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My Top 3 Maidstone Restaurants

  • Horseshoes
  • La Taberna
  • Potting shed

1. The Potting Shed – Langley

This is a beautiful gastro-pub set in the countryside just outside of Maidstone. It features wonderful décor set on the theme of a gardener’s potting shed and a huge outdoor space with ample seating, a burger shack and a children’s play area. The pub has on-site parking and the staff welcome everyone with open arms (even your dog!).

The Menu at The Potting Shed is not to be sniffed at, with everything from steak and lobster combo’s to pizzas baked in their wood fired oven to offer. They also have a great selection of vegetarian and vegan dishes. I have recently personally enjoyed one of their more healthy options – the new season lamb kofta’s.

The drinks list is regularly updated with the wine menus being refreshed seasonally. There are a number of ales and lagers on tap including some local Kentish beers.

I would definitely recommend a visit to The Potting Shed on a summer’s afternoon; where you can relax with a cold drink on one of their deck chairs, whilst smelling the enticing aromas of your burger being cooked outdoors in their burger shack. You can check out our full recommendation here

2. The Horseshoes – East Farleigh

I visited The Horseshoes so recently I have not even had the chance to get round to writing a recommendation for my own blog yet! My visit was on a Monday evening and although I was initially surprised by how busy the restaurant was for a week-night, I knew this meant that something good was in store.

The pub is well presented and has lots of parking, although it is a little difficult to find (make sure you have your satnav to hand). We were very quickly attended to and seated at a table in their beautiful conservatory style area, which had low level lighting and a really intimate feel to it.

They have a really notable selection of sharing platters to start including a vegetarian Mediterranean mezze that looked incredible. Their main course options are all wonderfully colourful and vibrant and are all cooked and presented with real flair. I particularly enjoyed the roasted pork belly with crackling that was served with scallops, a butternut squash puree, dauphinoise potatoes, toasted almonds and a red wine jus.

  • Horseshoes

They have a good selection of drinks and an impressive wine list that wont break the bank. We sadly did not spend any time sitting in the bar area but it seemed bustling and like it had a friendly atmosphere, so I am sure I will be back soon even if it is just for a drink! Keep your eyes peeled over at for our full recommendation (coming soon).

  • La Taberna

3. La Taberna – Maidstone

La Taberna is a small, family run, Spanish restaurant in the heart of Maidstone town centre. It is set within a historic, church-like building with incredibly high ceilings and stained-glass windows. The lighting inside is stunning and the tables are well spaced out; it really does feel as though you are in your own private Spanish dining room.

The staff are top notch, all of them able to pronounce every single item from the tapas and wine menu’s in perfect Spanish. One thing to note is that you really must book if you want to come here – and I mean in advance.

The tapas at La Taberna really is hard to beat, I had round after round of tapas – all ordered and served two dishes at a time (as per the waitress’s recommendation). They also prepare their paella fresh to order and for a minimum of two people, which does take up to an hour but can be ordered in advance upon request.

If I had to choose somewhere in Maidstone to visit on a special occasion I would almost certainly choose La Taberna. Whether you choose to come here just with a partner or with a big group it will not fail to impress. This restaurant hits all of the right notes as far as I am concerned and my gosh do they may a great symphony – the atmosphere, food, wine and people are all sublime. Don’t forget to have a read of our review of La Taberna over at:

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