This month SO chats to Laura Gibson and Olivia Thornhill co-founders of Calvermont, a communications, PR and creative agency based in the centre of Tunbridge Wells who count the likes of Elysian Residences, Royal Tunbridge Wells Together and Beau Property among their clients. Here they tell us where they love to visit in Tunbridge Wells…
Where do you live?
Calvermont HQ is hidden behind a big black door in the centre of Mount Pleasant, directly opposite the station. A perfect location for people watching and client hosting.
How long have you resided there?
We were lucky to welcome a number of new clients during the pandemic, so we went on a quest for more space for our growing team post lock-down last summer. We love our collaborative co-working space, which not only gives easy access for our clients, but the opportunity to bounce ideas around with other local businesses too.
What’s your favourite shop locally?
Bod & Ted has to be our favourite for feel-good outfits, whilst Whirligig Toys is like an Aladdin’s Cave for the kids!
Where’s the best place to go for a Sunday stroll?
You can’t beat a stroll through the beautifully landscaped Calverley Park to The Inside in Calverley Adventure Grounds, a super little den serving up the best flat white in town, alongside a myriad of crafts and goodies for little ones, all nestled within the playground of dreams.
Where’s the best place to get a cup of coffee?
The Inside, as above or Esquires on Mount Pleasant for their friendly owner and quiet upstairs space which is perfect for our out of office calls and catch-ups.
Where do you take people when they come to visit?
Down the cobbled path of Chapel Place and on to the historic Pantiles to enjoy the huge variety of independent retailers, market holders and eateries. Sitting in the sunshine with an Aperol Spritz overlooking the Bandstand really couldn’t get any better.
What’s the night life like where you live?
When the team go OUT OUT, you can probably find us chasing cocktails at Geography, chatting sport at Cassidy’s, getting foggy at Fuggles or sinking one tequila too many at the Pitcher & Piano…
Where’s your favourite place to eat locally?
Oooh that would be Sankey’s for fresh, local seafood and their infamous Sankey’s Smokie. We also love the Mount Edgcumbe for posh pub grub, or the recently opened Japanese Dodomi – a fantastic family-run sushi place at the top of town.
Are there any nice views nearby?
We could look out across the rolling hills from the al fresco dining terrace at The Beacon forever…
If you’re looking to relax and unwind, where’s your favourite place to go?
A quiet bench at Dunorlan Park to watch the wildlife on the water is just lovely as is a mindful yoga session with Margarita, or a contemporary class with Sam at Cascade Dance as you can really let go.
Where’s the best place to meet friends and socialise?
We have an endless array of pubs and parks in town, but our local The Claremont is a great place to meet friends. It’s also close to the station and on the cusp of the old High Street. The Bedford across the road is also a good pit stop with its buzzing pub above and its 1920s speakeasy cocktail bar below.
Why do you love where you live?
Tunbridge Wells has a thriving independent retail industry and a diverse business community, testament to the strong local talent here. We are also home to green open spaces, quirky markets and bustling events such as Jazz on The Pantiles, which you really can’t find anywhere else.
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