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The Lion of Kent

$$ - $$$, British,
139 Ashford Road, Bearsted, Maidstone ME14 4BT, England
+44 1622 631472
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  • Excellent39%
  • Very good25%
  • Average12%
  • Poor14%
  • Terrible10%
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Bar, British, Pub, Contemporary, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
139 Ashford Road, Bearsted, Maidstone ME14 4BT, England
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Reviewed 23 September 2017 via mobile

What a shame didn't even make it to the mains starters came out after 35 mins was all cold nachos look like they been melted 20 mins prior told the waiter who did offer new 1s but going on the quality of the rest no...More

Thank Nikki G
Reviewed 18 September 2017

Visited on Sunday to celebrate my Nephew's Birthday. Booked in advance as 8 of us and initial impressions were good, but, having bought drinks, been seated and chosen our meal we were (informed a good bit later) that due to a shortage of staff, only...More

1  Thank Neil P
Reviewed 17 September 2017 via mobile

Visited here today for the Sunday Carvery and had great expectations. Arrived at 2pm when our table was booked for and joined the queue to the restaurant. 10 minutes later and still waiting when finally a male I assume to be the manager said they...More

1  Thank ChazD23
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Reviewed 17 September 2017 via mobile

Absolutely awful! Booked a table for 2pm, got seated 20 minutes later and no one told us why we were left waiting. 45 minutes in we were told there was a wait for the food to be topped up and it'll be 5 minutes. Finally...More

1  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 9 September 2017

Christmas is coming so look out for a rebranding....but will it be new owners! A shadow of its former self and I too have made my last visit....

Thank gdevans23
Reviewed 2 September 2017 via mobile

I've driven passed this pub hundreds of times in the past and will always do so in the future. With the builders in, the wife and I needed to eat out locally, and stopped at the Lion in haste. Two men sat at the bar...More

Thank Charlt0n1947
Reviewed 29 August 2017 via mobile

As with many pub/restaurants they do have different special deal days e.g. Roasts on a Sunday, and we called the evening of Steak Thursday. You can of course still choose from the main menu if you want. You have a choice from 3 different steak...More

Thank Sue P
Reviewed 28 June 2017

We booked the Lion for a post-funeral get together. Darren was really helpful and provided a nice buffet. The staff were attentive and made everybody feel relaxed and kept everybody supplied with drinks. A very pleasant experience.

Thank Clint B
Reviewed 25 June 2017 via mobile

Waited over an hour for a dry burger and some burnt salmon and garlic bread. The poor waitress was fab but was working both the bar and the restaurant single handed. Fortunately they accepted our complaints and amended our bill. Will most certainly not be...More

Thank gracer94
Reviewed 19 June 2017

We booked a large table for Father's Day, arrived 15 minutes early, and had to wait another 30 to be seated. Not sure why it took so long to 'prepare' our table as it was still dirty and hadn't been wiped over! After another 15...More

Thank copperwell
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$7 - US$25
Bar, British, Pub, Contemporary, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 12:00 AM
11:30 AM - 12:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 139 Ashford Road, Bearsted, Maidstone ME14 4BT, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Kent  >  Maidstone  >  Bearsted
  • Phone Number: +44 1622 631472
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The Lion Of Kent Is a traditional English Inn and Gastro-Pub. With a Sunday and Wednesday Carvery offering a choice of various Roast meats, Roast potatoes the largest Yorkshire Puddings you will ever see in Kent! With all the trimmings and a selection of eight seasonal vegetables. Our modern Gastro Pub menu with a twist on some pub classics. With many meals in our 2 for £12 deal. Advanced booking is recommended but not essential as we will always accommodate walk in bookings normally within 30 minutes of arrival. Food Service Times are Monday to Friday midday until 3pm & 6pm until 9:00pm Saturday & Sunday midday until 9:00pm. The pub side of the business offers a wide selection of traditional draft beers and at least 4/5 real ales rotated on a weekly basis, Varied wine list all within a comfortable warm and friendly atmosphere showing all major sporting events in the bar area with a good local trade seven days a week.
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