Eat out to help out! Where to get a discount in Kent
Sick of cooking? Good news - from 3 Aug, you can get a 50% discount on your dinner and drinks when you eat in. Here are the pubs and restaurants to make your reservation at.
Finally, you can now pay for someone else to feed you and do the dishes. Thanks to the new government ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ scheme – which kicks off on Mon 3 Aug and runs to Mon 31 Aug, FYI – you can get a whopping 50% off food and non-alcoholic drinks up to the value of £10 per head when you eat at participating pubs, cafes and restaurants. There are more details here, but as the offer is only valid on Mon to Wed reservations, we’d start booking date nights in, stat!
Here’s where Team Muddy will be eating…
The Vineyard, Lamberhurst
If you’re looking for a relaxed lunch out with the family you can’t go wrong with this friendly, rural pub just off the village green. We personally love The Burger Shack which offers pork, chicken, lamb or 100 percent English beef burgers – or our personal favourite, the veggie chickpea, jackfruit & tahini burger.
The Pig & Sty, Bethersden
Sitting pretty in the village of Bethersden, eight miles from Ashford. Fab for kids with their outdoor playground and menus which includes options for toddlers and older children. It’s also a buzzy and fun place to go with girlfriends or a group of adults. Their menu covers for most palates and all ages – trust!
Hotel du Vin & Bistro, Tunbridge Wells
Stroll in the beautiful gardens, enjoy the clink of glasses and tuck into tasty, seasonal dishes in the trademark bistro. You could even dine al fresco with wonderful views across lush lawns to the ornamental gardens of Calverley Park, take afternoon tea in the Tea Lounge, flop into a leather sofa with your favourite tipple or explore the extensive wine list in the Burgundy Bar.
The Kentish Hare, Bidborough
Hop over to this award-winning Bidborough pub, every time we’ve visited this eatery it always makes the gourmet grade, is welcoming and stylishly designed (with the hare theme and quirky furnishings dotted around the place). There’s a beer garden here and lots of pockets of space here and you’d be just at home having a grown up meal or feeding your kids in the more relaxed bar area.
The Poacher And Partridge, Tonbridge
A spacious, open plan family-friendly pub with floor to ceiling glass doors leading to the large garden and views stretching across Kent’s open farmlands. The garden grill bar is extremely popular in summer and the fully equipped children’s play area makes this an ideal family destination.
The Potting Shed, Langley
Situated in Langley, just south east of Maidstone, is a rather handsome pub with stylish interiors – and down-to-earth, decent pub fare. With a stunning beer garden and high vaulted ceiling. You can even enjoy delicious, relaxed dining from the brilliant Burger Shack (complete with veggie options).
Thackeray’s Restaurant, Tunbridge Wells
Situated in the heart of Tunbridge Wells, this fine dining eatery is perfect for a special lunch with their daily set lunch menu or have a date night (The Common Rooms is just up the road!) and try their indulgent Chef’s tasting menu.
The Great House, Hawkhurst
This 16th-century inn set in the heart of the Kentish Weald, it’s well-known for serving a top notch roast and Wood Fired Sourdough Pizza in the Mediterranean style stone terrace which is the ideal place to enjoy summer evenings. Cheers.
Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells
Trinity’s Kitchen & Bar Gardens are reopening once again! Sit outside in their beautiful gardens in the heart of the town centre and enjoy coffee, pastries cake, luxury filled sandwiches, plated salads and homemade savouries featuring scotch eggs and sausage rolls.
The Three Chimneys, Biddenden
Nestled in the most scenic surrounds, near Biddenden, it’s an exceptional pub. The food is fabulous plus there’s loads of pockets of outside space – from sunspot terraces in which to sink an afternoon rosé to the spacious back garden where kids can roam freely (although it’s a more grown up space – personally I’d prefer to enjoy this one Mini Muddy-free).
Salomons Estate, Tunbridge Wells
Salomons Estate, set amongst 36 acres of stunning parkland on the edge of Royal Tunbridge Wells in Kent, explore the woodlands and head over to the country house for a bite to eat or indulge in Afternoon Tea.
The Dog, Wingham
A friendly, stylish, foodie pub – which has also now listed in the Top 50 Gastropub Awards so you know the food here is top notch. Superbly located on the road that links Canterbury and Sandwich, and near Wingham Wildlife Park. With great food and a cute sun terrace for al fresco eating this one is well worth a visit.
The Leicester Arms, Penshurst
A pub at the heart of Penshurst village, loved by locals, ramblers, cyclists, local businesses and over-nighters alike. Experience their brand new Summer menu featuring salads, meze, starters like Chilled Cucumber Gazpacho and South Coast Mussels and mains like Ale Battered Cod and Chips and Aged Beef Burger.
The Duke William, Ickham
Have you discovered this rural pub where the food is as good as the view? An attractive pub in the heart of the tiny, idyllic village of Ickham. This is one of Mark Sargeant’s eateries, so you’re in safe hands food-wise. And a brilliantly convenient children’s play area too.
Goupie Chocolate House, Tunbridge Wells
A devilishly moreish confectionery product, hand-made to a genuine family recipe in Kent. The back story is the kind we love at Muddy. Now with a Vegan Chocolate House in buzzy Central Market in Tunbridge Wells, grab breakfast, go in for a coffee and dessert (Sticky Toffee Pudding, Blackcurrant Fool or Eton mess!) or try one of their signature hot chocolates.
Still hungry? Search for restaurants near you participating in the Eat Out to Help Out scheme here.