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TOPES Restaurant

60 High St, Rochester ME1 1JY, England
01634 845270
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Ranked #4 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
Derby, United Kingdom
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW via mobile

We went to Topes for a wedding meal and we weren't disappointed. The service was impeccable, the food and drinks were locally sourced and top quality and the setting is a perfectly wonky 400 year old building. A must visit for anyone in Rochester.

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Rochester, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Rochester has many places to eat. Unfortunately most of them are dire. Topes is the exception. It isn't cheap but it is well worth spending a bit of extra cash to eat here. The restaurant is in a beautiful period building but it has been furnished in a modern, unfussy style - no ye olde worlde tat. Its setting, right... More

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

If you are a tourist... Don't do the pub, don't be put off by what looks to be a little pretentious, do spend a few more quid on some really delicious and well thought out food cooked by British people who care about flavours and combinations rather than bland re-heated rubbish, we had a very pleasant lunchtime experience, so glad... More

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Northfleet, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 via mobile

Have in the past, dined here for a Sunday lunch but for a birthday treat tried a Saturday lunch.the menu is more varied than the superb Sunday roast,The starters well presented,congratulations to the chef,by the attentive staff. Weil cooked fresh local food, well timed service ,considering a party of 8 all with different choices. Topes can be relied on any... More

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Ashford, United Kingdom
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

The in-laws very kindly treated us to lunch here, as they had been here before (albeit it was our first time). I choose the duck for starter, followed by the battered cod and finally the cheese board. All dishes were well presented and cooked to perfection. There was a good selection of wines and the Margaux at £48 was very... More

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Aberystwyth, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Visited a friend who lives nearby, mainly to visit this restaurant as it was full the last time we came down to Kent. Very quiet for the first half hour or s - we were the first in - although it was fully booked but it filled up later. Sadly, the fish balls I had been recommended were not on... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

I visited here for the second time to meet friends from Rochester. They always recommend this venue, and it's easy to see why. We went for lunch and the food was as delicious as I remembered before. (I didn't write a review last time) and the portion sizes, although a touch small, were over the 3 courses, are enough to... More

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Surrey, United Kingdom
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

There is no doubt that the food is very tasty, however I found the portions very small and left hungry.

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Godstone, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

This was our first visit to Topes. The Sunday lunch menu had an interesting selection including typical Sunday lunch options. The restaurant is very good with well prepared and presented food served by very helpful and friendly young staff. We really enjoyed the entire meal and will return to this restaurant. Reservation made via the Internet and was efficiently dealt... More

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Rochester, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

This is the second time we have eaten in Topes and both times the service ,food ,wine and atmosphere was brilliant . We have lived in this area for quite a few years and can't believe we have only just started using Topes. The staff are friendly and helpful without being pushy and over the top ,they make you feel... More

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