Best restaurants in Faversham
Dating back to pre-Roman times, Faversham is the oldest market town in Kent, so as you’d expect, it’s bursting with history. Add in a beautiful winding creek, plenty of independent shops, as well as captivating places to visit and you have a wonderful place to explore on holiday. However, what tops all of this, is the restaurant and pub scene of Faversham.
Kent’s small towns are smartening up, luring in a hip London crowd who steer south on the express train. While this means that some towns and villages are busier than they once were, it also means that the culinary delights have multiplied. Seafood fans love the coastal towns of Whitstable and Deal, but Faversham could make a good argument for being the culinary centre of Kent.
There’s a wide range of restaurants and pubs in Faversham, serving everything from classic pub grub to exotic Mexican fusion dishes and artisan coffee. We’ve compiled this list of the best pubs and restaurants in Faversham to save you time researching, so there’s more time for you to savour fine food and drink while enjoying some of the county's best scenery, just 45 miles from our Kent Coast Holiday Park.
This Italian restaurant is renowned for miles around. With its authentic Neapolitan menu, extensive wine list, selection of Italian beers and stunning views of the Faversham creek, it’s easy to see why it’s so well loved. In the summer months, there’s nothing better than relaxing in the large outdoor seating area where you can really take advantage of the beautiful views. The food is wonderful, and the proprietor is a real character, showing a genuine joy and passion for his restaurant. We particularly recommend this place for vegans as they have a large selection of options and those with a sweet tooth due to the magnificent chocolate tart with pistachios.
Read’s restaurant is set in an elegant Georgian manor house surrounded by tranquil grounds with lawns shaded by magnificent trees. The restaurant has a reputation as one of the best restaurants in Faversham which is based on the distinctive culinary style of Chef David Pitchford, whose seasonal dishes blend homegrown products from the manor’s own walled kitchen garden with local game and fish fresh from nearby Whitstable and Hythe. The taster menu is a full sensory experience and comes highly recommended. It’s a full British dining experience and thanks to the highly professional staff it almost feels like you’re dining at Downton Abbey. Do note that it can take up to 3 hours from start to finish so it’s not a casual meal!
It’s widely agreed that the best chip shop in Faversham is Ossies. They offer traditional, honest fish n’ chips with great service and even better portion sizes. Indeed, if they’re out of large sized fish they’ll almost certainly supply you with two mediums to make up for it and some visitors claim that it’s the only place in Kent where you can see a real-life chip mountain! If the weather is nice then it’s a great place to pick up a takeaway to eat by the serene brook that runs through the town. Remember to bring cash with you!
The Limes is a relaxed venue that serves locally sourced pub fare with an American twist and regional beers in a chilled-out setting. The menu is a mix of burgers including the “rooster burger” (peri peri chicken), tortilla wraps and sharing plates such as the loaded fries. If you’ve still got room, they serve up some pretty wicked desserts too! We recommend the white chocolate bread pudding. Not only does The Limes offer a great value menu that would suit even the choosiest of diners. The staff strike a perfect balance between laid back yet efficient, making your meal fuss-free.
The Sun Inn
With a history dating back to the 14th-century, The Sun Inn oozes charm and character. Just a short stroll from their suppliers in the excellent Shepherd Neame brewery, The Sun Inn serves Kent cask ales as fresh as they come. The pub caters to more than just real ale aficionados though as they also offer some of the best pub food in Faversham, with a variety of snacks and mains that can be enjoyed in the fashionable bar, the pretty courtyard garden or the main restaurant. It doesn’t have a vast sprawling menu, but rather concentrates its efforts on a select range of delicious, classic pub favourites. These are without doubt some of the best chips in Kent.
This tranquil foodie hideaway is in a beautiful historic Faversham mews. The wholefood bar and kitchen serves up fresh seasonal food in a sparkling, airy space that makes it one of the most stylish Faversham restaurants. Attentive, engaging staff serve delicious food that looks as good as the pictures in real life. The Yard is community, arts and music centric, so your visit is sure to be unique and memorable. Make sure you book first as it’s very popular with locals and visitors alike!
Moonlight Cafe Breakfast Restaurant
Inspired by the coffee culture of Australia, Moonlight Cafe is an independently owned cafe and espresso bar, which sources its beans responsibly. There’s a lovely courtyard garden so you can relax, making the cafe great for casual meetups. They offer a wide variety of breakfast and lunch food including exotic specialties like the Mediterranean breakfast. However, if you need something to help you power through the morning try the “Great British Breakfast”, the perfect way to start the day.
This fantastic Mexican-themed pub is housed in a stunning old building, hidden away from the hustle and bustle of Faversham. The Taverna is nicely decorated, and the quiet background music adds to the ambient mood. This laid-back atmosphere ties in perfectly with the flavour-filled dishes on offer. The enticing Mexican and British cuisine bursts with flavour and comes in portions big enough that you definitely won't be going home hungry.
The Anchor is a beautiful 300-year-old pub, located on one of the finest preserved medieval streets in England in the centre of Faversham. Their private beer garden is the perfect location to wind down and the food is the definition of locally sourced thanks to the pledge to use ingredients from within a 25-mile radius wherever possible. Selected for their seasonality, these ingredients really matter and give the chef at the Anchor Inn the licence to create a constantly changing specials board and seasonal classics.
Jittermugs’ Coffee Wine and Tapas Bar
Coffee and tapas - it’s the combination you didn’t know you needed until now, but boy does it work. It goes without saying that Jittermugs’ barista coffee is to die for; rich and creamy, it’s bound to satisfy even the pickiest of coffee connoisseurs. There’s also a great range of teas, toasted sandwiches and homemade cakes, including a range of goodies for specific dietary requirements. We recommend visiting at breakfast for the excellent Greek Eggs, English breakfast and pancakes – cooked to perfection, these are bound to hit the spot, especially after a heavy night!
How to get to Faversham from Kent Coast
The easiest way to get to Faversham from Kent Coast is by car via the M2. The 36-mile route below will take you there in around 45 mins and is easy to navigate:
Heading west out of Kent Coast Holiday Park, take 2 right turns to get onto the Radcliffe Highway and drive 2.9 miles
Take a left to continue on a228/Fenn Street and after 3.8 miles at Four Elms roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Hasted Road/ A289
After 3.3 miles follow the signs for Canterbury and merge onto the M2
Take exit 6 from M2, continue on Ashford Rd/A251 and follow the signs into the town centre