Planning a visit to Maidstone, whether for a day, a week, or even longer, means being able to carefully plan an itinerary that packs in everything you want to see and do, without missing the key attractions. Of course, one of the most important parts of planning any getaway is being able to find the best places to eat, drink, and have fun.
Across Maidstone, the range of restaurants, cafes, gastropubs, diners, and takeaways covers almost every taste and every budget. From traditional Kentish fare featuring the very best in local produce, to continental and international cuisine to ignite the tastebuds, there is the opportunity to savour a different style of meal on every night of your visit. Whether it’s vegetarian cooking or something that looks like it came straight from the menu of a Masterchef finalist, eating out in Maidstone is a great affair.
But don’t just take our word for it. Get out and about to some of the very best places to eat in Maidstone and leave us details on your favourites below.
Address: 32 High Street, Maidstone, ME14 1JF
One of the most popular offerings in all of Maidstone, Fortify Café may well be small in stature, but has a magnificent reputation among diners. It’s not always easy for vegetarians and vegans to find a dining selection as varied as that on offer at Fortify Café and, for those that have a wheat, gluten, or dairy intolerance, it’s harder even still. Home-cooked from fresh, local ingredients, Fortify Café really does provide a dining experience to remember.
The Mulberry Tree
Address: Hermitage Lane, Boughton Monchelsea, Maidstone, ME17 4DA
Cuisine: Contemporary British/European
Set in the village of Boughton Monchelsea on the outskirts of Maidstone, the wonderful Mulberry Tree restaurant offers exceptional cuisine in a delightful location surrounding by Kentish countryside. Having a prestigious, award-winning reputation, the contemporary cuisine fuses modern British and European styles, and makes use of fresh, organic ingredients from local suppliers. Also featuring an extensive wine list – with many offerings from local vineyards – a single meal at the Mulberry Tree will reveal precisely why the restaurant has developed such an illustrious reputation.
Address: 108-110 Week Street, Maidstone, ME14 1RH
For something altogether different in your dining experience, a visit to Mu Mu on Week Street provides a sense of theatre to any meal. Imaginative in presentation, unique in style, and adopting a ‘molecular’ approach to the development of dishes, the food served at Mu Mu is as opulent and creative as the surroundings in which you dine. What’s more, the magnificent selection of cocktails to be enjoyed alongside your food ensures that each and every meal served promises to be an experience to remember.
The Bull at Linton
Address: Linton Hill, Linton, Maidstone, ME17 4AW
If you value location as highly as you do food, few places offer such a breathtaking setting as the Bull at Linton. The views from the decked garden, gazing out across fields of traditional Kent countryside, and an authentic pub feel in a building that dates back to the 16th century, the Bull at Linton provides time-honoured pub fare that is complemented by a truly magnificent backdrop. From a Sunday carvery to light snacks, a cosy restaurant to bites at the bar, lunch or dinner at the Bull at Linton ensures a taste of Kentish life for all visitors.
Castle View Restaurant
Address: Leeds Castle, Maidstone, ME17 1PL
No review of dining opportunities in Maidstone would be complete with mention of the Castle View Restaurant. Offering an exceptional dining experience in full view of the ‘Loveliest Castle in the World’, the restaurant prides itself on enabling the quality of the locally sourced produce used to shine through in every meal prepared. From the tender lamb of the South Downs, to the crisp, fresh vegetables, Kentish ice cream, and local cheeses of the surrounding regions, you can be assured that the only thing more enchanting than the castle views will be the gastronomic delights in front of you.
Do you have a favourite restaurant or place to dine in Maidstone? Perhaps you can help others enjoy a magnificent meal during their time in the region. Let us know your favourite dining experiences in the comments selection below.
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Michael is a member of the marketing team at Visit Maidstone and is an experienced writer. He has a passion for history and cinema, and likes nothing more than combining the two. View more by Michael.