Housed in what was once the village bakery in the bustling, picturesque town of West Malling and dating back to the 16th century, Franks Restaurant & Mussel Bar oozes old world charm, with wooden beams and an imposing fireplace.

Franks offer mussels cooked in 21 different ways, all perfectly accompanied by a fantastic selection of Belgian and fruit beers, as well as a full à la carte menu featuring English rib-eye, fillet steaks, lobster, sea bass, beef Bourguignon and pan-roasted chicken; and the well thought out wine list features quality varieties from the house of Rothschild.

The lunch menu offers exceptional value for money from just £6.95, and Moules night is every Monday and Thursday, when you can tuck into any of the different types of mussels followed by dessert and a coffee for just £14.50.

As a lover of all seafood, but particularly mussels I was certainly spoilt for choice, but after some deliberation went for the ‘Italiano’ (tomato, anchovy, olives, garlic, capers and oregano). The mussels were fresh, plump, full of flavour and the sauce was excellent.

My dining partner chose the Fillet Mignon wrapped in bacon with red wine, shallots and a mushroom jus. The meat was tender and perfectly cooked and the accompanying sauce was delicious.

The dessert menu includes a selection of Belgian Waffles which are extremely popular, as well as old favourites such as Warm Chocolate Fudge Cake and French Apple Tart.

The locals rave about this place and it was clear to see why. The combination of lovely relaxed atmosphere, superb food and helpful, friendly staff made for a perfect lunchtime treat.

If you’re planning to visit on Mussels Nights though you’ll need to book in advance as it can get very busy.

One of the joys of writing restaurant reviews is the opportunity to alert people who appreciate good food to places they might not otherwise have tried. So if you haven’t given Franks a try I would urge you to do so -  you won’t be disappointed.


53-57 High Street
West Malling
ME19 6QH

Tel no: 01732 843247


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