Exclusive guide to the best holiday destinations in Kent, independent reviews from award-winning travel writers

Thackeray’s  Restaurant, Tunbridge Wells

Thackeray’s Honesty menu is a bit risky for the house because of the considerable investment in presentation as well as the preparation of special dishes not on the regular menu.

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Driving the Kent Coast to Dungeness

The road to Dungeness, site of lighthouses old and new and a partially-decommissioned nuclear power station, offers every kind of driving challenge, from where a few pleasantly twisty miles lead to the mediaeval hilltop town of Rye

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The Corner House, Minster

For what looks like an unassuming little restaurant in the depths of the Thanet hinterland, The Corner House in Minster has garnered a great deal of attention over the past five years.

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Chilston Park Hotel

It’s the sort of venue with its crammed treasure trove of antiquarian maps, ceramic plates, grandfather clocks, historic manuscripts and oriental prints and vases which could not just host The Antiques Road Show for a weekend but for an entire series.

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Glamping at Livingstone Lodge. Serengetti in Kent

Sitting out on the decking of The Laapa Restaurant with a glass of decent red, as a herd of giraffes, back lit by the sunset, elegantly strolled past was almost too good. If I didn’t know better, I would have said the whole thing was stage managed, such is the genius of a night glamping at Livingstone Lodge.

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Glamping at Elephant Lodge. Port Lympne Wild Animal Park

It is a little after 5pm and I am surrounded by giraffes. Rothschild Giraffes no less, the tallest land animals on earth. Under the circumstances, you would be forgiven for thinking I am in the Serengeti, or the Maasai Mara perhaps, but you would be wrong, because this is Kent, the garden of England and I am having a ball glamping at Elephant Lodge in the Port Lympne Wild Animal Park

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