Top Kent producers to visit for your Christmas food & drink

Top Kent producers to consider this Christmas

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Get everything you need to keep everyone fed and watered throughout the Christmas period or pick up a gift or two from these great Kent producers

Kentish Pip

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- Kentish Pip

Woolton Farm, Bekesbourne, Canterbury Kent CT4 5EA | 01227 250151

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Kentish Pip are a small team with a big ambition: “We want to challenge the status quo, push aside the mediocre and reignite your love affair with cider. Cider is a story of people, places, variety and discovery. A rich heritage, diverse culture and a bright future that should not be underestimated.”

Based at Woolton farm near Canterbury the Mount family have been growing fruit for generations before turning their hand to crafting some of Kent’s finest wines and ciders.

This November they are launching a new range of fine ciders and four new vintage English Wines alongside their core range, a wide selection of gift packs, mixed cases, and bag in box ciders to keep you going through the festive season.

All are available to buy online or simply purchase a gift card. All online orders over £25 get free, next day delivery nationwide.

Copper Rivet Distillery

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- Copper Rivet Distillery

Pump House no. 5, Leviathan Way, Chatham Dockyard, Chatham ME4 4LP | 01634 931122

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Copper Rivet Distillery is Kent’s only ‘grain to glass’ producer of premium spirits. Using carefully selected grain grown especially by local farmers, they distill exceptional, smooth and flavoursome gin, whisky and vodka from scratch in bespoke stills.

They lovingly craft a unique range of artisan spirits in their historic home, a magnificent Victorian pump house at Chatham Dockyard.

Provenance is at the heart of everything they do – it is their dedication to sourcing local ingredients that enables them to manage the quality and consistency of every drop of produce.

From the delicious Dockyard Gin to the recently released Masthouse Whisky, their contemporary selection of spirits make perfect gifts. Visit the web shop to browse the full range.

Campbell’s Chutneys

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- Campbell’s Chutneys

Unit 2, 100 Slade Green Road, Erith, Kent DA8 2HU | 07852198922

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Campbell’s Chutneys is a small independent Kent-based producer of chutneys, mustards, jams, marmalades & pickles.

Nikki Campbell, Chief Chutney Maker, Said: “I created Campbell’s Chutneys in 2013, following a mental health breakdown. It gave me focus and a platform which aided my recovery. Over the years, I have added numerous traditional and unusual flavours, striving to use Kent grown ingredients as much as possible.

“My most recent achievement was becoming a finalist for my incredible Amaretto & Plum Jam (tastes like a bakewell tart) at the Taste of Kent Awards 2020. My passion and work ethic have led to my products being stocked in several Kent farm shops, garden centres, deli’s, butchers, greengrocers & tea rooms, all of which make me incredibly proud.

“Each year, I take great pleasure in offering bespoke Christmas gifts with seasonal flavours and a personalised gift wrapping service. My customers tell me that they are the perfect presents, even for those hard to buy for.”

Brabourne Vineyard

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- Brabourne Vineyard

The Street, East Brabourne, Nr.Ashford, TN25 5LR | 01303 814432

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Brabourne Vineyard is nestled in perfect terroir on the lower, south west facing slopes of the North Downs. Only two grape varieties are grown – Chardonnay and Pinot Noir – planted with sparkling wines in mind but now producing excellent still wines too.

Each of the 2000 vines is hand tended throughout the year with a group of local pickers harvesting in October. This attention to detail means only the finest grapes are nurtured through to maturity – every bunch checked before being committed to wine.

Brabourne has just launched its first sparkling wine – a silver medal winner at the 2020 Wine GB awards. Giving a crisp and lightly fruity first impression, followed by a satisfying autolytic finish, the Brabourne 2017 Blanc De Noirs will be a perfect accompaniment to fish, white meat or game this festive season.

Only a couple of thousand bottles are produced annually, making Brabourne Wine an exclusive treat available from www.brabournewine.com.

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- The Weald Smokery

The Weald Smokery, Mount Farm, Flimwell, TN5 7QL | 01580 879601

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A finalist in the Kent Life Food & Drink Awards, The Weald Smokery is an artisan smokery using traditional methods smoking over local oak logs and chippings in brick kilns.

These methods have resulted in numerous Great Taste Awards over the full range of products.

As Christmas approaches what better than to send to friends and family or work colleagues a selection of the award-winning smoked food either on its own or in one of the carefully selected gift boxes or hampers.

Do visit their delicatessen farm shop which stocks the full range of smoked food as well as a wide selection of British and Continental farmhouse cheeses and many other goodies to entice you from local Kent and regional suppliers.

Nightingale Cider Company

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- Nightingale Cider Company

Nightingale Cider Co, Gibbet Oak Farm, Appledore Road, Tenterden, TN30 7DH | 07788 973968

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Nightingale Cider Company is a family-run business based in Tenterden, Kent. The Nightingale family has been fruit farming in the area since 1948. They’ve been making small batch craft cider since 2009, keeping the process as natural as possible at every stage—their ciders and perries are made from 100% fruit juice and all are gluten-free and vegan.

Nightingale Cider’s delicious range of ciders and juices are handmade, using fruit from their farm and nearby Kentish orchards. Driven by their passion for the highest quality ciders, they bridge tradition with innovation to produce a range of flavoursome and exciting offerings for today’s drinker.

So why not give the glorious gift of delicious Kentish cider this Christmas? Their mixed cases or gift packs will look fantastic underneath the Christmas tree, there’s something for everyone!

Their newest release, Hoppy Cox, is an exciting lightly sparkling dry hopped cider that will please both craft beer and cider fans alike! Free national delivery on all orders!

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