Located just outside of London, Kent’s culinary efforts are often overshadowed by the capital. But with so much local produce to celebrate, it’s well worth exploring some of the great restaurants the county has to offer. The following blog post highlights some of Kent’s hidden gems, from Turkish and Afghani cuisine to traditional British pub-grub. Enjoy!
Tonbridge High Street, TN9 1BB
Havet is a family-owned restaurant, specialising in Turkish-Cypriot food. They’re big on freshness, using only the best ingredients to create dishes that combine the flavours of the Mediterranean with the aromatic spices of the Middle East. And there are plenty of options for vegetarians, too!
Build your own meal with one of Havet’s Combos, cooked over an open charcoal pit and served with homemade Turkish flatbread, rice and salad. Or, pick from their Meze menu and order a feast for the table with a mix of hot dishes, salad and dips.
Find out more information or book online here.
Maidstone Road, Matfield, TN12 7JH
The Poet brings exceptional dining to a small Kentish village. The food is contemporary British, adding imaginative twists to old classics.; start by trading your prawn cocktail for their King Prawn & Salmon Raviolo with Lobster & Cognac Bisque; finish by swapping the standard apple pie for The Poet’s Apple Tart Tatin with Irish Cream Ice Cream.
In addition to the A La Carte menu, they also offer an exciting Set Menu and an additional Sunday Lunch Menu. You can also choose from a wide range of craft gins, wines and quirky cocktails to accompany your meal.
Book a table today or see the menu on their website.
Camden Road, Royal Tunbridge Wells, TN1 2PT
Vittle and Swig offer contemporary British cuisine from a cosy and characterful restaurant in Royal Tunbridge Wells. Presented with style, the dishes on the menu add something unexpected like lamb rump served with ‘Sheep’s Cheese & Twiglets.’ If in doubt, start with the Set Menu!
And keep an eye out for events. Vittle and Swig have been known to hold a comedy night and a reggae night.
See the menu or find out more information here.
Bearsted Green, Maidstone, ME14 4EJ
The Oak on the Green is the country pub you’ve always dreamed of, blending a rustic, cosy atmosphere with delicious, quality food. Highlights from the menu include the handmade burgers and 28-35 day dry-aged Scottish steaks – but if you’re not a red meat-eater, there’s also a fantastic selection of seafood and vegetarian options. While you’re there, take advantage of the range of unusual ales and local lagers.
Take a look at the menu or book a table online.
The Broadway, Crawley, RH10 1DS
Fat Boy’s Joint is a must-visit if you’re in the Crawley area. A welcome change from Kent’s wealth of British pubs, this restaurant-come-canteen serves up a modern take on traditional Afghani street food and artisan burgers.
Presented on metal trays, Fat Boy’s burgers have a low-key charm. Try the ‘Article 50’ burger, hated by 48% of diners because it’s made with marmite. Servers will be happy to advise if you want a run-through of the menu. And don’t forget to try the Karack Desi Chai – the original Chai Latte.
Find out more information on their Facebook page.