insideKENT Magazine Issue 61 - April 2017 - Page 106

FOOD + DRINK

Chegworth Farm Shop CELEBRATES FIRST ANNIVERSARY

CHEGWORTH FARM SHOP , A FARM SHOP WITH A DIFFERENCE BASED IN THE HEART OF THE BUZZING PANTILES , WILL BE CELEBRATING THEIR FIRST ANNIVERSARY FROM THE 12TH – 14TH MAY 2017 .
Offering visitors a wide range of fresh seasonal produce and farm-pressed juices delivered daily from the family farm , the shop is filled to the brim with the best local and speciality meats , dairy , whole foods , fresh breads , sauces , condiments and all sorts of foodie treats .
The shop was opened last May following the success of Chegworth ’ s pop-up farm shop at Bluewater Shopping Centre , which demonstrated that there was high demand for food and drink from independent producers , but in a location that was easily reached without having to make the journey out of town to the farm itself .
The offering in the farm shop changes with the seasons – Chegworth ’ s speciality is apples and pears , with over 30 varieties being grown on the farm and through the summer produce such as tomatoes , cucumbers , salad leaves , aubergines , courgettes , strawberries , raspberries , plums and much more are harvested by hand and delivered daily from the farm to the shop . By working with other farmers both locally , regionally and internationally the shop is able to offer a full range of produce from cabbages and cavolo nero , to citrus fruits and avocados as well as more specialist produce like fresh chanterelle mushrooms & ceps .
Where possible , the shop works directly with the producer , to ensure the best quality and freshness . As members of Produced in Kent , the farm shop has ties with many local Kentbased suppliers as well as those just over the border in Sussex . Bread is delivered daily from the Hungry Guest and Light House Bakery ( who also supply the best sausage rolls !), meats from Park Farm Butchers in Hawkhurst and milk and cheese from Kingcott Dairy based in Staplehurst . Ginger ’ s Kitchen supplies soups and hand-cooked meals from their kitchen in West Sussex for those looking for an easy , yet nutritious dinner option and an extensive range of vegan and vegetarian products are stocked to cater for this growing market .
With more and more artisan vineyards , breweries and distilleries being established in the local area , the shop offers award-winning wines from Biddenden Vineyards and Sedlescombe Organic Vineyards , beers from Westerham Brewery and Romney Brewery , ciders from Turners Cider and Hurstwood Cider and gin from Anno Distillers . Chegworth Valley ’ s own range of farmpressed juices are also available year round , with varieties such as classic Cox & Bramley apple juice to more unusual blends including Apple & Rhubarb , Apple & Elderflower and Apple & Beetroot .
Chegworth Farm Shop ’ s first anniversary celebrations will be taking place to tie in with the renowned Pantiles Food & Drink Festival from Friday 12th – Sunday 14th May .
Chegworth Farm Shop 13 The Pantiles Tunbridge Wells TN2 5TD 01892 618600 www . chegworthvalley . com
106