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All 3 Mersham Restaurants

The Secret Garden

Mersham-le-Hatch Village | Hythe Road, Mersham, Ashford TN25 5NH, England
+44 1233 501586
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Ranked #1 of 3 Restaurants in Mersham
Price range: $24 - $48
Hours:
Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: British
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Description: Located within the Mersham-le-Hatch business village in Kent, The Secret Garden is a relaxed and cosy country restaurant with views over a large Victorian walled garden. This restaurant is popular with locals, shoppers and weary motorists for leisurely lunches, and the kitchen here grows its own seasonal fruit and veggies as well as cut flowers and herbs. The bustling dining room is decorated with oak floor, wooden furniture and blackboard menus, and the historic garden is open to visitors. The restaurant also has a sunny terrace for al fresco dining, and a food hall stocked with local produce such as jams and cakes and wine and beer.
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English first
Kent
Top Contributor
92 reviews 92 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

We have been to this restaurant quite a few times over the years. Again this meal was excellent with good food selection and quality. Service is consistently good and staff are always friendly and make you feel welcome.

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Lydd, United Kingdom
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82 reviews 82 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

Had never heard of the secret garden but made a booking off the back of a Travelzoo offer. Set back from the main road the buildings are situated in wonderful surroundings and the old stables have been converted into a very nice looking restaurant. Aimed at the high end market the food is well presented and cooked to perfection. All... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

I booked a table (booked some six weeks earlier) of five for my mothers 90th birthday to eat at 3.30pm. When we arrived they did not seem to be expecting us and the table was only for four. After finally getting seated we asked for the pre ordered afternoon tea for five. We were then told that they had no... More 

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secretgardenkent, Manager at The Secret Garden, responded to this review

Thank you for your leaving a review for us, I am very shocked that you had such bad service and the Afternoon Tea was not up to our normal standard. Our Afternoon teas are very good and to run out of milk sounds very unlikely. I would be greatful if you could contact me so that I can discuss this... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

Lovely afternoon tea, service was a little slow but overall lovely experience and yummy cake. Beautiful surroundings. Friendly staff but service a little slow.

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Ashford, England, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

There are lots of great pubs locally in Ashford but we were looking for a more formal restaurant to celebrate my wife's birthday - you know, one that end in a '0' - and decided to try the Secret Garden. We were a party of ten, with two non-meat eaters, one gluten free and one nut free. The staff were... More 

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Hythe, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

We had booked for a party of 17 for the 14th December to celebrate my husbands 70th birthday and my son in laws 50th birthday, back in October. Everything was fine, they could accomodate a party of this size. We re-confirmed the booking about 10 days before just to make sure that everything was fine, again no problems. So you... More 

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secretgardenkent, Manager at The Secret Garden, responded to this review

Thank you for leaving a review and we are glad that your evening went well. We are sorry that your booking was cancelled, we spoke to you on the Sunday to apologise, and explain that we rang 3 times previous to your evening and emailed you, after no responce we thought you were not coming. Although we were very busy... More 

Kent, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2013

It was a busy Tuesday evening service with Christmas parties going on, so service was mildly slow to begin with. But tht was like a spec of dust in comparison to the overall experience! The food was outstanding to be fair and were very generous portion sizes. Once the mad rush of the parties died down, the very friendly and... More 

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Folkestone, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

I booked the glass house at the Secret Garden as a private party space for a Sunday lunch to celebrate my 30th birthday recently.... The venue was just perfect! It was pretty, quirky, cosy and just what I was looking for- somewhere special for an intimate gathering! The service was great, nothing was too much effort for the team and... More 

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Ashford, Kent
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

A huge thank you to the team at the Secret Garden for providing a memorable experience. We had the private use of the Garden Room and were delighted by the magic of the ambiance. The service was excellent (especially James) and the food was world class. Our group of 24 people were all delighted and will making many return visits.

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Toulouse, France
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30 reviews 30 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013

We had breakfast here with friends; it was not good. The eggs my husband and i ordered were really over-cooked, and the bacon also overdone. Maybe lunch or dinner is better as the other reviews seem positive.

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secretgardenkent, Manager at The Secret Garden, responded to this review

Thank you for leaving a review. Breakfast is not our forte, we are open from 10am every day for tea and coffee and cake but some guests like to come to have a light breakfast which we offer as an alternative to our sweet delights. We hope to see you again at Lunch, Afternoon tea or Dinner. More 

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Additional Information about The Secret Garden

Address: Mersham-le-Hatch Village | Hythe Road, Mersham, Ashford TN25 5NH, England
Phone Number: +44 1233 501586
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Kent  >  Ashford  >  Mersham
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm  6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm  6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm  6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm  6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm  6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 24 - 48
Cuisine: British

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