Open Sunday - Thursday 11am - 11pm
Open Friday - Saturday 11am - 12am
Open Sunday - Thursday 11am - 11pm
- 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!
I planned a lovely day for my partners birthday that was to end at the wine and tapas company, I have never been but I was expecting good food . The service was good and the staff friendly but the food and drink were overly priced. A bottle of wine costing £20 and the dinner with a shared dessert coming to £70 , I would not normally care about paying good money for a dinner out but I genuinely felt ripped off. As the food was bland and greasy,If it was not my partners birthday I would have made it more clear how disappointed we were. I’m sorry to say that I will not be returning which is shame as it’s a lovely venue.
Just needed some spoons to serve the tapas to diners - rather than use our forks (which obviously are not clean). We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves!
Food was great as was the service. Great for people with coelaic disease; kitchen and waiting staff are very aware of the danger of gluten contamination to coeliacs, and were able to make a gluten free version of most dishes, and were even prepare to make dishes that were not on the menu. Will definitely go back there.
Excellent value for money and friendly staff ...love it
We had a very good meal in very pleasant surroundings with plenty of car parking Sunday sharing roast and sharing desserts was perfect as we didn't have to decide which pudding we fancied hope to pop back soon
Eaten with you at the Ashford restaurant now quite a few times. Love it. Such a lovely environment and setting. The first time we ate with you the weather was so cold and as you use AirCon systems to warm the building the could not cope. However the staff work hard to explain and help resolve any issues. I suggest on my second to last visit that maybe the number of roast potatoes should be 4 per person as a minimum and on my last visit I was happy to see this (must add we have never manage to clear the serving, just less than 4 potatoes seems wrong) This last visit was lovely, however the carrots seemed a little to salty for 3 out of the 4 of us. Yet I could not fault anything else. I will be soon visiting you on a tapas night. And the self serve wine is a great idea and gimmic. Can’t recommend you enough.
I have visited this venue on at least 7 occasions both with friends and family, on all visits the toilets were not clean and tidy and do not offer acceptable conditions for baby changing. I am aware that some problems are the fault of customers, however my belief is that this is not a high priority at this venue. With a little more attention this situation could be put right and will not be a cause for you to get a bad reputation and lose customers.
Fantastic night out! Can't wait to come again. Thank you
We had a fabulous evening. Wheelchair access, assistance entering the restaurant. Table booked accommodated disabled requirements. The menu was fantastic, lovely restaurant. The food was excellent, and the service amazing! Thank you for making my father's birthday extra special.
Food brought but no cutlery. Waiter miserable.
I was disappointed as I booked on the website it stated Thursday's is a set price of £20 but we were informed that this offer had now ended.
Best Sunday roast ever !!! Loved the sharing platter for mains and deserts.
Such a shame,we went on bank holiday Sunday we’d booked the day b4. The service was shocking I felt so sorry for the 2 waiters they were compleatly snowed under and said they weren’t expecting many customers, tables weren’t cleared, drinks took awhile and food was slow. We were getting a taxi home expecting to have a few drinks but gave up and had 1 drink and came home early.
Amazing food and a friendly service Thank you
The food was nice, but marred by poor service. It was clear there were not enough waiting staff to manage a full restaurant and leadership of the team was poor. We waited over 40 minutes for drinks, but the food service was fast meaning that we were eating before we had drinks. The excuse given was a large party who were in that night, but they arrived half an hour after us and I also do not see this as a valid excuse; if you know you are going to be busy you should staff and plan accordingly!
Very attentive staff. Very prompt service and tasty food. We had the sharing deserts, way too much though! Definitely come again.
Absolutely loved the Sunday lunch! Amazing quality and delicious food, good value for money. Service little slow had to ask for serving cutlery and salt and pepper that’s all, highly recommended to lots of friends already!
We always have an enjoyable evening when we visit The Bench, The food as great and the service is excellent
Great experience, impressed with pace of food delivery. Very accommodating on the day as we had a large party.
A lovely evening of delicious food and awesome cocktails!
Very good restaurant with nice atmosphere. Friendly staff member who where helpful and with attention to detail. Sure will be back many thanks guys keep it up.
As we were able to sit outside it felt like being on holiday. Great lunch experience.
Very good food and service
First time here and thoroughly enjoyed the meal.
Food was delicious but bit pricy. Staff were friendly and really helpful but lacked a bit on the attentive side as we had to get their attention to order drinks a few times but will definitely be returning