The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Kent Edition

Category: Eat Out

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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Muddy eats: The Curious Eatery, Boughton Monchelsea

7 Nov 2016

If there was ever a place that summed up what the my eating reviews are all about, it’s The Curious Eatery. Firstly I heard about it through a Facebook tip off from an old journo friend (thanks Louis!) who happens to live in the area and knew it would be of real interest to you all. Secondly, it’s so off the beaten track that you’d never stumble across it unless you’d heard about it from word-of-mouth (it’s not even had it’s official opening night yet).

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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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EAT HERE: 3 MICHELIN STAR WINNERS NEARBY

12 Oct 2016

I can happily say that there are many, many wonderful places to eat in Kent (and my waistband will back me up here) – not just the ones that made it into this year’s Michelin food list.

However those that did deserve a special mention and a special journey. So, here’s where the stars are falling in Kent and our surrounds for 2017. These local gems should be on every foodie fan’s bucket list of places to eat and – just in case you need even more pursuading – I’ll be making my way down the list and reviewing them over the months to come.

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Muddy eats: The Compasses Inn, Crundale

27 Sep 2016

If you’re a bit of a food fan and like to keep up-to-speed on the rising stars in the pub and restaurant world you may well have heard of The Compasses Inn, Crundale. It has certainly been on my radar for a while – so on a sunny September lunch time last week I drove deep into the chocolate-box depths of the Kentish countryside, keen to stuff myself silly and file a full report – all in the name of research, of course.

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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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