The 3rd edition of the Tonbridge Food and Drink Festival was a fantastic success. The sun was out most of the time, and the temperature was just perfect, not too cold, not too hot either. Great numbers of families gathered on the castle lawn to explore the numerous food and drink stalls that had been set up for the festival.Read More
Fudge, glorious, fudge! Who doesn’t love this incredibly sweet treat? And now in Tonbridge, we have our very own thanks to an entrepreneurial mum who has turned a hobby into a business with big plans ahead.Read More
You know I always want to keep you abreast of the Tonbridge food and drink goings-on and I have a few things to share. Some are definitely news and some I’m a little bit vaguer on - if you have any info to share please do! Here goes …Read More
I was delighted when Mr Eat and I stepped out of our front door on 9th Feb, a date night, to walk to the High Street, safe in the knowledge that we had several places to choose from for a pre-dinner drink. How cool is that: “several places to choose from”? The Old Fire Station was open, we had The Beer Seller, Fuggles, we could’ve popped into El Mariachi for a quick cocktail …Read More
This is quite exciting! Havet is the first place that I am returning to as Eat Around Tonbridge….I know there are still some places that I haven’t reviewed but I’m a little proud that the blog has survived this long and I’m now returning to places. Once again, Havet kindly invited me so they generously paid for our meal - just for the record that doesn’t mean I’m biased towards them but I have to let you know.Read More
The Cook Book Trail!
If you had forgotten (ah-hem), I have been involved in creating The Cook Book Sevenoaks Tonbridge Tunbridge Wells which has been published and is available to buy now (list of stockists at the end). It is a beautiful book, full of wonderful recipes and, actually, it also serves as a great guide to eating out in west Kent.Read More
December is nearly upon us and I’m going to run 12 Days of Feastmas again - whoop whoop I hear you shout! I know! I’m excited too! If you follow me on Instagram (@eat_tonbridge) you’ll know that I ran a poll on my stories a while ago about whether to run it in January instead of December - January is such a dull month for many of us that I thought it would be a great pick-me-up. But, the lovely team at Chasing Connor’s Cure are running a raffle in January and I didn’t want to get in the way of that - such a great charity and they all work really hard to raise funds to end Duchenne. So it’s happening in December.Read More
We were greeted with a lovely welcome at El Mariachi, Tonbridge’s very own Mexican restaurant, when I visited with a friend a couple of Fridays ago. This restaurant was in the first wave of those dipping their toe in the Tonbridge dining scene and they’ve stood the test of time; this is no mean feat considering their location too, tucked away down Avebury Avenue.Read More
This blog started out almost as a dare to myself: after years of being employed and becoming a parent, could I do something on my own? Well I did back in April 2016 and little did I know of the exciting journey ahead of me. I’ve met and interviewed some great local foodies, broken the news of places opening in Tonbridge, been nominated for an award thanks to all of you, been interviewed by new cooking app developers on the eating and shopping habits of the average Brit (true fact!), co-founded a successful, local foodie networking club and last and definitely not least, today I’m thrilled that it’s publication day for a cook book that I have helped to bring to reality! Whoop! Whoop!Read More
I have been so excited about writing this review and sharing with you my really lovely evening at Garfo Douro. My friend and I were very kindly invited by chef Jose and the Garfo Douro marketing manager Zoe to come and see and, of course, taste what all the fuss is about. If you haven’t heard, it’s very popular.Read More
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!Read More
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.Read More
Cat cafes are not new but they certainly are new to Tonbridge. I know that there were some guffaws when the cat cafe rumour was first announced on here but it really is happening and it's opening soon...Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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....Read More
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.Read More
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?Read More
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.Read More