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County Restaurant @ Abode Canterbury

4.4
4.4
267 Reviews
£41 and over
British
Paying homage to the hotel’s extensive history, the restaurant takes its name from the original name established for the hotel in 1892.

Characterised by modern European cuisine using the finest regional produce, the restaurant offers à la carte and tasting menus alongside a wine list carefully curated to complement new seasonal dishes introduced year round.

Combining classic elegance with modern style, the beautifully designed dining room features plush neutral furniture and low lighting. The vibrant yet chic ambience at ABode Canterbury creates the perfect fine dining venue.

In the city centre, County Restaurant at ABode Canterbury is near the majestic Canterbury Cathedral. Canterbury Rail Station is just a 9-minute walk away.

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2 people

21:00


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What 267 people are saying

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4.4
4.4 based on all time ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. PO

    PatrickO

    Kent

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 18 February 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    As one of our favourite restaurants the food was as good as previous and again we will definitely be booking again in the near future.
  2. SM

    SteveM

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 25 September 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Amazing food and wonderful service
  3. JP

    JanetP

    Yorkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 July 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Excellent service and comfortable restaurant, food good quality beautifully presented. A very pleasant experience
  4. OF

    OccasionalFoodie

    Kent

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 5 March 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    2nd time here and it's still special. Everything full of flavour and very tasty. Margarita gets a special mention this time because I didn't mention her by name last time, excellent service all round.
  5. T

    Tony

    Vancouver

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 21 February 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The dinner was a wonderful experience, from the delightful morsels sent out from the kitchen to the starters - well balanced, full of flavour, and beautifully presented and the mains, which were beautiful and delightfully prepared. The soufflé dessert was incredible. The wines, even though by the glass, were excellent as well. Service was impeccable. Overall a wonderful experience.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 16 February 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fantastic food and great service.
  7. T

    Terry

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really good food, didn’t expect the set menu to be that good
  8. CG

    CarolG

    Kent

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 December 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Service wonderful. We found piano playing intrusive. Very small portions although food excellent but lacking vegetables
  9. OF

    OccasionalFoodie

    Kent

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 24 November 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A gem in the heart of Kent! This fine dining experience was truly FINE. The menu has plenty of locally sourced ingredients put together to create some fantastic flavours. Impeccable service from all the staff who were knowledgeable, discreet and there when we needed them. The only problem is that I can only give 5 stars.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kent

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 23 November 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The food was very nice and well presented, but just a little disappointed that they don’t serve vegetables and carbs. The services was very good and I would go again.
  11. g

    gissie

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 22 November 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent restaurant to celebrate my sons graduation
  12. d

    deanb

    Kent

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 21 November 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a wonderful foodie experience Thankyou
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 October 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    I enjoyed it!
  14. RP

    RichardP

    London

    39 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on 12 October 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    I would go again, but my partner found the portions a little on small side as did I , however there was a few compliments of the chef and we had 3 desserts between the 2 of us so left full enough The restaurant was very nicely laid out the staff attentive , I would return again All in all a good experience
  15. K

    Kentcallling

    Kent

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on 21 September 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had Pre-theatre menu (before going to Marlowe) - very nice meal with good quality food and friendly, efficient service without being over the top. Would definitely return when in Canterbury.
  16. d

    deanb

    Kent

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 2 September 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful restaurant !
  17. DD

    DebraD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 August 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We spent an fantastic evening eating lobster and steak washed down with a bottle of prosecco. Great value for money.
  18. S

    Scott36a

    London

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on 17 August 2019

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Excellent food and very good service. Will return more regularly 😀
  19. T

    Transformer

    West Sussex

    133 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    133 reviews

    Dined on 9 August 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    An all round excellent lunch and the bread is fabulous too.
  20. DR

    DavidR

    London

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 19 July 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Terrific tasting menu with wine on Friday night. Great staff who were very informed and the food and wine were excellent. I particular some very interesting and unusual wines were a delight. Thanks and we’ll be back.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 5 July 2019

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Food was very tasty, no complaints there. However the waiting staff do need advise how small the portions are. We did not elect to go for a starter thinking the main would be substantial enough. However the portion was extremely small and there is no option to add a side, so despite a few admittedly delicious amuse bouches there was no way our appetite would be satisfied. The restaurant did cook some extra broccoli for us after we complained but it took the shine off the meal which was a shame as the quality is very good.
  22. MW

    MarkW

    London

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 26 June 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Thoroughly enjoyed very high quality food, in particular very succulent lobster and steak. Really very good cooking. The ambience in the lounge is lovely, less so in the dining room - a touch worn and jaded. But the service is very good and the food excellent.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely Valentines Tasting Menu
  24. r

    richardh

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 December 2018

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    food good but portions are small andtherefore felt it was a little onthe expensive side. Rather noisy as they had two large parties in but they did seat us as far away as possible.
  25. T

    Transformer

    West Sussex

    133 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    133 reviews

    Dined on 21 November 2018

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Excellent quality meal and service and especially good value with one of the OpenTable offers.
  26. C

    Corinne

    London

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 17 November 2018

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Birthday meal. Service very slow. Disappointed as was for a special occasion.
  27. NE

    NEKent

    Kent

    26 reviews

    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2018

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    As always, tasting menu very well put together and the accompanying wine choices really matched the food well Very nice evening
  28. P

    Philip63

    London

    91 reviews

    5.0

    91 reviews

    Dined on 27 January 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The meal was excellent, from the freshly baked bread with two different butters served with a small bowl of delicious soup, through the starter and main and the wonderfully presented and full-flavoured dessert. The setting is delightful and the service excellent throughout with our waiter explaining each dish and checking, unobtrusively, on how we were at appropriate moments. And for under £25 for a three course lunch, who could possibly complain at the price? It was fine dining at an affordable price, with each component on the plate adding to the experience and bringing different flavours and textures to the whole. Excellent.
  29. B

    Bruuunooo

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 16 October 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A fantastic meal for my girlfriends birthday. We had the tasting menu, which was fantastic, served up by very knowledgable and very well presented staff. All round a very lovely meal.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 12 August 2017

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    They never had our booking and we had to leave to find another restaurant
  31. E

    Elsie

    London

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 29 July 2017

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Not allowed to take photos when dining there so that's a negative point
  32. BT

    BarryT

    Kent

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 July 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We ate here before a few years ago and we're not too impressed and decided to give it another go. We chose the tasting menu with wine. Really good food with some fantastic combinations. The somellier was excellent, taking time to carefully explain the wine and food pairings. Tasting + wine definitely recommended for foodies! Service was attentive and swift yet unhurried, and very pleasant at all times. Only slight disappointment was in the bar - we ordered a bottle of Dom and the glasses offered twice were dirty (only water stains, but still, I'd expect sparkling glasses in a champagne bar). This didn't overshadow an otherwise excellent evening, very reassuring to find that the service and food has come on leaps and bounds from our last visit. We will definitely be returning.
  33. N

    Noswale

    London

    41 reviews

    4.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on 18 February 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We were visiting Canterbury for the weekend, and stayed at the ABode hotel. It made sense to book the hotel restaurant for dinner. The food was really excellent, exceeding expectations - modern cuisine, beautifully cooked, and creatively presented. The amuse bouche jerusalem artichoke soup was wonderful. Only two niggles - the wine list was not extensive, and it seemed some of the wines available for the tasting menu were not on the list. The side vegetables were overcooked, in contrast to the main event.
  34. F

    Francesco

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 February 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent! We ate great food! We will definitely be back! Pls go and try it!!!
  35. MF

    MarkF

    London

    33 reviews

    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on 4 February 2017

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Went on a Saturday evening before going to the Marlowe. First through the door at 5.30. Very quiet all evening - hence ambience marked down. Limited choice of food as expected but was served to a very high standard and offered great value for money. Would highly recommend.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kent

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 October 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely outstanding first time there will definitely be returning waiting staff and food were incredible
  37. GD

    GeorgeDragon

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 September 2016

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    The staff were attentive, the room was laid out with plenty of room and felt very special. The food was exquisite. Although portion size is not vast, the taste certainly was. I felt that the Head Waiter could have interacted a little more with us and the other customers. We provided a few opening lines to invite him into a conversation but was not received very well. I understand that there has to be a professionalism but interaction with the customers can add more value to the experience. Overall, a thoroughly good experience and will be back for future special occasions.
  38. H

    Hippo

    Kent

    36 reviews

    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on 26 July 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wanted a special occasion in a quiet setting prior to our daughter in law going to Papua New Guinei and was not disappointed. Food was excellent as was the personal service received. I will definitely be going back for other occasions as you were never rushed and had time to talk.
  39. C

    Cnaic

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 July 2016

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    The staff were polite and welcoming. Food was however expensive and the portion was small for the monies that we were paying for the meal. It is pretty pricey and portions were small. I am wondering if it is a Graduation Meal and the price for the meal was increased for that night as the University of Kent had their graduation for this week for all their students. Perhaps the restaurant would be able to advise on this.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 12 July 2016

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Although the meal was for a special occasion it wasn't as enjoyable as we'd hoped. The service was great but the food was only ok. The prices as high given the quality of the meal.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

County Restaurant @ Abode Canterbury is rated 4.4 stars by 267 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

21:00


Google Map for County Restaurant @ Abode Canterbury

The ABode Hotel, High Street, Canterbury, Kent CT1 2RX

Additional information

  • Area

    Canterbury

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner Daily 18:00–21:00

  • Cuisines

    British, Contemporary British, Modern European

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    None

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Oliver Joyce

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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