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Thursday, 15 October 2015

The Limes Pub Dining & Ale House, Faversham - The Review

by T W Coombs

The Review, a series of reviews showcasing the places to go and the things to do in and around Faversham, leave your comments at the bottom if you wish.

The Limes is fairly new to Faversham and is situated where the Chimney Boy pub used to be a few doors down Preston Street from the Railway Station.  It is a Shepherd Neame venue but the new owners have changed the name back to what it once was in history and have pushed up the market to make a force to be reckoned with on the local food scene.
Run by UES LTD who also own The Albion Taverna in Faversham along with three venues in Canterbury, so you could say they really know what they are doing when it comes to running successful restaurants and bars.  The venue itself is nicely decorated and it has reopened with a modern but rustic feel throughout it is a place you will feel comfortable in whether a single diner or a large group.  The bar area is a more relaxed affair with small tables and a few bar stools, just off from this and behind the bar area is a selection of comfortable booths and benched chairs.  In the rear room is the restaurant area which has a more formal feel but you can eat anywhere you like.  They also have a large room for private functions known as the Mountbatten Suite situated upstairs.

They have the standards when it comes to drinks but do have a well selected wine list and the real ales do change quite often.  In regards to the wine, either of Malbecs' on the list are really nice and will go with most foods on the menu but have a good selection depending on your tastes.  Now I have mentioned the food slightly I suppose I better continue, especially as all the foodies are mentally telling me to get on with it.

The menu is not the same as any of their other venues so don't expect any Mexican here, the menu is what many class as pub gourmet.  It is fresh, quality ingredients, made to order and presented like a work of art, everything on the menu has been picked to show what pub food is all about.  With a selection of main hearty meals of pork belly and mash to opened sandwiches of crayfish to double stacked beef burgers with one hundred percent locally sourced beef and all the trimmings, they have a vast amount to choose from.  But thankfully not too much that it feels you have walked into a Harvester.  I have eaten here a few times since The Limes opened its doors and I have tried many of the dishes, the posh fish fingers are a favourite along with the pulled pork open sandwich and all the desserts, but I need to mention the double stacked burger known on the menu as The Giant Stack with a line of can you manage it?

You see a burger is the ultimate food, meat, veg and bread so you need nothing more, but it is also a true skill and is very easy to get wrong.  The Giant Stack is a feast on a plate, the whole dish consists of two 100% beef burgers, pulled pork, smoked cheddar cheese, smoked bacon, BBQ sauce, lettuce, mayonnaise, onion, beef tomato, dill pickle topped with a brioche bun and onion rings, and is accompanied by home made coleslaw and chunky chips.  This sounds like a lot, and to be honest it is but it is also possible to finish, just don't have a starter or any thought of a dessert.  The bun is lightly toasted to perfection so it won't disintegrate, well not straight away and the burgers are cooked to medium so you don't lose any of the taste.  All the ingredients go together so well I am unsure why I have not had it before in my life (living off them though may cause harm in later life).  And for all this food and satisfaction you need to hand over £13.95, yes that's right, not even fifteen of your English pounds.  If you are not a burger fan then what is the matter with you but they do have a full selection of foods from steaks, pie and fish to Welsh Rarebit and chicken wings so there is something for everyone, they do a small amount of vegetarian meals but not many and nothing Vegan that I can tell but any meat eater will be very happy with the selection.  Sunday lunch menus, party menus, nibbles and a children's menu are also available.

Now even though the venue is really nice, the food is amazing the wine is delightful what adds to the full experience are the staff, no good restaurant/bar can do anything without the front of house staff.  The guys and girls from The Limes are amazing and you feel welcome any time of the day, so go and say hello and see what you think.

They can cater for most size of parties and will work with you to get what you want for your group.  Finally the only thing to do is go and try out the experience of dining at The Limes.  To get your reservation which I recommend you do, give them a call on 01795 532007 and to check out the menu and other information head over to thelimesonline.com

1 comment:

  1. Dear Thomas

    Ive just read, your delightful glowing reference of our newest establishment. As Christmas is fast approaching, it really pleases me to read such a lovely constructive review, thank you very much, you really take the whole pub, on your last few visits. The Limes, is what we see, a true british pub, the best of the the local ingredients available to hand, served with passion and and smile. Let mew know when your with us next, i would love to say hello. Gareth Finney - Co/ Director / Founder of UES LTD. Kent Pubs with attitude!

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