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Apicius Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.restaurant-apicius.co.uk/
  • Phone: 0158 071 4666
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch:Wednesday to Friday 12:00pm to 2:00pm; Sunday 12:00pm to 2:00pm (Last Orders)

    Dinner:Wednesday to Saturday 7:00pm to 9:00pm (Last Orders)

  • Payment Options: MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Modern European
  • Executive Chef: Timothy Johnson
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: No
  • Additional Details: Beer, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Car Park
  • Parking Details: Public car park off St David's Bridge Road, behind Stone Street.
A word from Apicius
Tucked away in the narrow streets of this pretty Kent town, Michelin-starred Apicius delivers first-class cooking in a glass-fronted, timber-clad building dating back to 1530. Low-beamed ceilings and old timbers are teamed with high-backed chairs, lightwood floorboards and crisp white tablecloths to make an intimate and relaxed setting for some truly accomplished cuisine. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Diner Reviews
  • "We went to Apicius to celebrate the start of our retirement after 40 years of teaching! It was a lovely evening with excellent food and wine with such friendly service. Recommendations were made to suite our tastes."
    dined on 30/08/2014
  • "I recently visited Apicius with my husband and a friend on my birthday. We had a fantastic meal, the food was fresh and perfectly cooked with beautiful presentation. The summer truffle starter was packed with flavour and my main course of Brill and mussels was delicate and tasty with a saffron broth. I chose a goats cheese dish for my dessert as I am a great cheese lover and it did not disappoint. It turned out to be an ash coated soft cheese called Wealdway from a Sussex cheese maker. Service was excellent. I would wholeheartedly recommend a meal at Apicius."
    dined on 16/08/2014
  • "This is the third time we have visited Apicuis and as on both previous occasions the food was outstanding , well presented and affordable"
    dined on 15/08/2014
  • "As ever, food was excellent - good range of options, delicious and well presented. Wine list is short, but with some amazingly good wines for the price. We were particularly impressed by a pinot grigio by the glass and a bottle of red burgundy that was way better than you would expect - so much so that we are now looking to buy some! We visit Apicius regularly and it has never let us down."
    dined on 08/08/2014
  • "This was the perfect venue to celebrate 34 years of marriage - special food for a special occasion. The service was friendly and prompt, the food to a high standard with some unusual offerings and combinations. My desert consisted of chocolate mousse cake, orange segments, cherries, caramel coated walnuts and goats cheese sorbet - rather too many flavour combinations for me, but each delicious in its own right. The ambience is cosy and friendly the cost quite high. (£40 for three courses) excluding drinks."
    dined on 02/08/2014
  • "We had lunch here and thought the restaurant was delightful and would definitely return if in the area again. We had the broad bean mouse and risotto to start; ox tail and goats chess ravioli for main and the plums for pudding - all delicious! We were the only ones there as it was a late lunch (2pm) but the owner was great and made us feel very welcome and at ease. A great find!"
    dined on 25/07/2014
  • "If you like a quiet, straight forward restaurant with very good food at reasonable prices, look no further. We will definitely return."
    dined on 23/07/2014
  • "Excellent food and very original ingredients will be served in this small restaurant with very personal service. Outstanding."
    dined on 16/07/2014
  • "I took my foodie sister out for a special lunch and she was not disappointed. Comfortable spacious surroundings, with no music thank goodness. Glorious food well seasoned, beautifully served that was a feast for the eyes as well as the palate. When ordering pudding we asked for a sample of part of another dessert just to see what it was like - gracefully given with 2 spoons. An all round excellent lunch, well worth the 1 1/2 hour journey."
    dined on 16/07/2014
  • "Being wheat and dairy intolerant I gave forward notice. On arrival I was asked my name and the young, very good waiter mentioned my dietary needs. The small but perfectly formed restaurant has about 9 tables. Tasteful, discreet décor. The food was without question, probably the best we have ever had. It was truly delicious. The only down side was the waitress, who I believe is the joint owner. She is perhaps a little too familiar, referring to people with dietary problems as "freaks". I took the jibe in jocular fashion, which was how it was intended, but I couldn't help but feel there was an element of sting in the tail."
    dined on 13/06/2014
  • "We're returning customers and love this restaurant. Its a Kentish gem. They make a special effort for diners with 'special needs'. The chocolate and watermelon desert was a firm favourite. Service is very personal and friendly. "
    dined on 18/05/2014
  • "I had eaten at Apicus before but I wanted to impress a new friend and it did just that."
    dined on 11/05/2014
  • "Highest quality - wonderful combinations of look and flavour, all prepared to perfection. Personal service in a warm setting."
    dined on 08/05/2014
  • "This is a fine dining experience, where the food and service was good but we were the only people dining at lunchtime so no atmosphere. I have had food as good at half the price, so poor value for money."
    dined on 16/04/2014
  • "Great to find top London quality food this far away from London."
    dined on 04/04/2014
  • "Really outstanding food and a meal that will be remembered. Discrete and friendly service. Interesting wine list. Highly recommended."
    dined on 03/04/2014
  • "Tricky to find, even with SatNav and parking in Cranbrook a bit of a nightmare but it was worth it! Beautifully presented plates of food and an exceptional cheese selection. Some fellow diners a bit noisy (it is a small restaurant) and the lighting might be reviewed for additional ambience but would certainly recommend."
    dined on 26/03/2014
  • "Once again, Apicius never fails to disappoint. The food, service and ambience was second to none. I would have no hesitation in recommending this restuarant. Thank you ......"
    dined on 23/03/2014
  • "pleasant waiting staff nice atmosphere food agreeable."
    dined on 22/03/2014
  • "Table booked 2 months ago, rather randomly. The meal and evening did not disappoint. Great food and service. Catered for dairy-free need without fuss. Of note, American Express not accepted."
    dined on 15/03/2014
  • "Fully deserves its Michelin star for the menu, the quality of the food and the service. A little gem of a restaurant and very reasonably priced for the stunning food you get. We will definitely be returning...and soon!"
    dined on 12/03/2014
  • "Fantastic restaurant with neighbourhood feel and great food. Owner/staff are always very friendly and happy to chat. Food and wine are priced very fairly. One of the ladies serving hadn't brushed up on the new menu and had to check twice to answer straight forward questions about the dishes, which I wouldn't mention normally (as she was very polite, promptly found the answers and we weren't kept waiting long) but as the restaurant has a michelin star I would have expected her to know this. I have been twice and would certainly recommend it and go back again."
    dined on 08/03/2014
  • "Truly delicious food - a real find. In London you'd be paying huge prices for a similar experience. Would definitely go again and recommend."
    dined on 07/03/2014
  • "Michelin star dining for £40 for 3 courses! Absolutely first class food, been twice now and standard exactly the same. Small restaurant so book in advance."
    dined on 28/02/2014
  • "Had a Valentine's day lunch at the restaurant and really enjoyed it. The food was great and good value for money. The owner of the restaurant was very welcoming but not intrusive, just perfect for a romantic lunch."
    dined on 14/02/2014
  • "The service was excellent. The wine list a little pricey but worth it. The scallops and rabbit were beautifully presented and simply delicious. The only suggestion I would make is the restaurant needs a bit of background music. Will definitely return."
    dined on 14/02/2014
  • "Very pleasant evening. Service good and food presentation creative. Quite tasty and portion size just about right. A definite place to return to for a memorable meal. Wine options plentiful and fairly priced."
    dined on 13/02/2014
  • "I have eaten here now on half a dozen occasions over the last 4 years and can only say that Apicius is a real joy. Not only is the food and presentation of the highest quality, the menu is both imaginative and well thought out. The front of house is fun and the service excellent whilst remaining informal and friendly."
    dined on 02/02/2014
  • "It is so refreshing to eat delicious food without excessive 'service' - highly recommended both for the quality of the food and the whole dining experience"
    dined on 01/02/2014
  • "Four of us dined at Apicius last Thursday. It is set in a charming high street. We were greeted and seated immediately. All our menu choices were available. We all ordered different starters and every one was thoroughly enjoyed. My husband couldn't decide on a main course and so asked for a recommendation and proceeded to order it. Again, all four of us thought our main courses tremendous. 2 desserts and 2 cheese boards were ordered. The desserts were amazing, so pretty and a work of art. There are 12 cheeses to choose from and the cheese course allows you to select any 6. Therefore if two people select cheese you can have the entire offering brought to your table. Well worth doing! Brilliant!"
    dined on 30/01/2014
  • "well worth a special trip to Cranbrook - splendid food and excellent (and enjoyable) service."
    dined on 17/01/2014
  • "Back for the fifth time and still a good as ever.Great food at sensible prices, a real taste sensation. Will have to go back soon as I NEED to try more of the current menu."
    dined on 09/01/2014
  • "Had a really lovely evening. We arrived early but they were lovely and welcoming. The food was all beautifully presented and very tasty. Also very reasonably priced. We'll definitely go back for seconds!"
    dined on 20/12/2013
  • "Lovely hosts, delicious food, lacked a bit of atmosphere."
    dined on 19/12/2013
  • "A great menu with a seasonal bias. Based on locally sourced produce. Wholesome portions with a super range of flavours. The staff were very friendly and made us feel particularly welcome providing advice on choice and explaining the courses as served. We had a super evening and look forward to returning."
    dined on 14/12/2013
  • "Had a most enjoyable evening. The food was tasty and beautifully presented. A lovely small friendly brestaurant."
    dined on 21/11/2013
  • "Let's not beat about the bush, this is the best restaurant experience I've had .. ever. One of only 5 restaurants in Kent with a Michelin star and deserving of many more. The most unpretentious restaurant I've ever been to. You're immediately made to feel welcome by both the front of house manager and the excellent young waiter who should be both commended (with the chef) for being part of such a wonderful experience today. Delicious food, excellent value for money, everything was absolutely spot on. I'm hooked, Can't wait to come back. This is not just food at its best but front of house perfection as well."
    dined on 21/11/2013
  • "We had a very nice evening. Staff were attentive and friendly but not intrusive. Food was brilliant!! We will definitely dine here again."
    dined on 08/11/2013
  • "We really enjoyed our anniversary meal at Apicius the food was outstanding especially the scallops, Brantley Apple Charlotte and the beautiful home made petit fours. I recommend this for special occasions treat yourself it will be worth it."
    dined on 31/10/2013
  • "My girlfriend and I enjoyed an excellent 3 course lunch. The restaurant allows for a very personal touch, with very attentive service. I only wished we lived a bit closer, as this was one of the best lunches I've ever had!"
    dined on 20/10/2013