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Insta-worthy places to eat in Kent

Be the envy of your followers at these photogenic local hotspots where the backdrop is as good as the food! Thank us later.

The Small Holding, Cranbrook

An award winning rustic restaurant that offers wonderful home-grown and reared produce, hence the name. We are not alone in our love of this amazing eatery – hello Best Restaurant in Kent in our Muddy Stilettos Awards in 2019 AND 2021!

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The Table, Broadstairs

One of Kent’s coolest new eateries, The Table, owned and run by Chef Joe Hill and his wife Jenny (her creative eye is behind the interiors) opened its doors just before the pandemic hit. It has quickly become the go-to place in Broadstairs – thanks to Joe’s top kitchen credentials, creating refined but street foody flavours, a great vibe and community spirit. Sold?

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St Leonards, West Malling

Set in the charming market town of West Malling in Kent, St. Leonard’s is an elegant dining experience where you can enjoy seasonal cooking using British ingredients with a well-travelled twist. Their dishes are prepared from local, well-sourced ingredients by a small team of chefs led by Tom Genty.

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Hive, Sevenoaks

Restaurant and bar serving cocktails in the heart of Sevenoaks, with a heated outdoor seating area in the town’s pretty courtyard. Fine dining, wines and cocktails sourced from local suppliers – what’s not to love?

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The Kentish Hare, Bidborough

This popular eatery is a real foodie gem with a highly sought-after Michelin Bib Gourmand to their name and they won Best Pub in Kent in the Muddy Awards 2019 and 2021! Make sure you hop over to this award-winning Bidborough pub where the interiors are stylish but food is the real star.

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Deal Pier Kitchen

This fab foodie destination at the end of Deal’s iconic pier is one of THE best spots to eat in town with fresh and organic food PLUS it’s dog-friendly. We love the view from this RIBA award-winning structure. The interior is instagrammable too with wooden slatted ceilings and stunning turquoise tiles all around you – even with plates to match.

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The Rose, Wickhambreaux

Expect quintessential English vibes set in a picture-perfect location deep in the Kentish countryside with stunning British food, sourced from local farms and producers, with an exceptionally talented chef at the helm. It’s got a cosy environment with traditional hops adorning the ceiling and Farrow & Ball paints throughout. We like!

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The Swan Wine Kitchen, Tenterden

This dining destination sits in a stunning and unique setting – surrounded by the award-winning Chapel Down vineyard. Where wine is as important as the food they serve – this is the perfect setting for a special occasion!

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Heathfields, Keston

This super stylish café/bar sits in the heart of its community, an area of outstanding beauty, and offers tasty day time food and refreshments – or a glass of wine and nibbles in the evening. Plus with interiors to drool over, it’s a truly relaxed, welcoming and quite frankly gorrrrgeous space. 

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The Pig, Bridge Place

You’ve probably heard of The Pig. The indie hotel chain has fast become one of THE coolest places to visit in the UK, with its excellent foodie credentials and a glittering client list that is the envy of most establishments.

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The Quay, Faversham

This new boutique hotel, bar and restaurant is tipped to become a real foodie favourite within the Faversham area and a destination for anyone coming from further afield.

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The Duck Inn, Pett Bottom

This traditional pub is just outside Canterbury with a winning combination of cosy atmosphere, friendly staff and fabulous chef. This pub has built up a great rep in the foodie world, added to that, James Bond novelist, Ian Flemming, wrote You Only Live Twice here in 1964 and it was the first pub in Kent to earn a Michelin star.

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Water Lane, Hawkhurst

Visit this idyllic walled garden with a vinery and a stunning collection of Victorian glasshouses. It’s such a beautiful setting, the perfect place to enjoy tea and cake or maybe try their garden influenced menu?

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The Crescent Turner, Whitstable

The perfect place to escape the crowds of Whitstable for one of the best sundowner spots in Kent and if the mood takes you, stay for dinner and the night since it boasts 18 bedrooms – many with sea views. The kitchen offers tapas and light bites or head to their restaurant Palm Pavillion for a foodie feast.

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The Red Lion, Stodmarsh

It really ticks all of the boxes for the quintessential English pub. It’s one of Muddy’s preferred spots during the summer as the extensive beer garden blends seamlessly into the English countryside so you can enjoy good food and good view simultaneously.

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The Garden Room at Port Lympne

Check out this delish new dining destination at Port Lympne! Situated within the Grade II-listed mansion’s historic stable yard, this stunning new restaurant has a valued glass ceiling, mirrored garden walls and brass lanterns giving the Mediterranean garden feel. Food is great too with small and larger plates are accompanied by a carefully curated wine list, whilst a children’s menu is on offer for both lunch and dinner. This is ticking all the boxes, right?

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The Old Bank, Westerham

Go on, spoil yourself and sample some fine dining, wine or cocktails in uber-stylish surroundings. Chef Adam Turley and his team create contemporary British cuisine, influenced by French techniques. Delicious menus change with the season and to sound a bit Masterchef, the presentation of the dishes is incredible – very Insta friendly!

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The Beacon, Rusthall

A truly picturesque setting, overlooking Happy Valley, the restaurant and bar has crackling fires in the winter, swathes of bluebells and foxgloves in the Spring, a pretty terrace for summer cocktails and breath-taking views all year round. Whether you’re dining as a family or out for date-night enjoy their excellent food in a stunning setting.

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Squerryes, Westerham

This is a really gorgeous 2,500 acre wine estate located just outside Westerham. With a brasserie-style restaurant (the Bottle Store), sun-filled terrace and private garden serving delicious food using seasonal ingredients foraged from the estate and some wonderful artisan producers from the Garden of England. If wine is involved, we’re there!

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The Plough, West Malling

Nestled in the picturesque village of Trottiscliffe, The Plough has recently reopened and is rapidly gaining a reputation as the ‘go-to’ for foodies in the area. Whether you are after a relaxing coffee and cake with a girlfriend, or an amazing five course tasting menu with delicious wine, The Plough is well worth a visit.

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The Dog, Wingham

A friendly, stylish, foodie pub perfectly for both walkers and family fun. With 8 beautifully designed bedrooms, a Dog Walking Club, great food and stylish sun terrace for al fresco eating this one is well worth a visit.

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