Kent Guide- Food and Drink
Food and Drink
Kent is an outstanding place to dine with world-class wines, ciders and beers. Coveted Michelin stars have been awarded to The West House in Biddenden, Apicius in Cranbrook, Read's in Faversham and Thackeray's in Tunbridge Wells. While no trip to the Kent Coast would be complete without sampling the native oysters and Whitstable is the place to go. An Oyster Festival takes place every summer but there are many fine pubs and eateries open throughout the year.
Visit the award-winning Chapel Down winery and vineyard in Tenterden and you will be surprised and delighted by everything they have to offer. Biddenden Vineyard is Kent's oldest commercial vineyard producing wine and cider. Traditional Kentish ciders have been made here for over 20 years together with farm pressed apple and pear juices. Hush Heath Estate in Staplehurst is solely dedicated to the creation of rose sparkling wine. The vision was to produce a sparkling wine to rival the finest from Champagne. Lamberhurst Vineyard is in a beautiful Wealden setting with stunning views of Lamberhurst village and Bayham Abbey. It has its own bistro and pub and for the children, pets corner, with Pygmy goats and rabbits.
Enjoy lunch at The Goods Shed in Canterbury beside the Station where a Farmers Market is filled with wonderful local produce from the Garden of England. The restaurant serves seasonal food, which has won many awards both local and national. You can also pick up prepared meals to heat up later that are amazingly good value and as good or better than anything you can make yourself.
Farmers can showcase their wares at the many Kent Farmers markets www.kfma.org.uk in Cranbrook, Tunbridge Wells, Hythe and Sandwich.The national fruit collection is located at Brogdale Farm near Faversham and has thousands of varieties of apples, pears, plums and cherries.
The Kent and East Sussex Railway offer a fine dining experience with a difference. The Wealden Pullman sets off from Tenterden Station at 7.30pm offering a gracious 6 course dinner served in 1920s style while the carefully restored steam train chugs through the countryside to Bodiam Castle. Coffee and desserts are served on the return journey. There is a cafe at Bodiam Castle beside the River Rother for light refreshments.
Shepherd Neame has been brewing beer in Faversham for over 300 years, producing a variety of cask and bottled beers using Kentish hops. With approximately 200 pubs scattered throughout Kent, there are ample opportunities to sample the local brew and many of the pubs also provide excellent food. Ask your homeowners or check the information pack in your holiday home to find a recommended pub in your area, some are renowned for their picturesque locations and some for their lively historic associations.
Recommended local pubs and restaurants with great food:
The Great House,
Gills Green, Hawkhurst TN18 5EJ 01580 753119
The Goudhurst Inn,
Cranbrook Road, Goudhurst TN17 1DX 01580 212605
Bell Lane,Smarden TN27 8PW 01233 770283
Lord Raglan Inn,
Chart Hill Road, Staplehurst TN12 0DE 01622 843747
The Three Chimneys,
Hareplain Road, Biddenden TN27 8LW 01580 291472
The Street, Benenden TN17 4PB 01580 241212
1 Regents Street, Rolvenden TN17 4PB 01580 241212
The Pilot Inn,
Battery Road, Dungeness, TN29 9NJ 01797 320314
The Britannia Inn,
Dungeness Road, Dungeness, TN29 9ND 01797 321959
Crab & Winkle,
The Harbour 01227 779377
Wheelers Oyster Bar,
High Street 01227 273311
Whitstable Oyster Fishery Company,
The Horsebridge 01227 276856
4 Victoria Parade, Broadstairs 01843 862500
Marine Parade, Hythe, CT21 6AW 01303 233844
Seasalter, Whitstable, CT5 4BP 01227 273370
4-5 Fish Market, Folkestone, CT19 6AA 01303 212070