The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Kent Edition

Category: Bars

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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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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Muddy eats: The Vine, Goudhurst

26 Oct 2016

Ah, now I’ve been excited to tell you about this little find for a couple of weeks. Those of you who know this pretty little corner of Kent will probably raise your eyebrows when I mention the word ‘cool’ (yeah I saw you do it). But I’m not kidding, The Vine pub, right in the heart of this quintessentially rural village has finally reopened after a change of ownership and complete refurb and now boasts a contemporary dining space and a cocktail lounge.

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Muddy Eats: The Warren, Tunbridge Wells

14 Oct 2016

On one sunny September lunch time I visited this new restaurant right in the middle of Tunbridge Wells that is offering something never been seen (or tasted) before on the High Street. Food at The Warren comes straight from farm to fork. To my knowledge they are the first food establishment to do this in Kent, giving them the kudos of originality and great green credentials. So Tunbridge Wells (and surrounds) – are you game?

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Muddy eats: The Terrace, One Warwick Park

20 Sep 2016

I’ve been keen to have a nosey around the much anticipated One Warwick Park Hotel in Tunbridge Wells since it opened in June. Sadly the launch party, which I was lucky enough to have been invited to, clashed with the Muddy Awards drinks (the highlight of my calendar, obvs!) so I couldn’t go. But actually to get a true measure of any place you can’t just see it at a launch night – no, you have to arrive screeching through the door 10 mins late because your dental appointment over-ran, followed by a long work call you couldn’t cut short and then total ineptitude about parking your car.

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Muddy eats: The Swan at Chapel Down, Tenterden

6 Sep 2016

The first time I was invited to ‘try a Wine Flight’ I thought I was signing up to an afternoon in a jumbo jet full of journos knocking back the Chardonnay (wide-eyed young magazine writer that I was). Clearly, as all you more worldly folk know, a Wine Flight doesn’t actually involve travel – it’s more a tasting journey – the sampling of multiple wines, quite often paired with various dishes of food. 

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10 Kent places to eat with amazing views

20 Aug 2016

In this county we are truly blessed – beautiful countryside on the interior and stunning coastline around the edges. So I’d like to start this post with the caveat that I am fully aware that there are many, many wonderful pubs and restaurants in Kent with truly awesome views. In fact I could probably list 10 in just one coastal town or village alone. So let’s just call this the first instalment and *hiccup* I’ll update the list with ten more when I’ve completed the next leg of my *hic* pub crawl.

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Muddy Reviews: Brighton’s i360

11 Aug 2016

I heard about last week’s opening of the shiny new i360 in Brighton — the world’s slenderest building — otherwise known as, ‘that big tower with the doughnut up it’. And as it’s a perfect day-trip away for us Kent folk I hurried to chat about it with Muddy Sussex, aka Debbie who knows all there is to know about that particular stretch of the south coast. Sure enough, she’s already been up it — lucky thing — and here’s what she thought and some exclusive first piccies…

Opinion has been divided at Chez Muddy, and frankly in my own head, over the project, as it has been in Brighton itself.

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Birthday at the Bistro: Hotel du Vin

6 Aug 2016

It’s my birthday this weekend and as all grown-up little girls know, ‘No fuss’ means, ‘Just a little bit of fuss. Nothing too demanding. A bunch of flowers. A bottle or two of fizz. A dressing gown made entirely of peacock feathers. Or, at the very least, a cake containing a Chippendale, or baby panda.’

So it’s testament to how well they know me that when I popped into Tunbridge Wells on Friday with a good friend and my sister-in-law to ‘grab a few bits’ they insisted on marking the occasion with a girlie lunch in town.

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Muddy eats: The Kings Head, Wye

2 Aug 2016

If you haven’t yet explored the Kent countryside at the foot of the North Downs (and just North East of Ashford) – here’s 3 reasons Why you should visit Wye. 1) It’s gorgeous location. 2) The fab food at The Kings Head pub and 3) Cool place to stay alert! The pub has just revamped 8 ensuite stylish bedrooms…

Not surprisingly, it was a friend in the food trade that first mentioned this pub to me as it’s very much a rising star at the moment.

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