Thursday, 6 October 2011

Famous Five Foodies

British food fortnight seems the perfect time to launch our five new food huts in the Kentish Food Quarter. It took nearly five years to acheive it but finally we have a Kentish market that can sell Kent's best loved product- food.

It was a tough job selecting the best local foodies to be installed in the smart new huts but I think we have it about right with our very own famous five.

First of all we welcome back Phil at Volks Coffee. Phil is passionate about fair trade gourmet coffee and is now using locally blended beans. You are just one sip away from never going near the the boring corporate coffee brands ever again.

Next door to Phil in Hut 21 you will find a warm welcome from Lorraine and Theresa (pictured right) at the Chai Stop; Kent's own award-winning curry company. You can enjoy their delicious authentic dishes hot to warm you in the harbour or take home portions for the freezer.

Mersham Game are a traditional Game Dealer from Bank Farm near Ashford. Ellie is a trained chef so can help advise you on how best to enjoy their venison, pheasant, pigeon and pies. Free range eggs and local market-garden produce are also available, direct from their estate.

You can sense the culinary buzz from Julia and Sarah at the Whitstable Diner from the other end of Harbour Street. This is simply top class nosh using locally sourced ingredients. The thinking man's fast-food diner. My recommendation is the chilli and garlic prawns on a fresh sesame seed bun. Quick and delicious.

Lewis at the Kentish Cheesecake Company will always have a word or two to offer on the subject of his home baked cheesecakes of distinction. As the winter approaches he is also starting hot crepes.

Everyone is open at week-ends and Chai Stop and Whitstable Diner are also open on Thursdays and Fridays so brave the chilly winds and get down to say hello.

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Whitstable Harbour Village not Tesco

There was a story in the local KM last week about a couple complaining that staff had been rude to them in Tesco. Well what did they expect?

Tesco recently announced worldwide profit of £3.4 billion for 2010. They are not going to be that worried about a little whinging from one local couple.

At least the couple in question, Michael and Jacqui Johnson, have the option of shopping elsewhere in Whitstable. In many towns and cities across the UK they would not have that privilage. Tesco is fast becoming the only game in town.

Once the local independent shops have been driven out Tesco can be as rude as they like because you won't have a choice any more.

Tesco and the other mega-stores destroy independent retailers and the vibrant communities they support. They dominate supply chains to such an extent that they can dictate pricing to farmers and other suppliers.

Tesco probably have more impact on the local economy, local community and local landscape than any political party or government organsisation.

But no-one voted to live in Tesco land.

So, Michael and Jacqui, why not pop down to the Whitstable Harbour Village this week-end?

Enjoy some shopping with real people who live locally and are friendly by nature.

At least they wont be rude to you and you know what? Every little helps.