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Tickled Trout, West Farleigh

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Absolutely appalling place. I had the beef roast 'special', and the beef was absolutely terrible. It tasted like an unwashed love bucket with a yeast infection (and believe me I know what that tastes like). I can't believe that I paid almost eight pounds for a meal and didn't get one cooked by a gourmet chef. Watchdog have been informed, and I will be calling Claims Direct for reimbursement of fuel on my VW beetle (52 plate soft-top with sunflower decals and cow print seat covers)
Mel.Sue - 7 Dec 2011 14:20
Lovely place- large roomy bar area, plenty of seating, dining area, plenty of car park spaces to the rear. A good (and now scarce) example of a traditional syle country pub. Drinks all of a good choice, friendly and welcoming service. We didnt eat but I understand the food is all freshly cooked rather than the reheated quick cook types of meals- I will try some food there next time . Why cant other places be a good as this- because not all places have good management- and the Tickled Trout does seem well run. Well worth a visit.
ivanski - 7 Sep 2011 09:14
Nice enough garden & setting but the slow service doesn't provide the sort of quality of food we were hoping for. It was nothing amazing, just basic pub grub. Also quite expensive. I wouldn't rush back there in a hurry.
tilly3107 - 3 Aug 2011 15:04
the food and service you get here is amazing! one of my favourite restuarants, which is only five minutes down the road!
allhailtotheale - 30 Jan 2011 23:39
I was invited to attend a lunch time business meeting at the Tickled Trout. I joked I only knew of one Tickled Trout and that was in Lancashire near Preston, but I was told this one near Maidstone was worth a visit. It had a good car park.
I arrived early (no delays on the motorways 25 and 20) and was greeted most courteously by a lady at the bar who most politely worked out the name of whom the tables were booked in (I didn't know). The manager/proprietor Alan was most welcoming and laughed when I commented about the other Tickled Tourt and it transpired he know of it and been there. When my colleagues arrived we were seated at tables in the alcove so that we could meet and discuss and not intrude into the privacy of others enjoying lunch. There were five of us lunching and we all enjoyed the main course (and the desserts): mine was fish and chips with peas- it was served on a hot plate and was smooth and fine.
Pudding of syrup sponge was so good I was reminded of my mother's cooking - very homely.
A brilliant pub - no loud or mind-bending music. The serving staff attentive, interested, and caring. The gent's toilets clean, tidy and without any pong - a credit to the cleaning staff.
When I arrived home I told my wife we would be returning for lunch or dinner.
By the way the total bill five lunches and drinks was far less than one course at the Goring hotel in London.
I know of nothing to discredit this pub. It offered Good Value, Good Service, and Cleanliness. I rate it Highly.
Tony
SavageTony - 15 Oct 2010 13:30
Nice pub, good food, cheaply priced, gets very popular on weekends with the older generations. Nice relaxing place, not much outdoor space though. Staff helpful & polite, clearly quite busy but still time to raise a smile. I go there with my dad whenever he visits. Some ales for him available.
Ebels - 27 Aug 2010 16:15
Probably a bit "off" to post a comment on a(so called) pub without having set foot in it but...
My wife and I arrived at the Tickled Trout after a very enjoyable walk along the Medway. I would describe us as a "bit scruffy" , both had a bit of mud on our jeans, but well funded and looking forward to a good lunch and a couple of pints. Just about to enter when I clapped eyes on the profesionally printed sign on the door--"smart casual dress only".
Give me abreak!! This is a restaurant, probably with ideas well above its station--a pub it is not.
Bah!!
agedtrundler - 16 Nov 2009 20:18
Two of us went on our bikes to the Tickled Trout and were delighted to find the Thursday Special - two courses for 7.50! Had a lovely steak & kidney pudding with all the bits, followed by treacle tart and custard. All were washed down with a pint of London Pride. Joe had salmon, then a large plate of banoffee pie. The staff were super too. Replete and highly satisfied with the quality of our lunch , we returned cautiously home on two wheels. Will be going there again.
Kingshillbiker - 23 Oct 2009 09:21
I have been to the Tickled Trout for the past three years with friends for lunch
Wonderful range of good ales .Very comfortable restaurant nice to see things retained in the olde style.
The Tues & Thurs menus are fantastic At least 2 roasts home made pies & puddings with fresh fish to choose from Desserts to die for all home made & many seasonal specials .I had at easter Bread & Butter Pudding made with a hot x buns FANTASTIC.
Staff have been consistantly the most friendly & efficient in the County.
Well done we look forward to many more years of fine dining.
Percy my regular guest agrees with my views 100%

robertmiles - 5 Aug 2009 23:10
Lovely building, nice beer garden, not sure about the food. The menu is extensive, whic I always find a concern, no child portions on offer, the chilli and rice I had was very poor, lumps of mince so large I thought they were meatballs! My friend had scampi and chips which did look like a childs portion. I found it difficult to find something that my children would eat, and the drinks were very expensive.
ashleigh - 27 Jul 2009 11:49
Far too many options to choose from the menus. They must have the biggest freezer and microwave in the county.

Tis neither one thing or the other, not a proper boozer nor a proper eating place.

A disappointment.
farleigh - 21 Jul 2009 23:08
Had steak and kidney pudding here yesterday, was bloody horrible...pastry was just stodge and soaked through. I did have a meal here some months back that wasnt bad (if a little pricey), but after yesterday I won't be eating here again. Apart from the food, the pub is sound; good sized garden, really nice building, good selection of beer which has been nice on each occasion I've been here.
Food = 2/10
Drink = 8/10

sir_adam_of_downham - 23 Mar 2009 15:48
The worst fish restaurant i have visited recently, the landlord and landlady dave and rita seem to have lost the plot (may be there age) how the hell can you charge people for tap water when they spend over 200 for a meal for 5 !! is beyond me. Interior very very dated old carpets and chairs service ok, but food and price very poor, was once top notch but sadly those days seem to have long gone.
wesley1 - 17 Dec 2008 22:34
On a cross country run from Yalding to Maidstone we stopped at the Tickled Trout as the facade of the building is quite attractive and welcoming.

On entering we noticed that the decor, carpets, table and chairs look well past their sell by date. Then a plethora of blackboards with a vast selection of dishes. Alarm bells, no way they could cook all of these from fresh, not a hope in hell. Anyway my wife chose Halibut and I went for Steak and Guiness pie. The female staff were busy chatting and we didn't wish to interrupt them as it was obviously something important (not).

Halibut arrived and looked like a lump of white playdoh! My pie arrived and it was more like Steak and creosote pie. The pastry was soggy and doughy. Although the food was warm enogh, not hot, we ate our food paid the bill and made good our escape.

Would I go back....not enough wild horses for that to happen.

Good points, ease of parking, nice facade and we weren't hospitalised.

We eat out two or three times a week and know that this is at the lower end of the scale when eating out.
SidewaysSid - 29 Aug 2008 12:54
Nice old place, with a large restaurant but only a small bar. Big garden with plenty of benches and a good childrens' play area. Does reasonably priced bar snacks as well as the full menu. Caught the Spitfire on the way out at the end of the barrel but the Old Speckled Hen was OK.
rpadam - 25 Aug 2008 15:09
What a beautifully kept pub.Very friendly helpful staff.Good selection well kept beers Stella,Flowers & Spitfire excellent.Definately upmarket menu but with traditional English items of Cottage pie ,Steak Pudding as well as steaks & wonderful range of fish.Considering the quality of the food & the service this establishment in my book is "5 STAR".
I plan to return with a big appetite and try the 16oz T Bone steak WOW!!

robertmiles - 15 Sep 2007 22:10
This was once a great traditional pub but now sadly, is mainly a restaurant and not a great one. The last time I had a meal there the skate smelt of ammonia and I was charged 1.25 for a glass of tap water, even though I had bought two meals and two alchoholic drinks. Definitely one to check off my list.
aleman07 - 6 Jul 2007 13:33
...look elsewhere if you want a traditional pub, its really a food dedicated place now.
deswahriff - 27 Apr 2007 14:05
The car park's always packed whenever I drive past during opening hours, so the masscatering style food obviously pleases a lot of people, but effectively it means that this is really an eating place rather than a pub. Last time I was there we sat in the garden, which is very nice - well kept,with a good children's play area; I tried two different cask beers - they were both expensive, and both in pretty awful condition. Not for me.
earlydrinker - 25 Apr 2006 13:58
Roadside gastropub specialising in seafood. Has a large, well groomed beer garden with a children's play area in good condition. Pub was over-warm and stuffy, but neatly kept. Three casks - Pride, Flowers and Spitfire - served in OK condition. Beer and overall tidiness are the main plus points. Overfussy interior is the main negative point. Overall an average sort of place.
SilkTork - 17 Apr 2006 09:20
A very popular venue for lunches. Food variety, quality & service are second to none. Portions are generous and beautifully cooked. Their Seafood Salad is beyond comprehension. This and a bottle of "Gros Plante" yesterday was the ideal summer luncheon!
One thing though; very busy so try and book a table in advance.
almost_an_old_git - 25 Aug 2005 08:23

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