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Hengist

7-9 High Street, Aylesford, Kent, ME20 7AX
This attractive village boasts this cosy neighbourhood restaurant under the same ownership as Thackeray’s in Tunbridge Wells (q.v.). But although the building is old, the comfortable interior – while displaying ancient timbers – is rather minimalist in feel.

Local and regional produce is used whenever possible, but imported items, such as Duck Foie Gras also feature.

The ambitious menu listed the likes of ‘Pan-fried Red Mullet with Basil Linguine’; 'Stuffed Pigeon Breast with a Salad of Pearl Barley, Baby Poached Pear & Trompette Mushrooms' and ‘Ham Hock Confit and Shallot Terrine with home-made Piccalilli’ among an autumn list of starters.

Maybe to be followed by ‘Grilled Calf’s Liver with Bubble and Squeak and Sauce Diable’; 'Roast Breast of Gressingham Duck with Black Figs, Sautéed Swiss Chard, Quince Purée & Foie Gras Cream Jus' or ‘Roast Cod with Roast Vegetables and Bouillabaisse Sauce’.

Desserts are tempting with the likes of ‘A Trio of Mini Crème Brûlée’ – white chocolate, rhubarb and lemon; 'Marinated Prune & Armagnac Soufflé with Vanilla-Infused Prunes & Vanilla Bean Ice Cream' and ‘Apple Compote and Cinnamon Ice Cream’ there to tempt you.
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Other Details

  • Food Style: Modern French
  • Lunch: Tues-Sun, 12.00-14.30; Tues-Sat set L £12.95 (2 courses) to £14.95; Sun £16.50 (2 courses) to £18.50; mains about £18 to £25
  • Dinner: Tues-Sat D, 18.30-22.30; set D Tues-Fri £25.50 (3 courses), Tasting menu £48.00 (7 courses), mains about £18 to £25
  • Seats: 65, plus about 14 outside
  • Wine: A mainly French wine list kicks off at around the £17 mark, and offers about a dozen by the glass
  • Children's portions: Yes, when possible
  • Wheelchair access: Yes
  • Nearest station: Aylesford
  • Directions: See the map on this page
  • Closed: Sun D, all Mon, some Bank Holidays
  • Air conditioned
  • Outside eating

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Tel: 01622-719273
Address: 7-9 High Street, Aylesford, Kent, ME20 7AX
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