About the award
Each year the AA independently inspects hundreds of restaurants across the British Isles. Introduced in 2000, this award recognises restaurants that provide cuisine of a truly excellent standard, as well as demonstrating innovation and ambience and providing a high standard of hospitality.
Chef-patron Daniel Smith has worked in some of the country's top restaurants including Jason Atherton's group and The Clove Club for 5 years. There is also strength in the pastry section and front of house.
The seasonal menu focuses on provenance, showcasing the best of local Kentish ingredients, sourced direct from local farms and producers. The food is delivered in a relaxed, comfortable and welcoming style, perfect for all year round and every occasion. This refurbished pub and restaurant is in Britain's smallest town, just outside Canterbury.
With a lovely 1930s bar and oak panelled dining room with three open fires there is bags of charm and character here. Additionally, in the summer months the riverside location provides a beautiful dining terrace and garden with views over the river Stour. A year from opening the team have already gained acknowledgement.
Read more about the Fordwich Arms at Explore UK.