Europe Travel · June 21, 2023

Out For Dinner: Updown Farmhouse


It’s very rarely I get excited about a fancy new restaurant opening or going somewhere new for dinner. As much as I love white tablecloths, fancy twirled butter and the kind of salt and pepper silver-wear that weigh as much as small gym weights; I’m equally as happy going to my favourite Pizza Express, doubling up on dough balls and getting a slice of their gooey fudge cake for pudding (which I can identically match as Betty Crocker’s Devils Food- but that’s one for another day).

Saying that, when you spot somewhere that feels particularly shiny and special, it sometimes feels like a race to a special occasion to book a table and dress up a little; which leads me nicely to Updown. Having seen this beautiful Kent spot popping up again and again, it was somewhere that I’d bookmarked for a ‘one day’ visit, and after booking our little escape to Ramsgate (a speedy 20 minutes away from here), it seemed too perfect to pass up as the perfect pre-birthday meal spot.

And what a spot it was! Timing our booking with one of the first balmy June evenings, we drove there as the sun was getting low and the afternoon turning to dusk. With the restaurant sitting opposite the main farmhouse (where you can also stay, and looked absolutely beautiful from my brief nosy around); it felt like the perfect summer spot. Essentially ‘outside’ dining, the restaurant consists of an open conservatory garden area- with vines adorning the beams above as you eat; nestled next to a small patio where prospective diners nibbled on juicy green olives and fizzing cocktails as the sun dipped lower. On top of that, our table was perched directly next to the house gardens; with lush green lawns, sprawling flowers and hedges which made it perfect for a quick game of hide and seek whilst we waited for our starters (Arlo’s request, I promise).



Anyway- the food! The food! With the menu being both local and seasonal, it changes regularly; keeping up with what is available and delicious depending on the particular time of year. With the menu seemingly marrying summer nods to British and European influences; we opted for the sweet-meets-savoury Courgette, Ricotta and Honey Pizzetta, sharp but creamy Buffalo Mozzarella with Chard, Olives and Chilli, the Tagliolini with Mussels, plus the Asparagus, Tomato and Taleggio Tart and the Rump of Beef with Fried Potatoes. As you might imagine, everything was delicious and felt like the biggest treat. I didn’t take a huge amount of photos because I was too busy inhaling everything (and asking to sample everyone else’s), but the flavours were amazing, the staff were excellent and they were additionally so helpful with Arlo and made dining with a toddler really easy (it also helps that it was a beautiful evening, so we could have a run around in-between courses, too)!




In short, if you’re looking for somewhere special, cosied up in the beautiful Kent countryside where you can enjoy some gorgeous dishes (and perhaps even rest your head too); I can’t recommend Updown Farmhouse enough. It would be the perfect special staycation; and being only a short drive away from Deal and Ramsgate, means daytime beach visits with cosy nights on the farm could be a recipe for a dreamy couple of evenings away.

Updown Farm, Updown Road, Betteshanger, Deal, CT14 0EF


1 Comment

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    June 23, 2023 at 9:02 pm

    Wow, it looks ever so beautiful!

    Danielle |

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