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Places

Deal seafront

Spotlight on: Deal

With its lovely seafront, pubs and little independent shops, Deal is a magnet for creative types and it also enjoys a really tight-knit community spirit

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River Medway from Big Bridge

Spotlight on: Tonbridge

With a river and ancient castle at its heart, Tonbridge of today’s changing skyline bears witness to its property boom; find out why people are flocking to live here

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The garden front at Chartwell, Kent with neatly mown lawn in the foreground. Originally a Victorian mansion, Philip Tilden created a twentieth century home for Sir Winston Churchill who lived here between 1922 and 1964.

Spotlight on Chartwell

Make mother’s day and take her to tea at Chartwell to discover the cosy family home Lady Clementine Churchill created here

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Winter walk in Bromley

Spotlight on: Bromley

Already a shopping mecca and an area attractive to young families, Bromley is now becoming an architecturally striking destination

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Wye Bakery

Spotlight on Wye

Voted the third best place to live in the UK by The Sunday Times in 2013, Wye has it all; great facilities, an old-fashioned community feel, country pubs and rural charm – and it’s just four miles from Ashford

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Walks

Pegwell Bay

Romantic rambles in Kent

Embrace the cold, wrap up warm and enjoy one of our favourite walks in Kent arm in arm with your favourite person this month

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Farthing Common

Winter walks in Kent

Six of the best spots in the county for a winter’s walk that will put a spring in your step and blow the cobwebs away

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Restaurant Reviews

The Dog Inn at Wingham

A dog’s life for me

Blazing torches at the front of The Dog Inn mean that you can’t miss this prominent Grade II listed landmark in pretty Wingham.village

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Thackerays Restaurant

Restaurant review: Thackerays in Tunbridge Wells

If you’re looking for a special meal for two this Valentine’s then they don’t come much more highly recommended than this Michelin-starred favourite

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Chapter One Restaurant

Restaurant review: Chapter One

Winner of Kent Life and Kent on Sunday’s Restaurant of the Year and Chef of the Year categories in the 2014 Food & Drink Awards, chef-owner Andy McLeish demonstrates why Chapter One won the double victory

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Inside The Ambrette Canterbury

Restaurant review: The Ambrette in Canterbury

Fancy a change from turkey and sprouts? Then add a bit of spice to your life and sample the delights of the new Ambrette in Canterbury

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The Eatery at Fenwick Canterbury

Review: The Eatery in Fenwick Canterbury

On the second floor of the revamped furnishings and home department you will find the perfect place to stop for a reviving cuppa, lunch or afternoon tea, all freshly prepared to order.

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Gardens

RHS Level II students at Hadlow College's glasshouses

Horticultural courses at Hadlow College

The appeal of gardening is not only increasing but so too is the desire to expand knowledge via career and recreational courses

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Primary School winners Whitstable and Seasalter

2015 Garden of the Year Awards launched

Entries are invited to the Kent Life Amateur Gardener of the Year and Primary School Garden of the Year, held in association with Hadlow College and Coolings Garden Centre and in support of chYps Childrens’ Hospice at Home

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Yew Tree Cottage, Penshurst

Garden of the month: Yew Tree Cottage in Penshurst

Enjoy the subtle beauty of snowdrops and hellebores emerging at Pam Tuppen’s lovely garden, a sure sign that spring is on its way

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Marian Boswall in her own garden

Garden tips for 2015

January is the perfect time to plan changes to your garden. Landscape architect Marian Boswall shares some tips about the stylish spaces she creates

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KEN DEC 14 Garden

How to make a Christmas wreath

Meet Groombridge florist Katherine Craft who takes us through the steps to create a beautiful Christmas circle that can be used as a wreath or table arrangement

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People

Dave Horn of Perrys

Meet the MD: Dave Horn

The manager of the new Medway branch of Perrys Chartered Accountants on expansion, river views and the joys of carp fishing

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Jasmin Vardimon and Victoria Pomery

Meet Victoria Pomery and Jasmin Vardimon

What happens when two leading female art directors in Kent enter into a creative collaboration where their different worlds of art and dance come together? Kent Life enters the Maze to find out

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Anna Baker

Hockey star Anna Hope

Theh Sutton Valence sixth former on A-levels, playing for England Hockey, golf and chart music

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Libbi Gooch

Meet Speldhurst artist Libbi Gooch

Self-taught Speldhurst artist Libbi Gooch references Turner with her great seascapes and wonderful flower paintings

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My Kent Style

My Kent Style: Lord Richard G. Green

The dapper Sevenoaks Rugby Club fan shares his love for silk-lined tweed jackets and waistcoats

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Recipes

Baked wild sea bass

Recipe of the month: wild sea bass

Kent Life and Kent on Sunday Chef of the Year 2014 Andy McLeish shows you how to wow your guests with his dinner party showstopper of baked wild sea bass in a salt crust

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Seville orange marmalade

Recipe of the month: marmalade

Kent Life and Kent on Sunday Chef of the Year 2014 Andy McLeish is seizing the Seville orange season to make delicious marmalade for breakfast

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Poached cod in an Asian broth

Recipe: Poached south coast cod with an Asian broth

Kent Life’s Chef of the Year 2014 Andy McLeish is counting the calories post-Christmas and aiming for a healthy January

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Diane and Robbie Perry

Learn to cook better

Stuck for the perfect Christmas gift on need inspiration in the kitchen? Then check out Diane Perry’s fabulous Cookery Studio near Faversham

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Chef patron Dane Allchorne at The Mik House

A Kentish Christmas feast

Kent Life has teamed up with The Milk House, winner of ‘Newcomer of the Year’ 
in our 2014 Food & Drink Awards, and Produced in Kent to bring you an utterly Kentish feast for your Christmas Day showpiece meal with friends and family

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Interiors

Learn to use Annie Sloan paints

To your home - with love

Give your home that loving feeling this Valentine’s with the prettiest of accessories for every room

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Grand Versailles by And So To Bed

How to create a romantic bedroom

Give your home that loving feeling and enjoy staying in this Valentine’s Day surrounded by sumptuous fabrics, wallpapers and great lighting

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Four-poster bed from Sofas & Stuff

Monochrome trends for your home in 2015

Take interiors’ inspiration from the catwalks for a look that’s simple, stylish and never goes out of fashion

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Hazel twig hearts from www.neptunetonbridge.com

Create a winter wonderland at home

Take inspiration from nature with a dash of sparkle to create a look that’s classically Christmas

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Sarah Sturt at Fenwick Canterbury

Fabulous new floor at Fenwick Canterbury

Adam Fenwick and Kent Life Editor open new lifestyle second floor at Fenwick Canterbury

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Celebrity Interviews

Keira Knightley, Johnny Depp, Mackenzie Crook

Meet Mackenzie Crook

How the multi-talented, Maidstone-born actor went from The Orchard Youth Theatre in Dartford to The Office and a star of the silver screen

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Kelly Brook and ex Thom Evans

Meet Rochester’s Kelly Brook

She may have been unlucky in love, but the model and actress is well versed in overcoming adversity and Kent is proud to call her one of our own

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Dave Cousins

Meet musician Dave Cousins

Frontman and founder of seminal British folk-rock band The Strawbs, Dave Cousins, on his new autobiography, 
his 50-year music career and why he loves Deal

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Stephen Mangan, Tamsin Greig and Matt Le Blanc at the Arqiva British Academy Television Awards BAFTA in London on May 12th, 2013. (Photo by Jon Furniss/Invision/AP)

In the spotlight: Tamsin Greig

Episodes star and Maidstone maiden Tamsin Greig is dramatic chameleon who moves between radio, comedy, Shakespeare and satire. She’s also refreshingly down to earth

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Michel Roux Jr

Michel Roux Jr back in Shipbourne

Kent Farmers’ Market Month gets support of its celebrity patron

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