Maidstone is indeed a very pretty little town, surrounded by luscious Kent countryside and frequented by visitors keen to get to the famous rolling hills of the UK once they depart from London. It’s often referred to the Garden of England but, much like London, Maidstone has restaurants offering pretty much every cuisine you can think of and many of them are exceptional in terms of quality. Naturally, you’ll find the very best of them listed on Quandoo, ready for you to reserve and review so that other hungry, curious folk can follow your footsteps right along the thick Kentish grass to the finest tables in town.
One of many great things about Maidstone is its spot on the map in the heart of one of the UK’s most exciting food-producing regions. First and foremost, the climate and rich soil of the area make growing fruit something of a doddle, meaning the Maidstone’s vineyards are able to produce fine, often award-winning wine. There are also quite a few local breweries making ciders, ales and beers, so it’s all of these fines tipples you can expect when dine at restaurants in Maidstone. Naturally, you’ll also find plenty of locally-produced food, meaning a meal at many a Maidstone restaurant is unique to, well, Maidstone.
All this talk of the British countryside and Kentish local produce has got us drooling over something all Britons love: the country pub. The British country pub is as good as Maidstone restaurants get because they’ve got it all, from stunning settings right through to garlic-roasted legs of lamb. Restaurants like these in Maidstone are where you’ll find all the classics of the British kitchen that may not be so popular overseas but are so well-loved here in Kent – good, hearty food, prepared with love and guaranteed to make you smile. As well as all of that, certain restaurants in Maidstone will offer afternoon tea done quite a few ways, and this is certainly something that Maidstone locals love, and something Maidstone visitors must try.
Considering the relatively small size of the town itself, the diversity of restaurants in Maidstone is second to none – not just country pubs here. Whether you’re after chic and contemporary bistros, rustic little holes in the wall or all-you-can-eat buffets, with a little bit of help from Quandoo, we’re sure you’ll find whatever it is you’re looking for. Maidstone restaurants also maintain a somewhat surprising presence in the Michelin Guide year after year and this is real testament to the fun and damn good stuff that internationally-renowned chefs have in their kitchens here. All things considered, dining out in Maidstone is very much a way of life and a lot is expected from Maidstone restaurants, there’s even an annual food and drink festival designed to give chefs and diners plenty of inspiration for keeping things interesting.
All this talk of restaurants and no mention of where to find them. We’re sorry. The good news, however, is that almost anywhere you dine in Maidstone will be beautiful. Maidstone restaurants are lucky to have the setting that they do, and you’ll find the best of the British country pub type eateries just north or even west of the centre towards Weavering, Bearsted or Aylesford. These areas sit right on the edge of the Kent Downs and are there, waiting, ready to charm your socks off. More towards the centre of town, and there are three train stations in Maidstone making many restaurants very accessible indeed. You’ll find plenty dotted around The Mall Maidstone, lining the River Medway, as well as little further south along both ends of Stone Street and towards Tovil. Get out there and enjoy!