Most of us have our favourite places to eat, but what if you really want to treat yourself? One way is to go for a restaurant in the Michelin Guide. East Kent has its fair share.
Deesons, 25-27 Sun St, Canterbury CT1 2HX
Inspector’s verdict: Charming building in the shadow of the cathedral. The rustic interior consists of several different areas with old wood furnishings and funky modern wallpaper. Hearty British cooking uses ingredients from the owner’s smailholdlng.
Michael Caines, High St Canterbury CT1 2RX
Inspector’s verdict: Spacious, modern restaurant divided in two by a smart, glass-walled wine cellar. Accomplished, contemporary cooking is
stylishly presented, with claSsic combinations of ingredients interpreted in a modern fashion. Private chef’s table.
Read’s, Macknade Manor, Canterbury Road, Faversham ME13 8XE
Inspector’s verdict: An elegant Georgian manor house in landscaped grounds, with traditional country house styling, antique furnishings and lovely oil paintings. Classically based dishes have subtle modern touches and make use of seasonal produce from the walled kitchen garden and the nearby quay.
The Granville, Street End, Lower Hardres, CT4 7AL
Inspector’s verdict: Sizeable family-run pub on a village T-junction. The open-plan interior has a high ceiling, exposed rafters and a Scandinavian feel. Constantly evolving blackboard menus offer unfussy, generous dishes.
JoJo’s, 2 Herne Bay Rd Whitstable CT5 2LQ
Inspector’s verdict: Unusually converted from a supermarket, this buzzy coffee shop, deli and restaurant offers good views over the Thames Estuary. The sell-taught chef offers meze-style dishes and sharing boards.
Goods Shed, Station Rd West, St Dunstans Canterbury CT2 8AN
Inspector’s verdict: Daily farmers’ market and food hail in an early Victorian locomotive shed, selling an excellent variety of organic, free range and homemade produce. Hearty, rustic, daily changing dishes are served at wooden tables.
The Sportsman, Faversham Road, Seasalter, Whitstable, CT5 4BP
Inspector’s verdict: An unassuming-looking pub serving top class food: dishes feature just four or five complementary ingredients and are prepared with precision; flavours are well-judged and presentation is original.
East Coast Dining Room, 101 Tankerton Rd Whitstable CT5 2AJ
Inspector’s verdict: Find a spot on the terrace or head inside, where you’ll find reupholstered chairs from the 1960s and 70s. Concise, modern British menus offer fresh, flavoursome dishes; fish is a strength.
The Dove, Plum Pudding Lane, Dargate, ME13 9HB
Inspector’s verdict: Red-brick Victorian pub. Open fires, wood floors and old black and white photos give it a cosy, rustic feel. Dishes would be equally at home in a restaurant.
Three Mariners, 2 Church Rd Oare ME13 0QA
Inspector’s verdict: Welcoming 500-year-old pub boasting views across the marshes to the estuary. Constantly evolving menus offer a range of British and Med-influenced dishes.
Le Petit Poisson, Pier Approach, Central Bar, Herne Bay
Inspector’s verdict: The split-level interior boasts flagged floors, exposed brick and eye-catching mosaic art. Menus offer tasty, unfussy seafood dishes.
Herne Bay Times, March 25th 2015