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The Lion of Kent

$$ - $$$
Bar, British, Pub, Contemporary, Gastropub
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139 Ashford Road, Bearsted, Maidstone ME14 4BT, England
+44 1622 631472
11:30 - 23:00
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Sun - Thu 11:30 - 23:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 00:00
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Chatham, United Kingdom
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147 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We went here as a birthday meal the day after Valentine's Day. There were 6 of us in total. The menu has a lot on it to choose from and there is a Carvery. The food was very good and plentiful. However it was very slow and although there was at least 3 in the Kitchen the young lady serving... More 

Thank mbeale2014
Rainham, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016

17 booked for a Sunday carvery and drinks. Food was excellent, staff very friendly and helpful. Darren spent time chatting with our group which was a nice personal touch. Amazing food and massive portions so excellent value for money. Will definitely go again and would thoroughly recommend this pub/carvery to anyone.

Thank David C
Sittingbourne, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

We had the Wednesday Carvery. It was excellent. Wonderful crunchy roast potatoes but fluffy inside, huge yorkshires, lots of veggies. Will definitely go again. Good value for money, friendly staff.

Thank lyn r
London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

visited on the off chance on a Sunday in November and was amazed by the service and quality of the food. very relaxed and friendly atmosphere and the staff could not be more helpful. would defiantly visit again when in the area. A big thanks you to Darren and the staff.

Thank steverussell2016
Ashford, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

I booked a family party of 20 for the Christmas festive menu last Sunday, the staff were great, helpful and friendly and the food was amazing, nothing was too much trouble

Thank julies03
London, United Kingdom
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133 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

One of the only places in the area that shows the football and serves lunch if you're coming from Leeds Castle. The food is really cheap and decent quality. Clients were nice, chatting to a couple of guys at the bar. Parking onsite and a large conservatory for eating if you don't want to eat in the bar area, not... More 

Thank Lemorte69
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

Have been looking for a good carvery for a while now and stumbled on this by chance as couldnt be bothered to cook. Thankyou, finally a carvery that tastes as good as a homecooked roast. no watery cauli but cheesy thick cauli cheese, red cabbage yum, leeks yum, yorkies fab, gravy good, roast pots homemade and crispy, stuffing great winner... More 

Thank Woody765
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016 via mobile

First time I had eaten at this pub, I was very impressed with the amount of food you got for your money and the choice. As a coeliac, I was particularly surprised by the large choice of gluten-free desserts! The staff couldn't have been more helpful in assuring that I was aware of what I could and could not eat... More 

Thank Sarah J
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016 via mobile

Came on a Sunday for the carvery and was surprised at how much you got for you're money lots of choice. Staff were really helpful, I am vegetarian and they made me a separate gravy and extra roast parsnips! Really good for a decent pub lunch would recommend

Thank Louisa S
Maidstone, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

Took a friend to this restaurant for a lunchtime meal, nice surroundings, good service and lovely meal well cooked.

Thank Rob H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 6 - USD 24
Bar, British, Pub, Contemporary, Gastropub
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
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Kids, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?