Hengist

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British
The Hengist is set in a 16th Century building in the heart of Aylesford village.
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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c
London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food and service , set lunch menu is really good value

OT
Kent
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A treat for my husband

SG
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Been wanting to visit this restaurant for ages. We were not disappointed. Beautiful 3 course sunday lunch. Fresh veg not frozen. Good portion sizes. Good service

ER
Kent
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience5

It is some time since my last visit and was very disappointed that the food and service levels have gone downhill.

LE
London
4 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Very difficult to assess after one rather strange visit. Arrived 6.30p.m. to find around a dozen diners seated. Nice ambience, very comfy seating and staff very personable. .
Ordered a Rose Sancerre only to find it had a strange taste so was rejected. Next bottle of same wine also ‘corked’ so rejected again in favour of a Chapel Down Rose. Artisan bread bought to table was nice but then waited an hour after ordering until mains were bought to the table which was a surprise as we had not had our potted crab starters!!! As main meal ready and getting late we decided to forego starters. Main course was plentiful and reasonably tasty although the belly of pork main lacked a crispy crackling finish and one side veg was cold. Desserts were also bit disappointing. One looked like a Millionnaires Chocolate Tart from Sainsburys with a blob of ice cream Not really worth the £7 menu price although we were given for free as a gesture for the missing starters. The festive Eton Mess was a nice idea but fruit seemed only very lightly marinated in the mulled wine. Did prompt me to make my version next day which was better. On the plus side staff were very nice and apologised sincerely for the missing starters although we were not actually offered an explanation as to what had happened. Restaurant also accepted Tastecard on 2 for 1 basis so if we had been given 3 courses bill excluding wine and water would have been a reasonable £45 with 10% service added automatically. So basically hard to assess and can only give it 3 stars on evidence of 1st visit. Lovely Staff and ambience and fact can use Tastecard will see us giving this establishment a 2nd chance.

JS
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A most pleasant Sunday lunchtime, would certainly come back.

GL
Kent
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Generally good, service fine if a little slow at times, prices about right for the quality of the food.

MP
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Sadly gone down hill since last visit. Food wasn’t great and for what it was it’s massively overpriced. Facilities were poor and filthy.

a
Kent
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was very tasty but starter salad was very small for the price... Staff very attentive... There were no hand towels in the gents did mention to a member of staff then later still no towels

B
Kent
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The Monday evening menu experience is good.
Steaks were excellent, the rest of our party enjoyed the food & environment.
Friendly & patient staff.

RC
Kent
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Food is good but choice is quite limited excellent service and a nice ambiance

RK
Kent
8 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as usual great family meal and night out.

V
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely Sunday lunch.
It was nice not to be to close to the people on the next table.

ML
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

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.

HW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience5

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.

JR
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

OT
Kent
6 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our anniversary dinner. We had been recommended The Hengist and it exceeded our expectations

LS
Kent
6 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening. Wine at £9 per glass a bit more than I would usually expect to pay though.

M
Kent
5 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

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.

OT
London
36 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

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.

E
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

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.

MW
Kent
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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.

D
London
3 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service, fab food and a lovely atmosphere . I’d recommend it!

PB
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 !!!!

DS
London
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Sunday Roast I’ve ever eaten, great service and great atmosphere.

G
London
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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.

DB
Kent
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience5

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.

PW
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

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.

SS
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and staff very pleasant. Fòd was definitely worth the money

LK
Kent
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for Sunday roast - Lovely atmosphere, staff friendly and the food was amazing.

OT
Kent
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Excellent roast dinner.
Service was ok. Nice atmosphere. Not badly priced. A lovely place to go on a special occasion

U
London
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb meal, great service. Very pleasant location and the set lunch menu is terrific value for money.

TS
Kent
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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.

A
Kent
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

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.

MG
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food. Surprisingly filling considering it's A La Carte. Waitress (Lucy I think) was spot on. Really liked it out meal.

AY
Kent
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!!

OT
Kent
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

MP
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

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.

RK
Kent
8 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.