Original article from Kent Live
Macknade is set to bring its unique dining and shopping experience to Tunbridge Wells.
The company announced that its third Kent store will open in the town this September.
Macknade has promised an "all-day dining experience" with dishes and drinks being served up around the clock, making the outlet versatile for any kind of social occasion.
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The Macknade food hall will take up a 4,000 square foot area on the third floor of the department store, with enough tables to sit 100 people.
Owners have promised that "dishes and drinks will feature plenty of what you know and love from our Faversham and Ashford spaces".
Highlights from those already established menus include a range of healthy brunch options, hot Belgian waffles, a selection of upmarket sandwiches and cheese sharing plates.
What makes Macknade one of its kind is the way the food hall combines the hospitality and retail experience.
As well as having the dishes cooked for them, customers can browse the ingredients on sale and buy fresh produce and drinks.
In a statement on Macknade's website, a spokesman said: "It’s not just about eating and drinking, we’ll also have some retail items too including a selection of produce used on the new restaurant menu, as well as wine, beer and cider.
"A curated collection of indoor plants and hand-tied bouquets from our floristry department will be available, alongside bespoke hamper services and foodie gifts."
The new restaurant will slot into the daily running of Hoopers, which has been a permanent fixture in Tunbridge Wells since 1990.
A spokesman for Macknade cited a "shared love of quality food and drink" as the reason the two have come together for this new adventure.
They added: "Macknade at Hoopers is a perfect partnership. The area and its residents have long taken pride in supporting local, independent businesses and the surrounding area of the Weald is full of producers that we already admire, and whose stories we can’t wait to share with you all."
The food hall is set to open this September and customers are being advised to keep an eye on social media for further updates.