Fine foods in Faversham!
GTO Christine Horton reports back from a visit to Macknade Fine Foods in Faversham, Kent.
‘Forty members of the Hadleigh Salvation Army Ladies Fellowship group enjoyed a day out in Faversham last November, which included a morning visit to Macknade Fine Foods. I had been given mixed reports about the venue, so I was slightly worried but I was quickly reassured when we got there. On arriving we entered the barn buildings and had such a surprise – it was amazing! I can only describe it as like Fortnum and Masons in
London, but bigger!
There was so much choice that it was difficult to decide what to buy.Fresh fruit and vegetables were my first choice, and then I browsed the other departments. There was everything on display with all kinds of food both worldwide and British, highlights included a fantastic deli counter, cheeses, sausages, a fresh butchery, fish, hand-made pies, a bakery, confectionary, herbs. There was much more than I had expected!
Christmas foods were available, they were dear but some selections such as jars of pickles would make nice gifts at any time of year. There was also a winery, featuring wines from all over the world. Some were extremely expensive, but people were still buying them!
It could be that there was more than usual to purchase in the winter season, but there were lots of locals doing their shopping and using the cafe. The cafe had a good variety of hot and cold food. My group were very pleased with their purchases and the stopover. I would recommend a two-hour stop, plus an extra half hour if it is very busy.’