The Tickled Trout

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Situated on the rural outskirts of the county town of Maidstone, The Tickled Trout is a destination with six boutique suites, a full dining room, cosy pub area, and large outdoor terraces for al-fresco dining.

As an extension of Hush Heath Estate, the winery plays a major role at The Tickled Trout where all of our wines and ciders are offered by the bottle or glass. We host wine tasting events throughout the year, offer full experience packages combining estate tours with lunch or dinner, and offer a set menu of beautifully prepared local produce matched to our award winning wines and ciders.
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1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was recommended by a friend several months ago, so thought we would try it for my Birthday Meal.
The food was excellent and really freshly made. I look forward to a return visit to try some more from their menu.

CB
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first visit to the Tickled Trout since its change in management and I will definitely be back again in the very near future.

The food (French cuisine) was delicious and perfectly cooked and the portion sizes were just right. Myself and one of my party had Guinea fowl which was excellent, the others in my group had hake and bavette, also excellent. We tried two desserts between us, crumble and baileys gypsy tart both delicious. We also started with six small plates to share.

The staff were very friendly and knew all they needed to when we asked questions about the menu, before ordering.

We shared three bottles of excellent wine between us and a beer each, before dinner and the bill came in at around £50 each.

I can highly recommend this restaurant.

F
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

First visit to this lovely pub, beautifully done out. Very pleasant staff and really good tasty meal.

SS
Kent
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good service, lovely food especially the steak & peppercorn sauce.

g
London
3 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very nice pub restaurant, good selection of drinks but a limited menu which I understand changes with the season.

PM
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Second time we have stayed , we really like it and will definitely be going back. Great room , great pub and Friendly welcoming staff.

SW
Kent
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely pub and restaurant. Nice and bright.
Good choice of food on menu and tasted great! Washed down with a nice cider!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and plentiful. We will certainly return in the not to distant future. I would certainly recommend a visit.

NS
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

I would recommend this place as food is good and the restaurant is nice but its just a bit pricey, if it wasn't so much then I would go here more often.

KC
Kent
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Having visited this pub/restaurant with family recently, I decided to return with my wife for her birthday. The meal on the first occasion was excellent and just as good the second time. We will certainly consider using it again.

GM
London
4 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this pub! Beautiful decor. Warm inviting atmosphere, fabulous staff. Food was all delicious, not to mention the wine! Would not hesitate to come back, in fact I can't wait to.

AM
London
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall1food2service2ambience1

Very disappointing, menu was limited, some items were not available as 'menu was changi g on Monday ', not sure I understand why that was relevant. Service was slow and some items, ie water and coffee had to be requested twice. The toilets were out of order and the customers had to use the staff toilet which contained cleaning materials and other stored items. We were once frequent visitors before the change of ownership, we wont be back.

PO
Miami
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Pleasant restaurant & good for a lunchtime meal as not busy.

LC
Kent
8 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yes I would recommend The Tickled Trout .This is a lovely pub and a great atmosphere.The food was delicious and well presented. The staff were brilliant too. Looking forward to coming back to try out more of the menu.

SF
London
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second visit, and again fantastic food, great service in a lovely pub.

GH
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Was a good pub restaurant made to feel welcome in a relaxed atmosphere. Nicely presented food .
Good service . Good specials .

LF
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and excellent service. Would definitely return

SW
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Light and airy once inside. Comfortable chairs to sit on as well as stools at bar. Friendly staff and good food. Recommended.

SK
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We frequently go here with my 91 year old mother who lives locally. She loves how they cook the fish and how she is looked after. Great place and would thoroughly recommend it. Great facilities for families as well.

LJ
Essex
4 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience5

Very friendly welcome, good atmosphere. No staff around so had to keep getting up for drinks, condiments etc. Parts of our meal were not up to scratch, but there was noone around to tell, so we just ate it. I would go back but the food needs to improve.

CC
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Welcomed on arrival, friendly staff. Roast meal was delicious and quick in coming. Only thing to spoil the meal is the noise level when the restaurant is busy the noise gets loud and with the music going it got quite horrendous. The peace and quiet when we left was lovely. However love the place and will return

KS
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Have not been to the Tickled Trout in years as used to be a place you couldn't get into unless you booked way in advance.
Firstly the pub itself is lovely. Plenty of parking and looks great as you pull up. Inside it continues to be very pleasing on the eye and well presented.
The food I have to say is superb. All courses were delicious and served promptly.
The only negatives being completely honest was trying to get staffs attention wasnt great. Most restaurants, the staff come and check frequently or at least glance over regularly. Alas we did kind of feel we were trying sometimes to get their attention. Also, we did have to sit through our whole meal listening to the managers discussing the following weeks rota. Maybe that would be better done behind the scenes.
The food would make me come back for sure but the ambience not so much.

SW
East Sussex
2 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

By far the best roast dinner i’ve had inKent and trust me I have tested quite a few..
The others loved what they had , mussels and salads.
Lovely terrace , plenary of space outside on two levels. If prefer inside, all nicely furnished. Will definitely be back again!

JJ
Kent
4 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely Sunday lunch with friends, good food , service and friendly staff , will be back.

F
Kent
7 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Lovely country pub with a nice relaxing garden to sit in. The wines are top notch and the burger was perfectly homemade. Not a bad word to say about the service, but I must say, I was disappointed with the starters. They all sound so tempting and 3 for £13.50 seemed good value but when they came out we were disappointed with the portions. 4 pieces of watery, chewy squid, 3 halloumi sticks and the scotch egg wasn’t a runny centre. Luckily the burger impressed. Would still return and maybe choose other dishes.

OT
Kent
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience2

The manageress was not very welcoming, tables had not been cleared from previous customers.
The atmosphere was very poor or non existent.
The food was poor value for money and service was a bit rough.

GH
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal, menu isnt huge but so many of this dishes on it sounded delicious! Food was tasty and came out piping hot. Great service. Good value; we had 3 courses plus a large glass each of local wine for £35 a head. We’ll definitely be going again!

CN
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall1food2service2ambience1

I’ve deleted my first review. It was too damning on all levels. Let’s just say they must have had an “off day”.
We went on the recommendation of a friend. Very disappointing. My wife was very pleased with her mussels and chips (but had to ask for a spoon and somewhere to put the shells, and for finger cleansing was offered a serviette). (£16?). More details for the management if they wish, but it might be considered libellous here.

AA
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent evening - good food and the service was great!

CW
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our evening, a friendly welcome, super food, will be back.

OT
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely Sunday lunch with smaller portions for mum who doesn’t eat so much. Recommended 😊

KC
London
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great lunch. Beautiful pub. Lovely garden. Relaxing meal with 2 small children. Would recommend & visit again

J
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here for Sunday lunch
Both had the lamb which was really good
Plenty of veggies to
But managed to save room for desert I had the apple/rhubarb crumble with custard and hubby had sticky toffee pudding
Both was really good
Will definitely go back

M
Kent
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellence service staff are very helpful. Good local produce wonderful atmosphere

SC
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Lovely meal with my husband. The first time out in months. Beautiful food and they even remade my salad because we forgot to request no dressing. Much appreciated. The only reason it is not 5 stars for me is that there were a group of people vaping at the table next to us despite the no smoking sign and they were not challenged. As a pregnant woman I found this unacceptable.

VB
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience5

It was no problem to make my dinner booking later, as we were going to be late. Restaurant is lovely inside, low ceiling and wooden beams. There is a lovely terrace and garden in which we sat for a g&t before dinner, enjoying the last of the sun. However, service to collect our orders, clear plates etc. was slow. My burger was £13 just for the burger, £1 extra for cheese, bacon etc which seemed expensive for a standard burger. The rest of the food was delicious, particularly loved the warm scotch egg for starter.

s
London
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Thank you. We had a lovely evening. Warm welcome. Pretty garden, and nicely decorated drinking and dining areas. Very good aperol spritz, and some super wine with the meal. Liked the menu, and enjoyed the meal. Good service. Recommended, and would go back.

NF
Kent
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

First cam across this pub a couple of weeks ago.

Really lovely country pub and the food looked lovely. Both had the roast dinner, lamb was lovely but the sirloin beef was far too thick and very fatty.

They said we would go back again.

New to Kent

EJ
Kent
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Our first visit to the Tickled Trout and it won't be our last. A warm welcome from the bar staff, lovely service throughout the meal and fantastic food. We had the roast beef which was probably one of the best I've had in a pub. We will be back to sample more of the menu.

LI
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service, lovely ambience. Unfortunate with lamb serving but dealt with very quickly and remedied satisfactorily. Next time will ask to sit further in the restaurant rather than by the door / staff station.,