The West House

4.8
1109 reviews
£41 and over
European
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."

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1109 People Are Saying
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vipboss
London
13 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very high standard of food.
A true Michelin star if not more.
Very talented kitchen and service was great as well.
The flavours, ingredients, provenance all great.
Nice portions as well.
Unique style of cooking.
Booked again.

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tandc
Kent
4 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, imaginative food.
Good service.
Always worth a visit for fine food.

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DavidG
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu is now a fixed tasting menu of six courses ! That’s fine as you can trust their creations. There is a vegetarian and meat option.
Don’t eat for the meal before at home, or be tempted by the beautiful bread offered as part of the starters - there is a lot of food coming your way.
Exquisite meal.

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Joellen71
Brighton
8 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second visit, but our first on a Sunday. Absolutely incredible fixed menu. Every course was superb. Cannot wait to visit again.

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LouiseB
Kent
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My partner and I have been celebrating birthdays and anniversaries here since 2013, following Graham Garrett’s appearance on the TV show “The Great British Menu”. Our visit on Saturday was a combination of birthday and anniversary celebrations rolled into one. We had the set menu and found the food to be exceptional as always. A vegetarian menu is available on request.

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LievenK
London
13 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined here with my very pregnant wife in February a week before she gave birth...and now again as a first proper meal without the baby.

As the first time, it was lovely. There is not much we do not like about food and service.

It is a great restaurant, love the down to earth but knowledgeable service (remember the arrogant waiters making you feel un- worthy in so many other fine dining restaurants?)

Food was just so great - layers of flavours - we will be back.

Thank you! We do not have a lot of free time right now and you made it special!

L&L

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NigelN
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience5

For nearly £300 for 2 people you expect perfection and unfortunately it wasn’t - 2nd course sausage & egg was underwhelming - 4th course duck was over cooked - courses 1 3 5 6 were exceptional - the wine flight was very good - 2 x waitresses were great 1 x waiter didn’t ask us what we felt about courses 2 & 4 which would have given us the opportunity to raise our concerns - so having to pay a service charge of 12.5% put us at a disadvantage - maybe the owners should prove the confidence in their food and service by removing the service charge...

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JamesF
London
6 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In all respects this restaurant was, at the very least, up to it's usual very high standards.
Food was brilliant, a very enjoyable meal.

DC
DavidC
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, good service, very relaxed atmosphere

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julietml
London
3 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An outstanding lunch, imaginative and well judged in terms of the balance of the menu. Great to see this wonderful restaurant thriving.

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WendyE
Kent
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food served by charming staff in a delightful atmosphere.

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Jillyw
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The taster menu with paired wines was outstanding. The staff were very friendly and helpful and the atmosphere very relaxed. All in all it was a perfect evening!

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StuartK
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and wine pairing as usual this place is one of the best restaurants in Kent.

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IanL
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

West House didn’t disappoint. Ambience, service and food were all perfect for our anniversary dinner.

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michaela
Kent
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

5 star all round, food was just delicious, and cant wait to come back, thankyou to you all for wonderful food and your professionalism at these difficult times

WF
WetFridaydelight
London
7 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have eaten here a number of times over the years and on this occasion as in the past, the food was great as was the selection of wines and cocktails.

TC
TonyC
London
38 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent in every way. Although there is no choice on the fixed price set lunch menu, everything was to our liking. Well judged or luck? Will just have to go again and see.
Also loved the matched wines, all things we would never have chosen ourselves.

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Greenspark
Bath
3 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Frankly it was just about perfect. Set menu with wines , all interesting and delicious. Relaxed atmosphere. Thoroughly enjoyed our evening.

DM
DavidM
Oxford
5 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our visit was in the time of COVID-19 restrictions and the place was very well organised. The greeting and subsequent service was welcoming and friendly.
As for the food on the 6 course menu ........OUTSTANDING.
One of the best meals we have eaten over the 50 years we have been going to restaurants, which include many 2 and 3 star Michelin places.
The wine list has been put together with both a great deal of knowledge and love of wine.
Congratulations and many thanks for a great experience.

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NigelW
London
19 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, well conceived dishes, well presented and first rate friendly service. Above all it tasted great

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JimG
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

A fantastic lunch, in every way, as ever

I'd just prefer the music to be a bit quieter...but that's just old-fashioned me! We'll be back!

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AndrewB
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful set menu lunch in a very pleasant and safe venue.

JP
JohnathanP
Kent
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing dining experience with knowledgeable and attentive staff

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MikeG
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Outstanding food at a price. But you don't go for a cheap meal. Overall a lovely evening.

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markl
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

The set menu not to my liking (NOT THEIR FAULT) But I found it was a good restaurant at over inflated prices
Staff walking around in flip flops is just a little too homely

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JamesF
London
6 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food, very enjoyable meal and standards still high. Highly recommended

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EmmaR
Kent
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, superb flavours. Excellent service and attention to detail

JW
JohnW
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Currently a set menu absolutely up to their consistently high standard as was the welcome, the service, etc.

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ElaineG
Kent
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I am allergic to cream and I mentioned this to the waiter who told the chef. I was told there would be alternatives. When they came they were delicious and looked very like the correct ones that my husband had. I was very impressed and very appreciative of the trouble it took. please pass on my thanks to the chef.

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SteveB
Devon
2 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

At The West House, you'll get a warm welcome; unobtrusive, but friendly and knowledgeable service. Excellent food, well prepared, and an extensive wine list, puts the icing on the cake!

Highly recommended.

JK
JennyK
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great atmosphere would definitely go back and recommend for a special occasion. Staff were very friendly and knowledgeable.

MB
MarkB
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A great first experience at The West House. A fantastic 7 course menu that was judged well - so just enough to fill you up but not too much :)
Service was great and whilst the ambience understandably slightly down on what one would normally expect due to social distancing still a lovely night out.

MT
MargaritaT
Kent
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food in comfortable, non- pretentious surroundings.

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GregB
London
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

we visit here two or three times a year and has always been an excellent experience.
service friendly and the food is always great. highly recommended.

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Stringer74
Kent
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding quality of food in a very beautiful taster menu. Extremely beautiful ingredients cooked to perfection.

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JoeG
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

I’ve been to the west house many times but not for a few years and I would consider it to be my favourite restaurant I’ve been too and I have eaten at many Michelin star and nice restaurants. This time was the worst as the food was still good but nowhere near the quality of how I remember it was expensive for a set lunch and I ordered a cider expecting a decent amount of drink only for a wine glass with the amount of cider less than my friends wine in his wine glass the cider was nice but weird amount given to me. Overall I know the west house can be fantastic at its best but on this occasion while still good it wasn’t at its best

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CatherineB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A gem! Superb food in a relaxed and friendly environment. Graham Garrett is one of the best chefs in the country. The food is consistently delicious!

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Hodge
Kent
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal well balanced and oh so tasty. Lovely place with lovely people all in all a fabulous meal and will be going back.

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GrantR
London
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, attentive service and a warm ambience. Would not hesitate to recommend; incredibly refreshing to see such high quality food in rural Kent. My wife and I will certainly be returning.

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HollS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lovely restaurant with excellent food and relaxed and friendly service. Would strongly recommend.

FAQs

The West House is rated 4.8 stars by 1109 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.