With such excellent reviews and on a visit to the area my wife and I called up to see if we could book dinner on Saturday evening. How foolish to hope but never mind the charming gentleman who answered the phone suggested Sunday lunch. As we intended to visit the Wadhurst open garden afternoon he suggested 1230. Almost brunch! Anyway we agreed so off we went. Sunday in Cranbrook is like a trip back in time. Quiet, few shops open and a pleasant place to stroll around in order to help build up the appetite. And so to Apicius. A double fronted former shop unit near the church, quietly decorated with about 8 tables so 16-20 covers. Lunch times are staggered so that as we were told, the one chef can ensure that proper attention is paid to each meal. A limited range of dishes but well thought out, beautifully cooked and presented. Warm bread rolls, crab with fois gras and wild mushroom with brioche and Parmesan crisp as starters followed but Kentish lamb and Kentish pork made for a truly satisfying if slightly differently presented Sunday lunch ( we didn't have a dessert so as to allow for space for tea and cakes in Wadhurst parish hall during our trip around the gardens). As others reviewers have said service is excellent displaying just the right amount of attention and interest in the diners, who from what I could tell were regulars. If we didn't live in West London so might we. Much as it goes against the grain to say this, but perhaps a little background music might be a good idea, since one finds oneself listening in on the adjoining diners conversations, since it is a rather intimate interior. Controversial but a thought.
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