Blog post written by Fleur, co-owner of Geography in Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent.
How lucky are we to live and work in the so-called ‘Garden of England’? Kent acquired this name originally due to “…its abundance of orchards and hop gardens. In particular…producing tree-grown fruits, strawberries, and hazelnuts.” And while the hop gardens may now be few and far between, an ever-growing number of vineyards call Kent home, producing some world class still and sparkling wines.
So, what better place for a wine bar than at the heart of this, on Royal Tunbridge Wells pretty High Street? At Geography, whilst our wine list features some global superstars, we put local produce and producers at the heart of what we do. And when local often means exceptional, it’s not hard to champion them.
We were originally going to call Geography ‘Terroir’ but then wondered if that really said enough about us (plus the name was already synonymous with the legendary London wine bar which now sadly no longer exists). So we came up with ‘Geography’ which tells the same story but in a broader sense, better suiting who we are and what we do. It encompasses wines’ ‘Terroir’ – “…the complete natural environment in which a particular wine is produced, including factors such as the soil, topography, and climate.” – but also, encompasses our core pillars of ‘People, Produce & Place’.