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Stephanie Hinton cooks up a vegan storm at Drakes in Maidstone. Picture: John Westhrop

Cooking up a vegan storm on the pub grub menu

From farm girl to free-from foods: vegan chef Stephanie Hinton is branching out into the world of pub grub.


Sweet success in blind tasting

Fudge Kitchen managing director Sian Holt

A fudge maker and ice cream producer have picked up a host of awards at a blind-taste testing at the world’s largest food and drink awards.

Coffee giant opens its doors


American coffee giant Starbucks opens a new branch today as part of a revamped retail park.


Get fired up and bring out the barbie

Barbecue is theatre

Planning some al fresco dining? Here, Kent-based chef and Kiwi Dane Allchorne gives tips on getting the best from your barbecue, and a recipe.

Afternoon tea with a twist

One of the 'freakshakes' on offer - if you take on the challenge of eating/drinking it all in two minutes you could get it for free

Scones, sandwiches, cupcakes and 'freakshakes' will be on the menu at the launch of a new luxury cafe in a shopping centre.

New bar and restaurant opens

Pier Five Bar and Kitchen, Chatham Maritime

Shepherd Neame has opened a bar and restaurant with an outside terrace, overlooking a marina.


Beer and bands lined up for free festival

Rotary Club of Minster-on-Sea beer festival

Rotarians have nearly 40 real ales and 15 ciders ready for their 10th free beer festival and have four four bands lined up to play.


Is this Britain's best cafe?

Nell's Cafe is in the running to be named Britain's Best Cafe. Picture: Steve Crispe

Kent eateries are in the running to be named Britain’s Best Cafe.


Micropub to re-open

Drink drivers were among those called up to court. Stock picture.

A popular micropub has announced it will re-open after it was forced to close when its licence was revoked.

Slice to meet you

Paddy Collier, left, and Joe Standen. Paddy Pizza has opened in the Street Food section of the Gravesend Borough Market, Queen Street, Gravesend

New faces at this town centre market are offering pizza that can't be topped.


A farmily fun day from Ribena

See blackcurrants for Ribena harvested at an open day

A farm in Kent, which grows 100 acres of blackcurrants for the juice drink giant Ribena, is opening its gates this weekend.

New pub owners revealed

The Hole in the Roof in Queen Street, Deal

The new owners of a popular pub and music venue previously known as The Hole in the Roof have been revealed.

New look and line-up for hops festival

Raise at glass at Kent Life

A popular hops festival at a Kent farming attraction is to get a new look and expand with big music acts to become a boutique festival.

Pub relaunched as haven for real ale lovers

New landlord of The Fountain of Ale Calum Darcy

New landlord has big plans to transform town centre pub.


Prost! German beer festival comes to Kent

The German Bierfest Ashford.

A 1,200 seat Bavarian beer garden is on its way to Kent so guests can enjoy a taste of Germany this summer


Catch a glimpse of the Ribena harvest

Pick your own Ribena blackcurrants at a special open day

A handful of visitors will be able to see the harvest at a farm which is one of just 35 chosen to grow blackcurrants for Ribena in the UK.


Our guide to the best 45 places to eat across the county

Feast your eyes on our favourite places to eat. From top-drawer tapas to belly-busting breakfasts, we've come up with this tasty list.

Starbucks opens at retail park

Peri Oakley, manager Alisha Swinny, area manager Elizabeth Bone and Adam James.

Coffee giant Starbucks opens drive-thru store at retail park.


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