Following a revamp and change of ownership this summer, The Limes in Faversham has enjoyed a very busy few months. There has been a genuine buzz about the venue – formerly known as the Chimney Boy – that has surely stemmed from its transformation into a stylish pub striking the right balance between being contemporary and retaining something of its original charm.
While it had gained a reputation for its folk music club under its former guise, in truth it had been on few locals’ radar for its food offering. All that has changed for the Preston Street pub with its new management under Gareth Finney and Daniel Sidders, who run four other sites in the area including the Albion in Faversham and The Parrot in Canterbury.
They’ve applied the same strong service and quality dining from within their group, but have kept the menu very much within a remit of classic British cuisine. Slightly to my surprise for a Tuesday evening, the place was alive with those out for an early week drink or meal.
The house specialities include its gourmet burgers made from Kentish beef, and gourmet open sandwiches for its lunch selection. For a starter, I selected the home-made leek and potato soup, which was particularly appetising, before a roasted butternut squash risotto at £10.95 that was an equally fine dish.
My wife selected the thyme and garlic chicken sizzler, that lived up to its name in being literally smoking hot from the kitchen.
Other mains available include some pleasingly local choices such as Hernhill smoked ham, a rack of BBQ Kentish ribs and farmhouse sausages. There’s a strong drinks list too, offering a healthy selection of wines and a range of local Shepherd Neame ales and lagers are on tap.
For desserts, we were enthusiastically steered towards the aptly named “Must have gypsy tart” and chocolate and orange mousse cake, which proved an excellent manner to round off a very enjoyable meal.
- The Limes, 59 Preston Street, Faversham ME13 8PG, call 01795 532007 or visit www.thelimesonline.com