Hengist

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£25 and under
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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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What 668 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.2
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4.2
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4.0
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W
Kent
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful food and service.

DC
Kent
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Set menu for valentines. Poor service. Muddled delivery of courses. Food cold. Too expensive for a ageing restaurant.

MA
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food, quick service, very polite staff, would definitely recommend

RS
London
11 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Quick and helpful service, when we couldn't decide on a wine choice they let us taste one to ensure we liked it before buying the bottle. The food was very tasty.

A
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We went for Afternoon tea, we were served the champagne and sandwiches and cakes quite quickly but we were then left without plates, I had to attract someone’s attention and ask for plates, the scones were very dry, the sandwiches were nice and the selection of small cakes nice but we felt forgotten about, we were asked once if everything was ok after being there 20 minutes but we had to attract someone’s attention to get our pot of tea (a small pot) and then attract their attention again after an hour to get a second pot. So quite a mediocre experience and I have been to far better places for Afternoon Tea. The place itself is nice and in a lovely village, they just need to up their game with the service

OT
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The service was brilliant

BP
Kent
13 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Service a bit sluggish but otherwise good. Love the pace

p
Kent
5 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect. Recommend 100%.

JH
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best steak of our lives. Amazing chips!!!! Will definitely be back on a monday for the steak deals!!!

AP
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience1

Honestly the food we received was absolutely vile at the hengist on Thursday. There was little to no vegetarian options, in terms of mains I had ONE option. In this day and age you would think it would be a little more inclusive. The amount we paid for what we received was below par completely, my duck was so tough I left it entirely and not one staff member came to check on how our food was. My sister in law ordered medium steak, she received medium rare to rare. Our drinks were wrong multiple times and honestly it was just a joke. Not happy at all, we had many complaints and nothing was done to rectify the situation.

SW
Kent
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I have been dining at the Hengist for many years now, I have not ever been disappointed with the quality of the food, nor the waitress service. It is good value for money and I look forward to going back again soon.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time we have visited after hearing a few recommendations from friends. We were not disappointed

LD
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb service, food was outstanding and will definitely be returning. Lovely touch for my partners birthday with a little treat at the end. Thank you!

BA
Kent
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely lunch here with friends on 30th December.
Food was very good and the steak special with wine was good value.
Staff were very helpful & attentive.
We will definitely visit again

RH
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Based on our recent experience be no I wouldn’t recommend. Service was painfully slow and the set menu wasn’t great. We’d rebooked with you as our first experience dining with you for a Sunday roast was amazing, for food, service and value, but Thursdays service was dire and we waited almost an hour for our mains.

A
London
10 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Several years ago we dined at the Hengist and it was excellent fine dining in all respects. Last Saturday was a major disappointment with poor service and food not satisfactory and over priced. We will never visit the restaurant in the future.

JB
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Lovely food, enjoyed the ambiance and great deal on the lunch menu. Will be returning in January.

GT
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A lovely relaxed Sunday lunch, the mackerel pate was delicious but was served with only two small slices of bread, way insufficient for the amount of pate served. We did ask for more but felt we should have had to. Although very nice we did feel that the Eton Mess had too much cream to meringue and not enough fresh fruit. It did get quite sickly towards the end of the dish. Overall though very enjoyable and will definitely be returning.

SB
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Very expensive, the quality was not worth what we paid for. No information on the meals so ordered sides but didn’t need to do a waste of money.

OT
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A treat for my husband

c
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food and service , this is one of my favourite restaurants, lovely atmosphere and the food although not cheap, is very good, highly recommended

SG
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2019
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 on 30 November 2019
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
8 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.