The West House
The West House

The West House

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thewesthouserestaurant.co.uk/
  • Phone: 01580291341
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 12pm - 1:45pm; Sunday: 12pm - 2:30pm
    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 7pm - 9pm; Friday - Saturday: 7pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: European, British
  • Executive Chef: Graham Garrett
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: No
  • Additional Details: Fireplace

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Headcorn.
  • Parking: Private Car Park
  • Parking Details: Seven space private car park to the rear of building, on street parking in front of restaurant, village car park 200 yards away at end of high street.
A word from The West House
Biddenden in Kent is home to a small, family-run restaurant. Housed in a 15th Century weaver's cottage, The West House Restaurant is one of only a few restaurants in Kent to hold a Michelin star.
The Good Food Guide said of this Kent restaurant... “Respondents continue in their enthusiasm for Graham Garrett’s cuisine: ‘great intensity of flavours, fabulous textures.’ as one reader put it."
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambience
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
The West House reviews from OpenTable diners
122 reviews since 4 June 2014
Average Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.4
  • Ambience4.3
    Value4.2
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasions (103)fit for foodies (94)romance (69)good vegetarian options (31)business meals (26)sunday lunch (26)outstanding value (21)group bookings (10)outdoor eating (3)disabled access (3)brunch (2)afternoon tea (1)child friendly (1)Show More
  • West House
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 27/9/2014
    Great food and nice atomosphere, whilst not cheap still good value given the quality. Definitely would recommend for a spacial occasion or a nice treat.
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent !
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 26/9/2014
    We used to go to the West House when we lived in the area. On an infrequent visit back to Kent, we booked again and weren't disappointed. We had a three - course menu for £40, incredible value. The food is innovative, beautifully presented and in great- sized portions. I had the venison,very tender, lovely rich sauce. No wonder the restaurant was full on the Friday night we went. The only slight irritation for myself and my husband was constantly being called 'guys' by the waiting staff.... But a very small complaint ! We would heartily recommend !
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    fit for foodies, outdoor eating, outstanding value
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  • Gourmet Kent
    farewellWH
    Dined on 24/9/2014
    As usual the food at the West House was immaculate: a feast for the eye as well as the palate. It was the ideal place to take friends by way of a thank you before we move away from the area. That is our biggest regret: that we will be so far away that yet another visit to the West House is unlikely. However, you never know, we may get lucky!
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    business meals, fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stunningly delicious food
    MichelinMum
    Dined on 24/9/2014
    The food was stunningly delicious. We had the 6 course taster menu with each one offering new delights from the haddock starter right the way through to the 'crunchie' dessert. I would not be able to identify one course as being more outstanding than any of the others, although the dessert completed the meal with the perfect combination of soft, crunch and sweetness. The service was attentive but not overly so with the correct amount of time between courses. We loved the additional touch of the warm home made bread served as a pre-starter with pork fat and olives.
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    special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Anniversary Dinner
    lovegoodfoodwine
    Dined on 20/9/2014
    Haven't had the chance to eat at the West House for a while - the restaurant is looking lovely. Food is better than ever with a beautifully balanced tasting menu and perfectly matched wine pairings. Couldn't have asked for a better evening out. Our thanks to all working there.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous!
    BobL
    Dined on 17/9/2014
    The West House is a beautiful restaurant. The building itself is a beautifully restored old house with oak beams, wooden floors and a log burner, giving a really nice atmosphere. The food is superb, beautifully cooked and presented, and of the highest quality. Service is lovely and friendly and you immediately feel relaxed and welcome. Highly recommended, especially for a special occasion.
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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  • Barbara, Tenterden
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Verŷ disappointing for a Michelin 1 star restaurant. The Kedgeree was rather rich. The Duck breast was tough and unchewable and sent back. Diners at the next table complained about the quality of the Duck breast as well ! The Monkfish was overcooked ! However, the dessert and the excellent wine consoled us slightly. Definitely an experience not to be repeated taking into consideration that we had to pay for the Duck. After all the main course was send back unbeaten.
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    business meals, special occasions
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  • Excellent standard
    SLCG15
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    This is as you would expect in terms of wonderful food and service.
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 27/8/2014
    Graham's cooking is truly superb. We had the tasting menu and each course was a delight with subtle combinations and perfect presentation. The service as usual was informal but efficient. We love this restaurant.
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    fit for foodies, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sinatraaddict
    Dined on 27/8/2014
    Food was outstandingly good. Thoroughly recommended. Although we were the only customers in the restaurant we did not feel uncomfortable and were made very welcome by the waiter. We have eaten in The French Laundry in California which was once named the best restaurant in the world but can honestly say that this meal was more enjoyable.
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    special occasions
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  • Beaky
    Dined on 24/8/2014
    Service was bit slow at the beginning but soon picked up. The food was fantastic, particularly the main courses,one of which was the lamb and the other the duck. Well worth the drive from London, .
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    special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Bank holiday lunch at the WestHouse
    meibs
    Dined on 24/8/2014
    Another great experience at the West House. We had the taster menu, which was outstanding. Service was great (if a tiny bit slow) and friendly. Great wine selection, all round pretty outstanding. But not your cheapest Sunday lunch!! Great for special occasions though.
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    special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Once again, stunning!
    Youngfinediner84
    Dined on 24/8/2014
    We went to The West house for a birthday lunch. There was a vegetarian 6 course tasting menu, which sounded so nice we opted for that, even though we are not vegetarians. Each course was beautifully presented and tasted sublime, and we didn't even miss the meat!! The service was relaxed and friendly and we were not rushed so each course was savoured and allowed to settle before the next. If you go to the west house and have the al a carte menu, which we have before, I would 100% recommend you save room for dessert which is always beautifully presented, cleverly thought about and a devine way to end a perfect meal. Overall I would recommend The West House to anybody looking for a well priced, friendly and delicious fine dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The West House Experience
    Eatoutexpert
    Dined on 22/8/2014
    Not up to standard. The best part of the meal was the homemade bread and dripping at the start. Only two serving staff for around 30 diners, one of which was a somewhat elderly lady wearing flip-flops! Overall, not very good food, appalling value and very disappointing.
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  • Save for that special occasion !
    TWellsFoodie
    Dined on 15/8/2014
    This is not an restaurant to be enjoyed every day, unless you have deep pockets, but the food was superb - I had pigeon to start and cod fillet for main, and both were excellent. My wife had Romney Marsh lamb for her main and I've never tasted lamb so good. The carafe of wine was nice too - it's a pity the West House is so out in the sticks, as the combination of such a great wine list and having to drive home afterwards makes it sadly more difficult to enjoy. The service was discreet and polite, and the atmosphere wasn't stuffy at all. We were made to feel very welcome. I would definitely recommend it to others if they were celebrating something, and may well come back again ourselves one day !
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    fit for foodies, outdoor eating, romance, special occasions
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  • Lovely as always
    kate
    Dined on 14/8/2014
    We had dinner at the West House on a Thursday in August and it was very good as always. The service for the degustation was slower than usual meaning we were having our last few courses while the restaurant was being packed up around us, which was a bit of a shame. It also made the £40 service charge seem a bit steep. But the food was still excellent and well worth the money.
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just perfect!
    S99JMC
    Dined on 14/8/2014
    Thursday lunch - food perfect - wine (from the 'wilfully obscure' section on the wine list) perfect - service perfect - coffee perfect - home made butter perfect. Would I recommend it ....... Let me think!!!!! The only food I've had that has compared in quality and seasonality was at Tom Aikens - we will definitely be going back.
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • generally brilliant
    anotherdave
    Dined on 13/8/2014
    Been to the West House a few times and I've not got a bad word to say about. The food is always fantastic and I always leave with a big smile on my face. For the standard of the food I think it's cheap too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, outstanding value, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food
    Lovedup
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Our first visit to the West House. The food was excellent but we felt it lacked a bit of atmosphere. One of the serving staff was really good but the other was very average. Expected just a bit more after hearing the reviews.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodie
    Dined on 17/7/2014
    Dinner was excellent, a great way to spend my birthday . Proprietress was very attentive, and very friendly felt completely at ease and very welcome. Would definitely return.
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    fit for foodies, group bookings, outstanding value, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    BillH
    Dined on 17/7/2014
    This an outstanding place to eat, really world class good, highly recommended.
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    disabled access, fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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  • Top Kent eaterie
    MrCreosote
    Dined on 16/7/2014
    Lovely family run restaurant, serving first rate regional food with none of the pretensions usually associated with cooking of this quality. Graham Garret is an exceptionally talented cook. Lots of exposed beams and wiring in a very pretty town.
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Sunday Lunch
    GeeBee
    Dined on 13/7/2014
    Excellent lunch. Took my elderly parents out for the day in the countryside. Thoroughly recommend the food, very fresh, beautifully presented and very good quality. Parking was easy as my parents cannot walk far.
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    fit for foodies, group bookings, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Fantastic!
    CK2012
    Dined on 12/7/2014
    Perfect every time. Our firm favourite. The taster menu is simply delicious and fantastic value for money.
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, outstanding value, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Enjoyable evening
    Yuri
    Dined on 12/7/2014
    The service was very good and the food was lovely. All in all a very enjoyable evening.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • KCrew
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Very welcoming and accommodated specific dietary requirements seamlessly. Friendly atmosphere and excellent food. An extremely pleasant dining experience.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    HS32
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    A real gem, the food blew us away and we had a wonderful evening. Thoroughly recommend. The only thing we could possibly fault slightly was the service, which while excellently carried out, was sometimes a little slow as there was a demanding table of 8 doing the tasting menu next to us, but the staff were very accommodating and nevertheless we felt very well looked after. The food really was outstanding, and extremely good value. We shall be visiting again.
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, outstanding value, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • suzie
    Dined on 1/7/2014
    Thank-you very much for a lovely meal and birthday cake for my partner's 40th Birthday. The food was excellent and all the individual flavours on each dish were delicious. I particularly loved the almond ice-cream! Nice relaxed atmosphere and good service too.
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, group bookings, outstanding value, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FoodspyVIP
    Dined on 28/6/2014
    The West House goes from strength to strenght. An outstanding meal in a great setting. The starter of pea cream, scallop, girolles and pancetta was outstanding (and I did not have to right it down to remember the ingredients)and the rabbit main course a tour de force. We will be back.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, romance
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  • Anniversary Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 27/6/2014
    I booked this via the web site and my wife and I were delighted by all that the restaurant offered. Fantastic food with relaxed atmosphere. This will be a regular eating place from now on
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    disabled access, fit for foodies, outstanding value, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect food and affordable price
    Monanandy
    Dined on 14/6/2014
    My partner and I have never eastern at a Michelin star restaurant before - we were thrilled to find this gem with a £40 set price for 3 courses. It's informal country ambiance and unintimadting menu make a top quality culinary experience accessible to all.
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    fit for foodies, outstanding value, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wilis
    Dined on 13/6/2014
    The staff are friendly, efficient and welcoming, immediately you think you are going to enjoy yourself - and you will. The menu is diverse and not overlong. The cooking is first class and the wine list presented in an interesting way. Have the courage to try one of the more obscure bottles, they are not all wildly expensive and will take you to places you would not imagine.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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  • Great day out
    ElleVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We recently took some firends from overseas to the West house and we had the most delightful time. The staff are always helpful and offer great advice ( we are becoming regulars) the foie gras starter was a big hit and spoken of continually for the next two days. No loud music, casual and smart. Thanks again
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Flowerman
    Dined on 28/5/2014
    We had a very enjoyable meal with friends. The canapés were delicious. The service was good with just the right timing of the courses. The bread was warm and delicious. The atmosphere was relaxed and friendly. Very good value.
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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  • Diner
    Dined on 16/5/2014
    Excellent as always. The beet root cheesecake was wonderful, and the suckline pig was terrific. Our favourite was the rabbit which had a lovely smokey flavour.
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    business meals, good vegetarian options, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Wow - what a treat :)
    kentprincess
    Dined on 16/5/2014
    We have visited The West House 3 times now and been impressed each time. The service is friendly and knowledgeable, the food fantastic. 2 times we have chosen the Taster Menu which is 6 courses and pre-chosen wines, plus home-made breads and cheesy biscuits. The courses are well explained, look exceptional and taste devine, each of the wines compliments the course superbly. For a 'treat' or for a romantic evening or a night of simply superb food - this IS the place to go
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    business meals, fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently excellent
    Tessie1
    Dined on 16/5/2014
    Marvellous food, superbly fresh ingredients, expertly executed, relaxed atmosphere and delightful service. What more could one ask for?
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    business meals, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An absolute must for foodies!
    Goldie
    Dined on 13/5/2014
    Fabulous food, delightful athmosphere and located in the garden og England - what could be better!!!!
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    business meals, fit for foodies, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Impeccable food
    Andy1
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    We had a fantastic Saturday evening meal at The West House. The food was the star of the show - from the homemade cheese shortbread to the final mouthful of the lightest sponge I have ever tasted, the food was outstanding. The service was also very good, but the restaurant did lack a little atmosphere. That did no detract though from an incredible experience....I would highly recommend!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Evening
    Yummie
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    Great service, the waiting staff were very attentive and friendly. Compliments to the chef Graham, the food was amazing, both in taste and presentation. You all contributed to our wonderful anniversary weekend, thank you so much
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    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.