The Rock Lodge

4.6
96 reviews
£25 and under
Gastro Pub
Think alpine glamour with a contemporary twist, stylish cocktails, craft beers, premium spirits and a deliciously cosy dining experience. With inspiration taken from the slopes of the French Alps and from a time when good live music was an essential part of a great night out.

Experience après ski at its best at The Rock Lodge, Kent's newest destination bar & restaurant. A thoughtfully designed feast for the senses with authentic alpine decor providing the perfect backdrop for the bespoke dining and cocktail menu, all set alongside an eclectic mix of live music & DJ's provided by some of the best acts around on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights between 9pm - 11pm (Resuming September/October).

We are dog friendly venue - please let us know if you're bringing a dog so we can seat you downstairs.

The Rock lodge is perfectly located in the heart of Whitstable and proves to be one of the best places to start and see out a perfect night out!
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PaulE
Kent
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A fantastic evening and fabulous food and the night was made even better with Aaron (Manager), his Mum and partner and most other diners who just wanted to have a party and a sing-a-long! Just fabulous! ;-)

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience5

Very warm friendly environment loved the decor wasnt told that the menu upstairs which we had booked only had certain menu which wasn’t much to offer and was told if wanted other food which my partner asked for a burger or something different as stated on the sites menu to be told we cant have anything from that menu unless u booked a table downstairs unfortunately when booking doesn’t tell u this so we had to order a couple of starters and leave and go somewhere else to get food such a shame as we love the rock lodge

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jennys
London
4 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Food was amazing, the lamb melted in your mouth& the pork was tender. Had scallops to start they were soft & cooked perfect

OT
OpenTable Diner
Surrey
3 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great Sunday roast. We had lamb for 2 served surrounded by veg on a large platter . Highly recommended..

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JohnS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Roast chicken dinner for me Roast beef for wife both delicious. The best Sunday lunch we’ve ever had. Staff were brilliant and overall a brilliant experience

OT
OpenTable Diner
Kent
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Had the roast beef was very nice crispy roast potatoes and everything else was very good will be going back
Good value:)

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Kath
London
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My friends and I were delighted with our visit to the Rock Lodge. Food was really great esp the Tomahawk. It took us about 20mins for the Tomahawk to get prepared but it was worth every bit. One of the crew or probably the manager went to check on us a couple of times to make sure we are doing great that evening.

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MrsW
London
4 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Excellent staff, great service and delicious food.
Love their cocktails too!

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LindsayF
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

There was a great vibe to the bar area, staff were very welcoming and attentive.
Overall food was tasty and well priced. Thank you, we’ll be back!

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LisaS
Kent
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, great service and lovely atmosphere. Highly recommend.

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vipKammykins
London
21 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

The food was delicious, the staff were very friendly and accommodating. There was a nice vibe in the bar area. It was an enjoyable experience. Thank you.

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Rami
Oxford
26 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Not bad, nice roast, but no fish options unfortunately.

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ZC2012
Hertfordshire
8 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We left it late to make a booking elsewhere on Friday and found that the Rock Lodge had plenty of availability.

We were seated upstairs on arrival and were relieved to see that it was busy with a really nice atmosphere. We sat in the corner by the window and had a nice spacious table.

The staff were warm, friendly and welcoming and we had a really enjoyable meal off of their new menu. My husband enjoyed his tomahawk pork chop and I really enjoyed my monkfish with spinach gnocchi.

We don’t live in the area and were just in Whitstable for the weekend but we’ll definitely return to the Rock Lodge (Hoping in the winter they have gluhwein and live oompah music so we can pretend we’re back on the slopes!!).

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

The service made the night. The food wasn’t too bad at all. We can’t wait to come back for the live music!

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JosephineB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a brilliant time at The Rock Lodge. Couldn’t fault it. Lovely food and friendly staff - it was my friend’s birthday and she was made up that we’d taken her there. Can’t wait to go again.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 20 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good food great staff

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kimw
London
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Starters came out with the mains. But food was lovely.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Really nice restaurant, lovely big portions on the Sunday roast

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NdianeD
London
3 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Lacking atmosphere upstairs and despite asking twice the lights were not dimmed. Limited menu for a vegetarian, other dishes unavailable.
Strict Covid rules in place which was good, however the attitude of the ‘security lady’ wasn’t pleasant.
Last orders at 9pm for 10pm close was a little early.
Food was ok, nothing special.
Online ordering was confusing at first, and destroys any customer service, though the girls who served food were really friendly.
Luckily it wasn’t over priced, so not all bad!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Liverpool
5 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely food, very helpful staff.

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KerryG
Essex
4 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Booked a table for 6 people & 1 dog Saturday evening,We were very well looked after. The decor & ambience was great as was the food.Our dog also enjoyed a generous bowl of chicken!!!! Would definitely recommend & will definitely revisit when back in whitstable.

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DominikaJ
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing Sunday Roast ! The best in town. We are back next week x

JM
JacquelineM
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Good food, friendly staff, excellent value for money.

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AdrianS
London
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Good meal. Everyone had a good time. Food well prepared

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Tracey
Nottingham
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

A lovely family meal,with our dog.
Bit disappointed that Mussels weren't on the menu that evening.
Our dog was made to feel very welcome, and was even given her own chicken meal ( lovely gesture )
Amazing atmosphere, and even more amazing attentive bar staff.
Would definitely recommend The Rock Lodge.

MW
MaxineW
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The roast dinners were amazing massive portions and yummy food the ambience is really lovely looking forward to dining in here again very soon!

JM
JaneM
Kent
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent place, Sunday roast was amazing. Will be visiting again soon.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Was a really friendly place, we had a really nice relaxed evening. Would go again.

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Alex
London
13 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service and food.
Surprisingly great and good value for money.

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KerryS
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved this place .. food and service great . Lovely friendly staff and great music would definitely recommend. 😊😊

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mikel
Kent
5 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Service ok , staff could do with being a bit happier, but ok

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GarryJ
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food fantastic,especially the roast😊staff very helpful and friendly..lovely relaxed atmosphere 👍would definitely recommend

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1yummymummy
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Went here on a Saturday evening with 6 friends - obviously at the moment there aren't many restaurants that will sit a table of six together, so this was our main reason for choosing the Rock Lodge.
The pictures of the restaurant also looked very inviting and reminiscent of an Alpine ski lodge - unfortunately, we were sat on the ground floor at a window table - my choice as the alternative was downstairs and the temperatures that weekend were in the 30s - but I believe - that is where you would get the real 'Alpine Ski Lodge' feel.
Sadly, there wasn't any live music due to Covid - we knew this before we went, but I imagine that really brings the place alive!
Overall, the food was good - 3 of us had 'Catch of the Day' which was mackerel - delicious, but disappointing rose wine. The staff were lovely, very friendly and accommodating.

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Jennifer
London
3 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

Great customer service, very attentive and helpful.. food was ok. Burger bun was too small for the burger and salad. But it tasted nice, good portions too.
Clean, tables sanitised after customers left. Good music not too loud. Nice

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GemmaF
Kent
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Most helpful and friendly staff
Nothing too much trouble
Yummy food
Thanks we will be back

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Lindyloo
Kent
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Superb Sunday lunch. Friendly staff.
Definitely worth a visit. Highly recommend.

JR
JulieR
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We used the app which I believe is new. There were a few teething problems nowhere to ask for a wedge of lime, couldn't order a splash of mixer or a spirit without a mixer.
The first courses were lovely. We ordered burgers for our main course, but unfortunately we couldn't cut the base of the bun, not sure if the knifes weren't sharp enough or the buns were too hard. However the plates although modern, were too small for a burger.
Staff were lovely and helped us with every issue we had.

JW
JuliaW
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We booked last minute for Sunday lunch. We have been before and return because the Sunday launch is second to none. From the meat to the plentiful vegetables. Superbly cooked and highly recommend. We love that we can walk our dog then eat a Sunday Lunch. A lot of restaurants could learn from the Rock Lodge. Have to say Service was great too. Will be back!

JW
JWTBee
Kent
15 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

We went for Sunday Lunch which was delicious & huge portions.Unfortunately they didn't have any other Main Courses available so our wives/Partners were forced to have 2 starters instead which wasn't good.The atmosphere was fine & the service excellent! Such a shame about the lack of Main Courses.

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SuzieB
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We really did enjoy our food especially my husband dish which is mussels with Thai green curry sauce and the place is quite cozy in the upstairs dining room.

FAQs

The Rock Lodge is rated 4.6 stars by 96 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 reservations at the moment.