Chatham in Kent is building a reputation as a local food destination thanks to its annual Chatham Maritime Food & Drink Festival, which has taken place across three days in May for the past two years. A range of locally produced foods are showcased alongside international treats as well as beer, wine and cider producers. Exhibitors include cheese makers, a smoke house, meat and ice cream. The event attracts around 6,000 people to the waterside where a band and entertainment ensures everyone has a good day out.
One of the Medway towns and home to the Chatham Royal Dockyard, which closed in 1984, Chatham has reinvented itself as a major tourist trap thanks to the Chatham Historic Dockyard Museum , which includes the famous submarine HMS Ocelot. The name Chatham was first recorded as Cetham in 880 and stands on the A2 road, which runs along the line of the ancient Celtic route, and was later paved by the Romans.
The town is also home to a plethora of cafés, pubs and restaurants, many of which are at the Dockside Outlet Centre and cover everything from traditional English food, cakes and pastries to Italian, Mexican, and Moroccan, Chinese and Indian food.
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