Glammed-up pub grub and restaurants rivalling London’s best make the county a good one to dine in. But with its up-and-coming coastal towns, country walks, and rich history, Kent’s a great place to stay a while, too.
The Wife of Bath, Wye
Former Gordon Ramsay protégé Mark Sargeant has brought good things to Kent – Rocksalt and The Duke William seriously improving the eating and sleeping credentials of Folkestone and Ickham respectively. The Wife of Bath is another example, where northern Spanish influences take their place on the menu and, subtly, among the rooms as well. If you’re into steak, don’t miss Galician Beef Night on Tuesdays.
The Dog at Wingham, near Canterbury
The Dog, with all its medieval charm, has collected its fair share of county awards in the past few years. They must be doing something right – namely the food, taking its influences from Europe (think Social Eating House or Adam Byatt’s Trinity, only more wholesome). It’s a tough place to leave, especially without wishing it was your local.
The West House, Biddenden
Graham Garrett experienced a bit of culture shock when he departed the busy kitchens of London to settle down in picturesque Biddenden, where he opened a restaurant in a 16th century weaver’s cottage and, later, accommodation to go with.Continue Reading