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Don’t be put off by the unprepossessing exterior, this newly refurbished boozer is worth seeking out. Behind the etched glass door it’s more a trendy bar/restaurant than a country pub, with the bar boasting acres of wood floor, chunky low tables & trendy striped chairs, while the mushroom & cream restaurant is crisp, clean & understated. The wide-ranging menu has a something-for-everyone appeal with Caesar salads, risottos, burgers & fishcakes in among more ambitious offerings. Particularly impressive are the chunky, tasty rabbit terrine with onion marmalade, slow roast pork belly with sweet potato & pickled ginger mash, & a first-class herb & peppercorn crusted lamb rump. Similarly, well-judged puddings include an impressive smooth textured, subtle white chocolate creme brulee. The wine list has plenty of interest & is easy to negotiate, while service is attentive & reasonably slick. All in all, this is great addition to an area not noted for decent places to eat.

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Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
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British

Location for The Poacher and Partridge

Hartlake Road Tudeley, Unknown, Kent, TN11 0PH

01732 358934

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Opening Times

Mon-Sun 12N-2.30pm 6-9.30pm

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Mr. john W

25 March 2012  
The Poacher has always been a stalwart of ours, my wife and I have eaten there several times over the years but after last night that won't be the case again. When we arrived my wife commented on how bright the dining room was (and how intimate it wasn't because of it), the menu seemed a bit lacklustre but there was one fresh fish option available. After the first course we sat there for an age waiting for our main course, getting apologies but no explanation. When it finally arrived the fish was raw and had to go back and be re-cooked. Finally the cooked fish arrived with the rest of the ‘kept warm’ meal including a bowl of mixed veg which had about seven different vegetables held together by their dullness and lack of taste. The service was excellent however and the fish was taken off of the bill. I assume the chef is temporary and I'll be keeping an eye out for further reviews to see if the situation improves…
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Ms/Mrs. Michele S

02 October 2009  
We visited The Poacher last evening to enjoy the Jazz/Blues music in the bar after dinner. The decor is delightful – heavy blonde, oak tables and chairs on a black slate floor with attractive molten glass pictures and mirrors to increase the visual space. Good, big wine glasses and large starched napkins. “Mine Host” is a cheerful, gregarious man with lots of friendly repartee with the customers. The ambiance is convivial and the dinning room was well populated for a Thursday evening. However, the same positive statements cannot be said of the food. I ordered a sirloin steak and it was the worst steak that I have ever been served. It was 1cm thick and cooked so long that there was no moisture left in it at all. It was advertised as “char-grilled” and it most certainly wasn't. The chef had cut it into three pieces and piled them across each other to make it look bigger, including one piece that was all grissle. I informed the senior waitress of my opinion and she checked with the chef and the answer came back that they had “a new butcher” – as if that was any excuse for a chef sending such low quality food from his kitchen. Perhaps if the prices had been on the low side I would not feel so agrieved, however, the steak was £17.75 with an extra £1.50 for a very poor pepper sauce. The mixed salad was plentiful and chopped into proper bite size pieces. My husband's gammon steak at £10.50 was acceptable but nothing special, and his icecream was flavoursome but lacked any trimmings, wafer or special presentation – he was also not given a fork to assist in the eating of the slippery stuff. Altogether not an expereince that we want to repeat.
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