Great news for foodies as street market opens

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Cheese and wine, ice cream and vegan ice cream, chocolate, sushi, bagels and Argentinian and Indian food will be some of the treats on offer at the new street food style market which is set to open next week.

All food is aimed at being priced between £8 and £10. And all produce is sourced from within Kent.

The market should provide between 300 and 400 jobs, said the company behind the venture, The Initiative, which as well as chefs, servers and food and drink preparation also takes into account the supply of food and drink to the units.

The Initiative already has food and drink markets in other parts of the UK with a philosophy of opening early, closing late and serving great food and drink.

The line up of 13 traders includes pizzeria Sliced, Verve Kitchen, Frankie and Fries, Marlowes mini burgers, Rolling on Ice, Goupie  for chocolate and coffee, The Desert Island offering waffles and pancakes, the Argentinian Grill and the Dog House serving hot dogs.

Partner and founder of The Initiative Youri Michel said: “We are delighted to announce the launch of Central Market in Tunbridge Wells, just one of the many venues we have scheduled to open across the UK.

The quality and diversity of food, the open access policy to a wide range of people and the inherently social nature of the space will make a significant contribution to the culture of Tunbridge Wells.”

The company said it wants Central Market to be the destination for dining, socialising and entertainment in Tunbridge Wells.

As well as a hub for foodies there are also plans for entertainment including comedians, wine tasting, bands and DJs.

The company has even decided to install an open kitchen in the market where people will be able to come and learn about cooking.

Project Manager, Hannah Williams, said: “Our founders have taken everything we’ve learnt from our previous experiences to make Royal Victoria Place something really special.

“We have planned activities and want the Tunbridge Wells community to gather and discover the newest food and drink trends while listening to bespoke playlists or live acts.”

Central Market will be open Monday to Wednesday from 11am to 8pm, Thursday to Saturday from 11am to 11pm and Sunday from 10.30am to 6.30pm.

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