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Lakes Restaurant

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Hempstead House, London Road | Sittingbourne, Bapchild, Sittingbourne ME9 9PP, England
+44 1795 428020
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12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Mon - Sat 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Large groups, Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions
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 the 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.
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  • 104
    Excellent
  • 38
    Very good
  • 10
    Average
  • 7
    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
Anniversary dinner

Visited this restaurant for our 10year anniversary. Our table was decorated in advance which was a lovely touch by the staff. The atmosphere was fantastic, very posh and professional service by the staff. Gorgeous setting. Food cooked to perfection slightly lacked flavour but that's only criticism... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Kupton87
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33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited this restaurant for our 10year anniversary. Our table was decorated in advance which was a lovely touch by the staff. The atmosphere was fantastic, very posh and professional service by the staff. Gorgeous setting. Food cooked to perfection slightly lacked flavour but that's only criticism. We had happy anniversary decorated on our dessert plates and the staff couldn't do... More 

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Thank Kupton87
Sittingbourne, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

had sunday lunch at lakes..everything about it was excellent from the moment we arrived ..good menu, wine list, service, I could go on,but I ve said excellent so I can not think of any better word to use. would like to eat there every day if it were possible.

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Thank valerie b
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Superb lunch, great service from Michael, lovely atmosphere with the log fire on a cold day. Choose the salmon courses.

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Thank HarrySiu
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fabulous meal with partner, mother-in-law and sister-in-law on 12 Jan. Great value menu with superb food all round. The steak was fantastic and far larger than I anticipated and all other dishes selected (starters,mains and desserts) were top notch too. Served by Michael who was excellent so thanks to him for making the whole thing a real treat. Thoroughly recommended.

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Thank Geoff A
England
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44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2016 via mobile

Had a really lovely time as always. The portions do seem to have shrunk over the last five years but we keep coming back. Yes its pricey compared to a normal meal but compared to other places at Christmas its reasonable. The staff make a real difference and are all lovely with nothing too much trouble. We will be back... More 

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Thank Man_o_Kent
London
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016 via mobile

My family and I had a superb festive Sunday lunch here in the Lakes restaurant on the 27th December. Absolutely nothing was too much trouble for the staff who kindly provided an alternative starter of melon for my grandma. The food was delicious and we couldn't fault the experience at all. We will absolutely be returning next year!

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Thank RobynArchbold
Kent
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015 via mobile

Today our party of 10 covers again visited Hempstead House for Christmas dinner. I can only emulate my last review of our dining experience which I deservedly gave 5*. My reason's being...... The beautiful surroundings for a starter. I,like many believe that good food deserves to be presented by an unsurpassed front of house. Here they certainly deliver just that.... More 

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Kent, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

We attended Hempstead House for a special family meal and I can not praise the venue enough. We were impressed by the attentiveness of the staff, the food was great and the atmosphere was welcoming and friendly. We had a number of older family members in our group and I found that staff to be patient and supportive in there... More 

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Thank Pat M
Maidstone, United Kingdom
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68 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

The spacious restaurant is set within Hempstead House hotel. On arrival at the restaurant we were shown into a lounge with a roaring fire where we sat, having a drink and making our dinner choices. The A La Carte menu is available on a Friday and Saturday evening and provides a good and interesting range of options. Once our starters... More 

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Thank David W
Woking, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015

Good service for small or larger groups, with some very agreeable set menu options. Decent wines also available, as well as beer/ale.

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Thank Russ L

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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: British, French

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions

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 the 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.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Monday
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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