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The lifestyle magazine for Surrey - Inspirational Interiors, Fabulous Fashion, Delicious Dishes

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AUGUST <strong>2023</strong><br />

103<br />

AUGUST <strong>2023</strong><br />

TASTE OF THE SOUTH EAST SUPPLEMENT <strong>inside</strong><br />

Inspirational Interiors • Fabulous Fashion • Delicious Dishes

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Contents<br />

<strong>August</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

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Dream homes on the market<br />


Upcoming events for your diary<br />


Keep up-to-date with the latest<br />

must-see and must-have goodies<br />



Immerse yourself in nature<br />

with the help of a very<br />

special woodland retreat<br />


Be inspired by natural finishes<br />


Explore a lofty-ceilinged home<br />

in the heart of Hastings<br />

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Go graphic with pattern<br />

and colour choices<br />


Let festival style lead your<br />

fashion choices this summer<br />


Rock the festival with<br />

Rebecca Cuffe’s wardrobe picks<br />


Josephine Fairley<br />

demystifies the methods<br />

of makeup removal<br />


Sarah Maxwell explains<br />

the benefits of EFT –<br />

Emotional Freedom Technique<br />

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Charlotte Lau encourages<br />

us to incorporate more<br />

avocado into our diets<br />


Jo Arnell meets the founder of<br />

Terrapy, Sebastian Tribe<br />


Sue Whigham reiterates the<br />

importance of biodiversity<br />

WHAT’S ON?<br />

Find out...<br />


Jane Howard selects her prize bulls<br />




29 pages of the<br />

finest food and<br />

drink. From<br />

page 63.<br />

<strong>Taste</strong> of the<br />

<strong>South</strong> <strong>East</strong>

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From the<br />

Editor<br />

With the summer holidays upon us, and family time<br />

in abundance, this issue is all about celebrating<br />

the bounty of food and drink that we’re so lucky<br />

to have here in the <strong>South</strong> <strong>East</strong>. From small-batch beverages<br />

to expertly cooked world cuisine, there’s something for<br />

every foodie, and not too far from your front door, either!<br />

We were fortunate to get a chance to explore a fabulous<br />

floating glass-fronted eco lodge when we visited to<br />

shoot our first house feature this month. Find out how<br />

owners Lindsey and Rik brought their idea to life and<br />

marvel at their pared-back interior with a focus on chic<br />

yet simple designer furniture which blends seamlessly<br />

into its surroundings, just like the lodge itself.<br />

Textile designer Camilla Ruiz Ramirez spends her<br />

time swapping between two very different Hastings<br />

houses, staying in each while the other is Airbnb-ed.<br />

We’ve been along to one, overlooking Alexandra Park,<br />

to see how their renovation has unfolded since they<br />

moved down from London permanently in 2022.<br />

Recipes come courtesy of Damien Pestell, who has taken<br />

inspiration from his Italian travels to create incredibly fresh<br />

dishes that you can whip up wonderfully easily.<br />

Fashion’s all about effortless festival style<br />

this month, with fun-loving picks that<br />

are bound to get you in the dancing<br />

mood. And in the health and beauty<br />

department, Jo Fairley explores the<br />

ultimate products for a good cleanse,<br />

whilst Sarah Maxwell and Charlotte<br />

Lau look into the benefits of EFT<br />

and eating avocado respectively.<br />

Enjoy your <strong>Surrey</strong> <strong>Homes</strong>!<br />

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Editor ....................................................................Lucy Fleming<br />

<strong>Supplement</strong>s & Features Editor ...........................Rebecca Cuffe<br />

Design Director ..................................................Anthony Boxall<br />

Sales Managers ...........................................Lisa Gordon-Hughes<br />

Maria Hurley<br />

Senior Account Manager .....................................Sarah Norwood<br />

Account Executive .............................................Marnie Newman<br />

Sales & Marketing Executive ..................................... Zoe Parrish<br />

Sub Editor/Features Writer ....................................... Emily Pavey<br />

Wealden Times Show Director ............................... Flo Simpson<br />

Events Manager ......................................................Liz Copping<br />

Events Sales Director ................................................. Jude Brown<br />

Managing Director ......................................Vivien Cotterill-Lee<br />

Executive Chairman ..............................................Julie Simpson<br />

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<strong>The</strong> dream: A magnificent Grade<br />

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Setting: Opposite the village green<br />

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Beds: 6 Baths: 3<br />

Special features: <strong>The</strong> stunning<br />

master bedroom which overlooks<br />

the garden has a dressing area as<br />

well as an en-suite shower room.<br />

Pleasing details: Two useful<br />

outbuildings, the first suitable<br />

for a number of uses such as an<br />

artist’s studio, gym, office or yoga/<br />

pilates area and the second a<br />

stunning Arts and Crafts summer<br />

house, complete with medieval<br />

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Ockley<br />

£1,500,000<br />

<strong>The</strong> dream: A stunning Grade II listed<br />

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market for the first time in its 460 year history.<br />

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outskirts of the vibrant village of Ockley<br />

and only 15 minutes from Dorking.<br />

Setting: Approached by a long drive<br />

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the rolling <strong>Surrey</strong> Hills countryside.<br />

Beds: 4 Baths: 1<br />

Special features: <strong>The</strong> gorgeous kitchen/<br />

breakfast room with Aga, bread oven<br />

and exposed original brick and timbers<br />

also has a handy utility room.<br />

Pleasing details: <strong>The</strong> history of the<br />

farmhouse, which dates back to 1563 and was<br />

tenanted as part of a large private estate until<br />

bought by the current residents in 2016.<br />

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grounds of 1.3 acres consist of an openfronted<br />

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surrounded by spectacular countryside views.<br />

Time to town: From Ockley station, 5 minutes<br />

away, to London Victoria in 1 hour 15.<br />

Agent: House Partnership<br />

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Shepperton<br />

£1,200,000<br />

<strong>The</strong> dream: A stunning New England-style<br />

riverside home uniquely positioned on an island<br />

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Beds: 3 Baths: 3<br />

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SHOULD I INVEST IN PROPERTY IN <strong>2023</strong>?<br />

Smarter Rent co-founder Alex Sullivan on why now is the right<br />

time to buy if you’re a smart property investor:<br />

People often ask us if now is the right<br />

moment to invest in property. While<br />

none of us can see into the future,<br />

we can see that the days of ultra-low<br />

interest rates and cheap mortgages are<br />

behind us for at least the foreseeable.<br />

With the base rate at 5% and mortgage<br />

rates higher still, the favourable<br />

economics that contributed to the<br />

boom in landlords pre-pandemic<br />

has gone. As a result, a third of<br />

landlords plan to sell at least one<br />

property according to the National<br />

Residential Landlords Association.<br />

Does this mean it’s a bad time to invest<br />

in property? With landlords leaving the<br />

market, this can open up opportunities<br />

for savvy investors who are prepared<br />

to invest in a quality home, but only if<br />

they are smart about how they do it.<br />

It’s a buyer’s market<br />

<strong>The</strong> number of new properties<br />

for sale is tipping in the favour of<br />

buyers, rather than sellers, because<br />

higher mortgage rates are squeezing<br />

buyers out of the market.<br />

According to Zoopla, 42% of sellers<br />

are currently accepting 5% or more<br />

off the asking price of their homes.<br />

You may be the only one bidding,<br />

so make a cheeky offer.<br />

Lower risk by<br />

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At Smarter Rent, we source the<br />

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We earn 30-50% more in rental income<br />

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Our investors pay more upfront to<br />

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Achieve long term reward<br />

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We recently secured a two-bedroom<br />

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This is the third house we’ve taken on<br />

for this investor and he was happy<br />

to be led by the expertise of our inhouse<br />

designer Lisa Durrant.<br />

“It’s a 1960s house and was in need<br />

of a total overhaul. While the amount<br />

of work may scare some people, we<br />

see this as an opportunity to turn<br />

something run down into a beautiful<br />

product designed for renters.<br />

“We wanted to maximise the feeling of<br />

light and space, so we put in a new kitchen<br />

with double doors out to the garden.<br />

BEFORE<br />

We laid hard wearing flooring which<br />

can cope with pets and went for neutral<br />

colours and cosy furnishings to make<br />

the property feel homely ” says Lisa.<br />

“<strong>The</strong> neighbours didn’t recognise it when<br />

we invited them in to have a look around.”<br />

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Notebook<br />

Take note! We’ve rounded up the best<br />

of what to do and see near you<br />

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Dinner Date<br />

Imagine sitting down to dinner not knowing which<br />

Michelin star chef, or newly crowned Masterchef: <strong>The</strong><br />

Professional, will be cooking your four-course meal. <strong>The</strong><br />

likes of Gordon Ramsay, Rick Stein, Mark Hix, Angela<br />

Hartnett, Tom Kerridge and more have cooked at this<br />

very special event, where 20 tables of 10 guests have<br />

their own surprise chef for the night. Now in its 23rd<br />

year and back again for <strong>2023</strong>, the flagship fundraiser of<br />

Leukaemia UK, Who’s Cooking Dinner?, will return to<br />

<strong>The</strong> Dorchester, Park Lane on Monday 18th September.<br />

Over the years, it has raised over £7 million for vital<br />

research into finding kinder treatments for those diagnosed<br />

with leukaemia. What a date to add to your diary!<br />

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your table. Or support the work of this vital charity<br />

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Journey down the rabbit hole<br />

and enter the wonky world<br />

of Alice in Wonderland set<br />

in the most enchanting of<br />

surroundings – <strong>The</strong> Royal<br />

Botanic Gardens in Kew.<br />

A specially commissioned<br />

adaptation of the classic<br />

tale will be performed<br />

Wednesday to Sunday plus<br />

Bank Holiday Monday from<br />

late July until 28th <strong>August</strong>.<br />

Day entry to the Gardens is<br />

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Rye Society of Artists Summer Exhibition<br />

is a showcase for some of the best artists<br />

working in and around the area. Head<br />

along to see the rich variety of stunning<br />

work displayed in Rye Community Centre<br />

from 5th to 28th <strong>August</strong> (10.30am and<br />

5pm) – including the work of 43 members<br />

and work selected from the ever popular<br />

public submission. This year five members<br />

of the Rye Society of Artists have been<br />

successful in being selected for the Royal<br />

Academy Summer Show; Christopher<br />

James, Lisa Katzenstein, Janet Milner, Angie<br />

Braven and Denise Franklin. Fred Cuming<br />

RA is represented posthumously with three<br />

beautiful paintings. Angie Braven is one of this<br />

year’s invited artists reflecting her long successful<br />

career as a painter and teacher of painting at<br />

Chelsea School of Art, and Denise Franklin was<br />

awarded the Hugh Casson Prize for Drawing.<br />

It promises to be a wonderful show not to<br />

be missed. ryesocietyofartists.co.uk<br />

HOP TO IT!<br />

Nine Oaks Vineyard in Hothfield host<br />

family theatre on Sunday 20th <strong>August</strong><br />

with a performance of Beatrix Potter’s<br />

much-loved classic, <strong>The</strong> Tale of Peter<br />

Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny adapted by<br />

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World class musicians, usually<br />

found on the big stage, will be<br />

performing at the beautiful Tithe Barn,<br />

Lenham, as part of a brand new 3-day<br />

festival from Green Room. <strong>Of</strong>fering a<br />

more intimate and accessible concert<br />

experience, with limited ticket numbers,<br />

the audience and performers will be<br />

brought close together in a series of spectacular<br />

‘green room’ type settings with local wines<br />

and cheeses to nibble. Performers include <strong>The</strong><br />

Pasadena Roof Orchestra and <strong>The</strong> Clare<br />

Teal 4. Find tickets and full programme at<br />

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This month our<br />

<strong>Taste</strong> of the <strong>South</strong> <strong>East</strong> supplement<br />

highlights the amazing food and drink producers<br />

we’re so fortunate to have in our midst. We’re well aware<br />

these times are difficult for many and so here are details of<br />

just a couple of the many organisations in our area working hard<br />

against hunger. FareShare Sussex & <strong>Surrey</strong> redistributes surplus food,<br />

saving waste, reducing carbon emissions and combatting hunger,<br />

supporting 150+ local organisations. <strong>The</strong>y warn nationally there<br />

are now 9.3 million adults and 4 million children living in food<br />

poverty. faresharesussexandsurrey.org.uk Nourish Community Foodbank<br />

delivers emergency supplies to people in crisis around the<br />

Tunbridge Wells area, where 1 in 6 children live in<br />

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time to meet historical characters from Kent’s past and witness the<br />

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<strong>The</strong> return to school is just around<br />

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grown ups to learn some new tricks<br />

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For a truly one-off experience we<br />

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Previous pages: <strong>The</strong> kitchen, adjoining the sitting area, is a set up of glorious and calming simplicity Above: A curved Quilton<br />

Modular sofa from Twentytwentyone is perfectly placed to soak up the warmth from a floating logburner by Firemaker<br />

In the many years I’ve been<br />

writing about lovely houses<br />

for this magazine, there has<br />

been one constant: the outside<br />

is never photographed.<br />

This is to maintain privacy for the<br />

owners, but there’s always a first time<br />

and in the case of Looking Glass<br />

Lodge it was essential, because with<br />

this unique project, the outside and<br />

the <strong>inside</strong> are all part of the whole.<br />

While you are <strong>inside</strong>, gazing out<br />

through the walls of glass, onto pristine<br />

ancient trees and woodland, you feel<br />

part of the natural surroundings.<br />

When you are outside, while<br />

fabulously striking (it could be used<br />

as a location in a Bond film…), the<br />

structure doesn’t impose on the eye,<br />

instead clad with cedar batons, it looks<br />

almost like a giant fallen branch.<br />

Indeed, the seed of the idea for<br />

the project came from the need to<br />

maintain the land in this very special<br />

corner of <strong>East</strong> Sussex, at the tip of<br />

the High Weald Area of Outstanding<br />

Natural Beauty, near the village of<br />

Fairlight, just east of Hastings.<br />

<strong>The</strong> owners, Lindsey and Rik<br />

Goodman have made this location their<br />

family home for the past 10 years, but<br />

Rik’s connection with it goes back much<br />

further than that. He grew up among<br />

these ancient trees, where his parents<br />

established the Mallydams Wood Nature<br />

Reserve for the RSPCA, in the 1960s.<br />

“As a child, I had 60 acres of woods<br />

to play in,” he remembers. After living<br />

in the Midlands for work, where pilot<br />

Rik met graphic designer Lindsey,<br />

they decided to move down to <strong>East</strong><br />

Sussex, to live in a converted coach<br />

house on land Rik’s parents had<br />

bought to move to once they retired.<br />

“<strong>The</strong>re are eight acres of gardens<br />

here,” says Lindsey, “so we thought: ‘Is<br />

there something we can do to bring<br />

in income to help us maintain it?’<br />

Initially we thought we would just have<br />

a little pod to rent out as a holiday<br />

let and then our little idea grew.”<br />

“It’s a special spot and we wanted to<br />

share it,” says Rik. “But the structure<br />

needed to be right and we wanted<br />

a sustainable build. We did a lot of<br />

research and everything we saw was<br />

a little too rustic, we wanted a more<br />

Scandi style. Eventually we found the<br />

right architect, Michael Kendrick,<br />

who is based in Leamington Spa.”<br />

With Mr Kendrick’s help, what<br />

has been achieved is a sleek slice of<br />

glass and timber, perched on a slope,<br />

on spindly legs, called ‘screwpile<br />

foundations’ – which are firmly<br />

embedded in the clay soil beneath.<br />

And as the site is a natural clearing,<br />

not a single tree had to be felled, nor<br />

a tree root disturbed to build it. In<br />

fact, the impact on the woodland<br />

environment is limited to the tiny<br />

footprint of those supporting legs, with<br />

plenty of room beneath the structure<br />

for newts, voles and badgers to stroll<br />

along on their ancient pathways,<br />

and for vegetation to freely grow.<br />

Which includes great swathes of<br />

heavenly bluebells, the day I visited.<br />

It did still take some convincing<br />

of the authorities to get permission<br />

to build it. “It took us two and <br />

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“It’s a special spot and we wanted to share<br />

it,” says Rik. “But the structure needed to be<br />

right and we wanted a sustainable build.<br />

We did a lot of research and everything<br />

we saw was a little too rustic, we wanted<br />

a more Scandi style. Eventually we found<br />

the right architect, Michael Kendrick,<br />

who is based in Leamington Spa.”<br />

a half years to get the planning through,” says Rik.<br />

“In an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty you<br />

can only get permission if you can show that you<br />

are enhancing the environment in some way.”<br />

Well, I certainly can’t think of a way to feel more<br />

immersed in this glorious woodland, than being<br />

able to look out onto it from walls of glass – from<br />

the sofa, the kitchen, the bed and even the bath.<br />

And the very glass you look out through has been<br />

specially selected to minimise the impact on nature.<br />

“It’s electrochromic glass,” says Rik. “At dusk, as<br />

soon as the light falls to a certain level, it goes black,<br />

so there is no light spill to disturb wildlife.”<br />

So relaxed are the local four-legged residents about<br />

the structure, that recent guests have reported seeing<br />

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Above: <strong>The</strong> kitchen joinery was created by Hastings-based Johnson Bespoke. <strong>The</strong> island worktop,<br />

made from micro cement, extends down at each end, creating a complete unit<br />

a mother fox happily walking past<br />

with her cubs trotting behind her.<br />

Another decision Lindsey and<br />

Rik took to minimise disturbance<br />

to the natural surroundings, was to<br />

have no hot tub, or barbecue – just<br />

a swing hanging from a branch –<br />

and to keep the accommodation to<br />

one bedroom. <strong>The</strong>reby creating a<br />

very special hideaway for couples,<br />

which is so appreciated that it is fully<br />

booked out for months ahead – there<br />

are already bookings for May 2024.<br />

I know that, because I thought,<br />

although I live just down the road<br />

in Hastings, I might like to spend<br />

a couple of nights there myself, in<br />

the next bluebell season – and I<br />

wouldn’t be the first local to do that.<br />

“We’ve had people who live within<br />

two miles stay here,” says Rik.<br />

That’s how much of another world<br />

it feels like, which is probably why<br />

most of their guests tend to stay in<br />

once they get there. “We supply a<br />

digital guidebook,” says Lindsey,<br />

“with all the things to do in the<br />

local area, but once people get here<br />

they tend not to leave, except to go<br />

for walks in the woods. Although<br />

you can arrange things to do in the<br />

lodge – yoga sessions, massage and<br />

Wander Wonder guided wellbeing<br />

walks. We provide the numbers for<br />

people to book before they arrive.”<br />

As well as the nature-immersed <br />

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This page: <strong>The</strong> building’s glass, by SageGlass, has been specially<br />

selected to minimise the impact on nature. “It’s electrochromic<br />

glass,” says Rik. “At dusk, as soon as the light falls to a certain<br />

level, it goes black, so there is no light spill to disturb wildlife.”<br />

On the bedroom side, the dividing wall accommodates<br />

shelving and recessed lights, forming a headboard<br />

setting, what would keep me very happily in the lodge,<br />

rather than exploring the wider environs, is the supremely<br />

nurturing atmosphere of the décor and furnishings,<br />

which have all been expressly selected to enhance the<br />

connection with nature, starting with the colour palette.<br />

Lindsey explained how they went about it: “We got a<br />

local illustrator – Eleanor Taylor – to come out before<br />

we started building to do an illustration at the site,<br />

using the colours of the environment. <strong>The</strong>n we took<br />

these colours as the basis for the interior, to extend the<br />

woodland <strong>inside</strong>. We didn’t want any stark white.”<br />

<strong>The</strong> illustration is also the background to the<br />

lodge’s website, starting the process of immersion in<br />

the landscape right from the point of booking.<br />

This is all part of a school of design which was new to<br />

me – ‘biophilic’. Literally translating as ‘loving nature’,<br />

the idea is to actively involve the natural world in a<br />

building, by bringing elements of it <strong>inside</strong>, literally and<br />

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This page: <strong>The</strong> sleek, contemporary shower<br />

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But that fabulous feature bath – imagine<br />

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Above: <strong>The</strong> kitchen is striking in its simplicity, with clean white walls and sky blue units. <strong>The</strong> floor tiles and<br />

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transports you to the Mediterranean<br />

Basin. It’s unusual, but why not? I<br />

decide that I really like it and can see<br />

it catching on. In the corner of the<br />

room, next to the door is a roll top<br />

bath, while above and next to the<br />

bath are a couple of vintage posters<br />

from Paris, a reminder of Camilla’s<br />

trips to the city when she worked<br />

in fashion. “I used to love travelling<br />

there to buy items for a collection. It’s<br />

quite an important place for me.”<br />

After a quick peek at the rear<br />

garden we head back into the house<br />

and up another small set of stairs to<br />

two further sets of doors. <strong>The</strong> one on<br />

the right is the wonderfully named<br />

Chinese guest room. “This is my<br />

favourite room in the house,” Camilla<br />

declares and I am inclined to agree<br />

with her. It’s a stunning room with<br />

amazing energy and I notice myself<br />

feeling more relaxed the longer I’m<br />

there. And it was a chance creation<br />

inspired by Camilla’s realisation that<br />

she had lots of lovely Chinese things<br />

that needed a home. Above the bed are<br />

some very special prints from another<br />

of Camilla’s connections in London.<br />

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of the Ivy restaurants. I got them <br />

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This page: <strong>The</strong> Chinese guest room is<br />

Camilla’s favourite. <strong>The</strong> prints above the<br />

bed are by Adam Ellis. On top of a set of<br />

drawers is a set of Japanese Kokeshi Dolls<br />

from a studio sale and they were a real steal.<br />

<strong>The</strong> day I went, the weather was terrible. It<br />

took me over two hours to get there, but it<br />

was definitely worth it.” Beside the bed are<br />

a couple of Chinese inspired bedside tables<br />

depicting an oriental scene on the black<br />

and gold drawers. <strong>The</strong> colour scheme is<br />

continued with the bedside lamps and chest<br />

of drawers which have wicker fronts and are<br />

matched by the headboard. <strong>The</strong> integration<br />

of natural materials feels very in keeping<br />

with the style of the room and you can tell<br />

a lot of thought has gone into creating it.<br />

On top of the drawers are a set of Japanese<br />

Kokeshi dolls, “I’ve been waiting to find a<br />

proper home for these.” Complementing<br />

the other colours and textures in the room<br />

is an emerald green colour picked out<br />

in the rich velvet curtains that Camilla<br />

made and also in the bedspread.<br />

Entering the living room Camilla tells<br />

me it was previously a bedroom (which<br />

must have been huge), and I imagine that<br />

it better suits its new function as a generous<br />

living room. It’s a super light and airy<br />

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This page: One wall of the master bedroom is exposed brick. A metal<br />

star with pink fairground lights (just seen) was made for Camilla by<br />

Chris Bracey from Gods Own Junkyard. On the wall above the bed is a<br />

large painting by Kim Hart – a divisive piece. Next to the bed are two<br />

bedside tables also from Oka and on the ceiling is a hand-blown glass<br />

light by Curiousa. <strong>The</strong> bathroom leads straight out into the rear garden<br />

a cool breeze making its way<br />

through the house. Moving<br />

across the room, it’s easy to<br />

see why Camilla chose this as<br />

the living room. Opposite is<br />

the welcoming green expanse<br />

of Alexandra Park, Hastings`<br />

largest public park with a<br />

whopping 109 acres stretching<br />

into the heart of the town.<br />

Back in the room the<br />

windows are covered by sheer<br />

curtains which give privacy<br />

from the park below, and<br />

when you look closely you<br />

can see a hint of green in the<br />

fabric, “It’s a reference to the<br />

outside,” Camilla says. “We<br />

also painted the whole room<br />

white, so the eye is drawn<br />

towards the park opposite.<br />

It also makes the space feel<br />

bigger and draws your eye up<br />

to the detailing on the ceiling.”<br />

Part of that detailing is the<br />

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highlighted with a mustard<br />

yellow from which more<br />

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“I painted the ceiling<br />

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Up another flight of stairs we come to two doors,<br />

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below, Camilla explains, “<strong>The</strong>re are a lot more<br />

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69<br />

67 MEET THE CHEF<br />

<strong>The</strong> Cave’s executive chef<br />

talks influences, pro tips and<br />

dining dreams<br />

69 SWEET TALK<br />

We indulge a little in sweet<br />

recipes and recommendations<br />


Try out Damien Pestell’s<br />

gorgeous Mediterranean<br />

inspired recipes<br />


We explore the worldwide<br />

flavours you can find right<br />

here in the <strong>South</strong> <strong>East</strong><br />

83 RISE & SHINE<br />

Browse the best<br />

breakfast spots around<br />

85 STOCKING UP<br />

Shop freezer-fillers, pantry<br />

essentials and drinks cabinet<br />

must-haves to keep in stock<br />

87 TOP OF THE PUBS<br />

We find pub classics that have<br />

been updated and elevated<br />

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89 MEET THE CHEF<br />

A conversation with <strong>The</strong><br />

Poet’s chef, Lee Adams<br />

90 HOW IT’S MADE<br />

A round up of local tours<br />

of producers and makers<br />

that make a lovely day out<br />

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Meet<br />

the Chef<br />

<strong>Taste</strong> of the <strong>South</strong> <strong>East</strong> <strong>Supplement</strong><br />

<strong>The</strong> Cave Hotel’s executive chef John Bingley shares<br />

foodie tips, dreams and inspirations<br />

Tell us about <strong>The</strong> Cave’s two<br />

restaurants and their exciting menus.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Cave offers various dining<br />

options, each with its own unique<br />

characteristics. For a memorable date<br />

night, the ideal choice would be the<br />

Firepit restaurant. If you’re a fan of<br />

a high-end fast-food experience the<br />

Korean Cowgirl restaurant. To start, I<br />

personally would recommend trying<br />

the Korean Cowgirl, which offers<br />

familiar dishes with our own unique<br />

twist that sets them apart from others.<br />

Additionally, for a truly extraordinary<br />

dining experience, explore our<br />

refined dishes prepared in the Firepit<br />

restaurant, adding an element of<br />

surprise and novelty to your dining<br />

adventure.<br />

Are there any common themes or ideas<br />

that bring these all together?<br />

Both of our restaurants at <strong>The</strong> Cave<br />

Hotel embody an Asian fusion<br />

smokehouse concept, centred around<br />

sharing dishes. However, they are<br />

executed in distinct ways, each with<br />

its own design. We’ve carefully crafted<br />

different experiences and presentations<br />

for our guests, emphasising quality<br />

and attention to detail.<br />

What would you recommend<br />

we order at <strong>The</strong> Cave?<br />

I highly recommend trying the<br />

signature menu for a comprehensive<br />

experience of our culinary offerings.<br />

Among the dishes, my personal<br />

favourites include the beef Takai. It<br />

is a flavourful combination of rare<br />

beef with zesty elements, balanced<br />

beautifully by earthy notes of the<br />

truffle. It truly delivers a remarkable<br />

taste experience, that excites the<br />

tastebuds.<br />

What would be your dream<br />

dinner? Where would you go<br />

and who would you invite?<br />

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three-Michelin-starred Fat Duck<br />

restaurant. <strong>The</strong> meticulous attention<br />

to detail, playful elements, and<br />

immersive journey that Heston creates<br />

are truly exceptional. To elevate<br />

the experience, I would invite both<br />

personal and professional connections.<br />

I believe ambiance and company play<br />

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Who are your biggest influences?<br />

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several individuals. Gareth Ward of<br />

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Asian ingredients, and his culinary<br />

prowess has inspired me. Andy<br />

Holden, my dedicated and talented<br />

colleague of the past seven years, has<br />

been an invaluable companion in my<br />

culinary journey. Additionally, Robert<br />

Taylor, a highly esteemed chef in Kent<br />

and a dear friend of mine, serves as a<br />

constant source of inspiration for chefs<br />

throughout the county.<br />

Do you have any tips for home<br />

cooks and aspiring chefs?<br />

Cultivate patience and a thirst<br />

for learning. Invest in yourself by<br />

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dining at various restaurants, and<br />

discovering personal preferences. This<br />

exposure will help you shape your<br />

cooking style. However, it’s equally<br />

important to learn essential skills from<br />

experienced mentors. Remember,<br />

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Sweet<br />

TALK<br />

Raspberry Blonde<br />

For your next home bake, the Gordon Ramsay<br />

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Raspberry & White Chocolate Blondies<br />

• 200g unsalted<br />

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• 125g caster sugar<br />

• 125g light soft<br />

brown sugar<br />

• 300g white<br />

chocolate chips<br />

• 2 medium eggs<br />

• 1tsp vanilla extract​<br />

• 300g plain flour<br />

• 1tsp baking<br />

powder<br />

• ½tsp fine salt<br />

• 3tbsp raspberry<br />

jam (optional)<br />

• 150g pack<br />

raspberries,<br />

washed and dried<br />

1. Preheat the oven to 170°C/150°C fan/Gas 3.5.<br />

Grease and line a 20cm square brownie or cake<br />

tin with baking paper.<br />

2. Add the butter, caster sugar and half the white<br />

chocolate to a pan and melt over a gentle heat,<br />

stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Set aside<br />

to cool slightly.<br />

3. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs, vanilla and<br />

light brown sugar until light and fluffy.<br />

4. Combine the egg mixture with the chocolate<br />

mixture and stir until smooth.<br />

5. Add the flour, baking powder and salt and fold<br />

together until smooth and glossy. Stir through<br />

the remaining chocolate.<br />

6. Pour the mixture into the lined tin, then dollop<br />

your jam over the top and use a spoon to create<br />

swirls.<br />

7. Top with the fresh raspberries, pushing them<br />

into the mixture.<br />

8. Bake for 35 minutes for ultra-squidgy blondies,<br />

or 45 minutes for a slightly chewier texture.<br />

9. Cool for at least 30 minutes in the tin, then lift<br />

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<strong>Taste</strong> of the <strong>South</strong> <strong>East</strong> <strong>Supplement</strong><br />

A Plate<br />

in the<br />

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Inspired by the simplicity<br />

and clean flavours of<br />

Italian cooking, Damien<br />

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Mediterranean cuisine,<br />

creating dishes that<br />

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ingredients shine<br />

through. You can follow<br />

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Verdure di griglia<br />

antipasti con crostini<br />

(Grilled vegetable<br />

antipasti with crostini)<br />

<strong>The</strong>se versatile vegetables are a fantastic<br />

recipe to have up your sleeve – easily<br />

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Once cooked they’re transformed into<br />

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• 1-2 courgette<br />

• 1-2 peppers (red and yellow are best)<br />

• bunch of basil<br />

• extra virgin olive oil<br />

• balsamic vinegar<br />

• 1-2 garlic cloves<br />

• salt and pepper<br />

• French baguette<br />

1. Cut the aubergine and courgette<br />

lengthways, or if you prefer, across is fine.<br />

It’s best to cut the aubergine as you need<br />

it, as they will discolour if left for too long.<br />

<strong>The</strong> slices should be about 1cm thick for<br />

aubergine, but the courgette can be less.<br />

2. Place on the grill and brush the side<br />

facing up with a generous amount of<br />

olive oil, season and cook under the<br />

grill for 3-4 mins on each side. As soon<br />

as they start to brown it’s time to turn,<br />

brushing the upper side with olive oil.<br />

3. Cut each pepper in half, de-seed and<br />

place skin side up under the grill. Cook<br />

until completely black. <strong>The</strong>n leave to<br />

cool before peeling the charred skin off.<br />

4. To assemble, lay the cooked vegetables<br />

on a plate and drizzle with olive oil,<br />

balsamic and more seasoning. Thinly slice<br />

garlic on top and decorate with some basil<br />

leaves. (This can be kept in a tupperware<br />

and will keep for a few days in the fridge.)<br />

5. For the crostini, take a French baguette<br />

and cut diagonally into slices. Grill slices<br />

and brush with a little olive oil. Take<br />

a slice of grilled vegetable and lay on<br />

top of a crostini, top with a basil leaf.<br />


<strong>Taste</strong> of the <strong>South</strong> <strong>East</strong> <strong>Supplement</strong><br />

Insalata di finocchi e arance<br />

(Fennel & orange salad)<br />

Oranges are abundant in Sicily during<br />

their season from January to April and you<br />

will see them everywhere. This dish makes<br />

good use of them and is often used as an<br />

appetiser to stimulate the digestive system.<br />

Enjoy this refreshing dish as a side salad,<br />

starter or accompaniment to a fish main.<br />

Q.B. means Quanta Basta and is<br />

commonly used in Italian recipes, it<br />

means as much as you think/like.<br />

• 2 large oranges<br />

• 1 fennel bulb<br />

• anchovy fillets<br />

• green olives, Q.B.<br />

• walnuts, Q.B.<br />

• extra virgin olive oil, Q.B.<br />

• seasoning<br />

1. Peel the oranges then remove<br />

the pith with a knife and cut<br />

horizontally into 1cm slices.<br />

2. Layer the slices of one orange<br />

creatively on a large plate.<br />

3. Finely slice the fennel, removing the<br />

stalks but reserving the fronds. <strong>The</strong>n<br />

layer the fennel slices on top of the<br />

oranges, before layering on the second<br />

orange and a bit more sliced fennel.<br />

4. Dress the salad with fennel<br />

fronds, green olives – whole or<br />

sliced – anchovies and walnuts.<br />

5. When ready to serve, drizzle<br />

with olive oil and season.<br />

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Pasta di limone e tonna alla Siciliana<br />

(Lemon tuna Sicilian pasta)<br />

This is a fantastic summer dish, with citrusy lemon,<br />

salty olives and fresh parsley. We first found this<br />

dish in Palermo when, after a long day walking,<br />

we decided to stay in and cook something<br />

traditional. We collected the ingredients,<br />

all fresh and from the island and returned<br />

to our apartment to make it. Since first<br />

trying this recipe we must have repeated<br />

it another 10 times at least. It’s simply<br />

delicious and I never ever tire of it!<br />

• 1 small tin of tuna<br />

(preferably in olive oil)<br />

• a good handful of parsley<br />

• 1 lemon<br />

• 1 courgette, diced small<br />

• 5-6 tbsp extra virgin olive oil<br />

(plus extra for cooking)<br />

• a handful of pitted olives<br />

(green or black)<br />

• 250g paccheri (or other ‘big’ pasta)<br />

• salt & pepper<br />

1. Put 2 litres of water on to boil, then<br />

coarsely grate or peel the lemon rind<br />

into the water, the more the better.<br />

2. Finely chop the parsley, juice ½<br />

the lemon and place into a bowl with<br />

the olive oil and mix it all together.<br />

3. Chop the olives in half, or if<br />

they are large into quarters.<br />

4. When the water reaches boiling point add<br />

2tsps of salt before adding the pasta. Cook per<br />

packet instructions, checking 1 minute before,<br />

making sure it’s al dente for best results.<br />

5. Meanwhile, fry the courgette gently in<br />

a little olive oil with a pinch of salt.<br />

6. Just before draining the pasta, spoon some of the starchy<br />

pasta water into a cup (about ½ cup) and set aside.<br />

7. Add cooked, drained pasta to the courgette, add olives with a<br />

ladleful of pasta water. Cook for a minute, stirring well, to create a<br />

silky sauce. Turn off the heat, then add the tuna and parsley lemon oil.<br />

9. Season well and serve straight away with a little parsley, Parmesan or Pecorino.<br />

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<strong>Taste</strong> of the <strong>South</strong> <strong>East</strong> <strong>Supplement</strong><br />

Food<br />

of<br />

the<br />

World<br />

Explore a whole world of flavour with local businesses that are<br />

bringing international food and drink to the <strong>South</strong> <strong>East</strong><br />

Must Try Thai<br />

This new Thai restaurant and arts space is in a world of its own<br />

Having opened at 180 <strong>The</strong> Strand on<br />

7th July, Outcrop should head right to<br />

the top of your list of new restaurants<br />

to visit. It’s a restaurant and arts space<br />

created by the founders of London’s<br />

Michelin-starred Luca – Johnny Smith<br />

and Daniel Willis – as well as three<br />

Secret Cinema alumni – Tom Allott,<br />

Andrea Moccia and Sabrina Goreeba.<br />

A verdant courtyard at the heart of<br />

the Brutalist creative hub, Outcrop<br />

will serve as an inner-city oasis within<br />

London’s West End to connect guests<br />

with nature. Outcrop’s restaurant will be<br />

run by AngloThai’s John Chantarasak,<br />

showcasing his signature Thai cooking<br />

using ingredients from the bountiful<br />

British summer larder. <strong>The</strong> menu will<br />

focus on seasonal British vegetables, as<br />

well as native breed animals and linecaught<br />

fish, all cooked over charcoal in<br />

keeping with the traditional cooking<br />

practices of rural Thailand. Dishes<br />

will include: Root vegetable som tam,<br />

tamarind & London honey; Salt-baked<br />

beetroot, scallop roe chilli jam and<br />

wild garlic; Wye Valley asparagus and<br />

sunflower seed satay; Coconut smoked<br />

turbot bone broth; Skate wing jungle<br />

curry; Thai tea burnt cream. Outcrop’s<br />

drinks list makes use of hedgerow<br />

fruits, spirits and botanicals from the<br />

best producers across the UK, and will<br />

include a selection of cocktails made<br />

using exclusively British ingredients,<br />

such as the No Fly Zone (barley eau de<br />

vie, London honey and gooseberry) or<br />

the Cropped Martini (London dry gin<br />

and homemade herb garden vermouth,<br />

served ice cold). <strong>The</strong> restaurant and<br />

venue will also play host to an arts<br />

and music programme, including a<br />

central installation exploring the world<br />

beyond our senses and a musical line up<br />

showcasing rising and established DJ<br />

talent through musical journeys inspired<br />

by the natural world.<br />

outcrop.social<br />

From India<br />

with Love<br />

Rameeza’s Repetoire’s inspiring<br />

workshops will give you the<br />

skills to create authentic Indian<br />

dishes for yourself<br />

If you’re looking to learn something<br />

new or to build on your existing skills,<br />

Rameeza’s Repertoire is introducing a<br />

new set of Indian Cookery Workshops<br />

this September. Immerse yourself<br />

in Indian culture – known for its<br />

hospitality and view that feeding<br />

people is an honour – while discovering<br />

mouth-watering flavours and unique<br />

new recipes. All of Rameeza’s recipes<br />

are genuine, family ones, passed down<br />

through generations – the kind that<br />

you won’t find on your usual high street<br />

menu. Rameeza will teach you to cook<br />

these opulent and varied dishes in her<br />

own gorgeous kitchen or via zoom,<br />

offering expert guidance along the way<br />

to guide your hands-on experience.<br />

Workshops last from half a day and<br />

cover a variety of meals, including<br />

meat, fish, vegetable, rice and bread<br />

dishes, all using different skills and<br />

techniques. Rameeza also teaches for<br />

DofE Skills Awards and if you are<br />

in the Woking/West Byfleet area,<br />

you can try her Friday Curry and<br />

order some of Rameeza’s genuine<br />

Indian dishes without all the cooking!<br />

rameezasrepertoire.com<br />

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All things Spice<br />

Jumeira’s new location in Cranbrook is as warm and inviting as warm embers<br />

New Indian Restaurant in Cranbrook, Jumeira, is aptly named after burning embers with<br />

its stylish, gently lit decor and comforting, authentic Indian dishes. <strong>The</strong>ir creative menus<br />

fuse traditional recipes with contemporary stylish tastes for an up-to-date take on classic<br />

gourmet dishes. <strong>The</strong>y are holding special Tuesday Banquet Nights in which you can get<br />

a four course meal for £19.95 per person from 5pm to 10:30pm and they also offer a<br />

takeout option which you can order online from 5pm to 10pm.<br />

jumeirarestaurant.co.uk<br />

When in Rye...<br />

... do as the Brazilians do apparently! <strong>The</strong> Union’s new<br />

chef mixes things up with international inspiration<br />

<strong>The</strong> Union is set in a beautiful 15th century building in the heart of Rye,<br />

but this old English setting is getting a fresh international twist from new<br />

Head Chef, Maz Cogo. Originally from Brazil, Maz has recently moved from<br />

London to the south coast, bringing with her whole-animal butchery skills,<br />

live fire cooking and Brazilian heritage that has inspired new flavours – such<br />

as Picanha beef, salsas, sea bass ceviche and Basque cheesecake.<br />

theunionrye.co.uk<br />

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Master the specific<br />

techniques used to cook<br />

authentic Indian food under<br />

the expert guidance of<br />

Rameeza using traditional<br />

family recipes.<br />

With a mother who hails from<br />

southern India and a father from<br />

northern Pakistan, Rameeza<br />

Rayner was very lucky growing<br />

up to have absorbed a knowledge<br />

of food and a palate for dishes<br />

from a variety of regions of<br />

Sub-Continental India.<br />

She happily shares this natural<br />

understanding of Indian<br />

cookery with a new series of<br />

workshops, run from her own<br />

home in <strong>Surrey</strong>, or over zoom<br />

via special arrangement.<br />

visit Rameeza’s Repertoire<br />

website to find out more.<br />

www.rameezasrepertoire.com<br />

<strong>The</strong> West House<br />

For 21 years, Graham<br />

Garrett has been chef/<br />

owner of the critically<br />

acclaimed <strong>The</strong> West<br />

House, delighting his<br />

loyal, and often famous clientele<br />

with an unpretentious style of<br />

cooking that belies the process<br />

and attention to detail that<br />

goes into every element.<br />

Graham opened <strong>The</strong> West<br />

House on a wing and a prayer<br />

in 2002 to realise his dream<br />

of running his own restaurant<br />

and offering beautiful food in<br />

a relaxed atmosphere. Today,<br />

<strong>The</strong> West House remains<br />

not only a family-run and<br />

independent restaurant but a<br />

pilgrimage for many foodies.<br />

Now with four themed<br />

suites, including a Rock and<br />

Roll room – a nod to his<br />

career as a drummer in <strong>The</strong><br />

Dumb Blondes and Ya Ya –<br />

<strong>The</strong> West House is attracting<br />

people from further afield<br />

who can now enjoy their meal<br />

and explore the local area.<br />

In his autobiographical<br />


cookbook Sex & Drugs &<br />

Sausage Rolls, Graham says: “It’s<br />

just cooking. We are not saving<br />

lives, it’s only food. Everybody<br />

cooks, everybody has to eat.”<br />

Putting his modesty aside, on<br />

September 18, he will be joining<br />

nineteen other renowned chefs<br />

such as Tom Kerridge and<br />

Mark Hix at Who’s Cooking<br />

Dinner? a unique fundraising<br />

event in aid of Leukaemia UK.<br />

To find out more go<br />

to www.leukaemiauk.org.<br />

uk/whos-cooking-dinner/<br />

<strong>The</strong> West House<br />

28 High St, Biddenden,<br />

Ashford TN27 8AH<br />

01580 291341<br />

www.thewesthouserestaurant.co.uk<br />

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<strong>The</strong> Alberts Deli<br />




SINCE 2008<br />

We are both a small café serving<br />

breakfasts, sandwiches and homemade<br />

lunch dishes, as well as a food store<br />

stocking high quality, artisan products.<br />

To launch our new wine and nibbles menu<br />

join us for a wine tasting and canapés,<br />

Thursday 27th July 5-8pm.<br />

Just turn up for a slurp and nibbles.<br />

2 Worple Way, Richmond, TW10 6DF<br />

020 8617 3029<br />

www.thealbertsdeli.com<br />

Alsop & Walker<br />

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Artists in Cheesemaking<br />

You can find our fine handcrafted artisan cheeses at Borough Market, London and also in many local farmshops and delis.<br />

Alternatively look on our online store to browse and purchase from our selection.<br />

www.alsopandwalker.co.uk<br />

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Rise & Shine<br />

It’s the most important meal of the day, so worth spending it right – grab<br />

breakfast at one of these local hot spots to start your day sunny side up<br />

<strong>The</strong> Trough <strong>The</strong> Alberts Deli Goat Ledge<br />

A snug spot to sample locally<br />

sourced produce, like<br />

the speciality coffee<br />

which is roasted just<br />

5-miles away!<br />

All-day breakfasts, brunch,<br />

and lunch with afternoon<br />

tea to follow shortly<br />

Charity Farm Countrystore<br />

in Cranbrook, Kent has a<br />

newly opened café. <strong>The</strong> Trough<br />

is a family-run eatery – a warm and<br />

comfortable hideaway – perfect to enjoy<br />

a nice breakfast or lunch over a good<br />

book before a bit of shopping.<br />

<strong>The</strong> décor is a warm version of an<br />

authentic industrial style, with concrete<br />

floors, a handily situated book exchange<br />

and herringbone-patterned walls made<br />

from pallets previously used on the<br />

surrounding farm. <strong>The</strong> rustic tables with<br />

rattan dining chairs sit underneath a<br />

collection of warm-toned lanterns for a<br />

cosy country feel that is truly charming.<br />

charityfarmcountrystore.co.uk<br />

A pretty little hidden gem tucked<br />

away in Richmond, <strong>Surrey</strong> with a<br />

relaxed continental feel and a gorgeous<br />

Parisian shop front. Perfect for a<br />

breakfast picnic in the park.<br />

Brunch and breakfast everyday until 3pm plus<br />

fresh sandwiches, homemade meals, delicious<br />

cakes, and now add wine or prosecco too<br />

If you’re planning a day out in<br />

Richmond, this chic cafe is a great start.<br />

Just a 7 min walk from the station. <strong>The</strong><br />

seating is limited, but you can takeaway<br />

one of their scrumptious picnics (which<br />

are pre-orderable) and enjoy your goodies<br />

in the park or on the green and you’ll<br />

be right in the middle of Richmond<br />

Riverside, Kew Gardens, Ham House<br />

and Garden and Richmond Park.<br />

thealbertsdeli.com<br />

This bright and colourful beach cafe<br />

is quirky, relaxed and full of fun.<br />

Everyone is welcome, including dogs,<br />

and you can even book a themed beach<br />

hut for free for up to six to eat in!<br />

Yummy breakfast baps, speciality coffees,<br />

brunches, lunches, locally caught fish,<br />

evening paella, and ice cream sundaes<br />

Lounging happily<br />

right on St<br />

Leonards beach,<br />

overlooking<br />

the sparkling<br />

sea, Goat Ledge is a<br />

friendly splash of coastal<br />

cool overflowing with<br />

music and colour. To drink,<br />

there are cocktails, wine and<br />

local beers, and the menu has all<br />

the best beach eats. Open seven days a<br />

week from 8am to 9pm all summer, it’s<br />

a family-friendly spot to visit on your<br />

summer holiday beach trip that you’ll<br />

want to come back to year after year.<br />

goatledge.com<br />

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Freshly baked baguettes<br />

A large selection of cheese,<br />

charcuterie & savoury pastries<br />

Ready-made frozen cook meals<br />

Jams, chutneys & sauces<br />

Large selection of cards, candles & food gifts<br />

Beautiful garden to enjoy coffees, teas &<br />

freshly made filled baguette and sandwiches<br />

Marshfield ice creams<br />

Artisanal south african<br />

food, products & Catering<br />

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NEW<br />

A refreshing aromatic and citrus expression<br />

of our classic Silent Pool Gin<br />



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<strong>Taste</strong> of the <strong>South</strong> <strong>East</strong> <strong>Supplement</strong><br />

<strong>The</strong>se <strong>South</strong> <strong>East</strong> star buys are all great to keep in stock<br />

and will come in handy again and again<br />

For the Pantry<br />

This light rapeseed oil has a sweet,<br />

nutty flavour. Use for roasting, stirfries,<br />

salad dressings or simply dip in<br />

some crusty bread. Available in three<br />

sizes (250ml for £4, 500ml for £7 or<br />

5l for £27.50) morghew.com<br />

A little jar of Filipino flavour. <strong>Surrey</strong>based<br />

Roni B’s Kitchen won a 2021<br />

great taste award for this Garlic<br />

Chilli Oil which will instantly add<br />

a garlicy kick to noodles, stir fries or<br />

soups. £6.50 ronibkitchen.co.uk<br />

Rosemary Schrager and the Wooden<br />

Spoon Preserving Company teamed<br />

up to make No Ordinary jams and<br />

relishes – a new no-added-sugar range<br />

that’s still super tasty! From £3.95<br />

thewoodenspoon.co.uk<br />

For the Drinks Cabinet<br />

For unexpected celebrations, keep<br />

in stock a bottle of Biddenden<br />

Vineyards’ Gribble Bridge Sparkling<br />

White (2018). It’s wonderfully clean<br />

and fresh with a hint of spice.<br />

£26.40 biddendenvineyards.com<br />

Canterbury Brewers & Distillers’<br />

Foundry Streetlight Single Malt<br />

Whiskey is new this year and already<br />

winning awards. <strong>Taste</strong> at <strong>The</strong><br />

Foundry BrewPub or order for £70<br />

at canterburybrewers-distillers.co.uk<br />

An interesting addition to your<br />

drinks cabinet, Arcanist Rum<br />

is infused with pineapple and<br />

Caribbean spices for a smooth<br />

natural flavour, in a fabulous bottle!<br />

£44.95 (70cl) arcanistrum.com<br />

For the Freezer<br />

A Wealden Times Midsummer Fair<br />

favourite, Simply Ice Cream is made<br />

in Kent and truly scrumptious. Grab<br />

a tub of heavenly honeycomb to keep<br />

in stock for a summer-time treat.<br />

£5.99 (500ml) simplyicecream.co.uk<br />

Kentish Mayde’s pies have won over<br />

20 British Pie Awards, and justly<br />

so with their great variety of tasty<br />

fillings. Keep a few in the freezer and<br />

you’ll be ready for any cupboards-arebare<br />

days. kentishmayde.co.uk<br />

A fun freezer filler, Bears Ice Cream is<br />

a London brand that recently set up<br />

an imaginarium in Whitstable. <strong>The</strong>ir<br />

out-of-the-tub flavours are dripping<br />

with adventurous yumminess.<br />

£9.50 (475ml) bearsicecream.co.uk<br />

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Tucked away in the picturesque<br />

village of Holmbury St Mary, a short<br />

drive from Guildford and Dorking,<br />

this newly refurbished hidden gem<br />

is the perfect place to meet and<br />

enjoy the friendly atmosphere.<br />

Explore this area of outstanding<br />

natural beauty and discover why it’s<br />

so popular with walkers and cyclists,<br />

then relax in one of our cozy nooks.<br />

While you’re here, you can sample our<br />

refreshing selection of real ales from<br />

local breweries, and our menu inspired<br />

by seasonal, local and fresh ingredients.<br />

KH Coffee shop is just next door,<br />

serving locally roasted coffee and<br />

freshly baked pastries. Open for<br />

breakfast and light lunch. Ideal pit<br />

stop for cyclist and walkers.<br />

BOOKINGS: 01306 735050<br />

www.thekingsheadhsm.com<br />

Pitland Street, Holmbury St. Mary, <strong>Surrey</strong>, RH5 6NP<br />


Recently awarded an AA Culinary Rosette<br />

and 4 stars for our excellent rooms.<br />




Three luxurious 4 star<br />

rated bedrooms with en-suites<br />

Totally renovated and under new ownership<br />

Real ales from local breweries<br />

Fine English and international wines<br />

À La Carte menu using seasonal & local<br />

ingredients from our kitchen garden<br />

Beautifully landscaped beer garden<br />

Private dining area with outdoor patio<br />

Community Owned<br />

A ‘pub-hub’<br />

at the heart<br />

of local life<br />

High Street, Limpsfield, <strong>Surrey</strong>, RH8 0DR | 01883 713 469 | | | | | | www.thebullinnlimpsfield.com<br />

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Top<br />

of the<br />

Pubs<br />

Who doesn’t love a bit of classic pub<br />

grub? <strong>The</strong>se <strong>South</strong> <strong>East</strong> eateries take the<br />

classics and elevate them to a new level<br />

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WH Pubs’ Fish and Chips<br />

For this British Classic, North Atlantic sustainably sourced cod, caught off the<br />

Barents Sea, is lightly battered with local Larkins best beer and hand whisked<br />

for a crispy finish. It’s served with triple cooked chunky chips, and homemade<br />

tartar sauce and the final flourish of a sprinkling of sea salt and a wedge of<br />

lemon. £17.50 whpubs.co.uk<br />

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<strong>The</strong> Bull Inn’s Cajun chicken burger<br />

Served with gem lettuce, tomato and tasty garlic mayo, the pub classic<br />

chicken burger gets a Cajun twist at <strong>The</strong> Bull Inn, a country gastro pub in<br />

Limpsfield, <strong>Surrey</strong>. At this community hub, locally sourced ingredients are<br />

expertly crafted into delicious dishes alongside an impressive selection of<br />

local wines, beers and ales. £16.95 thebullinnlimpsfield.com<br />

<strong>The</strong> Rock Inn’s<br />

Dry Aged Steak<br />

Carved on bone, this minimum 1kg Rib Eye<br />

steak is dry aged in the small 500-year-old<br />

Chiddingstone pub’s ager for a minimum of 35<br />

days and up to more than 50. <strong>The</strong> beef comes<br />

either from local farms or personally selected from<br />

Haywoods Farm Shop in Hadlow. Flame grilled to<br />

perfection, and rested as long as it’s cooked, it’s hard<br />

to find better. £8/100g therockchiddingstone.com<br />

<strong>The</strong> Hook & Hatchet’s Seafood Sharer<br />

This Maidstone pub uses lots of local ingredients and does all sorts of tasty<br />

sharing platters that are a lovely sociable way to enjoy your hearty pub<br />

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Meet<br />

the Chef<br />

<strong>Taste</strong> of the <strong>South</strong> <strong>East</strong> <strong>Supplement</strong><br />

<strong>The</strong> Poet’s chef, Lee Adams shares expert advice,<br />

inspiration and foodie favourites<br />

What made you become a chef?<br />

Just simply my love for eating! I<br />

wanted to be able to eat whatever,<br />

whenever, and so I needed to know<br />

how to cook. Especially pasta! A<br />

family friend who was a chef moved to<br />

France when I was about 11 years old.<br />

When we visited I would help him<br />

prepare food for his guests and ask<br />

non-stop questions. I was in awe of his<br />

techniques and passion for cooking.<br />

Dad was also the first one to teach me<br />

how to cook a roast at home – and he<br />

doesn’t usually enjoy cooking!<br />

What inspires your menu?<br />

After living in the Middle <strong>East</strong> and<br />

then Hong Kong for the last 12 years,<br />

and travelling a lot around Asia, the<br />

menu is heavily influenced by flavours<br />

and techniques I picked up on the<br />

way. <strong>The</strong> amazing Kentish produce<br />

on our doorstep is also a huge positive<br />

factor when it comes to putting<br />

together a menu. Pairing local gems<br />

with oriental ingredients really gets my<br />

creative juices flowing.<br />

What kind of dining experience<br />

can we expect at <strong>The</strong> Poet?<br />

We believe in being honest and<br />

humble in everything we do. We focus<br />

on flavour rather than aesthetics, being<br />

true to the ingredients and ourselves.<br />

<strong>The</strong> service team are very mature,<br />

the team have extensive knowledge,<br />

though we are all aware there is always<br />

more to learn, to do better. <strong>The</strong><br />

Poet itself is very casual fine-dining.<br />

We don’t have white tablecloths or<br />

wear shirts and ties like you’d find<br />

in many Michelin-guide restaurants,<br />

but we still set ourselves high<br />

standards to ensure our guests have<br />

the best dining experience possible.<br />

Can you recommend a favourite dish<br />

on the menu in <strong>August</strong> for us to try?<br />

I’m a Pastry Chef at heart, and I have<br />

always tried to make the desserts at<br />

<strong>The</strong> Poet unique. One of my recent<br />

favourites is a Frozen Strawberry<br />

Daiquiri Marshmallow, made using<br />

fresh local strawberries, pureed with a<br />

daiquiri cocktail, folded into an Italian<br />

meringue and then frozen. It’s served<br />

alongside a white chocolate brownie,<br />

local strawberries which have been<br />

compressed to intensify flavour, and<br />

a sugar tuile made from isomalt sugar<br />

and kalamata olives.<br />

What do you like to eat when off duty?<br />

Most chefs like to cook at work the<br />

food we wouldn’t normally eat at<br />

home and vice versa. I’d quite happily<br />

finish off a bucket of fried chicken<br />

at home but I could never cook it<br />

for a career! I really enjoy the food at<br />

Birchwood – a concept in Flimwell by<br />

Matt and Will Devlin, of <strong>The</strong> Small<br />

Holding fame – because their food<br />

is simple but well thought-out and<br />

packed full of flavour. <strong>The</strong> head chef<br />

there, Nick, is very creative and I’ve<br />

borrowed a couple of ideas from his<br />

menus a few times too!<br />

Do you have any tips for<br />

anyone aspiring to be a chef?<br />

My advice is to spend your teenage<br />

years and twenties working as much<br />

and as hard as you can, gathering<br />

as much knowledge as possible,<br />

surrounding yourself with good,<br />

professional chefs, and don’t think of<br />

the money or position. <strong>The</strong> money,<br />

the respect, the prestige will all come<br />

later on in your career once you have<br />

grafted and earned the right to call<br />

yourself the head chef.<br />

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<strong>Taste</strong> of the <strong>South</strong> <strong>East</strong> <strong>Supplement</strong><br />

Visit Biddenden and immerse yourself amongst our vines. Right in the Heart of the Garden, we are<br />

Kent’s original Vineyard owned and managed by the Barnes family since 1969. Walk amongst some of<br />

the oldest vines in the country, learn about our grape varieties and gain an insight into our winemaking<br />

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This September, Gusbourne Estate will be open for one of the<br />

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vineyard’s fruits will finally be plump and bursting with flavour,<br />

ready to be hand-picked and pressed. Step behind the scenes with<br />

this tour and you can see how this process works first-hand. You<br />

may be able to taste the fully ripened grapes straight from the vine<br />

or observe the pickers hard at work, and as you head back for your<br />

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get to taste juice straight from the press.<br />

Price: £100 per person<br />

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This tour begins on the banks of the magical Silent Pool itself,<br />

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favourite gin. Led by an expert guide, you’ll then visit the adjacent<br />

barns that now house their bespoke copper stills to learn all about<br />

their unique four-stage distilling process and the 24 botanicals<br />

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Price: From £20 per person<br />

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Biddenden Vineyard Tours<br />

Kent’s original vineyard, owned and managed by the Barnes<br />

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<strong>The</strong> Art of<br />

Cleansing<br />

Josephine Fairley tracks down the most skin-nourishing<br />

cleansers and explores the pros of doubling-up<br />

To double cleanse or not to double cleanse…<br />

that is the question. Or rather, it has become<br />

the question for all of us, as Korean-style<br />

beauty regimes – with as many as nine skincare<br />

steps – infiltrate our British way of<br />

beauty, and complicate our lives. (Or<br />

over-complicate, if you ask me.)<br />

<strong>Of</strong> course, once upon a time,<br />

our cleansing choices were dead<br />

simple: it was pretty much Anne<br />

French or nothing (maybe Pond’s<br />

Cold Cream, for our mums).<br />

Now? Balms, pomades, washes,<br />

oils foams, lotions and creams<br />

leave us puzzling: how to choose?<br />

But first up: what exactly is a<br />

‘double cleanse’ anyway? Well, the<br />

notion behind this two-step cleansing<br />

ritual is that the first cleanse breaks down<br />

make-up, sunscreen, grime and all the other oilbased<br />

impurities (including sebum) which might work<br />

to clog pores. <strong>The</strong> second – usually using some kind of<br />

detergent-based product – melts away the very last traces<br />

of those oil-based products, leaving skin completely fresh.<br />

So, should you be double-cleansing? I’d say it’s entirely<br />

a matter of personal preference. It sort of depends on<br />

whether you honestly feel your regular cleanser is leaving<br />

your skin feeling clean enough – and to me, a lot of that<br />

is down to the product you use, and how you remove it.<br />

For the past few decades, for me and increasing numbers<br />

of beauty-hounds, that’s meant using a balm cleanser, and<br />

a muslin cloth or a warm, wet washcloth. Now, I clearly<br />

remember the first time I was introduced to cleansing<br />

balm – by Eve Lom herself, as it happens, then working as a<br />

‘superfacialist’ in Marylebone, and the woman who pioneered<br />

this style of cleansing: massage a balm into skin, then remove<br />

it with a muslin cloth. (This was long before those cloths were<br />

a twinkle in Liz Earle’s eye, by the way, although her excellent<br />

Cleanse & Polish Cleansing Cream turned them into a<br />

fixture on nearly every bathroom radiator in the country.)<br />

A key advantage of a balm, and the reason for their<br />

popularity, I think, is the radiance delivered by the<br />

massaging action of firmly working it into skin. A minute<br />

or two pressing on acupuncture points and lymphatic<br />

drainage points (even if you’re unaware you’re doing<br />

it, rather than systematically) are quite astonishing<br />

in terms of delivering glow via increased circulation.<br />

It’s why a cleansing balm is still my go-to, to this day<br />

(and you can read on, to find out my favourites).<br />

Fact: oil melts oil. And a balm is basically an oil, solidified<br />

by waxes, which melts at body temperature back into an<br />

oil – perfect for massage, and perfect for dissolving all<br />

the gunk that’s still on your face by bedtime.<br />

(You can also, um, use a cleansing oil for<br />

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this step; it does exactly the same<br />

thing.) Don’t even bother trying<br />

to take this off with cotton wool,<br />

though: it needs warm-to-hot water,<br />

and a cloth – either one of the<br />

aforementioned muslins, or a flannel.<br />

Technique: I like to massage face<br />

and neck with the balm, place the<br />

washcloth over my skin for up to 30<br />

seconds, then use it to sweep the skin<br />

clean. (<strong>The</strong> warmth and moisture help<br />

lift the dirt, while the heat delivers a<br />

mini-steam for skin.) I then rinse the<br />

cloth well under running water, and use<br />

it to clean my face a second time, also<br />

gently poking the corners of the cloth<br />

to access the folds around the nose and<br />

in the cleft of the skin, where gunk and<br />

dirt like to lurk. (Many balms can also<br />

melt eye make-up, although I always<br />

prefer to use a separate, dedicated<br />

cleanser for this, rather than rub at<br />

the delicate skin around my eyes.)<br />

For me, that’s enough. On my<br />

normal-to-dry skin, I personally never<br />

feel I have to cleanse a second time to<br />

‘double up the effect’ – but boy, lots of<br />

women now do. I think it certainly can<br />

be useful for oilier, combination and<br />

breakout-prone complexions, though<br />

– provided you use a gentle foam or<br />

wash, rather than anything harsh.<br />

<strong>The</strong> water-activated cleanser – foam<br />

or wash – swoops in to remove any<br />

surface-level residue, leaving skin a little<br />

more purified, clean-but-not-squeaky.<br />

So, which products do I really rate?<br />

I have lots of favourites, actually. Let’s<br />

start with balms: a <strong>2023</strong> discovery has<br />

been L’Occitane Immortelle Divine<br />

Cleansing Balm, £39 for 60g, part<br />

of their fabulous Immortelle range<br />

(to which I’m addicted). Elemis<br />

Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm is a<br />

product I return to time and again,<br />

not least because the multi-awardwinning,<br />

make-up melting formula<br />

is occasionally available with limited<br />

edition fragrances, to stop me getting<br />

bored; meanwhile I’ve re-purchased<br />

Pro-Collagen Rose Cleansing Balm,<br />

from £13 for 20g, several times. Pricier,<br />

but luxuriously fabulous and herbilyscented,<br />

is Wildsmith Skin Active<br />

Repair Nourishing Cleansing Balm,<br />

from £14 for 15ml (intro size), which<br />

has an intriguing, enjoyably jelly-like<br />

texture – and a little bit goes an awfully<br />

long way. I’m also fond of switching all<br />

of these up with Omorovicza <strong>The</strong>rmal<br />

Cleansing Balm, £62 for 50ml,<br />

which is powered by magnesium and<br />

calcium, is charcoal-black in colour and<br />

warms on the skin, for a wonderfully<br />

relaxing sensation. And if you’re a bit<br />

strapped, right now, meanwhile? No<br />

compromises needed: Dr.PAWPAW<br />

Your Gorgeous Skin Cleansing<br />

Balm, £14.99, has become a fixture<br />

in my bathroom cabinet and (thanks<br />

to the lightweight tube) in my travel<br />

kit, too: brilliantly hydrating, supereffective,<br />

and exceptionally good value.<br />

Cleansing oils I can recommend<br />

(based on the opinions of my Beauty<br />

Bible testers) include Erborian Centella<br />

Cleansing Oil, £26 for 180ml, the very<br />

reasonable Super Facialist Vitamin C+<br />

Brighten Skin Renew Cleansing Oil,<br />

£9 for 200ml; Evolve Organic Beauty<br />

Kalahari Dream Cleansing Oil, £20<br />

for 100ml; and ekó Botanicals Amina<br />

Ritual Cleansing Oil, £42 for 100ml,<br />

which uses key botanicals that have<br />

been time-tested in African, as well<br />

as British ancient beauty rituals. And<br />

there’s one particular new cleansing<br />

cream which has impressed me, too.<br />

Beauty editor Caroline Hirons’s Skin<br />

Rocks <strong>The</strong> Cream Cleanser, £32 for<br />

125ml; not least to commend this is<br />

the fact it’s available in a fragrance-free<br />

or a lightly (citrus) scented version.<br />

And as for those ‘washes’ – the<br />

aforementioned ‘double cleanse’ step? As<br />

I say, keep it gentle; you don’t want to<br />

strip away every last atom of oil (which<br />

might sound counter-intuitive to oilycomplexioned<br />

readers, but you’ve gotta<br />

trust me here: your face will just work<br />

harder and faster to put the oil back).<br />

So, I particularly recommend allnatural<br />

Wild Science Lab Happy<br />

Days Cleansing Foam, £20 for 125ml,<br />

which features plant-derived fruit acids<br />

to remove dead surface cells and deepcleanse<br />

pores (another Beauty Bible<br />

winner), sunnily-packaged Trinny<br />

London AHA/PHA Better <strong>Of</strong>f Gel<br />

Cleanser, £28 for 100ml – again, it’ll<br />

subtly exfoliate, but won’t leave skin<br />

feeling like it’s two sizes too tight – and<br />

budget-but-brilliant CeraVe Hydrating<br />

Facial Cleanser, £12 for 236ml.<br />

So: once, twice – it’s your call. But<br />

you know what? At the end of the day<br />

(and I really do mean at the end of<br />

the day), all that matters is that you<br />

DO cleanse – the not-always-sexy but<br />

definitely always-important step in<br />

your skincare regime, prepping your<br />

complexion so that everything you<br />

apply afterwards sinks in well, to work<br />

its magic.<br />

See beautybible.com for more of Jo’s tried<br />

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A<br />

while ago I developed hives<br />

on my face and neck during a<br />

particularly stressful period.<br />

After several months of tests and multiple<br />

prescriptions for lotions, potions and<br />

pills, the hives were still spreading and<br />

showing no sign of calming down.<br />

Fortunately, I was introduced to a book<br />

called <strong>The</strong> Body Keeps Score, which<br />

helped me understand why I wasn’t<br />

healing and the hives weren’t shifting.<br />

It was then that I got in touch with Kate<br />

Munden, a trauma and embodiment<br />

specialist and EFT practitioner.<br />

She taught me how to use EFT<br />

Tapping to help me clear the<br />

underlying issues causing my hives.<br />

What is EFT/Tapping<br />

EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique)<br />

is an alternative treatment for<br />

emotional distress and physical pain.<br />

It uses a highly effective combination<br />

of talking therapy and acupressure,<br />

swapping needles for fingertip tapping<br />

and drawing on aspects of modern<br />

cognitive therapy to enable you to safely<br />

get to the root of your problem.<br />

Our emotional, subconscious minds<br />

are far more powerful than our conscious<br />

minds. Stress causes our bodies to go<br />

into flight, fight or fear mode and,<br />

in turn, this raises our cortisol levels<br />

and puts us at risk of a suppressed<br />

immune system, high blood pressure,<br />

weight gain, increased blood sugar and<br />

heart disease among other issues.<br />

Tapping sends signals to the brain to<br />

react calmly, reduce stress and trauma<br />

and treat the negative emotions associated<br />

with anxiety, sadness and fear.<br />

Some of the many benefits<br />

of practising EFT<br />

• Reducing stress and anxiety<br />

• Improving physical health and wellbeing<br />

• Increasing energy levels<br />

• Enhancing mental clarity & focus<br />

• Enhancing emotional wellbeing<br />

• Releasing negative emotions & thoughts<br />

• Enhancing self-awareness<br />

<strong>The</strong> National Institute for Health and<br />

Care Excellence (formerly NICE) has<br />

found EFT to be clinically- and costeffective<br />

for PTSD, and research is<br />

ongoing on how it can help with health<br />

and wellbeing across the board. Check<br />

out their research for yourself at<br />

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<strong>The</strong> beauty of EFT is that you can<br />

learn it quickly as a self-help tool or go<br />

to a deeper level with a trained therapist.<br />

Great if you are looking for a way to<br />

reduce stress and anxiety, improve physical<br />

health and emotional wellbeing.<br />

How to do it at home:<br />

Think of a number from 1-10 and<br />

rate how you currently feel about a<br />

situation you are going to tap about.<br />

Here are a few ideas as to what<br />

you could say whilst tapping:<br />

• ‘Even though I am upset/<br />

stressed/unhappy about [...] I<br />

deeply love and accept myself’<br />

• ‘I am strong and I can get<br />

through anything’<br />

• ‘Even though I’m scared, I know<br />

I have the courage to do this’<br />

Tap gently between 3-7 times on each<br />

point (to follow) whilst repeating a<br />

sentence that refers to how you are feeling.<br />

Points to focus on:<br />

• Eyebrow point – where the eyebrows<br />

begin, closest to the bridge of the nose.<br />

• Side of eye – on the bone directly<br />

along the outside of either eye.<br />

• Under eye – on the bone<br />

directly under either eye.<br />

• Under nose – the area directly beneath<br />

the nose and above the upper lip.<br />

• Chin point – this is the area just<br />

below your bottom lip and above<br />

the chin, right in the crease.<br />

• Collarbone point – starting from where<br />

your collarbones meet in the centre, go<br />

down an inch and out on either side.<br />

• Under arm – on your side, about<br />

four inches beneath the armpit.<br />

• Top of head – directly on<br />

the crown of your head.<br />

When you finish tapping, rate how<br />

stressed you feel about the same<br />

situation on the scale of 1-10.<br />

You can practise EFT on your own,<br />

it doesn’t need special equipment<br />

or location. It’s easy to learn and<br />

flexible enough to adapt to any<br />

circumstances or worries you have.<br />

If you do feel you need support,<br />

I highly recommend you go to an<br />

experienced therapist who can guide and<br />

teach you for the best possible results.<br />

To find out more about the support that<br />

Kate Munden offers, see katemunden.com<br />

Sarah Maxwell is a multi award-winning<br />

weight loss, lifestyle and fitness coach.<br />

Find out more about her work...<br />

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meets the eye when she meets Sebastian Tribe, founder of Terrapy<br />

Making a self-sustaining<br />

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beautiful, miniature plants<br />

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Seb, a lawyer, rather than a botanist<br />

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the city, “I enjoyed my time there, but<br />

escaped into another world.” He is now<br />

the owner of Terrapy, his terrarium<br />

business. Once you dive into this<br />

seemingly tiny domain, there is another<br />

far larger one waiting to be explored,<br />

and fascinating it is too, brimming with<br />

history, science and intrigue. I talk to<br />

Seb about the evolution of the terrarium<br />

and how the therapeutic benefits of<br />

owning, making and maintaining them<br />

has inspired him to run workshops and<br />

produce beautiful and environmentally<br />

friendly mini ecosystems.<br />

Terrariums as we know them today<br />

have evolved from the Wardian case.<br />

This portable mini greenhouse was<br />

invented in 1830 by Nathanial Ward, a<br />

doctor with an interest in entomology<br />

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noticed that his ferns were thriving in<br />

the glass cases he kept his specimens in<br />

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the world, that had hitherto perished<br />

on long sea journeys. It meant that the<br />

intrepid plant hunters of this era were<br />

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species that nurseries could propagate<br />

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plants could become commodities.<br />

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In an age where women had little agency,<br />

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and educational activity. Many women<br />

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It is amazing to think that a small<br />

glass container can do such mighty work<br />

– and Seb is determined that Terrapy<br />

does its fair share: “I want Terrapy<br />

to work in the interest of society,” he<br />

says. “Wardian cases have unlocked<br />

progress. Today, they can also help us<br />

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have their own land to cultivate, perhaps<br />

living as many of us do in flats or<br />

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charities that support those who don’t<br />

have the ability or means to access<br />

horticulture. <strong>The</strong>y have also committed<br />

to donating 10% of their annual profits<br />

to organisations mitigating climate<br />

breakdown and fighting for social equity.<br />

Caring for the environment is a<br />

large part of what the company stands<br />

for. “We are currently building our<br />

first workshop almost entirely from<br />

construction waste and already have a<br />

very low carbon footprint. Constant<br />

changes are being made to our terrariums<br />

as we race towards zero, but while a<br />

gap remains we fund a non-profit, that<br />

permanently stops dangerous greenhouse<br />

gases leaking from dumped fridges<br />

into the atmosphere, to counteract<br />

our small impact many times over. We<br />

use recycled or reclaimed materials in<br />

our terrariums wherever feasible, and<br />

avoid single use materials,” Seb says.<br />

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and maintain their prestigious<br />

ESGmark® certification – which<br />

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‘a high level of performance against<br />

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In all living worlds, no matter how<br />

small, there will be dynamic forces at<br />

work. <strong>The</strong> scene within the terrarium<br />

will alter as time allows its endless<br />

cycle of growth, decay and renewal,<br />

especially if you keep the lid on. In fact<br />

if the container is sealed it will be selfsustaining,<br />

needing only sunlight to<br />

allow life to continue in its many forms.<br />

“Most of the plants are tropical,” says<br />

Seb, “and so they thrive in this enclosed,<br />

humid environment. When I teach, I<br />

talk about two directions to take – you<br />

can allow the plants to compete, or you<br />

can intervene and curate the beauty. I<br />

made one for my grandmother which<br />

had a Ficus Ginseng in the middle, a<br />

Peperomia, a Begonia, Tradescantia and<br />

some moss and ferns. Six months later<br />

it had transformed from pristine into<br />

a jumble and some of the plants had<br />

completely disappeared! It’s a closed<br />

ecosystem and you can see how delicate<br />

some plants are, how we can affect<br />

them and how things can change.” This<br />

reminds me of a man I’d heard about<br />

who kept a sealed terrarium alive for<br />

decades. “Ah, that’s David Latimer,” Seb<br />

replies. “He made the longest lasting<br />

terrarium on record in 1960 and sealed<br />

it up after its final watering in 1972. It’s<br />

in a stoppered bottle called a carboy.”<br />

Is creating a terrarium the ultimate low<br />

maintenance way to grow houseplants?<br />

As a notorious houseplant murderer, I’m<br />

pleased to hear that this is exactly how<br />

tropical plants would choose to grow. Seb<br />

is quick to reassure me that the massacres<br />

might not be all my fault. “I ask people<br />

for a show of hands at the workshops –<br />

‘Who has killed a houseplant?’ People<br />

feel like they’re doing something wrong,<br />

but these are rainforest plants and<br />

houses are often too dry, so we have<br />

to intervene with regular watering and<br />

misting to remedy the difference from<br />

their natural environment. We call them<br />

houseplants, but to me that’s an example<br />

of how language gets inaccurately used.”<br />

So, how to make a terrarium? Well<br />

the good news is that Seb maintains that<br />

it’s not too difficult. “You can salvage<br />

everything you need to make a terrarium<br />

except for the soil – you need a light,<br />

fluffy mix that emulates the rainforest<br />

floor. We use organic coco coir as the<br />

base, which is waste from an organic<br />

farm, and the only thing we source from<br />

outside Europe to help us remain peat<br />

free. We find that volcanic rock and moss<br />

are both great for holding moisture. We<br />

use a cleaner form of rock that naturally<br />

forms into small pieces, meaning it<br />

doesn’t need to be pulverised, and the<br />

moss in our soil is actually waste from<br />

another process! <strong>The</strong> plant nutrition<br />

comes from a vermicast (worm cast) mix,<br />

but we don’t use garden compost because<br />

this will mould over and break down<br />

too quickly.” Pre-made terrarium soil is<br />

available to buy from many independent<br />

garden centres and plant shops.<br />

As for the plants to choose, that’s<br />

up to personal preference, although<br />

there are some that work particularly<br />

well. Asparagus ferns look remarkably<br />

like little trees, as do small Ficus<br />

microcarpa Ginseng. “Fittonia go well<br />

with varieties of Peperomia, some<br />

types of Ficus, certain ferns. You can<br />

create the illusion of a small forest.<br />

Peperomia is popular because there<br />

are so many colourful varieties and<br />

they are generally quite tolerant and<br />

resilient. You can even use rooted<br />

cuttings from your own tropical plants<br />

at home, I have made many terrariums<br />

without needing to buy any plants.”<br />

Terrapy’s public workshops take place<br />

at several independent venues across<br />

the <strong>South</strong> <strong>East</strong> and are a wonderful<br />

escape from the stresses of day-to-day<br />

life. It is lovely to learn and connect<br />

with the living world in such a unique<br />

and intriguing way. “It’s great when,<br />

say, a group of nurses come in after a<br />

shift for an evening workshop,” says<br />

Seb. “Even though they might have<br />

been stressed and tired, silence falls<br />

for a few moments and they become<br />

totally absorbed in their tiny gardens.”<br />

Many of Seb’s private workshops<br />

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thoughts and feelings, so we need to<br />

find other ways to access that same<br />

headspace. Our workshops offer an<br />

opportunity to discover their creative<br />

space and a creative outlet.”<br />

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plants, at Terrapy the plants are the<br />

medicine – supplied in a bottle.<br />

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Peacock has very pronounced eye spots<br />

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closes its wings it looks rather like<br />

a dead, shrivelled leaf. This disguise<br />

is obviously to confuse would-be<br />

predators. Once disturbed though the<br />

butterfly will give a quick flash of its<br />

eye spots – enough to frighten off even<br />

the most intrepid would be enemy.<br />

<strong>The</strong> damselflies too were<br />

exploring the field – one with a<br />

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a long, beautiful blue abdomen. <br />

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Green tiger beetle<br />

(Cicindela campestris)<br />

Female Meadow brown<br />

(Maniola jurtina)<br />

Thistles<br />

Peacock (Aglais io)<br />

Wild carrot (Daucus carota)<br />

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Oh, and translucent wings too. That one did stay put<br />

for a few seconds and we managed a blurred image...<br />

probably best to enjoy seeing them in the moment.<br />

Michael Howard is the National Trust Head Ranger<br />

responsible for 1,100 acres in and around Winchelsea and has<br />

been for six years. He also has responsibility for some land on<br />

the Isle of Oxney including the field we were exploring this<br />

week. With a team of two, plus six able volunteers, his remit<br />

is huge but oh, such an interesting and varied job. <strong>The</strong>y look<br />

after coppiced woodland, wildflower meadows, reed beds,<br />

grazing marsh, coastal paths and more. <strong>The</strong> volunteers get<br />

involved in hard physical work such as reed bed maintenance<br />

in the winter months as well as undertaking surveys of<br />

the biodiversity they have on the NT land (which is the<br />

favourite part of Michael’s job) and it was quite optimistic<br />

to hear that the populations of many birds and insects as<br />

well as creatures like the water voles and little bank voles<br />

are flourishing. Snipe, field fares, corn buntings, and short<br />

ear owls were amongst the birds that were mentioned.<br />

<strong>The</strong> National Trust are also involved in building and<br />

installing nesting boxes in different habitats to attract more<br />

birds; sometimes replacing ones that aren’t suitable any more<br />

or not being used. Recently 15 swift boxes were installed<br />

in Winchelsea. I hope I’ve got my facts right on that one.<br />

And their barn owl and tawny owl boxes made by one of<br />

the volunteers are attracting residents. It can often take a<br />

while for the birds to take up home in these – the numbers<br />

and the occupancy are all monitored and recorded.<br />

My neighbour built and installed a barn owl box three<br />

or so years ago and whilst it hasn’t been discovered by barn<br />

owls as yet, a pair of kestrels have been making the most of<br />

it and raising a brood each season. It’s wonderful to listen<br />

to and watch the fledglings being taught how to hunt by<br />

their attentive parents from the field below. <strong>The</strong> latest news<br />

is that a pigeon has now discovered the box and unknown<br />

to it, is being viewed on a TV screen in the kitchen!<br />

We heard too about Market Wood at Fairlight which is a<br />

parcel of fourteenth century Ancient Woodland managed by<br />

the Trust and which is coppiced every fifteen years. Here they<br />

use the wood that they have coppiced for fencing and it was<br />

interesting to hear about the ‘dead hedges’ that were built<br />

to protect from deer. And then there is the land at Crutches<br />

Farm which is on the ‘edge of the higher ground surrounding<br />

the flat low lying grazing lands of the Brede Valley’. This is<br />

designated as part of the Romney Marshes Joint Character<br />

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intention of encouraging more and varied biodiversity.<br />

Some areas will be managed to become wetter; more<br />

hedges will be planted to give birds, insects and mammals<br />

protection and increased nesting sites and there is also<br />

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This then allows for a longer than<br />

usual time for grass to recover and<br />

provide varied food stuffs and cover.<br />

Mr. Howard spoke about the<br />

myriad bees and insects thriving on<br />

the land he and his team manage.<br />

We were all impressed by the man in<br />

Row Three whose bee knowledge was<br />

huge! It put us all to shame. I didn’t<br />

know that bumble bees evolved in the<br />

Himalayas or that there are 26 species<br />

of nomad bees in this area or that<br />

some bees have longer tongues than<br />

others – useful if you want to feed<br />

from, say, a foxglove. But there are<br />

also other bees who just bite through<br />

the top of the flower to get what they<br />

need – an ingenious short-cut surely.<br />

I must say that I don’t think many<br />

of us had heard of the green tiger<br />

beetle, Cicindela campestris, either.<br />

This beetle is one of Britain’s fastest<br />

insects in that it is able to run up to<br />

five miles an hour to catch its prey.<br />

It is armed with large sickle shaped<br />

jaws and a set of sharp teeth. <strong>The</strong> sun<br />

apparently enables them to run faster,<br />

so look out for a speedy metallic green<br />

creature with purple-y bronze legs.<br />

<strong>The</strong>y have been spotted<br />

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What’s On<br />

in <strong>August</strong><br />


Every Tues, Fri & Sat<br />

Market Place, Faversham<br />

ME13 7AG<br />


A lovely town for a day trip.<br />

Faversham Markets hold a popular<br />

selection of local food and drink<br />

events, set in the town’s picturesque<br />

and historical centre. You’ll find<br />

local fruit and veg; award-winning<br />

bread and pastries; homemade<br />

cakes; fine regional cheese; Kentish<br />

meats and locally produced beer<br />

and cider at the Saturday Charter<br />

Markets. Or visit on the first or<br />

third Saturday of the month for<br />

the Best of Faversham Market,<br />

home to a selection of food, drink<br />

and artisan goods, all produced<br />

within 15 miles of Faversham.<br />

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Sat 26 – Mon 28 Aug<br />

Pashley Manor Gardens,<br />

Ticehurst, Near<br />

Wadhurst TN5 7HE<br />




Don’t miss this showcase of<br />

skillfully crafted beautifully<br />

handmade products including<br />

ceramics, furniture, textiles,<br />

metalwork, woodwork, glass<br />

and jewellery. Grab the chance<br />

to chat to the lovely makers<br />

themselves, and you could<br />

purchase or even commission<br />

their work for something truly<br />

special. This is all set in the award<br />

winning gardens at Pashley – a<br />

quintessentially English scene<br />

nestled in picturesque Kentish<br />

countryside. <strong>The</strong> ‘hot’ borders of<br />

dahlias, cannas and ricinus will<br />

be at their peak for high summer<br />

and you can sample produce from<br />

the Kitchen Garden with delicious<br />

locally sourced ingredients at the<br />

excellent Garden Room Café and<br />

terrace. A delightful day out.<br />

Entry: £12.50, children (6-16) £6<br />

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Sun 8 <strong>August</strong><br />

Hever Castle & Gardens, Hever,<br />

Edenbridge Kent TN8 7NG<br />


Revel at a rally with cars including<br />

Subaru, Escort and Lancia, as well<br />

as supercars including McLaren<br />

and a cool sixty Lamborghinis<br />

– an homage to the iconic car’s<br />

60th birthday. Get up close<br />

to all these impressive motors<br />

amidst the stunning Hever Castle<br />

backdrop as part of Supercar<br />

Sunday, organised by Challenge<br />

the Road. You can also explore<br />

electric and even a solar car with<br />

commercial companies. Plus<br />

you can virtually take to Brands<br />

Hatch racing circuit in a Formula<br />

1 car on one of the simulators!<br />

hevercastle.co.uk<br />

Tues – Sun & Bank Holiday<br />

Monday 26 Aug 10am-5pm<br />

Aerodrome Road, Hawkinge,<br />

Folkestone, Kent CT18 7AG<br />



<strong>The</strong> volunteers at the Kent Battle<br />

of Britain Museum Trust at<br />

Hawkinge have been very busy.<br />

Over the winter they acquired,<br />

restored, and repainted a Junkers<br />

Ju 52/3M which has joined the<br />

Heinkel He 111H-16 and a Bristol<br />

Blenheim Mk. IV Project on the<br />

grass at the museum. <strong>The</strong> <strong>inside</strong><br />

of the Ju 52/3M is currently<br />

being turned into the Museum’s<br />

Education Facility! Opening hours<br />

will change after September.<br />

Entry: adults £10, children<br />

£4, senior citizens £9<br />

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Fri 4 & Sat 5 Aug<br />

5pm (gates open)<br />

Leeds Castle, Maidstone,<br />

Kent, ME17 1PL<br />



Click your heels and journey<br />

down the yellow brick road as<br />

Immersion <strong>The</strong>atre proudly<br />

presents a brand new adaptation<br />

of <strong>The</strong> Wizard of Oz. Join Dorothy<br />

and all her friends for this classic<br />

family show, guaranteed to have<br />

you in stitches from beginning<br />

to end. And could you hope for<br />

a lovelier or more magical setting<br />

than Leeds Castle? Expect dazzling<br />

costumes, plenty of audience<br />

participation, and a good singalong<br />

to a host of brand-new songs.<br />

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Sun 20 Aug 7pm<br />

Nine Oaks Vineyard,<br />

Hothfield, Kent TN26 1EL<br />



Shakespeare’s classic comedy of love<br />

and intrigue, magic and mayhem<br />

comes to Nine Oaks Vineyard,<br />

where fairies are about and<br />

nothing is as it seems... after all,<br />

the course of true love never did<br />

run smooth. Quantum <strong>The</strong>atre’s<br />

enchanting production will have<br />

you spellbound, so grab a picnic<br />

and a blanket and join in the fairy<br />

fun and frolics in the vineyard.<br />

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W/C Mon 18 Sept<br />

Sarah Louise Dix Upholstery,<br />

57 St John’s Street, Farncombe,<br />

Godalming, <strong>Surrey</strong> GU7 3EH<br />



Sarah Louise Dix Upholstery<br />

offer a selection of upholstery<br />

courses and workshops, which<br />

are suitable for all abilities – from<br />

beginners to intermediate learners<br />

and those with more experience.<br />

Using a combination of traditional<br />

and modern upholstery, these<br />

masterclasses are taught in small<br />

groups and run during the<br />

week, and weekends, including<br />

evening classes, all at their studio<br />

located in Godalming, <strong>Surrey</strong>.<br />

Advance booking is required, so<br />

be sure to reserve your place.<br />

Entry: 1 day footstool course<br />

for beginners £150, 10 week<br />

beginners’-intermediate course<br />

(beginning 18 Sept) £450.<br />

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Thurs 7–Sun 10 Sept<br />

9.30am-5.30pm<br />

Hever Castle & Gardens, Hever,<br />

Edenbridge Kent TN8 7NG<br />



<strong>The</strong> Contemporary Craft Fair<br />

at the beautiful and historical<br />

Hever Castle, offers a unique<br />

opportunity to explore and<br />

purchase unique work from<br />

some of the UK’s most talented<br />

contemporary craftmakers. This<br />

amazing event, set within the<br />

beautiful grounds of Hever Castle,<br />

showcases a diverse range of<br />

artistic disciplines, from ceramics<br />

and textiles to jewellery and<br />

sculpture. Here, you can immerse<br />

yourself in a wonderful creative<br />

atmosphere, watch interesting<br />

demonstrations by the exhibitors<br />

and take in some live music<br />

against the stunning backdrop of<br />

the castle.<br />

Special <strong>Of</strong>fer: Book online<br />

in advance and save using<br />

code ‘CRAFT<strong>2023</strong>’.<br />

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Listings are correct at time of going<br />

to press but may be subject to change.<br />

Readers are advised to check with venues<br />

before making arrangements. We can list<br />

your event in the next issue of Wealden<br />

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for the next issue is 7th <strong>August</strong>.<br />

Ceramics<br />

Furniture<br />

Glass<br />

Jewellery<br />

Leather<br />

Metalwork<br />

Printmaking<br />

Textiles<br />

Textile Art<br />

Woodwork<br />

Contemporary<br />


Pashley Manor Gardens<br />

<strong>August</strong> Bank Holiday Weekend<br />

26 - 28 <strong>August</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

Special price: Entry to Craft Show & Gardens £12.50<br />

Pashley Manor Gardens, Ticehurst,<br />

Near Wadhurst, <strong>East</strong> Sussex TN5 7HE<br />

www.thesussexguild.co.uk<br />

Registered Charity no: 292234<br />


SUMMER EXHIBITION <strong>2023</strong><br />





5th - 28th <strong>August</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

<strong>The</strong> Dance Hall<br />

Community Centre<br />

Conduit Hill, Rye TN31 7LE<br />

Open daily 10.30am to 5.00pm<br />

Jane Beecham Enso - This Is Where It All Begins<br />

Sumi Ink on Khadi Paper<br />

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Jane Howard sizes up the<br />

Coopers Farm bulls<br />

<strong>The</strong> calves are born in February<br />

and March and then spend<br />

a long lazy summer grazing<br />

on grass, drinking from their mums<br />

and growing by about a kg a day.<br />

Most suckler herds – that’s the term used to<br />

describe beef cows that raise their own calves as<br />

opposed to dairy cows that don’t – castrate their male<br />

calves at birth, but, because we sell a few bulls each year,<br />

all the boys are left ‘entire’ to see how they grow and all<br />

are turned out together with the girls. However by <strong>August</strong><br />

the oldest of the heifer calves will be six months, at which<br />

point she can become fertile so it’s time to split the herd.<br />

All the cows with female offspring go one way and all the<br />

cows with bull calves the other. Needless<br />

to say, the bull goes with the latter.<br />

Not surprisingly the male calves are<br />

bigger than their half-sisters (they all have<br />

the same dad) and we weigh them every<br />

three months to check they are growing<br />

well and to help with the bull selection.<br />

<strong>The</strong> weights are sent to an organisation<br />

called Signet which runs a database for<br />

participating Sussex (the breed, not the<br />

county) herds so we can also compare<br />

our performance against other breeders.<br />

By <strong>August</strong> it’s clear which will be the best<br />

bulls to keep… and the rest, well let’s<br />

just say they won’t be kept for breeding.<br />

Now, for the chosen one or two,<br />

the serious stuff begins. <strong>The</strong> milk and grass will be<br />

supplemented through the autumn months with calf<br />

rearing nuts and, once weaned, they will be overwintered<br />

in their own quarters on an ad-lib diet of grain and<br />

hay – a bit like an all-you-can-eat buffet where you<br />

can keep going back as many times as you want. But<br />

the path to bulldom still has many bridges to cross.<br />

At 300 days their weights have to be in the top 25% of<br />

the performance figures even to be in the running. <strong>The</strong><br />

A working bull<br />

has to cover a great<br />

deal of ground as<br />

he moves around<br />

his herd of cows,<br />

checking who might<br />

be in season, so<br />

good locomotion<br />

is essential<br />

next stage is a visit from the vet to check certain parts<br />

of their anatomy. A working bull has to cover a great<br />

deal of ground as he moves around his herd of cows,<br />

checking who might be in season, so good locomotion is<br />

essential. <strong>The</strong>n of course he has to have a healthy heart<br />

and good pair of lungs. Next eyesight –<br />

no good being short sighted when your<br />

cows could be a field away. And also<br />

his jawline – not to ensure it’s chiselled<br />

like Clint <strong>East</strong>wood, but to make sure<br />

it’s not overshot. To graze well his lower<br />

teeth and upper gum pad need to meet<br />

(cows don’t have front teeth!). And of<br />

course, finally, there’s the all important<br />

parts. Sorry for being rudimentary,<br />

but if you’re interested: at a year old a<br />

bull’s testicles should be at least the size<br />

of two cans of coke – circumference<br />

being a good indicator of fertility!<br />

Assuming he passes that part of<br />

the test, then he also has to be a<br />

good example of the breed and the bull inspectors<br />

from <strong>The</strong> Sussex Cattle Society pay a visit. As well as<br />

hopefully acknowledging him as a fine specimen they<br />

will also take a few hairs from his tail and from those<br />

of his dam and sire just to check he’s who you think<br />

he is and not the result of some unplanned liaison.<br />

And, last but not least, rather like a trip to one of those<br />

parlours where they pierce various body parts, he gets a<br />

ring through his nose and then at last he’s ready to go.<br />

Find out more about daily life at Coopers Farm by visiting coopersfarmstonegate.co.uk<br />

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