The Kent Tapas Company (formerly The Bench)

Units A & B, The Courtyard @ Mersham Le Hatch, Hythe Road, Ashford, United Kingdom, TN25 6NH
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Open Sunday - Thursday 11am - 11pm
Open Friday - Saturday 11am - 12am

Facilities
  • 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!

Cuisine: Tapas
Dress Code: Smart Casual
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Visited On Wednesday, 22 May 2019

It took us a while to find this restaurant, but now we are hoping to become semi regular visitors. We went there for my birthday meal and couldn't have chosen a much better place! The staff were friendly and helpful without being bothersome. The food was very tasty.

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Visited On Sunday, 19 May 2019

Would be good for roast to have other options of meat as not everyone likes beef and pork.

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Visited On Saturday, 18 May 2019

A wonderful night. Great atmosphere, really friendly and fun staff and lovely variety on the menu. My only complaint is the number of dishes that contain chilli! Although I love it, wife does not, and it just seemed on a few too many of the dishes. Apart from that, perfect.

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Visited On Friday, 17 May 2019

Service warm and friendly. Food was good but not amazing. Served very dry, almost stale bread.

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Visited On Sunday, 12 May 2019

Always fantastic service and food.

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Visited On Sunday, 12 May 2019

The food was amazing, can’t fault that at all! However, we were slightly disappointed with the service - staff were not very attentive and small details were missed.

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Visited On Sunday, 12 May 2019

Had a delicious meal. Everyone really enjoyed it. The pudding selection is the highlight of the meal!

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Visited On Friday, 10 May 2019

We had preordered Paella and it was exceptionally good, the service spot on and the self service wine offering is quirky and a terrific idea.

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Visited On Thursday, 02 May 2019

Enjoyed a very tasty meal with friends and found the menu to be extensive. This is our second time of dining here and we would highly recommend The Kent Tapas Co. to other people. Looking forward to visiting again soon.

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Visited On Sunday, 28 April 2019

The staff were very attentive, the service was great and we could not fault the food. It was superb. Will definitely return again very soon

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Visited On Friday, 26 April 2019

Fabulous fantastic n faultless! Will be back xx

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Visited On Friday, 26 April 2019

Brilliant service and delicious food!

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Visited On Wednesday, 24 April 2019

Food was delicious and good service

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Visited On Friday, 19 April 2019

Wonderful food and service

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Visited On Saturday, 20 April 2019

We will definitely be visiting again!

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Visited On Friday, 19 April 2019

The food was all superb, the wine was delicious, the staff were helpful and attentive. Some very minor issues but these reduced the overall polish- There was no Aperol left, the beer menu had many changes and unavailabilities, the menus were printed but the ink was running out.

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Visited On Thursday, 18 April 2019

Felt the selection was quite limited.

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Visited On Saturday, 13 April 2019

Head chef was very nice. & very helpful with my daughter who is gluten free. Waiter was very chatty & all so very nice. We will definitely be returning.

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Visited On Sunday, 14 April 2019

Generally very good , however on this occasion and also on previous visits the customer always has to chase the staff for attention, it would be nice if they were a little more proactive.

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Visited On Sunday, 07 April 2019

it took over half an hour after arriving before we were even served drinks despite the restaurant being very quiet. Waitress’ attitude was poor and she clearly just wanted to finish her shift and get away rather than deal with us. Food was very nice though. We were given the incorrect bill, being charged for drinks we already paid for. Tried on numerous occasions to get waiter’s attention to order more drinks during meal, but was ignored.

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Visited On Saturday, 06 April 2019

Hi there. First time I was in a party of 4 and you forgot a dish and it never arrived. The second time was a party of 8 and it was compulsory to have set menu. When I asked if we could change one dish there was disgruntlement but reluctantly agreed. This dish never came either. I would probably try again as a small group but not a larger one due to the constraints of the set menu. Food and drink all good though and the desert platter was very popular with our group

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Visited On Sunday, 31 March 2019

It's a lovely place. The sunday roast is superb.

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Visited On Sunday, 31 March 2019

disappointing starter, lovely main and dessert.. however food just dumped on the table.. no explanation or even smile

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Visited On Saturday, 30 March 2019

We bought three elderly parents here for lunch on Saturday. David could not have been more pleasant or accommodating, including putting on a beetroot tart from the old menu at my request! The food was just delicious and our parents all said how much they had enjoyed it and would like to come back. Thank you! Jon and Rosalind

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Visited On Thursday, 28 March 2019

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