The Curious Eatery

4.5
111 reviews
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£25 and under
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Contemporary British
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  • Casual
  • Lunch
  • Neighbourhood Gem
"The Eatery is a fun, friendly, whimsical and quirky place to visit with a great atmosphere. We love fresh, punchy, vibrant food! You can see this in our lunchtime offering with the likes of our flatbreads or 'amazebowls' and a firm favourite, the ‘manwhich’ , a toastie filled with sriratcha candied bacon, gammon, roast beef, caramelised onion, cheddar, chilli sauce and topped with a fried egg! In the evenings we have uncomplicated, flavoursome favourites like wild garlic butter chicken kiev and whole bream and caper butter with samphire and hasselback potatoes. We do wholesome roasts on a Sunday with a lean towards sharing joints like the 6hr braised shoulder of lamb, with lighter options available in the summer months. We are open for tea and cake (gluten free cakes available), breakfast is available on Friday and Saturdays. Local ales, ciders and wine available.

All of our food is freshly prepared daily and made with love!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary British, Bistro
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Hours of Operation
Tuesday - Thursday: 12.00pm - 2.30pm
Friday: 9.00am - 10.30am/12.00pm - 2.30pm/6.00pm - 9.00pm
Saturday: 9.30am - 11.00am/12.00pm - 2.30pm/6.00pm - 9.00pm
Sunday: 12.00pm - 3.30pm
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Phone number
01622 299359
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Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Parking Details
On site parking and over flow street parking
Additional
Beer, Cafe, High Tea, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.0Dined on 13 July 2018

On arrival we loved the venue and the menu offered a great lunchtime choice with a separate specials board. Food was fantastic, very reasonably priced for the quality and quantity. Everything was really fresh, the homemade cake choice was varied and the cakes themselves divine !! Had a very enjoyable lunchtime date with 2 friends for ones 40th birthday.

Only slight disappointment was that we had to call over the waitress each time we wanted a drink and to ask for the desert menu as no-one came to see to us once our meals had been served. The place was busy so they may wish to take on more staff, otherwise they could miss out on the opportunity of serving more drinks and desserts. Unlike us, a lot of people would not wait, only to then have to ask for them themselves.

Also, they may wish to do something about the amount of flies within the building during the hot weather as there were lots around our table which wasn't very nice whilst we were trying to eat.

All in all though, lovely food and would definitely return.

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5.0Dined on 5 July 2018

A great place to drop in for lunch...

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5.0Dined on 29 June 2018

Great Evening out with good food ,drink and staff.!

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4.0Dined on 29 June 2018

Booked for Friday lunchtime @ 14.00 unfortunately the menu choice was very limited. In process of changing menus but what we did have was delicious

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5.0Dined on 22 June 2018

Having read a TONNE of great reviews I thought I’d give the curious eatery a go for a last-minute meal with a friend and I absolutely was not disappointed; the reviews were right! Friendly, laid-back atmosphere - beautiful decor and brilliantly attentive (but not over-bearing!) waitress. My friend and I had a delicious meal, weren’t pressed to make our decision (the menu - particularly the specials - is tricky to choose from as everything sounds amazing!) and the food itself was every bit as good as I had hoped. The chef (presumably head, possibly owner/manager?) made an effort to come and ask if we had had a nice meal and then offered to show us the upstairs function room and snug along with clothing/homemade shop. Function room is beautiful and will be suggesting that to any friends having an upcoming baby shower and the shop had some brilliant bits in it!

Never normally write reviews but am really pleased to have found such a gem locally and I wish the proprietors all the best as they’re doing a fantastic job xxx

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5.0Dined on 17 June 2018

We went to celebrate Fathers Day. None of us could resist the roast beef Sunday roast. It was exceptional, with overnight slow cooked topside. If you have any good requirements or preferences do let them know beforehand and they will accommodate. Lovely staff, happy place. Definitely worth the 40 minute drive !

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5.0Dined on 15 June 2018

Food was, as always, the tastiest freshest food around. Always happy to be eating here

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4.0Dined on 9 June 2018

Great food and ambiance, great value for money.. Also good size portions that are not to filling.. 3 courses work well..👍🏻

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4.0Dined on 8 June 2018

All good as usual, nice local restaurant with good food and staff.

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5.0Dined on 1 June 2018

A little gem hidden away near Maidstone, great service, great food and great value for what you get...

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5.0Dined on 19 May 2018

Once again the food and atmosphere didn't disappoint. Staff were friendly as ever. We are always recommending people to try this place. And the chocolate hotpot is to die for...See you again soon

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2.0Dined on 18 May 2018

Lack of choices
Expensive for what it was
Uncomfortable chairs
Slow service

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3.0Dined on 17 May 2018

Good food, but small portions, really could do with bigger portions, otw. good

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4.0Dined on 13 May 2018

A great find only a couple of miles away, the food, atmosphere and staff were all great. Definitely going back with the rest of the family!

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5.0Dined on 4 May 2018

A delightful dinner with my daughter from London who was overwhelmed with the choices and presentation of a truly memorable meal.

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5.0Dined on 3 May 2018

Had lunch with a friend. Good service, good food really lovely place. Would highly recommend

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5.0Dined on 1 May 2018

Great food. Wonderful flavours. Superbly presented.

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5.0Dined on 27 April 2018

Very tasty food. Rustic décor. Lovely lunch all round.

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5.0Dined on 27 April 2018

My husband and I decided to pop in for a cooked breakfast on Friday morning. I had poached eggs and bacon and he had a full English. The marinated bacon was absolutely delicious, I have never tasted bacon like it. The flat white coffee was also one of the best coffees I have had outside of my home (nothing usually beats my Nespresso). We will definitely be going back for breakfast.....soon.

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3.0Dined on 21 April 2018

Food was enjoyable and atmosphere great. Disappointingly, many options on the menu were unavailable - we were informed by our waitress to arrive earlier to avoid disappointment next time! We were asked if we wanted a dessert menu, which we did. Twenty minutes after receiving our menu and with no order being taken from the waiting staff (who were busy drying cutlery), we decided to settle our bill. Disappointed would summarise the experience as the food was good and the specials board extensive however the lack of options due to unavailability of dishes and the inattentiveness of waiting staff meant the experience could have been better.

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3.0Dined on 21 April 2018

Enjoyable afternoon with friends. My first visit but will definitely visit again

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5.0Dined on 20 April 2018

Great place, lovely food and staff was amazing. We will visit again.

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5.0Dined on 20 April 2018

Absolute gem of a place. Very friendly nothing too much trouble. Well balanced menu and a wonderful specials board. Been here several times and would highly recommend this eatery.

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5.0Dined on 20 April 2018

A wonderful experience as always. Fantastic food, friendly staff and I was made to feel very welcome.

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5.0Dined on 18 April 2018

Lovely atmosphere. Quirky menu. Freshly cooked. Lovely. Great service!

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5.0Dined on 17 April 2018

lovely meal and service
something different, very tasty
enjoyed our visit

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5.0Dined on 14 April 2018

lovely food and beautifully cooked. there
was not a mind blowing list of choices that overwhelm you before you have even eaten.
they choices they had catered for everyone and we all had different choices and each of us enjoy what we had chosen.

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4.0Dined on 14 April 2018

My party all opted for the 'fish & chips'. The whiting in batter was very good but the chips were disappointing. They were not up to the standard of the fish and the other dishes we could see other diners enjoying. The service was friendly and attentive. I think more 'adventurous' vegetarian options are needed (veggie lasagne was the only true main course I could see). I think this is a well deserved 4 rating and the impression that the Curious Eatery is making an effort and trying hard comes over with all the enthusiasm.

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5.0Dined on 12 April 2018

Very friendly staff and tasty food. Nice atmosphere in our local village.

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5.0Dined on 5 April 2018

I love the place. Food is delicious. Fresh served as seen.

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5.0Dined on 3 April 2018

Lovely meals, didn't expect my risotto will be turned into a ball which was fantastic! My children loves it, clean plates from 3 of them!

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3.0Dined on 1 April 2018

We have been wanting to visit The Curious Eatery for a while, so booked it for my mum's birthday lunch. The food was hearty and tasty, although unfortunately the vegetarian options weren't all that inspiring (my mum is a veggie and was hoping for a bit more than courgette lasagne and a handful of salad). The service was friendly and welcoming, but quite slow considering the restaurant wasn't all that busy. However I would recommend it and go back, although possibly not on a Sunday. I can imagine it would be really cozy for a weeknight treat meal out.

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5.0Dined on 1 April 2018

Had a lovely Sunday dinner there, food was excellent

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2.0Dined on 24 March 2018

We have been before and enjoyed the experience, so on that basis of that visit we decided to go back with some friends. We had a table which was close to the bar and open kitchen. This is good if you like to see what is happening behind the scenes in a busy restaurant but we think the extract fans may not have been working properly, because the amount of smoke coming into the dining room early in the evening was fairly overpowering. The menu is very limited but with the specials of the day presented on a separate board there is a reasonable choice to be had. Unfortunately they had run out of the starter most of us wanted and both the main courses that all of us wanted. As our table was booked for 7.15pm and only one other table was already seated ( admittedly a table for 10 ) when we arrived we found this rather disappointing. Most of the food we had was good, particularly the goat ragu but the rump steak which was offered as an alternative main course was pretty tough and not very tasty. The service was slow which we understand was because there was one less waitress on duty than usual but there was also a private party underway upstairs. This did create quite a lot of foot traffic past the table and people milling round the bar area next to our table. It was definitely not an evening for quiet conversation ! We will go again but this last visit was unfortunately a little disappointing.

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5.0Dined on 23 March 2018

Have the Manwich, the best sandwich I have ever eaten

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5.0Dined on 21 March 2018

Very friendly relaxed atmosphere with helpful service.

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5.0Dined on 20 March 2018

Had a great lunch to celebrate my wife's birthday lovely food and lovely staff

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5.0Dined on 20 March 2018

Excellent service - lovely setting - food beautifully presented - bit more pricey than a local cafe / coffee shop -

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3.0Dined on 18 March 2018

Great tasting food, slow service but waitress apologised.

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5.0Dined on 18 March 2018

Had a fab lunch as always, accommodating my husband in a wheelchair. Portions very generous and lovely hot plates!! Good value for children too.

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