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Yesterday, 15:46
River trips are a great way to see Tonbridge from the Medway, board your craft of choice under Big Bridge

With the High Street improvements finally complete, Tonbridge is enjoying a renaissance as not only a fantastic place to visit for its history and river setting but also as a foodie destination with a café culture

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Saturday, June 25, 2016
Animals are the big draw at the Kent County Show

As such a predominantly rural county it is no surprise that the Kent County Show is one of the highlights of the year for visitors and exhibitors alike. Here’s a guide of what to look out for on 8, 9 and 10 July.

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Thursday, June 23, 2016
Whitstable

With a sunset to die for and a great community spirit, chill out this summer in this increasingly trendy part of our east Kent coast

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016
From beaches to woodland, we have the perfect place to plant your wicker baskets

Picnic baskets at the ready because we have gathered 10 of the best places to enjoy a picnic in stunning rural Kent

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Thursday, June 16, 2016
The Archbishop's Palace sits on the east bank of the River Medway, which runs through the heart of Kent's county town

It’s our county town and with a lovely riverside location, historic buildings and great shopping, it’s certainly one to be proud of

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Walks

Thursday, June 16, 2016
A lovely stroll beside Hythe & Romney Marsh Hythe Royal Military Canal

The pretty town of Hythe is the starting point for this picturesque summer walk

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Bluebells and blossom at Hole Park

Stroll through carpets of fragrant bluebells on one of these six wonderful woodland walks.

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Saturday, April 2, 2016
River Stour at Sandwich

Enjoy a flight over the Fairways on this East Kent Spring stroll

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Saturday, March 5, 2016
The Quay at Sandwich

Enjoy A Flightsover the Fairways on this East Kent Spring stroll

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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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Restaurant Reviews

Ad Feature: The Bull

Thursday, June 2, 2016
The Bull 2

Inspiration from the USA meets the English passion for barbecue: the smokehouse menu at The Bull in Wrotham is a festival of high quality meat cooked to perfection by 2 AA Rosette and Michelin listed chefs...

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Saturday, May 21, 2016
Coast Restaurant at the Hythe Imperial

Built by the South Eastern Railway and opened in 1880 as the Seabrook Hotel, after many facelifts, refurbishments and additions, the Hythe Imperial is entering a new age of magnificence

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Saturday, April 30, 2016
The Beacon, Rusthall

Set in Happy Valley just outside Tunbridge Wells, the transformed Beacon is today a great place to 
visit for good food as well as its famous view.

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Saturday, March 19, 2016
Lorenzo Morre with Clara and Angelo Borrello

A stalwart of Dover for nearly 40 years, Dino may no longer be with us but his restaurant is as welcoming and the food as tasty as ever.

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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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Gardens

Friday, June 24, 2016
The garden team: Toby Barrett, Abe Coster, Ollie Edewards and Chris Bird

Property and construction expert Rod Clark and his wife Nicki have brought the former Yalding Organic Gardens back from the brink of decay and created an exciting new multi-purpose destination venue.

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Thursday, June 16, 2016
Mary Berry is very involved in both the RHS and the NGS

Themes for this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show revolved around naturalistic planting, messages and metaphors. Kent’s talent again played a leading part

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Thursday, June 9, 2016
Raft Primrose garden sofa from £2,145, Eden Coffee Table from £491, Raft Furniture, Bromley 020 8208 7175, www.raftfurniture.co.uk

Make the most of every minute in your garden this month with all the following home comforts

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Saturday, May 28, 2016
Beautiful view from the house

Inspired by this beautiful garden? Why not enter your own into the Kent Life Amateur Garden of the Year 2016 category?

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016
© Dookfish, Getty Images

Win a spread in Kent Life magazine, £200 of Coolings vouchers, and much more! The seventh annual Kent Life Garden Awards is now open, with three new categories to celebrate the Year of the English Garden

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People

Yesterday, 15:58
The Cripps Table

Following her election as President at Kent Law Society’s AGM, Vanda James hosted the 198th annual dinner at the Mercure Maidstone

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Thursday, June 16, 2016
Vice Admiral Ben Key, Fleet Commander, Admiral Sir Ian Garnett, former Trust chairman, Admiral Sir Trevor Soar, chairman of Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust, the Lord Boyce, Admiral of the Fleet and Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports

It’s not often nowadays that four admirals join forces in our county. But that rare event occurred at the launch of a £9 million celebration of Chatham Dockyard’s crucial role in the Age of Sail

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Nick Harris

The owner of Nicholas Harris Interiors on good design, teamwork and hs favourite Italian restaurants

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Thursday, June 2, 2016
Folkestone construction

This month’s news and views on the business and professional world in Kent

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Saturday, May 28, 2016
Ken Lyndon-Dykes

The world-renowned saddle and horse expert on the importance of a good saddle

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Recipes

Thursday, June 16, 2016
Andy's modern twist on rainbow trout

Andy McLeish, chef-patron of our winner of Restaurant of the Year 2015, Chapter One on the joys of trout fishing – and eating.

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Monday, May 16, 2016
Hot chocolate fondant dessert

Andy McLeish, chef-patron of award-winning Kent restaurant, Chapter One, shares a favourite dessert

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Saturday, April 23, 2016
Warm poached hen's egg with Kent asparagus and truffles

The chef-patron of our winner of Restaurant of the Year 2015, Chapter One is revelling in new-season asparagus

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Saturday, March 12, 2016
Andy's super-fresh grilled mackerel

The chef-patron of our winner of Restaurant of the Year 2015, Chapter One has gone fishing and hooked a juicy mackerel. Words by: Andy McLeish

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Friday, February 19, 2016
Hot Cross Buns

Andy McLeish chef-patron of Kent Life’s winner of Restaurant of the Year 2015, Chapter One, is looking forward to Easter baking

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Interiors

Yesterday, 16:18
Picnic blanket £90, Henley scatter cushion £35, picnic blanket £90, Hogla bread basket £25, The White Company, Bromley 020 3700 4690, Tunbridge Wells 01892 731120, Bluewater, Greenhithe 01322 324 623, www.thewhitecompany.com

Enjoy sizzling sausages or an elegant afternoon tea al fresco this summer

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Thursday, June 9, 2016
Raft Primrose garden sofa from £2,145, Eden Coffee Table from £491, Raft Furniture, Bromley 020 8208 7175, www.raftfurniture.co.uk

Make the most of every minute in your garden this month with all the following home comforts

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Thursday, May 19, 2016
The sitting room: note the original Arco floor lamp and olive stone glass coffee table

Gary and Alison Ranns prove that small is no obstacle to being beautiful at their perfectly formed cottage in Dovecote Court

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Thursday, April 14, 2016
Oeuf NYC

Sara Niven makes her pick of the best April products

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Sphere Tinted Slider shower enclosure, sizes from 800 - 1200mm, starting at £315, Herene Bay Plumbing and Bathroom Supplies, Herne Bay 01227 361965 or visit www.frontlinebathrooms.co.uk

There’s nothing like a shower to awaken the senses, so pick the best and make your bathroom a soothing sanctuary with the right accessories

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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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Sponsored Articles

Thursday, June 2, 2016
The Bull Hotel

Inspiration from the USA meets the English passion for barbecue: the smokehouse menu at The Bull is a festival of high quality meat cooked to perfection by 2 AA Rosette and Michelin listed chefs.

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Friday, March 11, 2016
Anchor & Hope, Ash

Anchor & Hope brings you a reason to look forward to Mondays. And more...

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