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“Superbly cooked locally sourced organic food”

Oyster and Chop House
Ranked #12 of 140 Restaurants in Herne Bay
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $7 - $24
Cuisines: Seafood, British
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Good for: Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: We are extremely excited to offer authentic slow-cooked smoked meats, done properly in our in-house smoker, guaranteed to arrive fresh on your table. As well as great steaks, burgers and sandwiches. The freshest Lobsters and Seafood are also on the menu alongside Mac'n'Cheese to die for. We aim to cater for all, providing amazing value for money party menus and even a kiddie menu. We offer an extensive wine list and a fine selection of alcoholic drinks including plenty of cocktails, draft beer, and bottomless fizzy drinks.
Reviewed December 6, 2012

I have read half a dozen reviews saying how good this restaurant is and agree with their comments so will not repeat them. I looked round the kitchen and the owner explained his approach to developing his recipes using the sous vide method (also used by Heston Blumenthal and others- see wiki). Without getting technical he produces food that retains its flavour because of the precise temperatures applied whilst also completely satisfying hygiene standards. Every thing plated has been produced expertly from scratch. I could not afford to eat like this in London! Try it now whilst it is still easy to get booked in.

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Reviewed November 27, 2012

The east of Kent, and its sea, has an abundance of top quality produce and this restaurant cooks and serves it to perfection. The menu changes daily according to what's available locally. And the chef is clearly very fussy and very talented.
Today Pheasant and Wood Pigeon, tomorrow they are expecting Mallard and just 3 Widgeon, so by Friday the menu will be different again.
Superb. No hesitation in saying that.
My photos show the menus on our visit. We had the Midweek Special at £19.50 for any two courses on the board except fillet steak plus an amuse-bouche to start and lemon sorbet between courses and a small glass of house wine.
Criticisms? They need a web presence so people know they're there and roughly what to expect.
Why only 4* for atmosphere? Empty. But once they're 'discovered' you'll have to book weeks ahead. It's only a matter of time.

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1  Thank Two_Tankertonians
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Reviewed November 11, 2012 via mobile

I implore all to ignore a recent newspaper article written by an individual who has no clue!

This is the second time I have used the restaurant in as many months.

Good front of house. Friendly and willing to help. The head Chef Jeff also comes out to talk to guests after their courses which is a nice personal touch.

The menu offers the best of the local produce. I must say the complimentary freshly baked bread and Amuse Bouche (single bite sized appertiser) adds to the fine dining experience. The food was cooked to perfection.

I will be going again and look forward to the new creations on offer.

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1  Thank HerneBayAsh
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Reviewed November 7, 2012

Ate here with friends and had an absolutely great meal. The food was fresh, well presented, reasonably priced and perfectly cooked. A small, but varied and interesting menu and similar wine list ensure that things are kept simple here. I don't think there's anything wrong with that and can't find anything to fault with our meal either. If you want silver service, don't come here. If you love food; do.

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1  Thank dcc251
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

Went to the Oyster and Chop House on the High Street, Herne Bay for the first time on Friday night to meet with friends from Whitstable. This restauarant can hold it's own with many of the more 'up-market' restaurants in Whitstable or Canterbury.
The restaurant has nice simple clean lines and was warm and welcoming, very nice staff. Nice amuse bouche and a small variety of breads, made on the premises, to settle us in our seats and give us a chance to look at the menu.
Good variety on the menu including sea bass, pidgeon. mallard, a variety of lamb cuts as well as steaks and, of course, oysters. I had the lamb shoulder which was beautifully sweet. I had no problems with the portions. The chef/owner came round after the meal and explained that the lamb was locally sourced, about 10 miles away. He chose the lamb and by taking a whole animal was able to butcher the animal himself to get the variety of cuts that were on the menu.

Nice selection of wine. Not too big, always a good sign and very reasonably priced. I shared a bottle of Fleurie which at just over £23 I thought a good price for that wine in a restaurant.

With good jazz playing low in the background, attentive staff and excellent food well worth a return visit.

Don't be put off by its location at the end of the High Street. You never know if Canterbury City Council gets its finger out and actually developes the area as they promised 2 years ago then it could be at the centre of activity for this part of Herne Bay

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1  Thank Tom M
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