Hengist

4.2
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£25 and under
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British
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 685 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.2
Food
4.2
Service
4.1
Ambience
3.9
Value
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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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TerenceP
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Nice venue, good and attentive service. A good varied menu. Would have preferred a more comprehensive wine list choice other than French. I don't think I would like to visit with large parties in attendance, but that could be said of most venues.

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PedroC
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A memorable birthday evening at The Hengist. The scallops, the venison, and the line caught sea bass were delicious and the ambience was perfect for a Monday evening celebration. The service was excellent and welcoming, also we definitely recommend the crumble and the creme brulee for the perfect finish. All in all, a most enjoyable experience.

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TanyaW
Kent
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Me and my husband like the hengist been a few Times food is always nice and everyone is so welcoming

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Frequenteaters
Kent
7 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

We had booked to see the musician, was taken upstairs we thought we would hear him over the speakers , but this was not the case so they moved us downstairs! Thank you. We were served warm prosecco , we didn’t complain and then the wrong red wine they did offer to change it but it tasted ok so we kept it. The food was ok not exceptional my husband had a plum crumble for dessert , it was more like plum soup and he bit Into a whole star anise which was not pleasant. The musician was brilliant and the place had a lovely atmosphere with pleasant staff but they were very young and not very attentive, especially as they add a 10% service charge to the bill.

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Mart
Kent
4 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

nice ambience, good food, excellent service and reasonably priced. Who wouldn't recommend a venue like the Hengist.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2020
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience3

When booked I was not informed it was “steak night” when investigating before the fish was our option as this was my wife’s birthday and she loves fish. When I asked at the restaurant about other menus all he said is “it’s steak night” with no other options we both had the rump steak my wife couldn’t even cut her steak and I struggled we told the waiter and changed my wife’s knife still no joy so she left 70 percent not wanting to ruin the evening and make a scene we paid and left I am extremely disappointed with this I booked this to celebrate my wife’s birthday and failed because of your restaurant

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AlunR
Kent
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Had Sunday lunch with our family. The food was very good in the main and overall value was very good based upon the two or three set course menu. Main courses were excellent. Several of the starters were very nice although the Brixham potted crab starter was a little disappointing. as the flavour of the crab was lost in making it into more of a mousse consistency. The drinks order at the outset was slow and a little confused. Some of the deserts were good but the chocolate ice cream was not that great.
So overall. some things were done really well whilst some things leave some room to further improve.

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TERRY
Kent
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good food good atmosphere pleasant helpful staff.
Have been many times and to-date have always had good food.

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LindaR
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

The first time we had dined at The Hengist. It was a Tuesday evening so only a few tables were booked.
Service from the two staff was first class. The food was delicious. We would certainly return again. It is not often that we dine locally so it was a pleasant surprise to find somewhere different to go. All in all a great success!

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Anon
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience3

The food was lovely and fresh, presented well and came out on a nice tea stand. But the service really let down the whole experience. The waitress barely said a word other than asking if we wanted pink or white prosecco (which was lovely and the raspberry in the glass was a nice touch). The other waitress who bought out our food told us what was there but sounded like she didn't want to be there herself! I don't think I saw any waiting staff smile and it was only upon leaving that the poor lady behind the bar tried to smile but she just looked to be in pain! Coffee was lovely (Even if it did cost extra) but we then had to bring the lady on the front desk our money for the coffee + tip as no one came to check on us the whole duration we were there. On the whole, food was amazing but I wouldn't pay the full price if it wasn't on a groupon due to the service lacking so much.

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GeoffH
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

We had the Monday steak offer. Noticeably there was no weight specified against the filet or ribeye steak. The size was quite miserly, which was a pity because I was cooked to my liking. I would rather go to a restaurant which is open about the size of steak I can expect. Could not recommend.

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TonyM
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience3

Was very disappointed that they did not have the full menu no beef had to send the crumble back as it was cold we had a table of 10 and was not very well looked after

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PaulY
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Nice atmosphere, good food and really excellent service, what’s not to like.

A bit pricey, especially the scollops

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

One waitress was very good but we had to ask for everything at least twice. Our order was wrong and we asked for a glass of wine that never came. The food was ok.

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience3

Disappointed from start to finish, seated in a

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Wobblygob
Kent
15 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful food and service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Small portions and very expensive

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KirstyG
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience2

As it was Vakentines night, and we were receiving a special menu, we were both very much looking forward to it. The food, as always, was extremely enjoyable. Only slight disappointment was that as it was a"romantic" night", being seated next to a couple with a toddler didn't give it that "romantic" feel. The price was extremely expensive too. I had paid a £50 deposit, and the bill was £187. Actually not sure if the £50 deposit came off the bill, I am guessing it did. Having said this, we had a lovely evening, and will be going back, as we always enjoy it here.

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DanC
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience3

Set menu for valentines. Poor service. Muddled delivery of courses. Food cold. Too expensive for a ageing restaurant.

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MikeA
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely food, quick service, very polite staff, would definitely recommend

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RebeccaS
London
11 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Quick and helpful service, when we couldn't decide on a wine choice they let us taste one to ensure we liked it before buying the bottle. The food was very tasty.

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Alfie
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

We went for Afternoon tea, we were served the champagne and sandwiches and cakes quite quickly but we were then left without plates, I had to attract someone’s attention and ask for plates, the scones were very dry, the sandwiches were nice and the selection of small cakes nice but we felt forgotten about, we were asked once if everything was ok after being there 20 minutes but we had to attract someone’s attention to get our pot of tea (a small pot) and then attract their attention again after an hour to get a second pot. So quite a mediocre experience and I have been to far better places for Afternoon Tea. The place itself is nice and in a lovely village, they just need to up their game with the service

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

The service was brilliant

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BrianP
Kent
12 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Service a bit sluggish but otherwise good. Love the pace

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pauls
Kent
5 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Perfect. Recommend 100%.

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JodieH
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Best steak of our lives. Amazing chips!!!! Will definitely be back on a monday for the steak deals!!!

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AshP
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience1

Honestly the food we received was absolutely vile at the hengist on Thursday. There was little to no vegetarian options, in terms of mains I had ONE option. In this day and age you would think it would be a little more inclusive. The amount we paid for what we received was below par completely, my duck was so tough I left it entirely and not one staff member came to check on how our food was. My sister in law ordered medium steak, she received medium rare to rare. Our drinks were wrong multiple times and honestly it was just a joke. Not happy at all, we had many complaints and nothing was done to rectify the situation.

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SharonW
Kent
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

I have been dining at the Hengist for many years now, I have not ever been disappointed with the quality of the food, nor the waitress service. It is good value for money and I look forward to going back again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time we have visited after hearing a few recommendations from friends. We were not disappointed

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LeeD
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Superb service, food was outstanding and will definitely be returning. Lovely touch for my partners birthday with a little treat at the end. Thank you!

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BarryA
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a lovely lunch here with friends on 30th December.
Food was very good and the steak special with wine was good value.
Staff were very helpful & attentive.
We will definitely visit again

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RebeccaH
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

Based on our recent experience be no I wouldn’t recommend. Service was painfully slow and the set menu wasn’t great. We’d rebooked with you as our first experience dining with you for a Sunday roast was amazing, for food, service and value, but Thursdays service was dire and we waited almost an hour for our mains.

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Alwaysquality
London
10 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience1

Several years ago we dined at the Hengist and it was excellent fine dining in all respects. Last Saturday was a major disappointment with poor service and food not satisfactory and over priced. We will never visit the restaurant in the future.

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JackieB
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Lovely food, enjoyed the ambiance and great deal on the lunch menu. Will be returning in January.

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GordonT
Kent
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

A lovely relaxed Sunday lunch, the mackerel pate was delicious but was served with only two small slices of bread, way insufficient for the amount of pate served. We did ask for more but felt we should have had to. Although very nice we did feel that the Eton Mess had too much cream to meringue and not enough fresh fruit. It did get quite sickly towards the end of the dish. Overall though very enjoyable and will definitely be returning.

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SandraB
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience1

Very expensive, the quality was not worth what we paid for. No information on the meals so ordered sides but didn’t need to do a waste of money.

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colinn
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Excellent food and service , this is one of my favourite restaurants, lovely atmosphere and the food although not cheap, is very good, highly recommended

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A treat for my husband

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SueG
Kent
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Been wanting to visit this restaurant for ages. We were not disappointed. Beautiful 3 course sunday lunch. Fresh veg not frozen. Good portion sizes. Good service

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ElizabethR
Kent
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience5

It is some time since my last visit and was very disappointed that the food and service levels have gone downhill.

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