The West House

4.8
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£41 and over
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Biddenden in Kent is home to a small, family-run restaurant. Housed in a 15th Century weaver's cottage, The West House Restaurant is one of only a few restaurants in Kent to hold a Michelin star.
The Good Food Guide said of this Kent restaurant... “Respondents continue in their enthusiasm for Graham Garrett’s cuisine: ‘great intensity of flavours, fabulous textures.’ as one reader put it."
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DJW01
Kent
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always expected a very pleasant atmosphere, a genuine welcome from the proprietors and an excellent dinner. The 7 course tasting menu was superbly constructed and well cooked, to say nothing of the portion sizes and quality of the ingredients.

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Pastit
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So pleased my a favourite restaurant has reopened following the enforced closure due to Coronavirus. Excellent as always, the food is perfection. The service is attentive, polite and friendly. The ambiance of the restaurant is comfortable with unobtrusive music playing in the background. I Cannot recommend this restaurant highly enough.

PM
PeterM
Kent
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Birthday meal for four, welcome, service, food wine ALL top class.

Excellent

Will be back

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willd
Kent
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

The West house has its own view of how things should be done and this may not please everyone ,but for me, it is always a treat to be allowed to eat at this outstanding restaurant . I have been coming to West house for some years now and it is always impressive that they manage to maintain such a consistently high standard of food and service . If you want an example of fine cuisine , then this is as good as it gets in Kent .

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vipDarrenG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply put, the best food and restaurant in Kent . The service and general ambiance is spot on. The food is incredible, a must go to venue .

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MatthewH
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my dad for his 60th birthday . Food was absolutely stunning , service was outstanding . Will definitely be back

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LeighD
London
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and friendly service. I Would go again, so would family.

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Mocoop
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to the West House for a celebratory anniversary meal. It's a great venue for a special occasion as it's pretty price. You do feel like you've had a really special evening though as the food, service and ambiance are all great.

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IvetaM
Kent
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food was amazing like last time but this time we had full experience 6 course meal with vine
and it was amazing

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Cheaprock
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

As always, the quality of food was fabulous and service was great.

GD
GeorginaD
Kent
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Outstanding food, just vibe and decor a bit lack lustre

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LolaP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible. Such a special birthday treat. The food was delectable and the attention to detail was outstanding. Each portion was substantial and not your usual fancy food mouthful. Friendly service and lovely atmosphere without any air of pretentiousness for such fine dining. Highly recommend a visit! Can’t wait to return.

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OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious taster menu - faves were the taco and pre-dessert.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place, food is always spectacular as well as the service .

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s by far the Best Restaurant, Service, and People I’ve ever had the pleasure to dine with!
Bloody Marvellous!!
Love Neil and Jane xx

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JaneT
Kent
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really enjoy each visit to this Restaurant. Always look forward to the very creative menu. Excellent service.

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tamsinw
London
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was beautifully presented and absolutely delicious

JM
JessM
London
4 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great time had by all. I have a few food allergies and the chef created me my own dessert which was delicious.

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BUCKHALL
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and wine, friendly staff and a great setting.

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PerM
London
15 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Graham Garrett continues to produce consistently good, well balanced meals at The West House. Others will come and go with more fizz and pop, but they will struggle to match his devotion to ambitiously conceived menus with fresh, locally sourced ingredients well prepared and cooked, a thought-provoking wine list and good, reliable service. Long may he thrive, and long may newcomers and regulars continue to beat a path to his Biddenden door. PerM

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Barker
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and we enjoyed our chat with the chef and his wife

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Podgrod
Kent
8 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had lunch at The West House to celebrate my daughter's birthday. I rarely use the word outstanding but our meal was absolutely outstanding. The flavours of each of the dishes I had were superb and we all enjoyed our meals very much. It is in the upper price bracket but to my mind it was worth every penny. It was so lovely to feel completely spoilt with delicious food, great service and fabulous wine. I highly recommend it.

JF
JamesF
London
4 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Extremely pleasant, not stuffy just good quality. I highly recommend this restaurant

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DavidP
Kent
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The West House is always amazing. I took my head chef as a birthday treat. Easily the most consistently perfect I go to, 10/10 all the way. Thanks for being so amazing
Dx

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JackieW
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous meal, excellent service ... what more can you want?

MK
MarcoK
Kent
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding, service was incredible and atmosphere was fantastic.

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MariaM
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Surprisingly relaxing ambience (don’t expect the waiters in uniform, which is great!), food (tasting menu, meaty and vegetarian) was exquisite but I found the price of wine suggested with both menus a bit too high (£40 pp for 5 small glasses - not all of wine chosen was worthy this price). I truly enjoyed a choice of wine for meat-menu though. According to my companion, the choice of wine for vegetarian menu was less fortunate. The taste of food was well balanced, uncovering some nice layers of aroma during consumption, however the last dessert (there were 2), slightly too strong/characteristic taste may take over all previous dishes (delicious though).
Average - amazing culinary experience! Highly recommended.

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ElinorR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my 2nd visit and had the 3 course lunch as had tasting menu first time
It is expensive but superb from the welcome to the pudding

JB
JamesB
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience5

Tasty, but minuscule portions, especially the ice cream (one teaspoon).

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GrahamJ
London
4 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Wonderful food and beautiful presentation. We tried seasonal and vegetarian menus and enjoyed them both. Duck taco and sea bass were excellent. Burnt cauliflower less good. Lovely pre dessert. Main dessert was ok. Wine pairing was really good too

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KaziaB
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been coming to the West House for over seven years and every single visit has been absolutely wonderful. Superb food, beautiful surroundings and wonderful staff. Our favourite!

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StefaniaM
Kent
6 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience.
Outstanding food and service.
Second time and can’t wait to come again.

RP
RonP
Kent
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have dined at The West House several times and always enjoyed the experience. The ambiance and food were excellent and we are somewhat confused why their Michelin Star was not renewed. That certainly won’t stop us going back again.

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VictoriaB
Kent
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service we felt welcome from the onset. Food was amazing best we have ever tasted. Can't wait to return

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viptwops
Kent
27 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as ever

CJ
ChrisJ
London
9 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A really excellent meal with cheerful waiter/waitress service. Their butter was the best I’ve tasted & is made on the premises. We started with prosciutto of breast of lamb, followed by iberico pork cheek, accompanied by a carafe of Pinot Noir, recommended by the sommelier,which complemented the flavours beautifully. A lovely evening.

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JackieS
London
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the West House. Service is friendly and welcoming. The food is scrumptious. We will be back soon.

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AnneU
London
6 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Having lived within reach of The West House for 5 years, we finally got our act into gear and booked in for Friday lunch for my husbands birthday .. and boy are we glad we did. We thoroughly enjoyed the tasting menu, particularly the taco (not like any taco you can think of) and the saddle of lamb - perfectly pink. Also worth mentioning the kaffir lime ice cream although all was delicious and did not disappoint. The paired wine went well and they kindly printed off the menu for us to take home so that we could source the wines ourselves. Although on the quiet side - don't expect a hustle and bustle restaurant, we really enjoyed the peacefulness of the restaurant and all the diners seemed to enjoy a rather relaxing lunch with no pretention.

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AidanG
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very pleasant restaurant- good food. Good service. Lovely cosy pub feel but as a restaurant. As it feels like a restaurant in a cosy pub building it could do with some draught beer maybe. Ultimately enjoyed it though and would recommend.

DW
DavidW
Kent
8 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Always enjoy a visit to the West House. Very good venison followed by Lardy cake (a great traditional pudding), enhanced by ice cream flavoured with Chinese tea.

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