Restaurant review: The Tyler’s Kiln, Canterbury, Kent.
After its million-pound makeover last year, The Tyler’s Kiln is far from short on wow factor. Enter this distinctive country pub near Canterbury and you’ll be greeted with a smart environment blending Kentish traditions with contemporary styling.
From its reassuring heavy wood furnishings to the striking arch feature of its bar, there are plenty of touches that make it stand out from the ordinary. Not least of these is its impressive garden, which includes a spectacular tree sculpture waterfall that lights up for the evening, surrounded by heated seating that’s just perfect for a long summer evening out.
As for the food itself, the menu may not be the most extensive you are ever likely to see – but there’s a real emphasis on quality produce and presentation.s
For a starter, we shared a bread and olive board, which came with fried broad beans, olive oil and balsamic dips that set the meal off to a fine start, while for mains I opted for the warm goat’s cheese tart (£12.95) served with new potato salad and mixed leaves, which was especially enjoyable, and was of generous portion size.
My wife chose the confit pork belly (£17.50) with creamed mash, red cabbage and sage jus, which was an equally tasty treat, which proved its focus on a smaller range of quality dishes is a sensible approach to operating.
On the recommendation of the friendly waiting staff, we had the lemon posset and sticky toffee pudding for dessert, which rounded off the night in particularly satisfying style.
As a venue, it’s also working hard to provide a community focus, with a Tuesday steak and wine night, live music on the first Sunday of each month, plus regular bingo and quiz evenings which all add up to this being an excellent pub and restaurant that is deserving of its reputation.
• The Tyler’s Kiln, 27 Hackington Road, Tyler Hill, Canterbury CT2 9NE, call 01227 471912 or visit www.tylerskiln.co.uk