This modern restaurant might be hard to find, but unless you are seeking a more ethnic culinary style, it's much needed in the area.
Chef Alan Irwin, has a loyal following having previously headed Chapter One, but has switched the kitchen's emphasis here into sourcing top-quality local produce rather than his previously more European outlook.
A late autumn menu listed 'Velouté of Jerusalem Artichokes, with Winter Truffle Tortellini'; 'Paella of Kentish Seafood & Cured Bacon' and 'Herondon Estate Pigeon Breasts, Spiced Pears & Roasting Juices' among the starters.
With 'Line-Caught Broadstairs Sea Bass with Roasted Artichokes, Brown Shrimps, Young Leeks & Bouillabaisse Sauce'; 'Slow-Roast Belly of Mulberry Tree Middle White Pork with Spring greens & Boulangère Potato'; 'Poached & Roasted Glastenbury Estate Pheasant Breast with Roasted Cêpes & Truffle Pommes Purée' and 'Pithivier of Ellies Goats Curd & Pickled Red Cabbage' among the starters.
If you still have room, you might be tempted by 'Chilled Coconut Rice Pudding & Roasted Pineapple'; 'Cox's Apple Crumble & Vanilla Ice Cream' or 'Vanilla Crème Brulée with Hazelnut Shortbread' while those with a more savoury tooth should be tempted by their selection of Kentish Cheeses.
- Food Style: Modern British
- Lunch: Tues-Sun 12.00-14.00 (Sun 14.30); set L Tues-Sat £12.95 (2 courses), £15.95 (3 courses); set L Sun £15.95 (2 courses), £18.95 (3 courses)
- Dinner: Tues-Sat 18.30-21.00 (Fri & Sat 21.30); set D £12.95 (2 courses), £15.95 (3 courses); mains £15 to £21
- Seats: 60, plus 40 outside
- Wine: a well-chosen list, travels the world, kicking off at £13.25
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Nearest station: Staplehurst Rail
- Directions: See the map at the top of the page
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: D Sun, all Mon.
- Outside eating