Boy, are we lucky to live where we live. Not just Britain as a whole, but in my village in particular. About a month ago a new farm shop opened called Frankie’s, and it has the whole of Staplehurst absolutely buzzing. We have other farm shops with coffee shops attached, true, but none quite like this; where you can see the scotch eggs, sausage rolls and breakfast pastries being made by a team of four chefs right there behind the cheese counter. I don’t have many pictures of inside the place, as I thought it would be a bit weird lining up my iPhone in front of a nice display of leeks and onions, but suffice it to say it is a superb shop. As much of the produce as possible is local and organic. The bread is made on site, the milk comes from Ashford (only about 15 miles away), and a lot of the cheeses, hams and vegetables are from Kent (our county, for those of you not from these shores).
What follows is a selection of the greatest food that we have seen sold in these parts, and the lunch that we made of it!
This chocolate brownie isn’t your usual brownie. Made with plenty of walnuts, it’s soft and sticky, more like a brownie-tiffin hybrid, which is better than either of those things. Even better, it comes garnished with local redcurrants and strawberries!
Ah, the cheese counter. At least one Kentish Blue, and some of the Winterdale cheese I wrote about way back in my first review. It’s great that we no longer have to travel far afield to buy quality cheeses. There was also another fridge counter with European cheeses and cooked meats.
Back at our house we put together a (indoor) picnic using food mostly bought from Frankie’s. Above is the sausage roll, made from the same sausagemeat they use in their Scotch Eggs and their sausages. The ham is from a Kentish joint, medium cut and it just fell off the bone. The leaf part of the salad is also Kentish, though we already had the tomato and cucumber. What you see in the next two pictures is the main reason I’ll be going back (after the cheese). Homemade Scotch Eggs.
And gloriously halved:
P.S. the bread is also from there. What a place. The Scotch Eggs were crunchy on the outside, and fell apart on the inside. The sausagemeat is lightly peppered and herbed, and the eggs cooked to perfection. They were still warm from when we had bought them almost two hours earlier! Absolutely stunning, and well worth a visit!
A really cool edit:
Hey everyone, thought it would be best if I posted where it actually is! There’s no website as such, but I place it roughly here on Google Maps: