insideKENT Magazine Issue 63 - June 2017 - Page 66

FOOD+DRINK We Seafood cont. Papa’s Barn // Ditton Yes, the food at Papa’s Barn might be called fish and chips, but that would be doing it a disservice. It’s actually much more than that. This is great fish and chips. Posh fish and chips. Different fish and chips. And it is all made with such care and attention that it is decidedly moreish fish and chips too. The restaurant is comfortable, the staff are friendly, and, with a choice of plaice, halibut, skate, lemon sole, haddock and the ‘Moby Dick’ (a massive piece of cod) with perfectly cooked chips, there is nothing to dislike about this place. The Vineyard Restaurant // Wrotham Heath The menu at The Vineyard is European in flavour and the wine list is extensive, which is a great start – but, to make matters even better, the Vineyard is proud of its range of excellent fish dishes, which have led the restaurant to victory across many awards and accolades in its time. What’s even better is that nothing on the mouthwatering menus are 66 out of anyone’s budget, making the entire experience even more palatable. Fish dishes include jumbo scallops wrapped in bacon, grilled and served with garlic butter; filleted sea bass, served plain or grilled with pernod and fennel, or garlic and lemon juice; and salmon fillet. food, it’s nothing short of magnificent. The menu includes dishes such as lobster and salmon pasty with pickled cucumber; creamed smoked coley thermidor with a poached egg; deep-fried oysters with seaweed and horseradish; and steamed sea trout with asparagus, poached egg and hollandaise. Hythe Bay // Hythe & Dover Buoy & Oyster // Margate Contemporary, but with a classic touch, each of the two Hythe Bay restaurants offers a comfortable, relaxed place to enjoy some of the freshest and most delicious fish in Kent. When the owners of a restaurant are as passionate about the food they produce as Nadine and Simon of the Buoy & Oyster in Margate, you know that something exceptional is going to happen when you visit. This is a stylish restaurant complete with cocktail bar, but the substance of the beautiful seafood it serves is never lost. Examples of the wonderful dishes served include moules frites; mojito halibut; monkfish cheek burger; and the Buoy Bowl – battered haddock, calamari and king prawns served with skinny fries, aioli, tabasco and lemon. The fish is so fresh that is it usually caught and served on the very same day. Rocksalt // Folkestone Rocksalt is a beautiful place to eat. Floor-to- ceiling windows look out over the harbour in Folkestone and, on a clear day, you can see right across to France. Every table in the room takes advantage of that view and it really is something special. Everything is chosen to compliment everything else, which isn’t as common as you might think – nothing jars here; nothing seems out of place. As for the