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The Tickled Trout Restaurant

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Smiths Hill, Lower Road | West Farleigh, Maidstone ME15 0PE, England (Formerly The Chequers)
+44 1622 814717
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08:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Fri 08:00 - 22:00
Sat 08:00 - 23:00
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Northampton, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We stumbled upon this restaurant in this delightful village while passing through on our way to an appointment. We were so impressed with the welcome we received from the Restaurant Manager, who on finding we were strangers to the area took time to talk to us about the area and what it has to offer, the local vineyards and English... More 

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Thank EILEEN W
Maidstone, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This place promised so much but delivered so little. The food was below average for the prices charged. The staff were good but struggled, didn't appear trained. I think the problem is the management, all wrong for this place, in appearance and attitude. Would be better I a beefeater or a pub pub. Shame because its a beautiful place with... More 

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Thank 145Katy13
TickledT, Regional manager at The Tickled Trout Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear 145Katy13 Thank you for taking the time to review your recent visit to the Tickled Trout. I am concerned about you comments regarding the management and team training at the Tickled Trout and would ask you to call me on 01622 814717 to discuss in person. As you can see from previous reviews the team are extremely passionate about... More 

Headcorn, United Kingdom
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73 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We came to celebrate my husbands birthday. The food was good but the experience left us feeling it was lacking something. What is it with everything being served on a slate/chopping board? I had the steak and oyster pie which was delicious, but it came on a wooden chopping board. The pie was in a dish without a base so... More 

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Thank Sally E
TickledT, Regional Manager at The Tickled Trout Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Sally E Thank you for taking the time to review your recent visit to the Tickled Trout. We are delighted that you found the food to be of good quality but disappointed that you were unhappy with the presentation of your choices. Your feedback has been discussed with the team and refresher training completed with the team regarding our... More 

Reading, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First off there was only 1 golden beer on tap, poor show not to have at least one other to offer other than bottled beer - when questioned the bartender rather shrugged his shoulders saying there was little call for more beers........really! Anyway, ordered 4 roasts, 1 being the lamb. Unfortunately I could eat very little of it because it... More 

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TickledT, Regional Manager at The Tickled Trout Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Jashkettle Thank you for taking the time to review your recent visit to the Tickled Trout. We pride ourselves on excellent standards of service and food quality but on this occasion we seem to have fallen way short of our usual standard. Your feedback has been discussed in detail with the team and further training completed to address the... More 

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26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Have seen some slightly negative reviews about this place and can't understand why, this was our second visit here and the food was absolutely gorgeous. Black pudding scotch egg, fish & chips and orange chocolate torte, 3 of the finest courses I've eaten in a long while. Perfect portion sizes, friendly service, really don't know what some people are on... More 

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TickledT, Manager at The Tickled Trout Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for your recent review on TripAdvisor. We take pride in our standards of service and food and we are delighted that we lived up to expectation. We thank you for taking your time to leave such comments and we hope to see you again in the near future. Many Thanks More 

london
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242 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have stayed at their sister hotel (Goudhurst Inn ) and had excellent meals and have stopped here in the past and enjoyed their starters and a drink. The staff are friendly and the pub has been smartly refurbished. We were looking for a suitable restaurant to meet friends for lunch so tried the main course of pheasant. It was... More 

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1 Thank skinsid
TickledT, Manager at The Tickled Trout Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for taking your time to write feedback on your recent experience of The Tickled Trout and I am sorry to hear that we fell short of your expectations in regards to the quality of the food. All feedback that is given is taken on board passed back to the relevant department so we can improve for the future.... More 

London
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86 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

We went here for a mid-week lunch about a month ago. Perhaps we were lucky as the reviews seem to be negative. I booked a table although the place was almost empty when we arrived. It was half-full by the time we left. The service was friendly and efficient and the food was excellent. We eat out a fair bit... More 

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Thank LondonBobs
TickledT, Manager at The Tickled Trout Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for your recent review on TripAdvisor. We take pride in our standards of service and food and we are delighted that we lived up to expectation. We thank you for taking your time to leave such comments and we hope to see you again in the near future. Many Thanks More 

Bromley, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

We visited the pub last weekend and the meal and service were excellent. The Sunday roasts are very good value and of the finest quality. £14 and such tender meat. The service is first class from warm friendly staff. Keep up the good work. Already looking forward to the next visit.

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Thank tiger m
TickledT, Manager at The Tickled Trout Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for your recent review on TripAdvisor. We take pride in our standards of service and food and we are delighted that we lived up to expectation. We thank you for taking your time to leave such comments and I know that the staff will get a big boost from this. Please come back and see us soon. Many... More 

London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017 via mobile

My partner and I had a dinner there last week.We enjoyed our visit.I would recommend the fish pate' with the cranberry top layer as a starter- very good indeed! We tried a hake with crispy crougette dish, which was great. We will be back soon!

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Thank rischio1975
TickledT, Manager at The Tickled Trout Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for your recent review on TripAdvisor. We take pride in our standards of service and food and we are delighted that we lived up to expectation. We thank you for taking your time to leave such comments, it gives us all a boost seeing a comment like this. We hope to see you again in the near future.... More 

Chatham, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

Lovely pub/restaurant and great location HOWEVER food not good and possibly the worst service iv ever had !!!! The place was empty so i could not understand why the service was so bad !!! Tried talking to the manager and he could not have cared less, also very limited menu . Go somewhere else as you will be disappointed

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1 Thank paulha68
Laurence B, Operations Director at The Tickled Trout Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Paul, How very disappointing to read your review. It certainly doesn't sound like the team at the Tickled Trout I know. We have recently employed a new senior team including a new head chef transferred from our epicurean celebrated sister pub in Goudhurst. I'd love to know more detail if you have time please email me laurence@hushheath.com and you... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$6 - US$44
Cuisine
Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, View, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
08:00 - 22:00
Monday
08:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
08:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
08:00 - 22:00
Thursday
08:00 - 22:00
Friday
08:00 - 22:00
Saturday
08:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Smiths Hill, Lower Road | West Farleigh, Maidstone ME15 0PE, England (Formerly The Chequers)
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Kent  >  Maidstone
  • Phone Number: +44 1622 814717
Description
The Tickled Trout, West Farleigh is a modern and stylish pub with 6 boutique hotel rooms and a fabulous fish themed restaurant with an Italian twist. It also features an impressive fresh wine and beer bar where our guests can eat or drink in a relaxed yet sophisticated environment. We are open 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Like all our other venues, we pride ourselves on serving delicious wines, ciders and craft ales including those produced by our own winery Hush Heath Estate in nearby Staplehurst. Our beautiful boutique hotel rooms, with their own private entrance, are designed with comfort and luxury in mind and in the summer we open our sun filled deck and terrace 'al fresco' dining area which overlooks the large, landscaped garden, complete with children's play area. An outside bar complements this area and is a fantastic 'go-to' destination and meeting place to gather friends and family together.

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