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Come On Down to the Kent The Kent Hotel in Carlton is anything but a stodgy old pub. It’s modernized in all the right ways while maintaining that low-key local feel. The high ceilings, polished hardwood floors and inviting spaces will wow you, as will the food. Take a gander at the detailed blackboard in addition to the full menu and see what delights are in store. The cuisine dances between modern Australian and traditional Mediterranean. But whatever the influence may be, the atmosphere here is relaxed. There are more than 80 wines and 40 beers and ciders to lull you away from your worries. And why not enjoy that tipple in the leafy al fresco area overlooking Curtain Square Park? Scenery aside, the menu suits a variety of tastes and includes gluten-free and vegetarian options that showcase top quality local ingredients. Opt for a few shared plates, such as panko crumbed polenta chips or crispy calamari with Szechuan pepper. The ricotta gnocchi is smashing, and the beer-battered fish of the day will please pub traditionalists. The Kent Hotel is a classic pub’s pub with modern finesse. Best dish: Tempura zucchini flowers

Dimmi Score
Cuisine
Mediterranean
Best For
Neighbourhood gem, Parties & groups
Average Spend
$55 per person
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Phone number
Vegetarian options
yes
Number of seats
70
Outside dining area
yes
Smoking area
yes
Parking availability
yes
Drinks
Licensed/BYO
Licensed
Wine available by glass
yes
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What a pleasure it is to walk into an old local pub that has adapted to modern times. The Kent Hotel is a Carlton tradition and still has a local feel. But it has also been gracefully modernised with

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12.5/20