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      29.09.2009 15:40
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      Did not deserve awards. Better Restaurants in Town

      The Allotment Restaurant Dover.

      Made a booking for 12 for Lunch. This was supposed to be a nice meal before my Daughter went to London for her Hen Night. We arrived at the Restaurant and had to wait for two additional tables to be added to enable us all to sit down.
      The surroundings inside were not too bad. The area out the back is nice with several tables dotted around. On the walls they have put trellis up with mirrors behind. Looks attractive and different.
      Ordering the meals was a total shambles. There were two A4 sheets of paper with the menu on which obviously was not adequate. There was a Menu Board on the wall. I was sat at the end of the Table and could not see what was written on the Board.
      Several of us opted for the Quiche. It took aproximately an hour for the food to be served.
      The Quiche was pappy and totally tasteless. It appeared to have had the leftovers of the previous day thrown into a pastry case and Egg thrown on top. The result looked very colourful but nasty. It was tepid and the egg was still liquified in the centre. There was no seasoning in the Quiche. Plates were cold. One sliver of Lettuce accompanied the meal with a segment of Beetroot which was dried out, a dribble of Coleslaw not even enough to cover a teaspoon and the chips tasted like McDonald Chips.
      The Tablecloths were marked. There was a variety of plastic vegetables on the tables which were tacky. The service was slow and unprofessional
      This Restaurant/Bistro may have received good ratings in the local paper but if you want a nice meal in pleasant surroundings with exceptional food and service visit another Restaurant.

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      05.11.2008 22:05

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      Richard Phillips at Chapel Down, TenterdenWent here fot the first time at the weekend, WOW what a find.The setting is really great, the resturant is in the vinyard.It's pretty clear that a lot of thought and creative input as been put into the interior design of this resturant to make a really cool atmosphere.The food is really something else, lots of English produce combined with some quirky ideas that work. I had pollock coated in a light curry Chapel Down beer batter, with home made chunky chips cooked in goose fat....yummy.The kitchen is open so you can see all the action, really good fun, the kids loved it.Chapel Down wine is truly fantastic, I haven't drunk much English wine, but this was very nice, watch out you French producers.Recommend you try, you will be pleasantly supprised, promise.Terry Jones, Canterbury

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      03.05.2006 18:44
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      How restaurants used to be!!!!!

      My husband and I, plus a large group of friends, stumbled across this restaurant by accident. Faversham is a market town not too far from Canterbury. The history of the town is quite incredible! But the food and service in this small restaurant was even more impressive. It has a very cosy and homely feel and the freshest food around, which was served with great attention to detail and presentation, they have their own fisherman who brings the catch of the day directly to them, you can't get fresher than that!! The food is superb, and all local produce. We feel it was worth the trip, whilst visiting Kent. 10/10. Try and enjoy!!!!!

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        27.09.2001 18:36
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        This a review of the Rusty Pelican in Tunbridge Wells Kent. It is a restaurant/bar open every evening and justifiably popular. The food is excellent, the menu features steaks, fajitas, chiken dishes, stir fries, kebabs, pasta dishes and such like. It is reasonably priced (between £6-£15, a decent sized steak is about £12), you get large portions and it is always of a very high standard. This is also a cocktail bar, so the bar itself is in the centre of the restaurant. There is a substantial cocktail menu, but you can request anything that isn't on there and they will endeavour to please! This is a lively, loud venue that feels paradoxically intimate with its relatively small size, dark interior and candle lit tables. The overall 'vibe' is good, youthful, trendy, laid back and cool. The staff are friendly and usually very good. The only bad thing is the toilets - there are not enough and they are cold and dingy! Booking is advisable at weekends as it is a great party place, especially with its fun atmosphere and funky music!

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          03.08.2001 16:46
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          I love eating out and try to go to as many different places as I can. I move to kent from London and the biggest shock was the lack of fun places to go. Then Bluewater opened and hooray!!!! It is food heaven, with loads of places to eat. It has the traditional fast food like md's and burger king yuk!! But it also has a range of wonderful places to try. My absolute favourite is sante fe. It is a south american place, not mexican, and does the most scrummy unusual food. THe menu is not very big and if you don't like spicy foods then don't go. I tried things like cornbread, roasted garlic mash and some other weird things that i can't even spell but tasted lovely. They are very child friendly and have an excellent kids menu. It laid out in a very laid back way and has a big gong that I could not stop hitting after a few cocktails (which are also brilliant). Bit pricey though. Next to sante fe there is a pizza bar which has great special offers. This month you can buy one pizza or pasta and get one free at any time of the day. KIds can also eat free and they have a good kids menu. There are lots of other things on the menu like mussels, chiken and the steak is good for meat eaters. Can get really busy though and you may have to queue for a while to get in. For me this is the biggest disadvantage. Must not forget to mention the good old TGI fridays, which is situated at the back of the shopping centre, hiding on the top floor. Is great but not the best, convent garden is better. Gets far too busy and have had to complain a couple of times. Big word of warning, don't eat in ed's diner. Yuk!! big rip off and the food is vulgar. We ate there once, only had burger and chilli chips and the big came to about £30 for two of us. I could not eat the food as it tasted like a pair of old farmers boots. Looks nicer then it actually is. Happy eating to you all, hope I
          have helped ta ta 4 now.xxx

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            20.05.2001 04:25
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            Hooray!!!!!!!!! Harvester have opened in Southborough, nr Tunbridge Wells, Kent. How much nicer can they get? A carnivores delight, with yummy salad bar for the veggy in your life, it never ceases to amaze me how yummy a trip to a Harvester is. When I say trip, I do mean for at least two hours. I can never go to a Harvester without planning the trip first. Firstly I don't eat all day, I want to be especially hungry to really do the food justice. Secondly I always arrive before 5.30pm, as the Early Bird kicks in, and I can get a third off the meal (Except the Celebration platter, but that's okay as the other, more expensive platter works out the same with the Early Bird discount!) Thirdly, I always go with friends, as the experience is SO much more fun. The food is scrumptious, fresh and tasty, and the salad bar is yum-diddly-umptious with helpings galore, and not as expensive as you may think. If you enjoy good food and plenty of it, with free salad and as much as you want, then take a trip to my fave meaty restaurant.

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              29.03.2001 04:54
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              The following selection of resurants is hand picked and a tiny proportion of all the resturants in kent, they have been 'tried and tested' 'Reads' in faversham has phenomenal '3 michellin star' standard food however the owners are a bit rusty towards the customers and the location is not the best, but they have recently moved into a hotel so the drink drive worry is eliminated. The high quality food comes with a very large price tag. (£90 for two people) 'The Albion' again in faversham provides an excellent mixture of pub food of resturant quality, at an exceptionally reasonable price, along with good beers and a warm inviting atmosphere. (£30 for two people) 'Ristorante Medditranio' on the outskirts of Charing is an very good, friendly and traditionally italian resturant with very skilled staff and chef's who can reproduce that authentic italian feel and taste to a very high standard,all at a very reasonable price.(£40 for two people). 'The Orchid of Siam' is a thai resturant of great acclaim,which provides good food of high quality at reasonable pricing. It is in the same building as the 'ristorante Meditranio' and eminates the thai culture. ( £35 for two people) 'The Waterfront' in Upnor is as its name suggests a waterside resturant, which caters to a high standard with an friendly and helpful staff, a highly recomended english resturant. (£55 for two people) you've heard my shortlist now go and try them, all feedback will be apreciated.

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                23.10.2000 02:10
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                The Castle Lake is a fairly new restaurant which has opened in Leybourne (just outside Maidstone). It is owned by the Brewers Fayre chain and if you have got children its well worth the visit. The menu has a good selection even though not particulary large choice, as well as a childrens menu. The food is excellent value for money and I can strongly recommend the half a roast chicken. It is one big dinner and only costs £5.99. Not even me at my hungriest ever finishes it! This restuarant is aimed at children though and boasts the brilliant Charlie Chalk Fun factory. If your children are under 3, there is a seperate area for them and you dont have to pay. For older children, you pay £2 and in that you get a voucher for £1 off when you order food and drink for them. There are supervisors in the play area to keep an eye on things but you are still responsible. The good news is that they have CCTV so you can see what the kids are getting up to from the comfort of your table. All the children wear little jackets that are electronically tabbed so there is also added secruity. Teenages arent forgotten either as they are playstations available. I really can't fault this place at all. They seem to have thought of everything. There is something to keep the kids happy, the food is lovely and reasonable and there is no moaning about your children making too much noise! No wonder the place is packed out every Sunday afternoon!

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