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Kent's best restaurants according to TripAdvisor

By Josie Hannett

If you're looking for somewhere to wine and dine the other half this weekend, we've found the top ten places in Kent according to TripAdvisor.

The ranking system is determined by the website's popularity index, meaning restaurants are ordered based on overall customer satisfaction.

It's based on the opinions of customers, so the poshest and most expensive don't always come out top.

Kathton House, in Sturry, is Kent's best restaurant according to TripAdvisor
Kathton House, in Sturry, is Kent's best restaurant according to TripAdvisor

For the fish and chip lovers, to those after a bit of zing with spicy Indian and Thai food, we've compiled a list of the county's most delicious diners according to users of the travel website company.

1. Kathton House, Sturry, near Canterbury
Reviewers say this upmarket contemporary restaurant is a "must-visit", worthy of the top rating. In a Grade II listed building, the eatery has a menu emphasising fresh Kent produce created by a chef who has worked in some of the country’s most lavish hotels, including The Ritz. Dishes include crab and spinach ravioli, loin fillet of Godmersham venison and warm smoked duck breast.

2. Plaice2Go, Folkestone
This fish-tastic chippy has got the critics buzzing not only as Kent’s second best restaurant, but Folkestone’s number one. You can enjoy an al fresco supper in the outside dining area, or take it away to sample on the seafront. It offers classic seaside dishes as well as a licensed bar. This is definitely one for the fish and chip lover.

3. Il Tricolore, Ramsgate
Risotto ravers love this Italian hot spot and fancy it as a great place to take the familia.
Its home-cooked dishes are made from fresh Italian produce and reviewers have deemed it the best Italian on the Isle of Thanet.

Kathton House, Sturry, is Kent's best restaurant according to TripAdvisor. Picture: istock
Kathton House, Sturry, is Kent's best restaurant according to TripAdvisor. Picture: istock

4. Coppers, Hythe
This Indian fusion restaurant uses the freshest and finest Kent ingredients to create tasty curries which ooze spiciness. There’s an a la carte and wine menu which includes your classic biryanis and New Zealand Sauvignon.

Amici, in Ashford's North Street
Amici, in Ashford's North Street

5. Amici, Ashford
This family-run authentic Italian restaurant has much more to it than the signature pizza and pasta dishes. According to TripAdvisor, it’s the top restaurant in the town and it’s been praised for having welcoming staff and a fantastic atmosphere.

6. The Wine Bar, Herne Bay
The cosy basement bar offers a range of foods from sandwiches to steaks and fresh fish, or burgers, soups and tapas. There’s certainly no room for disappointment when it comes to variety at this place. It’s called the Wine Bar for a reason - for its extensive list of, you guessed it, wine.

7. The Corner House, Minster, Ramsgate
From Guinea fowl supreme to peanut butter parfait, it’s no surprise these delicious dishes have made this traditional British food house the county’s restaurant of the year in the Taste of Kent awards 2015. It’s also ranked number seven of Kent’s restaurants.

8. Rising Sun, Herne BayThis refurbished village pub has bagged the eighth spot in the list of the county's top eateries. With slow roasted belly of pork, pan fried rainbow trout and a duo of lamb on the menu, the meat and fish lovers can enjoy dishes bursting with flavour.

The Corner House, in Station Road, Minster
The Corner House, in Station Road, Minster

9. Yama’s, Margate
This authentic Thai English Cafe has bagged the spot of number nine for its mouth-watering curries and delicious fry ups. With its famous Yummy Yama mango curry, a kids menu and breakfast available too, there’s plenty of variety. The Asian speciality is spiced to your liking and many reviewers have branded the place a "hidden gem".

Tom at TwentyOne, in Minster-on-Sea
Tom at TwentyOne, in Minster-on-Sea

10. Tom At TwentyOne, Sheppey
A treasured restaurant on the Island, Tom At TwentyOne, is known for its breakfast menu which has bacon baps, pancakes and eggs benedict. For those who don’t have time for a spot of brekkie or brunch, you can take it away instead!

The top ten restaurants in this article were in the correct order according to TripAdvisor on Tuesday, September 1.

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