Food & Drink
Who needs to leave the country for a safari holiday when you have Elmley Nature Reserve waiting in Kent for you - the only National Nature Reserve in England where you can spend the night.
Muddy says: Powder & Magazine is a casual gastro dining restaurant for food and drink lovers and Rochester's new hidden gem.
Muddy says: Goodnestone Park is a stunning, privately owned stately home and garden near Canterbury. You can hire the whole house for that truly special function or weekend with friends. There's a reason it was a favourite of Jane Austen and the producer of Downton Abbey!
Muddy says: Bewl is a big, beautiful reservoir offering a fantastic range of outdoor activities - from cycling to open air cinema, children's parties to cookery courses - there's fun stuff to do all year round. Oh and a decent restaurant too!
Muddy says: Stunning historic gardens only recently restored to their former glory, so earning the name 'the Lost Gardens of Sevenoaks'. Explore the jungle-like pathways, enjoy homemade cake in the café or let little ones discover the cute play area - and there's special events like kids' craft, gardening workshops and foraging courses too!
Muddy says: The perfect nesting spot for a night out, a stone's throw from The Pantiles and more importantly the train station. You're next sleepover is sorted.
Muddy says: The Salutation, is a stunning country-house sitting in the heart of Sandwich, a pretty town on the Kent coastline. The location, elegance and warmth of the place make it the perfect escape whatever the weather.
Muddy says: a rustic restaurant that packs a real foodie punch. Table for two, please, and make it snappy!
Muddy says: a small, independent fruit and nut farm where you can rent your own tree! Visit, pick your own fruit and reap the reward of growing your own produce.
Muddy says: Macknade Fine Foods in Faversham voted Best Deli/Farm Shop in Kent by you, is a food lover's haven!
Muddy says: A Cosy cafe in Rusthall, Tunbridge Wells serving homemade goodness, from freshly baked breads to big breakfasts and home smoked meats.
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.
Muddy says: if wine is involved, we're there! If it's the best of English wine, from right here in Kent, we're there with (sparkling) bells on! Grab your girlfriends, pop down for a tour, tasting or even enjoy tapas on their new terrace...
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.
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.
Muddy says: The Eatery is a fun, friendly, whimsical and quirky place to visit. Think rustic decor, a friendly atmosphere and fresh, vibrant food.
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.
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.
Mount Ephraim Gardens is a little pocket of pastoral bliss conveniently placed just outside Faversham. Set in ten glorious acres of stunning Edwardian terraced gardens it makes a stylish venue for weddings and parties, against a backdrop of the beautiful Kent countryside. Here sneak a peak...
Muddy says: Hop, skip and jump over to this award-winning Bidborough pub where the interiors are stylish but food is the real star.
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.
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 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.
Muddy says: With its laid back vibe, top food, great cocktails and a cool working space - Fego in Sevenoaks has something for everyone.
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.
Muddy says: Claire makes stunning, hand-crafted cakes that taste even better than they look (I know hard to imagine). She also runs fab workshops on everything from Flawless Finish to Wired Sugar Flowers
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!
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.
Muddy says: awesome, award-winning, artisan ice cream and sorbet manufacturer based in the heart of Kent. How do we know? Because we've tried every flavour obvs! Favourites are Rhubarb & Ginger Crumble Ice Cream and Blood Orange Sorbet. But don't just take our word for it - keep an eye out for your local stockists or order online and try it yourself...
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.
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.
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.
Muddy says: A modern, family-friendly gastro pub just 10 mins outside Canterbury in the pretty, rural village of Lower Hardres.
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 […]
A Victorian English pub converted to provide fabulous, 5-star luxury self-catering accommodation for up to 16 people. Situated in a Tudor Village within an hour of London, The Bull at Brenchley has everything you could possibly want to make your stay memorable. Including; 8 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms (6 en suite), lounge with plenty of seating, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 Vine is a 17th Century Coaching Inn which has been the social focal point of Goudhurst in Kent for centuries. As the years have rolled past, The Vine has taken on many guises. It was originally a Coaching Inn where, in 1747, the Goudhurst Band of Militia met to plot the downfall of the infamous Hawkhurst […]
Hidden above the Downs between Canterbury and Ashford in Kent, the Compasses Inn is a great Rural Country Pub find whether you are looking for a pitstop whilst cycling or walking, a relaxed lunch, a special evening meal, or a pint of fine Kentish ale. Husband and wife team Rob & Donna Taylor are just […]