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Street food market to open at Royal Victoria Place in Tunbridge Wells

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A busy shopping centre has confirmed it is set to open a new street food and entertainment market this summer.

Central Market will take over the Ely Court area of Royal Victoria Place in Tunbridge Wells to offer locals a novel dining, cinema, and live music experience.

With works due to get underway immediately, the market is scheduled to open to the public later this summer.

KMTV's Harry Peet has had a look around the venue

Once unveiled, the project promises a host of upmarket street food pop-ups, including Wok and Sushi, serving a range of authentic Japanese dishes; The Argentinian Grill, which specialises in smoked meats and South American inspired sides; and The Fish Grill, offering fresh seafood dishes daily.

An artisan dessert and ice cream shop, Rolling on Ice, will also take up residency in Central Market, with many more vendors set to be confirmed ahead of the opening.

Coupled with the dining offerings, a fully licensed bar will be open, alongside a specialist cheese and wine cellar.

It comes as £11million is due to be spent on renovating the whole centre, including new flooring, seating and art work.

Royal Victoria Place
Royal Victoria Place

Royal Victoria Place’s Central Market also plans to host weekly live music nights along with a pop-up luxury cinema that will also be situated within Ely Court.

Nicky Blanchard, centre manager at Royal Victoria Place, said: “We are so excited to welcome Central Market to Royal Victoria Place, and can’t wait to offer our shoppers something completely new.

"With dining options from around the world and lots of fun events planned for the summer, visitors will be spoilt for choice. Whether you fancy a quick bite to eat, or a night of entertainment with family and friends, there will be something for everyone.”

Hannah Williams, project manager and events coordinator at Central Market, said: “We want Central Market to be the destination for eating, drinking and entertainment in Tunbridge Wells. Our founders have taken everything we’ve learnt from our previous experience to bring Royal Victoria Place something really special.”

A computer generated image of the new street food market at Royal Victoria Place in Tunbridge Wells
A computer generated image of the new street food market at Royal Victoria Place in Tunbridge Wells

As well as developing food and drink pop-ups and venues, Central Market runs its own charity programme,The Community Incubator, which serves free meals to homeless shelters, organises birthday parties for children who are homeless or in local shelters.

Following the opening of Royal Victoria Place’s Central Market venue, the organisation will work with the council to confirm a host of charitable initiatives and events for 2019.

Central Market will open from 8am until 9pm Monday to Wednesday, 8am to 11pm Thursday to Saturday and 10.30am to 4.30pm on Sundays.

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