy and buzzing with guests and a wedding just down the hall, but after closing the heavy wooden door, walking down the short hallway and through another door, my room was totally peaceful. Despite an almost effortless journey I had still managed to work up an appetite so I headed for one of the hotel’s two restaurants. The Dungeon restaurant was very atmospheric, lit entirely by candlelight. My guest and I enjoyed five courses including melt-in-the-mouth Fillet Steak and pan-fried Monkfish with crispy Parma Ham. But our favourite was the White Chocolate Fondant, soft and spongy on the outside and delightfully oozing in the middle; and the generous cheese board which was easily enough for two to share. Dalhousie Castle offers some unique activities on site including Falconry and Archery. I was lucky enough to spend some time with the Falconry staff learning about the birds and flying one of their owls, Ted.

If indoor activities are more your cup of tea then visit the spa or indulge yourself with a beauty treatment. I chose an extremely relaxing Indian Head Massage and in just thirty minutes the therapist had worked wonders. A great treatment for unwinding and a little bit of pure indulgence.

local guide. You can hop on and off at various different attractions as much as you like and tickets last 24 hours so are a great way of getting around as many sights as possible in the short time that I had. The Edinburgh pass also got me free entry onto one of the many walking tours available. I chose the late night Terror Tour around Edinburgh’s underground vaults where our tour group learnt in great detail about seventeenth century hardship, crime, punishment and colourful characters from the city’s history. Absolutely not for the faint hearted! Great for couples and groups of friends, there are different versions of this tour, and many other tours, available during the day open to families. Edinburgh really has something to offer everyone and Dalhousie Castle is a fantastic base not only to explore this historic city but to relax and spend time with friends, family or loved ones. Perfect for a special Christmas break or Valentines romantic getaway, but with convenient and affordable flights available from Manston, there’s no need to wait for a special occasion. Why not spend your next free weekend there soaking up the culture or on a night out with friends? For more information on staying at Dalhousie Castle visit or call 01875 820 153

Feeling rejuvenated I had an invigorating walk around the castle grounds on a surprisingly warm autumn afternoon. There is a guide available from the hotel reception which includes short walks like this, ideal for building an appetite for dinner, to longer routes for really exploring the castle scenery. After a relaxing day at the hotel, the next morning I headed straight for the historic city of Edinburgh. I used the Edinburgh Pass, available from starting at £26.50 for a one-day pass, and it is well worth purchasing this for your trip. This pass will get you free or discounted entry into over 30 of Edinburgh’s tourist attractions and tours and could save you a small fortune. The earlier you begin using your pass – and the more you visit – the better value your pass becomes. I used the pass to purchase a discounted ticket aboard an Edinburgh city sightseeing bus. This lasted an hour and I used it to get to grips with the city layout as well as learn about the city’s culture and history from a

Manston to Edinburgh daily flights are on sale at from £27.99 each way including taxes and charges for travel through to March 26, 2011. For more info on Scotland visit







Last time out in insideKENT Motoring we had a play in Aston Martin’s new Rapide four seater, and a number of people have mentioned that I’d managed the rare feat of writing about an Aston Martin without making a single reference to James Bond. Now, I’d like to say that I was avoiding all the tried and tested licenced-to-thrill cliches because they’d been used enough already, but the honest truth is that I knew what our next drive was going to be, and I was just saving them for this issue. For as anybody who has enjoyed Bond in print rather than on screen will tell you, Ian Fleming’s creation was actually a Bentley man.

And it’s an introduction that requires you get your head around some extremes. In the cabin, for example, you need to understand that your £168,000 buys you a lot less than you might normally anticipate in a superpremium motor. Rear seats are shunned in favour of a carpeted luggage area (no problem for budding Bonds there – I don’t recall him being big on letting the kids tag along), and the weight saving continues with manually adjusted, carbon-fibre shelled sports seats, and the use of composites around the interior where you’d normally find more traditional finishes such as walnut.

And not just any old Bentleys either. 007 liked to have his rides modified to his particular specification – you know the sort of thing, a new engine here, new bodywork there – just to give him that extra edge, so my guess is that he wouldn’t be happy leaving his local dealership with an ‘ordinary’ Continental GT. He’d surely be thinking that 552bhp, 0-60 in 4.6, and a maximum just shy of 200mph wasn’t quite enough, and already be planning his upgrades.

The padding on those seats might also be thinner than you’d expect, but their perfect contours mean they’re no less comfortable for it, and because there’s clearly no lighter alternative to leather and alcantara you still get to enjoy the experience of hand-stitched perfection that only a quality hide interior can give.

But before you risk voiding your warranty, Mr Bond, why not consider a Continental GT Speed instead? A nice round 600bhp, 0-60 in 4.3, and the ability to nudge its way over the magical double-ton. What do you mean, you’re off to Aston Martin? Would 621bhp, 0-60 in 3.7, and a top end of 204mph persuade you to stay? In which case, let us introduce you to the Bentley Continental Supersports.

These and other measures save a whopping 110kg – contributing no doubt to those stunning acceleration numbers – but the Supersports isn’t just about weight watching, because if less-is-more, then clearly more is even more more. Power from the W12 engine is boosted as already mentioned, and a torque figure of 800Nm is 23 percent up on the Continental GT. Continuous all-wheel drive sends it to the tarmac via beautiful ten-spoke alloys, finished in the same smoked steel finish as other exterior design highlights.





Numbers, of course, can only tell you so much, and perhaps the most telling aspect of this weights-and-measures exercise is that once you’re settled behind the wheel you forget all about them. Who cares how the sums add up, as long as the net result is positive...and boy, is it positive. Stupendous acceleration is delivered courtesy of a seamless wave of power that will, unless you’re utterly insane and on friendly terms with your local magistrates, have you bailing out of the throttle way before the engine has given of its best. Play chicken with the six-litre W12 if you must, but you’re going to lose. Carbon ceramic brakes – the largest in the world fitted to a production car – will help save your no-claims-bonus if you get too enthusiastic with your right peg and arrive at a corner too fast. And to be honest, too fast would have to be pretty fast. Even after all the weight-saving measures described earlier the Supersports still weighs in at two-and-a-quarter tonnes, but dial the adjustable dampers to the firmest of the three settings available and the car is surefooted and beautifully balanced. To say agile might be pushing it a bit, but cornering is utterly confidence-inspiring and there’s enough pure grip to ensure that, on public roads, you’re unlikely to get anywhere near any oversteer or understeer shenanigans. Although the ride is stiff it never feels harsh or crashy, but if you want to go for a more relaxed feel you can simply set the dampers to the softer end of the scale and cruise all day on all manner of roads in quiet, if slightly

unconventional comfort. There’s a certain amount of mechanical noise, but it’s never intrusive, and when an engine plays such beautiful tunes you’d feel seriously short-changed if you couldn’t hear them. And of course, should you opt to use the Formula One style paddle shift rather than letting the six-speed ‘box do its own thing, you’ll want those aural clues to give you a feel for when to swap cogs. So would the Bentley Continental Supersports cut the mustard for 007? Let’s say it’s original enough for Connery, sophisticated enough for Moore, and certainly tough enough for Craig – just pick a favourite Bond, and enjoy your licence to thrill.

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Win The Ultimate Christmas Party Night At Holiday Inn Ashford-Central insideKENT is giving away a table for 10 people, including a three-course dinner, to one of Holiday Inn Ashford-Central’s Christmas party nights throughout December, worth £350. The lucky winner will be able to choose from any Christmas party held at the Holiday Inn Ashford-Central on a Sunday to Wednesday throughout the Christmas season.

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Enter online at The charming Holiday Inn Ashford-Central is ideally located to meet the needs of both business and leisure travellers and provides the perfect venue to party the night away over the Christmas period. Within easy reach from the M20 motorway and nearby towns of Dover and Canterbury, the hotel is a fantastic venue for anyone wanting to celebrate the festive season with family, friends or colleagues. Converted from a 17th Century barn, the hotel offers a range of rooms, all of which are fully air conditioned for your comfort and offer high-speed internet access. With dark wood furniture to reflect its 17thcentury setting in the hotel’s family rooms, you can make complimentary tea and coffee before relaxing with in front of the television with a choice of satellite channels or pay movies. Choose the executive room for those extra touches, like complimentary mineral water and a mini-bar stocked with all your favourite drinks. The stylish executive rooms have contemporary art prints to provide a splash of colour as you unwind with towelled bathrobes, slippers and luxury toiletries. Holiday Inn Ashford-Central’s Junction restaurant is lined with rustic wooden beams and provides the ideal setting for a hot buffet breakfast and an array of exciting traditional

dishes at dinner. Bar snacks are also served at the hotel’s Bybrook Tavern, where guests enjoy mingling with the locals. Under-12s stay and eat for free when sharing a room with their parents at Holiday Inn AshfordCentral. Holiday Inn Ashford-Central is situated in the Kent countryside just one mile from Ashford town centre and 45 miles from London Gatwick Airport. Only two miles form the hotel, Ashford International station is your stop for Eurostar trains to Europe and you can also get a train from the station to London St Pancras in only 37 minutes. EuroTunnel links to Europe are a 25 minute drive away and Dover ferry port can be reached by car in just 20 minutes. There’s even an opportunity to book Holiday Inn Ashford-Central’s great value Eurostar Stopover Package, which lets you leave your car at the hotel while you're abroad. As part of the package, hotel guests receive a complimentary breakfast for two adults and two children, as well as a taxi to Ashford International station. Closer to home you’ll find some of the best scenery around when you visit the picturesque Kent Downs, only a 10 minute drive from Holiday Inn Ashford-Central while those guests who love their wines and want to find out more will have an opportunity to sample the local wines at Biddenden Vineyards just 14 miles away.

Shoppers will be delighted to find designer bargains at the nearby MacArthurGlen shopping outlet, but for a more cultured day visit one of Britain’s most famous landmarks, Canterbury Cathedral, where you’ll receive a very warm welcome. Holiday Inn Ashford-Central has six airconditioned and naturally lit meeting rooms for small and large-scale business meetings, however these rooms also provide the perfect venue for a Christmas party with family, friends or colleagues. Guests can enjoy a mouth-watering three-course meal then dance the night away to fantastic music. For more information on Holiday Inn AshfordCentral please contact the hotel on 0871 9429001 or visit





There’s nothing quite like the sight of some bright, cheerful Christmas lights to get you in the spirit of the season, and various London high streets and landmarks are hosting some eye-catching displays for 2010. Covent Garden will once again be hosting a light installation from the United Visual Artists this Christmas, and if the high-tech, LED display from recent years is anything to go by, visitors to the Piazza will be in for a real treat. Expect an exciting interactive element to this year’s display. Meanwhile, Christmas shoppers can soak up the festive atmosphere accompanied by the Oxford and Regent Street lights, and Bond Street will be hosting a display stylish enough to complement the fashionable boutiques and designer stores that prevail in this area of London. The Bond Street Christmas lights will be lit up during the Bond Noel celebrations on Thursday 18 November. If you’re looking for something a little different, the creative Christmas decorations on Carnaby Street are unlikely to disappoint. This year’s switching on ceremony takes place on Wednesday 10 November at a free street party. For more information on Christmas Lights in London, please visit:

London has a great tradition of displaying some impressive pantomimes, hosting both amateur dramatic performances and the more distinguished and star-studded pantomimes. Whatever age you are, pantomimes are always a surprisingly amusing way to celebrate the season and Christmas 2010 sees a multitude of classic tales making their way onto stages across the capital. The renowned Hackney Empire pantomime sees a host of famous faces once again tread the boards to tell the tale of Jack, the beanstalk, the golden goose and those very magic beans. The Shaw Theatre pantomime – another of the capital’s favourites – welcomes stars of stage and screen for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, whilst Peter Pan flies into the New Wimbledon Theatre to do hilarious battle with the one and only Louie Spence from Pineapple Dance Studios. Other pantomime highlights include productions of A Christmas Carol, Sleeping Beauty, Puss in Boots and Little Red Riding Hood, so there should certainly be enough innuendo-based buffoonery to keep panto fans more than happy this Christmas. For more information on Christmas pantomimes in London, please visit:

Santa’s Grottos Kids of all ages have the chance to meet Santa at a variety of Christmas grottos open across London over the festive period. Santa’s Secret Village returns to the South Bank for Christmas 2010, and is bound to be one of the most popular of Santa’s grottos. Nestled within the Cologne Christmas Market, Santa’s Secret Village gives children the chance to meet the jolly man in red, enjoy a magical storytelling session and ask him all about his life in snowy Lapland. This grotto is open from 19 November – 23 December. London’s celebrated department stores are also hosting popular Santa’s grottos, with Harrods and Selfridges leading the way. The Harrods grotto opens on Saturday 6 November with a Christmas parade based on Peter Pan which will start on the streets of Knightsbridge before moving into the stylish store. Families can also combine Christmas shopping and a session with Santa at Westfield London and Canary Wharf, while the Museum of London Docklands is hosting a secret Victorian grotto, complete with traditional period decorations and Father Christmas himself. For more information on Santa’s Grottos across London, please refer to:


Ice Skating Looking to get out on the ice this Christmas? Well look no further than this comprehensive list of the capital’s very finest ice rinks, enabling you to get your skates on and glide elegantly across the ice. Or scrabble around before falling over. London has a whole host of great places to skate, with famous backdrops, sumptuous settings and plenty of festive cheer on hand to get you in the mood for the big day. Whether opting for firm favourites like the ice rinks at Somerset House, Hampton Court Palace and the Natural History Museum, or relative newcomers like the London Eye and Westfield, there’s plenty of choice for skaters across the capital and beyond. For more information on ice skating in London please explore:


THERE’S NOTHING LIKE CELEBRATING CHRISTMAS IN THE BIG CITY WITH ITS INSPIRING DECORATIONS AND FESTIVE EVENTS. HEAD UP TO LONDON THIS SEASON FOR SOME SPECTACULAR DAYS OUT TO GET YOU INTO THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT. Winter Wonderland Hyde Park once again throws open its doors to festive revellers as the hugely popular Winter Wonderland makes a very welcome return. Open for a month and a half during the festive season, this annual highlight boasts everything from a Christmas market and funfair to grottos, seasonal food and beer halls.

be very ably supported by the finest luminaries from the world of classical music. Joining Rhydian and the twenty thousand very lucky audience members will be the likes of Ruthie Henshall, Wynne Evans and Capital Voices, all coming together to sing a selection of Christmas number ones, traditional yuletide songs and plenty of carols. And just to make sure they’ve got some very fine musical accompaniment, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will be grabbing their oboes, bugles and bassoons and adding even more pedigree to proceedings. For more information on the O2 Christmas Spectacular please go to:

London Christmas Parties

In addition to loads of traditional yuletide entertainment there’s a huge observation wheel serving up some very nice views of Hyde Park and beyond. With London’s largest open air ice rink, Hyde Park is a great place in which to work up an appetite so you can tuck into all that fine fare from the German market. If you’re not that adept at picking out Christmas presents for your nearest and dearest then Winter Wonderland can even help you out with that too. There are loads of independent market stalls selling great gift ideas and presents, but if you still can’t decide then you can always take a break and visit the mighty Zippo’s Circus, handily located right next door. For more information on Winter Wonderland, please refer to:

You might have had to tighten your purse strings this year, but that doesn’t mean having to go without a Christmas celebration. A trip up to the capital allows you to access the myriad of venues on offer, guaranteeing you’ll be able to find a party that caters to both your taste and budget. You could try Bateaux London and their Classic Christmas lunch cruise from £39 per person. The cruise offers a carefully considered threecourse set menu and the opportunity to take in the spectacular river views of famous landmarks such as Shakespeare's Globe, the London Eye, and Tower Bridge. Should your budget stretch that little bit further, you can go Off Piste at Battersea Evolution. Perfect for shared Christmas parties of ten or more, packages start at £65 per person and include a 4-course dinner and an excellent entertainment line up, all with an Alpine theme.

O2 Christmas Spectacular Making a very welcome return to the O2 Arena for 2010, the huge musical extravaganza once again brings a captivating evening of fireworks, festive cheer and yuletide songs to the famous London landmark. Brought to you by renowned concert impresario Raymond Gubbay, the O2 Christmas Spectacular is headlined by the captivating voice of Rhydian Roberts, who’ll

If you’ve had a good year and your budget allows you to pull out the stops, Cocktails and Dreams at Billingsgate Below promises a sophisticated trip back to the 1980s, reminiscent of glamorous Manhattan’s Upper East Side. From £99.50 a head you get a delicious dinner, themed entertainment and a sparkling wine and cocktail reception. To find out more about the venues listed and explore many more options, go to:








WHEN YOU VISIT THE CAPITAL YOU PROBABLY DON’T WANT TO DINE AT A RESTAURANT WITHIN A HOTEL, ESPECIALLY WITH SO MUCH CHOICE IN LONDON. HOWEVER, PEARL RESTAURANT IS A BOLD EXCEPTION, AND WITH A STREET-LEVEL ENTRANCE YOU ALMOST WOULDN’T KNOW THE RESTAURANT IS WITHIN A HOTEL. THE ELEGANT DÉCOR, FOOD AND SERVICE (AND SUITABLY ELEGANT PRICES) MAKE THIS A VERY SPECIAL PLACE FOR DINING. Since its opening in June 2004, Pearl has established an excellent reputation for its modern French cuisine created by its Executive Chef, Jun Tanaka. Prior to Pearl, Tanaka spent 10 years working with some of London’s best chefs in seven top Michelin star restaurants learning the art of fine French cuisine. This refinement and high standard of cooking is now evident throughout the dishes at Pearl, where the menus are changed regularly to incorporate the best seasonal produce and ingredients.

Jun Tanaka, Executive Chef


Poached Maldon Rock Oysters with Pearl Barley and Watercress Risotto, Oyster Veloute and Samphire, Denham Estate Venison cooked in a spice-infused Salt Crust with Beetroot Tart Tatin, Pears and Walnuts; and Halibut with Chorizo, Caramelised Squid, Red Pepper and Onion Confit, and Chick Pea Fritters are amongst the dishes on offer – the emphasis being on the creative tastes and fusions of flavours. A tasting menu is also available and can be paired with a variety of wines. The wine card is extensive and there are choices to suit even the most discerning palette.

As you arrive, the 55-seat bar is spacious and is a great place to enjoy a drink whilst people watching ahead of sitting down in the spacious restaurant, which apparently houses over a million hand-strung pearls! All in all Pearl is a luxurious experience from décor to food and you won’t be disappointed. Whether it is a special occasion or you are just seeking an excuse to treat yourself, Pearl Restaurant is a must-visit in London.

Pearl Restaurant & Bar 252 High Holborn London WC1V 7EN



Having worked with the Justin Timberlake himself, as well as Madonna in the music video making of 4 Minutes (his biggest accolade to date), Justin talks about Anthony on tape which can be seen on Anthony’s website.

What's so special about Anthony you might ask? He has the natural uncanny look, the voice, and the sexy dance moves. He is in fact the closest you will get to JT, as he is indeed the whole package, available with or without his dancers. Anthony has worked very hard over the years to perfect his act and has worked with top choreographers, vocal coaches and photographers. He regularly works out in the gym and has a strict fitness regime to ensure he keeps up to date with JT's image. Some of his bookings include, GMTV, Brit Awards, MTV Awards, Pop Idol Final, punk' d, Manchester/London Pride, OK magazine, and Dating in the Dark. Anthony is available for meet and greet, mix and mingle, festivals, product launches, photoshoots, charity events, corporate functions, private parties, TV and film work.

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Kent Life kicks off the festivities with a bonfire lit by fire breathers (7.15pm) and a musical firework display (8pm). The fireworks spectacular has entertainment for children of all ages, the fire performers in particular are not to be missed. Adults £8.50, Concession £7.50, Children £6.50, under 4’s go free. Advanced bookings save £1 off gate admission price, members save 50%. Open 4.30 pm – 8.30 pm (last admission 7.30 pm). To book call 01622 763936. Kent Life, Lock Lane, Sandling, Maidstone (SAT NAV: ME14 3AU)


Calling all performers – here’s an opportunity for Kentish folk of any age to showcase their talent in front of a live audience and potentially win a £1,000 cash prize. With guest judges including Simon Cowell’s brother, Kent’s very own Britain’s got Talent is not to be missed. Participants: to take part please apply to Standard audition and semi-final tickets: £8 in advance, £10 on the door. Shows held at 3pm and 7pm. To book please call 01795 4711140 or visit Avenue Theatre, Sittingbourne (SAT NAV: ME10 4DN)

101 WHISKIES TO TRY BEFORE YOU DIE // 7 NOVEMBER Novices and aficionados alike should definitely join Ian Buxton for this whisky master class. With 20 years in the whisky industry and a home that was converted from a distillery, it is safe to say that you will be in the hands of an expert. Ticket includes the all-important tasting samples. Quarterhouse Bar at 2.30 pm. Those in attendance must be 18 or over. Full price tickets are £8, concessions are available. or call 01303 858500 Quarterhouse, Folkestone (SAT NAV: CT20 1 JT)

MURDER MYSTERY: A TIMETABLE TO MURDER! // 13 & 14 NOVEMBER Get your Deerstalker hat at the ready and try your luck as a detective for the evening at Eastwell Manor’s murder mystery role-play. The year is 1955 and a mysterious summons from Great Aunt Agatha brings you, and other family members, to the Manor. Whose life will only last a few more hours? Will you be able to solve the murder? £285.00 per person based on two people. Cost includes champagne reception, dinner and more. To make a reservation please call 01233 213000 or email: Eastwell Manor, Nr. Ashford (SAT NAV: TN25 4HR)


The Castle Pub will be holding a charity fundraiser in aid of BBC Children in Need. The trot is a simple easy walk through the pretty woods in the village of Saltwood lit by glow-sticks and torches, with free burgers, hotdogs and refreshments for the kids at the finishing line. This will be the third year running of such a successful family-friendly fun event. The walk is free to all with donations welcome. 7.00pm. Dress code: Wellies and all things warm. For more info call 01303266311 The Castle Hotel Pub, The Green, Saltwood, Hythe (SAT NAV: CT21 4AJ)

CANTERBURY ORCHESTRA WINTER CONCERT // 27 NOVEMBER For lovers of all things classical, Canterbury Orchestra’s Winter Concert will be right up your street. With a strong French flavour to the evening, the concert will begin with the Sorcerer’s Apprentice by the composer Paul Dukas. Tickets are £8.50 for adults and only £2.50 for children of school age and students. They are available on the door, from the Secretary on 01227 751196 or online (see for details). St Peter's Methodist Church, Canterbury (SAT NAV: CT1 2BE)


Prepare to be scared as you join expert ghost hunter John Hippisley on a guided tour of Canterbury’s most haunted areas. At the end of the tour, take refuge from the ghastly goings-on with a meal at Marlowe’s Restaurant, inclusive of the £25 ticket price. All tours start at 7pm. With three nights already sold out, book your place quickly to avoid disappointment. For more information or to book, please call 01227 700231



Showcasing big names from the UK comedy circuit including Isy Suttie, perhaps best known as IT geek Dobby in Channel 4’s Peep Show. Bramley’s Bar is located a stone’s throw away from the Marlowe, and its intimate cabaret seating makes it a perfect venue for the comedy club. Doors will open at 6.30 with Mediterranean platters and sandwiches on offer. The show begins at 8.00pm and tickets are £10.50. Bramley's Bar, 15 Orange Street, Canterbury (SAT NAV: CT1 2JA)



With reindeer and mischievous elves aplenty, children children and and adults alike can enjoy a magical festive experience at the Hop Farm. An interactive ice walk and a 4D cinema show ensure that Santa’s Magical Santa’s Magical Kingdom is a uniquely technological Christmas experience. Traditionalists have no need to fear, however, however, as there are still plenty of classic Christmas elements including a special meeting with Santa himself! Price bands depend on dates: £27.50 or £35. To book call 01622 872068 or visit Hop Farm Country Park, Paddock Wood, Tonbridge Tonbridge (SAT NAV: NAV: TN12 TN12 6PY) 6PY)


A brand new show featuring Christmas classics from Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole and ‘ole blue eyes himself, Frank Sinatra. With swing arrangements of Christmas hymns, Christmas Crooners is guaranteed to get you singing. Tickets £15, £14.50 Friends of The Granville, show starts at 2.30pm. For tickets call the box office on 01843 591750. Victoria Parade, Ramsgate (SAT NAV: NAV: CT11 CT11 8DG) 8DG)


Leeds Castle’s Castle’s Fair Fair is is the the perfect perfect place to find everything you want for Christmas. With a multitude of stalls selling festive wares and a separate area specialising in food and drink, families can look forward to a day of relaxed Christmas shopping in a beautiful setting. While parents browse for gifts, children can keep toasty in the heated marquee where they can make Christmas cards for their nearest and dearest. Key to the Castle tickets: Pay once and visit all year round, Adults: £17.50, Seniors: £15.00, Children: £10 (under 4’s 4’s free). free). For For more more information information see see or call 01622 765400. Leeds Castle, Maidstone (SAT NAV: NAV: ME17 ME17 1PL) 1PL)

DICKENS CHRISTMAS MARKET AT ROCHESTER CASTLE // 3-19 DECEMBER Held just a few steps from Rochester’s picturepostcard Victorian High Street, the popular Dickensian Christmas Festival is set to be an even bigger hit this year with up to 300 German style Christmas chalets. With the smell of roasted chestnuts and glühwein filing the air, Dickensian characters are on hand to mingle amongst the revelers. Rochester Castle, Rochester (SAT NAV: NAV: ME1 ME1 1SW) 1SW)

ROBIN HOOD // 4 DECEMBER – 16 JANUARY Get ready to cheer for Robin Hood and his band of merry men as they steal from the rich and give to the poor in the new and improved Marlowe Theatre Arena. With a big name cast including Cold Feet’s Feet’s John John Thomson Thomson as as the the dastardly Sheriff of Nottingham, the swash-buckling tale of Robin Hood is set to be a perfect pantomime. To To book book phone phone the the Box Box Office Office on on 01227 01227 787787 or visit Marlowe Theatre Arena, Nr. Nr. Kingsmead, Kingsmead, Canterbury Canterbury

CHRISTMAS LATE NIGHT SPECIALS AT HEVER //// 99 && 10, 10, 16 16 & & 17 17 DECEMBER DECEMBER This Christmas, you are cordially invited to see Hever Castle in all its festive glory. Beautifully illuminated gardens and a traditional brass band will dazzle you as you enjoy some nighttime shopping. Hever Castle, Nr. Edenbridge (SAT (SAT NAV: NAV:TN8 TN87NG) 7NG)


ABode Canterbury kicks off the Christmas season in style with a glittering gala wine dinner. The evening will be hosted by Michael Caines himself, with canapés and a glass of Champagne followed by dinner in the Restaurant with a stylish menu. Guests will enjoy a range of different wines, all expertly selected to complement the courses. £90.00 per person or £81.00 per ToTo reserve a space please person for for Dining DiningClub Clubmembers membersand andtheir theirguests. guests. reserve a space call the call events team onteam 01227 please the events on 826676. 01227 826676. ABode Canterbury (SAT NAV: NAV: CT1 CT1 2RX) 2RX)


SANDWICH CHRISTMAS CARNIVAL AND LIGHTS // 26 NOVEMBER Get in the Christmas cheer with Sandwich’s colorful winter carnival. Follow the 6.30pm parade through the town before watching the lights switch on at the Guildhall. The Quayside will be hosting a fair and a spectacular fireworks finale.


Celebrate New Year’s Year’s Eve Eve in in style style at at Eastwell Eastwell Manor Manor with with aa Champagne Champagne reception followed by a seven-course dinner. dinner. Entertainment Entertainment on on hand hand includes a magician and a live band for post-dinner dancing, with a piper joining the the party party at atmidnight midnighttotohelp helpherald heraldininthe theNew NewYear. Year. 7pm-1am, 7pm-1am, £190 £190 per person. per person. To book To please book please call 01233 call 01233 213000 213000 or visit Eastwell Manor, Nr. Nr. Ashford Ashford (SAT (SATNAV: NAV:TN25 TN254HR) 4HR)

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