Kent… A relaxing foodie retreat

Kent is the perfect bolthole for those looking for a country getaway. Known as “The Garden of England”, Kent is located in the sunny south east of the UK. Seafood, local produce, and skillful cooking in this part of the UK keep visitors returning year after year. The county boasts arable farm land, and successful orchard and hop crops which makes Kent rich with local produce. Kent is the perfect spot for your foodie retreat to the country.

Where to stay:

There are some beautiful holiday cottages throughout the area, but, why not try a seaside getaway in Whitstable? This town is in coastal Kent and there are some great cottages available from Freedom Holiday Homes, this company have an impressive portfolio of quality properties in this area.

Another popular spot for a relaxing trip away is Hythe. There’s so much scenic countryside, nearby attractions, and beautiful sea views in this part of Kent that even a short break away will feel like a week!

What to do:

There are some great attractions to keep you occupied on your vacation to Kent. Foodies, and lovers of ale and wine will be happy to find many eateries, traditional pubs, breweries and a couple of vineyards in the area. Many establishments in Kent make a real push towards keeping things local; you will be spoilt for choice when you holiday in this quaint county.

Chapel Down Vinyard:

Unwind in a vineyard this summer. Chapel Down in Tenterden is an award winning UK vineyard. The staff at this friendly vineyard welcomes wine connoisseurs as well as novices. Visit the popular Wine and Fine Food Store where you can treat yourself to some local and UK cheeses, chocolates, preserves, teas, and of course a fine selection of beers, ciders, and wines. It’s the perfect place to discover some great British examples of wine, some of which were served at William and Kate’s royal wedding!

Shepard Neame Brewery:

Indulge in some real ale. Take a tour of the Shepard Neame brewery tour, learn about this family business, and sample some real Kentish ale. This established brewery is Britain’s oldest brewer, and has produced many popular beers and ales such as Spitfire, Bishop’s Finger, and Asahi. A new attraction to 2013 is the beer and food matching evenings where visitors can sample fresh local food alongside complimenting beers, the perfect activity for food and beer connoisseurs.

Kent Holiday Boom 2013:

Tourism in the UK is set to boom as many opt for a “staycation” within the British Isles this year. Expected to be a top runner in the list of UK destinations in 2013, it’s no wonder Kent is such a hit with holiday makers, at certain times of the year it feels like you could be abroad in this suntrap county. It’s a relaxing retreat for those looking for an indulgent break away in the fine English countryside.

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