Rocksalt

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Mark Sargeant’s Rocksalt restaurant & bar in Folkestone celebrates the finest local produce & the best the British Isles has to offer. Seasonal ingredients are expertly prepared creating classic & contemporary dishes, while daily specials are influenced by the day’s catch, served in a relaxed, informal setting with panoramic harbour views.
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JS
Kent
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Great location, service and starters.

White wine was not chilled and we were told to leave in ice bucket for a while!
Huss Vindaloo tough and inedible.
Salt and Pepper squid overcooked and rubbery.
Tomahawk steak unavailable.

However, after letting the restaurant know our problems, we were contacted the next day and the Manager could not of been more apologetic. We were offered compensation which was appreciated. Although our experience was not what we had hoped, I will put it down to bad luck and would return to have a second go. Excellent customer service! Thank you

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B
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As soon as we had walked in we were treated as 5 star guests , it was my daughters 40th and they even provided a pudding with candles . The food was amazing with lots of oohs and ahhhs as it came out. We will visit again for sure 😀😀

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MR
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

A game of 2 halves. The restaurant was spot on with excellent service and fantastic food. But the bar upstairs for your pre-dinner drink lets it down. The G&T wasn't measured and it was basically a very expensive glass of tonic. The tables weren't kept clean enough and the bar staff didn't know they had crisps behind the bar before I pointed them out. In a posh place like this where you pay a premium a small bar snack should be complimentary and automatically given out. BUT restaurant is still top notch.

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A
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience. You're always slightly nervous when you go somewhere that has a great reputation...but Rocksalt more than lived up to the promise. Great (and friendly) service with a fab recommendation on wine, outside table and a nice touch to remember it was our anniversary. Food was amazing - the shared ray wing was a thing of beauty. Loved every minute of it and will be back. Yes it's expensive for Kent. But wow, for a treat it's definitely worth it!

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K
London
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Rocksalt has always been a fabulous restaurant. This time the service wasn’t quite up to standard . The waitress was just a bit intrusive , we had to chase our coffees as they had forgotten them . It wasn’t bad but it wasn’t up to the normal standard .

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JL
Kent
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely service great food and location. Cocktail before dinner looking over the harbour. Will definitely come again

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A
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice restaurant! Good food! Will be back soon again

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m
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New favourite restaurant, top class service, food and setting. Don’t change a thing. Well done you guys

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FC
London
187 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The food is very good, the service excellent, the location stunning - with brilliant harbour views. Ask for a window table or, if the weather is good, to eat on the outside balcony

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NP
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

We had heard that this was one of the better South East coast fish restaurants so booked for our Anniversary, I particularly was looking forward to the “Folkestone Fish Stew” and ordered this as a starter....I received a French style fish soup with rouille and some generic grated cheese, my husband had the chicken liver pate and found it bland.
I ordered monkfish for my main and this arrived buried in an extremely spicy sauce that made it inedible. However my husband ordered a medium rare steak....this arrived medium to well done so we asked for it to be replaced..,the Maitre said that he thought the steak was perfect and we could pay for another. At this point I asked to see the “Chef”, when the “Chef” came to the table I was told abruptly that I did not know what I was talking about, the steak had left the kitchen medium rare and would only be substituted with payment. I am Cordon Bleu qualified and an ex Gambero Rosso reviewer with a reputation amongst Chefs in Italy as a “buona forchetta” I was so angered that I found myself messaging Mark Sargeant At 04:30 and am yet awaiting a reply.
Sadly I can not recommend a restaurant in a stunning location with access to prime ingredients purely on the arrogance of the “Chef”.

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CG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great location and views of the harbour as the sun went down. Relaxed but attentive staff. Well thought out menu focused on local produce including meat as well as the catch of the day.

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s
London
38 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely fresh fish. Great menu options. My husband loved the huss curry & I loved the bbq monkfish. Service superb

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AC
Kent
5 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not our first visit and certainly won’t be our last. Had the Sunday lunch special. Amazing smoked salmon mousse to start and then superb rare roast beef with all the trimmings. A carafe of a decent red wine and choice of desserts. What’s not to like for £90 for two including service?

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M
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food lovely friendly staff
Beautiful position of restaurant

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SF
London
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time at Rocksalt and we will definitely be returning. Simple, delicious starters such as fresh radishes with anchovy mayonnaise and homemade taramasalata were exceptionally good. We both had fish for our main courses - the cod was super fresh and absolutely delicious. My husband had the Huss Vindaloo which was, he said, delicious but slightly too hot. Puddings were good but we should have stopped after our main course, but greed got the better of us. Service was brilliant. Every single person who served us was friendly, knowledgeable about the menu and seemed to enjoy their job, which makes a big difference. I’m really looking forward to going again.

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KL
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

No salt or pepper on the table, waiter forgot to bring bread and not sure we received fries - looked like chips. However was a lovely treat to go There, the view was amazing and will definitely return.
Impressed with the food.

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n
Norfolk
72 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

It was lovely. As expected fantastic quality fish. Definitely decided that sea bream was the best starter. Wonderful flavour, freshest fish ever and great Asian flavours. I could have eaten so much more. The mussels were good and flavoursome but ask for more bread. For mains we had sea trout and mackerel. The latter was wonderful. The former very good. Lots of flavour in both although we wondered if one really was sea trout based on the colour of the meat.
I love this place and definitely would recommend. A little expensive but quality of ingredients and service is wonderful.
Enjoy!

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C
London
10 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely meal in a nice setting. We were able to sit outside and enjoy beautiful food. My only complaint was the Apricot Bakewell Tart as the pastry was very hard. Apart from that the food was marvellous with friendly unatrusive service.

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T
London
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Thoroughly enjoyed excellent lunch and, as we ate from the set menu at, I think, £22 for two courses, fantastic value. Please pay attention to acoustics, though. Noisy ...

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J
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

We had booked the table as an anniversary meal for the two of us on a Tuesday lunch time.
There were no more than 2 tables with a few people on them and a couple of people eating outside, yet we waited 20 min for a drink which didn't arrive until I challenged the waiter. The food was of a very good quality and no fault can be noted there, yet at the end of the meal we ordered a couple of coffee's and guess what nothing arrived and all the staff disappeared, so we decided to call it a day and go directly to the bar to settle the bill. We were then presented with a 12.5% gratuity on top of the full price, which I refused to pay due to the poor service. After some discussion and apologies the gratuity was waived and a couple of complementary coffees were offered and accepted.
I have to say having read previous reviews I was expecting a lot more bearing in mind how quiet the restaurant was and the amount of staff that were on one moment and then gone the next.
The sign of a good restaurant is continuity and this was wholly lacking.

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S
London
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone working at the restaurant exuded happiness which manifested in very friendly service. The food was outstanding and to sit eating fish on a harbour, where the ingredients are literally landed that day is unique. Fabulous!!

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PM
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed eating and staying at Rocksalt. The staff were really friendly, the food was delicious and the location and views were lovely. The apartment was really nice with great facilities as well.
Breakfast the next day was the best breakfast I've eaten! Looking forward to going back in the future.

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DB
Kent
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and friendly attentive staff. Made us feel like valued customers and the food was faultless.
If your looking for quality at a reasonable price with top staff....the Rocksalt is the place to go.

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DS
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb everything. First time with our granddaughter and she was treated like a Princess by all the staff. We had a lovely family Sunday and birthday. All agreed if we lived closer Rock Salt would be our Sunday place to eat all the time.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful lunch looking out to sea with the added bonus of a Red Arrows air display to watch while we ate. The food was amazing, I will definitely return.

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PF
London
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great food! great views! lovely staff! very very solid!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It was pleasant

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AR
London
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous location, but the food does the talking. Excellent. Service was great, very friendly, helpful and chatty. Would definately go back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Table wasn’t ready on time and service took ages to take our orders and bring our food, although food was nice when it finally arrived.

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KL
Kent
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing and the service was exceptional we had a brilliant night and can’t wait to go back.

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EW
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

A lovely restaurant in a lovely setting but on the day we visited, the service wasn’t as good as expected. The staff did acknowledge this and made amends. Also, when booking we were prompted to input if it was a special occasion, which I did , but no mention was made of this either.
The food was delicious and I would recommend this restaurant but would also hope for better service.

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KR
Kent
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First visit to Rocksalt and had a fabulous evening . Everything about the place was just great , environment, food and staff all excellent. Am desperate to come back and definitely on my list for places to go when in need of a treat or for a special occasion

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MH
London
7 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good value for money. Excellent service.

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CW
Kent
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great attention to detail, wonderful warm service and fantastic fish. Oh, and don't forget to order the gypsy tart.

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HM
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely leisurely lunch, served by the nicest staff who couldn’t do enough. Relaxed and unstuffy but high quality and a classy dining experience. We’ll be back ASAP.

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MH
Kent
6 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Six of us had a Lovely meal at Rocksalt on Saturday.
Started with cocktails on the terrace, moved to the restaurant for starters of mushroom soup, fish soup, scotch egg, asparagus and a fish starter that I can’t recall. All lovely
Mains were red snapper, BBQ Huss, lobster mac’n’cheese, steak, halibut? and squid. Again, all gorgeous
Desserts were vanilla rice pudding with rhubarb, cherries with panna cotta ice cream, salted caramel tart, gypsy tart and passion fruit pavlova. All wonderful!
Excellent meal, great atmosphere, beautiful view and good service.
Will be going again

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JS
London
3 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a most enjoyable meal. The food was very good and the service excellent. We were moved to a table away from the door which we appreciated.

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y
Kent
16 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

4 of us ate here as a special occasion last Friday. First time, but been on the list of places to try for many years. Traveled from a fair way away, but wasn't disappointed.
Fantastic setting with views over the harbour. Good service, great wine list, and a lovely menu, consisting of plenty of local fish + seafood, along with other dishes to choose. All food was well prepared + presented, with decent sized portions. Price was reasonable. Thoroughly enjoyable evening, would recommend, and looking forward to going back.

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ST
London
4 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our annual visit to Rocksalt before embarking on our European motorcycle tour was once again excellent.

Hot shells and sole for main course were both excellent as was the salmon.

Thanks for looking after us so well.

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KH
Kent
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Having visited Rocksalt several years ago when a couple of our party were rather disappointed with their food we went with open minds on our recent visit. Our party of five thoroughly enjoyed the evening. The food was outstanding and service was very good. We plan to return to Rocksalt next time we plan a special occasion.

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