Phil and Rebecca at The Chequers Inn in Doddington (01795 886366) will give you a warm welcome and serve you drinks and good home cooked food. They have a coffee maker so pop in and have a coffee even if you are not ready for an alcoholic drink just yet. Reservations are necessary if you want to eat.
The George Inn at Newnham, is half an hours walk from Palace Farm, or about 5 minutes in a car. Paul and Lisa are the owners and Paul’s the Chef phone 01795 890237.
The George and New Territories Chinese Restaurant will deliver orders of £20 or more to Palace Farm cmapsite or Hostel , free of charge.
Our local butcher SW Doughty Butchers has been awarded “Best in Britain” by The Countryside Alliance and offers a wide range of deli items, including local cheeses, jams, chutneys, fruit juices, fruit and vegetables, bread and milk. A great place to shop if you want to eat locally when self catering on your holiday.
Brewery visitor Centre
The award winning Shepherd Neame Brewery Visitor Centre is in Court Street in Faversham. There is a Brewery shop and you can also take tours of the Brewery and find out about Britain’s oldest Family of Brewers and of course sample some of their beers, all brewed in the town.
Farmer’s Markets for locally grown food.
Lenham Country market
Lenham Country market is one of the leading farmers markets in Mid Kent and is just four miles from Palace Farm. This country or farmers market is a means for local producers to sell their goods in a traditional village square setting. Products include locally grown meats varying from specialist ham through to steak, mince, pies and sausages. Locally produced sweets, cakes, honey and cheese are all available. Trees, shrubs and gifts along with international products are also available in subsidiary markets in the Community Hall.
The village of Ledham has other oportutnitys to eat locally. There is a popular bakery, florist, newsagent, a convenience store in the square, two pubs, a butcher’s shop, a cafe, antiques and many other businesses. Ledham market day is often visited by the Town crier, and is invariably sunny! The pubs and many of the local shops open for the day.
Favershams farmers market is called the “Best of Faversham’ Market” and takes place on Preston Street on the first Saturday of every month. Its a great shopping opportunity for those who like to eat locally. The regular Faversham Saturday market takes place in Market Place and Court Street 9am to 4pm every Saturday. Faversham is renowned for its food and drink products and so is great for a holiday where you want to eat locally. The town also boasts a growing industry of arts and crafts.
For other Farmer’s Markets in Kent see Kent Farmers Market Association.
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