A very good reason to live in Kent is the proximity of the Shuttle, making dinner out in Calais a realistic alternative to a meal in London. The country’s oldest brewer is Shepherd Neame in Faversham but there are many free houses as well supporting the micro and pop-up breweries in the area and offering excellent local food. The Tiger at Stowting, The Duck at Pett Bottom, The Kings Head in Wye, the Duke William in Ickham, The Marquis at Alkham (with excellent rooms) are a small selection. There is only one Michelin starred restaurant, The Sportsman near Whitstable to recommend, but lots of good places to eat in Canterbury, Ashford, Folkestone, Hythe, in fact all the way round the coast with many serving fresh local fsh. Rocksalt in Folkestone is recommended. If you want to cook the fish yourself, Griggs at Hythe and the Fish Market in Whitstable offer a wide variety of locally caught fish, while there is no shortage of farm shops offering local meat and vegetables.