Tunbridge Wells Farmers Market

Tunbridge Wells Farmers Market

by Sam Yardley

Royal Tunbridge Wells Food Month

September 2019 | Royal Tunbridge Wells sits in the heart of the High Weald and The Garden of England.  For centuries, this corner of West Kent has played an important role in the UK’s food production with its rural landscapes and fertile soils contributing to abundant crops and harvests.

There are still remnants of ancient orchards visible today in and around Tunbridge Wells and for the past few years, there has been a renaissance in artisan food and drink producers throughout Kent. 

This has led to Royal Tunbridge Wells becoming a magnet for lovers of food and drink.  Whether it’s touring award winning vineyards, educating yourself in style at one of the Cookery Schools, foraging from hedgerows, fishing for trout, eating fresh game or enjoying superb independent restaurants, Royal Tunbridge Wells is a veritable paradise for lovers of fine food and drink.

Visitors taking a stroll through town can select their favourite gin from more than 120 types at Chapel Place Wine & Gin Bar near The Pantiles, eat at Thackeray’s (named after Vanity Fair author William Makepeace Thackeray who spent time there writing), eat game at The Warren where all the game is sourced from their own private estate just a stones’ throw away, enjoy superb fish dishes at Sankey’s or take afternoon tea at Hatton’s in The Pantiles

At the other end of town in Camden Road, experiment with cutting edge, innovative British food at Vittle and Swig, taste sourdough genius at The Bicycle Bakery, enjoy proper old fashioned Italian food at the family run restaurant Il Vesuvio or experience mouth-watering vegan dishes at The Plant Base.

This September, Royal Tunbridge Wells celebrates our superb epicurean offering.  In the space of four weeks, the town is hosting two Food Festivals, four markets and a Beer Weekend. Oyster shucking and foraging masterclasses as well as restaurants offering promotions, special menus and deals will all be too irresistible. 

We want food and drink lovers to visit our beautiful town, try new tastes, food experiences and relish every mouthful!

In order to fully indulge in the RTW Food Month you may wish to stay longer.  Check the accommodation pages for your numerous options of boutique guesthouse, hotel, B&B or self-catering.

Some of the titbits:

More events will be added as time draws on, bookmark our events list to stay up to date. 

There is information also on Facebook: RTWTogetherTunbridgeWellsFoodandDrinkFestivaltwbeerweek and  Twitter: @rtwtogether @twellsfoodfest #RTWFoodMonth #TWBeer

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