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Lakes Restaurant

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English, French
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Hempstead House, London Road, Bapchild ME9 9PP, England
01795 428020
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Today
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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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, Reservations, Late Night
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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Good for:
Romance
Large groups
Doing business
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 77
    Excellent
  • 24
    Very good
  • 8
    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
Most recent review
Feb 21st 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

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 22, 2015
Liz H
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Greater London, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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120 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Greater London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
18 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
28 reviews 28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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
54 reviews 54 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 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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Warrington, United Kingdom
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

We thought the food excellent, and so were the staff . The setting very comfortable and clean.The prices are very reasonable.

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Gillingham, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

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
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

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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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Hempstead House, London Road, Bapchild ME9 9PP, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Kent  >  Bapchild
  • Phone Number: 01795 428020

Price and Cuisine

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

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?