This recently transformed pub in the well-preserved, tiny rural town of Fordwich hit the headlines when ex-Clove Club Dan Smith and team won a Michelin star 10 months after opening.
In sleepy Sissinghurst, this village pub-cum-modern British brasserie serves up beer-battered cod with a mint pea puree and charred lemon: perfect with Chapel Down fizz.
An unlikely destination restaurant near Whitstable, in what looks like a local boozer. Locally sourced ingredients cooked to perfection by chef-owner Stephen Harris.
In Tenterden, arguably the country’s most ambitious winery restaurant offers a chef’s table and an outdoor terrace overlooking the vineyards, delivering sophisticated cooking.
So good we named it twice… Graham Garrett, the 1980s pop star-turned-Michelin-starred chef turns out plate after joyful plate. Great wine list, too.
Hush Heath-owned Goudhurst Inn offers casual dining. Why not try their Scotch eggs or the Hush Heath Ale-battered haddock and fries.
Sample seafood dishes at Squerryes’ newly launched terrace overlooking the vines. Wash down dishes such as native lobster ‘Benedict’ hollandaise with a glass of their finest.
Imposing Neo-Elizabethan manor house renovated by spa specialists Champneys. Bag the gorgeous, generous Hugo de Montford Suite.
Handsome seven-bed Victorian farmhouse B&B, located on the National Trust estate and run by Frazer Thompson, CEO of nearby Chapel Down winery, and his wife Sue.
Located behind the 16th-century weaver’s cottage with its Michelin- starred cooking, in picturesque Biddenden. Four stylish bedrooms, each with a different theme. ‘Scandi’ is a favourite, but there’s fun to be had in ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll’.
Fiona Sims is a widely published freelance food, drink and travel writer. This first appeared as part of a travel guide in the Decanter June 2019 issue.