Dirty Habit - Not to be missed
During our stay at Leeds Castle wanted somewhere nearby we could have a really nice meal so booked via the internet. Was not disappointed the Dirty Habit is very quaint and has loads 'olde worlde' charm. We were made to feel very welcome and the service was friendly and efficient. The food was excellent and the desert of 'pecan and olive cake with white chocolate ice cream' was one of the best deserts I have ever had. I would definitely return if I was back in the area. Would highly recommend a visit a gem of a place.
This was our first meal at The Dirty Habit and we were thoroughly impressed. We hope to return again in the not to distant future.
Went with American friends on Sunday at 2 pm and the dining room was buzzing. We had a table in the corner, which was a bit tight but no passing traffic!
The Sunday roast lamb was delicious and the sticky toffee pud to die for. Special dietary requirements were met without fuss. Service friendly and not rushed.
Would recommend and will return.
Great scallops and awesome
Great scallops and awesome pudding presentation.
Steak sandwich was poor. Missing horseraddish sauce and steak fairly cold.
Great location / venue esp outdoor snug.
Good food, good service
Had dinner with kids early evening. Nice atmosphere and decor in the pub and food and service were really good. Menu is not extensive but they focus on getting it right rather than have a huge menu and avergae food. Always the tapas menu on the blackboard to supplement the menu. Been a couple of times in recent weeks and will look to use more regualarly when we fancy going out to eat.
I loved this place, the food was great, the setting was lovely, the pub itself was really nice, really olde worlde. The service was excellent and you were made to feel very important. The waiters were very kind and friendly. 10 out of 10. Definitely going back.
rustic lovely setting and
rustic lovely setting and excellent service. a surprise meal whilst glamping at Leeds castle for a 70th birthday
Food was excellent beer good and waiters charming and happy to talk about where they were from.
Early booking with a party of 7. The Dirty Habit was busy but the service was attentive as normal, even though we had a table in a side room. One of our party was on crutches and we existed through a fire door which really helped avoid the steps, thank you for pointing out this route. Thank you also for helping us swop around chairs so our "injured party" member was comfortable. Excellent Burgers and Duck Special highly recommended, but the Crab pasta main course was slightly disappointing ...... I knew I should have picked the Fish Special. Still - Next time!
A really nice afternoon .
A really nice afternoon . Nice seating outside. Clean and tidy. A bit pricey but we think worth it
We celebrated a family birthday at the Dirty Habit and had a lovely evening. The food was consistently excellent and the service was awesome as well. We were neither rushed nor left waiting, and all of the staff we met (bafflingly, all were French - is there a big Francophone community in Hollingbourne?) were charming and helpful. The landlord (I assume) popped over a couple of times to see how we were getting on as well which was very nice.
The only thing that could have been improved would have been to make our table just a tiny bit bigger...
But in all a great restaurant and definitely recommended!
Brilliant food, brilliant service
Our 3rd visit to the Dirty Habit and was not disappointed. The food was lovely, the staff were so friendly & helpful and me and my family had a lovely time.
An excellent meal as always
An excellent meal as always in one of our favourite restaurants
Went on the 1st August had a lovely meal very attentive staff . We sat outside as it was a really hot day . All of the party had the beef burgers . These were huge and the burger was the best we tasted . Would go again .
Had a very enjoyable meal on Friday night - pleasant ambience, good service and the food was very tasty and reasonably priced from a varied menu. Will go back.
Booked up online which all worked smoothly & I can recommend doing it that way. Staff were friendly and helpful as usual, food was nice and promptly brought out.
I can certainly recommend the place if you're on a date, you'll enjoy the food & it's a nice place to be.. Can't guarantee you'll be as lucky finding such a beautiful lady to take though, but the restaurant will be up to it.
excellent lunch and nice staff
My wife and I went for lunch on a Friday. Lovely old pub/restaurant with nice atmosphere and very friendly staff. Business was steady but service was prompt and we felt valued. Good variety of starters, I had foie gras and my wife squid. Mains were less varied and we both had steak. Ribeye and sirloin were excellent pieces of meat and cooked exactly as ordered. Able to finish off outside with coffee and a smashing chocolate martini in place of dessert. Menu was fairly priced and the food was high quality. Wine list is overly marked up in my opinion. Staff worked hard and did a very good job.
The service is always good
The service is always good and although the menu had changed from our last visit, not a bad thing, it did seem restrictive at first, one of our party is nearly 90, but with the "specials" we all found something to tempt us.
What a wonderful evening. My parents used to take me to this restaurant when I was a child with the family over 20yrs ago. The tables had turned when my partner & I took them this time. Service was very attentive, the atmosphere was just right & the food was outstanding, compliments to the chef. Shall defiantly be returning, have to say the News Years package looks really good.
we had a lovely time at the dirty habbit!it's one of those places we have always driven past and said I really want to try it there!Well I should of gone sooner, boy have I been missing out!it's a hidden gem!!the food is lovely, and the building it beautiful, but most of all,every member of staff are really welcoming and informative. The afternoon tea looked amazing, but you need to pre book this 48hrs before you go!the outdoor space is lovely too, the only problem is the carpark and restaurant are normally full, so booking is essential!!
Lovely food in a beautiful building
We came from Essex for a meal before we strolled around Leeds Castle and could not have been happier with our choice of pub. Local ales and nice gastro pub food, the waitresses and waiters were most helpful and accommodating in the beautiful old building and a beautiful village; Would highly recommend to those stopping nearby.
Good place for evening meal
We stopped here for an early evening meal and found the service and atmosphere to be very good. Menu was varied and food was very tasty. Portion sizes were about right for us and I would recommend this pub for both drinking and eating.
We had been told about the Dirty Habit and thought we would try it out, what a good choice the place is 13th century and still retains lots of original features but along with this the food is fantastic although the choice is limited. I had the Chuck burger which is stacked high and my fiancée had the Fish which was great. Would I recommend The Dirty Habit to anyone (quite simply YES).
Fantasitc experience. Food
Fantasitc experience. Food was amazing. Would definately go again and would recommend to others!
We were at 'The Dirty Habbit' on Sunday 8th September the food was lovely and I would definetly recommend it, if I have any criticism then that would be that the staff could be a little more attentive.
Always a pleasure
Myself and my partner have eaten here a few times and everytime we leave we always comment on how friendly and accomedating the staff are at the Dirty Habit. Its always a pleasure to eat there and would recommend this pub to everyone we know.
Mr and Mrs Bowry x
Made a birthday treat special
It is hard to fault anything about the Dirty Habit. The charming 14th Century beamed gastropub may not suit claustrophobes but one cannot fault the excellent food and service. We were celebrating a friends birthday and it became a very special occasion. Look out for the special evenings including a game meal with wine pairing which looks like exceptional value.
Little touches make the difference
I booked a table here for an anniversary dinner having scoured kent for 'good food' restaurants.
Walking into the pub you get an immediately cosy feeling, it's not a large pub but the dining areas are split by the bar, so each part seems to have its own space and privacy.
The food was excellent and the staff were attentive but not overbearing. Had I not been driving I would have sampled more of the fantastic wine menu!
Having booked through top table I always wondered whether any of the 'special' instructions are viewed by the restaurant. This was confirmed when a complimentary dessert arrived with our coffees, the plate decorated with a chocolate piped 'Happy Anniversary', a fantastic touch that finished off a great night.
Booked a table for 4 of us to celebrate my husband's birthday which I informed them about prior to arrival. When we arrived and were shown to our table, they had laid out special menus that said 'happy birthday' on them. From that to the candle and 'happy birthday'written on his dessert, they did an awesome job at making the dinner extra special. On top of the excellent service, the food was very good; home made shepherds pie with chunks of tender lamb and a beautifully cooked Seabass were particular highlights although if you're hungry go for the burger, it was immense! And not too expensive considering how good the food is; £45/ head for a 3 course meal and that includes 2 bottles of wine! All in all, a fantastic dining experience.
We chose to have a main course and pud and opted out of a starter as the quantity would have defeated us. This was a good decision. We had time to talk and then the guinea-fowl specials arrived. They were absolutely perfect! Conversation lulled as we enjoyed every last lick - not literally as the occasion was much too smart. Puds and coffees completed the excellent meal. We enjoyed the lunch greatly and were delighted to have chosen to rendezvous at the Dirty Habit. We'll go again.
Informal yet stylish and unhurried
The menu was varied enough to accommodate the adventurous or safe diners. There was a range of fish, meat and veg options with a local / English theme. The squash risotto was the best I had eaten
The service was discrete and unhurried if a little confused at times.
It was a perfect evening.
We have been to the dirty habit, many times, for a drink and also dining, never been disappointed .the whole dining experience is always enjoyable, from the staff, service and of course the food.
Busy on a Sunday
We visited my daughter in nearby Rochester and she recommended The Dirty Habit. Despite a few days notice I could only get a table for 4 at 3 o'clock for Sunday lunch but we didn't mind as we were planning on a walk first. Car parking was difficult! But that's a reflection of how popular the pub is, one has to assume. Once inside, the food and service were great, the staff are very friendly. Unfortunately for us we were seated next to a door leading to the outside area and every few seconds the door was opening and shutting with either customers or staff and it got very annoying, very quickly. If the pub had been less busy we would definitely have asked to move tables! It wouldn't put us off returning to eat here as it's really very nice.
As always the food was very good and the service attentive without being intrusive.
As good honest gastro pub
As good honest gastro pub .... Great location, good staff, good food, no complaints at all..... Will be going back again soon and have recommended it to friends and family for a good honest place to eat.
As always really good food, great service and the perfect place to spend a Sunday afternoon.
The dirty habit is traditional with a modern edge. We chose to have the Sunday lunch from the wide range of food available on a Sunday. It was exceptional, the portion sizes were great. Very family friendly. A very welcoming place.
I took my best friend out for a girlie catch up meal on Tuesday night, the restaurant was full and there was a great cosy atmosphere. The waiting staff were very patient as we were too busy talking to order and when our meals came the food was scrummy. We only had mains and puds, as we didn't want to miss out in the fabulous dessert menu. We left full to the brim and spoilt following a lovely girlie evening. Great friendly waiting staff and wonderful food...I'll be heading back soon with hubbie as he is a bit of a foodie and will love the menu and definitely go in the summer to enjoy the fantastic alfresco dining area.
Always a pleasure
Good food , good service, friendly and atmospheric.....what more do you want !
Out with friends
Have had several visits to the Dirty Habit ans have not been disappointed on any of them, went with friends who hadn't been there before and they were impressed. A good restaurant, friendly staff and well prepared and cooked food. Good value for money
As before, the food was excellent, service attentive without being intrusive
amazing as usual
we have eaten at the dirty habit many times before. Had the chateaubriand to share. It was amazing. The food didn't disappoint, Love the ambience at the dirty habit and the staff are always really helpful.
We booked this last minute as we wanted a restaurant near the indifferent mercure hotel where we were based. Lots. Of separate dining areas which made for a cosy setting. The tapas shared starter was a meal in itself and the staff (all you g Eastern European men with good English) were very attentive but informal. Nice that carafe, half litres of wine, were available which is about right for two. It was a mild October evening so the enormous wood burning fire was almost too much but added to the atmosphere of this thirteenth century pub. Very clean toilets with modern sinks and classy soap and lotion.
A Great Habbit To Have
Great food, great atmosphere, and they sell Peroni and Doombar, Happy Days..all the staff are great very very polite..
A Dirty Habit you shouldnt stop !!
I can not say enough good things about The Dirty Habit - excellent customer service, an excellent menu in a lovely setting - the food presentation shows skill and the food is cooked to perfection - I have found my fave Kent countryside pub by a country mile !!
Excellent as always. Really
Excellent as always. Really friendly and attentive staff. First time we've brought the kids (usually keep it just for us!) and they really liked it, the kids menu is fantastic and so nice to see a number of good quality choices as opposed to the usual sausage and chips offering. Looking forward to another visit very soon.
Always excellent service,very friendly atmosphere. Very knowledgeable about the food in relation to Gluten. Plenty of choice.
The sharing starters are more than enough for 2. Food is very good.
Dinner on Saturday evening
Managed to get a table but at 6.15! Which always means that its a good sign if a place is full. Sitting next to an open fire, the pub was full of locals who walked their some with their dogs which gives the place a very homely feel. Quality of food was amazing, hot plates and good portion sizes.
Get The Habit
Friendly relaxed atmosphere, warm welcome and good food. What more could you want.
great pub, lovely food
As always, a good meal at the Dirty Habit, Warm atmosphere, a great variety on the menu and smiling, helpful staff.
Good atmosphere on a busy Saturday
The pub was buzzing with 3 large parties arriving just before us. The staff were excellent, attentive and friendly. They offered us olives, bread and olive oil/ balsamic vinegar on the house due to delay on being served. The food was very tasty and the beer and wine were excellent. This cosy country pub had an open log fire, wood panels, a low beam and
dried hops. We had a great evening and will definitely return.