insideKENT Magazine Issue 63 - June 2017 - Page 58

FOOD+DRINK THE ULTIMATE KENT PUB CRAWL cont. 10) The Charles Dickens 13) The Dog at Wingham One of the largest pubs in Broadstairs there is enough room at The Charles Dickens for everyone – whatever your reason for being there. For great food and ambience you’ve got the Copperfields restaurant upstairs, with the most beautiful views out across the stunning Viking Bay to enjoy while you eat. If you want to socialise and enjoy a few drinks, the bar downstairs has plenty of choice, and the friendly bar staff will be happy to help you pick. There is something so utterly lovely about The Dog at Wingham that it deserves all the praise that is so often heaped upon it. Light, bright, comfortable and cosy all at once, it is a contemporary looking pub but one that has not lost sight of the history that surrounds it. The food here is exceptional, but although you might come for the food you’ll stay for the enjoyment of being in such a gorgeous place. Plus you can stay overnight in one of the well-appointed rooms, and emerge fresh faced in the morning to enjoy a great Kentish breakfast. The Charles Dickens, 5-6 Victoria Parade, Broadstairs CT10 1QS 01843 600160 11) The London Tavern Named for London, based in Margate, this pub has the best of both places in its fantastic food, drink, and atmosphere. The food here is modern, but it’s not fussy. It will fill you up and it will do so for a fair price. The main focus on the food served at The London Tavern is Italian, and the ingredients are as fresh as possible. But there is more to the menu than Italian food, so whatever you’re in the mood for you should find something to suit you. The London Tavern, Addington Street, Margate CT9 1PN 01843 499759 12) The Grove Ferry Inn 58 The Dog At Wingham, Canterbury Road, Wingham, Nr Canterbury CT3 1BB 01227 720339 14) The Foundry Brew Pub The Foundry Brew Pub is a rather unique little place. Originally a Victorian foundry, production still happens here, but it’s no longer metal items. Now it’s beer. You can in fact watch the process take place in the pub’s very own microbrewery. There is also an extensive food menu, plus plenty of other local beers, wines and ciders. Informal and relaxed, The Foundry Brew Pub offers a little of everything. The Foundry Brew Pub, White Horse Lane, Canterbury CT1 2RU 01227 455899 15) Albion Taverna Location, location, location… And The Grove Ferry Inn in Upstreet near Canterbury has one of the most lovely locations imaginable. It sits right on the banks of the River Stour in an idyllic setting. The gardens are full of the pub’s own animals including chickens and pigs (which patrons can feed if they want to) as well as a children’s play area, and the interior of the pub itself is warm and inviting. With live music every Friday and a locally sourced, exquisitely produced menu along with fine wines and Shepherd Neame beers, here is a place to really revel in the beauty and diversity of Kent. Unlike many Kentish pubs, the Albion Taverna offers incredible Mexican- inspired food from its pretty old building in Faversham. Secluded and quiet when it comes to location, when it comes to the events, general fun and fiesta, it’s where the party really starts. Locally sourced ingredients are at the heart of everything that is created in the kitchen here, and this lovely community dining experience will always be worth attending. The owners and staff are passionate about what they do – and it shows. The Grove Ferry Riverside Pub & Inn, Grove Road, Upstreet CT3 4BP 01227 860302 Albion Taverna, Front Brents, Faversham ME13 7DH 01795 591411