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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

Graham and Jackie Garrett's low-key restaurant in a beamed and tile-fronted 16th-century Flemish weaver's cottage on Biddenden’s high street looks every inch the old-school Kentish idyll, but is very much a 21st-century operation. Graham has served time in the kitchens of Nico Ladenis and Richard Corrigan, and has done some TV cheffery, but he's happiest at the stoves, relentlessly wringing every molecule of flavour from a larder stocked with impeccable local and seasonal materials. It’s the sort of technically savvy cooking that deploys cutting-edge methods to achieve masterful balance of texture and flavour, taking a theme of ham and egg, say, to produce poached egg with Ibérico ham dressing, brown butter sabayon and crispy kale, or matching roast, puréed and crisp Jerusalem artichoke with sherry vinegar, chestnut and nitro foie gras. Flavours are sharply judged in main courses too – perhaps roast duck with salt-baked celeriac, braised red cabbage and apple, while fish might appear as monkfish cheek with tandoori cauliflower and mussel masala. Desserts maintain the creative edge – perhaps a fun take on the ‘Crunchie’ theme comprising white chocolate and honeycomb parfait with dark chocolate sorbet – while savoury finishers might go for Neal's Yard cheeses with an Eccles cake. A wallet-friendly three-course lunch offers top value.

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 from25
  • 3-course dinner from45
  • Tasting menu from60
  • 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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