The Dirty Habit

4.4
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1380 reviews
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£25 and under
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Gastro Pub


The Dirty Habit is a beautiful 13th Century pub situated in the picturesque Kentish village of Hollingbourne. Set on The Pilgrims Way in a designated area of natural beauty, with many walks and bike rides from the pub, it has been used by pilgrims on their way to Canterbury for centuries. It is reputed that King James II stayed at the inn whilst on his way to France via Canterbury and Dover. We offer a varied selection of freshly prepared food all day every day, both traditional English as well as continental specialties using local suppliers whenever possible to support the local farming community. For those special occasions we can offer a private dining service in a beautiful period room 'The Monks Corner' with oak beams to the apex and an inglenook fireplace to set it all off.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Gastro Pub, French
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Hours of Operation
Lunch
Mon –Thursday
12.00pm – 3.00pm, 5.30pm – 9.00pm


Friday-Saturday 12.00pm –9.30pm,
Sunday 12.00pm – 8.30pm
Pub opening times: Mon –Friday 11.30am – 11.00pm, Saturday 11.30am -
11.30pm, Sunday 11.30am – 10.30pm
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Phone number
01622 880880
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Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
William Freeman
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Additional
Banquet, Beer, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Outdoor dining , Private Room, View, Wine
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SC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great little pub with fabulous food and selection of drinks, our favourite new place to go and take friends and family, highly recommend

BP
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Had a great roast dinner here. Unfortunately had run out of a couple of roasts but that was understandable as it was late in the day.
Food and service was good. We will be coming back and also planning to visiting some of they're other pubs.

w
London
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Really lovely meal, always very welcoming and great atmosphere

SJ
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We enjoyed a lovely Sunday roast with all the trimmings. Desserts were very good. Service was excellent - relaxed and good humoured. Parking was a bit of a problem because of popularity but we managed to park on the road.

OT
Kent
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all round as usual. Food was perfect

P
London
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Second visit her for Sunday lunch - food very good as was service. Will go again.

NS
Kent
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service in a beautiful location. Definitely would return.

OT
Kent
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall1food3service2ambience2

Was very disappointed in the evening, I booked a table for 7:30 didn't get seated until gone 8pm. Once seated our menus took ages to be brought over to us. Almost felt like we were just left in the corner. The food was okay but we were all past it after our food finally came along about 9:15pm. Had booked the table for a double birthday but was very disappointed.

WF
London
4 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great evening spent at the dirty Habit. Food and service were great as usual.

JH
London
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food is always amazing here and very friendly staff too. It was a very busy night and the service was a little slow but staff were very apologetic about this. I can thoroughly recommend this pub.

OT
Kent
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Bar staff and waiters were fantastic food was good a little bland at times That being said I will return

DF
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff were really attentive and helpful. The food and service was outstanding and I’d highly recommend a visit. I’ll definitely be back again!!! Thank you

OT
Kent
4 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Warm welcome and good variety of food. Busy night so service was not as spot on as usual. Still had a great night.

OT
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I couldn’t fault this place even a little, everything was absolutely perfect.

Food is incredible, waiters are polite and friendly, service was quick considering the occasion and the atmosphere was lovely.

Probably the best meal I’ve had in years, I would recommend in a heartbeat.

e
London
41 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a pleasant meal at The Dirty Habit. The Roast Beef was tender and pink with really good roast potatoes and vegetables with home made Yorkshire puddings. The lobster with homemade rainbow coleslaw and chips was good. We all enjoyed our puddings. Coffee was very good.

SS
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service and food brilliant, who could ask for more. To make it perfect, we had asked if we could be sat in the dining room, but a table overran so we couldn’t, other than that a brilliant meal

JE
London
14 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love it here! I had the vegan roast which was lovely (always ask for extra gravy). Everyone loved the food and the boys had desserts they said were delicious too. Service always great, helpful and friendly. Always come here because of the dog friendly policy- there was almost a dog to every table it was so fun! Highly recommend this place!!

M
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious Sunday roast - perfectly cooked and tender beef !

SD
Kent
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall5food3service4ambience4

Gorgeous meal, set in a lovely restaurant. We were a party of 12 and they catered for us very well.

DB
London
10 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This cosy pub lives up to it's reputation for good food and a friendly welcome.
The tandoori chicken skewers were delicious and baked camembert made for a lovely rich starter.
Service was prompt and friendly throughout, we'll definitely be back again soon.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very attentive great service and food was sooo good!

c
London
5 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good food. Nice pub.

OT
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely pub with nice for. Very accommodating to children, lovely staff.

SS
Kent
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, good flavours & reasonable size portions. Staff very helpful & professional, waiting time for food very good.

m
Kent
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Dirty Habit was ideal for my family get-together. Teenage girls found the menu excellent . Their mother had a choice of vegetarian dishes and I thought the Beer selection was perfect.

WF
London
4 reviews
Dined on 28 January 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening, great food and great company.

DA
Kent
1 review
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

2nd time here and as good as the 1st time
excellent food and venue.

SC
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A must visit, Beautiful old pub, warm inviting and run by people who care

E
London
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I have tried the other restaurants in the Elite Pubs chain (and loved them) so we fancied trying The Dirty Habit. It was amazing! The food, atmosphere, drinks and our waitress Lucy(?) were excellent. I’d definitely recommend it!

DF
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another GREAT lunch... Service was fab and the food even better! Deffo worth a visit :)

LW
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Lovely county pub setting. Easy to find with parking. Food menu very dissapointing. Check the menu before you do the journey. We left after a very limiting choice of starter to find a wider more value for money in Lenham. £9+ for a quarter of a ciabatta bread with some chunky cut ham. Prosecco very good vfm though.

SC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first visit as recently moved to the area, it was my husbands birtgday and I’d booked through open table. Absolutely loved everything about the Dirty Habit especially the food which was outstanding, a huge selection of fantastic drinks and the service was brilliant. Couldn’t fault a thing, we’ve booked to go back this weekend for more celebrations they were happy to accommodate us even though it was a last minute booking. Would recommend this pub to everyone.

j
London
3 reviews
Dined on 21 January 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food but could do with a change of menu - although I do go a lot! More Vegan options please. Your 2 options are lovely but I have tried both multiple times. How often is your menu changed?

OT
Kent
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Booked for lunch on saturday afternoon. Really nice food and great ambience. Friendly staff. Car park quite tight so could be hard during busy times.

Watch your head on the low beam inside!

ZL
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Absolutely loved that the pub had vegan options - the Taco's were to die for! A little disappointed with the Nut Roast (not very big or flavoursome) - but much rather have a choice than no choice. The roast wasn't Vegan I believe (which is fine, I'm not full-vegan) but would be nice for a vegan roast choice too and more veggies on the plate, I love veggies. Cosy, staff very friendly, lovely welcome after a long walk. Will be back.

SH
Kent
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Pleasant place and friendly service.Booked as table of four.Let down by the portion size given on main meal. Partridge size fine, but the vegetable portion was very poor, small potato rosti and two spring onions. Ordered three cheese and biscuits with different cheeses. Portions of cheese charged £2.50 each,so small had to look twice,would not cover the biscuits. mentioned to staff, who produced another two portions of the same size.
Main meals charged £15-16 each, would expect decent size for that cost.

JE
London
14 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been many times before so chose The Dirty Habit as the place to have my birthday roast! Love that there are dogs everywhere and I can bring my pup. I had nut roast which was lovely but I do always have to ask for extra gravy and even then could really do with more as the gravy boats are like little shot glasses! My mum had a bit of a cremated Yorkshire which was swapped for a normal one when we asked, and my dad was disappointed he didn't get any crackling with his roast pork but other than those tiny things it was so lovely and we will be back very soon!

OT
Kent
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall1food1service5ambience5

We’ll probably avoid the busy Sunday lunchtime dining in the future. Thanks for the service with a smile and the lovely Timothy Taylor’s :)

CB
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was a good standard and cost reasonable. Location is ok although parking can be difficult if busy. Atmosphere of the pub is good.

CF
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent food quality in this pleasant village gastro pub