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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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Today
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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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
Fantastic Sunday lunch

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
Mark T
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Sittingbourne, England, United Kingdom
via mobile
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Entertaining clients
  • Romantic
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
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Sittingbourne, England, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW 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 NEW 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015 via mobile

My family and I came to Hempsted House yesterday for afternoon tea to celebrate my mothers 70th birthday. It was a very special treat for her to have all of her family there and I was very happy to have it go absolutely seamlessly. Upon arrival we were greeted and shown into our private room overlooking the grounds. We were... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

Took my daughter for dinner here this evening as a club card holder we can enjoy fine dining 2 4 1 on a Thursday evening. The dressed crab was amazing ,not least of which because it was a whole crab which I wasn't expecting! I've never been disappointed whenever I've dined here, the cuisine and ambience is outstanding!

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Faversham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

We were looking forward to a return to the restaurant at this local hotel, where we meet friends for lunch occasionally. Today was a total disaster with a silver lining. We met, sat with drinks, chatted, looking at the menu provided by friendly waiter, who said feel free to mix and match the lunch menu with the a la carte.... More 

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Vienna
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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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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
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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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UK
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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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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, English

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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, English

Restaurant Characteristics

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