Focus on Cliftonville Farmers' Market
PUBLISHED: 16:33 11 June 2009 | UPDATED: 16:05 20 February 2013
Cliftonville Farmers' Market has been voted the Best in Kent for the last three years, so is surely worth a visit this summer. Indeed, June Chadband, who with husband Keith manages the monthly market on a voluntary basis,...
Cliftonville Farmers' Market has been voted the Best in Kent for the last three years, so is surely worth a visit this summer. Indeed, June Chadband, who with husband Keith manages the monthly market on a voluntary basis, suggests that shoppers turn a Sunday shopping trip into a day out.
"First meander around the market, and then enjoy a relaxing lunch in one of the nearby hotels. Finish the day off with a walk along the cliff tops or the glorious sandy beaches," she advises.
The market is held on the Oval Lawns surrounding the historic bandstand area. Although the Victorian bandstand was demolished three years ago, June explains that a replica has been built. "So, if you're feeling less energetic," she advises, "after lunch, enjoy one of the Sunday afternoon concerts on the Bandstand, which we run from June until September."
Paul Hollywood is Cliftonville's celebrity stallholder. His career began working in five-star hotels such as The Cliveden in Berkshire and The Chester Grosvenor, before he moved to Cyprus where he worked as head baker at The Annabelle Hotel.
After his return to the UK, Paul began working on various TV programmes, including Ready, Steady, Cook, This Morning and Heaven and Earth, before becoming a presenter of Good Food Live on UKTV Food.
With this pedigree, it was a natural progression to set up Paul Hollywood Artisan Breads two years ago. Based in Aylesham, near Canterbury, he supplies many local shops, restaurants and Farmers' Markets with his hand-moulded, additive-free breads and pastries. Paul is enthusiastic about Farmers' Markets, with Cliftonville a particular favourite. "It was one of the first markets I did - I love the location and the diversity of the products on sale there. It is what you imagine a real Farmers' Market to be, selling bread, eggs, cheeses, meat and vegetables, all locally sourced'.
Paul has another unique claim to fame. He supplies Harrods, and at Christmas has a particular speciality: Roquefort and almond bread - the most expensive bread in the world, at a festive £15 a loaf. Nonetheless, it sells well, alongside his more modestly price but delicious sounding loaves, such as Kentish cheese and spring onion and sour cherry and chocolate.
Cliftonville Farmers' Market is held on the last Sunday of every month from 10am to 1pm. Easy wheelchair access. Directions: at the Clock Tower in Margate, stay in the left-hand lane and continue past the Winter Gardens until reaching the Oval Bandstand opposite Smiths Court Hotel.