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The West House

28 High Street, BIDDENDEN, TN27 8AH

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The setting is Old England at its purest, a 16th-century Flemish weaver's cottage on the high street of a Kentish wine village, but Graham and Jackie Garrett's restaurant with rooms is very much a 21st-century operation. Graham learned his craft in the kitchens of such luminaries as Nico Ladenis and Richard Corrigan, and he has done the TV chef thing (always a good move for boosting your restaurant's public profile). The media exposure hasn't gone to his head and he's happiest in the kitchen, driven by the pursuit of wringing every molecule of flavour from a larder stocked with impeccable local and ruthlessly seasonal materials. The full panoply of modern, cutting-edge cooking methods is deployed to achieve masterful balance of texture and flavour, ensuring that each ingredient is shown off to its best advantage. Starters can be as intense and contemporary as a steamed brioche bun filled with hare and boosted by chocolate sauce and horseradish, or a more subtle combination of scorched marinated mackerel fillet with hibiscus, warm oyster and cucumber. Main courses aim to nail big, clearly-defined flavours in dishes such as roast haunch of Sika deer with mashed swede, wild mushrooms and 'twiglets', while fish might appear in an entertaining 'rockpool' presentation, with grilled fillets of wild halibut appearing alongside cockles, squid ink sponge and dashi broth, or a robust composition involving roast hake with grilled squid, pickled chilli, lime and a?oli. Desserts might take 'milk and honey' as a theme and make jelly, mousse, nuggets and crisps, together with buttermilk sorbet, or revert to childhood confectionery in an homage to a 'Crunchie' of white chocolate and honeycomb parfait with dark chocolate sorbet.

Further information

Tel: 01580 291341
Please quote 'The AA'.
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Days closed: Mon
Dates closed: 24-26 Dec & 1 Jan
Sunday lunch available.
Days closed for lunch: Sat
Days closed for dinner: Sun

Restaurant information

Cooking type: Modern European
Chef: Graham Garrett, Ben Crittenden
Number of seats: 32
Accessible for wheelchairs.
Steps for wheelchair: 1
Vegetarian meals available.
Children welcome.
Children's portions.
Parking available.


Restaurant price guide

Sunday lunch: £35.00-£60.00
Prices are for guidance only. Please check when booking for current rates.



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Junct of A262 & A274. 14m S of Maidstone
Nearest station: Headcorn

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