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TOPES Restaurant

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60 High Street, Rochester ME1 1JY, England
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
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London, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Topes restaurant occupies a delightfully quaint half-timbered building which opens onto the High Street. Diners towards the rear of the building enjoy views of the Castle. Food can probably best be described as 'Modern English' and from what I could see, most of the ingredients were locally sourced (although why the Oysters should come from Maldon in Essex rather than... More 

Thank JGLondon415
Rochester, England, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Very special little restaurant that delivers fantastic food and fantastic service. Very relaxed and cosy atmosphere - highly recommend for a special meal. You just pre book on weekends, as very popular.

Thank Matthew K
Woodford, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Why do I always end up frustrated and disappointed when i go to Topes? I've had people (including the waitress!) tell me that Topes is the best restaurant in Rochester. It's certainly the dearest restaurant on the High Street, but unfortunately I've never had a great night there. For a good (not great) restaurant with a good chef, and a... More 

1 Thank Paul0000001
Sittingbourne, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I visited topes along with 2 friends following their recommendation. I was sceptical due to the 'different' nature of the food but I needn't have worried! All 3 courses were perfect and extremely tasty. Our waitress was really lovely and was happy to stand and explain their selection of gin to us so we could pick the perfect one. (They... More 

1 Thank 01kclark
Kent, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Really uneven floors and low ceilings but not uncomfortable it adds to the feel of the place. All staff lovely and friendly. Smallish portions but if buying a 3 course meal as we did it fills you up. Food was nice couldn't complain on one thing.

2 Thank Jemma M
Airlie Beach
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63 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The perfect place to enjoy a delicious lunch in the sun and sample the gin menu. Love the Eton mess and British cheeses. Great service from the lovely ladies as always.

1 Thank JustineCupcake
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35 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Took my partner to the Restaurant for her birthday. There Cocktails are a must! We had the 2 course mid week set menu. I had the black pudding with egg. Was very nice and would recommend. For main I went out of my comfort zone and had the Guinea fowl with rosti and cabbage. It was fantastic quality and really... More 

2 Thank James L
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Love this place. Excellent menu with fabulous produce, locally sourced. Stunning on the plate & palate. Great staff who are happy to help & advise. Clean & decorated to high standard.

1 Thank girksandscoiterd
Kent, England, United Kingdom
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79 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As my title says, I need to return simply as I didn't enjoy sitting upstairs in the restaurant. It was far too hot & far too dark that I struggled to see my food. We sat on a large table & the bench on the back had too many cushions on it, making it a little uncomfortable & the table... More 

1 Thank Samantha P
Rochester, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have always received good,friendly service. Menus have a variety of appropriate items for my friends and myself. Enjoyable meals - value for money.

1 Thank Mary P

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$21 - $46
European, British
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Outdoor Seating
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Families with children, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 60 High Street, Rochester ME1 1JY, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Kent  >  Rochester
  • Phone Number: 441634845270
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 (L16 for 2 courses and coffee) and mid-week evening menu (3 courses for L25). 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?