Our fantastic find today is a caterer who has a unique country creative style  that is perfect for a rustic Kent wedding.

Owner of Home Gurr’own and Chef Nicci Gurr has been a chef for over 20 years. Starting out at Albert Roux of Roux Fine Dining in London she worked in many restaurants in and around London before heading out to sea and working on private yachts. Eventually settling down in Cranbrook and starting Home Gurr’own with her husband Julian.

When it comes to cooking they love finding the freshest finest local produce and using ingredients grown on their smallholding as well as fish from Hastings and freshly ground wholemeal flour from a local windmill.  Nicci says “our Cranbrook kitchen is my pride and joy. We’re a creative farm caterer who uses lots of fresh garnishes, chalk boards, picnic hampers and anything else that creates a farm, country feel. Our kitchen is perfect for keeping all our produce fresh and still leaves enough room for my home made Elderflower Champagne!”

Sounds perfect to us! For more info about menus and prices take a look at their website.


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Photography by Steve Wood of





Cakes & Catering

Most people who live in Kent wouldn’t make Dover their first choice for a wedding venue search but that’s all changed thanks to The Marquis at Alkham. This one-time coaching inn, set in the pretty village of Alkham, has a stylish contemporary feel but still makes the most of its historical features including exposed beams, brickwork and wooden floors.




There are lots of options for your wedding day here as next door to the hotel is a gorgeous 13th Century Church where you can take your vows or have a civil ceremony at the hotel overlooking the breathtaking Alkham Valley. The main restaurant can accommodate up to 74 guests or the marquee in the grounds can sit down up to 110. The entire hotel is also available for exclusive use.


The hotel has ten ensuite bedrooms which are a mix of luxury, superior and suites. The suites have super king size beds, monsoon showers and bathrooms with roll top bath, plus lots and lots of added extras. There are also two vineyard cottages close by (around a 20 minute walk) which offer a quiet secluded retreat.





The Marquis is probably best described as a restaurant with rooms as the food is definitely the star of the show. The 5 star restaurant was recently awarded a rising Michelin star as Head Chef Charles Lakin brings you menus that use locally caught fish and sourced produce. The wine, beer and drinks list also has a distinctly Kent feel with local vineyards represented and even a Kent inspired cocktail!



The combination of countryside views, gorgeous food and chic styling all make this a great one to put on your wedding venue shortlist.

Images courtesy of The Marquis of Alkham via Fleur Challis Photography


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