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“Enliven your Sunday when in Cranbrook”
Review of Apicius

Ranked #1 of 19 Restaurants in Cranbrook
Price range: $78 - $78
Cuisines: European, Contemporary
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Reviewed June 9, 2014

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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Thank Geoff M
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Reviewed June 8, 2014

good value for the quality of the cooking, seasonal and not too heavy, and the front of house people were really nice, very welcome and not stuffy in the way of some Michelin restaurants, as well

Thank Jane B
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Reviewed June 6, 2014

Visited Apicius last night for a birthday treat. Everything we ate was sublime and the service absolutely delightful. Faultless from the warm bread rolls through to delicious coffee and petit fours. My partner had the crab with fois gras and declared it the best thing he'd ever eaten. Normally a committed carnivore, he was also bowled over by his halibut dish. Definitely up there in the top five meals of my life. We can't wait to return.

Thank LornaWatson
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Reviewed May 30, 2014

We drove here today from Chislehurst in Kent.. What can we say except heaven, really stunning food, excellent service nice atmosphere prompt service and totally mouth watering food. Excellent will defiantly be going there again! Faith the Chefs wife was lovely, knowledgable and really cared that we enjoyed all the food and wine. Well done!!!

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Thank Fiona S
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Reviewed May 24, 2014

We went here as a last minute decision. We had tried somewhere else which wasn't up to scratch and did a search on trip advisor for other well reviewed restaurants. Found this and headed over and were told we were very lucky that a table of two had cancelled. Well, it was cheeky, but having left and finding out it is a Michelin starred restaurant, nearly fully booked months in advance, I guess she was right!

The food is delicious here. My friend and I tried each others starters and mains and we both agreed it was all amazing. The service was good and attentive too.

There isn't much in the way of decoration in the restaurant. It's very neutral, one could say bland. But the tables, cutlery etc are very nice.

100% recommended for a special meal. At the time of writing a 2 course is £33 and 3 course is £40. If you don't mind setting aside that sort of money for great food, you won't go wrong here!

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