Hengist

4.4
1023 reviews
£26 to £40
British
Please note that our bookings are in time slots, which means you will have 2 hours on your table. Please contact the restaurant if you wish to book across more than one time slot. If you have booked at 7pm, your table will be for the evening.

Please note, you cannot book online using any form of voucher or discounts. Please ring the restaurant direct and state offer on booking.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • 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
What 1023 People Are Saying
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RachelC
London
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always lovely food, we had roast dinner, but the portions sizes are soo big, I felt guilty waisting so much food. We have booked to come abs have lunch on Christmas Day. Great service. Thanks

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Janey
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Expensive for what comes out of the kitchen.
While you wait bread and dips arrived with the starter, nit whilst we waited for the starter. The Filet steak was ordered as medium, came out well done, dry and charred. We ordered peppercorn sauce, it was gravy with green peppercorns, very salty and tasted awful. The chips were greasy, hard and the worst I’ve ever had. The menus said it comes with mushrooms and plumb tomatoes. There were 2 mushrooms and a slice of tomato.
£88.00 for the starter and main course, disgraceful, the chef needs to learn how to cook! This was supposed to be a birthday treat, we will never be going there again!

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KevinS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Arrived on time , had to wait a few minutes before anybody came to reception, but very efficiently dealt with.
Great place to dine , staff friendly and affable .
Two ordered the pork belly starter , but it was more like a terrine . Not bad just not expected cold pork belly , and a bit bland .
Everything else was lovely, will continue to go .

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MarieG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience2

I had high hopes after waiting quite some time to eat here. I am disappointed to say the least.

Selection of breads was only two types. One was clearly heated back in the oven/microwave as was soggy on top and dry/stale.

Couldn't tell anyone as no staff came back over until mains came over and our entree plate was still on the table.

Portions for main of trio of lamb was extremely small with one of the trio being an inch long 'goujon' (but cooked and presented well). No staff came to check to see how our meals were but to be honest with the small size, it didn't take long to consume.

After waiting at least 30 minutes with empty plates, we had to get the attention of someone even though three waiting staff had been near and looked at the table.

When initially ordering we were not offered any accompaniments, so left feeling hungry.

In summary: overpriced, small portions with the liberty of being charged for inadequate service.

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MelC
London
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Scallops to start with a the Beef wellington cooked to perfection!

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Katy
Bristol
3 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first restaurant meal since before lockdown 2020 and we returned to an old favourite for my husband's birthday. The quality of the food is excellent and the menu varied and with good gluten free options.
The refurbishment is nice, tables well spaced but still with a cosy feel. waiting staff were friendly and efficient. definitely back on the regular visit list.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I’d heard good things about the restaurant so thought we would give it a try.
Arrived for an evening meal on Sunday and was told that a few items on menu weren’t available.
We both had a starter and then a Sunday roast with two drinks each.
When the bill arrived I Thought it was rather expensive and over rated for what it was!

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Clivey
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

On arrival our table wasn’t ready, but we were asked if we wanted to wait in the gardens and our drinks order was taken and served. Our waitress stopped for a natter and was very friendly. We were shown to our table when our table was ready, which was by the window and the seats we found to be comfortable and well lite. We chose oysters for starters which came with a lovely selection of dressings. Our main course was served in good time after starters and was cooked to perfection. The waiting staff were attentive, but not intrusive. The cheese board was well balanced with just the right amount of crackers and the dark chocolate cheesecake left me feeling a little giddy.
We have decided we will make a regular reservation as it was a perfect evening.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Kent
12 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Sunday Lunch perhaps a little pricey and there was a wait for the food.

Nice atmosphere

JP
JillP
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall4food2service4ambience4

5of us went Sunday lunchtime, staff are all very nice, I chose sea trout which was very nice, everyone else opted for the Sunday roast, there was quite a lot of it and the meat apparently was nice but the vegetables looked very over cooked and were inedible. The roast potatoes were impossible to cut as was the yorkshire pudding. We are not planning a return visit

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Forofus
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience4

There were 4 of us and we had roast dinners, the meat was excellent but the rest was awful and we complained, it came to the table and was only tepid , not hot as should be, the roast potatoes were hard and the veg were not much better the Yorkshire puddings were burnt and only warm. They did give us a desert for free and that was very good. The service from the waiters was good and friendly but sorry the food was not.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunday roast, was amazing

MJ
MattJ
London
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Nice place , food was ok ,for the price I felt the standard did not reflect the price

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Tina
London
4 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, lovely ambience and friendly and helpful staff. If you fancy somewhere nice to dine with a little class then the Hengist is the place to go.

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GeorgieS
Kent
6 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service - thank you, we look forward to returning

JW
JohnW
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall4food2service4ambience4

Fantastic location, great service and very tasty food......BUT Tiny portions. The 3 Lamb cuts main course was small for £20, The cheese plate for £9:00 was just as small! No I didnt complain as was on a date night but would think hard before returning. Over all great food just not enough of it!!

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ValerieB
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lunchtime menu was very good and value for money. A donation to a local charity was a good idea.

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Itsjustmeme
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Midweek lunchtime. weather glorious, which always helps! setting is very nice with greenery and the river close by. We dined outside, very quiet, it did appear a little busier inside. Toilet facilities were good and clean although let down a little by the notice to sanitise on way out-but there being no sanitiser in the bottle, we just used our own anyway. The food was well cooked,well presented.A little top heavy price wise for what was actually on the plate, would have like to have seen some choice of potato served with the main courses, although could be purchased as a side dish. The starter and dessert menu-cannot particularly recommend, they were a little unimaginative. We had scallops -the 3 scallops served were overpowered by the choritzo and nothing special, but quite edible and at £12 could have been better.The port terriene was ok. Desserts, for us much too much emphasis on anything chocolate but may suit others just fine. We chose all al la carte but noticed that the ‘meal of the day’ type menu looked in many ways nicer and at £20 if the food quality held up looked worth trying.

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Grahame
Kent
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As regular diners at The Hengist, we are always very pleased with all aspects of the venue. We enjoy dining at The Hengist and consider the waiting staff to be our friends, rather than servers.

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Colin
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious for the quality as we expected.

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IANC
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Friendly staff, good service, food served and cooked to perfection , thank you

MB
MarthaB
Kent
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very good restaurant. My guests enjoyed the salmon dish and I enjoyed the chicken. Also desserts were good. Bread was a bit ordinary and not very generous. However the tapenade served with it was delicious. We had the set lunch menu and I found it good value. Service by attractive girls was excellent. Willling to explain what tapenade was and explain all the other dishes. Appreciated not being charged for tap water in a jug.

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Bigfoodie
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience5

The menu wasn’t the usual menu and the food was not at all what we were expecting or wanted. Extremely disappointing visit and if the waitress hadn’t told us it was a ‘special menu’ for the bank holiday we would never have returned. The offering of kebabs was served on nasty grease proof gingham style paper! Still fine dining restaurant prices for a ‘dirty fry’ basket meal style menu…

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LeonH
Kent
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food! Cook to perfection and table service and mocktail making was brilliant!

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Emma
London
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2021
Overall1food3service3ambience1

I've been coming to this restaurant for years, what a change, Sat upstairs, looked like a school canteen, no table cloths, food was OK.but when the waiter came to collect our plates, he accidentally spilt gravy over my daughters head, which was not good, he went all over her head, top, jeans & seat, to say she was not happy is a understatement, don't think I will be going again.

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josepho
London
4 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

great meal and service, have eaten here a few times now and never been disappointed

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NeenR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food were as wonderful as ever, will be back again soon!

CB
CliveB
Kent
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good service. Good food. Lovely surroundings (Outside eating area). Good value for money.

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Wellington
Kent
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food, as always. I’ve been to this restaurant dozens of times, and have never been disappointed.

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TraceyS
Essex
4 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great and the staff were lovely. Thanks for a lovely lunch

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GavinF
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Have been before one of our favourites, prefer to sit upstairs, a bit more private, don't like to much sitting in a row of tables too close to other guests, felt slightly cramped downstairs within that row of 4 tables, but will always return because food is so good and generally attracts quality diners.

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Judibling
London
4 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can honestly say I enjoyed a very high quality roast beef lunch at the Hengest last weekend.
The staff were very attentive but not overpowering. The food was prepared to a very high standard and very enjoyable to eat.
Thank you all for our lovely Sunday lunch

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BeverleyA
Manchester
5 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner last night at the Hengist. Chilled atmosphere, calm attentive service. We shared the beef wellington, which was cooked to perfection. Can thoroughly recommend.

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Andrew
Brighton
18 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food, wonderful service.
Highly recommend Hengist

KG
KirstyG
Kent
5 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have a lovely meal at the Hengist, and Steak night never disappoints.

KB
KellyB
London
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a really lovely lunch here. We finally managed to get our grandad out he had had a stroke not long before. the staff are very friendly and accommodating. even after my 7 month old twins mess with them trying food. The steak was overdone but that was rectified quickly. And the food was really good x
We really enjoyed our time here and would be looking to come back again soon x

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Helen
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. We’ve been going for roughly 18 years.
The service outstanding
Tom smashed the cocktails
Always so friendly and welcoming.
Highly recommend

RP
RichardP
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening and great venue and food as always. Staff looked after us well and look forward to coming back soon.

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GlenC
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and staff were very attentive. Afternoon tea was excellent.

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Birthday
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Food and service excellent, visited several times now.

FAQs

Hengist is rated 4.4 stars by 1023 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.