NAOMI DREWETT IS A PA FROM TUNBRIDGE WELLS. HERE, SHE TELLS US WHY SHE LOVES WHERE SHE LIVES…
Where do you live?
The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells.
How long have you lived there and what made you decide to move there?
I’ve lived on The Pantiles for 14 and a half years. I went to school in Tunbridge Wells and started my career here and knew I wanted to live near to where I worked so I didn’t have a long commute.
What’s your favourite shop locally?
That’s a tough one! It would have to be Le Petit Jardin. It is like a little bit of heaven in Chapel Place and I always feel incredibly calm in Penny’s shop. She’s so lovely and helpful. I’ve bought and received lots of unique gifts over the years from there and the fig scented candle is an essential autumnal purchase for me.
Where’s the best place to go for a Sunday stroll?
I love the walk from The Pantiles up to The Beacon. You get to experience a bit of Tunbridge Wells history (the 100 steps) and stunning views over Nevill Park and Hungershall Park and the climbing rocks. All rounded off with the fantastic views from The Beacon itself (with a glass of wine!).
The best place to get a cup of coffee?
I am not a coffee drinker, tea is my preference but if I’m out then it’s a hot chocolate at The Cake Shed on The Pantiles. With a choice of white, dark or milk chocolate it’s essential.
Where do you take people when they come to visit?
I take them to Bod & Ted, my lovely friend Sophie’s shop, where you can find a beautiful selection of carefully chosen pieces. From cashmere to espadrilles she has it all. I also take them to Anna Poulsen in Chapel Place for a distinctly cool retail experience. After all that shopping, a trip to Juliet’s for tea and cake is a must.
What’s the night life like where you live?
There’s always something going on from the very popular Jazz on The Pantiles in the summer, to live music at La Casa Vecchia/The Grey Lady and Hattons wine dinners.
Where’s your favourite place to eat locally?
It depends what I’m going out for. The Pantiles Cafe does the best pancakes; Hattons for a sausage sandwich (cures anything!) And the carrot cake is superb. Framptons for drinks and for supper paella at La Casa Vecchia or their steak ‘a la piedra’.
Are there any nice views nearby?
Quite simply The Pantiles. It’s the best view in town!
If you’re looking to relax and unwind, where’s your favourite place to go?
To be honest, there’s is nothing better than getting the girls round for dinner at mine.
Where’s the best place to meet friends and socialise?
Sometimes I like to leave the ‘island’ and head up into town. Hotel du Vin for French Martini cocktails is a favourite!
What do you do when you spend a weekend or a day off in the local areas?
Catch ups with friends on The Pantiles. I love it here and if I can encourage friends to meet me here (I’m not just being lazy!) There’s so many lovely spots to meet and eat whatever the time of day.
Why do you love where you live?
The Pantiles has so much rich history. People travel all over the world to visit and take photos of the all the unique sights here (even the bins!) The markets that happen on the first and third weekends of the month are always worth a wander for tasty treats and artisan crafts (check www.thepantiles.com) and I just love this time of year especially here with the change of colour of the leaves and the lights are coming out for Christmas.