Disgusted, of Tunbridge wells..

Delighted, of Tunbridge Wells ;- recently in an idle moment, I was searching local news items on the internet and came upon a section entitled ‘Disgusted, Tunbridge Wells’, it intrigued me to the extent of further enquiry and hence the following;-

Wikipedia;- “Generic name used in England for a person, usually with strong Conservative political views, who writes letters to newspapers in a tone of moral outrage’

This conjured up the most wonderful image in my mind…it seems a former editor of The Tunbridge wells advertiser who was concerned about the lack of feedback from his readers, encouraged his staff to pen a few and “disgusted, Tunbridge Wells” was born. In recent Times it seems that residents have rallied against the tag and have demanded it be dropped in favour of “Delighted, Tunbridge Wells” and as a recent resident, my view is ‘why not.’ I believe that there are few environments in Kent to match our town, it is prosperous, clean, culturally diverse and has history oozing from every pore. Summer is finished now but it is still warm, September is trying hard not to give way to Autumn, I have stared walking rather than driving, I am privileged to be amongst the wonderful Georgian and Victorian architecture and living as I do on the Pantiles I have been treated to Jazz, dance, food & music festivals, farmers markets, bric a brac and objets’d’art . What more would I want? Maybe a cold beer….my choice is obvious…..so yes,’ Delighted Tunbridge Wells’ sums it up well, long may it last.

Welcome to the Home of the Fine Grind Espresso Bar;- The team at Fine Grind are committed to producing the perfect espresso for the burgeoning market enjoying our ‘café scene’ and the espresso sipping people of Tunbridge Wells.

Our Coffee;- we provide a choice, our signature blend to suit the most discerning palate & forever changing ‘Single Origins’ personally selected in association with Horsham Coffee roasters. You are assured that your coffee is made with the finest green beans sourced from farmers demonstrating sustainable practices towards the environment and workers rights and expertly blended and roasted,

Why an Independent? Because we can make choices and provide you with the best products. Franchisees can’t step outside their brand to provide the customer with something extra….we can, at Fine Grind we have the ability to respond to your needs and we are as responsive as you will allow which is why I would ask you to give me some feedback on the following ideas;- firstly our new Menu;- stumbling through Paris as I once was, I found myself amazed at the Parisian Lunchtime feeding frenzy, true, the French still indulge themselves to the two hour lunch but less so in Paris now when the fast life style is beginning to catch up with more traditional approach to food. What I was evidencing was a veritable Gallic Piranha-like frenzied attack on a sandwich café, the place had filled baguettes stacked ceiling high and soft drinks along with a few pastries…I was amazed at the queues and the speed at which the stock disappeared. And so, we have given birth to something more Anglo Saxon and ‘fitting’ to Tunbridge Wells, the ‘Bespoke Baguette’. Fine grind is giving you the opportunity to make your own….choose whatever high quality fillings you desire. In fact we will even deliver them to your office if you are on the high st if you phone in or tweet us your order by 11.00am each day…check out our new menu and ‘bag yourself a bespoke Baguette’ and let us provide you with the ultimate coffee experience to.

‘The greatest beverage in the world’ in my humble opinion, coffee beats beer for this title. I often say that I would prefer to give up beer than coffee, so it is only natural that one would try to make a beverage that incorporates both. I recently went on a ‘field trip’ to Canterbury to sample some competitors coffee but you can really only drink that and found myself instead sampling a craft beer ‘C4 double Brown ale with coffee’. The hoppy Brown ale compliments both the roasted and fruity aspects of the coffee without putting up, much of a fight, the coffee component was lightly roasted, delicate, exceptionally fruity Ethiopian beans. I promise you this is MUCH better than it sounds.

So it made me think….’Fine Grind’ recently applied for an alcohol licence, we intend to stock a small selection of craft beers and New World wines? We will never sell ‘Booze’ and all the negative attributes that word conveys, however Craft beers and Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc are for the discerning palate and compliment our food & coffee beautifully…I am already sold on the idea and would value your feedback. If you have never had a craft beer experience ask me about it;- premium products always compliment one another.

So as the darker evenings draw in and the cold wind starts to blow, as you walk past, you will notice a warm light glowing in our windows from our burning candles, we will be open a little later than usual and offering you a relaxed, intimate atmosphere where you can enjoy a well earned glass of Shiraz, a craft beer, or even a ‘flat white’ at the end of the day…we look forward to seeing you, and as always, at your service…..‘Delighted Of Tunbridge Wells.