Local Food & drink

With some of the most fertile farmland in Kent, it is not surprising that this district and its rich grasslands, hop gardens and lavender fields makes a major contribution to the county’s reputation as the Garden of England.

And, thanks to local markets, farm shops and suppliers, West Kent foodies have full access to the seafood delights from the county’s coast ranging from the best of fresh fish to famous Whitstable oysters.

Look out for Kent beers such the wide range available from Shepherd Neame the Faversham-based brewery and owner of many Kentish pubs, Westerham Brewery and the growing number of craft beers being produced in local microbreweries.

A wide variety of Kent ciders, apple and fruit juices are readily available and the range of fine English wines continues to expand.

Many very local specialities can be discovered in the independent shops in the district’s main towns or directly from the local producers such as The Hop Shop at Castle Farm, near Shoreham.

 During the summer the fields are heady the scent of lavender from the farm’s 95 acres of the fragrant shrub used to produce oils, dried flowers, aromatherapy products and many unusual culinary delights.

Other farm produce includes hops which have been grown on site for almost 300 years, and beef alongside apples and pumpkins. The farm shop retains a full range of seasonal fruits and vegetables, ice creams, and store cupboard essentials, such as honey and preserves, from other local producers throughout the year.

Find more local producers and the finest suppliers proud to be members of Produced in Kent

Discover the many markets across the district offering local produce at: Sevenoaks District Council http://www.sevenoaks.gov.uk/services/business/markets  and The Kent Farmers Market Association http://www.kfma.org.uk/