The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Kent Edition

Category: Eat Out

Get your Mothering Sunday Sorted!

9 Mar 2017

Everywhere gets so darn booked up for Mothering Sunday – as you’ll know, if you’ve ever spent the week before desperately trying to nab a restaurant reservation only to find it’s Burger King or bust. So in the interests of being super-organized, we’ve decided to get in there early this year with our guide to what to do with your mother – or your children – on Sunday 26 March (I can think of a few suggestions that aren’t quite in keeping with the spirit of the day, but let’s leave that there).

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WIN! Cool pop up dining experience

24 Feb 2017

Bringing together my 3 favourite things – a cool, quirky pop up venue; sensational food and local Kent wine…Hush Heath Winery are taking over The Old Fire Station in Tonbridge (if you haven’t yet heard about this place read my post here) from 5 – 9 April. Each night brings a different expert chef and concept – from Wine experience to Clay Oven or Fish Masterclass. The week of events is polished off with the Hush Heath Producer himself, Richard Balfour-Lynn, joining in the fun and a 5-course slap-up meal (including wine obvs).

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Eat here: Kent’s top gastropubs revealed

9 Feb 2017

The Top 50 Gastropub Awards just took place – celebrating the entrepreneurial spirit of that food-led phenomenon, the great British pub that serves awesome grub. Organised by the Publican’s Morning Advertiser and voted for by industry insiders this is the shortlist that really matters in the pub grub world. Kent has 3 fabulous pubs in the Top 25 – each very wonderfully different in their offering – The Sportsman (seaside), The Kings Head (urbane cool) and The Compasses Inn (rural).

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10 party tips from local caterer you’ll love

1 Feb 2017

There are some things that I thought I’d nail by middle age.

Number one, it was part of my plan to have performed a daring, sexy image overhaul by now (nope). Number two, I’m supposed to be fluent in at least one language other than English (er, nope). And thirdly, I really expected myself to be an assured, relaxed party-thrower by now, able to knock out an effortless dinner soiree and a stylish round up of friends for glamorous, chinky-glassed, giggly get togethers.

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Sunday roasts with the most

23 Jan 2017

Quite frankly the only thing likely to entice me outside at this time of year is a cosy Kent pub, roaring fire and good old Sunday roast. Sometimes we squeeze in a quick walk first (if we’re feeling particularly game and I’m wearing the prerequisite double-sock-layer-system). Afterwards we seek out the ultimate reward – mouth-watering meats, glorious gravy, yummy Yorkshires and all the trimmings. Here’s my pick of some of the best pubs (which happen to have great walks near by) to try:

Kings Head, Wye

There’s a lot to love about the King’s Head.

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Muddy eats…

12 Jan 2017

Next time you’re in Tunny Wells you might want to check out Framptons – a cool new Café Bar & Kitchen that opened just last month. Located in the heart of the Pantiles and split over two floors it’s the kind of place you can drop in for breakfast through mid-morning coffee, light or full lunches, afternoon tea and full evening meals. No, obviously, not all in one day – *rolls eyes at mere suggestion* – even my elastic pants won’t stretch to that…

This is the second restaurant to be launched by three ex-British Army entrepreneurs, Tom Walker, Ed McAdam and Sam Westlake, who also have a eatery by the same name in Ringwood, Hampshire, so they must be doing something right.

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Muddy eats: The Barrow House

5 Jan 2017

Yup, it’s pretty chilly at the mo, but if anything can lure me outside it is a scenic stroll and a roaring pub fire. And it was on one of those gloriously clear, yet crisp, days that I discovered this perfect walk/lunch combo at The Barrow House, a gorgeous new pub in Egerton from the team behind ever popular The Milk House in Sissinghurst.

Egerton sits not far from the M20, almost exactly half way between Ashford and Maidstone – or if you’re coming from west Kent, just up past Headcorn.

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The best way to spend a festive Sunday with the family!

5 Dec 2016

I’ll admit it, most of our weekends are taken up with taxi-ing the mudlets to various clubs or birthday parties and dealing with housework, homework and hangovers. But every now and then I insist on a day trip that takes us away from the routine of the rat race. Which is how we ended up at Leeds Castle Christmas Market this Sunday with its chocolate box cute fun-fair rides for the minis, gorgeous, boutique shopping stalls for the adults – followed by a slap up Sunday lunch (with red wine) in one of my fave places to eat.

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Eat here: The Twenty Six

1 Dec 2016

I think I’m right in saying that this restaurant is Mr Muddy K’s favourite place to eat (do correct me if I’m wrong there, dear. Heaven only knows, *eye roll*, you usually do)… If you haven’t yet discovered the joys of The Twenty Six, then step this way, and let me show you around – you’ll soon see what’s to love…

Cosy as a Swiss chalet in ski season and furnished with loads of cool, quirky touches (currently wondering if I could replicate this upside down wine bottle light fixture at home…) – this place was doing hygge way before the rest of us Brits had even heard of the word.

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Top 12 cosy pubs to try

17 Nov 2016

Snow’s coming, you say? Are you kidding me?! We’ve had a brilliant run of mild weather, but winter’s definitely getting ready to hit where it hurts.

Nothing for it, then, but to dig out the ski socks, choose one of these supercosy pubs to take refuge in (with great food of course) and order in a bottle of red. This is just a starter list really because I could have gone on and on!

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