An excellent restaurant, run under the guiding hand of celebrity chef Michael Caines.
The chef here, Toby Lin, runs a tight ship and a high level of standards are maintained.
While the menu follows the seasons, starters such as 'Parmesan Gnocchi with Black Truffle Purée'; 'Lasagne of Rabbit with Celeriac, Pancetta, Wholegrain Mustard and Tarragon Sauce' and 'Hand-dived Scallops with Wild Mushroom Duxelle, Celeriac Purée, Apple and Watercress' set the style.
Perhaps to be followed by the likes of 'Asparagus Risotto with Fresh Parmesan'; 'Roulade of Skate Wing, stuffed with Lemon Thyme Mousse, Roasted Shallots, Swiss Chard, Braised Chestnuts, Pancetta and Girolles' and 'Fillet of Beef Rossini, Port-roasted Onions, Provençal Croutons and a Truffle Butter Sauce'.
If you have room, there are impressive-looking desserts, such as 'Passion Fruit Soufflé with Caramelised Banana Parfait and Banana Disc Nougatine' and 'Trio of Crème Brulée - liquorice, vanilla & pistachio' to tempt you. While they also offer an excellent selection of British farmhouse cheeses.
Their set lunch menu, consists of a grazing menu, and although less sophisticated, but offers very good value.
- Food Style: Modern European
- Lunch: Mon-Sat 12.00-14.30; Sun 12.30-14.30; set L Mon-Sat £14.50 (2 courses), £19.50 (3 courses); set L Sun £14.95 (2 courses), £19.95 (3 courses); mains £20 to £25
- Dinner: Mon-Sat 19.00-22.00; mains £23 to £27; early evening set D Mon-Sat between 18.00-19.00 ££16.50 (2 courses), £27.50 (3 courses)
- Seats: 70
- Wine: a good list of nearly 200 bins kicks off in the mid £20's
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Nearest station: Canterbury East or West
- Directions: See the map on this page
- Parking: Yes, but very limited - enquire when booking
- Closed: D Sun
- Air conditioned
- Rooms available