The coastal market town of Hythe on the edge of Romney Marsh was once a bustling harbour and the central of the five original Cinque Ports before silting put an end to its days as a harbour. Hythe is located between Hastings and New Romney to the west, and Dover and Sandwich to the east on the “Garden Coast” in south Kent.
Hythe’s market once took place in the market square (now the Red Lion Square) close to the Methodist Church Hall, where now a Farmers’ Market takes place every second and fourth Saturday of the month. Run by volunteers and specialising in seasonal product at competitive prices, the farmer’s market features stalls selling locally produced products including free-range eggs, game, speciality and organic breads, cakes, meat, cheeses and vegetables.
Hythe’s name is Old English for Haven or Landing Place and Hythe retains its reputation as a pleasant place to wander with an attractive high street full of independent shops and eateries, a mix of Medieval and Georgian buildings, and the eleventh century parish church of St Leonard on the hill from which you can enjoy far reaching sea views.
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