If you live in Tunbridge Wells you have probably heard about the latest restaurant opening. If you haven’t… the only explanation can be that you have been sitting in dark room with no electricity for the last month.
Marlowe’s is a Burger Restaurant. It does exactly that: Burgers. If you are the type of person who likes to ponder over a menu, deciding whether to have the salad, or the pasta, or maybe the fish, no… the pizza, actually lets stick to the salad, then this place is not for you.
It’s simplistic menu is part of it’s charm, which offers 3 types of beef burgers, a chicken burger, and a veggie burger, as well as a number of scrummy sides including sweet potato fries, onion rings, and coleslaw.
The Beef Burgers
The beef is 100% pure grass fed and cooked to 70C, which may show a little bit of pink in the middle but all you need to do is ask if you would prefer it well done. All burgers come in a lightly toasted brioche bun.
The ‘Yeah Lovely’ (comes with cheese, pickle, bacon, and Marlowes sauce- yum!)
- The ‘Cheeseburger’ (no explanation needed)
- The ‘Maj‘ (My favourite. Once finished, I honestly contemplated ordering another one. It comes with cheese, mustard mayo, caramelised onion and… CRISPS!)
I will be honest, I have never tasted anything like it. The beef literally melts in your mouth and the flavours are so delicious that it hard to believe that it really is ‘just’ a burger.
The Chicken Burger
I wouldn’t normally have a chicken burger unless it came with bacon and avocado but this was a lovely ‘little’ surprise. When my burger arrived it looked like a double decker chicken breast (a butterflied buttermilk chicken breast) with applewood smoked cheese melting in the middle, and a load of chipotle mayo dripping down it…
For kids, they offer a plain burger or a cheese burger. To be honest, Molly (like most small people) doesn’t like anything on her burgers so this works perfectly for children.
The restaurant itself is quite small, which adds an air of exclusivity. There is a small bar area opposite the galleried kitchen, with seating for 22 in the main seating area. I wouldn’t recommend turning up in the hope that a table will be available because its capacity is regularly full, and with a large selection of wines, beers, ciders and spirits (and delicious milkshakes), it would be the perfect place to hire for the whole evening to mark a celebration.
I’m not really a ‘burger person’. In fact, I even stopped eating Beef last year after watching Cows-piracy, but I have now decided that I will make an exception for a Marlowe’s burger.
And if you don’t often get a chance to go out for dinner? Don’t worry, they do takeaway…