Gastro Pub Oare

From the outside the Three Mariners looks like any other  local Kent village pub.  Step inside and you are still inside a typical Kentish pub what is so different is the food.  The cuisine at the Three Mariners is amongst the best I have had in any gastro pub.  The atmosphere is relaxed and you immediately feel welcomed and at ease.  It is gaining in popularity and booking is recommended.

The waiting staff are attentive and you don’t wait long before you are given the freshly home baked bread, olive oil and butter.  The bread is so good you could be tempted to fill up on it – resist this temptation.

There is a “walkers” three course lunch available Monday to Saturday and at £11.95 it is very good value.  As local skate wing was on the a la carte menu we went for this.  There were four in our party and three of us opted for skate as a main.  I had previously had this so knew just how good it was.  The waiter did confirm that when skate is available it is one of the most popular dishes.  Starters on the a la carte menu range from £4.95 to £7.50 and  mains from £12.50 to £15.95.

One of the most memorable restaurant experiences  I had was at Den Dyver in Bruges which specialises in Flemish dishes cooked in beer.  Each course is served with a carefully selected beer.  In England we tend to forget our tradition is to drink ale rather than wine.  So one of the real delights of the Three Mariners is the opportunity to get a really good ale.  The close proximity to the Shepherd Neame Brewery in Faversham ensures you have a good range of excellent beers. I chose a Whitstable Bay beer which proved to be the perfect accompaniment for the fish. Our other companion opted for beef cooked two ways which he assured us was as good as it looked.

As far as possible they use locally sourced produce and the seasonal vegetables of courgettes and spinach were particularly well seasoned and presented.  The puddings were seasonal and Kent strawberries in an Eton Mess lived up to my expectation.  My companions had a passion fruit pavlova which was very good and a ice cream sundae which was good but not outstanding.

Our visit was on a beautiful Saturday afternoon and many diners were taking the opportunity to eat in the garden and enjoy the glorious views of the Thames Estuary.  Our bill for four people who had three courses and drinks came to £108.70.  This was much less than I had anticipated. Given the quality of the food and the general ambiance the Three Mariners provides excellent value for money.