I googled "best Sunday lunch in Kent" to finish off my girlfriends "significant" birthday week and up this popped. I did the obvious (checked reviews from previous diners) and subsequently booked a 14:30 lunch slot. Despite my journey planning allowing for the snowy conditions we arrived fifteen minutes early. Our jackets were taken and we were shown straight to our table. Whilst I'd love to be a real wine connoisseur (I like wine but I'm not!) the wine list was almost encyclopaedic. Thankfully the menu recommended a good Merlot so we plumped for that. For starters we chose the smoked fish risotto and the beef for main. We both consider ourselves to know our way around a kitchen and both enjoy spending time preparing food at home. Inevitably though whenever we eat out we often feel disappointed thinking we could do better for significantly less. Not here. The risotto was delicious. Just enough to leave you wanting more but not too much that you were not wanting the beef. Ah, the beef. If I lived to be a thousand years old I don't think I'd be able to cook up a main like this. The meat was superb, the red cabbage sublime and the roast potatoes; well they were like thick crisps on the outside and beautifully soft in. We needed more gravy though!
The desserts; my girlfriend went for the apple fondant and I for the crème brûlée. Both were divine.
The service of the staff is unparalleled with any other eaterie I've been to. So efficient without making the experience feel rushed (we were there 1.5 hours)
With coffee and service included our bill came to an unbelievably good value of £92. Worth every penny.
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