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Lakes Restaurant

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Hempstead House, London Road | Sittingbourne, Bapchild, Sittingbourne ME9 9PP, England
+44 1795 428020
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Mon - Sat 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Kent, England
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115 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited several times before but this time I felt the need to email the restaurant after the event to voice my concerns. They were very quick to respond My 3 concerns were 1. Music from a wedding in a nearby function room being heard above the music and chatter in the restaurant The Manager has thanked me for bringing this... More 

Thank M2Man
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The meal was really lovely the staff were amazing just need to look at starters but main and pudding amazing will be dinning here again thanks for a lovely weekend staff were amazing

Thank Becky H
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went to Hempstead house for an evening meal - My husband called the hotel and made the booking from a number on the website - we did intend on booking the Thai restaurant but this wasn't very clear. The restaurant in Hempstead house is called The Lakes and the Thai restaurant is the Brasserie (its in the Spa, called... More 

Thank Mei H
Sittingbourne, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016

Just had a wonderful lunch which I had booked to celebrate a friends 60 th birthday. Food and service was excellent, very prompt service and they even did us a "birthday plate" which had candle on with 4 truffles as a surprise for birthday girl as we hadn't ordered dessert. Lovely touch. Thank you.

Thank Justine W
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66 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016 via mobile

We came here for a birthday lunch, wasn't sure what to expect but hoped it wouldn't be a disaster, so very pleased with our choice, the three course set lunch was excellent value for money. The food is presented beautifully, the staff are very professional and well turned out. Restaurant is a lovely space, bright and airy overlooking the gardens,... More 

Thank Theresa H
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016 via mobile

We recently married after a number of years together. My wife and I have had lunch and dinner at this restaurant on many occasions so we decided to hold our after ceremony lunch at the venue. I have to say that our requirements were very modest as far as wedding breakfasts go but we both agree that the staff and... More 

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Thank Anthony R
Kent, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016 via mobile

Service is good just a shame the food doesn't deliver Have been here twice and both times the food was not that good Such a shame as the venue is lovely

Thank 00Ma
Nantwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016 via mobile

Excellant service , food and very attentive staff. I felt truely spoilt . A lovely ambience in the room with light from candles and chandelier. It all felt very intimate and indulgent. A real treat.

Thank marycat_12
Sittingbourne, United Kingdom
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67 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2016

We booked this Restaurant for our Bowls club Birthday lunch. The staff were very helpful in the planning of the event. We were a party of 30 and chose to eat in the main restaurant. We were greeted by friendly faces and shown to tables outside on a patio,where we enjoyed pre dinner drinks. The food and service was excellent... More 

Thank beachcomber
Maidstone, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2016

This was our first visit to this restaurant, part of a tastefully extended Victorian country house now known as the Hempstead House Hotel. The combination of pleasant, professional, attentive and enthusiastic staff, a delightful dining room, beautifully decorated and set out and good food, is always going to be a winner. The atmosphere is not pretentious and we immediately felt... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$60 - $70
British, Vegetarian, French, European, Gluten Free
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Private Dining, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Business meetings, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Open Hours
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Hempstead House, London Road | Sittingbourne, Bapchild, Sittingbourne ME9 9PP, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Kent  >  Sittingbourne  >  Bapchild
  • Phone Number: +44 1795 428020
Lakes is the restaurant of Hempstead House, a small family-owned country house hotel between Sittingbourne and Faversham in the glorious Kent countryside. It dates back to 1850 but Lakes restaurant was added in 1998, quickly winning awards from the AA, the RAC and the English Tourist Board. Its crystal chandeliers, fine china and cut glass provide an elegant backdrop to the interpretation of classical English and French dishes: fresh fish and meat is locally-sourced and fruit and veg come down from Covent Garden each day.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?