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Lakes Restaurant

Hempstead House, London Road, Bapchild ME9 9PP, England
01795 428020
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Ranked #1 of 2 Restaurants in Bapchild
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $60 - $70
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Wed - Mon 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: English, French
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Lakes is the restaurant of Hempstead House, a small family-owned country house hotel between Sittingbourne and Faversham in the glorious Kent countryside. It dates back to 1850 but Lakes restaurant was added in 1998, quickly winning awards from the AA, the RAC and the English Tourist Board. Its crystal chandeliers, fine china and cut glass provide an elegant backdrop to chef Matthew Levett���s accomplished interpretation of classical English and French dishes: fresh fish and meat is locally-sourced and fruit and veg come down from Covent Garden each day. Start with roasted tomato filled with goat���s cheese and served on aubergine cumin pur��e, then dive into yoghurt-roasted rack of Kentish lamb, meltingly tender from its marinade and served with bean and lentil casserole and boulang��re potatoes. Finish with passion fruit cr��me br��l��e or get the taster plate of coconut tart, Amaretto mousse and pistachio ice-cream ��� it���s heaven.
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English first
Maidstone, United Kingdom
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65 reviews 65 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

We had a wonderful meal here as a group of 10, the menu is varied and the food was delicious. The food was reasonably priced and the presentation was superb. The Assistant Restaurant Manager, Terry, is a definite credit to the restaurant. The Lakes restaurant had a good atmosphere and we thoroughly enjoyed our meal, we will definitely be returning.

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Kent, England, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We booked here to celebrate our 22nd wedding anniversary. From the moment we arrived we were treated like valuable customers, shown into a sitting room-style waiting area and brought a plate of mixed olives. Whilst sitting in this comfortable area both our drinks order and our dinner order were taken, but we were not rushed and were able to enjoy... More

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Brompton, United Kingdom
3 reviews 3 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

I was given a gift voucher for Afternoon Tea for two at this hotel as a leaving present from my old work colleagues. Being one for loving afternoon teas I was quite excited and looking forward to it. It took us ages to get in as every time I tried to arrange it they were always fully booked! It was... More

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

I would just like to say a big thank you to the restaurant staff who looked after us on Wednesday at lunch time. We had a poorly child and the staff sorted out seating for our grandson to sleep on so that his mum could eat some lunch in full view of him. We are so grateful and would also... More

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Headcorn, United Kingdom
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46 reviews 46 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We went to this restaurant because we had been given a Red Letter Gold dining experience. The setting is lovely and the food was very good. We definitely would go back. The staff were attentive. Prices were averagely priced.

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Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Came for a xmas meal with family . Very pleased . The food was lovely service was excellent . Was made to feel very special . Would definitely recommend if you like good old fashioned silver service .

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Have been dining club members here for past 2 years but have been disappointed with steadily declining standards. Seems as though they are penny pinching - no longer offer selection of breads, always have to remind staff of special dietary needs, menu quality and variety poorer. On our final visit lamb hard as though it had just come out of... More

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hempsteadhouse, Owner at Lakes Restaurant, responded to this review

We are disappointed that these dining club members feel the standards in our restaurant are declining as we constantly strive to offer new and exciting menu choices made from fresh local produce. Each Thursday we offer 2-4-1 dining to all members and they are extremely popular evenings, giving guests the opportunity to enjoy a high quality dining experience at a... More

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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

Myself and my partner ate at Lakes as we were staying at the lovely Hempstead house hotel. And what a treat it turned out to be. After unexpectedly amusing our bouches with a delicious bocconcini, tomato, balsamic dressing type number, both of us shared a lovely crab cake and papaya salsa starter along side a scallop dish with burnt lemon... More

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80 reviews 80 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Yet another perfect evening with Lakes dining at Hempstead House with the International magician Etienne Pradier entertaining to the highest standards and the perfect menu of superb quality food with service to match. Etienne was a magician who performed a different routine at each table and with a great personality he is without doubt a worthy act not to be... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

16 of us from a cancer support group H.O.P.E. visited Hempstead House for their Wednesday lunchtime special. We had a lovely afternoon. The setting is very pretty, the food was excellent and superb value for money and the service was friendly and efficient. Our members have asked me say that we all enjoyed the experience without exception and would definitely... More

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