The West House

4.7
835 reviews
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£41 and over
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European
Top tags:
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Tasting Menu
  • Special Occasions
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."
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
European, British
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Hours of Operation

Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 12pm - 1:45pm; Sunday: 12pm - 2:30pm
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 7pm - 9pm; Friday - Saturday: 7pm - 9:30pm
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Phone number
01580 291341
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Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Graham Garrett
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Parking Details
Seven space private car park to the rear of building, on street parking in front of restaurant, village car park 200 yards away at end of high street.
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Public Transit
Headcorn.
Additional
Fireplace
What 835 People Are Saying
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4.6
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4.5
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on 15 July 2018

Probably the best food in Kent...

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4.0Dined on 14 July 2018

Restricted menu suggested that they offer few choices, but would do them very well. Haddock starter was excellent, main course was good but deserts were a little disappointing. A pleasant ambience and setting. Service was attentive to begin with, but gradually fell away as the restaurant became busier. Overall a very nice evening and would recommend, but left feeling that quality of food was a little inconsistent and therefore slightly over-priced.

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SW
5.0Dined on 6 July 2018

Top quality food and great service. I would definitely recommend to anyone who is thinking of booking a meal. We had the tasting menu and each dish was delicious.

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OT
5.0Dined on 6 July 2018

Excellent .... I stayed at Sissinghurst Castle farmhouse B&B. The restaurant is close by.

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4.0Dined on 6 July 2018

I enjoyed the dining experience very much and will go again.

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JP
5.0Dined on 28 June 2018

Great food and wine, exceptional service and presentation.

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NH
5.0Dined on 22 June 2018

Perfect location and food and wine matched our expectation. We opted for the taster menu and were not disappointed. Food was matched by some wonderful wines. Service was relaxed and pleasant and the home made bread, well see what you think! .... wonderful and needed some for the sauce served with the cod😂. Will be back without a doubt.

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JC
5.0Dined on 20 June 2018

This was an amazing experience,the food was fine dining at its best.The ingredients were locally sourced and cooked beautifully giving bags of flavour,.they had a good selection of wine that didnt cost the earth.the service was prompt and attentive.the restaurant was very cosy.would definitely go back again

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ED
2.0Dined on 15 June 2018

The food was excellent, the flavours were well crafted and the ingredients were fresh and bursting with taste. Unfortunately the overall experience was a bit flat though as the decor is dated and the service was a bit stand offish and too formal for my liking. Also no side dishes are available even if you want them as an extra. I was told they don't do baby potatoes as a side but I'd just had some in my starter so why not give the customer what they want? I would not be so critical of a £50 or even £100 meal for 2 but this was £130+ so I would expect to leave with a full belly! We had a nice meal, but I would expect more from a Michelin starred establishment!

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M
5.0Dined on 10 June 2018

I loved every bit of my lunch. I wish there had been room for dessert!

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NC
5.0Dined on 8 June 2018

Thoroughly enjoyed our visit. The tasting menu was outstanding. Will definitely recommend.

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GS
5.0Dined on 3 June 2018

Outstanding food! Had the tasting menu for Sunday lunch. Our son had the wines to accompany the tasting & couldn't fault them. Lovely casual atmosphere in a lovely old building.

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GB
4.0Dined on 31 May 2018

Excellent food. Great staff. Peaceful, enabling conversation. Lovely villge

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MK
2.0Dined on 31 May 2018

It was recommended by my son in law went with 2 friends who do a lot of dinning out and like us found it over rated ! Very small portions no veges good flavours Expensive wine list wouldn't go again other v/good restaurant in our area !

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5.0Dined on 30 May 2018

We were lucky to get a booking for my Brothers 70th birthday and he was "bowled over" by the fantastic quality and originality of the tasting menu, all so perfectly served and with perfect timings and intervals between courses. The family are all so friendly and genuinely welcoming, we were very pleased. Plans to come again afoot..

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AS
5.0Dined on 20 May 2018

Lovely lunch on Sunday for a birthday. Relaxed vibe and staff, but that's not to say that this isn't a very high quality restaurant - perfectly paced tasting menu, with excellent cooking and ingredients. Highly recommended!

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n
5.0Dined on 19 May 2018

First class service & food

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5.0Dined on 16 May 2018

I’ve left several reviews for The West House over the years and this place just gets better and better. Wonderfully fresh ingredients crafted into taste sensations, served by the relaxed and friendly team in a cosy environment, is a recipe for a super dining experience. Can’t fault it really. The wine list is exceptionally interesting! If you expect your Michelin starred dining experience to be formal, then this place is not for you, but if you’re a foodie, who truly appreciates innovative and creative cooking, served by lovely people- this is for you. It’s grest!

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EB
4.0Dined on 11 May 2018

The restaurant was less formal than we thought it would be, which was a pleasant surprise, but the food was very good and the service attentive, but discreet. The set menu was good value too.

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WS
5.0Dined on 6 May 2018

Lovely atmosphere, local ingredients cooked to perfection. They surprised us at the end with a just cooked anniversary cake which topped off a lovely meal.

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LL
5.0Dined on 4 May 2018

Our second time to this lovely restaurant - and we weren't disappointed.
Gorgeous food, served in a casual, unhurried but professional manner. I have spread the word far and wide and will be returning again.

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JK
5.0Dined on 3 May 2018

Another top class meal.

Great food and service.

The best restaurant in Kent.

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JH
5.0Dined on 3 May 2018

We were disappointed to be asked to pay for the water.

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ST
5.0Dined on 2 May 2018

Outstanding food and a relaxed, intimate atmosphere. The tasting menu is fantastic.

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RI
5.0Dined on 27 April 2018

Excellent food in a relaxed setting, with perfect seroce.

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M
5.0Dined on 27 April 2018

We had the six course tasting menu which was excellent, showcasing a wide range of ingredients many of which were locally sourced. The portions were on the small side but I certainly did not leave the restaurant feeling that I wanted more. Drinks were reasonably priced (a frequent complaint of mine when visiting fine dining restaurants is the ridiculous mark up on the wines) and the Kentish cider was excellent. The restaurant atmosphere was good - the place was full - and had a cosy country pub feel and look. The only negative note was trivial - the waiting staff were dressed more for the pub than a fine dining restaurant but that's a minor personal point that didn't detract from an excellent meal. Highly recommended.

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OT
5.0Dined on 20 April 2018

First rate lunch

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UU
5.0Dined on 15 April 2018

Absolutely amazing; such lovely service and the food is incredible!! The decor and ambience is so nice too, well worth the travel from London!

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3.0Dined on 14 April 2018

We had the taster menu which was fine , but not enough food

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5.0Dined on 13 April 2018

I it's still the best I Kent

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LC
5.0Dined on 11 April 2018

Lovely food lovely setting lovely people well worth the drive out we will stay in the future as the new rooms are now available.

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5.0Dined on 6 April 2018

The food was wonderful would certainly recommend thus restaurant certainly with the lunch menu which is reasonably priced.

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TT
3.0Dined on 6 April 2018

We opted for the tasting menu, however the portion was rather small and we left the restaurant still feeling hungry.

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SE
5.0Dined on 4 April 2018

We have eaten at the West House on quite a few occasions. It is our go to place for special events and dinner with friends. Excellent in all areas!

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DW
4.0Dined on 4 April 2018

As always a quality experience in a relaxed, comfortable environment. Family run. Carefully cooked and presented food of a high standard.

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OT
5.0Dined on 1 April 2018

I took my mum and her friend for a birthday treat. We all had the 6 course tasting menu lunch with the wine pairing. Everything was just wonderful. I would definitely recommend for a special occasion

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JD
5.0Dined on 31 March 2018

Had a great time as always . The food was superb. Thank you.

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F
5.0Dined on 31 March 2018

Excellent food, atmosphere and service. We will definitely visit again.

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OT
5.0Dined on 21 March 2018

The food was absolutely sensational. The atmosphere was fabulous with the naked lights and old beams. The restaurant is nicely open plan and not crowded making for a pleasurable experience where you can enjoy good company, great food and wine.
The service was the only thing that let the experience down a little with our wine bottle being wiped with a bare hand between pouring.

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RC
5.0Dined on 21 March 2018

Always enjoy the West House, great food and wine!!

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