Picking out a great Maidstone restaurant for a loved one's birthday, a special occasion or to impress new clients can be nerve racking. Is it a good idea to try something exotic and unusual, or is it better to choose an eatery that offers a safe menu of tried-and-trusted dishes? For meat lovers who enjoy perfectly cooked steaks, a good option might be the Buenos Aires Nights Steakhouse. The Argentinian owners have created an authentic atmosphere that foodies really go for and serve up some of the pampas finest meat. To try one of the more lively restaurants Maidstone has to offer, take a look at Embankments, which floats on the water of the River Medway. The bar is on the river bank, which is a fun place to sip on a cocktail, and the food is served on board a wooden vessel that is wonderfully illuminated a night time.
For cosy meals in traditional surroundings, there's nothing nicer than a country gastro pub with a menu of stick-to-your-ribs favourites. To tuck into dishes such as roast beef with all the trimmings or mixed grill with triple-cooked chips, book an eatery that's just a few miles outside Maidstone in one of the nearby villages. The Yew Tree in Sandling has a full menu of tasty British food, while the Kings Arms in Boxley is the place to go for a cosy atmosphere and a roaring log fire. For a restaurant near Maidstone that has won awards for its cuisine, check out The Mulberry Tree in Boughton Monchelsea. It's just a few minutes' drive from Maidstone and worth the short journey. It also provides excellent catering services for wedding parties and other large events.
It is possible to sample dishes from Europe's warmer countries without travelling too far from home. Tuck into Italian food at Vesuvius on Lower Stone Street. This family-run place specialises in traditional dishes from Naples and the surrounding countryside. For a taste of Spain, La Taberna has a tapas menu with favourites like Bravas Patatas and Ensaladilla Rusa. There is a Greek eatery called Artemis where the welcome is warm and the food will take you back to summer holidays in the sunshine. The Gem of Kent has a menu of Turkish delights such as Iskender, a blend of lamb and spices.
Tucked away in heart of Kent, Maidstone is a beautiful old English town. But apparently the people of Maidstone like their food spicy, it seems, judging by the number of Indian restaurants and takeaways there are in the area. One of the most popular restaurants is The Shamrat which opened in 1989 and offers some house specialities to try as well as more traditional fare. There is also the Zarda and Mughal Dynasty, both of which get rave reviews on Tripadvisor.