There are numerous guides and lists rating restaurants across the UK and around the world to help people find the best places to eat.
And also some that highlight the worst.
The most important of these guides, which rank the best of the best and are possibly the most famous, is the Michelin guide – and for the restaurants that surpass it, the Michelin star.
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While venues that deserve a star are known to be often more expensive, they are also guaranteed to be worth their money.
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Four restaurants in Kent currently have this prestigious award promoting them as “high quality cuisine” and “worth a stopover”.
In addition to the four that hold the coveted star, Kent is also home to 23 other restaurants that Michelin considers worthy List in his manual.
Michelin says: “Restaurants can get zero to three stars for the quality of their food according to five criteria.
It adds: “When awarding stars, inspectors don’t pay attention to interior design, table decorations or quality of service.”
The five criteria are the quality of the ingredients used, mastery of taste and cooking techniques, the personality of the chef in his kitchen, value for money and consistency between visits.
The sportsman – a Michelin star
Faversham Road, Seasalter
Estimated Price – £ 65
The Sportsman offers a quality pub experience on the north Kent coast with the proven best food around.
Just 10 miles from Canterbury and with good road links, this restaurant offers a secluded experience yet is accessible.
What Michelin says:
“The reputation of the Sportsman brings guests from all over the country to this windswept spot on the sea wall, where an inn has stood since 1642.
“The Thames estuary offers fish and oysters and the adjacent marshland, forests and fertile soils provide meat, vegetables and game, while a small garden and a foil tunnel at the back provide fresh fruit and vegetables.
“Choose between à la carte and a tasting menu in which dishes mix old favorites with new ideas and arrive with a subtle level of precision and complexity.
“Cooking is safe and satisfying, with seamless flavor combinations.”
The Sportsman currently has a 4.5 / 5 rating based on 1,600+ reviews, with one saying, “We loved the service, the food, the ambience and generally such a good and rewarding experience.”
TripAdvisor also awarded the restaurant the Traveller’s Choice Award 2021.
Hide and fox – a Michelin star
The green, salt wood
Estimated Price – £ 58- £ 85
The Hide and Fox is on the edge of the Kent Downs and only ten minutes from Folkstone.
This means that its location matches the appeal of its Michelin star, yet is easy to get to.
What Michelin says:
“Start your night with a cocktail in the former village shop, which is now a delightful neighborhood restaurant with a modern style.
“This is a seasoned cook who has the guts to know when to hold back; instead, with a measured approach that demonstrates a profound understanding of classical techniques, skilfully combined with modernity.
“The best ingredients from Kent’s pantry can be found in refined, delicate dishes that present an appealing mix of textures and pay great attention to detail.”
Another restaurant that has received a Traveller’s Choice Award in addition to the star.
The Hide and Fox has a five-star rating based on 188 reviews, with one person commenting, “Seriously good food and wine, knowledgeable staff are friendly and engaging. I’m already thinking about a return visit. “
Strong – a Michelin star
Oscar Road, Broadstairs
Estimated price – € 65
Just minutes from Margate is the Stark restaurant, whose slogan is “good food, exposed”, which perfectly sums up Kent’s eastern menu.
What Michelin says:
“Ben Crittenden’s kitchen has a similarly reduced style, with high quality products that are skillfully prepared to create sophisticated dishes with a bold taste.
“He knows how many guests he’s cooking for every night, and his zero waste policy means that no extra ingredients are left in the refrigerator.
“The appealing dishes have a lot of personality and the matching wine flights are inexpensive.
Ranked second best restaurant in Broadstairs by TripAdvisor reviewers and another Traveller’s Choice award holder, Stark receives a full five rating based on 200+ reviews.
A satisfied customer said: “We had such a special, well-rounded experience. Food, wine flight, atmosphere, music and relaxation were so nice.
“We were pampered all around and loved it. We’ll book again.
“Life gets better with pure, brilliantly prepared food.”
Fordwich guns – a Michelin star
King Street, Fordwich
Estimated Price – £ 54- £ 190
The Fordwich Arms has been named one of Michelin’s “Most Charming Places” and it’s easy to see why.
It’s also either Kent’s cheapest or most expensive Michelin Star deal, depending on your menu choices.
What Michelin says:
“There has been a pub on the premises for over 1,000 years, although this incarnation only dates back to the 1930s.
“The kitchen is very modern and the efforts to source high quality ingredients are paying off.
“Your vision is limitless, which leads to impressive creativity and adventurous contrasts.
“The wine list is clear, but well chosen and contains many treasures from some first-class individual producers; Ask for recommendations, especially if you order by the glass.
This restaurant maintains a high 4.5 / 5 in its ratings based on nearly 800 reviews.
One person commented and said, “A really extraordinary experience, we’re still talking about the wonderful evening we had.
“The food was full of flavor, every course was of a very high standard, as good as a Michelin meal like any other we’ve had.”
Kent’s other restaurants who made the guide
The Old Bank, Westerham
Swan, West Malling
Kentish Hare, Bidborough
Thackeray’s, Royal Tunbridge Wells
The Warren, Royal Tunbridge Wells
The old fish market, Royal Tunbridge Wells
The poet from Matfield, Matfield
The windmill, Hollingbourne
The little holding company, Kilndown
West House, Biddenden
Plow Inn, Stalisfield
Swan wine kitchen, Tenterden
Whitstable Oyster Company, Whitstable
Wife of Bath, Wye
The goods shed, Canterbury
Bridge arms, bridge
The Pig at Bridge Place, Canterbury
Rock Salt, Folkestone
Bottega Caruso, Margate
Hantverk & Found, Margate
Wyatt & Jones, Broadstairs