Tonbridge has been quietly changing of late. A few of our Tonbridge & Hildenborough Dads went to sample the delights of Fuggles Beer Cafe on Thursday evening ( a tough job, but someone had to do it!) and were very impressed with what they found. Fuggles (who are based in Tunbridge Wells) are currently running a pop-up in the Old Fire Station which has run over several evenings during October. Tonbridge residents will be pleased to hear that there are more dates planned for November and December
The building itself has been sympathetically restored, complete with red doors, a fire hose and pictures of firemen for authenticity. The overall effect is a modern industrial and contemporary space. Fuggles were serving a wide range of both keg and cask ales. Our dads tried the Coppernob and Fireside Porter, both of which were excellent, but there were many more to choose from. The accompanying food is first rate if you like cheese. Fortunately our dads love it, and happily tucked into the selection of 6 cheeses with bread, quince and spiced chutney.
The care and vision that has been adopted by the restorers of the Old Fire Station is plain to see. There are further pop-ups scheduled over the next few months so do keep an eye on social media and the local press, as well as on the Old Fire Station's Facebook page for details. We will also keep you posted about forthcoming dates on our upcoming events page.
Fuggles have set the bar very high for future pop-ups at the Old Fire Station. It is an interesting time to be living in the area and to witness the growth and investment in Tonbridge town centre. We are seeing more independent and artisan-type shops opening, such as Bakehouse 124, Graze and Basil (to name but a few) as well as the already established and popular Finch House Cafe, and there seems to be a real buzz around at the moment which creates an excitement for residents and business owners alike. The community support on Thursday night was evident along with the combined feel that everyone in Tonbridge agrees that times are changing and are fully on-board with the new and exciting initiatives that are planned for the local area.
In short, a fantastic night, great people and local products and we are all very excited to experience more of the same. It definitely feels like Tonbridge is coming into its own, which is a positive thing for all of us who live here.