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13 pubs for a great Sunday lunch in Kent

PUBLISHED: 15:08 14 September 2018

Sunday lunch at The Poet at Matfield (photo: Jason Wain photography)

Sunday lunch at The Poet at Matfield (photo: Jason Wain photography)


No Sunday is complete without a roast dinner, and in the glorious county of Kent you'll be spoilt for choice with fantastic places to go. We have picked 13 great places where you can indulge in a roast with all the trimmings

The Poet

Maidstone Road, Matfield, Tonbridge

Be met with a warm welcome at The Poet, and choose from the extensive Sunday menu offering all the classic favourites as well some modern variations. To start, try barbecue mackerel with pickled beetroot, horseradish cream and watercress, followed by a roasted rump of beef complete with all the trimmings.

If you’ve still got some room there is a delicious dessert menu that is good enough to get mouths watering. To wash it all down there is a great wine list with suggested pairings for every dish. The Poet prides itself on sourcing as much of its food from the area as possible, with vegetables coming from nearby green-grocers.

The George and Dragon

39 High Street, Chipstead, Sevenoaks

Offering hospitality to locals and visitors alike since the time of Henry VIII, The George and Dragon is a piece of history, and its legacy as a local pub offering great service continues to the present day. The pub maintains excellent relationships with local suppliers, and strongly believes in supporting local businesses in order to ensure the highest standard of food.

All meat served on the menu is either free range or organic, and as well as a traditional Sunday roast you could sample the Chart Farm Venison with Jerusalem artichoke. The bar is stocked with a range of beers from the nearby Westerham brewery, and even has its very own pint entitled ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine’!

The White Rock Inn

Underriver, Sevenoaks

Nestled in the quiet hamlet of Underriver you will find the traditional country pub The White Rock Inn, complete with its roaring log fires and period oak beams. Sunday lunch is served right through until 6pm.

Roast dinners include the classic selection of beef, chicken and lamb, or a vegetarian alternative such as butternut squash, red pepper and pine nut wellington. Be sure to leave room for a dessert such as Tony’s raspberry ripple mousse. All of this can be enjoyed in either the bright and airy restaurant area, or out in the pretty beer gardens, the perfect spot for whiling away a sunny day with a glass of wine in hand.

The Black Horse Inn

Pilgrims Way, Thurnham, Maidstone

With a delicious lunch menu crafted from locally grown and sourced products, The Black Horse Inn is the ideal spot for spending a lazy Sunday afternoon. Dishes include roast beef, lamb and chicken accompanied by all the traditional extras, but you could also sample variations such as the BBQ pork belly with celeriac and red cabbage.

This cosy country pub has served as a place to eat your fill and lay your head for hundreds of years, and continues to offer comfortable accommodation should you need it. If you feel like walking off your roast dinner, there are a number of local walks in the area to enjoy the beautiful scenery, such as the ruins of the nearby Thurnham Castle.

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Chapter One

Farnborough Common, Locksbottom, Oprington

For an excellent Sunday lunch in a stylish settling, Chapter One ticks all the boxes. Accompanied by a glass of the aperitif Limoncello Collins (Limoncello, gin, lemon juice and soda), try the mussel and chorizo arancini to start, followed by a roast air-hung sirloin of beef complete with fantastic Yorkshires, roasties and vegetables.

Complementing the fantastic menu, the modern interior is luxurious without being pretentious, and below ground there is a huge wine cellar offering a selection to satisfy even the keenest wine connoisseur.

The Vineyard

The Down, Furnace Lane, Lamberhurst, Tunbridge Wells

The beautiful setting of this pub in the historic Lamberhurst vineyards means that it should be on everyone’s to-visit list. The extensive Sunday menu is served between 12pm and 5pm, featuring beef, lamb, pork or pine nut roasts to choose from. To finish there is a fantastic selection of desserts, including an apple and rhubarb crumble with clotted cream ice cream if you can fit it in!

All of this can be enjoyed in either the rustic interior of this 17th century inn or out in the large beer garden at the rear. With the surrounding Kentish countryside for you to enjoy, this pub is the perfect Sunday retreat.

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The Moody Mare

501 Seven Mile Lane, Mereworth

This classic gastropub in the pretty village of Mereworth is the ideal spot for kicking back and relaxing on a Sunday, with roast dinners being served all day. Their menu features traditional dishes with a modern twist, such as the lemon roasted chicken breast accompanied by Yorkshire puddings, cauliflower cheese, potatoes and vegetables.

To top it all off the dessert menu offers puddings such as a peanut butter parfait or chocolate orange fondant which sound far too good to resist! If you’re feeling the need to work off your roast dinner, go for a wander in the nearby Mereworth countryside.

Mu Mu

108 – 110 Week Street, Maidstone

Have Sunday lunch with a difference at this part time cabaret, part time Sunday Club Cinema and part time eatery, where you’ll be surrounded with eccentric but luxurious décor. Sit below the chandeliers and choose from the mouth-watering Sunday lunch menu. You could try pork, lamb or the loin of beef served pink in the middle with horseradish sauce and a red wine jus accompanied by both roast potatoes and mash, cauliflower cheese, seasonal veg and Yorkshire pud.

If you’re struggling to decide which meat to have, there is the ‘indecisive medley’ featuring beef, pork and lamb. There is also an extensive cocktail menu available from the bar, with all sorts of weird and wonderful recipes.

The Hare

Langton Green, Tunbridge Wells

Situated in the pretty village of Langton Green is The Hare, a classic country pub with a cosy interior that will make you feel right at home. There is a varied menu offered on a Sunday, featuring delicious options such as roast pork with sage and onion stuffing and apple sauce. For vegetarians there is a warming Moroccan vegetable and chickpea pie on offer and you can top it all off with a selection from the dessert menu, such as the sticky toffee pudding.

This pub is also paradise for gin lovers with a wide gin selection on offer. If you fancy exploring the beautiful surrounding area, head out on the four mile circular walk from the pub – this will lead you past Groombridge Place, a stunning manor house, as well as providing you with a chance to explore the beautiful Kentish countryside.

The Malt Shovel

3 Darenth Road, Dartford

With its open fires and cosy seating area, The Malt Shovel is like a home away from home nestled right in the heart of the community of Dartford. The meat for the Sunday roasts is all reared in the area, with options featuring a boneless leg of lamb, or for vegetarians there is a nut roast.

The Malt Shovel’s signature dish is its cauliflower cheese, and it is so well-known that the pub is fondly referred to as ‘the home of cauliflower cheese’, so it is a must-try when you visit. Top it all off with a zesty lemon tart from the mouth-watering pudding selection. Sit back in the pretty beer gardens with a cider and you have the recipe for a perfect Sunday afternoon.

The Corner House

42 Station Road, Minster, Ramsgate & 1 Dover Street, Canterbury

The Corner House in Minster and Canterbury are ideal places for getting your Sunday roast fix. Sit in the sympathetically decorated restaurant and try the chicken liver parfait with port jelly, followed by a roasted belly of pork complete with apple sauce and pork scratching and roast potatoes.

Wash it all down with a pint of ale or cider sourced locally at the Ramsgate Brewery, and curl up for a well deserved lazy Sunday afternoon.

The Plough at Lewson Street

Lewson Street nr Faversham

Locals, walkers and families alike will find a haven in the form of The Plough, a traditional inn with original buildings dating back as far as 1260. It is a pocket of character with its oak beams and former fireplaces, and legend has it that a blacksmith once shoed his horse at the bar!

Today there are unfortunately no horses at the bar, but you can tuck in to a fantastic traditional roast dinner with all the trimmings, with a choice of beef, lamb or chicken. If you are a seafood fan, try the scallops or king prawns to start. Children will be kept happy with the climbing frames on offer, while adults can make themselves comfortable in the idyllic beer gardens.

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The Mulberry Tree

Hermitage Lane, Boughton Monchelsea

Indulge with a tempting Sunday lunch in the comfort of The Mulberry Tree, a contemporary country restaurant and bar. Sit on the sun-soaked terrace and try the smoked cheese croquettes for your starter, or perhaps the salmon and watercress salad will take your fancy. For your main course there is a great selection of locally reared meats, all from within the Kent countryside – try the loin of pork with Bramley apple sauce and crackling.

For the perfect accompaniment to your meal, choose from the extensive wine list featuring many ‘new world’ wines from smaller vineyards.

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