In theknow: JJ Almond

Royal Victoria Grove was planted in honour of Queen Victoria's visit to Tunbridge Wells

John-Jackson Almond, Theatre Director of The Assembly Hall Theatre tells us about his favourite places locally

Where do you live, and what made you decide to move there?

I live in St John’s in Tunbridge Wells, close to Jean’s Kitchen and Wine Bar and Sainsbury’s.�I moved�to the town for my job at the Assembly Hall, which I started in May 2016, before moving in September 2016.

Where’s best for a coffee or spot of lunch while you’re out?

I love Basil caf� just over the road, and of course I love a good fish and chips from St John’s Fish Bar!

How about the nightlife?

I’m not really a nightlife person, but there are some local restaurants and bars for people who do want to venture out. If I want music, I’ll go to The Forum, or I might head to The Grey Lady in The Pantiles. Catching a good film or show at Trinity is always a good evening out, and of course, events at the Assembly Hall!

Where do you go for a Sunday stroll?

There are so many places to go, but a good stroll would be the walk from St John’s to Rusthall, or a good walk at Bedgebury Pinetum in Goudhurst.

Where do you take people when they come to visit?

If they have time, we go for a drive and stop off in Cranbrook for a walk-around and a coffee; if we’re staying more locally to St John’s and the town centre, we might visit The Pantiles and talk about the heritage of Royal Tunbridge Wells. I always take people to the Opera House to show them the stage and old seats, and quite often I introduce people to Fuggles on Grosvenor Road and the beer caf� concept on the walk home, which always goes down well.�

Read JJ’s full Love where you Live interview in this month’s So Magazine.

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