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The Kent cafe with five-star food - but the liberal left won't like it

The Kent cafe with five-star food - but the liberal left won't like it

We visited a restaurant full of Union Jacks and Nigel Farage voters for a classic English breakfast. Just don’t bring a copy of the Guardian…

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‘Doggy afternoon tea by the lake - Bone Appétit!’

‘Doggy afternoon tea by the lake - Bone Appétit!’

Our reviewer took her border terrier to try out a hotel’s new canine culinary experience — don’t worry, we review the food for “humans” too!

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Why trendy new Kent venue is a must-visit - even if you don’t like small plates

Why trendy new Kent venue is a must-visit - even if you don’t like small plates

We tried grown-up chicken nuggets and a “pork belly of dreams” at a restaurant and wine bar where a former MasterChef finalist is working wonders.

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Scallops were great - but chips in this tiny tub could be priciest in Kent

Scallops were great - but chips in this tiny tub could be priciest in Kent

Our reviewer headed to the coast, didn’t read the menu properly and paid a steep price for a modest pot of chips.

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‘This Indian-British fusion cafe left me hungry for more’

‘This Indian-British fusion cafe left me hungry for more’

Our reporter visited a fusion cafe for brunch and found that it didn’t quite live up to its heavenly name.

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‘It’s the best way to mark National Fish and Chip day - but £16.50 is a bit steep’

‘It’s the best way to mark National Fish and Chip day - but £16.50 is a bit steep’

In honour of National Fish and Chips day we headed to one of the best inland chippies in the county.

'What it lacks in kerb appeal is made up for with five-star food’

'What it lacks in kerb appeal is made up for with five-star food’

We sent our reviewer to a tucked away side street restaurant after seeing it feature in a celebrity chef’s recent showcase on the town’s food scene.

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This beautiful corner of Kent is like being on the Amalfi Coast

This beautiful corner of Kent is like being on the Amalfi Coast

Our reviewer enjoys the sunshine as he heads to the coast to sample one of Kent’s most beautiful dining spots.

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‘I would happily eat the patatas bravas every day of my life’

‘I would happily eat the patatas bravas every day of my life’

Our reporter’s eyes were bigger than his belly at a harbour-side tapas restaurant promising a bite-sized taste of Spain.

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‘I honestly couldn’t tell it was vegan’

‘I honestly couldn’t tell it was vegan’

We visited one of Kent’s only fully plant-based cafes to see if the food measures up - and didn’t miss the meat or dairy at all.

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We tried the new Kent restaurant slated by Guardian critic

We tried the new Kent restaurant slated by Guardian critic

After reading the Guardian’s scathing review of a Kent restaurant we thought we ought to try it out ourselves.

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We took on hot wings challenge that risks ‘loss of life’

We took on hot wings challenge that risks ‘loss of life’

Our reporter had to sign a waiver warning of “possible loss of life” before taking on a ferociously hot chicken wings challenge at a new Kent venue.

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The five-star drinks at hidden gem Kent bar you have to try

The five-star drinks at hidden gem Kent bar you have to try

In our latest food review, we visit a restaurant with a strange taste when it comes to interior design.

Is this pub the answer to our canine conundrum?

Is this pub the answer to our canine conundrum?

Our reviewer went on the hunt for the best spot for Sunday lunch after a country ramble with his four-legged friend in tow.

‘I almost got away with a free meal!’

‘I almost got away with a free meal!’

The opening night of an outdoor food village proved so busy that the frazzled staff almost gave away a free katsu curry.

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‘This is some of the finest cooking happening anywhere in the county right now’

‘This is some of the finest cooking happening anywhere in the county right now’

Our reviewer visited a seafront Japanese-inspired restaurant and was blown away by the quality of the food on offer.

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We tried new restaurant with ‘gargantuan’ menu in old Debenhams

We tried new restaurant with ‘gargantuan’ menu in old Debenhams

A former Debenhams is being transformed – and the first new tenant is a restaurant with one of the biggest menus known to man.

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‘It’s not the food court I remember but it’s still the place to be on a Friday night’

‘It’s not the food court I remember but it’s still the place to be on a Friday night’

As Bluewater prepares celebrations for its 25th anniversary we take a look at what’s changed at its iconic food court over the years.

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Lunch was a washout - but at least the sandwiches were good

Lunch was a washout - but at least the sandwiches were good

The rain may have put a damper on things, but our reporter still got more than they bargained for with lunch at this park café.

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‘This £50 meat feast turned me into a savage and was well worth the money’

‘This £50 meat feast turned me into a savage and was well worth the money’

Sliced beef brisket, pulled pork, jalapeno smoked sausage, ribs, chicken and mac n’ cheese – this platter is certainly not for the faint of heart.

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Mayo in a milk bottle and an £8.50 Moretti – but it’s still well worth a visit!

Mayo in a milk bottle and an £8.50 Moretti – but it’s still well worth a visit!

Burgers and good solid branding make this restaurant stand out from the herd – but is it a case of style over substance? We went to find out.

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‘Faultless fine dining in the unlikeliest of places’

‘Faultless fine dining in the unlikeliest of places’

It might look unassuming, but this Indian restaurant was named best in the UK for its heavenly haute cuisine.

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‘No wonder you voted this the best pizza place in Kent'

‘No wonder you voted this the best pizza place in Kent'

The pizza is incredible at this restaurant – but should you ever pay more than £10 for garlic bread?

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‘This used to be town’s roughest pub – but it’s such a classy venue now’

‘This used to be town’s roughest pub – but it’s such a classy venue now’

When our reporter was last inside this building, the “air of menace” led to a swift exit – but his recent visit couldn’t have been more different.

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Just £9.60 and it tastes this good – no wonder the queues are huge

Just £9.60 and it tastes this good – no wonder the queues are huge

The food looks underwhelming yet the queues at this classic seaside fish and chip shop in the summer will take your breath away.

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‘My new favourite place to get the day off to the best of starts’

‘My new favourite place to get the day off to the best of starts’

There’s a new kid on the block, serving up Instagram-worthy dishes with flavour to match.

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‘Overpriced and overcooked - it was very much a case of style over substance’

‘Overpriced and overcooked - it was very much a case of style over substance’

This ‘steampunk’ restaurant tries to cover all bases, but our reporter’s experience is more of a swing and a miss.

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‘With five-star food like this, who knew eating healthy could taste so good?’

‘With five-star food like this, who knew eating healthy could taste so good?’

If it’s your New Year’s resolution to eat healthier, we might have found the perfect place in Kent to start.

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12 of the best Kent restaurants we’ve tried this year

12 of the best Kent restaurants we’ve tried this year

Each week we bring you the county’s most honest food reviews in our Eat My Words column – here are some of our favourite venues we visited this year.

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‘This cafe is my gift to you this Christmas’

‘This cafe is my gift to you this Christmas’

We take a pre-Christmas jaunt to a jaw-droppingly good café lurking in a former boat shed.

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‘The pie was perfect but the coffee tasted like a hot, dirty puddle’

‘The pie was perfect but the coffee tasted like a hot, dirty puddle’

We sent our reporter to try a traditional pie as she prepared to watch her first ever match at Kent’s only football league club.

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Avocado and eggs on toast cost £11 – but this is my new favourite cafe

Avocado and eggs on toast cost £11 – but this is my new favourite cafe

Our reporter is blown away by the aesthetic of this cafe – but did the food measure up to the decoration?

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‘I’ve never eaten anywhere like it – but nearly £6 for a prepackaged sandwich?’

‘I’ve never eaten anywhere like it – but nearly £6 for a prepackaged sandwich?’

Our reviewer visits an RC enthusiasts’ dream for an unusual breakfast experience.

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‘Chandeliers and three courses for £15 – is this the best value meal in the UK?’

‘Chandeliers and three courses for £15 – is this the best value meal in the UK?’

In an era where eating out is increasingly expensive, we check out a restaurant where £15 gets you three courses of fine dining amid splendour.

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‘I tried the cafe loved by my favourite Man United player’

‘I tried the cafe loved by my favourite Man United player’

After finding out a footballing legend was eating at a cafe just a few miles from our reporter’s home, we sent him out to see what the fuss was about.

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