With a downstairs brasserie, two separate upstairs fine dining rooms, and champagne bar, the Hengist is a versatile destination offering the very best of British cooking, served in refined surroundings.
To the rear, The Hengist has a garden with stream, offering separate outside dining and drinking areas.
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Tue - Sat 6:00PM - 7:00PM
Excellent as usual great family meal and night out.
Lovely Sunday lunch.
It was nice not to be to close to the people on the next table.
Food didn’t meet the standard of the price, lacked seasoning, I had the crab starter needed seasoning and a squeeze of lemon to lift it and putting texture of avocado with the starter, which was a slice of avocado didn’t meet the description. Also had the burger which was very dry and tasteless, but chips where great, pudding was excellent, I’ve been to lots of fine dining restaurants, and unfortunately this is far from it.
It was a special occasion and a restaurant we have wanted to dine at for twenty years. We won’t be going back. The staff and ambiance were excellent. Our starter, desserts and wine were exceptional. As it was a special occasion (husbands retirement after 45 years police service) we wanted to push the boat out. We ordered the chateaubriand at £75 to share. We were somewhat surprised to find us sharing one mushroom and one tomato and a very small bowl of chips but even more disappointed to find the meat had a tough vein and we left quite a bit of the meat as it was impossible to eat - the blunt steak knives didn’t help! We do appreciate that it’s difficult to see when cooking if there is a vein or sinew but it was clear from our plates and the chewed lumps I had to spit out that the meat was poor. We paid our bill (over £200) and then the waitress asked if everything was ok to which I quietly advised that we were disappointed with the main course. She said she would tell her manager and we half expected, which I don’t think was unreasonable for the manager to see us - it was hardly busy. We had paid the bill and did not expect a discount but wanted to acknowledge our disappointment, especially as we had been asked. No one came and after a while we quietly left. It seemed such a shame as we really had been excited about our visit , but the meat, vegetable portions and then lack of customer courtesy left us feeling that overall we had not had a special experience. Incidentally my husband went on a butchery course the following day and the butcher was surprised that the meat was as described and said that was unusual - he wondered if it wasn’t actually chateaubriand and said that if the cut is not taken from precisely the right spot it can be difficult to eat. He prepares meat for the Swan , West Malling and we will go there for future special occasions.
Lovely evening from the moment we arrived and were greeted warmly at reception to second we left. Attentive service and delicious food and top notch cocktails! Thank you
A thank you meal to my friends for all the support they have given me recent. This was made special not only by the food but our waitress. A lovely lady who was so helpful and friendly.
Great evening. Wine at £9 per glass a bit more than I would usually expect to pay though.
Had a wonderful birthday lunch with friends a little disappointed that one of the starters was mixed up but another drink resolved that.
Food was excellent staff very attentive and friendly.
I was willing this place to be better than it was. Nice sounding menu, but sadly some of the dishes didn't live up to expectations (if a restaurant kicks off by serving amuse bouche you expect a certain quality of food to follow, and sadly it didn't). Extremely long wait before our mains came out (probably ~30 mins). Decor is so-so. Overall this place feels like it can't live up to its own expectations of itself. Would return if someone else booked the venue, but I won't be booking again myself.
I Booked a Cream Tea On Groupon, and I clicked on the link for a Sparkly cream tea for my friends 60th Birthday surprise, When we got there we was told that we should have preordered we can’t get cream teas on a Sunday, I was so Dissapointed as I was really looking forward to showing her the old fashioned pub I chose that venue particularly as it looked exactly what my friend would like she loves old fashioned buildings like Tudors etc; Then we decided to go for the Roast and mine was ok but my friends had to go back twice because the roast potatoes were like hard boiled and not crispy or even tasted like roast potatoes the Veg was not very nice either looked like yesterday’s leftovers and didn’t taste too good either.
I explained to the waitress about the whole thing she was not very sympathetic and my friend only ate a Yorkshire pudding and her meat which was nice, I felt she should have had her meal reduced but there was not even a mention of a discount . And I asked for a seat near a window please they put us upstairs by a small window right under a noisy speaker so we couldn't hear each other speak.
It was such a shame it has given me a bad taste in my mouth to go back and try a cream tea.
Overpriced food that arrived full of fat and minus the listed salad. Service was poor with unused glasses left on the table and despite asking the table was not wiped clean. Noisy diners added to a miserable experience.
Great service, fab food and a lovely atmosphere . I’d recommend it!
We go at least once a month for the Monday night steak deal , can’t be beaten !!!! Beautiful restaurant, gentle service , special place . The bread and butter and oil and balsamic vinegar is fantastic. Love it !!!!
Best Sunday Roast I’ve ever eaten, great service and great atmosphere.
Roast beef was excellent. Great amount of veg, delicious potatoes and the beef was perfectly cooked and tender: a rarity!
I wound have given 5 stars if it wasn’t for the starter. I’m not sure if the rest of it fell off the plate before serving but one tiny cod ball was not enough for the price. Three would have been adequate. It was cooked nicely though.
Would highly recommend the roast, as it’s the best we’ve had in Kent for a long time.
I visited the restaurant on Saturday 19th October with my girlfriend and we sat downstairs, the atmosphere was very nice, the starter I had was the Mackerel which was ok. The main course was Rump of Lamb, this had a hard crust to it which was exstreemly salty, I drunk nearly a whole jug of water with it and it made the whole meal feel ruined.
I didn't finish the meal, I spoke to the waitress and told her the reason why and she went away to speak to someone, when she came back she apologised and offered me a free drink or dessert, but didn't explain why the Lamb was so salty.
It was a shames it was a special occasion and it was let down by the meal, I have visited the restaurant many times and this was the first time I have had to complain about the food.
It would have been helpful if your waiter had known that "cod bon bons" were in fact glorified fish cakes. If you must invent names for dishes at least explain what they are. Having said that they were very tasty & for a lunch the portions were just right. Thank you.
Also - not the restaurant's fault but parking was quite a walk away when it rains.
Amazing food and staff very pleasant. Fòd was definitely worth the money
Went for Sunday roast - Lovely atmosphere, staff friendly and the food was amazing.
Excellent roast dinner.
Service was ok. Nice atmosphere. Not badly priced. A lovely place to go on a special occasion
Superb meal, great service. Very pleasant location and the set lunch menu is terrific value for money.
Chateaubriand menu: stunning food and excellent, friendly service. It was our second visit to Hengist; it has been a worthy dining experience on both occasions.
Tiny nitpicking. The service was good the waitress didn’t know what beers were available or j20 / equivalents and had to go off to ask.
Food was absolutely delicious and good sized portions.
Lovely food. Surprisingly filling considering it's A La Carte. Waitress (Lucy I think) was spot on. Really liked it out meal.
Brilliant food, just cant fault it. It was our first time going to the restaurant and I must say best value for money and fantastic food. Well done to everyone!! Massive thank you to the chefs!!
Went for a meal last night with my boyfriend and unfortunately after the starters I received some bad news so had to cancel the mains and go home.
The waitress was absolutely lovely and understanding so she got us the bill.
I was so grateful that they didn’t charge us for our main courses although I’m sure they properly were cooked and ready to be severed.
I work in hospitality myself and I thought that was very kind of them to do.
Thank you again, we will be back and I will have the duck dish.
Thank you again
Haven’t been to the Hengist for over 15 years so thought we’d give it a try. Unfortunately I wouldn’t recommend it. Nothing terrible but lots of “less than” points. Our food was fine but not great, served lukewarm not warm or hot. I wasn’t offered a choice of gins or tonics and the tonic was already poured into the gin when served. My wife’s Bloody Mary wasn’t stirred. Puddings were very average. Two main courses, two puddings, two aperitifs, a large glass of wine and a bottle of water came to almost £100 (and we absolutely didn’t have the most expensive menu options). Some of the waiting staff were far more friendly than others. And finally - on almost every table around us, the other diners were using mobile phones throughout their whole meal, some of them almost non-stop, and many of them were not on silent. Not the Hengist’s fault per se but a clear mobile policy would help the ambience. Overall we enjoyed each other’s company so our evening wasn’t spoilt but we won’t be rushing back I’m afraid.
Went on a Thursday this week made a change from the Monday steak night menu but again everything was perfect for my wife and I cannot fault anything already looking forward to our next visit thank you.
Such a shame because this could be a great overall experience. Initially incorrect starters brought to the table and then one correct starter and the other wrong. We then waited 10 mins for the other starter. Main course was good but waited 10 mins for mustard!!
Overall let down by poor service.
We have been here many times before and food and service have been excellent. This visit was disappointing as we waited 30 minutes for afternoon tea which was not freshly made and of no comparison to previously enjoyed food here. Not sure we'll rush back!
Good food, very good service and a relaxed atmosphere
We couldn't fault the Hengist at all. The staff were lovely and didn't rush us. It was a lovely relaxing experience to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Food was superb.
Fab service and food everytime!
Generally a good experience. We had to ask for drinks after siting down for 10 mins and were not offered a wine menu, with the main menu, which was a bit strange...again had to ask. Wine I picked was not available after being shown a different bottle, they hoped I would accept. Food was good and service from then on faultless.
Amazing food. We have eaten here several times and the consistency and standards are excellent. The Chateaubriand is absolutely the best I have ever had, and my husband just loves the cheese sauce with everything! I would highly recommend.
Excellent food, as always. My gluten intolerance is very well catered for and the waiting staff most accommodating. Slightly disappointed at the unavailability of coffee due to the machine having broken down but these things happen!
Extensive gin menu for our aperitif and the Sunday lunch menu features traditional roasts plus a fish and veggie alternative.
Lovely place.x.friendly nice gardens out the back
The close location of the cocktail bar to our table really distracted from the enjoyment of the food. although the food was reasonably priced for its quality the overall experiance was not worth it.
Loved this place for our first anniversary, will definitely be going back soon,
A very enjoyable evening so much better than the normal public house meal evening