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The Little Black Book: Eating Out

  • The Mark Cross Inn, Mark Cross

    Muddy says: Just 5 miles from Tunbridge Wells, this newly-refurbed pub offers good family food and alfresco dining with incredible views across the countryside.

  • Tadpole Tearooms

    Muddy says: Tadpole Tearooms is the perfect place to rest after a long walk or bike ride! If you like wonderful food, a lovely atmosphere and, fantastic service - make sure you stop by.

  • The Pound, Canterbury

    Muddy says: Winner of Kent's Best Bar in our Muddy Awards in 2018, we are very proud to present this Canterbury bar with a difference in a quirky historic setting.

  • The Curious Eatery, Maidstone

    Muddy says: The Eatery is a fun, friendly, whimsical and quirky place to visit. Think rustic decor, a friendly atmosphere and fresh, vibrant food.

  • Deakin’s, Canterbury

    Muddy says: Artisan bakery, coffee house, pub and dining room in the heart of medieval Canterbury, featuring a restored balcony from the drapers situated here for over 150 years.

  • Chapter, Canterbury

    Muddy says: Famous for its sourdough pizzas and impressive menu of cocktails, fine wines and beer, Chapter is the perfect place to gather with friends or dine with family.

  • The Kentish Hare, Bidborough

    Muddy says: Hop, skip and jump over to this award-winning Bidborough pub where the interiors are stylish but food is the real star.

  • The Barrow House, Egerton

    Muddy says: Located in idyllic Egerton, The Barrow House offers magnificent views across the Weald of Kent, three en-suite bedrooms and excellent gastro food.

  • The Three Chimneys, Biddenden

    Muddy says: Winner of The Good Pub Guide County Dining Pub 2018, The Three Chimneys not only offers top quality food and service, it's also located in one of the prettiest spots I know.

  • The Poet, Matfield

    The perfect place for relaxed foodies, with a charismatic chef and located in the heart of a very pretty village - there’s loads of good walks on the doorstep.

  • Fego, Sevenoaks

    Muddy says: With its laid back vibe, top food, great cocktails and a cool working space - Fego in Sevenoaks has something for everyone.

  • The Dog at Wingham

    Muddy says: A friendly, stylish, foodie pub perfectly for both walkers and family fun at Wingham Wildlife Park. Oh and it won Best Destination Pub in the Muddy Awards 2018.

  • Who’d a Thought It, Grafty Green

    This place will not be to everyone's taste... but if you like eccentricity, total escapism and bling then this quirky boutique stay could be for you!

  • The Duke William, Ickham

    Muddy says: Owned by Mark Sargeant, ex right hand man to Gordon Ramsay, this cosy pub has everything from a perfectly picturesque beer garden to top notch food.

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    The Gallivant

    Muddy Says: A little taste of California just over the border in East Sussex, this restaurant with rooms opposite Camber Sands is a gem for fine dining or a cheeky getaway.

  • Hotel du Vin, Tunbridge Wells

    Muddy says: There are plenty of Hotel du Vins in the UK but this venue in Tunbridge Wells is full of enough local character and charm that it feels like a stand-alone venue.

  • 81 Beach Street, Deal

    Muddy says: Located on the Deal seafront, 81 Beach Street or ‘81’ is a neighbourhood restaurant that focuses on serving fine dishes without the fuss.

  • The Granville, Canterbury

    Muddy says: A modern, family-friendly gastro pub just 10 mins outside Canterbury in the pretty, rural village of Lower Hardres.

  • Hamerton + Jones

    Welcome to HAMERTON+JONES Sarah is a serial-entrepeneur, kitchen scientist and design addict.  Is she building a foodie design empire?  We hope so! Kali is a scribbler, esprit collager and quirk hunter.  She simply does not have enough time to see and do it all, so has given up sleep. Sarah and Kali met through their […]

  • The Swan at Chapel Down

    The Swan at Chapel Down is an 80 cover restaurant with a private dining Chef’s Table and a terrace with wonderful views across the vineyards and surrounding countryside. Guests enjoy the finest locally and regionally-sourced produce from surrounding farms, producers and the day boats from Rye, in an elegant and relaxed environment. Head Chef Tom […]

  • The Beacon

    Tucked away down a pretty lane just outside Tunbridge Wells, The Beacon is a naturally abundant and delicious home for caring, sharing and giving. Set within seventeen acres of woodland with three lakes, The Beacon grows many of its own vegetables, herbs and fruit with dishes such as beetroot salad with burnt apple, goats’ curd and […]

  • The Twenty Six

    Set on a village green in Southborough, just outside Tunbridge Wells, there are twenty six chairs for twenty six people. Head Chef, Scott Goss, changes his menu daily creating dishes with ingredients sourced from the Kent and East Sussex larder – game birds, mushrooms, oysters and cherries are all local including wines from English wine […]

  • The Tickled Trout, West Farleigh

    The Tickled Trout, West Farleigh is a modern and stylish pub with 6 boutique hotel rooms and a fabulous fish restaurant with an Italian twist. It also features an impressive fresh ‘Oysters on Ice’ bar where our guests can eat or drink in a relaxed yet sophisticated environment. Originally built in 1541, this Grade II […]

  • The Goudhurst Inn, Goudhurst

    The Goudhurst Inn is owned by our winery, Hush Heath Estate, in Staplehurst. We have created a great pub with great wines and ciders from our winery and from around the world, as well as a fantastic array of craft beers, ales and spirits. All our food is locally sourced and prepared with the same love with […]

  • Graze Kitchen and Bar

    Graze Kitchen and Bar is an independent casual dining restaurant in the heart of Tonbridge High Street. Fabulous food, fabulous decor and great cocktails. Come in for breakfast, lunch or dinner or just a drink and some tapas at the bar. Small plate dining, full menu, wine, beer, bar and cocktails. Outside terrace for al […]

  • The Milk House, Sissinghurst

    Muddy says: This stylish eatery offers mouth-watering roasts and fab boutique summer festival. Stay in one of its beautiful bedrooms and explore Sissinghurst Castle.

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