Food & Drink
by Aspect County

Food for thought

Bringing communities together around a shared love of food and drink’

With an abundance of farmland, orchards, vineyards and hop-growing estates, Kent certainly has reason to be called the Garden of England. Never has it been so appropriate as now when some of the best UK produce originates from the county; think lamb, cheese, fruit, wines and ales, amongst other items. Along with top chefs and restauranteurs to cook and serve up a feast, we really are spoilt for choice in this small, foodie-haven, corner of the UK

At the heart of any good catch up with friends, a get together with family or a date, is great food and drinks. A meal shared makes for a special occasion in our otherwise busy lives. It’s a time to gather everyone around the table to share news, memories, laughter, love and not forgetting a meal to remember. 

With strong roots in Kent and the island of Ischia in the bay of Naples. Macknade is on a mission to bring producers, suppliers and consumers closer together in true community spirit. First established in Faversham over 170 years ago, the Macknade team recently opened their latest venture in Hoopers, Tunbridge Wells. Occupying the second floor of the department store you can find an informal restaurant space, offering an all-day dining experience, from breakfast and brunch to lunch, larger plates and leisurely drinks.

Stephano Cuomo, Macknade CEO said Macknade is all about creating favourite spaces and working with Hoopers has given us the chance to take some of our favourite dishes, continue to grow long established partnerships and create new relationships with local producers, all to create food that makes people smile. Everything on our menus has a story and through our dishes, diners will discover the artisans behind the incredible ingredients and products we use.’

Alongside the dining experience, there is the opportunity to take home a selection of produce used on the new restaurant menu, including carefully selected Kentish wines, beer and cider. A curated collection of indoor plants, decorative dried flower displays and handtied bouquets from their floristry department will also be available, alongside bespoke hamper services and foodie gifts. 

The iconic department store Hoopers is situated directly opposite the station, a ten-minute walk from the Pantiles. To find out more about Macknade, Tunbridge Wells and their other outlets see their website.