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“Good food, but not incredible”

Wallett's Court Hotel Restaurant
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $1 - $206
Cuisines: Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, 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.
Reviewed June 26, 2013

We ate at Wallett's Court with some friends. The menu wasn't extensive, but provided enough choice for everyone. Starter of ham hock was OK, but nothing special. The highlight was the main of sirloin steak - possibly the best I have ever eaten - which was incredibly tender, and the balance of the dish was just right. Puds were good, but nothing spectacular. Main course aside, I've had better meals elsewhere. Service was a wee bit patchy - we had to ask for canapes and drinks - but the staff were very friendly and the staff didn't rush us out of the restaurant when we had finished our meal.

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Thank exiguusmus
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Reviewed June 9, 2013

Had the grilled seabass for starters and rack of lamb with a bottle of 2009 cotes de rhone, finished with the cheeseboard, was fantastic.

Thank ashyberries10
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Reviewed May 24, 2013

My daughter has just got married at Wallet's Court.The staff were brilliant and the surroundings are beautiful.The meal was excellent.We had a lovely time there and would recommend it to anyone.

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Thank BTaylor_13
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Reviewed April 15, 2013

Set in very nice, idyllic grounds; a grand old house, a pretty garden and nice, rather fancy furnishings, the first impressions were excellent.

We were greeted by a very nice waitress before being led in to the dining room and taken to our table for sunday lunch.

It wasn't particularly busy, but we were placed very close to one of the only tables in use- penned in, almost, and it was a case of needing to resort hushed voices if we didn't want to be overheard.

The menu was rather basic- not including all of the dishes advertised on the website. As a vegetarian, I only had the choice of soup for my starter, and risotto for my main. Neither of which were particularly adventurous options, although they were perfectly nice.

The desserts too were not as espected, but pleasant enough. There wasn't anything wrong with the food- it was a perfectly good meal. However, was it a great meal? Was it worth £21.95 per person, for three courses?
No.

It was of no better quality than quite a few other restaurants in the vicinity which offer three course meals around the £16/£17, and for that reason I must give Wallet court three stars.

I'm glad I sampled the food, and I enjoyed my meal there. However, it is overpriced for what you receive; and there are better restauarants around for a similiar price tag.

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1  Thank Viennaberry
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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?

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Thank KentishMan56
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