WE LOVE & LIVE FOR LOCAL!
Kent is the home of many fine producers and farmers, and we're lucky enough at The Kings Head to count some of the best as our suppliers. From the internationally regarded award winning wines at Gusbourne, to our friends at ripple farm organics in wye, there is much to be proud about right on our doorstep.
Greensand Ridge - Gin & Rum
Will Edge founded Greensand Ridge in 2016, with a desire to create craft gin using locally foraged botanicals and surplus Kent fruit rejected by supermarkets. Nearly three years later, their historic barn houses beautiful copper stills, wooden barrels, tanks and an end-to-end bottling and labelling line. They may be small, but their ambitions are big, and we are proud to offer our customers a gin that’s local, award-winning and of such great quality.
OUR FOOD PRODUCERS
Terrys Wood Farm, Brook - Eggs
Ripple Farm Organics, Wye - Vegetables
Perry Court Farm, Wye - Fruit, vegetables, soft drinks
Willow Farm, Brook - Fruit & Vegetables
David Catt & Sons, Maidstone - Fruit & Vegetables
Maws, Hawkhurst - Kitchen ingredients
Abiker, Ashford - Kitchen ingredients
Curd & Cure, Staplehurst - Kitchen ingredients
Wooden Spoon Preserving Company, Wye - Preserves
Wye Community Farm - Meat
T&L Coopers LTD, Ashford - Meat
J&B smallholding, Brook - Meat
Stour Valley Game, Chilham - Meat
P.H.Fish, Hastings - Fish
Gusbourne - KENTISH SPARKLING WINE
The original Gusbourne Estate in Appledore, Kent dates back to 1410. In 2004, Andrew Weeber took over the estate with a clear vision and a single goal: to create English sparkling wines that would stand up alongside the very finest offerings from across the globe. The first vines were planted that year. Gusbourne quickly earned a reputation as a producer of outstanding quality wines, with accolades from some of the industry's most exacting critics. Recent award highlights include a record six gold medals in 2015, including two ‘gold outstanding’ medals awarded by the international wine and spirits competition.
RIPPLE FARM ORGANICS - VEGETABLES FROM WYE
Martin and Sarah Mackey are what make Ripple Farm tick, essentially a market garden producing a wide range of vegetables, salad crops, herbs and some soft fruit. Producing some of the finest produce throughout the year with the help of up to 15 staff, the organic, horticultural farm of 14 acres is situated in the Stour Valley at Crundale, Kent between Ashford and Canterbury. The fields slope up towards the North Downs, giving light, chalky soil. This free draining soil, blessed by the warmer climate of the Southeast, produces vegetables of great taste and quality. In addition to the Home Farm, Martin and Sarah also rent a Victorian Walled Garden at Olantigh near Wye and fields covering 100 acres below Wye Crown (formerly part of the Wye College Farm). Ripple Farm has been certified Organic since 1989 and is certified organic by the Soil Association.
DRINKS PRODUCERS AND SUPPLIERS
Anno, Marden - Spirits
Copper Rivet Distillery, Chatham - Spirits
Westerhall Rums, Canterbury - Spirits
Greensand Ridge, Shipbourne - Spirits
Hush Heath, Staplehurst - Wine
Gusbourne, Appledore - Wine
Kent & Sussex Tea & Coffee Company - Tea and Coffee!
Shepherd Neame, Faversham - Beers and wines
Adrian Mecklenburgh Ltd, Maidstone - Soft drinks
Page & Sons, Broadstairs - Spirits and minerals
Hendricks Of Hythe - Chocolate stirrers
OTHER LOCAL SERVICES
My Printing Pal, Ashford - Printing services
Tiny Dog, Ashford - Design, video, and web services
Tiger Law, Wye - Legal services
Curco, Chartham - Cleaning and hygiene products
Chatha Hygiene, Chartham - Hygiene services
K Laundry, Ramsgate - Linen services
Dusty’s cleaning, Ashford - Cleaning services
A Harris, Ashford - Cleaning services
Freezetech, Folkestone - Equipment maintenance