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The Little Black Book: Eating Out

  • The Mark Cross Inn

    Muddy says: just 5 miles from Tunbridge Wells, this newly refurbed pub offers good family food and beautiful 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 tiring bike ride! If you like wonderful food, a lovely atmosphere and, fantastic service - make sure you stop by.

  • The Pound

    Muddy says: Rated as Kent's no.1 cocktail bar on TripAdvisor and 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

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

  • The King’s Head, Wye

    Muddy says: This country pub with a fresh modern vibe sits in the pretty historical village of Wye, where there’s lots of lovely walking nearby in the North Downs. The owners, Mark and Scott, go to great lengths to make sure you are well looked after and are hitting the headlines for their culinary skills. Fancy a weekender? There’s modern snug bedrooms too.

  • Deakin’s

    Muddy says: Deakin's is an artisanal sourdough bakery and coffee house AND a pub and dining room - phew! In the heart of medieval Canterbury, Deakin is full of charm and history. It features a restored internal balcony from the drapers who were situated here for over 150 years.

  • Chapter

    Muddy says: Chapter is centrally located on Burgate in Canterbury, 'famous' for their sourdough pizzas and finest Italian toppings, their impressive menu of cocktails, fine wines and carefully chosen beer range. It's the perfect place to gather with friends or dine with family.

  • The Kentish Hare

    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

    The Barrow House is a pub in idyllic Egerton, a village known for its thriving community spirit as much as its magnificent views across the Weald of Kent, picturesque cottages and local history. Previously known as The George, the inn was originally built in 1576 using timbers from sailing ships and traditional cob and straw […]

  • The Three Chimneys

    Muddy says: A well-deserved winner of The Good Pub Guide County Dining Pub for 2018, The Three Chimneys not only offers top quality food and service, it's also located in one of the prettiest spots I know. If you haven't yet been (what have you been doing?!) it's well worth a visit...

  • The Poet

    The Poet at Matfield We believe that your dining experience with us starts the moment you walk through our door. A friendly greeting from our front of house team, lead by co-owner Andy Urbanek and Manager Katy Cruickshank. The Poet offers a vast selection of craft gins, handpicked wines and quirky cocktails. Chef Patron Petrus Madutlela […]

  • Fego

    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

    We personally select an ever-changing range of premium beers, wines and spirits, with particular focus on locally brewed real ales, and a collection of more than forty eclectic gins and only the finest English and international wines. Head Chef Tom Dawson and his team will delight you with culinary expertise, hand selecting the finest local ingredients […]

  • Who’d a Thought It

    We live up to our name. The Who’d A Thought It is full of surprises. Tucked away in the sleepy Kent countryside, our boutique hotel is a hive of character, quirkiness and outrageous unconventionality. The building is a restored sixteenth century pub, no doubt the site of countless parties and celebrations over the centuries, and […]

  • The Duke William, Ickham

    Muddy says: Owned by Mark Sargeant, ex right hand man to Gordon Ramsay don'tcha know, this cosy pub has everything from a perfectly picturesque beer garden to top notch food. Oh and some seriously stylish rooms to stay too...

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    The Gallivant

    The Gallivant is a Restaurant with Rooms across the road from the dunes and the beautiful sandy beach beyond. Inspired by the coastal motels you might find in California, they are a relaxing hideaway from the stresses and strains of modern life where grown-ups come to dine, dream and relax. They have great food, amazing […]

  • Hotel du Vin

    Tunbridge Wells is a place filled with character and charm, just like our magnificent Tunbridge Wells Hotel du Vin. Lovingly converted from a Grade II-listed mansion, Hotel du Vin Tunbridge Wells is one of this beautiful spa town’s architectural landmarks. We’ve amplified the beautiful, authentic Georgian period detail, and, of course, added our own characteristic […]

  • 81 Beach Street

    Located on the Deal seafront, 81 Beach Street or ‘81’ is a neighbourhood restaurant that focuses on serving fine dishes without the fuss. It's much loved by locals for its fresh fish and seafood, while guests travelling from further afield are also guaranteed a warm welcome...

  • The Granville

    Full of character, The Granville focuses on laid back dining, local produce and events. The bar serves traditional Kentish cask ale and the team’s favourite wines. The gastro pub is divided into a comfortable sofa area, a bar area and an eating area, with a central fireplace. Outside, there is an enclosed garden with a […]

  • 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

    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

    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

    VILLAGE PUB Situated in Sissinghurst, one of the most picturesque corners of Kent, The Milk House is a village pub at the heart of the community. A former 16th century hall house, with timber beams and a Tudor fireplace, the bar is popular with loyal locals, along with visitors from further afield, offering cask ales […]

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