The best restaurants in Kent you cannot miss
With swathes of open farmland for growing fresh produce and more than 350 miles of coastline dotted with old fishing towns and villages, Kent has everything in place for an exciting foodie scene. Whether you live in the north west near London in Gravesend, on the seaside or in a town such as Rochester, here we point out five of the best restaurants in Kent you simply cannot miss.
Boasting a Michelin star and rated as one of the very best restaurants Kent has to offer by previous guests, Stark is located in the seaside town of Broadstairs along the county’s eastern shoreline. Relaxed and intimate, the cooking is stripped back and truly exposes the talent of chef-owner Ben Crittenden. The ever-changing six-course tasting menu is both inviting and inventive, while the restaurant is able to stick to a zero-waste policy by knowing exactly how many people will be there every night and what they’ll be eating.
The Old Fishmarket
It may be some 25 miles from the coast in Royal Tunbridge Wells, but the Old Fishmarket is tough to beat when it comes to fresh seafood in Kent. Look out for the daily catch on the specials board, with the oysters and fruits de mer platters worth checking out when you pull up a chair in this historic little black and white building five miles south of Tonbridge.
Another restaurant housed in a historic building, the Swan in West Malling lies within a 15th century coaching inn. Packed with character defined by original and lovingly restored features, including chunky wooden beams and rustic furniture, the fare served up is thoroughly modern. Adding contemporary flourishes to classic dishes, you can sip a cocktail in the stylish bar before choosing which dining room to eat in, or heading out to the terrace.
Hide and Fox
Found in Hythe along Kent’s southern shore just a couple of miles from our Martello Lakes development, an old village shop is now home to the excellent Hide and Fox. Choose a bottle of wine from one of the original fitted wooden shelves, and browse a menu packed with exciting modern British classics. This is one of the best Kent restaurants for locally-sourced produce, and has been awarded a Michelin star on account of its high quality.
Only around five miles from Faversham where you’ll find our Perry Court development, the Sportsman is no sports bar as the name may suggest. It’s a revered Michelin-starred restaurant housed in a Thames Estuary inn that dates back to 1642, and serves spectacular locally-caught fish and oysters alongside meat, vegetables and game from the surrounding marshland, woods and farms. Seasonal menus change every day, with a choice of à la carte and tasting menus featuring complex dishes.