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BBQ joints, steakhouses and grills: restaurants for meat lovers in Kent

PUBLISHED: 16:22 19 July 2018 | UPDATED: 16:22 19 July 2018

Meat lovers will be in heaven at these Kent restaurants (photo: José Ignacio Pompé on Unsplash)

Meat lovers will be in heaven at these Kent restaurants (photo: José Ignacio Pompé on Unsplash)


Whether you want slow cooked pulled pork, huge steaks or some surf and turf, we’ve got the meat-heavy restaurants in Kent that you need to visit

Saint Smokeys BBQ House

17-18 The Borough, Canterbury

Caribbean BBQ chicken restaurant Saint Smokeys serves up big portions of chicken with appropriate sides such as chips, rice and peas or corn on the cob. The recipe for the chicken has been passed down for generations by the family who still own the restaurant.

What to order: choose your spice level and how much chicken you think you can handle. Meals come with a choice of two sides, either rice or chips and either corn or a side salad.

Brisket and Barrel

123 St Johns Hill, Sevenoaks

Cooked for up to 15 hours in the hot smoker, meat at Brisket and Barrel has been described as ‘melt-in-your-mouth tender’ and is complemented with sides including mac and cheese and homemade BBQ baked beans. Owned and run by two cousins, French chefs who wanted to recreate traditional meat-smoking methods, Brisket and Barrel also serves a curated list of craft beers, bourbon, spirits and wines.

What to order: there is slow-cooked brisket, beef ribs, BBQ chicken and changing guest meats which are charged based on weight. So load up on whatever takes your fancy and don’t forget a couple of croissant buns to pack with meat.

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The Korean Cowgirl

13 Palace Street, Canterbury

Texas meets Seoul at BBQ brisket and Korean fried chicken restaurant The Korean Cowgirl. Slow smoked beef brisket, pork belly ssam (lettuce wraps), double fried chicken wings, steamed buns stuffed with brisket and Korean bulgogi sauce and plenty of tempting sides populate the menu at this quirky joint.

What to order: grab a couple of friends and order The Ludicrous Cowgirl; one pound of brisket, six pork belly lettuce wraps, baby back ribs with Asian sauce, eight pieces of fried chicken, smoked BBQ pit beans, seasoned fries and Asian slaw – phew!

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Oyster and Chop House

8 High Street, Herne Bay

It’s surf and turf heaven at Oyster and Chop House. Meat is slow-cooked in the in-house smoker, lobsters are cooked whole and fresh and big burgers are freshly ground daily. Happy hour is every day from 5pm to 6pm with two selected cocktails for £8, 20% off your food bill and kids can eat for free.

What to order: there is lots to choose from, but don’t fill up on starters too quickly, as you can choose to delve into platters of slow smoked beef ribs, pulled pork or soft pork belly all served with house pickles, coleslaw and fries. Seafood lovers will want to order lobster macaroni cheese, made with one pound of lobster meat.

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• The Cow Shed

1 High Street, Herne Bay & 3 The Square, Birchington

The Cow Shed’s décor is rustic and inviting and serves stacked burgers, big steaks, ribs and fresh seafood dishes. Family run, the Birchington branch is an offshoot of the original restaurant in Herne Bay. A secret spice mix is used for the burgers which are minced on site and then grilled to order and served up with locally sourced extras.

What to order: burgers are huge and you can order yours with beef patty topped with slow cooked pulled brisket, crispy pancetta and smoked cheddar.

Pork & Co.

27 Sun Street, Canterbury

Free range pigs from local farms are used at Pork & Co. for its 14 hour slow cooked, smoked pulled pork with dishes available to eat in or take away. This is then used for mouthwateringly decadent dishes taken straight from a whole pig which can be seen at the shop front.

What to order: big portions include nachos, pulled pork-topped macaroni cheese, or big sourdough toasties with pulled pork, cheddar and macaroni cheese. Craft beer features heavily on the drinks menu, or order a whiskey sour to go with your pork.

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Grub & Liquor

9 Nevil Street, Tunbridge Wells

With amazing deals on drink including bottomless prosecco and house wine on Fridays from 12pm to 1am for £20 per person, and a generous happy hour from 5pm to 8pm every day with £5 cocktails, Grub & Liquor is known for its meaty food options too and is certainly living up to its ambition to “shake up Tunbridge Wells”.

What to order: dishes are cooked in the clay oven including lamb fillets with yoghurt and mint sauce or opt for a 12oz steak with your choice of sauce. Burgers are tempting with The Spicy Beefy featuring spicy cheese, jalapenos and hot sauce.


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