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Date Night Dining

With a plethora of beguiling backdrops, Kent effortlessly sets the scene for romance, but making it all the more superior when it comes to dates is the county’s unrivalled dining scene.

Bowley’s at The Plough

Don’t overthink Valentine’s Day – planning the perfect date need be no more complex than a classic candlelit dinner. As long as you bring the romance and roses, Kent’s exceptional dining scene is certain to make your date as special as they come. Amidst the picturesque landscapes and historic charm, our region boasts a myriad of options to elevate your romantic evening. From luxurious hotels with renowned in-house restaurants, to award-winning fine-dining establishments, Kent provides a haven for gastronomic delight. For those seeking an intimate and relaxed atmosphere, the quaint and cosy pubs scattered throughout the county offer the perfect blend of local charm and delectable cuisine. Whether you prefer a formal meal out in an elegant setting or a more casual rendezvous in a charming pub, Kent’s diverse date night dining scene promises to cater to every taste and desire, ensuring an evening filled with love, laughter, and culinary excellence like nowhere else. 

Chilston Park

More than just a meal…

Culpeper’s Restaurant at Chilston Park, Lenham 

The recipient of two AA Rosettes for its vibrant seasonal dishes finished with the creative flair of head chef, Ali Altuntas, Culpeper’s promises delectable dining. Housed in Chilston’s original dining room, the restaurant retains a wealth of historic features including elegant sash windows and a decorative ceiling and fireplace, not to mention glorious views of the grounds. 

The menu is modern British with a range of seasonal dishes inspired and sourced with local ingredients including Caldecott Farm chicken and south coast turbot. ‘Hand Picked Favourites’ include chargrilled ribeye steak, Kentish beer-battered fish and chips and plenty of vegetarian options. Giving you all the more reason to stay the night at Chilston, enjoy an extensive wine list as well as rare whiskies and brandies.

Culpepper’s

Brasserie at The Manor at Eastwell Manor, Ashford

Experience stately countryside romance in all its glory at Eastwell Manor. Surrounded by acres of beautiful parkland, Brasserie at the Manor is renowned for being Eastwell Manor’s culinary jewel. Promising modern British cuisine in a reimagined dining space, it will exceed your date night expectations with beautiful gardens and an architecturally awe-inspiring manor to set the scene even further. 

Enjoy cosy cocktails beside a roaring fire in the drawing room before sitting down to a meal sectioned into ‘From the Ocean’, ‘Little Italy’, ‘Mains’, ‘Steaks’ and ‘Sharers’. Even the fussiest of eaters will be hard pressed not to find more than one alluring dish: think lobster linguine with tarragon, seasonal risotto, aged Wagyu Manor burger, roasted half-chicken and a selection of prime-cut steaks. 

Brasserie at The Manor

For fine dining dates…

Dorothy and Marshall

If ever there was a perfect setting for a contemporary take on refined, elegant dining, Dorothy & Marshall has found it. Located right in the heart of bustling suburban metropolis of Bromley, which relishes a location that reaches both the heart of London and the rolling fields of Kent’s Garden of England in equi-time, this stylish restaurant brings London-style dining to the suburbs with a side order of wow-factor thrown in for good measure. Chef Ralph is passionate about British food and is focused on big, bold, layered flavours. His commitment to quality and his innovative twists on the classics make him the perfect chef for any foodie date night.

Dorothy and Marshall

Chapter One, Locksbottom

A relaxed and stylish venue serving a modern European menu, Chapter One is well regarded and highly recommended by the AA, The Good Food Guide and Michelin. Offering exceptional food alongside an extensive list of carefully chosen wines and delicious cocktails, Chapter One has become one of Kent’s most outstanding and well-known dining experiences guaranteed to impress any valentine. Complete with impeccable service and meticulous attention to detail, Chapter One prides itself on being contemporary and cosmopolitan. With an inspired modern-European menu that regularly changes, Chapter One makes the most of fresh, seasonal ingredients grown locally.

Chapter One

Quince, Westgate-On-Sea

The understated, quieter, sleeker sister to neighbouring town of Margate, Westgate is home to a high street steeped in heritage, boutique shops and fantastic foodie treasures. One of these comes in the form of Quince, a small British restaurant focusing on local ingredients with a splendid Spanish inflection. Expect a bright, modern dining room with solid wooden floors alongside unique dishes presented in perfect style and just as delicious in taste. Kent is showcased to its utmost potential here through a regularly changing menu that includes top-notch ingredients such as Chartham Downs venison loin and seafood dishes such as local oysters – the ultimate aphrodisiac. 

Quince

For Kentish foodies…

The Winemaker’s Kitchen at Balfour

Enjoy seasonal produce from local producers served alongside Balfour’s Kentish wines that have inspired each dish. The menu, a collaboration between head chef Dan Austin and head winemaker Fergus Elias, features recipes specifically designed to pair with Balfour’s award-winning wines. A unique experience to be enjoyed while in a stunning setting looking over the vines on the estate. Anchored in Kent, The Winemaker’s Kitchen is a must-visit to get a true taste of English provenance – and is also brand new for 2024. Certain to be a new favourite for wine lovers and Kentish produce appreciators.

Balfour Wine Kitchen

The Kentish Hare, Bidborough 

As well as sweeping views of the surrounding valleys, Bidborough Ridge also boasts acclaimed gastropub, The Kentish Hare. A must-visit for foodies, this stylishly designed, hare-themed establishment is known for quirky furnishings and for serving the very best of fresh local food. Since 2014, The Kentish Hare has been awarded various accolades including two AA Rosettes and a Michelin Bib Gourmand, and is currently ranked number five nationwide in the Estrella Damm Top 50 GastroPubs listings – with this array of culinary awards that speak for themselves, be assured that if you’re trying to impress a food lover this Valentine’s Day, you definitely will.

Kentish Hare

Bowleys at The Plough, Trottiscliffe

If picturesque countryside, idyllic villages and incredible food is what you’re searching for on your Valentine’s Day date quest then look no further than Bowleys at The Plough. An acclaimed fine-dining experience, diners come from far and wide to sample the food of young head chef Alex Yates, who now runs the establishment with his father David. Expect nothing less than creative culinary genius poured into crafting dishes made from locally sourced and foraged ingredients – all meticulously selected by the visionary that is Alex. Dishes are frequently changing, but the beautiful presentation and miraculous flavour is unwavering.

Bowley’s at The Plough

The cosiest of dates…

The Plough at Leigh, Hildenborough

A traditional, independent, family-run pub serving local ales and seasonal food in pretty surroundings, couples can get a real taste of cosy Kent here. Being family friendly, if your children want in on your date then they too are certain to enjoy it as it serves a ‘real food’ children’s menu and a hearty one for adults, and is home to a huge garden that the entire family is sure to appreciate. Even those of the four-legged kind can enjoy ‘beer for dogs’, so it’s a happy Valentine’s Day all round! 

The East Kent

The East Kent, Whitstable

A trendy yet traditional seaside pub with an Australian influence on the menu. The arty and applauded seaside town of Whitstable cherishes this gem with its sunny beer garden, lively atmosphere and a wood-fired pizza oven in the garden. Australian highlights entwine with Whitstable’s identity as a fishing town resulting in dishes such as their famously good white fish tacos and crab tostadas on the menu.

The East Kent

The Amherst Inn, Seal Chart 

Centuries-old pub serving delicious food including homemade award-winning pies, premium steaks and classic pub food alongside a fine range of drinks and cocktails. The ultimate spot for enjoying the traditional atmosphere of a Kent pub, beautiful countryside and great food together.

Amherst Inn

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