The sun is shining – it definitely feels as though spring is here, and at times today, maybe summer too. The perfect time for new beginnings and we have three new beginnings in Tonbridge’s gastronomic scene…
As you might remember, Dan from historic, The Ivy House has taken over the nearest pub to the train station (previously Mojos) and is turning it into The Clock House. The façade looks fantastic and Dan talked me through the layout today – a ‘theatre’ kitchen (you can see chefs at work – middle pic below), a separate bar area at the front where you’re under no obligation to eat, whilst diners will be towards the back of the building (LH pic). The Clock House will specialise in Spanish & Portuguese wines (the wine cabinet looks great!) and delicious tapas.
*** If you didn’t know already The Clock House is opening at noon on Good Friday, 14th April! So not long to wait – if you’d like to book a table, please phone Dan on 07972 865896.***
And then if one new opening wasn’t enough, Creams Factory is set to open ahead of the Easter weekend too! I popped in today to meet the entrepreneurs behind it and they were lovely. Guiseppe is your main man there and the Italian with experience from all over Europe is really passionate about what they’re doing at 160 High Street. Creams Factory will be open from 8.30am-10pm selling ice creams, pastries and great coffee – they have their own blend and the coffee machine looked like something from another age!
They are an ‘independent’, not a chain and Tonbridge resident Guiseppe is using local tradesmen to make the gelateria their own (trendy grey and rich maroon colour scheme, booths, sofas and screens showing you how to make ice cream), is employing local staff and most importantly is keen on provenance, so local ingredients where possible.
And then finally, Fuggles looks as though it’s progressing nicely with some fab new signage taking shape this week. I’m hoping to meet with them at the end of April so look out for that post too.
You know what I’m going to say! If you want them to stay, we have to support them – make sure you Eat Around Tonbridge!
Creams Factory on Facebook has a typo and is currently Dreams Factory https://www.facebook.com/DreamsFactoryTonbridge/
The Clock House is on Facebook too – https://www.facebook.com/TheClockHouseTonbridge/