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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
Hours:
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
Gillingham, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

I have been using the Lakes Restaurant/Hempstead House since being introduced to it ten years ago. It is ideal for those special events such as Christmas, groups parties and birthdays etc. with options of private dinning rooms if required. The staff are an absolute credit to the restaurant/hotel. Very professional, attentive and nothing seems too much trouble. The food I... More 

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UK
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

Having eaten numerous very good conference buffets and an excellent afternoon tea at this hotel, I was really looking forward to a pre-Christmas meal. However, the lunchtime festive meal I have just chewed my way through was a major disappointment with little to recommend it other than the lovely restaurant staff. The professional and efficient service of the waitresses was... More 

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

The staff is very lovely and the food is a real treat... Although they are mostly fully booked on weekends so booking is a must.

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Kent
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30 reviews 30 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

My husband took me here for my birthday as I do love it and we have not been for years. We waited quite a long time for our table which was booked for 7pm and then waited ages for our starter which was ordered whilst we were waiting in the bar area (around 45mins earlier). The candle was not lit... More 

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Sittingbourne, England, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

Outstanding service and exceptional food as always. Extra special touch writing Happy Anniversary in chocolate on our dessert plates.

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Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

This review is not concerning the accommodation but if the accommodation is anywhere near the standard of Lakes restaurant then it must be superb. We are reasonably regular users of the restaurant and have never found it wanting. There is not much to say about our meal yesterday evening as I enjoyed the best steak I have eaten since 1976.... More 

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Gillingham, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

The food and service both exceptional. Little noisier than usual due to a group of attention seekers (I'm being polite) next to us but did not spoil the evening by any means just a bit embarassing. Staff were so professional as usual. They are obviously trained extremely well and all seem happy to be there.

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Herne Bay, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

Nice pre drinks seating area so as you can have a drink and read the menu. Lakes restaurant lovely and relaxing with fantastic staff. The food was cooked to perfection and nicely presented. After dinner coffee was served in the snug where the four of us could sit and relax together. Such well thought out touches.

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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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65 reviews 65 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 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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37 reviews 37 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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Additional Information about Lakes Restaurant

Address: Hempstead House, London Road, Bapchild ME9 9PP, England
Phone Number: 01795 428020
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Kent  >  Bapchild
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm  7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm  7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Wednesday 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm  7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm  7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm  7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm  7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 60 - 70
Cuisine: English, French

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