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TOPES Restaurant

60 High St, Rochester ME1 1JY, England
01634 845270
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Ranked #3 of 104 Restaurants in Rochester
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $25 - $25
Hours:
Wed - Sun 12:00 pm - 12:00 pm
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
Rochester, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

Do you want something special, expensive the Topes is for you. For us we did a taster session and it wasn't really for us. But that doesn't mean I wouldn't recommend. It's just small tasters and a sip of the right wine along with the price just wasn't for us. Lots rave about it and I will let you form... More

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London, England, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

I booked a table following the favourable reviews on TripAdvisor. However, I remained open minded. Nevertheless, Topes did live up to the expectations set by other visitors. It is definitely a place for people who enjoy food. The set lunch (@ £25 pp for 3 courses) was well crafted, balanced and looked wonderful. The ambiance was relaxed, understated, but clearly... More

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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

We just got home having dined for the first time at Topes. We had a great table with views over Rochester Castle. Once seated we were politely and efficiently tended to. The menu was not lengthy however I my husband and I were spoilt for choice. Avoiding a lengthy review; I'll just say that the quality of food, atmosphere, service... More

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

I have always wanted to eat here but it looked a bit pricey for me. Imagine my joy when my friend took me here for lunch to celebrate my birthday. I had a really excellent meal in lovely old-fashioned surroundings. I couldn't have enjoyed it more - it is worth saving up for.

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

Interesting food, well prepared and served with a smile. In our experience the best place to eat in central Rochester.

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Gillingham, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

An amazing restaurant with a truly inspired menu. Not cheap but honestly worth every penny. Been as a couple and with friends and both times had a fantastic meal leaving us comparing tastes and textures for hours afterwards. You have to book as this little gem is packed every weekend, but wholly worth the wait.

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Rochester, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Decent food and pleasant enough atmosphere, but there are other, better restaurants out there offering excellent English food for a similar price.

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Kent
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18 reviews 18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
172 helpful votes 172 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

My partner and I celebrated our anniversary at Topes recently on a Friday night and it was the perfect choice. The restaurant is a beautiful, quaint building within sight of the grounds of Rochester castle, in the High Street with the Cathedral car park very closely located. The atmosphere was relaxed and romantic with gentle lighting, candles and beautifully clean,... More

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Paris, France
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3 reviews 3 reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Friendly and effective service. They even accepted Euros when we run out of pound notes. Very accommodating staff. We can't fault the food either!

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Rochester, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

My son and his partner took me to Topes today for a belated birthday celebration. As it was a Saturday lunch, it was a choice of either 2 or 3 courses from a set menu. I have to say it was absolutely delicious and beautifully presented. The staff were very welcoming and professional and there was a good atmosphere.

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