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Harvester in Herne Bay at Talmead to close and become Miller & Carter steakhouse

ByLydia Chantler-Hicks

A popular chain restaurant is shutting down - and is set to reopen as a steakhouse.

The Talmead Harvester, just off the Thanet Way in Herne Bay, is closing on September 29.

The large Mitchells & Butlers-owned eatery serves up breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, offering a range of pub food including barbecue dishes, rotisserie chicken, and a salad bar.

The Talmead Harvester in Herne Bay is set to close. Picture: Google Maps
The Talmead Harvester in Herne Bay is set to close. Picture: Google Maps

But the restaurant is set to shut at the end of September, before reopening in early November as a Miller & Carter steakhouse.

The steakhouse chain, also owned by Mitchell & Butlers, specialises in serving up 30-day aged beef.

Their menus vary by restaurant, but focus upon steak - including ribeye, fillet, sirloin and chateaubriand - as well as burgers, salads and fish dishes.

Once the Herne Bay branch has shut, the only Harvester left in east Kent will be The Bybrook Barn in Kennington, near Ashford.

Back in April Thanet's last Harvester - the David Copperfield Harvester in Broadstairs - also closed down.

News of the change has been met with mixed reactions from Herne Bay residents - with some saying they will miss the "cheap and cheerful" food.

One wrote: "I genuinely like the Harvester. Think it is more accessible by way of price and family friendliness than Miller & Carter which quite frankly, from previous experiences, is overpriced.

"I've never had a bad experience in Talmead Harvester so will be sad to see it go.

"Miller & Carter is a special occasion kind of restaurant in my opinion, whereas Harvester is a last-minute 'can't be bothered to cook and want something reasonable'."

Others questioned the positioning of the restaurant.

"I can’t say I’d go to a Miller & Carter at this location," said one KentOnline reader. "Location seems all wrong for it."

But others said they are excited for the new steakhouse.

One resident commented: "Miller & Carter is a real treat - bring it on!"

Another said: "Been to one in Maidstone. It's not cheap and cheerful. The food was really nice and the service was great. So much so I didn't realise it was a chain."

Mitchells & Butlers has been approached for a comment.

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