10 Kent places to eat with amazing views
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.
If you’ve got any suggestions you feel should be added to the list do make a comment, below, as I love to hear from you and much as I bomb around trying out new places, you are the guys who live and breathe your local areas.
The Old Neptune, Whitstable
Known to locals as Neppy, this down-to-earth pub on the beach boasts stunning views of the Whitstable sunset. There’s a small, snug bar inside which regularly hosts live music nights – from blues, rock ‘n’ roll and soul. The perfect hang out if you love a slice of local history and old school charm in a spit-and-sawdust kind of way.
With a stunning view of Folkestone Harbour and beyond, this is a smart, stylish, but relaxed, restaurant. The owner is Gordon Ramsay protégé Mark Sargeant so not surprisingly the food is excellent with the focus on local and fish being the obvious speciality. The trendy façade contrasts with its immediate surrounds which are pretty down-to-earth, and perhaps taking this into consideration, the menu is sensibly priced for a foodie destination (£21.50 for Two Courses) so it’s a win-win.
Turner Contemporary Café
The café in this leading art gallery, on the Margate seafront, has panoramic sea views overlooking Margate Bay. The food is excellent, seasonal and locally sourced and varies from up market All Day Breakfasts to Seafood or Local Cheese Sharing Platters. Not open on a Monday and evening dining available every Friday and Saturday 6.30 – 9pm.
The Cricketers Inn, Meopham
I’ve stuck one in here for cricket fans, before the season ends, as this pub sits, conveniently, over looking the green. Sit outside and watch cricket on a Sunday with a Pimms or Peroni, whichever your preference. Offers both a classic dining menu or sandwiches and light bites.
The Boat House Bistro, Bewl Water
There’s been lots of changes recently at Bewl not least the opening of this new eatery where the old sailing club canteen used to be. If you’re grabbing a quick bite with the kids then Bewl’s more casual – but smart and newly refurbed – Waterfront Café is a better option (no muddy shoes allowed in the Bistro). But if it’s a more grown up space you’re after head for the stylish grey décor of the bistro complete with fabulous views of the tranquil reservoir stretching before you. With light bite options around the £7 mark, it makes a good location for a girlie get-together or even business lunch that not everyone else has thought of yet.
The Beacon, Rusthall
Just a few minutes outside Tunbridge Wells, this pub has undergone something of a Renaissance in the last year, morphing into a quality, destination restaurant (it came a close second in our Muddy Awards 2016 for Best Restaurant). Pearched high on a hill, over-looking 17 acres of land in what’s called Happy Valley, the pretty terrace makes the perfect spot for alfresco dining, washed down with one of their tasty cocktails.
The Zetland Arms, Deal
Walk along the promenade between from Deal to Kingsdown and reward yourself with a bite to eat and tipple on this beachside pub. Run by the same couple who run the Coastguard pub at St.Margaret Bay, (see below), The Zetland has a reputation for good food and friendly service. Dogs also welcome – booking recommended as seating area fairly small and it does get busy (particularly popular with golfers as lots of courses nearby).
The Coastguard, St Margaret’s Bay, Dover
Sit outside this pub, that dates back more than 300 years, and soak up panoramic sea views across the bay. With new owners, it’s just undergone a major facelift – to include touches that reflect its maritime heritage – a red and white lighthouse-style paint job, boat-shaped planters and a sea-inspired refurbed interior. They’re working on improving the food too, but if you’re happy with basic pub grub then it’s worth a trip for the view.
The Grove Ferry Inn, Canterbury
Sitting right on the banks of the River Stour in Upstreet this watering hole offers beautiful views to anyone lucky enough to grab a window seat (or riverside seat under an umbrella in the summer). Enjoy an alfresco glass or two on the decking or head to the garden out back which has a children’s play area.
The Globe & Rainblow, Cranbrook
Set in idylic Weald countryside, this village pub has views over the surrounding area of natural beauty and welcomes children and dogs. Take the minis and the dog to nearby Bedgebury Forest, tire them all out, then head here to reward yourself for your efforts. Sit back, relax and have a Sauvignon Blanc on me…