County Restaurant @ Abode Canterbury

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£26 to £40
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British
Paying homage to the hotel’s extensive history, the restaurant takes its name from the original name established for the hotel in 1892.

Characterised by modern European cuisine using the finest regional produce, the restaurant offers à la carte and tasting menus alongside a wine list carefully curated to complement new seasonal dishes introduced year round.

Combining classic elegance with modern style, the beautifully designed dining room features plush neutral furniture and low lighting. The vibrant yet chic ambience at ABode Canterbury creates the perfect fine dining venue.

In the city centre, County Restaurant at ABode Canterbury is near the majestic Canterbury Cathedral. Canterbury Rail Station is just a 9-minute walk away.

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Sun 12:00PM - 2:30PM
Mon - Thu 12:00PM - 2:30PM 5:30PM - 9:30PM
Fri - Sat 12:00PM - 2:30PM 5:30PM - 6:45PM 8:15PM - 9:30PM

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CG
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Service wonderful. We found piano playing intrusive. Very small portions although food excellent but lacking vegetables

OF
Kent
14 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A gem in the heart of Kent! This fine dining experience was truly FINE. The menu has plenty of locally sourced ingredients put together to create some fantastic flavours.
Impeccable service from all the staff who were knowledgeable, discreet and there when we needed them.
The only problem is that I can only give 5 stars.

OT
Kent
10 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

The food was very nice and well presented, but just a little disappointed that they don’t serve vegetables and carbs.
The services was very good and I would go again.

d
Kent
4 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a wonderful foodie experience
Thankyou

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

I enjoyed it!

RP
London
14 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

I would go again, but my partner found the portions a little on small side as did I , however there was a few compliments of the chef and we had 3 desserts between the 2 of us so left full enough

The restaurant was very nicely laid out the staff attentive , I would return again

All in all a good experience

K
Kent
16 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had Pre-theatre menu (before going to Marlowe) - very nice meal with good quality food and friendly, efficient service without being over the top. Would definitely return when in Canterbury.

d
Kent
5 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful restaurant !

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DD
Kent
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We spent an fantastic evening eating lobster and steak washed down with a bottle of prosecco. Great value for money.

S
London
11 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Excellent food and very good service. Will return more regularly 😀

T
London
128 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

An all round excellent lunch and the bread is fabulous too.

DR
London
13 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Terrific tasting menu with wine on Friday night. Great staff who were very informed and the food and wine were excellent. I particular some very interesting and unusual wines were a delight. Thanks and we’ll be back.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

Food was very tasty, no complaints there. However the waiting staff do need advise how small the portions are.

We did not elect to go for a starter thinking the main would be substantial enough. However the portion was extremely small and there is no option to add a side, so despite a few admittedly delicious amuse bouches there was no way our appetite would be satisfied.

The restaurant did cook some extra broccoli for us after we complained but it took the shine off the meal which was a shame as the quality is very good.

MW
London
4 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Thoroughly enjoyed very high quality food, in particular very succulent lobster and steak. Really very good cooking. The ambience in the lounge is lovely, less so in the dining room - a touch worn and jaded. But the service is very good and the food excellent.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely Valentines Tasting Menu

r
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2018
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience3

food good but portions are small andtherefore felt it was a little onthe expensive side. Rather noisy as they had two large parties in but they did seat us as far away as possible.

T
London
128 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2018
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Excellent quality meal and service and especially good value with one of the OpenTable offers.

C
London
5 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

Birthday meal. Service very slow. Disappointed as was for a special occasion.

NE
Kent
25 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2018
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

As always, tasting menu very well put together and the accompanying wine choices really matched the food well
Very nice evening

P
London
80 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The meal was excellent, from the freshly baked bread with two different butters served with a small bowl of delicious soup, through the starter and main and the wonderfully presented and full-flavoured dessert. The setting is delightful and the service excellent throughout with our waiter explaining each dish and checking, unobtrusively, on how we were at appropriate moments. And for under £25 for a three course lunch, who could possibly complain at the price? It was fine dining at an affordable price, with each component on the plate adding to the experience and bringing different flavours and textures to the whole. Excellent.

B
London
4 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2017
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A fantastic meal for my girlfriends birthday.

We had the tasting menu, which was fantastic, served up by very knowledgable and very well presented staff.

All round a very lovely meal.

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2017
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

They never had our booking and we had to leave to find another restaurant

E
London
5 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2017
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Not allowed to take photos when dining there so that's a negative point

BT
Kent
1 review
Dined on 22 July 2017
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We ate here before a few years ago and we're not too impressed and decided to give it another go. We chose the tasting menu with wine. Really good food with some fantastic combinations. The somellier was excellent, taking time to carefully explain the wine and food pairings. Tasting + wine definitely recommended for foodies! Service was attentive and swift yet unhurried, and very pleasant at all times. Only slight disappointment was in the bar - we ordered a bottle of Dom and the glasses offered twice were dirty (only water stains, but still, I'd expect sparkling glasses in a champagne bar). This didn't overshadow an otherwise excellent evening, very reassuring to find that the service and food has come on leaps and bounds from our last visit. We will definitely be returning.

N
London
36 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2017
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We were visiting Canterbury for the weekend, and stayed at the ABode hotel. It made sense to book the hotel restaurant for dinner. The food was really excellent, exceeding expectations - modern cuisine, beautifully cooked, and creatively presented. The amuse bouche jerusalem artichoke soup was wonderful.

Only two niggles - the wine list was not extensive, and it seemed some of the wines available for the tasting menu were not on the list. The side vegetables were overcooked, in contrast to the main event.

F
London
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2017
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent! We ate great food! We will definitely be back!
Pls go and try it!!!

MF
London
27 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2017
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Went on a Saturday evening before going to the Marlowe. First through the door at 5.30. Very quiet all evening - hence ambience marked down. Limited choice of food as expected but was served to a very high standard and offered great value for money. Would highly recommend.

OT
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2016
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely outstanding first time there will definitely be returning waiting staff and food were incredible

GD
London
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2016
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

The staff were attentive, the room was laid out with plenty of room and felt very special. The food was exquisite. Although portion size is not vast, the taste certainly was.
I felt that the Head Waiter could have interacted a little more with us and the other customers. We provided a few opening lines to invite him into a conversation but was not received very well. I understand that there has to be a professionalism but interaction with the customers can add more value to the experience.
Overall, a thoroughly good experience and will be back for future special occasions.

H
Kent
34 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2016
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Wanted a special occasion in a quiet setting prior to our daughter in law going to Papua New Guinei and was not disappointed. Food was excellent as was the personal service received. I will definitely be going back for other occasions as you were never rushed and had time to talk.

C
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2016
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience2

The staff were polite and welcoming. Food was however expensive and the portion was small for the monies that we were paying for the meal. It is pretty pricey and portions were small. I am wondering if it is a Graduation Meal and the price for the meal was increased for that night as the University of Kent had their graduation for this week for all their students.

Perhaps the restaurant would be able to advise on this.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2016
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Although the meal was for a special occasion it wasn't as enjoyable as we'd hoped. The service was great but the food was only ok. The prices as high given the quality of the meal.

f
London
5 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2016
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Food extremely good . I do not know of anywhere in canterbury that can get close to this quality. Staff very friendly and explained food and wine well.
No pressure to leave despite the fact that we were the last ones there.
Will definitely recommend and revisit.

C
Kent
5 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2016
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

On arrival we were greeted at once, we had arrived somewhat early so had drinks in the bar.
After being shown to our table a vegetarian menu was provided upon request for my friend, throughout the meal service was excellent just right in fact. The food was quite simply wonderful and presentation was total perfection the dessert was so beautifully presented that my friend commented that it was a shame to eat it.

All in all a very pleasant evening. I have no hesitation in recommending this venue.

C
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2016
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Always good food would recommend.

d
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2015
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

good food well presented and very tasty. excellent service.

d
London
217 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2015
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

We dined early at Abode as we were going to the Marlowe Theatre and were impressed by the good selection of dishes on their set-price menu. Our meals were beautifully presented and tasted delicious and the service was very good indeed.

W
London
10 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2015
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Had a great meal for my mums birthday. Food was excellent, as was the wine. Sometimes hard to get the waiting staffs attention- a little slow with filling up glasses with wine and water. It was much better after we requested our wine and a jug of water to be left on the table! Excellent meal overall and wouldn't hesitate in recommending.

NE
Kent
25 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2015
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Tasting menu with matched wines and a cheeseboard
Very well cooked and presented food, varied menu and all tasted very good indeed. Service was good and the staff were knowledgeable and not obtrusive.

TS
Kent
36 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2015
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I had dinner with 2 friends here a couple of weeks ago and it was my first visit to the formal restaurant. Pre dinner cocktails in the champagne bar were excellent and we were then guided through to our table. The food options were good, including a separate vegetarian menu upon request, and showcased local ingredients. Portion size was good and overall I would say it was good value for money. The waiting staff were friendly and efficient and the decor in the room was very nice. All in all a pleasant venue with great food and drink.