Peter Speaight’s nestles in Chapel Place, between the High Street and the Pantiles at the southern end of Tunbridge Wells.
This is a butcher with a difference. Selling locally sourced meat and wild game (a blackboard tells you which local Farms the different meats come from), homemade pies and delicious free range sausage rolls and scotch eggs. The choice is extensive.
While you decide what you would like to cook, taste one of their own range of cooked sausages . Great lunch options if you are on the hoof, (a McClucky anyone?) freshly baked baguettes, cheese, pate, eggs, drinks and ‘real’ bread! The staff are incredibly helpful, ALWAYS friendly, however busy they are and happy to give advice on ideas for meals, cooking times and their current offers. Speaights have also opened ‘Shambles’ a small bistro just opposite with a small range of good dishes and quirky interior.
Olive and the Fox (oliveandthefox.co.uk) is one of those shops you would like to just pop under your arm and take home. I covet everything. No exaggeration…
A family-run business with a shop in Tunbridge Wells (down from the High Street on Chapel Place, before you reach Speaights) their window displays are fabulous. Early on they featured the Porta Romana lamp ‘Duck Feet’ in their window, my all-time favourite lamp. Even though I don’t own one I can go and admire it there…
Lights, Mirrors, Furniture, smaller gifts and open on Sunday.
Trevor Mottram is a serious kitchen kit shop.
Two whole shops (and the connecting corridor) full of everything you might need for your kitchen(trevormottram.co.uk) with lots of advice on hand.
It sits down on the Pantiles, opposite ‘The White Room’ (see previous ‘The Local View Likes’), looking over to Sankey’s Champagne and Oyster bar in the Old Fishmarket. Test a coffee machine or find the perfect spatula.
The Pantiles is becoming a haven of all things food related. There are weekend markets on the first and third weekends of every month. (www.pantilestraders.co.uk)
Rosemary Schrager has opened a cookery school and more recently a Patisserie (www.rosemaryshrager.com).
Quite American in decor; blues and dark wood, selling impressive patisserie, good coffee and hot chocolates you can stand your spoon in. Staff are very welcoming.
The Cake Shed (opposite Trevor Mottram’s and along from Shrager’s patisserie) sells delicious home made cakes, (much more rustic than the neighbouring delicacies, some involving vegetables, and delicious with it) plus excellent coffee. The vibe here is very relaxed, sofas, scattered tables, old crates as shelves, outside tables to watch the Pantiles go by and the odd musical evening or local artist exhibition. They also have salad, sandwich and soup options for the non cake eaters.(thecakeshed.co.uk)