The West House

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  • Special Occasions
  • Tasting Menu
  • Worth the Drive
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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London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and unstuffy service,well worth a visit.No cramped tables here with a blend of old and modern.From the complimentary pre starter to the chocolate and jam donut with coffee it was so good.

j
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed the great meal choices on menu, all cooked perfectly. Fixed price of meal was great value. Staff were extremely polite and friendly. Help was offered for excellent wine pairing. Relaxed atmosphere of restaurant was delightful.

PP
Kent
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was, as usual, utterly sublime. The only slightly irritating element was the volume of the Musak. It made quiet conversation quite difficult. The dishes more than compensated !

DT
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Out-of-the-ordinary eating experience; a gastronomic pampering and a huge treat. Exquisite and delicious.

a
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good restaurant. It was a very nice culinary discovery

T
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

This was our first visit to the West House. The food exceeded expectations and was amazing - especially the lobster tart. The service was friendly and prompt. It is expensive, though obviously successful as it is not easy to get a booking and it was full on the Thursday evening that we were there. We will go back but only for a special occasion given the prices.

LV
London
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastisch gegeten! Alles was even goed bereid, mooi gepresenteerd en smaakte voortreffelijk. Als we weer eens in de buurt zijn zullen wij hier zeker weer komen eten.

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t
Kent
26 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the tasting menu great variation of flavours portions just the right size a memorable meal . Thanks to all the staff and of course Graham never fails in 14 years .

DW
Kent
8 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really pleasant restaurant. Relaxed, friendly, very good cooking and wine selection. Recommended.

AW
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of He best meals we have ever had!
The 6 course tasing menu was full of different flavours.

AH
Kent
8 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 1

What a pity the excellent food cannot be matched by the very dated and predominantly brown decor with naked light bulbs in ceiling and no candles on tables
Sadly off putting ambience I’m afraid

CR
London
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful meal with excellent service. Very special
Will definitely be back

RC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lunch with the crumblies on a hot Wednesday in August 2019. The amuse bouche was a delicate parmesan gougère. We had two starters, a lobster tart with pea cream and ‘ham, egg the pork not especially memorable and the reason for a four-out-of-five review. The front of house staff were superb. I delegated a choice of wine and received a glass of Gamay, which was delicious and perfect with the pork. We had one pudding, which looked lovely, but which my burgeoning waistline prohibited me from tasting. The crumblies enthused. I recommend the West House unhesitatingly and will be back when there’s more time... the tasting menus are beckoning.

A
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious and wonderful lunch, our tastebuds were in overdrive. Excellent service, as usual. Fantabulous!!

JB
London
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A delicious meal and very good service, resulting in a most enjoyable lunch.

B
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food , only criticism were some of the tasting menu portions were very small compared to restaurants of a similar standard

PO
Kent
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb, we both had the tasting menu and were not disapointed. Difficult to choose a foavourite dish as they were all very good

J
London
9 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Parking around the back but it is very tight indeed so park on the road. Very nice food and wine. Small but well thought out menu.

R
London
7 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The menu offered various options and we had the tasting menu with wines. The food was very good, the choice of wines very interesting and the service was prompt and friendly. It was a very enjoyable experience.

DW
Kent
8 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good meal,high quality presentation and flavour. Wines well selected and thoroughly enjoyable. Welcoming, warm family run ambiance. Recommended

F
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

best restaurant in Kent
great food
great service
marvelous wine list
good price quelity

RW
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As a local I've eaten at The West House on a number of occasions and the food and experience are always exceptional. Since my last visit I've been forced to adopt a new diet...basically pescatarian but with some odd restrictions (the big one being not cooking anything in oil...at all!). I contacted Graham beforehand to let him know and he tweaked dishes to meet my rather annoying needs...and made a special dessert just for me. We both enjoyed beautiful food, excellent service and a lovely atmosphere. 10/10!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cannot fault anything. Everything was exceptional

b
London
3 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful old weavers cottage, I think, some background music on arrival at a relatively low level and reduced as filled up.Reasonably spaced tables in this family run enterprise. Service was attentive but not intrusive. A good wine list and also included several reasonably priced 500ml carafes. We had the tasting menu which was excellent from amuse bouchée and home made bread to the splendid chocolate pudding. Special highlights for us were an incredible duck taco, John Dory and the strawberry pre-dessert.
Will definitely plan another visit to Kent to incorporate a visit to the West House.

e
London
12 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife had had a very busy few days so we thought we’d treat ourselves to lunch at this first class restaurant. That says it all really. Every course was ‘music to one’s pallet’ served by very pleasant waiting staff. This is not an inexpensive place but you definitely ‘pays your money and takes your choice’. Very much recommended

SP
Kent
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first visit to the West House what a find it was all we hoped it would be the food was excellent as was the service.
I an glad we watched James Martin else we would not have ever known about it worth the travelling time.

r
Kent
5 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is our fourth visit to The West House and as ever never disappointed, the lunchtime menu was a delight especially the pork with black pudding absolutely delicious. Good selection of wines which were affordable.

JA
London
4 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A dining experience to be remembered by its excellence in all respects. We will return.

OT
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Meal was nice but not as special as other Michelin star restaurants I’ve used, it was my triplets birthday so I’d hoped for something extra special.

P
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing creative food in a relaxed and comfortable environment. So nice to see natural wines on the menu. The food is just amazing.

M
London
9 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Been a few times to west house, found the food was not nearly as good as previous visits, but maybe just the variety, we chose the tasting menu & the lamb & John Dory were very nice , just a little disappointing on some of the other dishes , but I will be returning at some point

S
Kent
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chose from the lunch menu, nice basket of bread with homemade butter along with Olives and a cheese profiterole before the starters arrived. Flavoursome courses, fantastically presented with exceptional service.

p
Kent
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing and the service is fantastic.Well worth the visit and can’t wait to go back.

RL
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb as always. Tried the tasting menu for the first time and it was excellent. We just love the calm friendly atmosphere and the very special food supported by a first class wine list.

RW
Hertfordshire
59 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed our meal at The West House. Service was attentive. Food was carefully presented and tasty. Would be helpful to have one or more additional choices for non-alcoholic cocktails. Overall, a very good experience.

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

The West House is a gastronomic delight in a beautiful setting with superb service from knowledgable staff

AR
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great evening out to celebrate my husband’s birthday!!!

OT
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is small and intimate. Very relaxed vibe and ambiance. Staff are very attentive in a discreet way, and lovely.
The food was unbelievable delicious and such good value.
We were the last ones left in the restaurant, but at no time did we feel rushed to leave.
I would definitely recommend this restaurant and look forward to returning soon.

PM
London
15 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Do not be put off by the scaffolding that dominates the West House at the moment due to a fire in the next door property. Indeed, do not be put off for the next two years while re-building work is carried out. There is nothing off-putting about what emerges from Graham Garrett's kitchen, and the well-balanced, 6-course vegetarian tasting menu we sampled last evening was astonishing in its apparent simplicity and a testament to some very fine (preparation and) cooking indeed. The choice of wines to accompany each dish was also considered, not obvious and altogether excellent.
Graham and his team have been magicking outstanding meals for a very long time now, and he deserves all the recognition he gets - and more. PerM

PL
London
8 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lunch began with an amuse bouche of a choux pastry bun filled with an unctuous cheesy liquid and topped with grated parmesan - absolutely amazing. We were then given some fabulous artisan bread. This before our chosen starters, main courses and desserts from the day's lunch menu - all of which were gorgeous. Beautifully cooked and presented and good sized portions; not huge but certainly enough. A jug of water and a lovely bottle of Picpoul de Pinet rounded off our meal. The staff were charming and attentive. For a Michelin starred restaurant, the cost for set lunch was an entirely reasonable£29 for 3 courses. The a la carte menu is filled with something for everyone, including vegetarians! We hope to be heading back soon to try their six course taster menu with accompanying wines!

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