An initiative of Maidstone Borough Council (MBC), the food hall is scheduled to open in October with all eight units filled with exciting local tenants ready to satisfy food lovers’ tastebuds featuring modern street-style food with a choice that spans the globe, including Thai, Jamaican, Asian, vegan and American.
LoveFood@Lockmeadow will occupy the vacant unit of Gourmet Burger Kitchen at the front of the building and the adjacent empty unit. There will be four food outlets on opposite side of the centre’s front entry with a communal seating area.
Cllr Martin Round, Chair of the MBC Economic, Regeneration and Leisure Committee said:
“This is an exciting time for Lockmeadow and the whole of Maidstone especially around the river. The new food hall will bring some amazing different good quality food offerings.
“LoveFood@Lockmeadow will focus on quality, modern, diverse foods from local businesses. Not only will this be a dynamic, new hot spot in town but diners can also feel proud to be supporting local businesses expand.
“There is no doubt that the hospitality sector has had a really tough time recently as we have seen not only in Maidstone but in all town centres which have suffered similar losses of big brands during Lockdown. These new, exciting and diverse food offerings will provide fantastic support for new businesses, employment in the town and will put us in a strong position to open LoveFood@Lockmeadow. I look forward to seeing you there soon.”
One of the tenants to join the food hall is the Moondance Bar, formerly of Rochester High Street, bringing an exciting cocktail menu and grazing plates to compliment the choice.
Moondance Bar Manager – Dayzee said:
“We are looking forward to making Maidstone our new home and more than anything, seeing customers face to face again! After leaving Rochester High Street, we have been offering mobile services including buffets and cocktail kits and refurbishing our food truck which we will continue when Love Food @ Lockmeadow opens. After such a tough time during the pandemic we are extremely grateful that Lockmeadow is supporting independent businesses, that is very important to us and we can’t wait to open.”
Alexa Kersting Woods, MBC Leisure Property Manager added:
“Like other leisure providers, lockdown closed Lockmeadow several times but this hasn’t stopped Maidstone Borough Council progressing our plans for the centre.
“After the first lockdown, we launched Kent’s only ODEON Luxe cinema, which outperformed all other ODEON cinemas UK wide after its launch and continues to be a strong draw for the centre.
“Love Food @ Lockmeadow is our next big project to come to fruition and we are so proud that it features local businesses and reflects the diversity of our cuisine in the county town. We have some wonderful tenants coming in, all with their own unique stories, passions and most of all – love of food!”
The food hall is part of improvements to Lockmeadow which also includes a children’s play area between the stag sculpture and the River Medway. Residents can keep up to date on Lockmeadow news on social media @lockmeadowentertainmentcentre