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Cafe culture in Tunbridge Wells

10 good reasons to visit Tunbridge Wells

This elegant spa town is a mecca for those in search of history, open spaces and fabulous food and shopping choices

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View from the Elizabethan Tower looking west in June. A new project aims to reconnect the garden at Sissinghurst with the surrounding farm landscape, by creating a vegetable garden to supply the restaurant with organic produce and re-establishing the farmland as a mixed Wealden farm, such as would have existed in 1930 when the property was bought by Vita sackville-West and Harold Nicolson.

National Trust places to visit in Kent

As winter begins to give way to spring, it’s time to plan in a visit to some of the collection of beautiful gardens under the National Trust’s care

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Fan Bay Deep Shelter

Tunnel vision

Excitement has been growing at the White Cliffs of Dover, where a system of underground tunnels from the Second World War is being investigated at Fan Bay.

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Roayl Parade, Chislehurst

Spotlight on: Chislehurst

Combining the best of both worlds - country living in a friendly community but within striking distance of the city – Chislehurst is thoroughly desirable

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Ashford Designer Outlet

Spotlight on Ashford

With fabulous discount shopping at the expanding Designer Outlet and superb transport links (London is 37 minutes by high-speed train), Ashford is the place to head for your January bargains laced with a dash of history

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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

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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Zagatos Bar & Brasserie

Zagatos at The Spa Hotel

The bar and brasserie at The Spa Hotel in Tunbridge Wells is settling in nicely after its summer launch

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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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Malus Evereste

How to brighten up your autumn garden

Add some autumn berries to your garden, they’re visually rewarding and also a boon for wildlife. Kent Life takes a 
look at the array on offer at Coolings Garden Centre

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Meet the seller – Graham Way, owner of A Life with a View

We caught up with Tunbridge Wells based Graham Way, to find out why a Masters in Classical civilisation and a passion for fine fragrance helped him to set up a luxury candle business

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Andrew Wills

Meet the Faversham Supervet

Veterinary surgeon Andrew Wills on his practice in Faversham, interest in orthopaedic surgery and love of cycling – and his two rescue cats from Spain

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Martin and Sarah Mackay

Meet the organic vegetable growers

Sarah and Martin Mackey on life at Ripple Farm in Crundale and their passion for sustainable agriculture - and never stopping learning

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Fitness instructor Jayne Nutley

Fitness tips for 2015

Tonbridge fitness instructor Jayne Nutley on fun ways to exercise and shed that post-Christmas flab, without spending a fortune

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Will Lewis

Meet Junior showjumper Will Lewis

The 13-year-old rider from Lynsted on winter training and his ambitions to qualify for Horse of the Year

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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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Gala dinner menu: apple 5 ways with ginger parkin

Recipe of the month: ginger parkin

Guests at the Kent Life and Kent on Sunday Food and Drink awards will be wowed with Tom’s ginger parkin dessert served with apple five ways. While the moist cake deliciously compliments the apple flavours, it is also the perfect accompaniment to a cup of tea. If you can resist temptation, it tastes even better a few days after baking

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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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Clarkes of Maidstone

New look for Clarkes of Maidstone

One of the county town’s best-known retailing names has just undergone a major refurbishment, which completes phase one of a three-phased project to totally rejuvenate the interior and exterior of the Sandling Road furniture store

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Caravan bed

How to create the perfect bedroom for your child

From babes in arms to teens, your children’s rooms offer a chance to have as much fun creating them as the youngsters will have hanging out there

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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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