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Hempstead House, London Road | Sittingbourne, Bapchild, Sittingbourne ME9 9PP, England
+44 1795 428020
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12:00 pm - 2:30 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
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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  • 27
    Very good
  • 10
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
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    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 service, but learn how to cook a steak!

Great selection on the menu. Starters and puds were particularly appealing. My scallop starter was very good - scallops cooked well. Chocolate fondant was divine - perfectly cooked and beautifully rich. However, my main course was a let down. My requested medium rare steak was verging on well done... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 3, 2015
exiguusmus
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Kent
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Large groups
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
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Kent
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75 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

Great selection on the menu. Starters and puds were particularly appealing. My scallop starter was very good - scallops cooked well. Chocolate fondant was divine - perfectly cooked and beautifully rich. However, my main course was a let down. My requested medium rare steak was verging on well done. It's a shame something so simple was done badly. Would have... More 

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Kent
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

My Wife was treated to afternoon tea here for her Birthday and had a nice relaxing and peaceful afternoon in wonderful surroundings. The scones were lovely and the service was excellent. She enjoyed it so much that she has asked me to take her back for an evening meal!

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Kent
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Went today for an afternoon tea and I will definitely be going back. We had our own private room which was lovely & the manager who introduced himself was very friendly and kept making sure we was okay throughout our stay. I would definitely recommend having afternoon tea here, the food was delicious and there was plenty of drinks to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

We visited Lakes Restaurant as a family to celebrate the occasion of Mum's 70th birthday. Michael and his team did everything possible to make our event very special including making extra room to accomodate a large birthday cake, decorating the table with birthday confetti and decorating the birthday girl's dessert plate with a chocolate inscribed 'happy birthday'. They even willingly... More 

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Kent
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

I wanted to take this opportunity to say how very happy our cover of 8 people experienced a beautiful time at Hempstead House on Sunday 19th July 2015 for a 70th birthday lunch. From start to finish the service by Michael and the team of waitresses was faultless. The traditional Sunday Lunch was absolutely 2nd to none, as agreed by... More 

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Kent
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

I went for my birthday lunch last week and the service was, as usual, fabulous. The food was delicious and they had sprinkled Happy Birthday foils all around our table for me. They were more than happy for my friend to bring a birthday cake, they brought it out with a candle and flowers on it. They sang to me... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

We were going on holiday the next day and the day we arrived at "The Lakes" was my 28th Anniversary so we wanted to celebrate it. What a lovely restaurant /pub it is, very large and airy with large windows where we sat so we could see out at every position. The decoration was beautiful with big sweeping curtains and... More 

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Sittingbourne, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 via mobile

I was so surprised that this place is there for one thing. Then there's the price for a 3 course Sunday lunch, how do they do it for the cost?! Thirdly, there's the service. Plates served by waitresses wearing white gloves, napkins placed on your lap for you, dessert cutlery moved for you before dessert's served. All in all an... More 

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Sittingbourne, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 via mobile

I was so surprised that this place is there for one thing. Then there's the price for a 3 course Sunday lunch, how do they do it for the cost?! Thirdly, there's the service. Plates served by waitresses wearing white gloves, napkins placed on your lap for you, dessert cutlery moved for you before dessert's served. All in all an... More 

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

We visited the Lakes Restaurant for Fathers Day lunch and had a lovely meal - we didn't feel rushed at all and the food was great. We were made to feel extra welcome by Kevin who looked after us on our wedding day 7 years ago and remembered us! We all had a nice afternoon and will definitely be returning... More 

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Additional Information about Lakes Restaurant

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

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

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

Price and Cuisine

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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, 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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?