Easter Afternoon Tea at Wyevale Garden Centre

Gifted¦ On Thursday, some of my family and I went for Easter afternoon tea at Elm Court, a Wyevale Garden Centre based in Gillingham, Kent. Before we went, I took a good look at the menu (who doesn’t?) The additions of hot cross buns and prosecco made this afternoon tea extra special for this time of year. Everything on the menu sounded brilliant, so I was just hoping it would live up to my expectations.

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Review: Dinner at Côte Brasserie, Maidstone

On winter nights like these, there’s often nothing I want to do more than sit somewhere cosy and eat some delicious, comforting food. I was recently invited to Côte Brasserie in Maidstone and asked my husband to come with me for a rare child-free evening out (thanks Mum and Dad!) There is something romantic and a little luxurious about French cuisine, perfect for a cold evening. It provided me the opportunity to dress up, although it certainly isn’t a necessity! Fortunately, given the heels I’d chosen, it was only a 5 minute walk from the three nearest car parks. Stepping inside, I was excited to see what Côte Brasserie would be like as I’d never been to any of the restaurants in the chain before.

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Review: Rosa’s Thai Cafe at Bluewater

Last week we accepted our invitation to review Rosa’s Thai Cafe, which has recently opened at Bluewater. I really enjoy Thai food and have always felt like Bluewater was missing a Thai restaurant, so it’s great that that has now been rectified. Located next door to the cinema and Dinotropolis, it is ideally positioned for a date with dinner and a film or a day out with children. That said, our main concern before putting it to the test was our 2 year old daughter Autumn. She had never eaten Thai food before!

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Home-cooked fast-food recipes

I try and cook healthy food for the family – and it’s especially important to do so when you have young children. But sometimes, when you’re feeling tired, there’s nothing better than a KFC Bargain Bucket or a couple of burgers. The trouble is, too much fast food really is bad for you – remember the 2004 documentary Super Size Me, when the film-maker ate only McDonald’s for 30 days?

I’ve come up with some healthy alternatives to my favourite fast foods. Here they are – tasty, convenient, home-cooked fast food recipes.

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Your guide to Christmas shopping in Kent, 2018

It feel it’s so important to use local businesses and help keep them alive. Rather than funding the fat cats at the top of a chain, you’re helping to support people just like you and their families. Each individual sale means something. You can also find gifts that are a lot more unusual when you shop with local businesses! In Kent and Medway we have an abundance of lovely small companies creating beautiful products that would make wonderful gifts. Here are my top picks of who to shop with in Kent this Christmas!

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