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The Dirty Habit

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

Food and ambience

Local cuisine, Bar, British, Pub, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups, Bar Scene, Business meetings

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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,
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Bar, British, Pub, Gastropub
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We arrived to a fairly quiet pub and ordered two pints of Harvey’s. We had a booking for dinner and were directed to our table nearby. At least four staff were hovering (mainly with their head in a screen). 10 minutes later I had to...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank Bracken144
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

First and last visit, food was disgusting one of my party sent her main course back I tried to eat mine but it was like a plate of salt.More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank russhead
natelite, Guest Relations Manager at The Dirty Habit, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear russhead, Thank you for your feedback, I am very surprised by your comments as we pride ourselves in delivering great food, locally sourced. We generally will act on feedback on the night to make sure the customers leaves happy. I would be happy to...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Husband and I visited for a Wednesday lunchtime. Service was very friendly and efficient. All the food was tasty and cooked to perfection. Orchard sharing platter to start. Local duck breast and cod for the mains and the Raspberry Creme brûlée was the tastiest I’ve...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank laine3918
Reviewed 14 February 2019

First went to a wedding reception here some two years ago...lovely venue, very helpful staff and fantastic food. Have been back a couple of tomes...never disappoints.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Susiboo
Reviewed 3 February 2019 via mobile

Popped in for a quick Sunday drink and decided to try the platter and olives. Will definitely book for a meal.

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Mark R
Reviewed 25 January 2019 via mobile

Went here last minute as couldn't be bothered to cook. Booked online with ease and arrive. Very attentive staff, and very welcoming. Both myself and my wife had the mussels and fries. It was cooked in a rich bacon and cider sauce and was very...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Anthony A
Reviewed 23 January 2019

On arriving here parking atrocious,Literally no where to park, car park full had to reverse out no where to turn round,The street parking impossible If we had not agreed to meet others and did not have a 5 year old with us we would have...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank shirleym2013
Reviewed 23 January 2019

Lovely oldy worldy pub. Delicious Sunday lunch. Busy, so worth booking, especially at the weekend I would say. Friendly, efficient waitress (Lucy). I had informed them that it was my birthday so I was treated to a little dessert with 'happy birthday' written on it...More

Date of visit: January 2019
1  Thank Alison M
Reviewed 21 January 2019

The external appearance belies the Dickensian atmosphere inside.Shown to a rear room via what felt like a film set through little "corridoors" to be greeted by a roaring fire (very welcome) on a freezing Winters day. Exposed rafters and roof trusses the bustling atmosphere was...More

Date of visit: January 2019
2  Thank David G
Reviewed 20 January 2019 via mobile

Very busy ! Food was delicious! A bit on the expensive side but would rather pay more and get good food And wasn’t disappointed ! Staff friendly and place had a warm feel about it ! Definitely recommend it !

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank debjane64
natelite, Guest Relations Manager at The Dirty Habit, responded to this reviewResponded 24 January 2019

Dear debandkaren13, Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your experience. I am glad that you enjoyed your time at The Dirty Habit and we look forward to seeing you soon. Best Wishes Grace

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2 May 2018|
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Response from Ewelina83 | Reviewed this property |
Hi Not sure, as we don’t have kids,
8 April 2018|
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Response from 727anitah | Reviewed this property |
yes they certainly do.......we brought alongJasper our son and daughter in laws 14 month old wire haired fox terrier. The pub gave him a great welcome ( NB in the bar ....not the restaurant) The staff welcomed him with a... More
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19 January 2018|
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Response from David L | Reviewed this property |
Yes, They do serve sandwiches at lunchtime.
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