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“Sublime” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Apicius

Apicius
23 Stone Street, Cranbrook TN17 3HF, England
+44 (0)1580 714666
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Ranked #1 of 18 Restaurants in Cranbrook
Price range: $78 - $78
Cuisines: European, Contemporary
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Whitstable, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Sublime”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

A peaceful and relaxing atmosphere that is supported by a polite request to switch off mobiles phones...joy and no music, just gentle chatter of fellow diners. We were in a party of 6 and after each course every plate was clear. We fought over the desserts! The food is elegantly portioned, fresh, sophisticated and absolutely delicious. We cannot recommend this place highly enough and will go back soon. This is a £50 per head meal with one bottle of wine so not cheap but worth every penny.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Longridge, United Kingdom
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64 reviews 64 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 43 cities Reviews in 43 cities
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
“A lovely treat for our friends (and us of course)”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

Took friends here for lunch. Lovely warm welcome and the approach from the staff immediately put everyone at their ease. Faith, the joint owner was both funny and informative. The Brixham crab boudin with seared foie gras, pickled radish & apple puree was gorgeous. My husband said the pan fried confiet chicken livers,girolles, broad beans, pancetta & pickled onions was delicious. One friend was vegetarian and was highly delighted by the black truffle linguini. The confit of pork, and the rabbit was also impressive. The glazed milk chocolate torte was lovely accompanied by some unusual flavours in the basil ice cream, and compressed watermelon gazpacho. The coffee was served with scrumptious petits fours. This was a very very enjoyable lunch.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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74 reviews 74 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 44 cities Reviews in 44 cities
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
“Gastronomic excellence”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

As a birthday treat this was superb. We both had the £40 three course dinner, and every course was a delight and full of many flavours, as so many other diners have recorded. The experience was greatly enhanced by the charming care we received from the owner and her young colleague.We shall definitely return when we next visit Kent.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Saffron Walden, United Kingdom
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56 reviews 56 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“A very excellent lunch indeed!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

I took my Mum here for Mothering Sunday, and we had a really lovely meal as usual with Faith on form as normal. To start we both went for the crab which was both delicate and tasty, we followed that with the rabbit which was very sweet and tender. We weren't going to order a pudding as we were both very full but there was a very unusual choice of ricotta cannelloni which was out of this world. The cannelloni was in fact sweet and it was a solid brandy snap but without the brandy and it was filled with ricotta and it was laid on a bed of celery, grapes and candied walnuts and topped with olive ice cream. It tasted truly amazing and it was a totally new flavour for our palates.

The pudding was amazing and the highlight as it was a totally different and inspiring course.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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London
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10 restaurant reviews
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
“We had a wonderful lunch”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

I booked less than a week in advance and very luckily ( cancellation) got a table for my mother and I ( Mothers day). We got very lost and arrived at the restaurant over 1 hour after the time that the table was booked for ( my husband kept the restaurant informed that we were going to be late)
When we finally arrived we were shown to our table and were treated absolutely wonderfully by the owner. They didn't rush us to order or eat and made us feel very comfortable as we were very embarrassed for arriving so late. The restaurant is very small, I think maybe 20-30 covers maximum. The atmosphere is casual and very comfortable, not at all snobby or prissy. The menu has 5 choices for starter, main and dessert so not a huge selection which we found very nice. The food is beautifully presented and tasted delicious, the desserts are the best I have ever tasted anywhere. The price was extremely reasonable considering this restaurant has a Michelin star, everything was lovely and unhurried. I will definitely return and highly recommend this restaurant to anyone wishing to have a special lunch or dinner.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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