Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in Kent
Hardens guides have spent 30 years compiling reviews of the best Kent restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 313 restaurants in Kent and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Kent restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
Featured Kent Restaurants
1. The West House Restaurant with Rooms British, Modern restaurant in Biddenden 28 High St - TN27
In a tiny village, Graham Garrett and his family's sixteenth-century cottage (complete with wattle and daub) has, since it opened in 2002, won fame thanks to its “consistently excellent” cuisine: more offbeat items like ceviche or tacos are mixed in with much more “classic” fare on its taster menu, while the à la carte is all a little more conventional. With the summer departure of chef Tony Parkin, Michelin removed its long-held star last year, but we’ve maintained our survey rating for the time being.
2. The Wife of Bath Restaurant, Rooms and Tapas Bar Spanish restaurant in Wye 4 Upper Bridge St - TN25
“The attractive village of Wye is not where you’d expect Spanish food”, but that’s precisely what’s on the cards at Rock Salt chef Mark Sargeant’s “light and airy” hotel-restaurant – in action since 1962, but turning out something “different” (tapas but also a “wonderful breakfast”) since he acquired it in 2016.
3. Bay at Sands British, Traditional restaurant in Margate
2019 Review: Despite some teething problems after chef Eddy Seys’ 2017 arrival, all is now well at this “sophisticated” hotel restaurant “brightening up the almost derelict” high street, and with “a grandstand view of the lovely beach and sunset”; readers will be happy to know that the lunch menu is “now reinstated”.
4. The Dog at Wingham British, Modern restaurant in Wingham Canterbury Road - CT3
The Bridgen family’s “pleasant, well-decorated inn” opened three years ago, and sits just outside Canterbury, opposite the church of a cute village. All reports suggest it’s a “wonderful place to wine and dine” with “pleasant” service and “well-executed” cooking.
5. Hythe Bay Seafood Restaurant British, Modern restaurant in Dover The Esplanade, - CT17
2019 Review: “Authentic seafood at a great price” inspires fans of this beachfront restaurant above the Seasport Centre.
6. Hythe Bay Seafood Restaurant British, Modern restaurant in Deal Beach Street - CT14
2019 Review: “Spacious and modern seafront establishment” – part of a mini-chain of three – praised like its siblings for its “good-quality, well-priced food and decent wine”.
7. Samphire British, Modern restaurant in Whitstable 4 High Street - CT5
“Always very busy”, this “cosy little café/bistro” on Whitstable’s main drag has a “friendly owner and staff” and an “interesting menu using locally sourced products”. It’s “especially good – and good value – for lunch or brunch”.
8. Hythe Bay Seafood Restaurant Fish & seafood restaurant in Hythe Marine Parade - CT21
“For those who like fish, this is the place with a lot locally caught” and featuring on an “extensive menu”; “you sit in the restaurant overlooking the bay with ships on the horizon” (make sure to get a “table in the conservatory for the views”). They also have outposts in Dover and Deal.
9. Rocksalt Fish & seafood restaurant in Folkestone 4-5 Fishmarket - CT19
“Amazing food overlooking the harbour” with “a view to die for!” – Mark Sargeant’s “elegant” waterside venture is nowadays one of the survey’s most popular dining destinations, drawing fans from across Kent and on days out from the capital (“wish we lived closer!”). Particularly prized (as you might expect, given its proximity to the sea) for its “terrific, locally sourced” fish and seafood – it’s “ideal for a special occasion, although it is somewhat pricey”.
10. The Twenty Six British, Modern restaurant in Tunbridge Wells 15a Church Road - TN4
2019 Review: “In an oasis for food”, this cosy branch of the Kent-based ‘I’ll be Mother’ group is the epitome of a “great local” serving some “genuinely exceptional cooking”. Chef Simon Ulph moved to Jackson Boxer’s new London venture, St Leonards, in June 2018, with Megs Buchanan stepping in at the stoves.
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