Ashford Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Ashford

December 16, 2017 Flossie Demartino

Discover the best restaurant in Ashford, United Kingdom (UK) including Trattoria Romana, Footprints Cafe Bistro, The Tiger Inn, The Wife of Bath Restaurant, The Kings Head Restaurant, The Farriers Arms, Everest Inn Ashford, The Riverside Inn, The Blacksmiths Arms, Rose and Crown
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1. Trattoria Romana

32 Bank Street, Ashford TN23 1BA, England Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$110 - HK$212 +44 1233 638033
Excellent
76%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 422 reviews

Trattoria Romana

Traditional Italian Restaurant in Ashford Kent. Providing A La Carte dining throughout monday to saturday for lunch and dinner. Set lunch menu at £13 three course and £10 two course. Set dinner menu at £19 three course £15 two course.

Reviewed By TonyBartlett5199 - Ashford, United Kingdom

This restaurant is one that we visit regularly. The food choice is wide from steaks and seafood to pasta with rich Italian sauces. Starters are around £5 mains in the region of £15.
I was a bit worried because the usual chef has retired but my concerns were misplaced as the standard has got even better.
The staff take the time to talk and ensure your meal meets expectations. Not just the usual "everything alright with your meal". Ecellent.

2. Footprints Cafe Bistro

Wesley School Road | Singleton, Ashford TN23 5LW, England Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Cafe, British, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Breakfast HK$55 - HK$133 +44 1233 668308
Excellent
86%
Good
9%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 358 reviews

Footprints Cafe Bistro

Reviewed By jwillia - Whitstable, United Kingdom

Last minute decision to go when we noticed they had spare tables for Sunday, had the gammon plenty of meat great choice of veg, the gravy was excellent , the cauliflower and broccoli bake was great, only small Cristicism is the yorkshires which I think were commercially bought as they were bland - homemade would be so much nicer which is such a shame when they are so easy made and even frozen! But would definitely come again. Fantastic value at less then £15 for 2 courses and the brownie my daughter said is the best she has ever had.

3. The Tiger Inn

Stowting | Stowting, Ashford TN25 6BA, England Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Validated Parking, Accepts Credit Cards Bar, Healthy, Gastropub, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$110 - HK$330 +44 1303 862130
Excellent
62%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
5%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 558 reviews

The Tiger Inn

Situated in the centre of a triangle between Ashford, Folkestone and Canterbury you'll find one of Kent's best-kept dining secrets. Tucked away in the quiet country village of Stowting, the 300 year-old Tiger Inn has a great reputation for serving the tastiest of dishes in a delightfully rustic setting, featuring a solid wood floor and bar, candlelit tables and real hanging hops. Our delicious dishes are prepared to the highest standards and carefully presented to ensure they're a feast for your eyes as well as your mouth, while our friendly staff will serve you promptly and ensure you thoroughly enjoy your meal. And to go with your food, choose from our wide range of real ales on tap, or a fine wine from our extensive selection. We serve food daily Wednesday through Sunday, from 12noon to 9pm (5pm Sunday). Walk-ins are very welcome, but to ensure you get a table, a reservation is highly recommended, especially in the evenings and at weekends.

Reviewed By Gayle G - Milton Keynes, United Kingdom

This place really is in lovely countryside. We arrived to a full house. The atmosphere was buzzing. I loved the decor and the range of drinks on offer. We were informed that our table was double booked in error and could we wait. We were given free drinks for our trouble. The wait for our table was very short. We had a lovely time and the food was delicious. There was a huge 40th Birthday part going on so the atmosphere was fun. Even though the Party kept the staff very busy, we were still attended to in a prompt, friendly and professional manner. We're not locals so it may be a while before we go back but for everyone else it's a must.

4. The Wife of Bath Restaurant

4 Upper Bridge Street, Wye, Ashford TN25 5AF, England Highchairs Available, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa Mediterranean, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner +44 1233 812232
Excellent
70%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 162 reviews

The Wife of Bath Restaurant

The Wife of Bath in Wye, set in the heart of The Garden of England, is owned and operated by Mark Sargeant, ex-right hand man to Gordon Ramsay and owner of multi-award winning Rocksalt Restaurant, Bar and Rooms in Wye. Featuring 5 beautiful guest rooms which perfectly compliment the stunning 60 cover restaurant and adjoining bar area and serving Northern Spanish inspired menus created using the best local and seasonal produce from the surrounding area.

Reviewed By Joofsh

The Wife of Bath for years (ie 30-40 years) was one of those special places you went to for a birthday, anniversary etc. We last visited it about 2-3 years ago when it was obviously in a terminal decline and it was no surprise to...MoreMany thanks for your lovely review, we will pass your comments on to the team and we sincerely hope to see you again soon! The Wife of Bath Team

5. The Kings Head Restaurant

Church Street, Wye, Ashford TN25 5BN, England (Formerly The Kings Head Hotel) Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards Bar, British, Pub, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Breakfast, Brunch HK$55 - HK$212 +44 1233 812418
Excellent
65%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 507 reviews

The Kings Head Restaurant

A multi award winning gastro pub and B&B at the foot of the Wye Downs. The Kings Head all about quality: quality of food, quality of service, and quality of environment. We strive for perfection, all the while aiming to maintain a relaxed and friendly place to eat, drink, and stay. Most of all we love to have a good time, and encourage you to do the same when you visit us! The village of Wye, and the surrounding countryside offers a perfect get-away and Antidote to today's hectic lifestyles. Our hospitality begins the moment you arrive in our bar our award winning restaurant. Settle down in a comfy seat with a pint of local ale, or Kentish sparkling wine, and ponder over our award winning menu, brimming with local and seasonal dishes.

Reviewed By John W - Canterbury, United Kingdom

First impressions were good. Sofas around a log fire, a rack of newspapers and magazines, scrubbed tables, a couple of Kent ales and most importantly an absence of noisy so-called music and the noisy people that blight so many eating places.
From the excellent menu we chose the fish & chips, fish stew and duck sausages & mash, together with bread and olive oil to nibble while we waited.
The food was very good but next time i'll choose the huge and impressive bowl of fish my friend enjoyed.
What could be improved? Replace the paper napkins with real cloth ones.
Highly recommended.

6. The Farriers Arms

The Forstal | Farriers Arms, Mersham, Ashford TN25 6NU, England Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Reservations, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Bar, Gastropub, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Drinks HK$63 - HK$283 +44 1233 720444
Excellent
58%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
6%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 547 reviews

The Farriers Arms

A warm welcome awaits you at our 17th Century oak-beamed Farriers Arms Public House. This characterful FREEHOUSE and Restaurant provides a warm village welcome with great food and a wide selection of Real Ales, some of which are brewed on site at our award winning 1606 Brewery. Enjoy fine dining in the Anvil Restaurant with an a la carte styled menu prepared using the best locally sourced ingredients. (Vegetarian choices always available). Choose from a wide selection of food, from lunchtime and evening bar meals or snacks to more adventurous specialty dishes. Food Now Served all Day until 9.30Pm Sunday until 8pm Coffee, cakes and pastries are served from Friday through to Sunday 9am to Midday

Reviewed By Heather539 - Ashford, United Kingdom

I am a regular eater at The Farriers but went with a different group this time, just two girlfriends. Two of us chose off the special menu, Steak and Stilton Pie. We both agreed it was one of the best pies we had had, the staff were happy for us to choose alternatives to the mash which was equally tasty. Amazing dessert too, sticky toffee pudding. Our waitress was so helpful. Well done Farriers!

7. Everest Inn Ashford

113 Station Road, Ashford TN23 1PJ, England Free Wifi, Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa Indian, Asian, Nepali, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Late Night HK$165 - HK$330 +44 1233 643643
Excellent
58%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 748 reviews

Everest Inn Ashford

Fine Dine Nepalese & Indian Restaurant. We also offer take away service for collection & home Delivery as well. We cater for party function, outside catering, weeding reception, networking lunch or dinner, canopies drink as well. We are member of Produced in Kent where we can source most of the our fresh lines, meat, fish and poultry locally where & when it possible. Help local buy local. We always appreciate all reviews on Tripadvisor and big than you for providing feedback. <br>we open 7 days of week throughout the year. Always advisable to book your table in advance so that we can make sure its available all the time.

Reviewed By mark b - Ashford

Meeting up with friends. I was early and greeted by the friendly team. I had a quiet drink from the bar while waiting.
The restaurant is light and airy and comfortable for small or larger groups.
Service is really nice and was prompt.
All of us dining remarked on the quality and taste of the food served.
A very good experience and will certainly visit again.

8. The Riverside Inn

Torrington Road | Ashford, Ashford TN23 7TG, England Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks +44 1233 633404
Excellent
66%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 273 reviews

The Riverside Inn

Reviewed By Yorksontour - Sandgate, United Kingdom

Found The Riverside Inn through TripAdvisor as we were going to be in Ashford doing a spot of shopping.
What a find! I would highly recommend visiting. It's within walking distance of the station and across the road from the outlet shopping centre - in my opinion a much better choice than the chains available in the outlet.
I had the best burger I've had in Kent cooked to my liking served with chips and salad for under £10 - the tower burger consisting of burger, bacon, fried egg, jack cheese and onion rings - well happy with that. If nothing else you've got to go try one of their burgers. The better half had a Trio of sausages served in a giant yorkie with mash, peas, onions and onion gravy - a proper portion of proper food, she was well happy too!
A great selection of draught, beers, ales and ciders.
The next trip to Ashford will be via train to enable us to spend more time here.

9. The Blacksmiths Arms

84 The Street, Willesborough, Ashford TN24 0NA, England Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks +44 1233 623975
Excellent
61%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 235 reviews

The Blacksmiths Arms

Reviewed By Julie A - Ashford, United Kingdom

Just spent a wonderful evening with 4 friends for our annual Christmas get together at this charming and cosy pub. Had a bad experience here about 6 years ago so hadn’t been back but will definitely be visiting again in the new year. The service was first class, the food was amazing (3 course set Christmas Menu) and very reasonably priced. Highly recommend and can’t wait to return to sample the regular menu.

10. Rose and Crown

Mundy Bois Road, Pluckley, Ashford TN27 0ST, England Takeout, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$78 - HK$275 +44 1233 840048
Excellent
72%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 316 reviews

Rose and Crown

The Rose and Crown at Mundy Bois is your quintessential County pub in the middle of an idyllic part of Kent. The 17th Century building has seen some comings and goings over the years but is now in the safe hands of Dermot and Lisa Nally since November 2013. The promise is to deliver a warm and friendly welcome to all our visitors and hope that they can relax and enjoy the experience. Head Chef Tony Lemaitre has over 30 years&apos; experience in the kitchen sharpening his skills in the Hotels and restaurants of Paris before bringing all his spirit and Joie de vivre to the pubs and restaurants of Kent. Tony is supported by his sous chef Robert Clark whose work and training under Tony has created one of the finest long talents in the area. Front of House we have Alex Ralph who has been working in pubs all his career and defines everything that is great and good In the hospitality industry. The Rose and Crown is building the bonds between the good old fashion pubs atmospheres aligned to a first class restaurant serving locally sourced produce while understanding, we are at the end of the day, just a pub serving the local community.

Reviewed By pleasantKent - Kent, United Kingdom

My wife and I visited Sunday and we chose the two course Mothering Sunday menu for £19.99 per person.
Not unsurprisingly being Mothering Sunday, the restaurant was very busy (we had booked in advance) We were initially offered a two-seater table, which would have been very close to other tables and was in quite a cramped corner of the main restaurant area. I think the waitress/landlady could see my wife’s disappointment at this, so immediately offered us an alternative table more towards the reception area where it wasn't so crowded, which we accepted. The waitress gave us menus and took our drinks order, which arrived quickly. Whilst we were deciding what to order the landlord came over and apologised for the original table we had been offered, and as he felt the table we were now occupying wasn't maybe as nice as being in the restaurant he said the drinks were on him for the inconvenience. This was a lovely gesture, as we really weren't put out at all and we hadn't complained. I have been involved in dealing with members of the public all my life and it is a compliment to this gentleman that he felt it was an issue and decided to deal with a perceived problem before it had even arisen. A lot of people in retail management can learn a lot from this.
We decided to have a main course and a dessert. We both ordered the roast beef, and surprisingly (and very pleasingly) we were asked how we would like our beef done (this is not normally an option in most places) I had medium and the wife well done. Both meals arrived perfectly cooked, with all the trimmings, a side dish of green beans and carrots to share and a pot of gravy on each plate. We both said how lovely it was, however it wasn't presented as hot as it could have been, which found us rushing it, and the carrots in the side dish were on the overcooked side and were slightly mushy in texture.
Empty plates were collected promptly and politely, and we were asked for our desserts. My wife chose the Banoffee pie and I had the cheese board. The cheese board was a £4.00 supplement to the two course £19.99, which I felt to be dear. I'm not saying I wasn't aware of it before I ordered it, as I still would have had it, but when you consider the main course was probably £15 of the £19.99, then with the additional £4 supplement, that would make the cheese board a penny short of £9. Expensive for what it was- however the cheeses were very nice.
This is a very nice place and I would recommend it; the management and staff are very switched on and a credit to the business. Everyone was very polite and professional, and we enjoyed our time there, and we will visit again-especially if we win the prize draw for a 3-course meal we entered before we left!
I apologise for the two points of (hopefully) constructive criticism in this review and keep up the good work.
My tip is: make sure you book in advance, as it is very popular, and the restaurant is not huge so does book up quickly.

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