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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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In a vineyard, a restaurant with a difference

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At a glance

Open all year
Private dining
Wines by the glass

This striking, bare timber and galvanised steel building lies in the grounds of Chapel Down Winery, one of England's leading winemakers. Both bar and terrace offer countryside views, while from the open-plan kitchen comes a short but appealing choice of modern European dishes, such as a starter of octopus carpaccio, chorizo, puréed red pepper and smoked almonds. In similar vein are gilt head bream with cucumber consommé and herb gnocchi, and barbecued lamb rump served with wild garlic, morels and boulangère potatoes. Coconut pannacotta with kiwi sorbet and mango would be a fine way to finish. Why not tour the vineyard, before enjoying its wine?

Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Closed for dinner: Sunday to Wednesday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 3
  • Dinner served from: 6
  • Dinner served until: 9


  • Chef(s): Simon Ulph

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: European
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 8
  • Wines over £30: 16
  • Wines by the glass: 7

Price guide

  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Steps for wheelchair: 18
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

  • Seats: 65
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 18
  • On-site parking available

Getting here

B2082 between Tenterden and Rye.

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