WAGGON AT HALE, CHATHAM ME5 7PP An increasingly rare treat - a thriving pub that’s not part of a franchise, with real ale, bar food and a restaurant.
If you’re not keen on small spaces, then you may just like the bar nearer the door – it’s brighter with a view on to the King’s Mile.But whatever your thoughts on the venue itself, the food is indisputably excellent.Being close to the M20 and just a two-minute walk from the railway station, its desirable setting makes it the ideal place to meet for family gatherings or a drink with friends.THE WEST HOUSE, BIDDENDEN TN27 8AH If experimental food is your thing but you prefer to eat in traditional surroundings, Michelin-starred The West House is the perfect solution.A favourite in Tokyo, the Shoyu ramen offers an inviting introduction to the quintessential Japanese dish and at £8.90 it’s a steal.
With polite, efficient chefs and waiters too, Tamago is a top performer.
In a 16th century weaver’s cottage in the heart of the Weald of Kent, chef and owner Graham Garrett creates imaginative concoctions, which are eaten in a relaxed atmosphere without a hint of pretention.
Venison with espresso syrup, barbecued pig shoulder and chocolate-topped chicken liver parfait eclair have all previously graced the menu.
Serving Japanese cuisine, a best-seller is yakisoba – which is basically noodles with chicken and prawns.
Other delights include the amazing chilli squid and duck wraps. If you’re sitting in, it’s worth washing down your meal with one of the lovely freshly-squeezed juices, although watch out which flavour you choose – the blueberry, apple and carrot juice is not for the faint-hearted.
The meals are reasonably priced but there are always plenty of offers available.