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Thursday, February 4, 2016
The pretty village of Chilham

Nestling in the Kentish North Downs, Chilham and Wye are peaceful and beautiful, surrounded by black-and-white cottages, orchards and oasts set within an agricultural heart.

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Saturday, January 30, 2016
Surprisingly leafy Bromley

The late great David Bowie, who went to the local junior school and technical college, where his musical career and love of performance began, would barely recognise the Bromley of today. Catch up on how much it’s changed

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Where to go for Valentine's Day

This is the Valentine’s Day 2016 date guide for Kent. Ditch the Valentine’s Day gifts and head out for some quality time with your loved one

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Sunday, January 24, 2016
Heart of Kent: TQ 902 514

In International Map Year Kent Life is recording the changing seasons over the course of a year with a picture and different map at the centre of the county each month.

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Saturday, January 16, 2016
Spa Valley Railway

Improvements to the A21 mean it’s about to become even easier to spend a great day in this fine spa town

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Walks

Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Chartwell in the winter

We have teamed up with the National Trust to bring you five essential, beautiful walks to explore.

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Walk in holy footsteps

The village of Hollingbourne is nestled just below the beautiful North Kent Downs, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Just five miles from Maidstone this is the perfect way to escape busy daily life to enjoy a walk through some amazing countryside and experience several fantastic views

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Friday, December 18, 2015
Waterside at Bough Beech

Kent Life suggests six of the best dog-friendly pubs in Kent to enjoy a bite to eat after a scenic stroll.

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Sunday, December 13, 2015
The Plough at Stalisfield Green is on the route

Set in the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, explore the land where Pimms was born, where a 2,000 year old yew tree stands and sample some of Kent’s best produce along the way, on this truly foodie walk.

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Friday, November 13, 2015
Explore the River Darent

This relaxing walk takes you along one of the most picturesque stretches of the River Darent, following the banks of the river through fields and copses. An easy walk with gentle slopes makes this an ideal family day out.

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Restaurant Reviews

Monday, December 28, 2015
Chapter One restaurant

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 and Restaurant of the Year again in 2015, chef-owner Andy McLeish shows why he’s still the best.

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Thursday, November 26, 2015
Beer © rez-art, Getty Images

If you are feeling the chill and need a place to unwind, you will find everything you need here with our pick of 7 of the cosiest pubs in Kent.

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Saturday, October 24, 2015
Eastwell Manor

With a chef called Byron creating sheer poetry on a plate, plus excellent service at every level, the already glorious Eastwell Manor has scaled new heights and is the perfect winter retreat.

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Saturday, October 3, 2015
The Marquis restaurant

With a new manager and chef at the helm, what’s afoot these days at the chic restaurant with rooms that is The Marquis of Alkham? Kent Life stays the night.

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Friday, July 31, 2015
The Royal Wells Hotel, Tunbridge Wells

Back on the scene after a £2.4m revamp, was it money well spent at this prominent Tunbridge Wells town hotel?

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Gardens

Saturday, January 16, 2016
Broadview Gardens, Hadlow College

The first sign that spring is on its way has to be the mass of bright white snowdrops as their nodding heads begin to carpet the garden. A galanthophile or not, these dainty beauties charm us all

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Sunday, January 10, 2016
The Heraldic Garden at Penshurst Place

With 2016 designated The Year of the Garden, Kent Life asks seven of Kent’s head gardeners to reveal their top trend tips for 2016

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Saturday, November 21, 2015
Create your own festive wreath

Creating festive decorations is easier than you think when you can take inspiration from your own garden to make something unique.

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Sunday, October 25, 2015
The World Garden at Lullingstone Castle

2015 has marked a milestone for Tom Hart Dyke, celebrating 10 years of his World Garden at Lullingstone Castle, which has blossomed from an idea envisaged while in captivity in the Colombian jungle. From darkness to light and with irrepressible enthusiasm his journey is one to really inspire

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Saturday, October 3, 2015
Hall Place & Gardens, Bexley

There is plenty of seasonal foliage colour to enjoy at the splendid gardens at historic Hall Place in Bexley, where impressive topiary and towering trees are on the turn

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Deborah Woodward

Deborah Woodward has transformed her house into a gallery holding her glorious canvases of flowers on every wall.

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Thursday, February 4, 2016
Richard Bowe

How the Kent family run agricultural contracting company grew into a one-stop shop for all outsourced agricultural services.

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Saturday, January 30, 2016
Anna Louise at work

This talented young lady is combining studying at Canterbury Christ Church with work at BBC Radio Kent

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Friday, January 22, 2016
Belinda Raitt and Gaëlle Coyle, co owners of Fromage & French

Fromage & French in Tunbridge Wells, the French speciality shop opened in the Old High Street, here are some fabulous photos from the night

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Saturday, January 16, 2016
Darren Henley at The Gulbenkian

Arts and culture can literally change lives and the Canterbury man at the head of the Arts Council, Darren Henley OBE, is making that his mission as the organisation celebrates its 70th anniversary year.

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Recipes

Saturday, January 30, 2016
Quail Kiev, roasted leg, herb mayonnaise, dandelion leaf, Gruyere

The chef-patron of Chapter One, Kent Life and Kent on Sunday’s winner of Restaurant of the Year 2015, is embracing the retro trend with his recipe for quail kiev.

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Friday, November 27, 2015
Christmas feasting at Wallett's Court

Kent Life has teamed up with Wallett’s Court - whose chef was a finalist in the ‘Chef of the Year’ category in our 2015 Food & Drink Awards - to bring you an utterly Kentish feast for Christmas Day

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Friday, November 6, 2015
Game pie served with fresh vegetables

Try this fast food version of game pie which can be made in double quick time if you buy ready prepared short crust pastry

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Saturday, October 31, 2015
Andy's piccalilli

Andy McLeish, chef-patron of Chapter One, Kent Life and Kent on Sunday’s Restaurant of the Year 2015, is getting ahead for Christmas with two of his favourite classic dishes.

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Saturday, October 10, 2015
Roast grouse

Kent Life and Kent on Sunday Chef of the Year 2014 Andy McLeish on his favourite game season and how to make a change from the traditional roast lunch.

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Interiors

Friday, January 29, 2016
Interior design trends for February

Sarah Niven makes her picks of the best products this month

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Sunday, November 1, 2015
Chalice Major bath, £1,500 from BC Designs, www.bcdesigns.co.uk

Traditional, contemporary or simply stunning, baths are the perfect place to unwind on chilly winter nights. 


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Saturday, October 10, 2015
Make the best seat in the house the most stylish

When there’s a nip in the air, get prepared with everything you need to stay cosy nice and snug at home through until next spring

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Saturday, May 30, 2015
Mr Benn at 52 Festive Road

From a star of the seventies to a shower pavilion for your garden, find your pick of the prodcts right here in Kent

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Sunday, May 17, 2015
Bespoke Garden Room, www.crownpavillions.com

Sit outside, play outside, take a dip or just admire your garden - now is the time to get out if not about

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Celebrity Interviews

Friday, November 27, 2015
Mat Riley at Tonbridge Old Fire Station

The skateboarding firefighter from Great British Bake Off reveals how a batch of perfect macarons led to his bid for the baker’s crown.

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Saturday, October 24, 2015
Linda at work in her study

She has survived cancer and a kidnapping at knife point, appeared in everything from Macbeth to Quadrophenia and Hi-de-Hi! and writes successful crime novels. Meet the unstoppable Linda Regan-Murphy.

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Monday, August 10, 2015
The Great British Bake Off contestants - Photographer: Mark Bourdillon

After star baker Marie was compared to Rod Stewart this week, we couldn’t help but spot that many of the other contestants shared some spooky similarities with celebrities too…

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Saturday, May 16, 2015
Brenda Blethyn in character as Vera

The star of ‘Vera’ discusses her love for her childhood home of Ramsgate and her enduring work ethic

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Friday, April 17, 2015
Ross_Noble

Ross Noble has been one of Britain’s most beloved comedians for more than 15 years, and although born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, now calls Kent his home

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