Times are tough, but our community is tougher. Despite the challenges we are all currently experiencing our fabulous town centre businesses are coming together to support one another & our local community too.
Here are just some of the businesses in Ashford town centre, still offering essential shopping & services to Ashford residents.
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Normally we'd be popping into this popular coffee-spot to meet friends or to grab a spot of lunch. The good news is, Stag Coffee haven't closed their doors to customers but instead have transformed their Ashford premises into a fabulous pop-up greengrocer!
Café tables are now full of fresh produce including milk, eggs, bread, rice, vegetables and meat. Customers can pop by to pick up essentials, or arrange for a non-contact home delivery by placing an order via their website.
Macknade in Elwick Place is a fabulous food hall where you can also pick up local speciality items, from cheeses and jams to wine and craft beer. Although their food hall and retail service is closed for the moment, they are still offering local customers delivery on essential grocery items.
They have plenty of eggs, pasta, baked goods and of course fresh fruit & vegetables too. Simply give them a call on 01795 534497 to place an order and arrange a non contact delivery.
They offer a fabulous range of food and drink items, ranging from fruit and vegetables boxes from Perry Court Farm, organic wines from Just Wine Knot, creamy Kentish cheese from The Cheesemakers of Canterbury, milk from KingCott Dairy and soft sourdough bread from Wild Bread Head.
To place an order and arrange for collection or an Ashford-based delivery, visit the Kent Food Hubs website.
We all know creativity does wonders for our wellbeing, which is why we are delighted Made in Ashford have craft workshops available on their YouTube Channel for everyone to enjoy and follow along with at home.
Keep an eye on Made in Ashford's Facebook events page for LIVE workshops too.
Those taking part can make a donation which will be put into the shop's hardship fund to help the small local business that trade from the Made in Ashford shop in Park Mall Shopping Centre.
Town centre based dance school, Liv2dance have kicked off a brilliant timetable of live dance classes streamed via Instagram and Facebook to help connect with the community & their young students. There's everything from ballet, tap and even belly dancing.
If you're interested in becoming a member and enjoying the benefits of their classes, contact them today on 07761 667270 / firstname.lastname@example.org.
As of the 26th March, County Square Shopping Centre still remains open with the following stores still operating, although this is constantly under review:
Specsavers (for urgent appointments tents only) | Warrens Bakery (9am - 3pm Mon - Sat) | Metro Bank (10am - 4pm Mon - Fri) | Nationwide 10am - 2pm (Mon - Fri)
The centre is only currently accessible via their Tufton street entrance with extra security measures around the stores. These stores remain open because of the essential products and services they offer in response to government guidance which may change over the coming days.
Please note that the centres public toilets are closed and that car parking in the NCP car park is limited.
In correspondence with current government guidance, some stores remain open in Park Mall Shopping Centre to continue offering essential supplies to the community. This includes:
Sowa | Savers | Poundstretcher | Kempsons | Wilko
Please be aware that this trade is subject to change and opening times may vary for each store. Please contact the store directly for any further questions.