Kent pub lends support to local farming show

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Kent pub lends support to local farming show

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An award-winning Kent pub has offered its support to local farmers by supplying more than 50 lunch packs to the Kent County Show over the weekend (10-12 July).

The Milk House, in Sissinghurst, supplied the packs to judges at the Kent Young Farmers’ Clubs (KYFC) classes for the three-day event in Detling.

Produce was drawn from a number of the Milk House’s suppliers, including Frankie’s Farmshop bread, Ashmore Farmhouse cheddar, Park Farm ham, Old Dairy Brewery chutney, Kent Crisps and Chegworth Valley juice.

The KYFCs had a large area at the Kent County Show, with young people aged 10 to 26 competing for trophies and awards from eight school farms across Kent.

The Kent Federation also includes 11 open clubs based throughout the county, making the annual Kent County Show the largest gathering of the Young Farmers in Europe organisation with more than 300 members competing.

Local collaboration

Dane Allchorne, owner and executive head chef at the Milk House said: “Since opening, it’s been important for us to work closely with the food and drink producers on our doorstep, in order to support a locally-based food economy that can benefit everyone in the community.”

“We are enormously lucky to be surrounded by such a strong food and farming network and we’re delighted to invest in its future by supporting KYFC at this year’s Kent County Show.”

Joe McAuley, KYFC chairman added: “The Kent County Show is a major event for farming, countryside and rural life.

“It brings together the very best of Kent, with animals and food, fun and excitement, and offers young farmers in Kent the opportunity to meet one another and receive recognition for all their hard work.

Newcomer award

The Milk House won Newcomer of the Year in the Kent Life Food & Drink Awards 2014, and was a finalist in this year’s Taste of Kent Awards. It is also listed in the Michelin Guide.

It claims to offer a range of classic pub fare as well as a seasonal dining menu. A light grazing menu is available all day, while the terrace is home to a wood-fired pizza oven.

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