Review on The Dirty Habit

The Dirty Habit is a smart 13th Century pub in the pretty Kent village of Hollingbourne, set at the foot of the North Downs on The Pilgrims Way, which was often used by the pilgrims on their way to Canterbury. A very popular location for walkers and cyclists due to the natural beauty of the surrounding area, it is also reputed that King James II stayed at the inn on his way to France via Canterbury and Dover. The building has undergone a sympathetic restoration whilst retaining its original unique features such as the beautiful oak panelling and Victorian tables and chairs. For private parties there is the delightful Monks Corner with oak beams to the apex and a cosy inglenook fireplace.

The kitchen makes good use of the abundance of supplies from the local farming community, alongside continental specialities. Diners can enjoy starters like seared black pearl scallops, apple puree, black pudding, pancetta crisp or duck and pheasant rillette, toasted brioche, apple and pear chutney. Main courses take in oven roasted Bedgebury Forest partridge, braised red cabbage, game chips and juniper berry sauce or maybe spiced sea bream, pak choi, rice noodles, spring onion and soy sauce dressing. There's plenty of choice when it comes to desserts with a classic sticky toffee pudding, butterscotch sauce and vanilla ice cream or coconut pannacotta with spiced pineapple carpaccio.

The food is supported by a carefully chosen wine list with local offerings from Chapel Down, together with a selection of draught wine available by the glass or carafe.

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Gareth Brown

Restaurant Opening Times

Lunch: 12.00 - 3.00pm (All day Sat & Sun)
Dinner: 6.00 - 9.45pm (9.30pm Sun)

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Facilities at The Dirty Habit

  • Childrens menu
  • Alfresco dining
  • Private dining room
  • Private parties
  • Family Friendly


The Dirty Habit
The Pilgrims Way
ME17 1UW

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