Macknade Fine Foods





Selling Road, Faversham, Kent ME13 8XF


Ø   Introduction


Faversham`s Farmshop and Foodhall


A Way of Life


Sharing our experience of food and drink through our shop, our cafe and our wholesale business.

Our aim at Macknade is to offer the best food and drink shopping experience around.

This is an experience that brings joy and satisfaction to us, our customers, our suppliers and everyone that works with us in the business.


We base what we do on the Italian adage of ‘qualita/prezzo’ – that is to say that price must always reflect quality… and our aim is to always deliver more.

We also understand that our role as the link between producer and consumer is important and that an essential part of what we do is to help our

customers be close to the producers who grow and make the wonderful products on our shelves.

In turn, this brings our producers close to our customers as well. Sign up to our newsletter for updates on tasting and meet the producer events.


Macknade is a family business and that has always been at our core.

Whether we were enjoying Christmas at the family home in Faversham, or spending the summer on Ischia with our Italian Grandmother,

a passion for flavours and great food and drink has rippled through everything we do.


This ethos carries across the Macknade Team. Their input, along with that of our suppliers and customers, is invaluable in helping us make sure that Macknade is the best it can be.

Macknade is not just a shop or job – it is a way of life for so many of us.

For this reason we are always trying to improve what we do: looking for new ideas and different ways of doing things, but always keeping the fun and joy in it.


Our Story


Macknade Fine Foods – the embodiment of my family and our passion for food.


In the late 70s (1979 to be exact, the year I was born!) my father Renato took over a field with a tent in the Garden of England to grow weird and wonderful produce

and create 20 acres of Pick Your Own heaven.

Originally from the island of Ischia in the Bay of Naples he brought with him his continental, all-encompassing food culture.

With the support of my mother Patricia, the daughter of a local farmer with a deep-rooted love for the Kent land, Macknade came about.

But that wasn’t the beginning of the story….


In 1847, Frederick Neame Snr (my mother’s great, great grandfather and my great, great, great grandfather) took on Macknade Farm and,

with his son Fredrick Jnr, grew it into one of the region’s leading growers, nationally renowned for its hard fruit, hops and livestock.

Frederick Jnr’s son Thomas followed in the family tradition in 1919 and, as the ‘young buck’, pioneered co-operative marketing

and promoted the quality of Kentish produce in the face of growing competition from abroad.

In 1947 pears from the Macknade orchards were served at the wedding of Princess Elizabeth to Phillip Mountbatten.


By the mid-1950s, my Grandfather Basil had taken over.

The 60s and 70s were good to Kentish farming but as international imports and a changing world piled on the pressure there was need to diversify.

This is where we come back to my mother and father and the tent in a field that some 35 years later,

with support from our food loving customers, has evolved into Macknade Fine Foods.


My family no longer farm but our food hall is right at the heart of where we started some 170 years ago and our heart is,

just as it has always been, in our food and the people we share it with.


Ø   Information


Opening Times


Normal opening hours:

Monday to Saturday: 09:00 to 18.00

The delicatessen closes at 17:30

Sunday: 10.00 to 16:00


Café opening hours:

Monday to Saturday: 09.30 to 17.00

Sunday: 10.00 to 16.00

The kitchen closes at 16.30 and 15.30 respectively


Please note these times may be subject to seasonal changes




Selling Road, Faversham, Kent, ME13 8XF


Information / Contact


For more information please contact:


Phone: 01795 534497






Ø   Calendar / Diary


Events, Tastings and Classes


The Macknade team run many interesting and varied events, tastings and classes throughout the year.


Their What’s On diary pages may be accessed via the links below:









Ø   News




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