Hengist

4.2
885 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.

Support Hengist during COVID-19

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 885 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.3
service
4.1
ambience
3.9
value
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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
Kent
7 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The second year running we’ve had our wedding anniversary dinner here. Despite the Coronavirus restrictions the staff made the experience just as good as last year. Add the fact that the food was excellent you can imagine we highly recommended The Hengist.

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Shirley
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent last meal before lockdown. Great food and friendly staff.

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JulianF
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The service was exceptional given the Covid restrictions we were under. (the day before lockdown 2)

It felt "normal", our server was very warm, friendly and didn't make us feel like we were diseased! It is a difficult time in hospitality, and you guys nailed it.

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Stuart
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yet again, a fantastic experience. The lobster Thermidor was delicious and my only criticism is that it was smaller than I expected.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Birthday meal, great food, lovely evening, would definitely recommend

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Rochesterdiner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pre-lock down fine dining. Beautiful food and lovely people. The duck for main course was delicious.

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FlaviaB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

I loved the cod plate. The dessert was also lovely: hot chocolate cake with pistachio icecream.

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Anon
Kent
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience2

Food was delicious, though on the expensive side for a pub. We were sat upstairs. Have never been up there before. It doesn’t have the same feel or atmosphere as downstairs - a lot blander, unfortunately.

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MarthaM
Kent
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at the Hengist is always excellent, I have never had a bad meal there!

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AnneA
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is absolutely amazing. The staff are very helpful

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Roby
London
3 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We've been to Hengists several times over the years. The experience has been a bit up and down, but judging from our last visit, things seem to be very much on the up. The service was good, food very tasty and good value all round. Well worth a try.

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DannyC
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience4

Started with covid bar code not working due to insufficient light. Table was good with social distancing in place. The starters and mains were very good, although service a little sloppy -the wine menu was withdrawn before we even looked at it.
Then we waited ages for the dessert menu. I wish I could say that the sweets lived up to the promise but they were very average (tasted like they had been in the freezer for a while) and served with a soup spoon.
The place just needs some attention to detail and staff training.
This was our fourth or fifth visit to the Hengist, so we were disappointed and it just felt over priced.
It was an anniversary meal and the young couple next to us were very loud. I appreciate that it is difficult for the staff to control but it did spoil the ambience. We will think twice before returning.

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Darren
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Service was good but noise was too loud due to one table unfortunately who wee rather loud speaking to each other. Food a little slow but delicious. Comps to the chef✅

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vipStyx
Kent
12 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food great service brilliant cocktails amazing

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BettinaB
London
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food, very friendly and helpful staff, felt very safe

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KarenS
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another fantastic meal at Hengist. Impeccable service from Kieran.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Waiter dropped drinks over 2 of our party. No significant apology, no management came over and no deduction for the mess.

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SamanthaM
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The steak was amazing, melted in Your mouth, fantastic!

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ELW15
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Cosy place. Steak night was good, chips over cooked but otherwise meal and service good. Would eat here again

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Stuart
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best scallops ever!

Only downside was the small wine list.

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Kathy
London
10 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exciting tastes, beautifully presented in a cosy space. We each chose a different starter and main, and all four of us were delighted with our dishes. Well done, The Hengist, we will be back!

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SteveC
Kent
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food was fine but not memorable and so a little bit expensive.

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Duchess1979
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall3food1service5ambience4

Lovely atmosphere and our waiter was outstanding
Food was disappointing to be honest steak was over cooked and scallops a little watery
The cocktails were a bit disappointing too we ordered 3 expresso martinis and two of the party could not drink them
We have eaten at the hengist before and it has always been good food that’s why it was so disappointing to get this based on the amount that you are charged 😞

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SimonK
Kent
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing meal and waitress was very knowledgeable and really helpful.

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food cooked to our preference, hot and of good quality. Service was quite rushed, still eating starters when main course arrived. Plates taken whilst still eating. Had to ask the service staff to slow down and stop rushing us-after this it was much more relaxed. They were too eager to please!
Overall, for our first experience eating here, it was good food, staff were friendly and attentive and the restaurant clean and fresh.
I would recommend and will be returning 9/10

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Gillies
Kent
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful staff, well presented and tasty food. Really enjoyed our evening.

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always amazing food, excellent service and wonderful atmosphere. Never fails to impress us.

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Darren
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Two medium cooked fillets steaks were a little overcooked and the starters a little slow considering there were only two tables used (6pm) when we came in, but overall, food was tasty And a pleasant experience

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Happydrinker
Kent
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The food was lovely. The staff were friendly and efficient. We had a small quibble about the quality of the ice cream which they relate to the chef and dealt with in professional, constructive manner.

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jonathanb
London
3 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meal as always ! Coming back next Sunday for sure !

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Ajwxo
Kent
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing food and really friendly staff. Cosy atmosphere. Could have been slightly faster offering more drinks. Would recommend to anyone. Best roast dinner I’ve had in such a long time.

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NyreeG
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love Hengist. Special birthday plate too. Thank you.

JM
JosephM
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great atmosphere, great service, and really good food. Worth the expense

SJ
SimonJ
London
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

A very average meal

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linban
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food cooked to perfection. Polite friendly staff very attentive. Lovely restaurant clean and COVID standards were high and tables set at appropriate distances. Would definitely go again.

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RaymondK
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Well I like 1960s music but not every track that needs to be varied food was fabulous mind you the Châteaubriand was slightly cold could’ve been hotter could’ve been warmer however we will be returning

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DawidB
London
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant, delicious and tasty dinner ;)

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SamanthaS
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Very pleasant meal and well thought out with COVID restrictions etc. Only down side the table near us was quite loud so at times was difficult to hear ourselves but they wasn't the restaurants fault.

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LyndaR
Kent
8 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great environment and great food

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LesleyY
Kent
6 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

We were put in small room upstairs with very little atmosphere, nothing like the lovely restaurant downstairs. Service wasn’t great and food returned as not hot enough.

FAQs

Hengist is rated 4.2 stars by 885 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.