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Chinese New Year celebrations start this weekend

Celebrate the New Year, Chinese style

It's time to wake the lions and welcome in The Year of the Dog with Chinese New Year celebrations across Kent.


Valentine's Day ideas to help you plan the perfect treat

Are you feeling romantic this Valentine's?

Planning to pucker up this Valentine's Day? Here's some ideas from wining and dining to sumptuous stays in lavish surroundings - all in Kent.

Michelin Guide restaurant shuts

Deeson's specialised in traditional British dishes.Pic: Deeson's

The owner of a popular restaurant which closed its doors today says a proliferation of large chains has played a part in its demise.


Green light for boutique hotel

Bridge Place Manor as it looks today

Work is to begin on a multi-million pound project to turn a historic manor into a luxury hotel.


Plan to reopen fire-hit pub – as a smokehouse

The Hooden on the Hill is relaunching as the Hooden Smokehouse and Cella. Picture: Howard Lapish

The boss of a pub which was left damaged after a fire has said he will reopen it as a smokehouse.


Pop-up restaurant causing a stir

Two best friends have created a 100% plant-based menu to celebrate veganism.


Days to buy back village pub

The Chequer Inn. Picture: Tony Flashman

Campaigners are striving to raise a last £160,000 to rescue a former country pub.


Harbour restaurant could open by summer

Plans for the new restaurant

Work is set to start on a harbour-side restaurant made of recycled shipping containers, which is due to open by the summer.


Spirits seller takes off with gin from space

Atom Group sent botanicals used in one of its gins into space. Picture: Thinkstock

Designing whisky advent calendars and sending gin ingredients into space has made a spirits maker one of the drinks industry’s most exciting players.

Popular milkshake bar to open in city

Shakeaway's Rochester branch is set to relocate to Canterbury. Pic: Simon Thomas

An international milkshake chain will be opening a premises in the city.


Free food and drinks for needy people

Lynne Forester, left, Ruth Hillman and Harriett Crook at the launch of the ‘pay-it-forward’ initiative at Revival Ice Cream Parlour and Veggie Bar in Whitstable

Cafe customers have been generously supporting an initiative that seeks to help the 'hidden hungry'.


Meat-lovers upset as Wetherspoons scraps steak night

Steak night is cancelled

Meat-lovers across Kent and Medway were left hungry after pub chain Wetherspoons scrapped its popular steak night.


Top local chefs to join Tom Kerridge's Pub in the Park

Chef Tom Kerridge

Top Kent chefs chosen to join TV chef Tom Kerridge at his Pub in the Park festival have been released along with a music line-up including Tom Odell.

Cheers as gin festival is set to come to the county

Gin fans will be spoilt for choice this year as a second gin festival - offering 120 gins - is announced to visit the county.

Mix up Dry January with a Kent chef's creation - Smocktails

Mark Sargeant's Smocktails help keep things bubbling along in Dry January

A Kent chef is helping locals stay strong through Dry January by launching a range of super mocktails - Smocktails.


Fitness festival set to return to the county this summer

The LoveFit Festival will be in Kent

Some 2,000 festivalgoers are expected to sample a festival with yoga in a yurt and wild swimming combined with live music, food and drink this summer.

Busting the myths of being vegan

At least 115,000 people around the world are have signed up to take part in Veganuary

Veganuary is in full swing and so are the myths that come with it so here are a few facts about giving up animal produce.


First brewery in 80 years

James Hayward and Charlie Venner toast the opening

A part of Kent without a brewery since the 1930s now has one as part of attempts to preserve the industry.

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