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Memories of childhood in a Kentish village during the Second World War
Born in Penshurst in the thirties, David Martin spent his childhood there until the 1950s. He lived in the village in what is now the doctors’ surgery and has just completed a wonderfully evocative account of his memories of Penshurst during World War II. This is to be published here in serial form, starting April 5th and continuing for five weeks.
A new café opens at Penshurst Place
On Good Friday Penshurst Place opens a new café – The Porcupine Pantry* – to the public.
Open daily all year The Pantry is located outside the main house and grounds ticketed area and also accessible via the Gift Shop. It has seating inside and out for up to 82 people.
Serving a selection of hot and cold drinks from 9am – 6pm – it will provide a simple breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea menu including bacon rolls and a selection of freshly-baked savoury and sweet pastries cooked on the premises.
Lord De L’Isle, owner of Penshurst Place, says about the project: “Our new ‘place to eat’ will add to the visitor experience here at Penshurst Place and has been built in response to customer comments received. We will now be welcoming visitors to Penshurst Place all year round – whatever the weather.”
General Manager of Penshurst Place Estate, Ben Thomas who developed and has overseen this exciting new project, says “We are delighted to get the Pantry project off the ground.
Located opposite the regional cycle route no 12 and close to the Penshurst estate parkland walk routes, it also provides a new place for passing walkers and cyclists, Travel Trade/Group visitors, season ticket holders, local residents and others passing by to eat out.
The official opening event will take place in April after the Easter Holidays.
More information at www.penshurstplace.com/pantry
* Why is it called the Porcupine Pantry?
The Sidney family that own Penshurst Place have a coat of arms - and part of their arms is a Porcupine. A pantry goes back to medieval times, and was a room located next to the main kitchen where the utensils and food was stored - it is believed the word derives from the french word for bread - pain.
Forge Stores now open Wednesday afternoons...
From October 2012 the Forge Stores will be open on Wednesday afternoons.
Penshurst may only have one shop but it is now open from 6.30 am weekdays and on Saturday and Sunday mornings.
Originally a village forge and still retaining the original wooden floor, our community shop also now has a National Lottery machine.
Carrot Cake Query
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"If you are able to pass on the recipe for the carrot cake which we enjoyed so much at Quaintways that would be fabulous."