Five years ago three local business owners met whilst being part of the organising committee for the Edenbridge Motor Show. These three (pictured above): James Kemp (Well Kempt Gardens), Richard Williams (Blackdog Microsystems) and Sam Thurston (Kent Heating Solutions) found that they worked together well and, most importantly, got along as friends. Despite being busy with their own jobs they decided to start a joint management company – Thunderstruck Events, going on to organise the successful ‘Edenbridge Uncorked’ Food and Drink festival.
It was whilst indulging in their joint passion for good food and drink that they decided to do something with their newly found contacts and open a specialist drink retailer in Edenbridge High Street. This seemed a perfect fit alongside the food festival and other future projects to bring new things to the town. Hence, ‘Edenbridge Untapped’ was born.
Untapped aims to showcase only carefully selected craft: Beer, Cider, Wines and Spirits, sourced from: Kent, Surrey and Sussex and that are not widely available in the local area. Richard (co-owner) said that “We will be bringing you drinks that cannot be sourced in local Supermarkets and oﬀ licences. I believe our key to success is to continue working with small craft producers, which in turn will enable us to provide our discerning customers with high quality products and hopefully introducing them to new styles and tastes”.
Edenbridge Untapped already have some great working relationships with local artisan producers such as: Greensand Ridge Distillery, Godstone and Titsey Breweries, Kent Cider Company and Hush Heath Wines.
They continue to work hard at bring on new stock. For instance, this week, alongside best sellers such as Henderson’s Rhubarb Cider, they are stocking Sparking Mead from the excellent Marourde Winery based near West Malling. Richard goes on to say “We will be showcasing at least one new producer each week, so there will always be something new to try. We do also realise that parking and access in Edenbridge can be an issue, so, Edenbridge Untapped is offering a free local delivery service on orders over £50. As we currently stock around: 50 Ales and Lagers, 20 Gins and Spirits, 20+ ciders alongside local wines and soft drinks, there is something for everyone. Why not pop in, say hello and chat to our friendly and knowledge team.”
Featured in Issue 102 | September/October 2019