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TOPES Restaurant

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60 High St, Rochester ME1 1JY, England
01634 845270
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12:00 pm - 12:00 pm
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Wed - Sun 12:00 pm - 12:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: TOPES restaurant is a modern British restaurant centrally located in...
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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  • 300
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  • 67
    Very good
  • 20
    Average
  • 11
    Poor
  • 9
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Topes is an excellent restaurant in the heart of Rochester. Glad we booked as the restaurant was full on a Thursday night. The service was excellent. A good menu, although the vegetarian choices were limited, and a good wine list. Seldom do we come across a restaurant where all the courses are of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
Adrian L
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Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
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English first
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW via mobile

Topes is an excellent restaurant in the heart of Rochester. Glad we booked as the restaurant was full on a Thursday night. The service was excellent. A good menu, although the vegetarian choices were limited, and a good wine list. Seldom do we come across a restaurant where all the courses are of the same excellent quality but Topes does... More 

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Rochester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

We had a gorgeous lunch to celebrate our Wedding Anniversary. Excellent food, well done !! My starter main and dessert were all fabulous!!

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Basildon, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Phoned up and booked a table. When we arrived there was a sign saying fully booked but there were loads of tables empty and we're still so an hour and a half later! We were shown to our table then our drinks order filled rapidly. The food order was very slow to be taken, eventually a waitress came over and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

I have never had a bad meal here. I don't write a review for every visit, as it would be a bit sad, but Topes has to be my favourite restaurant. We met with friends, had three courses, wine and coffee etc for £115 per couple inc tip. For the quality of food, I don't know anywhere better in the... More 

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Strood, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

What an experience ! Had lunch with my mother this saturday (8th) and loved it. Took the 3 course menu. Good service and great food. Will return for sure and can recommend to anyone who is looking for fine gourmet food for a very reasonable price.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Decided to stop here for lunch after seeing the new terrace menu. Was fantastic a delicious lunch for less then £10 at the usual high standard you would expect from Topes. Will be back.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

I have ate here several times and the food has always been great... On this occasion the food was beautiful, the service was good and the restaurant itself is very in keeping with Rochester. The restaurant is expensive but ifs worth paying the extra for!

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Rainham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

You always need to book here as the restaurant is quite small, and very popular. We ate upstairs with 3 other couples and a larger group. The service was excellent and the House red delicious. What was really outstanding was the menu, and the value for money. Choosing was quite difficult, and although we had different dishes, we will be... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Beautiful and clean and great food,,friendly helpful staff can in no way fault this Restaurant, will go back there when I visit Rochester at Christmas time

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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Just visiting Rochester for the weekend, found Topes just strolling down the high street, the menu looked good so we went in and got a table, had an excellent meal, great service, friendly welcoming staff, so we booked for the following night as well (which turned out to be a wise move as it was then fully booked). So if... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 60 High St, Rochester ME1 1JY, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Kent  >  Rochester
  • Phone Number: 01634 845270

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25 - 25
  • Cuisine: British

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Doing business

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 12:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 12:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 12:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 12:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 12:00 pm

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