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This is an on-going list of places we either have been to or have plans on visiting.

Appledore
Once a port on the estuary of the Rover Rother, the name Appledore comes from the Saxon Apuldre (meaning an apple tree) and is first recorded in the 10th century. This little village is very scenic with many old houses and an old pub.

Places we have reviewed:
Miss Mollet's High Class Tea Room 

Ashford


Places we have reviewed:
Godinton House

Axminster
This old market town is on the eastern boarder of Devon and dates back to the Celtic times, around 300 BC. The history of the town is linked to the carpet industry, where completed hand tufted carpets were marked by a peal of bells from the church as it took a great amount of time and labour to complete them. 

Places we have reviewed:
River Cottage Canteen & Deli - Thumbs Up!

Bath

Places we have reviewed:
Jacob's Coffee House - Thumbs Up! Battle
The site of the Battle of Hastings in 1066, the town sits within the heart of the Sussex Weald. Battle Abbey was founded to commemorate the battle and the town was gradually built around the abbey. During World War 1 Battle became a refuge and tunnels still exist leading from various fields and cellars to Battle Abbey.  Nowadays however it has become a tourist destination with a good range of independent shops.

Places we have reviewed:
Ashburnham Orangery Tea Rooms - Hidden Gem
Pilgrims Rest 


Brighton
Situated on the south coast of East Sussex, Brighton dates back to before the Doomesday Book to 1086. Emerging as a health resort featuring sea bathing during the 18th century, it was used as a seaside getaway by the Prince Regent. The arrival of the railway in 1841 made it become a highly popular destination for day-trippers from London and it still continues to this day. Famous also for The Lanes, narrow alleyways crammed with independent, unusual and bespoke shops following the street pattern of the original fishing village. 

Places we have reviewed:
Talk of Tea


Broadstairs
The coastal town of Broadstairs was once a favorite destination for Charles Dickens, and I can see why. It has the feel of a Cornish fishing town with its gorgeous golden sandy beaches and rows of colorful beach huts. A popular destination during the warm summer months, it has some great ice cream parlors along its narrow streets as well as lots of independent shops and 6 tea and coffee shops that we will be reviewing.

Places we have reviewed:   
None yet


Canterbury 
One of the most visited cities in the UK, Canterbury has been inhabited since the prehistoric times. Famous for its Cathedral and being a place for pilgrimage during the Middle Ages, Canterbury nowadays is a culturally diverse city offering a great day out. Venture off the main high street down the cobbled streets and you can discover great little independent coffee shops and cafes.

Places we have reviewed:
Burgate Coffee House
Brown's Coffee House - Thumbs up!

Deal
Once the busiest port in England, Deal, named as a village in the Doomsday Book, is now a quiet sleepy seaside town. With some quaint streets, a grade 2 listed concrete pier, 2 castles and plenty of places to sit and enjoy coffee and cake or have some fish and chips, it would be worth calling in if you happen to be in the area.

Places we have reviewed:
The Pop-UP Cafe


Faversham
The birthplace of the explosives industry, Faversham, developed around an ancient sea port on Faversham Creek. Nowadays it is mostly know for the oldest brewer in the UK, Shepherd Neame Brewery which was founded in 1698.

Places we have reviewed:
Jitterbugs - Thumbs Up!
Macknade Cafe - Thumbs Up!


Folkestone
Until the 19th Century, Folkestone had been a small fishing community with a seafront that was continually battered by storms and encroaching shingle. This made it hard to land boats and prompted a pier and harbour to be built in 1809. Today in the regenerated part of Folkestone known as The Creative Quarter, a narrow steep cobbled street, artistic enterprises fill the historic heart of town with pastel-painted studio-galleries, quirky stores and chic eateries.

Places we have reviewed:
Herbert's


Hertsmonceux
Pronounced 'Herst-mon-zoo' this little village sits within the Weald of East Sussex. The name comes from the Anglo-Saxon hyrst meaning "wooded hill", with the name of the Monceux family who were lords of the manor in the 12th century. It is on this old manor site that the grand Herstmoncuex castle now stands, 2 miles away from the village. 

Places we have visited:
Davenports - Thumbs Up! Sadly now closed
Limes Cross - review coming soon
             
           
Hythe
This small coastal town on the edge of the Romney Marsh is peppered with Medieval and Georgian buildings. Once possessing a bustling harbour over the past three hundred years, it has now disappeared due to silting up. The population was greatly affected by the Black Death in 1348 and further reduced again by The Plague in 1400. Nowadays it has a busy high street full of independent shops and some great cafes. 

Places we have visited:
The Dolls House - Thumbs Up!
La Salamandre
    
Lewes
The county town of East Sussex, Lewes dates back to Prehistoric times. There is a castle built on the site of a Saxon castle which is open to the public for a fee and the town is also home to the Harveys Brewery, one of the finest ale makers in England.

Places we have visited:
The Needlemakes Cafe 
La Magasin
Lewes Tea Rooms

Mersham
This small village which dates back to the Saxon times has been the home of the Knatchbull family since the times of Henry VIII. A small business park called Mersham Le Hatch Business village is home to a handful of independent shops.

Places we have reviewed:
The Secret Garden


Rodmersham Green
Situated a mile from Rodmersham sits Rodmersham Green with a primary school, pub and 6 listed houses.

Places we have reviewed:
Rodmersham Village Coffee & Shop - Thumbs Up!

Rye
Surround by the sea in Medieval times, the small town of Rye now lies at the point where 3 rivers meet, 2 miles away from the coast. Rich in smuggling history, the Rye of today still operates as a port with a thriving fishing fleet, with some of the fish being sold quayside. The old part of town, entwined within the former town walls with its pretty cobbled streets and great range of independent shops, attracts tourists from far and wide as well as locals

Places we have reviewed:

Salt's Farm Shop
Edith's House - Thumbs Up!
The Apothercary
Rye Deli
The Cobbles Tearoom

Sandgate
The village of Sandgate sits right on the coast just along from Hythe. Along with its super fish and chip shop, it has a castle and several independent shops.

Places we have reviewed:
Loaf - Thumbs Up!

Sandhurst
The Black Death in 1348/49 is believed to be the cause of why the church of Sandhurst is so far from the main village, located at Sandhurst Cross a mile south from the main village. Nowadays it has a village shop, beauty salon, garage, hardwear store and tearooms. 

Places we have reviewed:

Sandwich
Once a major port, the historic town of Sandwich is now 2 miles away from the sea on the River Stour. Before silting up, the river was wide and deep enough for great sailing ships to land, and it was here in 1255 that the first captive elephant was landed. Delivered as a gift to King Henry III from the French King, the great beast was taken on foot to the kings zoo at the Tower of London.

Places we have reviewed:
None yet

Tenterden
Standing on the edge of the Weald overlooking the River Rother, the town of Tenterden in the county of Kent began to grow during the 14th Century around the wool industry. 

Places we have reviewed:
Peggotys Tea Rooms

Tunbridge Wells
Royal Tunbridge Wells, often shortened to Tunbridge Wells is a large prosperous town in west Kent. Historically a spa retreat during the 17th Century when The Pantiles and its spring attracted visitors who wanted to take the waters. Nowadays the affluent town is home to a diverse range of independent and high street shops.

Places we have reviewed:
The Cake Shed - Thumbs Up!
The Black Dog
Juliets

Witney
This town is situated on the River Windrush, 12 miles west of Oxford and has been famous for its woollen blankets since the Middle Ages. 

Places we have reviewed:
The Blue Boar

Wye
Voted the 3rd best place to live in the UK, the charming village of Wye nestles in the spectacular scenery of the North Downs. Once a medieval market place, the village is now a bustling little community with a train station, 4 pubs, a restaurant, a butchers, a baker, a shoemaker, a bank, a great Indian and a coffee house to name but a few.


Places we have reviewed:
Bay Laurel Brasserie

Whistable
A pretty seaside town on the North coast of Kent, Whitstable has been famous for its Oysters since the Roman times. Dating back to before the Doomsday Book, so we're talking pre 1086, this characterful fishing town is steeped in history and well worth giving an afternoon to exploring.

Places we have reviewed:
The Forge
Whistable Coffee Bike - Thumbs Up!
Whitstable Produce Store
What's up Cupcake
Whistable Coffee Company


Yorkshire

Thornton Le Dale
Thornton le Dale, also known as Thornton Dale
Places we have reviewed:
Lavender Tearooms

Whitby
The seaside and port town of Whitby on the east coast of Yorkshire has an established maritime, mineral and tourist heritage. 

Places we have reviewed:
Falling Foss Tea Garden - Hidden Gem
Rusty Shears - Thumbs Up!

York
This historic walled city is the traditional county town of Yorkshire and was founded by the Romans in 71 AD. With its rich heritage it's a popular tourist destination. 

Places we have reviewed:
Flax & Twine




4 comments:

  1. Hello, great blog. Please try the Bluebirds Team Rooms, St Margarets, at the end of Granville Road.

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  2. Hello, we're really pleased you like our blog. Thank you for the recommendation, we didn't know about this tearooms but have now put it on our list to visit soon.
    Hannah

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  3. And when you have tried that, wander down to the Pines Gardens (5 mins away) and visit their tea shop. That's a very well hidden teashop and has a museum next door, full of Kentish history.

    Can we also see a picture of the lovely blog authoresses please, sipping tea :)

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  4. Thanks! We've added it to our ever growing list, love the sound of the museum too.

    On the picture front, we were going to remain anonymous due to our camera shyness! We may get over it though:)

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