Tick tock - how time flies! EAT is 1 today + The Clock House & Creams Factory
Eat Around Tonbridge is 1 today! I should probably have some stats on the number of blogs, likes, competition entries I've had in the last 12 months but I'm too busy telling you about more new places! How fitting, that in the week that the Eat Around Tonbridge blog celebrates its first anniversary, new places are opening in Tonbridge and we hear that Sankey's fishmonger is coming!
Tick, tock...The Clock House opens its doors at noon today but I managed a sneaky peek of Tonbridge's new tapas restaurant on Wednesday at the launch party. It looks great - spacious, clean, fresh - and it's an horologist's dream with clocks adorning all the walls!
The 'theatre kitchen' was in full swing providing miniature tapas off the menu for guests to try - sea food paella, albondigas (meat balls), patatas bravas (fried potatoes in a tomato sauce) to name a few. The meat balls stood out for me - very tasty! I was impressed with the authentically Spanish menu (even down to the desserts) and that Dan and the team haven't tried to offer too much: there seems to be enough on the menu to offer variety but not to overwhelm.
Photographer in tow (lots of pics in Gallery), after The Clock House we hot-footed it up to Creams Factory to see how week one is going. It's open until 10pm and when we arrived around 9pm there was a lovely mix of clientele in Tonbridge's new gelateria. The ice creams (gelato is healthier than traditional ice cream) are made on site and look so tempting, in soft peaks, winking at you through the display cabinet saying "Pick me!" I tried some salted caramel and it was divine - I hear the mint choc chip is good too and at £2 for one scoop on a cone, it's not too pricey.
Competitions with both The Clock House and Creams Factory are in the planning so keep your eyes peeled and make sure you enter.
But I know you'll enter as you've been so supportive of the Eat Around Tonbridge blog this last year. Thank you for all the likes, shares, retweets & comments (positive and not so positive!) of the restaurant and café reviews, interviews with our local foodies and competitions - I really appreciate it. I'm proud of the blog and its followers; as a collective, we have promoted local businesses and encouraged them on their way - I'm sure we helped Tonbridge yield a bumper crop of awards at the Kent Life Food & Drink awards in 2016.
And what you may not know is that, thanks to the blog & your positivity I have a new career, and started my own business as a freelance writer (links at the bottom). So thanks for that too.
So please do continue to eat around Tonbridge as it evolves and continue to support the blog - let me know what you'd like to see and I'll add it to the very long list!
Enjoy the long weekend!