A few months late but ... perfectly timed!

How are we all?  Still enjoying summer?  Well, a sign that summer is coming to an end and that TV producers expect us to start staying in and watching TV is the advent of the autumn schedules.  There is a glut of cooking programmes on at the moment.  Who watched local chef Scott Goss of The Twenty Six on Great British Menu?  There's Celebrity Masterchef too and starting next week is the Great British Bake-Off!  Whether you're a cake baker or not, we seem to be intrigued by confectionery creations, baking blunders and sensational show-stoppers.  

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The secret's revealed!

If you follow me on Instagram (@eat_tonbridge) and have been observing my recent stories, you’ll know that I have been teasing you all about an exciting project which has involved some interesting meetings with local businesses.  Well the wait is finally over and all can be revealed! 

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Why awards are so important!

I was a finalist in So magazine's Lifestyle awards and it meant such a lot - it gave me a boost, made me feel valued by you all and also gave the blog and Tonbridge some extra exposure (thanks once again to everyone that nominated and voted for me).  Awards are really important to all businesses - they are a pat on the back, a marketing opportunity and a chance for businesses, large and small, to really think about where they excel.

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The year of the ...

It feels like it's the year of the vegan, doesn't it?  Veganism is everywhere!  Or maybe it's the decade of super food avocado?!  Are we all becoming wiser about our food choices and their wider impact on us and the environment?  After attending one of Debbie Stranack's talks, I now 'get it' and I'm all for it ... but don't worry I still eat the likes of meat and eggs and indulge in the not so healthy stuff too.  

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Some news, some just downright hearsay!

I am always working hard to bring you the breaking gastronomic news of Tonbridge and the local area.  And let's focus on the word news - I usually like to check my facts and tell you the definitive 'word on the street' about new places popping up but in this post, I have to admit that some of it is rumour.  Quite well-founded rumour but as yet I haven't been able to obtain the facts that I so need!  So here goes, in no particular order .....

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Tonbridge Foodie News!

Thanks for all your help over the weekend with my Mediterranean veg soup question - look out for the next review so see what that's all about!  I have been very quiet I know but I am still trying to bring you news of the foodie goings on in Tonbridge - some of the news I'm not allowed to disclose yet (so hard!!) and others, I'm just waiting to hear final details.

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The Rose Revived, Hadlow, 16 March 2018

This Friday is Good Friday and on this day, typically, we eat fish and so it seemed appropriate to tell you about my recent fishy experience.  

I was kindly invited to The Rose Revived in Hadlow for their new weekly night of Fishy Friday.  Snow had interfered with plans but finally my friend (who LOVES fish) and I (I love fish too!) made it to this country pub which has quite literally been revived, relaunching February 2017.

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Not your average school dinner! The Artisan, Tonbridge, 8 March 2018

Yesterday was International School Meals Day - who knew?!  That's what you get when you buy a social media planner for your business.  But it is so apt for today's blog which is all about The Artisan at West Kent College in Tonbridge.  My friends and I were excited to try this place, squirreled away at the top of the main college building and we were not disappointed.  

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Eat that frog! A blog about Basil, Tonbridge.

No this isn't an announcement that Basil is branching out into French food!  This command refers to a book called "Eat that Frog" by Brian Tracy which is all about tackling challenging tasks.  And this blog feels like a challenge because I really want to like Basil on Tonbridge High Street but there's always something that niggles.  This blog has been 'pending' for quite some time.... 

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Bring a Friend February is back for 2018!

You might remember that I ran this last year and I'm running it again because the ethos behind it is still so important.    

The idea is very simple.  If you're meeting friends or family during the month of February (or anytime really), why not try somewhere that you haven't been before and send me a photo?  There are still lots of places for me to try on the High Street so I'm sure there are for you too.  And it doesn't have to be in Tonbridge; it could be in the vicinity as well.

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What does a blogger do?

Last week was a busy one for Eat Around Tonbridge and it only involved a little bit of eating!  We had the Food and Dink Networking Club and a charity event with foodie connections - what will you host?   

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Merry Christmas Eat Around Tonbridge followers!

We're approaching Christmas and the end of another year - it's flown by hasn't it!  It's been a great year for Tonbridge and the Eat Around Tonbridge blog.

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WFH - Debbie Stranack, Wholefood Wakeup

I know, I know - this is the season of indulgence.  My five a day at the moment are the fruit in mince pies.  But if like me, you do like eating healthily, I wanted to share with you Debbie Stranack's business that she started in her kitchen, Wholefood Wakeup.

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Tonbridge foodie news!

Exciting news for Tonbridge!  The Nelson Arms on the corner of Nelson Avenue & Cromer Street in the Barden Road area of Tonbridge has been bought by Matthew Rudd and Emma Cole of The Windmill in Weald.  The Windmill is award winning and has a great reputation for its beer and food so it's fantastic news that their expertise is coming to Tonbridge.

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Why Paul Hollywood might know me for all the wrong reasons....

I just wanted to remind you about the chance to ask a The Great British Bake-Off producer, Michelle Kirschner-Grant, about what really goes on behind the scenes in that tent - just post a question on here, on the Eat Around Tonbridge Facebook page or via Twitter (@eat_tonbridge).  You'll be able to ask questions for the next couple of weeks and then I'll be handing them over for Michelle's answers!

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The Dovecote, Capel, 2 September 2017

The Dovecote is hidden away on the road between Tudeley and Capel, almost blending into a row of cottages.  Mr EAT and I had a date night and as I was willing to drive, we decided to try somewhere further afield, new to us and somewhere that I hadn't heard any of you discuss.  This very welcoming and homely pub was a pleasant surprise.

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