The Hairy Bikers Food Tour of Britain (2009)

The Hairy Bikers standing on the beach

The Hairy Bikers by the Sea © BBC

The Hairy Bikers rev up their motorbikes for another food inspired journey.

Production Company: BBC

Kent Filming Locations: Faversham, The National Fruit Collection at Brogdale Farm, Canterbury, Leeds Castle

Following their previous culinary trip which took Simon King and Dave Myers from the UK to Southern India, the Hairy Bikers are looking for inspiration closer to home. Visiting a new county in each episode, The Hairy Bikers Food Map of Britain sees Dave and Si challenging a local restaurateur to a ‘cook off’ in which the chefs have to create a new dish using produce sourced in the county. In Kent the Hairy Bikers challenge Michelin Star chef, David Pitchford.

No culinary tour of Britain would be complete without a visit to The Garden of England. So, the search for the perfect Kentish ingredients takes them to Brogdale in Faversham; which holds The National Fruit Collection. In addition to a food tasting session in Faversham, their journey took them to some popular locations that included Tiny Tim’s Tea-Room in Canterbury, where they sampled the shop’s famous cakes and pastries, along with their Kentish bread rolls based on a 300-year-old recipe!

And finally Leeds Castle, near Maidstone, provides the perfect backdrop for the bikers to get out their cooking utensils and create a traditional county dish.

Dave and Si are planning to visit all 89 counties on their journey but with our rich and varied local produce, we’re hoping that Kent will remain one of their favourites!

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 Faversham area has been used as a film location for productions such as Great British Railway Journeys (2014), Channel 4 drama Southcliffe (2013) and Great British Story: A People’s History (2012).

Canterbury is a vibrant City that offers a variety of locations ranging from the modern day city, parks and open spaces, shopping areas to neighbouring quaint, traditional towns and coast locations.  Canterbury has been featured on screen in projects such as Love Your Garden (2016), Terry and Mason’s Great Food Trip (2015) The Apprentice (2014).

Leeds Castle is a romantic castle with medieval themed rooms, 1920’s style interiors and original marble bathrooms. The large 500 acres estate boasts beautiful gardens, a moat, woodlands, maze with shell grotto and an aviary. Leeds Castle has been used to film a variety of productions including The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses (2016), Henry VIII (2003) and Lady Jane (1987).

The new series starts on BBC Two on Monday 24th August 2009 at 5.15pm and the episode featuring Kent will be aired on 1st September 2009 at 5.15pm.


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