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Lakes Restaurant

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Hempstead House, London Road | Sittingbourne, Bapchild ME9 9PP, England
+44 1795 428020
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12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Wed - Mon 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Lakes is the restaurant of Hempstead House, a small family-owned country...
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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Visitor rating
  • 79
    Excellent
  • 25
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great for family lunches

We've eaten in The Lakes restaurant at Hempstead House several times now and always been pleased with the food. We've had several Sunday lunches plus we've had family meals there twice now on Christmas Eve (2013 & 2014). The service is very good. I particularly like how you get to sit in the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 28, 2015
Kittenspy
via mobile
Good for:
  • Entertaining clients
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
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124 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Vienna
Top Contributor
86 reviews 86 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Menu has only a few main courses and the vegetarian one (c. £19) was, if tasty, small and clearly not worth the money. Service excellent. This is the restaurant of a hotel based on a Victorian country house, and is ideal (and probably designed for) weddings and groups.

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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015 via mobile

We've eaten in The Lakes restaurant at Hempstead House several times now and always been pleased with the food. We've had several Sunday lunches plus we've had family meals there twice now on Christmas Eve (2013 & 2014). The service is very good. I particularly like how you get to sit in the lounge area first with a pre-dinner drink... More 

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Newmarket, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

We came here last week for a meal during our stay at Hempstead house. We had 3 courses all of which were fantastic, the Lamb dish was the best lamb dish I have ever had. We both had a bottle of wine each, which we chose from the extensive wine list and they we both great too, and I was... More 

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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

I liked everything about my celebration lunch with family, approx. 16 of us. Perfect venue, would definitely recommend to friends and family

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Greater London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

The Lakes restaurant was wonderful, the service could not be faulted and the food was superb . I would highly recommend to anyone who wants to special evening. I had scallops to start that were cooked to perfection, followed by seabass which was wonderful

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London, England, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

staff very friendly and very attentive . Service very good but food a bit disappointing. Although food was nice, we found that it lacked Something and was overpriced for what you got.

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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

This review is for a business lunch on a Wednseday. We were greeted by the waiter and ushered into the dining area comprising a large conservatory with mock columns and rather dated decor. I will admit to preference for more modern decor so if you like limed oak , round plates and chunky mock antique cutlery ignore my previous comment.... More 

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hempsteadhouse, Owner at Lakes Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for your very positive review of our cuisine and service. We strive for excellence in both these areas. Our decor is very traditional and is advertised as such in all our brochures. I realise this may not be to everyone's tastes and thank you for your comments. More 

Minster, United Kingdom
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

I took my elderly parents to Christmas lunch as I had heard good reports about the exceptional quality of the food, we were all very disappointed from the beginning , for £87.50 per head we expected first class food and service, On arrival after being seated and ordering our drinks we were given rock hard rolls, both my parents could... More 

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hempsteadhouse, Owner at Lakes Restaurant, responded to this review

Unfortunately this family arrived with very little 'Christmas Cheer' and, inspite of the best efforts of my staff, were extremely difficult to please. I was eventually called to speak to them when the undercooked steak was returned and I was spoken to in a very rude and aggressive manner. We apologised that the steak was slightly undercooked and immediately offered... More 

Bapchild, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Group of friends had a surprise afternoon tea for a 60th birthday as there was a large group we had our tea in one of the private rooms. The staff were excellent they went through the different sandwiches and cakes kept topping up our tea and coffee. Nothing was too much trouble they even held our scones back and kept... More 

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Kent, England
Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Been here three times now and service and food has always been good. If going on a weekend we have found the Saturday a la carte or set lunch menu is better than the set Sunday lunch This time we visited on a Saturday lunchtime to celebrate our sons 18th birthday with family We arranged for a cake and balloons... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Hempstead House, London Road | Sittingbourne, Bapchild ME9 9PP, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Kent  >  Bapchild
  • Phone Number: +44 1795 428020

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 60 - 70
  • Cuisine: French, English

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Entertaining clients, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups, Doing business

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.
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

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?