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Kent Drinks Co. bar to open in Maidstone

A brand new bar championing Kent spirits, beers, ciders and wines has opened at Love Food @ Lockmeadow.

Kent Drinks Co. which opened on 30th April will be run by the duo, Karl Cowell and Roxii Hoare-Smith, behind virtual spirit tasting company, Kent Gin Co., which was set up during the pandemic to offer Kent spirit tastings via Zoom. Kent Drinks Co. will continue to celebrate Kentish products supporting local brewers, vineyards and distillers in the county town.

Kent Drinks Co. will be situated in the new food hall in the long established Lockmeadow Complex. Guests can expect alcoholic drinks from local producers including Maidstone Distillery, Anno Distillers, Copper River Distillery, Dudda’s Tun, Curious Brewery, Chapel Down, and Balfour Wines.

As well as alcoholic drinks, the bar will also be serving soft drinks, milkshakes, alcoholic and fruit ice lollies. The bar will also run as a shop selling Kent spirits, including gin, vodka, rum and whisky, Kent spirit boxes, private virtual and in person tastings, and garden parties.

Commenting on the opening, Karl Cowell, Director at Kent Drinks Co. said, “We are so excited to be opening our first bar in our hometown. We are extremely passionate about serving our customers the finest quality products and supporting local businesses. As our amazing county continues to produce more and more award winning spirits, beers and wines, we felt a bar that supports and celebrates Kent produce was exactly what was needed in the county town.”

Kent Drinks Co. will be running in-person tasting at the food hall itself as well as private spirit tastings which can be held indoor or outdoor at a venue of your choice, where a member of the team will talk you and your party through each spirit. Customers can opt for two packages, offering three or four Kent spirits to taste with your preferred mixers, priced from £20 per person.

Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday: 12pm – 9pm, Sunday: 12pm – 6.30pm. (Bank holiday opening times may differ)

Kent Drinks Co., Love Food @ Lockmeadow, Lockmeadow Complex, Barker Street, Maidstone. ME16 8SF

About Kent Drinks Co.

Kent Drinks Co. began in 2020 as Kent Gin Co. offering virtual spirit tastings using Kent spirits via Zoom with owners Karl Cowell and Roxii Hoare-Smith. In 2022, Kent Gin Co. became Kent Drinks Co. with their first bar opening in Maidstone’s Love Food @ Lockmeadow.

The bar specialises in championing local Kent spirits, beers, ciders and wines from the county’s award winning distilleries, breweries and wineries.

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