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Read's Restaurant with Rooms
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Macknade Manor, Canterbury Rd, Faversham ME13 8XE , England   |  
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Ranked #4 of 18 Faversham B&B and Inns
Dover, England, United Kingdom
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“Excellence”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

WE recentl y returned to Read's for a family celebration. Four adults, including one very disabled, and 3 children. The service was superb, right down to providing a suitable chair for my disabled son in law. The food was, as usual, memorable, I couldn't miss a course it was all too lovely. My grandsons needed to photo all the food, they were so impressed.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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English first
Kent, England, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

We recently stayed at Reeds on a Saturday night and can only say good things.
The building and setting is brimming with character and the friendly demeanour of the staff makes you feel at home right away.
The evening meal was exemplary, with a fantastic menu and food that is cooked and presented beautifully. Service is discreet yet attentive and friendly. Great care has been taken with the wine list, offering something for every pallet.

The rooms are large and comfortable, and whilst slightly dated, give a feeling of opulence. The creaking floor boards only add to the character of this magnificent building.

The location is just outside of Faversham, and is easy to reach, whilst being far enough away from town to make it feel like a country retreat. A visit to the local Macanade farm shop is recommended, and if you enjoy village cricket, Macanade Cricket Club is close by as well.

Of course, as with any Restaurant of this calibre, prices are at a premium, sometimes a little too premium, but then this would not be the place you would be coming to every week (although you would be happy to do so!).

Room Tip: All the rooms are beautiful, with those at the front of the building being the largest.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013 via mobile

What can I say - just look at the 5* reviews and they say it all. Had the taster menue with wine- excellent. We stayed in 'willow' large room and lovely bathroom - may need a bit of updating. Breakfast was another special treat. Please have a walk to the farmers market and shops so close by and a shame to miss. Faversham town centre is about 20 minute walk away and has some really nice shops and pubs.

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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UK
Top Contributor
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76 hotel reviews
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89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

We were dining at the restaurant and decided to book a room so that we could just stumble upstairs into bed. The room was very large and the bed very comfortable. However, the pice that we paid was really not reflected in the room or amenities at all. It was more like staying in a room at my grandmother's house than a room that costs over £200. There was no shower curtain, which meant that taking a bath was the only way to bathe. The amenities in the bathroom were poor - a small bottle of shampoo and a bar of soap. Whilst there was nothing really wrong with our stay, we just don't believe that the quality of the rooms warrant the price charged. I doubt we would stay here again.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Sonning on Thames, United Kingdom
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66 reviews 66 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
176 helpful votes 176 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

Foreword

... for this is not just Read's Restaurant ... it is Read's Restaurant WITH ROOMS. And what delightful rooms they are too. Ours was The Cedar - appropriately named in that it overlooks a magnificent, stately, Cedar of Lebanon tree. That in itself inspired me to order Chateau Mussar at dinner that night (see later).

Arrival
Even in the middle of Winter, when cold UK was being battered by torrential rains that led to horrendous flooding, the imposing architecture and wide, landscaped, pebbled drive of Read's, coupled with the immediate, warm, welcome from mngr. Brad., we just knew that we would be in for a treat. As it turned out, it was not just a treat but a REAL treat.

The Cedar room for the 'tuck-up'
Spacious, comfortable and with a suggestion or two of the Orient about it, the en-suite bathroom was equally well received. Brad. pointed out the 'honour system' bar/pantry opposite and said that shortbread was on its way up from the kitchen.

The Restaurant for the 'tuck in'
The restaurant, in fact, comprised a small selection of individual rooms which made for very agreeable, intimate yet not isolated, dining.
But first, aperitifs in the bar. There were five of us, incl. the Groom and the Groom's parents (see later)
and we drank the House Champagne. Don't think 'obscure Champagne House' here, think Laurent-Perrier.
At table, the 8-course Tasting Menu (£60.00 p.p. + £35.00 p.p. supplement if you wanted to run with 6 different wines matched to each of the 6 principal courses) would, ordinarily, have been certainly my choice however, the next day, we were all off to a wedding nearby and consequently, we thought this would be a 'bridge too far'. I commenced with a hot soufflé of mature Montgomery Cheddar on a bed of smoked haddock, glazed in a creamed sauce. It was unimpeachable. My four guests were equally mesmerised by their respective choices.
Roasted breast of wild Mallard duck was served with blackberries, quince purée, savoy cabbage and game chips. This was truly a remarkable and skilled creation. There were 5 other choices of main course and my team kept the kitchen on its toes by, to a person, ordering something different. What did the team think? In a word, "amazing". The desserts, and the selection of British cheeses were top-notch. And for those who were incapable of making a decision, there was an opportunity to order a selection of desserts. And so, we all did! I particularly savoured the Read's traditional deep lemon tart with white port, marinated pink grapefruit and lemon sorbet. A wizard creation.
As well as the Chateau Mussar 2004, from the legendary Gaston Hochar 'stable' - that managed to 'ride out' Lebanon's civil strife - we drank a Louis Michel Chablis 1er Cru Montmains 2008.
Finally, upstairs for the 'tuck-up'.

The following morning, we breakfasted together in a private room where joint-owner, Rona Pritchard, to her credit, personally supervised the relaxed proceedings. The organic apple juice was spiffing: after all, Read's is in The Garden of England.

Rona & David Pitchford have held Read's for some years now and, along with heir hand-picked brigade, both front and back of house, they have built a most enviable reputation. Long may they reign at this outstanding Oasis ... a place where things just appear to 'happen' without you realising it. A very clever sleight-of-hand.

I rank Read's among the most memorable, hospital places I have ever had the pleasure of experiencing ... anywhere ... and have every intention of returning and making the exactly 100 miles drive, door-to-door, in order to do so. Boom-Boom.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Higham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2012

We stayed here overnight following a birthday-celebration dinner. We arrived early afternoon and were shown to our room- the Willow- which was delightful. Everything was super-clean, the room was warm and inviting, The bathroom was also warm and spot-lessly clean, with every need catered for. We were shown to the pantry-area where we could prepare our choice of hot drinks, or serve ourselves from the super mini-bar selection. Freshly made shortbread was offered as our afternoon snack...delicious! Our evening dinner was superb, the service impeccable and our breakfast the next morning was perfect. We really cannot fault this establishment and are already looking for an excuse to book again! Worth every penny.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London
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118 reviews 118 reviews
20 hotel reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
150 helpful votes 150 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

Stayed here in early October rooms are well apointed. You get access to a kitchen area for teas coffee etc, This beats the in room tea maker anyday!!

For dinner we had the tasing menu, ( I must stop having this option as it reminds me of mum ordering my food!!) It's all well prepared and served. We stared in the lounge bar with a small drink and some nibbels and it got better from there. The cheese board is great and remember to leave room for a sweet!!

Room Tip: Our room had no shower so check this when booking is you have a preference
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Macknade Manor, Canterbury Rd, Faversham ME13 8XE , England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Kent > Faversham
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Ranked #4 of 18 B&Bs / Inns in Faversham
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 6
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