Places to eat and drink in Folkestone, Hythe, Romney Marsh and the Kent Downs
Fish and chips by the sea, gourmet cuisine, international dishes or a cosy pub meal; this is a district where you can truly take your tastes buds on a tour, enjoy the fresh flavours of the Garden of England and drink in some pretty special views.
Folkestone boasts a multitude of eateries, bars and pubs featuring some of the most exciting producers in the region.
The bustling Harbour Arm has a range of options, from independent cafes and pop up restaurants to the champagne bar overlooking the sea. If you want something to admire with a top class meal, book a table at Rocksalt Restaurant right on the Folkestone harbour, where you can see the fishing boats bobbing around in the water while enjoying the freshest fish and local produce from their stunning glass-fronted dining room.
Marco Pierre White has lent his name to the Steakhouse Bar and Grill at the Clifton Hotel, serving English and French classics.
The Creative Quarter is a foodies' paradise, with hidden gems such as Steep Street, where you can enjoy a coffee surrounded by vintage books. Veggie or vegan visitors are well catered for too
Or for spectacular views across the channel, head to the Cliffe Lounge Bar & Kitchen, located on the famous Leas of Folkestone, with panoramic views of the stunning seafront.
For stylish dining in modern surroundings, try the Best Western Plus Burlington Hotel and the onsite Bay Tree Bar & Grill, where Kentish produce is the focus. The Hythe Imperial Hotel has a variety of dining options at its elegant seafront location.
If you are enjoying one of Port Lympne Nature Reserve's spectacular overnight safari breaks, you'll need to eat! Find out all about their best restaurants and cafes, including how they use locally-sourced produce, where you can enjoy five-star fine dining and how to keep your family fuelled up when exploring the huge wildlife reserve.
And if your appetite is for alfresco dining, then Folkestone, Hythe, Romney Marsh and the Kent Downs has plenty of perfect picnic spots including beautiful beaches, rolling hills and unspoiled landscapes plus coastal parks for approved BBQs in the sun.
In Hythe, you can travel the world through your tastebuds, with everything from Asian to Turkish available. Fish fresh from the coastline is available at The Waterfront, or take a short walk inland and over the Military Canal to the main high street with many cafés, restaurants and traditional pubs.
Romney Marsh has many pubs, from old village inns to modern wine bars, with rich histories and stories of smuggling and more. You will also find many restaurants, takeaways and tea rooms in the towns and villages, from the traditional with lace-embroidered tablecloths and fine china to more modern with vegan and organic fare. Or why not enjoy food with a view at one of the stations along the Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway?
Local producers showcase their wares at the Sandgate Farmers' Market, on the first and third Saturday of every month, and Hythe boasts not one but two annual food festivals, in July and August.