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Enjoy the very best of local produce in the heart of the Garden of England.

In Ashford and Tenterden you'll discover beautiful produce, alongside beautiful views.  Endless, irresistible options include fine wine, cider and beer; prime meat, veg and sweet treats.

Famously productive for centuries, this stunning sweep of Kent's Garden of England, still delivers the goods today.  Meet scores of local suppliers, and sample their super-fresh goods at regular Farmers' Markets in appealing Wye, Egerton and Rolvenden.  Recent Farmers Market additions in the area also include Ashford and Charing so there's every opportunity to support our local farmers. Local farm shops overflow with fine foods.  Highlights include apples, cherries, pears, cobnuts and asparagus, search for even more goodies at Produced in Kent.

While Ashford and Tenterden's vineyards regularly clock up awards, local beer and cider makers excel too.  Pioneering Biddenden Vineyard not only produces fantastic wines, but complex ciders too.  Choose between bottles ranging from sweet and dry to spiced, or sample some port-like special reserve.

Despite the name, Rough Old Wife, is a clear, dry cider made in the traditional, hand-pressed Kentish way.  The 56 gallon Scottish oak whisky barrels used in production add to the flavour layers.

The Old Dairy Brewery uses local water, malt and hops to create ales ranging from citrusy Red Top (3.8%), via caramel Copper Top (4.1%), to a punchy Tsar Top 10% stout.

The fertile soils of Tenterden's Rother Valley help grow the spuds of the Potato Shop, a long-established firm whose organic veg ends up on the tables of Kent's top eateries; you can also buy 12 varieties at their popular honesty stall.

A long list of restaurants and pubs are on on the books of Mersham Game which provides forest-fresh pheasant, wood pigeon, partridge and venison from its estate near Ashford.

The Kent Tea and Trading Company imports an astounding 320 speciality loose leaf teas.  It's also been roasting coffee for more than 30 years, and has more than 50 different blends, ready to dispatch from it's Pluckley base.

The area's finest fruit makes its way into the pans and jars of the Wooden Spoon Preserving Company; award-winning producers of a dizzying variety of jams, marmalades, jellies, sauces, compotes and curs - pick some up from Ashford's Tourist Information Service.

The silky skills evident in Bonnington-based Simply Ice Cream ensure its produce fills the shelves of Britain's top supermarkets and food halls, as well as tea rooms, pubs and restaurants across Kent.

Ashford's also where uber-gourmet Artisan du Chocolat handcrafts its couture collection of de-luxe bars, buttons, beads and salted caramels, destined for prestigious hotels and stores around the world.


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