Love where you Live

LYNNE MEEK IS THE OWNER OF STYLING MATTERS, A PERSONAL STYLING BUSINESS. HERE, SHE TELLS US WHY SHE LOVES WHERE SHE LIVES…

Where do you live?
I live in the beautiful village of Langton Green, just outside Tunbridge Wells.

How long have you lived there and what made you decide to move there?
We moved to our cottage in Langton almost exactly a year ago. Our sons had flown the nest and we were ready to buy somewhere smaller with character that we could make our home. It was a big decision to move out of Tunbridge Wells, but we absolutely love it here. Just a few minutes out of town, a great sense of community and lots of peace and space – Langton has it all.

What’s your favourite shop locally?
I can’t pick one clothing retailer in Tunbridge Wells – that would be choosing my favourite child! It’s hugely important we support independent retailers, and I always champion those in the High Street and Chapel Place. Particular favourites include Anna Poulsen, Ilse Jacobsen, Bod & Ted, Kitch and Gray & Co. All amazing in their different ways with a strong focus on style, service and delivering what their customers need.

Where’s the best place to go for a Sunday stroll?
Langton is surrounded on three sides by woods and fields so it’s very easy to get out into green space quickly. There is a great walk from our home to The George and Dragon in Speldhurst – a perfect excuse to have a drink by the fire before we set off home again. I’m looking forward to doing this walk in the spring and summer though, the last time we did this walk we were up to our armpits in mud!

The best place to get a cup of coffee?
It’s impossible to choose one as there are so many brilliant independent cafes in town. My top picks are Fine Grind, The Black Dog, Arte Bianca, The Cake Shed and of course Juliet’s, but there are so many others.

Where do you take people when they come to visit?
Every time we have visitors from London or further afield we take them to The Pantiles. Always a sure-fire hit as it’s unlike anywhere they’ve ever been, and they love the cafe culture, music and mooching around the shops and galleries there. Another favourite is Bewl with beautiful walks and views, and of course a trip to the coast always goes down well too.

What’s the night life like where you live?
Non-existent! And that’s just how we like it. If we stay locally we’ll walk to The Hare for a drink or two and then grab a takeaway curry at the Langton Tandoori on the way back home.

Where’s your favourite place to eat locally?
For breakfast or lunch we often go to The Daily Bread in Rusthall – a brilliant cafe with fabulous food and a lovely relaxing atmosphere. For dinner there is loads of choice, but we had pretty much the best meal ever at Thackeray’s for my mother’s birthday last year and that’s set a new benchmark. The Ivy has proved a great new addition to Tunbridge Wells too. The duck curry is to die for, as is the chocolate bombe!

If you’re looking to relax and unwind, where’s your favourite place to go?
There are a great many places to get pampered in Tunbridge Wells, and a special treat is to get a massage or facial from No 6 Clinic, TBC Skin Atelier, Bliss Massage or Serenity Therapies. Outside of Tunbridge Wells, I am constantly drawn to the sea, it’s where I feel happiest and most relaxed after a busy week. The Gallivant at Camber Sands is a particular favourite for an overnight stay after a bracing walk along the beach, and an amazing dinner.

Where’s the best place to meet friends and socialise?
I love Chapel Place Wine Bar. Owned by friends, Vicky and Andy, they offer over 100 different types of gin. It’s always a voyage of discovery trying a new gin and tonic, then retiring upstairs to relax on one of the squidgy leather Chesterfields and enjoy the evening.

Why do you love where you live?
The people are amazing here and I feel really blessed to live in such a warm and supportive community. Tunbridge Wells is a beautiful place to live with great architecture and stunning countryside around it. No matter where I travel to around the world, I’m always so happy to come back home and you can’t say better than that!

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