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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Modern brasserie dining and a champagne bar

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At a glance

Open all year
Vegetarian menu
Tasting menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access

An ornate arched portico announces the Canterbury branch of the go-ahead gastronomic hotel chain, which offers a champagne bar for that indispensable aperitif, and an expansive dining room with varnished floor, white walls and an appealing modern brasserie feel. There is also a chef's table, where up to a dozen inquisitive types can keep a beady eye on the kitchen flurry. The name of the game is well-balanced, technically accomplished cooking with much use of Kentish produce. Start with a lightly torched breast and confit leg of quail served with cheesy semolina gnocchi, puréed parsley and a truffled egg yolk, before moving on to a fish such as red mullet in south-east Asian garb with bok choi, sesame seeds and peanut butter in a chicken jus, or wonderful local beef fillet in a classical presentation with violet artichokes, roast garlic and ceps on a robust reduction of red wine. Simple combining of flavours confers class on a textbook raspberry soufflé with pistachio ice cream, or on strawberry bavarois with minted cucumber sorbet, and there are local cheeses to consider too.

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Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Closed for lunch: Monday to Tuesday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2.30
  • Dinner served from: 5.30
  • Dinner served until: 9.30

Chef

  • Chef(s): Jauca Catalin

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern European
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 9
  • Wines over £30: 41
  • Wines by the glass: 21

Price guide

  • Starter from: £10.50
  • Main course from15.95
  • Dessert from: £8.95
  • 2-course lunch from: £18.50
  • 3-course lunch from: £23.50
  • 2-course dinner from: £22.50
  • 3-course dinner from: £27.50
  • Tasting menu from: £65
  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Steps for wheelchair: 1
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

  • Seats: 76
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 12
  • On-site parking available

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