An innovative Kent company is in the running to be named the country's best farm-to-table restaurant at this year's Good Food Guide Awards. The Goods Shed in Canterbury is one of three establishments in Kent hoping to be honored at the prestigious awards ceremony, having each been recognized for their “unique commitment to their craft and unique approach to hospitality”.

It joins Small Holding in Cranbrook which has been nominated for the same award, while The Sportsman in Seasalter could take the impressive Restaurant of the Year award. A Canterbury landmark for 22 years, The Goods Shed is not just a restaurant, but a bustling farmers market and food hall with a mission to promote local produce and independent businesses.

Director Susanna Sait told KentLive: “We were completely shocked, it's so exciting to be part of it. To be recognized by The Good Food Guide is truly amazing, it's an iconic publication and the publication we all dreamed of when we started.

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“To be nominated for one of their bigger awards is just amazing. We have some really incredible players in front of us and to be honest I can’t see myself winning, but it’s just a lot of fun to be a part of.”

Susanna believes The Goods Shed, housed in an eye-catching converted railway building on Station Road West, has become “a massive part of the Canterbury community”. The food hall is teeming with independent traders, from cheesemongers to butchers, while the restaurant offers daily changing lunch and dinner menus with carefully prepared dishes using the very best and freshest local ingredients, all cooked to order.

The Goods Shed has been operating in Canterbury for 22 years and has become a “massive part of the community”.(Image: Sally Gurteen/The Goods Shed)

The Best Farm-to-Table Restaurant award aims to highlight the most “innovative” companies that have strong relationships with their food suppliers to champion high-quality food made from local ingredients. The Good Food Guide adds: “These nominees are, in our opinion, at the top of their game. They have gone a step further and integrated agriculture into their restaurant operations, with one major benefit: their customers gain a deeper understanding of seasonality and freshness.”

The Goods Shed runs both a successful restaurant and a lively farmers market(Image: Sally Gurteen/The Goods Shed)

Susanna wants to better connect the Canterbury community with the food they eat(Image: Sally Gurteen/The Goods Shed)

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