The West House

4.7
863 reviews
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£41 and over
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European
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  • Special Occasions
  • Tasting Menu
  • Fit for Foodies
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
Wed–Fri 12:00–14:00
Sun 12:00–14:30
Dinner
Wed, Thu 19:00–21:00
Fri, Sat 19:00–21:30
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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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Headcorn.
Additional
Fireplace
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JC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

To be honest this restaurant was very disappointing. We had the tasting menu and although the food was cooked well and there was nothing particularly bad about it. We did find it all a bit bland and boring. There was nothing that really stood out and that excited us that you would expect from a Michelin starred restaurant. One of the desserts was actually a joke and I wouldn’t even serve it up at home. It was basically a glass bowl with what tasted like frozen berry’s that you would put on your morning yoghurt, a little quenelle of ice cream and a meringue shard.
We felt it was very over priced for what it was.

We didn’t say anything at the time as we knew we wouldn’t be returning again. I have never written a bad review before and I do feel bad but a certain level of quality is expected when you go to a Michelin starred restaurant and I don’t want other people to be disappointed. Especially if you have had to save up to go there.

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JH
Kent
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been many times and it never disappoints. Such a comfortable and easy atmosphere. The food is faultless and not pretentious.

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GW
Kent
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my girlfriend for our 1 year anniversary and cannot say enough about the quality of the food, atmosphere and service. Just brilliant

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JM
London
6 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent meal and good value for the quality, had tha £65 tasting menu, taco and leche de dulce tart were delicious

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P
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never fails to wow. If we could retire and dine here everyday our lives would be complete..

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SH
Kent
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I decided to try something different for my husband's birthday on the recommendation of friends and The West House certainly lived up to its reputation. The food was divine. Lovely home made breads too. Only one slight issue, I was driving so couldn't sample any of the wines so certainly need to go back and nominate someone else to drive next time!

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E
London
26 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous lunch with creative menu choices all superbly executed. Great, unfussy service. Would love to go back to do the tasting menu.

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PJ
Kent
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An Anniversary treat , we had the tasting menu which was amazing , difficult to choose a favourite as the presentation and tastes were a delight to the eye and pallet , recommend for those who love good food and want a different experience . Our waiter explained every dish and happy to discuss any questions we had about the food or wine. A truly delightful experience.

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G
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We were disappointed with the quality of the food comprising the two courses considering the price of £38.
The extras were a lovely surprise and very tasty including the pre-starter and petit fours but the dessert, in particular, did not strike us as particularly special and although described as Tiramisu, did not have a coffee ingredient so was not as strongly flavoured as I expected.

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MR
London
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

A really enjoyable and very relaxed lunch. Food came skilfully prepared with a creative flair and excellent ingredients. Service was cheerful, helpful and professional. A real gem of a place in a charming building.

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C
Kent
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasting menu, fantastic quality, great flavours and perfectly matched wine.

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RM
London
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

This is a small but perfectly formed restaurant in a lovely village.. the food was genuinely delicious, creative, fresh and exquisitly cooked. I went with my wife for our first date night since becoming a “DFL” (down from london) and it matched the food of anything we had managed for a while in the big smoke. We will definitely go again.

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SH
Kent
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined at the West House many years ago and remember the excellent food and ambiance. Now happy to report the experience is just as enjoyable! Thank you.

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LL
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Another visit to what is very quickly becoming my favourite restaurant.
Having a restaurant of this standard so local is a definite Brucie-Bonus!
The food and wine is excellent, the staff are polite and attentive, but also relaxed and discreet - which lends itself to the super chilled ambiance.
We will be returning again and again to the Westhouse - can't wait for the next time!

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MB
London
3 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service as has been every time we have been there. Worth every penny.

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p
Cornwall
3 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely meal in The West House to celebrate our anniversary. The food was excellent and the service and time between courses perfect. Staff friendly and helpful. We are on holiday in the area but hope to return next year, when we shall visit The West House again

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PM
London
7 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The West House under Graham Garrett's guiding hand continues to be an excellent neighbourhood restaurant. Service is quiet and under-stated but reliable enough, if a little lacking in polish, which means that the restaurant lacks atmosphere unless full (which it was when we visited). The food, however, with an idiosyncratic wine list to match, continues to reflect a very assured hand in the kitchen. The addition of some accommodation in recent times (not tested by this reviewer) has opened the restaurant to a wider audience - which it deserves. PerM

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IB
London
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

An excellent restaurant with a range of menus to suit all wallets and degrees of hunger. We had the 3 course Lunch of the Day at £29.00 p.p. which included an amuse bouche and petits fours. Very friendly service and delicious food made for a lovely birthday treat and a lovely mini birthday cake as well.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing as always 👌🏻

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TW
Kent
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

It's a beautiful place, and the food was very good but portions were very small for the price charged.

I had 3 pieces of Rabbit Pasta to start and 'Pig' for main course, and the 'Pig' was very nice but there were two pieces of meat, about an inch and a half square, and a lot of courgette. My 'Cake' for dessert was a small fairy-cake sized carrot cake, which was very good, with a very good ice cream, but again there wasn't much of it. My wife had Haddock and then Lamb, then Tiramisu, which she enjoyed.

We were given a Cheese and Onion amuse-bouche, and a dish of five olives - the olives were really fantastic, but for a table of two, surely an even number of olives would be sensible ? We cut the fifth one in half. We also had two sorts of bread, a sort of walnut and fruit bread which was really good, and a sourdough, the crust on which was so hard we were worried we would break our teeth so we only ate the middle.

We had a 500ml carafe of wine, which is really only one glass each, costing £26. I suppose it's a good way of making it last as it's the equivalent of £39 a bottle which is quite a lot.

The two people serving were excellent and attentive. It was our wedding anniversary and we did get an extra small cake to share, a sort of burnt orange madeleine, which was a nice surprise.

It was our second time there, and for people of moderate means, is only really a place for a special occasions. We might try somewhere different next time as we thought that for three courses at £48 per head, plus drinks + 12.5% service, even though the food is good, we shouldn't still be going home hungry.

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CH
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were bought a gift voucher by our son and daughter in law for Christmas and we had a wonderful lunch. As the restaurant is 40 miles away from our home. It was lovely to have a superb lunch after a ride in the beautiful Kent countryside.

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JB
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Fabulous dining experience, outstanding wine list with a number of Natural and 'off the beaten track' wines to choose from. Excellent and delicious food, including an outstanding vegetarian tasting menu. Highly recommended.

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SM
London
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent all round - not one negative. Food was superb as was the wine. Service was relaxed and friendly, not stuffy which you get with some starred restaurants. Would highly recommend.

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PC
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Inventive menu with served with an unpretentious and friendly attitude. Excellent house wines. Wish we lived nearer.

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J
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great meal at my favourite local'ish restaurant. Every course was perfect in taste and portion. The Smoked Haddock starter will remain one of my favourites, and I'm glad it's still be served today.

One nice touch this time round was I actually selected 'anniversary' on the drop down list on Opentable as the reason for visiting, something I wouldn't usually do as assumed it was just for Opentables recommendations and marketing. It turns out the restaurant do see this, and they came out with a little anniversary cake at the end of the meal which was a most welcome, and unexpected touch.

We aren't regulars by any means, by we like to visit here a few times a year, mainly on special occasions, and in 3 years we've never been disappointed. Always great service, great food, great wine, and great experience.

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l
London
4 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food.

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DH
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely meal for our wedding anniversary, they brought us a lemon cake out with chocolate writing on the plate happy anniversary

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F
Kent
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Probably the best food in Kent...

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M
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Atlantic Canada
5 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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D
Kent
5 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

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JP
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and wine, exceptional service and presentation.

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NH
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

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
Portland
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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NC
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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GS
London
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

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

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