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TOPES Restaurant

60 High St, Rochester ME1 1JY, England
01634 845270
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Ranked #3 of 103 restaurants in Rochester
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $25 - $25
Cuisines: British
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Description: TOPES restaurant is a modern British restaurant centrally located in Rochester High Street in Kent and has been awarded two AA rosettes. Chris Small, head chef and co-owner, has created several different menus, including a special set price lunch (L15 for 2 courses and coffee) and mid-week evening menu (3 courses for L20.50). In addition, there is an a la carte menu for Friday and Sunday evenings and traditional roasts on Sunday. All ingredients are bought in fresh on a daily basis from local suppliers and the menus reflect seasonal produce. The restaurant is set in a 15th, 16th and 17th Century building and many of the original features remain. However, the restaurant has a modern feel to it to reflect the modern style of dishes on offer.
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English first
20 reviews 20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Lunch with a colleague who was paying! Went for the set lunch and glad I did. Food was beautfully cooked by a master of flavour. The seabass was cooked to perfection and the pudding - a bakewell tart with cherry ripple icecream was stunning. Will definitely be back. In fact tried to get in the next day and unsurprisingly it... More

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Ashford, United Kingdom
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46 reviews 46 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

I'd booked lunch here for the evening to complete a fantastic day at my Son's graduation. And what a fantastic end to the day Topes provided. Simply everything about this restaurant is perfect. The ambience, the service, the price, the wine and the food, oh the food. Beautifully presented each and every course and so many flavours on each dish.... More

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Chatham, United Kingdom
11 reviews 11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

I went to Topes the weekend before last for lunch and was very impressed by what I experienced. Situated right next to Rochester Cathedral, it has a real charm about it and a very welcoming and comfortable atmosphere. For starter I had the quail breast and confit leg of quail with chickpeas, which was very pleasant if not a little... More

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London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Lovely little restaurant right next to Rochester Castle, we had lunch for three and the £16 for 2 courses was great. good service on what must have been the hottest day of the year too!

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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49 reviews 49 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 via mobile

Before Rochester High Street was bypassed and vehicular traffic channelled down the A2, almost every person making their way from London to the Channel coast, Canterbury, Dover etc would have passed the ancient building in which this restaurant is situated. That's quite a thought. Topes itself is excellent, superb food well presented and served with courtesy and efficiency. You really... More

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Kettering, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

This small restaurant in the High Street delighted the four of us on our visit to Rochester. The two course set lunch menu for £16 seemed a good deal and we were certainly not disappointed. The salmon starter was a sight for the National Portrait gallery and the tastes exquisite. Belly pork can be often so disappointing but this was... More

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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

This is the first time we had been to this restaurant and it had been recommended by family. We popped into Rochester on Sunday afternoon and decided to give the restaurant a try. We hadn't made a prior reservation but they were kind enough to accommodate us and provided a table for two. The building is very unique and very... More

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Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

I visited this restaurant on several occasions and absolutely enjoyed the experience each time, Great menu very fairly priced and very good service. One of my favorite restaurants in Rochester High Street. The only issue is that it is so popular you would be lucky to find a table without booking at the weekend! don't forget too book!!

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Rochester, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

We recently had a cosy dinner for two at our fave local restaurant. It is such good value for the mid-week set menu with lots to choose from. The food is delicious and a small piece of art on a plate. We love the beautiful Tudor building, the cosy atmosphere and the very friendly and obliging staff. This place is... More

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18 reviews 18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We went here last week with members of the family who had eaten here before, it was our first time. It's a little crowded but the waiting staff had no problems getting round to us. The food was excellent. Our party had pate, smoked duck salad, potted crab for starters, fish and chips, and slow roasted pork for mains. Only... More

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