Address: The Bee Barn, Highland Court Farm, Bridge, Canterbury, Kent CT4 5HW, United Kingdom
Phone: 01843 621300
At Quex Foods we are passionate about food.
We produce a growing range of local produce including an Extra Virgin Rapeseed Oil and an Extra Virgin Sunflower Oil, both of which are grown, pressed and bottled on our Quex Park estate in East Kent.
Quex Park is a unique country park of 250 acres on the Isle of Thanet set within an estate of 1800 acres around Birchington, Acol and Richborough. The Park is an oasis of parkland and trees in a Thanet landscape of open topography and urban development. Within the Park is Quex House built in 1805, a bell tower (Waterloo Tower) built 1819 with its extremely rare secular peal of 12 bells.
However the jewel in the crown is the Powell-Cotton Museum, which primarily contains a taxidermy collection of mainly African wildlife, ethnographical exhibits and many other items of cannon, weaponry, porcelain and fine furniture and much else besides. Its natural history collections are of world-class importance as a scientific resource. The Museum as well as Quex House and Gardens are open to the public.
Within the grounds there is also a stunning wedding and functions restaurant.Like many traditional country estates, the profitability of farming alone was not able to provide for the upkeep of the various historic buildings and parkland. As a result the Estate has diversified its many redundant outdated agricultural buildings.
Kent Crisps Smoked Chipotle Chilli
A Nose Plunge Test revealed little. There was a slight smokiness, but nothing like the flavour. With the taste, however, the smokiness shone through brilliantly. This was very much an American variant, but this typically British company has made a very worthy attempt at introducing the option to their customers. They could have done with a bit more heat, but chipotle chillis are not among the hottest, so fair enough. Overall, the flavour was commanding yet subtle.
Kent Crisps Roast Beef & Spitfire Ale
A Nose Plunge Test revealed a heavy smell of beef stock. Like an Oxo cube before crumbling. I know none of you will know what I am talking about, but they tasted like a lamb shanks recipe we cook at home. There is stock, there is wine. There are lots of herbs and other stuff. How this translates to these Crisps is clearly a heavy stock to represent the beef and certainly some alcohol. Not necessarily Spitfire Ale, which is a bitter. These Crisps had a really interesting and enjoyable flavour, even it is hard to pin down the flavour as a bag description match.
Kent Crisps Ashmore Cheese & Onion
A Nose Plunge Test revealed a very light smell of cheese, but I had to take a few sniffs to detect it. The flavour was clearly cheese dominant. And it was not ordinary Cheddar either, so I am inclined to accept the claim it is made from Cheddar prepared by wrapping in muslin and pressing in nineteenth-century presses, despite the fact that it just says cheese powder on the ingredients list. There was not much onion character, but the aftertaste was oniony, which was a strange but very good trick.
Kent Crisps Sea Salt & Vinegar with
A Nose Plunge Test revealed very little in the way of fragrance. What there was appeared to veer slightly towards vinegar. The bag design is a little misleading because although there are Kentish apples on the picture the cider aspect of the vinegar flavouring was completely absent. The salt was overwhelmed by the vinegar, but it was more of a generic vinegar than cider. It was warmer and friendlier than a strong, tart, malt vinegar, but it was nevertheless quite still strong and dominant.
Kent Crisps Sea Salt
These crisps were not salty at all, which was a real disappointment. While I do not favour crisps minus interesting and preferably, innovative flavours, I do respect that flavour free, plain, original, regular, etc., crisps are the world's most popular option. However, when it says there is salt added to what was actually just oily potato, I have to mention it.