Lakes

4.4
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25 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Lakes is the restaurant of Hempstead House, a small family-owned country house hotel between Sittingbourne and Faversham in the glorious Kent countryside. It dates back to 1850 but Lakes restaurant was added in 1998, quickly winning awards from the AA, the RAC and the English Tourist Board. Its crystal chandeliers, fine china and cut glass provide an elegant backdrop to chef Matthew Levett’s accomplished interpretation of classical English and French dishes: fresh fish and meat is locally-sourced and fruit and veg come down from Covent Garden each day. Start with roasted tomato filled with goat’s cheese and served on aubergine cumin purée, then dive into yoghurt-roasted rack of Kentish lamb, meltingly tender from its marinade and served with bean and lentil casserole and boulangère potatoes. Finish with passion fruit crème brûlée or get the taster plate of coconut tart, Amaretto mousse and pistachio ice-cream – it’s heaven.
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foodjunkie
London
11 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2011
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Having moved into the area recently Hempstead House in Sittingbourne looked worth a try. Good food but not excellent but have been to some really outstanding places in the past so perhaps I am being a little harsh. Was of good quality, well cooked and good value. The french onion soup was particularIy good. I was however, disappointed that an incident at another table was not adequately dealt with away from the dining room allowing it to impact on everyone else's dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
London
18 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2011
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We went for Father's day and had the set menu, which was excellent.

The service was very good and the food very tasty. Would thoroughly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
London
5 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2010
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As always the service and food excellent we always enjoy Lakes who always seem to go that extra mile. This time one of my fellow diners knocked his glass of water over in to my plate. The Lakes staff took my meal away re- freshed it all and brought it back with little fuss. Good Service I think Lakes is reasonablpriced for what you get and the service.

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OpenTable Diner
London
5 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2010
Overall5food5service0ambience4

Booked this restaurant for my Son's Birthday. We have eaten here several times in the past and we are always very pleased with the quality and presentation of the food and the excellent service. I would not hesitate to recommend this restaurant and will be returning again in the future. Thank you we really enjoyed our evening.

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
22 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2010
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had Sunday lunch at the Lakes at Hempstead House, Sittingbourne. It was a beautiful day and were able to take advantage of drinks before and after lunch in the garden. The meal was good value, with several choices available for each of the three courses. In the end both of us went for the traditional roast beef, which was excellent. The only critical comment was that the servers needed a bit more training, particularly in the service of the wine at the table.

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
29 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2010
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The Lakes restaurant excellent dining experience, interesting menu, good service and ambience

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2010
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service at Lakes in in Bapchild was absolutely fablous. The Food was even better, the wait was hardly noticeable as the Chef filled the initial gap (before the arrival of the starter) with an appetiser, that again was heavenly. Good quality food cooked to perfection in a very enjoyable ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
29 reviews
Dined on 28 January 2010
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious meal in delightful surroundings.

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
29 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2009
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Lovely restaurant, delicious food, good service but could be more welcoming.

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Angela61
London
52 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2009
Overall4food4service4ambience3

What a civilized place to lunch! £10 for two courses as it was Wed lunch is a steal. Lovely service, generous portions and good choice. Not much atmosphere but hey?

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
29 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2009
Overall5food5service5ambience4

HEMSTED HOUSE SITTINGBOURNE ATTENTIVE SERVICE GOOD FOOD IN A VERY PLEASANT LOCATION HIGHLY RECOMMENDED WIL VISIT AGAIN SOON

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OpenTable Diner
London
39 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2009
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Setting is lovely, with the extention being very tastefully done. Dinner room was a good size, even with 2 large parties in. Large portions, however found the food a little rich, quite heavy on the cream. Roast beef was very good, but the tiramisu was not a tiramisu.

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Sam25
Kent
4 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2009
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a surprise dining location for my wife as it was for our anniversary. I had looked at the website and downloaded an example menu.
Ffine decor, table decoration and place setting. Each table has ample clearance so that you do not feel claustrophobic. We both ordered from the A La Carte menu and I strongly recommend the medallions of Beef. Very tender and cooked to perfection. Two minor critisms: 1. the mains were served as the starters were cleared. Irritating gnats buzzing around.

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OpenTable Diner
London
13 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2009
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second visit to Lakes and it definitely will not be the last. The two most important things; service and food were perfect. A delightful venue for that special occasion.

DC
DomC
London
5 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2008
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The Lakes, near Sittingbourne offered extremely good and interesting food, nice wine and a very comfortable setting. Service was disappointing, particularly since the restaurant was only half full.

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nick
London
37 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2008
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lakes is a really nice venue for a very special occasion. We went on a wednesday evening so it was very quiet. Drinks were a little pricey at £9 for a large malt whiskey but the food was excellant and the service outstanding, worth a try if you can afford it.

AJ
AJFa
London
78 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2008
Overall4food4service3ambience3

To be greeted by 'there's only two of us on tonight so...' was not an auspicious start to a 10th wedding anniversary celebration... however food was by and large good... if a little unimaginative. I m a pudding fan and would recommend the lemon and pistachio praline. We stayed over in the rooms at Hempstead House - waitress service at breakfast was on a par with fawlty towers...

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MargaretF
London
10 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2008
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lakes restaurant was very quiet for a Friday night, in fact almost empty, but this could have been because there was also a wedding taking place. The food although a little plain for out tastes, was beautifully cooked and in unusually good portions. My stilton glazed steak was thicker then I have ever come across and cooked to perfection. The 'lift' music was however rather annoying.

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OpenTable Diner
London
6 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2008
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Arriving at the impressive venue with my girlfriend with whom I was in bad books I was pleasently surprised by an elegantly decorated dining room. The service was impeccable, top class. The starters (soup & scallops) were both well cooked and presented and accompanied by delicious fresh bread. My risotto main was excellent, my girlfriend's Brill was well cooked but not too exciting (she liked it though). The only caution was the over use of tomato concasse/frisee garnish that appeared everywhere

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OpenTable Diner
London
24 reviews
Dined on 19 April 2008
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Lakes is quite simply sublime. From the entrance and greeting to the divine food, educated staff and great wine list. Starter of char-grilled baby squid was smoky and beautifully sweet, main of pigeon breast was flavoursome my guests meals too, including some stunning brill poached in red wine, were excellent. Suprise was that it was not busier, Sat eve only 5 tables in use all evening, and 2 of those comprised only 2 diners. The local population is missing out on a gem of a restaurant!

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Peter
London
98 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2008
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The Lakes offers silver service set lunch at a reasonable price. The elegant restaurant is only slightly marred by the upvc windows. Splendid food and wine - we will certainly keep this one on the list.

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
6 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2007
Overall5food5service5ambience5

'Lakes' for lunch is a fantastic option. Food is great and price is amazing for the quality £12.50 for two courses and £17.50 for three. Attentive service what more can i say. Highly recomended lunch option!

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DJ53
Kent
42 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2007
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This was my fifth visit to the Lakes, this time for my fathers birthday. Our table was exactly as I had requested, overlooking the garden and as we were the first in the resturant that evening the noise level for my parents was just right.
The food was wonderful, my only criticism is that the vegetables didn't arrive until we had almost finished our main course, one portion was so late we sent it back. Everyone had a wonderful time, I'll definitely be going back again.

DJ
DJ53
Kent
42 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2007
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Thoroughly enjoyed the evening at The Lakes, staff were attentive and the food was fabulous.

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
6 reviews
Dined on 21 January 2007
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Went to carvery which is available once a month. Lovely restaurant with friendly staff who are totaly unprententious, don't hover yet are keen to serve. The carvery, which is a three course meal, is fantastic value for money. Only disappointment was the vegetarian option for the main course. Highly recommended Sunday Carvery!

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