Original article from Kent Live
Top food and wine critics have named several Kent pubs among their favourite places in the country to enjoy hospitality outside.
Food critic Tom Parker Bowles and wine guru Olly Smith's top 100 list for England is particularly timely with pubs and restaurants allowed to reopen for outdoor services from Monday (April 12).
And from "one of the finest food halls in England" to "a stunning setting to feast on Neptune’s Larder", the renowned critics had plenty of positive things to say about our establishments in the Garden of England.
Here's what they said about each for Mail+ and why they chose them.
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The Goods Shed, Canterbury
Tom said: "One of the finest food halls in England, and a wonderful restaurant too.
"You can feast away outside on home-smoked trout, spring lamb’s leg and wild bass with crab and tarragon.
Bottega Caruso, Margate
Tom said: "A small but perfectly formed trattoria.
"They have few outside tables so get there early.
Start with a negroni. Then tuck in to gnocchi so light you fear they’ll float away, incredible ravioli and proper Neapolitan ragu.
"Opens April 14.
The Fordwich Arms, Fordwich
Tom said: "At the Fordwich, the terrace, draped in vines and bedecked in flowers, is every bit as beautiful as the food.
"Watch the River Stour wind its way by, as you munch duck liver parfait and roast saddle of local venison.
"Opens on April 13."
Buoy and Oyster, Margate
Olly said: "Oh we do love to be beside the seaside and here at the Buoy And Oyster the beach is only a couple of feet away.
"Stare at the sea with a big plate of local, day-caught fresh fish, a vast local crab, oysters and a glass of something white, chilled and definitely Kentish."
The Zetland Arms, Deal
Olly said: "Right on the ruddy beach!
"If you had the arm of Sir Ian Botham you might even be able to toss a pebble from the pub right into the sea.
"But you’re not here for games, it’s the seafood that’s the irresistible siren call. A stunning setting to feast on Neptune’s Larder."
The full list of Tom and Olly's picks from London and the South East can be seen here.