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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 Thursday, 21 March 2019

Great tapas

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Visited On Sunday, 17 March 2019

10th time coming here this time was for a birthday usually I enjoy eating and drinking here just this time it seemed to many people not enough staff food eventually came out was cold as staff was rushing they spilt pots of gravy that ended up over the table and over 2 of us instead of asking if everyone was ok server was more interested in mopping the gravy up off the table not the 2 people it smothered ended up with a little bit of pork and beef from a sharing platter the rest was pure fat drinks were slow sadly this time really has put me off coming back

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Visited On Sunday, 17 March 2019

Another great Sunday lunch, and very thoughtful bringing out a flaming candle and happy birthday written on the sweet platter for my daughter

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Visited On Friday, 15 March 2019

Fantastic place to eat, have been several times now and please to say that the food, service and drink has been consistently excellent. The food is delicious and a real treat. Presentation is wonderful. Also the restaurant and toilet facilities are very clean. Yes I would go again and I recommend that you try lots of dishes to get a real appreciation for the variety of food on offer.

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Visited On Friday, 08 March 2019

Excellent food and superb service

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Visited On Friday, 01 March 2019

The tapas selection was a little disappointing, I was hoping for some things like Chorizo perhaps some more cheese and meats. The pudding selection for two was amazing! I do also like that you can help yourself to wine with a card however this was not properly explained to us by the staff member who sat us down, I also did not like that we had every member of staff come to our table throughout our time there as it feels less personal. I would return but perhaps only for pudding and drinks!

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Visited On Sunday, 24 February 2019

Another lovely meal at the Kent Tapas Company. This time we had the Sunday roast which we can't recommend highly enough.

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Visited On Sunday, 24 February 2019

Super

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Visited On Thursday, 21 February 2019

Drinks selection was a little disappointing that they did not have the stock in of several lines, but otherwise great food and great service.

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Visited On Sunday, 17 February 2019

Lovely Sunday roast tapas style

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Visited On Thursday, 14 February 2019

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.

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Visited On Sunday, 10 February 2019

Excellent food.

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Visited On Sunday, 03 February 2019

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Visited On Wednesday, 23 January 2019

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.

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Visited On Sunday, 20 January 2019

Lovely meal as always. The Australian guy is great, as is the food. Would thoroughly recommend.

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Visited On Saturday, 19 January 2019

An enjoyable meal - celebrating a birthday The Carpaccio was totally yummy!

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Visited On Saturday, 19 January 2019

Amazing place - our new favourite local Will be coming back soon

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Visited On Friday, 18 January 2019

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

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Visited On Thursday, 17 January 2019

Excellent food ... very generous portions.

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Visited On Saturday, 12 January 2019

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.

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Visited On Wednesday, 09 January 2019

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.

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Visited On Friday, 04 January 2019

Attentive and friendly service. We had a lovely evening

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Visited On Friday, 28 December 2018

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!!

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Visited On Saturday, 22 December 2018

Fab night with amazing food and wine

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Visited On Sunday, 16 December 2018

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.

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