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“Lovely, historic surroundings, but not terribly good value for money”

Wallett's Court Hotel Restaurant
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $1 - $206
Cuisines: Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Description: A luxurious menu of modern British cuisine has made the restaurant within the ancient manor house hotel of Wallett's Court in Dover a sumptuous destination in its own right. Robust, inventive flavouring abounds, with accomplished and gutsy cooking producing dishes such as confit of sea bass with sticky port shallots and caramelised noisette potatoes or breast of Gressingham duck with ginger and spring onion rösti. There is a predominantly French wine list, with Sunday lunch and party menu options.
Deal, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
285 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
“Lovely, historic surroundings, but not terribly good value for money”
Reviewed April 14, 2013

We had wanted to go to Wallet's Court for some time, and it is certainly a lovely building in beautiful surroundings.Having booked for a wedding anniversary meal when they were advertising the 'Winter Menu' on their website we were disappointed that the 'Spring Menu' seemed less interesting and varied; never mind, we thought, there are still several interesting dishes here. But on arrival, we found that the day menu was a shorter version, with fewer starters and desserts, and with one of the more interesting main courses and two of the starters replaced. In fact there were only 2 desserts (one cheese, at a supplement). However, to give full credit when we expressed disappointment that the 'Fig Soufflé' was missing we were immediately told that the chef could provide that if we wished; we did wish!

The starters we had were the nice - carrot & orange soup and Wood pigeon salad - if not particularly large. The mains were interesting - Slow roasted belly pork was very nice, but again small; Beetroot risotto was nicely produced and the traditional roast beef very copious, and perfectly nice (if a little red for my taste), but nothing any good carvery could not do.

The desserts were mixed - the Soufflé was delicious, but didn't taste of fig at all ('blood orange' - we thought?) and the chocolate tart wasn't a tart, but really just a (very rich & nice tasting) small chocolate ganache...! Strangely the rather boring sounding Yoghurt Mousse looked, as far as we could see from another table - to be both interestingly presented and pretty large!

All in all Wallet's Court is a very impressive building, where one can relax for a good break, but the choice in the menu is not great, and the value for money not wonderful. Maybe somewhere to impress a foreign friend or relative who likes to think of England as white washed walls and wooden beams?

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank KentishMan56
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English first
Kent, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
57 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Excellent dining”
Reviewed April 9, 2013 via mobile

We stayed at Wallett's court overnight in a spa package. Included in this was cream tea, dinner and breakfast. Our cream tea was very nice, the only recommendation I could offer is perhaps nicer crockery. We had lovely tea cups and saucers in our rooms, the type you would expect from Wallett's decor but at our cream tea the cups were average (very nit-picking but noticeable in such a beautifully decorated house) The scones were clearly home made and came out warm from the oven which was very nice. Dinner was unbelievably good, we felt very specially treated and sat downstairs for 2 hours contently being served and enjoying our food. We especially liked the extras given, besides the usual bread basket, there was an amuse-bouche and a complimentary mini-pudding. It was truly a first class dining experience and I have eaten in many nice restaurants. I can only suggest that they offer a wider range of vegetarian options, I was thinking of recommending the restaurant to a family member but worried, as a vegetarian, she would be very limited with just one option in the starter and main menu. The food was delicious and we left the dining room after a lovely day extremely satisfied. The service was of a high standard also. Breakfast the next morning was all you could ask from a good fry up. Excellent produce and very well cooked. We loved staying in the hotel generally but we especially satisfied with the excellent food and the wonderful atmosphere in the dining room.

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank BethSidwell
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Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Birthday overnight stay”
Reviewed March 31, 2013

Been before , love the staff always very accommodating and genuinely nice people , third visit but disappointed with room as was one of outer rooms and a bit cold not the character of previous rooms but same price, if you book ask if you can stay in main building as its an old building full of antiques has real charm and nice ambience and Spa gym sauna facilities good , had evening meal in restaurant 2 courses 35.00 and love a good restaurant food was good but quite small portions and just felt as residents it was a bit expensive and they told us limited bookings as were fully booked but we ended up in a room with just two of us and 4 empty tables for the whole meal and dessert and I do like to be with my husband but would of been nice to be joined by other guests just for a bit of people watching and the service was very slow , the pork my husband had was beautifully cooked but seriously £28.00 for a main no extras and £7.00 for mini dessert I just felt a bit cheated as Londoners we ate at a Michelin star restaurant last week for slightly less, overall don't want to slag place off staff amazing location amazing, I just think they should take a step back and take on feedback so they can grow and improve

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank Clarepoppet
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London, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Poor service”
Reviewed March 19, 2013

Forced to wait in entry hall while receptionist finished her telephone call

Sercice during dinner indifferent

1 Thank Brian M
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“A dreadful cream tea experience- shocking service.”
Reviewed March 11, 2013

Afternoon tea was booked by my sister as a Christmas gift to my grandparents and was far below the standard we expected.
We were given a table in the conservatory which was freezing, the heating was put on at our request, but took a good 45minuites to heat the room.
The service was dreadful we were asked once if we were okay, but had to keep calling over the waiting staff to ask for tea, milk and sandwiches, without a large black hair drapped across the top! The people on the table in the same room as us had to knock in the kitchen door twice to get service.
The sandwiches were below par, laden with butter and not very appetising after the hair insident. The scone was clearly home made but a little on the dry side an the cake was pitiful, one very small slice of carrot cake.
We were given a voucher for 3more free cream teas, but are not particularly excited about returning.
Very sad.

Thank DealLady
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