A Taste of Britain (2014)

Taste of Britain presenters Brian Turner and Janet Street Porter standing in the countryside

Taste of Britain presenters Brian Turner and Janet Street Porter © BBC/Cactus TV

Production Company: Cactus TV

Kent Locations: Oare Marshes, Faversham, Brogdale Farm, The Goods Shed and Snail Farm in Canterbury

A Taste of Britain is a new BBC series presented by Janet Street-Porter and Brian Turner who visit different areas around the country to see the sights and try local delicacies and food specialities.

An upcoming episode takes the duo to one of Janet Street-Porter’s favourite places – Kent. They explore Oare Marshes and historic Faversham before visiting one of the UK’s only snail farms near Canterbury which inspires Brian to make a snail frittata.

The Goods Shed in Canterbury is the next stop for Janet and Brian, where chef Rafael Lopez creates a delicious lunch of lamb cutlets with vegetables using local ingredients.

The pair also visits Brogdale near Faversham which is in the throes of peak cherry season and spurs Brian on to bake a stunning cherry pastry cake.

The Oare Marshes Nature Reserve is located in the South Swale, in Harty Ferry, and has freshwater dykes, open water scrapes, reedbed, saltmarsh and a seawall which is favoured nesting place for many species of migrating birds. Previous productions which have filmed at Oare Marshes include Channel 4 drama Southcliffe (2013) and feature film Great Expectations (2012).

The historic market town of Faversham  has nearly 500 listed buildings and is home to Britain’s oldest brewery, Shepherd Neame. The area has many restaurants, shops and beautiful landscapes such as the picturesque Faversham Creek. Faversham has been previously seen on screen for productions such as Great British Railway Journeys (2014), Peter Andre’s 60 Minute Makeover (2013) and Our Food (2012).

The Goods Shed in Canterbury is a popular Famer’s Market, restaurant, and food hall. Canterbury is a vibrant City which boasts the historic Cathedral, shopping areas, parks and open spaces as well as neighbouring quaint, traditional towns. Previous productions that have shot in Canterbury include Goodbye To Canterbury (2013), The Family (2008) and Last Orders (2008).

The Kent episode of A Taste of Britain will be shown on BBC One on Monday 22nd September 2014 at 15:45.


For more information about filming in Kent, please contact: filmoffice@kent.gov.uk

For more information about A Taste of Britain: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04gtx26

For more information about Oare and Faversham: http://www.faversham.org/

For more information about The Goods Shed: http://thegoodsshed.co.uk/

For more information about The Snail Farm: http://www.snailfarm.org.uk/

For more information about Canterbury: http://www.canterbury.co.uk/

MMFor more information about Kent’s Filming History please visit our Movie Map: https://kentfilmoffice.co.uk/kent-movie-map/moviemap-live-2/

Market Kitchen Big Adventure 2011

Penny Smith and Matt Tebbutt © BBC

Penny Smith and Matt Tebbutt © BBC

A trip across Britain’s culinary landscape to discover the very best of British produce and ingredients.

Production Company: Optomen

This series sees TV Chef Matt Tebbutt travelling across Britain to search out and celebrate the very best of British produce and ingredients.
Once the ingredients have been sourced, they are taken back to the show’s restaurant HQ, where Matt and co-presenter Penny Smith are joined by special foodie and celebrity guests, as well as food loving members of the public. They are then transformed into delicious dishes that showcase the very best of regional produce.

In this edition, Matt Tebbutt is in Kent along with chef Ching-He Huang.  They will be making the most of fresh radishes, pears, chicken, brill, cheese and sparkling wine.  There will be guest appearances from Janice Dickenson, Lisa Faulkner and Rav Wilding.

Filming in the county took place in Canterbury at Brogdale Farm Faversham, The Oystery Canterbury, The Goods Shed Canterbury and Chapel Down Winery near Tenterden.

Kent prides itself on its Garden of England status which is said to date back to the Tudor times. Henry VIII liked the county so much, he not only built 3 castles, but established many of the orchards in Kent to provide for the King’s table. So it is only natural that Kent still holds the National Fruit & Nuts Collection at Brogdale and the image of Kentish orchards in bloom still represents The Garden of England worldwide.

Market Kitchen will be shown on UKTV / Good Food Channel at 3:00 pm on Tuesday, 1st February


For more information on filming in Kent please contact: filmoffice@kent.gov.uk

For more information about the programme visit: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1814166/

For more information on the locations: http://www.visitkent.co.uk/

MMFor more information about Kent’s Filming History please visit our Movie Map: https://kentfilmoffice.co.uk/kent-movie-map/moviemap-live-2/

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.


For more information about filming in Kent contact: filmoffice@kent.gov.uk

For more information about the programme: http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/programmes/b00mgdgr

For more information about The National Fruit Collection at Brogdale: http://www.brogdalecollections.org/

For more information about Tiny Tim’s in Canterbury: http://tinytimstearoom.com/

For more information about Leeds Castle: http://www.leeds-castle.com/home

MMFor more information about Kent’s Filming History please visit our Movie Map: https://kentfilmoffice.co.uk/kent-movie-map/moviemap-live-2/