I've lived in East Malling for just over 20 years and have been visiting the King & Queen on a regular basis. Its known that the kitchen space is small and restricts what can and cannot be produced - the previous landlord tried hard to produce 'restaurant' food and it didn't always pay off. With lock down lifted, myself and several friends headed down for an evening of food, wine and company. The service was friendly and very polite. Absolutely the staff tried hard. The pub itself as anyone knows is a gorgeous old building in the heart of the village. BUT .. the food. 6 of us had 6 different meals. Each was the supermarket ready meal version of pub food. Perhaps a very small menu of freshly prepared food suited to the known small kitchen size? I would point to the Rod & Line in Cornwall who have an even smaller kitchen but turn out amazing food - do less but do it better. I had the pulled pork burger which came with a brioche bun (I think!) which tasted like it was straight out of the co-op's sale bin and the pork which was overly sauced. The mini sausage and bacon advertised was missing. Just not very pleasant at all for the price of just under £15! There was no wine list. Apparently it hadn't 'arrived yet'. Wouldn't you hand write a version or print off something temporary? On asking what 'fizz' was available we were told there was Prosecco and that it was Italian .....!!! So end of lovely old pub, great location, good parking and friendly staff. But not a food mecca and expensive for what it is. I'm so disappointed on my review. This is my local pub and I so want it to be fabulous.…
We were offered a warm welcome by exceptionally attentive and well informed staff. Our meals were delicious. My boyfriend plumped for the pulled pork burger and I chose the king prawn linguine which we thoroughly enjoyed. The cider went down very well too! Our room was immaculate and lovely and warm. We both slept well and woke to a welcome continental breakfast and enough milk and coffee for us to guzzle. The shower facilities were top notch and overall we couldn't fault a single thing. Highly recommended.
We stayed overnight when celebrating my 60th birthday. The room (1 of 3) was in a separate block from the pub and was modern and clean, although quite compact. Everything worked fine, but for the price we paid we felt the basic continental breakfast could have been better. Maybe putting a toaster in the rooms so that you could have hot buttered toast and preserves rather than cold pan au chocolates would be an idea, but perhaps this is a health and safety issue. It was fine for one night, but would not have stayed longer for the price.
We were greeted with a warm welcome as soon as we walked through the door! The room were very clean and comfortable with a new bowl of fruit each day. The continental breakfast that was left in the fridge each day was basic and adequate. The pub closes early on Sunday afternoon so there was nowhere handy to eat. There is however a good selection of eateries in nearby West Malling when the K&Q is closed.[A £7 taxi ride away.]
Stayed here for two nights as was close to a function we were attending. The rooms are compact but clean and tidy. Our room didn't have a bath (only shower), but that suited us. The "free breakfast" is actually in the room. There's fresh fruit, cereal, milk, yoghurt, pastries and tea and coffee. A perfect solution to what is essentially a pub hotel, where the pub is closed at breakfast time so there is no other way of getting breakfast to us. The rooms are separate from the pub but does overlook the car park so might be a little noisy, but didn't bother us. We had dinner in the pub one night. The food is great but a little pricey. If we ever have reason to stay in the area again, we would come back. The staff are friendly and accommodating too. Thank you for a lovely stay.