At Quex Barn we are on a mission to bring fresh local produce to local people, as well as to the many welcome visitors to Kent. We are passionate about good food. Our Butcher sells top quality free-range meat and eggs from our own livestock. The fishmonger boasts locally caught fish straight from the boat (as well as other varieties which are not so readily available on the Kent coast), while each day more delicious fruit and veg is delivered from local farmers.
Our fully licensed restaurant opens at 9am for a breakfast of our own bacon and sausages, local free range eggs and all the trimmings. As well as serving lunch daily,so come and have a relaxed meal in wonderful surroundings eating local food. With the finest ingredients all sourced from the barn each dish is cooked to order: fresh and delicious.
The butcher in the barn sells top quality free-range meat. It is all ethically reared and beautifully butchered. Our cattle are reared on the Quex Estate; they are the native Sussex breed. The Sussex breed was originally a draught animal for ploughing and farm work but over recent centuries it has made an excellent beef animal. If you are driving around locally from Ramsgate to Sandwich the herd can be seen grazing on the land behind the former Richborough power station site during the summer months.
They are reared on grass and by products such as waste apples, pears, potatoes and silage; they are run extensively and allowed to mature in their own time. All of our beef is hung for three weeks greatly enhancing the quality of flavour and tenderness.
We use mainly Romney sheep again they are the traditional breed of the area thriving on the marshes during the dry summers and equally coping with the wet winter months. They are reared on grass and hay or silage during the winter. Like with the cattle this ends with us producing a very natural and enjoyable meat product. We believe that because the grazing areas for the cattle and sheep are so close to the sea the grass picks up salt which improves the flavour of the meat.
The Pigs we use are reared near Sandwich, they are housed in open straw yards and enjoy being able to bask in the sun and enjoy all elements of the weather.
We also sell free range chickens reared by the Royal Deaf School in Margate.
We will happily offer advice on cooking and preparation. Our sausages are made by our butchers, Derek, Jerome & Joe on site and are widely acclaimed. With meat of this outstanding quality, and a brilliant chef under the same roof it was inevitable that we now produce delicious meat pies. Choose between chicken and mushroom, or steak and ale. Or our famous Quex sausage rolls which are unlike any other you will have had (in a good way!).
Meat pies and sausage rolls are available Friday and Saturday.
Each day more delicious fresh local fruit and veg are delivered. We even have some grown on local allotments and brought in by keen gardeners when they have a glut on their hands. Look in the fridges for herbs and salads and some of the more interesting leaves.
We try to reduce the miles that our food travels so understandably we try to keep our prices reasonable so that our customers don’t have to travel further than they should for their groceries. We have recently cut our fruit and vegetable prices to the lowest they have ever been in order to meet the challenge of the economic condition, however we have not compromised on quality or freshness.
Our fish counter boasts locally caught fish straight off the boat, as well as other varieties which are not so readily available on the Kent coast. It is all fresh and we will happily offer expert advice and help to prepare your fish.
When you visit our deli, you will have the pleasure of meeting Corina, she is a delight and once met never forgotten.
She stocks many Kentish cheeses, Winterdale Shaw is a handmade hard cheese matured for six months in stone cellars in the North Downs of Kent. Smoked Winterdale is also available.
Kentish Blue is an unpasteurised mould ripened blue cheese handmade by Steve and Karen Reynolds from Staplehurst, Kent and made from their own Friesian cows milk.
Ashmore farmhouse cheddar is made in Canterbury also Kentish Brie and Canterbury Cobble are all excellent local cheeses.
We also sell stinking Bishop which is a soft creamy cheese and gets its name from the variety of pear used to wash the rind which gives the cheese a wonderful lift. It has an extremely strong aroma and people either love it or hate it.
Waterloo is a wash rinded, semi soft unpasteurised cows milk cheese with a full bodied flavour. Duddleswell is a well matured cheese made from unpasteurised sheeps milk which is a welcome addition to the range.
On the deli, we also sell our own ham, scotch eggs and quiches and have a large selection of oils, olives and vinegars.