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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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At a glance

Vegetarian menu
Tasting menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Service charge

The 1930s country boozer with a terrace and garden looking over the River Stour was begging for a makeover, and that’s just what it got when high-flying young chef-patron Dan Smith took the helm in 2018 and immediately turned the place into a foodie destination. The updated stripped-back style looks the part without detracting from the period charm of its oak-panelled dining room, cosy open fires and 1930s-vintage bar. Smith’s cooking is firmly in the new-wave modern British camp, allying sharp technique with intriguing combinations of first-class materials. Spitfire ale sourdough and rye bread with smoked pork fat and braised onions is a storming start, before poached Whitstable oysters that come pointed up with diced apple, caviar and light creamy sauce. Main-course venison of buttery tenderness is served as fillet and confit with celeriac, damson, smoked bone marrow and a full-throttle jus. Dessert takes a more mainstream route, matching baked St Clements cheesecake with Cointreau granita.

What's on offer?

Opening hours

  • Closed: 25 December
  • Days closed: Monday
  • Closed for dinner: Sunday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2.30
  • Dinner served from: 6
  • Dinner served until: 9


  • Chef(s): Daniel and Natasha Smith

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: British
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 4
  • Wines over £30: 192
  • Wines by the glass: 13

Price guide

  • Starter from: £13
  • Main course from £26
  • Dessert from: £9.50
  • 3-course lunch from: £35
  • Tasting menu from: £65
  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

  • Seats: 60
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 36
  • On-site parking available

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Sturry, Canterbury West
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