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Hengist

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727 reviews
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£25 and under
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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.

A deposit of £10 per person is required to secure your table. A member of staff will be in contact after booking to take the deposit.

Please note, you cannot book online using any form of voucher or discounts.

Please note, food will not be available for the 10am booking. Food will commence at 12.

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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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 727 People Are Saying
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4.0based on recent ratings
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food
4.1
service
4.1
ambience
3.8
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76% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AnnabelY
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

great fine dining food and the set menu is very worthwhile

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AM99
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Good food and good value for money. We had the set menu. The service, however, left a lot to be desired and really let what would have been a great place down.

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StephenM
Kent
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant inAylesford, warm service with a choice of indoor and outdoor eating. Nice choice of set or a la cart menu's with a good bar and extensive gin list all around a great place to dine.

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HollieC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We ate outside due to the lovely weather we are having currently, and it did take a little while before someone came over to take our drinks and food order, by the time our mains came out it was pitch dark with very little lighting so was hard to see what we were actually eating, this maybe something they can rectify.

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etnetn
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The wine is very expensive and that made the final bill not seem good value for money. As for ir the rest, it cannot be faulted. Staff were simply outstanding.

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PeterM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food3service3ambience3

picked this restaurant from their covid precautions.they had none in place

they promised distancing ,masks,sanitiser plus clean down of tables and chairs between

diners . We were served by three different waiters and then asked by a fourth and fifth if the food was ok.the table next to us was quickly wiped over and reset.
no wiping chairs or spray as promised.

this was all a huge disappointment as we travelled from essex on our first meal
out from lockdown only to discover nothing in place

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Bubbles
Kent
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

I’ve always loved it here, and the food and drinks are still as good as ever. However the service was slow on drinks this time. The staff were very apologetic about it, but still...
It was nice sitting out in the garden area too but once it got dark there was no lighting, not even solar fairy lights or anything so we had to move indoors.

Bakewell tart martini is THE best cocktail ever! 🍸

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Hardydog
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Excellent meal and service great social distancing too The only thing concerned Me was the lovely guy serving us took my card for guarantee the actual card and I didn’t get it back till we paid I understand why they do this but think it should have been swiped rather than keep the card but saying that it’s just an observation. Would highly recommend

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MikeC
Gloucestershire
2 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Unfortunately my wife’s salmon wasn’t cooked properly so both meals had to go back while a fresh salmon was cooked. It was fine when the second piece arrived

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Linny
Kent
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2020
Overall2food3service4ambience3

A little disappointed regarding Covid precautions. The entrance was very busy and crowded with staff coming and going and it didn't seem possible to keep away from others. No obvious hand sanitation available; if it was, we weren't encouraged to use it, although we did use our own. Cutlery handled by staff, and although the table we sat on felt as though social distancing had been considered, the staff seem to not be so aware. My meal was really lovely - the trout, although the portion size of my husband's seemed a little mean - a small chicken breast in place of a spatchcock chicken. The Hengist is one of our favourite local restaurants and we do recommend it to others, so we shall return, but not just yet.

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AnneH
London
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had grilled lobster and a pornstar martini. Both were delicious. Highly recommend Hengist.

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FayB
London
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful food as always and it felt very safe, organised and friendly. Can’t wait to visit again

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Becky
Kent
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food.
Lovely setting.
Amazing cocktails.

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SandipM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Would have got 5 stars but service was slow and not very attentive.

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DanniR
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall1food2service2ambience1

Was disappointed to say the least, after booking the day before arrival and calling that evening to check booking, I got a phone call an hour before me and my friend was due to arrive at your restaurant from a very abrupt lady telling me in no uncertain terms that they do not accept the groupon and where not doing cream teas due to Covid, after she continued to say we don’t accept vouchers but you can still buy them made no sense, I still decided to come as it was for my friends 30th birthday, we arrived waited a little while for a menu, then while waiting they brought another table out a cream tea much to my confusion I approached staff asking why I would told no cream tea and they said we are doing bottom less cream teas that must be booked 24hrs in advance so I had gone from them not being available to being available confusing, I had booked more then 24hrs notice so when I said about it the lady checked if there was enough food to cater for us, we decided against the cream tea in the end as was going to cost double of what I had paid for the voucher, we ordered a few starters and sides to share along with 2 kids meals, when these arrived the lady was extremely rude and not interested in us as customers, she was miserable so wouldn’t be surprised if this was the lady I spoke to on the phone, as all other staff where very nice and friendly. When plates where cleared I was asked if we wanted more drinks and I said yes please, I never received this drink and was disappointed as it was a hot day and we where thirsty. After this we just wanted to leave after seeing how expensive the meal was we was hugely disappointed as we would of expected more for nearly £70 better service and atmosphere. I know covid is terrible and we are all being careful but this experience has put me off the restaurant. I’ve been coming to you for years for meals, cream teas, party’s etc and was expecting a lot more as restaurant always been fab. Hugely disappointed,

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MichaelH
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2020
Overall2food5service1ambience2

I can’t knock the food. Service was terrible. Clearly gave our table away and then just told us to go and sit anywhere. Then left us for 25 minutes with no drinks. Then the starters came out and we had no cutlery and still no drinks. Once the drinks came we were a little happier. Mains came out in a reasonable time at which point we ordered more drinks.... another 20 minutes before they came out. Once we asked for the bill that again took a further 15 minutes to come out (after asking for it from another waitress)
Very poor service which seemed like undertrained youngsters dropped in the deep end. Food was fantastic, but we won’t be going back. For £120 for two of us I’d expect a little more organisation. If you’re happy to wait an age for a drink and have zero time constraints then you may enjoy it more. But for us it’s a no.

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EMMAM
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food, great service. Lovely setting. Happy and comfortable that all measures are being taken for social distancing.

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DaveA
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I had the most amazing meal, lovely atmosphere friendly stuff.

Cant wait to go again

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COLINW
Kent
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night out they did well. Had a very pleasant distancing meal

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CraigR
Kent
8 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was good to be back out... the restaurant did very well keeping everyone apart...

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JohnC
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good service and food but a limited menu due to virus but it was totally relaxing in a great setting

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Abboo2614
Kent
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Had a very nice evening celebrating my wifes birthday. Staff were very attentive food was good & i feel reasonably priced. A nice touch with the little birthday cake st the end.

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AnnaS
Kent
1 review
Dined on 22 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went on Wednesday evening for steak night, the food was delicious and a great price.
Staff were all fantastic and friendly and very attentive.
Will definitely be back soon!

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bradley
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was a joy to be back in Hangist again,
all my friends was having a good time.

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food enough said 😊

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TonyT
Kent
5 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Our meal was acceptable. However my partner asked for a fillet steak Well done and it arrived quite rare. The overall price was quite acceptable.

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2020
Overall1food2service2ambience1

We were taken upstairs to a dated poorly decorated room with no ambience or any decoration or music.

Forgotten about and told after we had made our choice from the menu what we had chosen was no longer available

We then heard all the diners around us doing the same.

Asked for condiments when the food was brought out, the condiments arrived when we finished our food.

A steak, a burger, a soft drink and a shandy. £70!
Terrible value for money!

KG
KirstyG
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always find the Hengist to be relaxed, and well catered for by staff. Drinks, and food, are always presented to a high standard. No, just a slice of lemon in my gin! We sat on the garden on this occasion and received good service. Always felt like we were not hanging around to place our drinks, and food order. We will be back! Steak night next!!

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Birthday meal for my triplets, Hengist had done them a little Happy Birthday plate each which was a lovely touch. Waitress was new but great.

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DebbyL
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience2

Great service ... awful choice of menu and food not good enough to match the price...

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GaryM
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

First visit and wont be last.
Good food and nice atmosphere and the service was first class. Our waitress ,I believe was called Nelly was polite attentive and again first class. That makes the experience of dining so much more enjoyable. Thank you Nelly.
Will be back and would recommend.

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Sama
Kent
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I had a waitress serve me who looked extremely young to be serving alcohol, who also got my order wrong. And when I got my steak cooked, I asked for medium well which came out pretty rare. It really put me off my food as my steak was re heated and cooked slightly more; which changed the flavouring of it. Not what I expect for a £30 worth of steak. Will not be coming here for food again.

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SHEILAB
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience4

You sent an menu with the booking confirmation but when arrived different and so minimal with 3 salads on starters and only other choice sharing platter, burger was over cooked and very dry , Lobster thermidore had butter only on ?? Not happy at all

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RobertS
London
3 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Very poor meal. Limited menu. Bad wine. We simply didn't enjoy it. Wont be going back.

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MichaelS
Kent
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

After spending approximately 2/3 months in lock down my I decided to treat my wife .
On arrival the staff were enthusiastic but that’s the highlight!
After being sat near a dirty window in the corner we were then waited on after what seemed an age..
very dissatisfied with the size of the steak for £30 ? To be honest I have had better service and food at a beefeater .
Sorry not very good .

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Belsta
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience1

The menu given when booking was no where near the same as the menu on arrival. I understand that the menu had been reduced due to COVID-19 but this should have been said at the time of the booking. The sweet options were “ice cream, sorbet or Eton mess”, I could have had those at home. Overall unfortunately, we were very disappointed. It felt like a very expensive meal for no atmosphere, no real food choices and an extremely over priced and blandly cooked lobster. We have been to the Hengist before and unfortunately with each visit we have been less and less inclined to go back. This will have been our last visit. Very sad as on our first visit we were super impressed. The services was amazing and the food was too but sadly this seems to have gone downhill.

KM
vipKeithM
Kent
7 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

I feel slightly guilty about leaving a bad review as I have eaten here quite a few times and it’s usually good. However, post-Covid the menu has been slimmed down and the choices are limited and not interesting. Also, the quality was very average. I had the £40 lobster thermadore and it was flavourless, with a very weak butter. Also, if you are having Lobster and chips then they should be crispy, not underdone.

Step it up please.

MJ
MeganJ
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff were super friendly and attentive, Olivia and Daria were very chatty with us and this was lovely. The food was superb, only 1 vegetarian option so was sceptical but was delicious! Would recommend to all friends and family

RM
RobM
Kent
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First class meet and greet, service excellent, food very good, we thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience.

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KevinC
London
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Love this place! Great location, lovely staff. Very clean and service is very good. Food is excellent!

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Hengist is rated 4 stars by 727 OpenTable diners.

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