Hengist

4.5
558 reviews
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The Hengist is set in a 16th Century building in the heart of Aylesford village.
With a downstairs brasserie, two separate upstairs fine dining rooms, and champagne bar, the Hengist is a versatile destination offering the very best of British cooking, served in refined surroundings.
To the rear, The Hengist has a garden with stream, offering separate outside dining and drinking areas.

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What 558 People Are Saying
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KT
London
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food and beautiful place. Went with my husband and our 8 month old baby and the staff were very accommodating

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F
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Really enjoy our meals when we come to The Hengist, Well Done!

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RG
London
12 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The Hengist is always a reasonable standard and does enough to get you to come back but not enough to earn 5 stars. It does the job without differentiating itself

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SC
Kent
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

This is the best meal I have had in a restaurant for as long as I can remember! The food was absolutely delicious, and in such a lovely relaxed atmosphere. I had the chicken and prawn thai curry which was fabulous. The taste and texture of the prawns; mouth-watering! My husband had the best steak and chips he's ever had. The profiteroles came with hot melted chocolate sauce-oh my goodness...……..I can't wait to go back again. I would definitely recommend this place.

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JM
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Service was slightly slow and the ambience need tweaking slightly but we had a fantastic meal.

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d
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

we had a groupon voucher given as a present and we had a fabulous time

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MW
London
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

Food was great and very tasty but service was pretty poor! We waited an hour between starters and mains! Had to go up to bar to ask for dessert and then bill and then card machine to pay! It was a shame as the food was great!

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W
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

It's one of our favourite restaurants anyway but we'd never been for a Sunday roast. It didn't disappoint! Food was amazing as always and service was great too. Love it here!

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KG
Kent
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely meal and great service would recommend and would definitely go back

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LP
Kent
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As always the food was fantastic, service was excellent and the atmosphere was perfect!

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DB
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Superb service and choice if you are gluten free. Only gave 3 stars for service and ambience because we were put in a back room (there was a function going on downstairs) which was freezing. We asked three times for the air conditioning to be turned down. It was eventually turned off. From then on we were able to enjoy the delicious food.

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SM
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The quality of food was outstanding, the service was first class. The atmosphere was relaxed and there was no pressure to order.

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k
Kent
4 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

I was very disappointed with the Sunday lunch, veg turned up cold and was just plonked in a heap on a plate, the parsnips were impossible to cut, but on complaining were changed for more parsnips that again you couldn't cut, they had a fibrous stalk running through them, but on the up side the wine was nice.

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SD
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great Sunday lunch, speedy service with a smile, lovely food

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OT
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food and service, will definitely be making this a regular visit!

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HB
London
4 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Our friends and us were looking for something special for Easter Sunday and really liked the look of Hengist from the photos and reviews on opentable. We opted for the 3 course set menus served on the day rather than 2 because of the desserts. We were not disappointed. The cod was amazing and the roasts were brilliant. The Eton mess needed more meringue but that's a quibble. Overall, good service and very tasty and eye catching food. Just right for Easter Sunday.

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AB
Kent
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Sat in the lovely garden and our food was hot and very good. The staff were friendly and helpful

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JC
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 15 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent food reasonably priced. Good, friendly service. Tables maybe a little too close together for intimate conversation. My one objection is the service charge being automatically added to the bill, I prefer that to be at the discretion of the customer. In spite of this will definitely return.

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JD
1 review
Dined on 15 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The Hengust delivered yet again. Always reliable food excellent and tasty. Service is great too. Always recommend this venue to anyone wanting somewhere special to eat.

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OT
Kent
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great Food

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S
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Staff friendly and nothing is too much trouble. Pink Prosecco was just perfect!

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SS
Kent
1 review
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food and lovely staff. Would recommend a visit to this place.

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GS
Kent
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent food and they accept Tastecard. It was a Wednesday so quiet but will be busy at wekends

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SH
London
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Good service and great food, I will definitely be going back

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B
Kent
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely amazing! This is the second time I’ve been for Sunday Roast and it’s sooo good! So delicious, so beautifully presented! Yum! The service is very attentive and happy to accommodate food requests, my only little niggle was the buttermilk panna cotta, it just wasn’t as nice as a previous panna cotta I’d had previously. Was almost curdled? But it hasn’t impacted my opinion!

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FC
Kent
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic night , great food , excellent service , staff were amazing , nothing was too much trouble really friendly

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SN
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My Partner and I received a gift voucher for Christmas. We had never been to this restaurant before. The staff were very welcoming and polite. The food was delicious! Would highly recommend.

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M
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We recently had afternoon lunch for our son’s 10th birthday. The Sunday lunch menu was really good value for money and everyone really enjoyed the food. Lovely, lovely restaurant, we’d definitely go back.

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PG
Gloucestershire
3 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

An extremely enjoyable breakfast with great food and service. As it wasn't too busy it was just the right balance of ambience and noise.

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OT
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 20 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Another gorgeous meal. I can highly recommend The Hengist. It never fails to please.

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Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a delight.

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MA
London
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and service. Would recommend this Resturant to my friends.

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AB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Lovely food, great value for money and the staff were very professional/welcoming. 100% will be returning

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HJ
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

The Sunday roast was outstanding, and the chef made sure he personally bought my child’s food out and check on my vegetarian request. He is always great whenever I book a table! However I found the Sunday waiting staff weren’t very attentative, and we were put on the smallest table as a family, downstairs was practically empty so we could of been moved. The table wasn’t cleared correctly, when starters weren’t ordered and the table was so tiny my child’s food fell off twice where it was so crammed and in the end we just wanted to leave. I do really find some off the waiting staff at The Hengist do not carry the same level of service as say the food and the manangement. Other than that great meal!

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OT
Kent
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic! Pigeon starter a tiny bit tough but all in all amazing.

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H
Kent
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 1Ambience 2

Limited menu, poor service with reluctant waitress. Had to ask for spoon and sugar for tea, was reluctant and slow. Empty glasses and plates left on the table during courses

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KK
London
5 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Superb. Staff from those greating you at the door, to the bar, and those taking your order and serving you, whilst appearing quite young were all extremely polite and very efficient and we'll trained in their roles. Food was very good with a good selection of options, including wine options. The Hengist has a very large gin selection so I recommend studying the list at home first.
Costs are reasonable with a realistic service charge being added to the bill, which is also advised on the menu.
What was also excellent to see was a chef when his work was done took time to talk to guests.
We choose to sit upstairs where there are tablecloths. We did however feel it was a little to bright and white where we were sitting. Next time we would try downstairs especially trying to get a table with the large winged chairs. Extremely pleased with our experience

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KM
London
5 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

The food was fabulous, service was good, didn't rate our table at all, we were sat right by the stairs and the service hatch area so very busy and didn't feel we could completely relax

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F
Kent
5 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The mollusc night was amazing. We had a seafood platter for two and it it exceeded our expectation. I only wish we could’ve finished the lot, but unfortunately, we were too full. The only criticism would be how close the tables are together. Hard to have a private conversation with tables either side of us in such close proximity.

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J
London
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

We went for my birthday and the food was excellent. Few issues, one she asked if we wanted the wine list and we said yes but failed to bring it and we had to ask again and one of us had bacardi and coke and the coke bottle was a year out of date

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