“Contemporary dining in a historic building” - AA Inspector



Official Rating
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  •   Social distancing and safety measures in place
  •   Follows government and industry guidelines for COVID-19
  •   Signed up to the AA COVID Confident Charter
Opening status: Open
Our COVID-19 measures:
One way systems, both for customers and staff. Only one in the toilets at a time with a member of staff overseeing this. Masks for all staff. Staffs temperatures checked before every shift.

Our Inspector's view

Just off the town's main drag, this lovely, white-weatherboarded building dates back more than 300 years. Inside, Thackeray's delightful period details – sloping ceilings, odd little corners – add up to a charming setting, blending ancient and modern with stylishly up-to-date touches and a switched-on service team. Intelligently constructed, with precise presentation and accurate execution, the food delivers intricate re-workings of classic combinations. Slow-cooked ham hock with Coronation emulsion, quail Scotch egg and soused raisins starts the show, before moving on to roast Suffolk chicken alongside blue cheese and chicken leg macaroni, braised chicory and Madeira cream. Bring things to a close with a take on lemon meringue, involving preserved Amalfi lemon and Madagascan vanilla meringue and ice cream.

Awards, accolades and Welcome Schemes

3 Rosette Award for Culinary Excellence
AA Notable Wine List
Phone : 01892 511921


  • Seats: 70
  • Private dining available
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Steps for wheelchair: 1
  • Assist dogs welcome
Opening times
  • Open all year
Food and Drink
  • Wines under £30: 10
  • Wines over £30: 153
  • Wines by the glass: 33
  • Cuisine style: Modern European
  • Vegetarian menu

About the area

Discover Kent

The White Cliffs of Dover are an English icon – the epitome of our island heritage and sense of nationhood. They also mark the point where the Kent Downs AONB, that great arc of chalk downland stretching from the Surrey Hills and sometimes known as ‘the Garden of England’, finally reaches the sea. This is a well-ordered and settled landscape, where chalk and greensand escarpments look down into the wooded Weald to the south.

Many historic parklands, including Knole Park and Sir Winston Churchill’s red-brick former home at Chartwell, are also worth visiting. Attractive settlements such as Charing, site of Archbishop Cranmer’s Tudor palace, and Chilham, with its magnificent half-timbered buildings and 17th-century castle built on a Norman site, can be found on the Pilgrim’s Way, the traditional route for Canterbury-bound pilgrims in the Middle Ages. 

In the nature reserves, such as the traditionally coppiced woodlands of Denge Wood and Earley Wood, and the ancient fine chalk woodland of Yockletts Bank high on the North Downs near Ashford, it is still possible to experience the atmosphere of wilderness that must have been felt by the earliest travellers along this ancient ridgeway.

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