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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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Vanguard cooking in a charming Kentish village

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Vegetarian menu
Tasting menu
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Service charge
Credit cards accepted

The Garretts' restaurant with rooms on the high street of the wine village of Biddenden dates back to the 16th century, with its distinctive tiled apron and timbered frontage. Graham Garrett takes his inspiration from the fields, farms and coasts of Kent and melds pedigree ingredients into a style that owes a fair bit to sunny Mediterranean modes, with one foot firmly in the modernist camp. Pressed Ibérico pork with black pudding comes with a reimagined caponata of celeriac and apple, while sea bass fillet is robustly served by Jerusalem artichoke and lardo di Colonnata, among the main course options. They may be preceded by 'gravmax', Garrett's own coinage for cured mackerel with charcoaled beetroot, blackberries and horseradish, or perhaps a serving of crab in Mexican array with guacamole, lime and tortilla. Fresh garden produce is showcased on its own fixed-price menu, depending on what's just coming out of the ground or off the trees at various seasons. Turn to autumn bounty for desserts such as warm pumpkin cake with clementine, chestnuts and chocolate sorbet, or else maintain the Med theme with dulce de leche tart and sherry caramel. Neal's Yard cheeses come with an Eccles cake, and yes, there's a Kentish wine on the enterprising list.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 24 to 26 December, 1 January
  • Days closed: Monday
  • Closed for lunch: Saturday
  • Closed for dinner: Sunday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2
  • Dinner served from: 7
  • Dinner served until: 9.30

Chef

  • Chef: Graham Garrett, Tony Parkin

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern European
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 28
  • Wines over £30: 54
  • Wines by the glass: 22

Price guide

  • 3-course lunch from: 25
  • 3-course dinner from: 45
  • Tasting menu from: 60
  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

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

Facilities

  • Seats: 32
  • On-site parking available

Additional information

  • Seats: 32

Getting here

At junction of A262 and A274. 14 miles south of Maidstone

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