Kent locations used: Upchurch, Chatham, River Medway, Isle of Sheppey, Queenborough, Allington Lock, Maidstone, Kent Life Museum, Faversham, Whistable, Romney Marsh, Whitstable
In a brand new BBC series, well-known presenters and experts including food critic Giles Coren, take us on a journey around Britain to discover how food is grown around the country and explore how the landscape, history and climate shape what kind of food we grow.
The Kent episode sees Giles sail on the River Medway, following old trade routes as he and the team visit various places to discover the history of Kentish foods such as the hops and beer, cherries, Romney Marsh sheep, native oysters, lavender and cobnuts.
The presenting team is headed up by Giles Coren (Gordon Ramsay’s The F-Word), who is joined by some familiar faces including historian Lucy Worsley (If Walls Could Talk: The History of the Home), archaeologist Alex Langlands (Time Team), gardener Alys Fowler (Gardener’s World), and Ethnobotanist James Wong (Countryfile).
During his Kent visit, Giles discovers what British beer tasted like before hops arrived from Europe when he visits the Kent Life Museum, Alys investigates the origin of English cherries, and Lucy heads to Whitstable in search of shellfish. They also visit Romney Marsh to learn about the lives of shepherds.
Faversham is a beautiful, historic market town which boasts nearly 500 listed buildings and is set on the picturesque Faversham Creek. It has many restaurants, shops, attractions and beautiful walks.
The Isle of Sheppey is an island off the northern coast of Kent and has beautiful landscapes such as the RSPB Elmley Marshes and coastline. Queenborough is a delightful harbour town on the Isle of Sheppey, with an impressive maritime history.
Chatham is part of historic Medway and has many unique filming locations including Fort Amherst and the Historic Dockyard Chatham. Previous productions that have filmed in Medway include Call the Midwife, Sherlock Holmes and The Golden Compass.
Maidstone is the county town of Kent. The River Medway runs through the centre of the town, linking it to Rochester and the Thames Estuary. The Kent Life Museum is situated by the M20, only 5 minutes away from Maidstone, and is a great family day out. It boasts 28 acres of land, hops, oast houses, some adorable animals, and fascinating historic buildings from various periods.
This programme is a must see for all foodies, don’t miss the Kent episode on BBC2 Wednesday 18th April 2012 at 20:00.
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For more information about the programme: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01flrfl
For more information about Faversham: http://www.visitkent.co.uk/explore/swale-faversham-sittingbourne-isle-of-sheppey.asp#Faversham
For more information about The Isle of Sheppey: http://visit.swale.gov.uk/isle-of-sheppey/
For more information about Chatham: http://www.visitmedway.org/destination-guide/chatham
For more information about Maidstone: http://www.visitmaidstone.com/
For more information about the Kent Life Museum: http://www.kentlife.org.uk/