A little further afield
If you're out to do a little shopping, but want to avoid the fleshpots (and parking charges) of Tunbridge Wells, you might want to consider some of our neighbouring villages:
A few miles up the road in Wadhurst there is a wider array of shops, including an excellent hardware store, a book shop, a couple of cafes (we particularly like the wholefood cafe with its small back garden), an art materials shop, a purveyor of serious wines, a rather nice little electricals shop, etc.
Goudhurst is a lovely village, though there aren't many shops left - a good general store, a pretty little gift shop with anything you might need for birthdays, christenings and the like. Also, a good Italian restaurant.
Further on again, Cranbrook is a much busier place - a true Kentish market town which hasn't suffered too badly from the predation of out-of-town retail parks. It's true that the Co-op has seen off most of the small food shops however, though there are still a butchers and a couple of useful deli's. Some surprises - a fantastic art materials shop, a printers, a fancy dress hire shop, a terrific tools and DIY shop, a couple of banks, etc.