Open Sunday - Thursday 11am - 11pm
Open Friday - Saturday 11am - 12am
- Free WiFi
- Outside Seating Area
- Families and Children Welcome
About The Kent Tapas Company (formerly The Bench)
The Bench is an exciting Wine & Tapas Bar in the the historic Courtyard @ Mersham Le Hatch serving up to 48 Wines by the Glass to compliment some of the finest Tapas Kent has to offer!
Lovely Sunday roast tapas style
Great food, especially the steak. Good choice of wines. Nice relaxed atmosphere, very good service, particularly from Marc. Good value for money. Overall, a very nice place to dine out, one of our favourites. Can thoroughly recommend it.
We celebrated my son's birthday at the bench, a very good evening had by all. The food and service were very good I would recomend it a little gem well worth a visit.
Lovely meal as always. The Australian guy is great, as is the food. Would thoroughly recommend.
An enjoyable meal - celebrating a birthday The Carpaccio was totally yummy!
Amazing place - our new favourite local Will be coming back soon
Staff were friendly and accommodating, we were seated immediately and the restaurant quickly filled up creating a nice atmosphere. Music was just the right volume and food was delicious. We were forewarned 2 dishes each would be enough and we went against this and ordered 5 between the two of us...they were right 4 would have been enough. Plenty of food to share each dish. Calamari was slightly on the bland side for my tastes and we wouldn't order the seabase again to share as was smaller. Overall a lovely time had and we will be back with friends
Excellent food ... very generous portions.
Menu was very disappointing as it was very different to the one on your website, there was a real lack of atmosphere, this was one of my favourite places to go for dinner and we’ve visited many times but over the last year or so our visits have become a lot less frequent for the reasons above.
We have been here a few times now, and it never disappoints. The food is delicious, with decent vegetarian options. I like that the food is brought out as and when it's ready, rather than waiting for everything to arrive at once, although I appreciate that some people might prefer the more traditional way. Service was friendly and efficient. What's not to like? If I could change anything, it's maybe to ask for a bigger table, because there will be so many dishes on it. I thoroughly recommend this restaurant.
Attentive and friendly service. We had a lovely evening
Can not fault this place at all. Always feel welcome, great atomosohere, stunning food & delicious detailed cocktails. Always look forward to coming back here with friends & family. Great team & very hard workers!!
Fab night with amazing food and wine
While it was a very busy evening at the restaurant with 3 large tables of Christmas Parties, the staff provided an excellent service (even dealing with the men's loos when they became 'out of action')! We shall definitely return for another meal soon.
Not local so possibly the prices are in line with other local restaurants but for us it was expensive for tapas dishes. It seemed to have a Christmas theme but £6 fior a dish of carrot and parsnip chunks not that inspired. Have eaten Tapas all over the world so disappointed with what was on offer in Kent. We were a family travelling through so did not experience the wine and several tables were having Christmas gatherings so possibly this was not a good family selection. Trying to be fair as saw that it was Tapas and did not look at menu in detail but we paid £70 and left hungry. We would have had to spend £25 a head for enough food to have been full, but the dishes we had did not encourage us to order more.
Very yummy roast dinner. Loved the sharing board. Was the perfect amount of food and very tasty all round.
Amazing food! Great staff and lovely atmosphere! I’ve only eaten here a couple of times but it’s always been great
The food was amazing as always ! A great Xmas menu mixing tapas as a starter and turkey for mains. All I would suggest is rather than desserts offer an alternative of a cheese board for us that prefer a savoury end .
A really lovely feel to the place when you walk in. Excellent service and food nothing to much trouble for the staff.My friend wanted to take rest of her meal home was packed into a container so this could happen. Friendly atmosphere and a vast choice of wines. Only thing to add is soft drinks on draught. instead of expensive bottles. 11/10 for everything. Well done Chef, well done staff. I’ll be back definitely.
Absolutely superb in every respect . Would 100% recommend giving the Kent Tapas Company a try . We were a party of eleven and everyone said they would return .
Great evening ,excellent quality of food and service . Nothing was too much trouble and our guests with dietary requirements were more than catered for. We had a fabulous time , thank you .
Wonderful food and wonderful staff! My favourite place to dine with friends
The food was delicious, as always, and the service was great! Superb family Sunday lunch! A very big thank you to all the staff...