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The Dirty Habit Restaurant
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Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Bar, British, Pub, Gastropub
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Kids, Large groups, Families with children, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Brunch, Lunch, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: There���s nothing taboo about good food, so The Dirty Habit pub restaurant in Hollingbourne near Maidstone is perhaps misleadingly named. Of course the name actually refers to the origins of this historic building on the famed Pilgrims Way, close to the North Downs and dating back to the 11th century, The Dirty Habit started life as a brewery owned and run by monks who also allowed weary travellers to rest here as they made their way to Canterbury. Gloriously characterful, The Dirty Habit maintains features from throughout the intervening years, including cosy fireplaces and ovens, gnarly old beams and a long Georgian oak bar too. From the comfy Monks Corner to the beautifully refurbished terrace, there���s a space to suit your occasion. While the bar serves a wide range of beers, ales and spirits, as well as a good wine list, the food menu caters for all tastes and budgets, The Dirty Habit���s award winning chef using locally sourced produce in dishes ranging from traditional British pub grub to more exotic offerings.
Rochester, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Disappointed”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 22, 2013

Looking for a meal out with my friend and his wife, they recommended we try the Dirty Habit at Hollingbourne, they had dined there a number of times before and had been very happy. I've just lost six stone in weight and having heard other positive remarks my wife and I were looking forward to a good meal. For starters the four of us shared a meat and a fish platter and that was good but nothing special. However the main meal was to say the least - poor, I had battered haddock. I assume "battered" was describing how the fish met it's end? The haddock? was thin and dry and resembled the bits of 'fish' you get in value bags at cheap supermarkets the brown stuff on the outside was hard and not at all crispy and the chips were tasteless. My wife and friend had the rib eye steak, they said it was tender but it was minuscule, it was about the size of a drinks coaster and not much thicker they were also disappointed with the 'fries'. My friends wife had the Pork Loin which she described as OK. We all left most of our main meal and the evening was only rescued by the dessert, the service and the company.

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank Rockieron
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Aline K, Events at The Dirty Habit Restaurant, responded to this review, April 26, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for letting us know about your meal at the Dirty Habit and I do hope you will acccept my apologies the meal was not up to your expectation on this occasion. Our head chef has taken your comments on board.

Please feel free to contact me on 07889885366 should you wish to come back to us in the near future.

Kind regards

Aline
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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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86 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“They have a new chef and the food has gone downhill slightly”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 19, 2013 via mobile

I've been here many times. Up until march13 I had recommended this consistently to friends. However now I feel it is trying to be something it's not. The new chef seems to be trying to take the food a bit more upmarket- and failing. This is a country pub and it should stick to what it has always done well- simple honest good quality pub food. Now the food is being changed its getting heavy and less tasty but presentation is a bit better ( but if the food isn't as good then they're missing the point). The staff are always very very helpful and extremely hard working and attentive.
A shame they seem to have lost their way for the time being!

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank sometimewanderlust
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Aline K, Events at The Dirty Habit Restaurant, responded to this review, April 22, 2013
Dear regular visitor,

Thank you for your constant support and recommendations, this is much appreciated. Your comments have been noted and discussed amongst the team. We strive to improve standards at all time and your feedback is very important to us.

See you soon at the Habit,

Kind regards

Aline
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Hertfordshire
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45 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Excellent food and friendly staff”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013

Well presented and tasty food. The chocolate tart was delicious! Friendly and accommodating staff. A popular gastro-pub with a lively atmosphere.

Visited April 2013
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2 Thank hertfordshireSarah
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Aline K, Events at The Dirty Habit Restaurant, responded to this review, April 15, 2013
Dear Visitor,

Thank you for the great feedback, delighted you enjoyed it all round!

Best wishes

Aline
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Harpenden, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Scallops and Fillet of beef”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 7, 2013

Table for 4, wonderful food and service. Nice surrounding, comfortable and quirky. Highly recommend fillet of beef, main and Scallops to start

Visited April 2013
Helpful?
Thank Daisypuss
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Aline K, Events at The Dirty Habit Restaurant, responded to this review, April 15, 2013
Dear Diner,

Thank you for your comments & see you soon at the Habit!

Kind regards

Aline
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Maidstone
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29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Disappointing all round”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 7, 2013

The habit is either excellent or dire, last night was the later. Terrible food with microscopic
portions of steak, fish that did not taste good at all and poor service. If only they could maintain consistent high standards we might go more often.

  • Visited April 2013
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1 Thank Tilmangate
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Aline K, Events at The Dirty Habit Restaurant, responded to this review, April 22, 2013
Dear Diner,

Thank you for your comments, our Head Chef has taken your feedback on board to improve our standards and consistency.See you soon at The Habit.

Kind regards

Aline
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