The West House

4.8
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Biddenden in Kent is home to a small, family-run restaurant. Housed in a 15th Century weaver's cottage, The West House Restaurant is one of only a few restaurants in Kent to hold a Michelin star.
The Good Food Guide said of this Kent restaurant... “Respondents continue in their enthusiasm for Graham Garrett’s cuisine: ‘great intensity of flavours, fabulous textures.’ as one reader put it."
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
Food
4.8
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.4
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It’s by far the Best Restaurant, Service, and People I’ve ever had the pleasure to dine with!
Bloody Marvellous!!
Love Neil and Jane xx

JT
Kent
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Really enjoy each visit to this Restaurant. Always look forward to the very creative menu. Excellent service.

t
London
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Food was beautifully presented and absolutely delicious

JM
London
4 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A great time had by all. I have a few food allergies and the chef created me my own dessert which was delicious.

BU
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food and wine, friendly staff and a great setting.

B
Kent
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely food and we enjoyed our chat with the chef and his wife

JF
London
4 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Extremely pleasant, not stuffy just good quality. I highly recommend this restaurant

DP
Kent
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The West House is always amazing. I took my head chef as a birthday treat. Easily the most consistently perfect I go to, 10/10 all the way. Thanks for being so amazing
Dx

JW
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous meal, excellent service ... what more can you want?

MK
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was outstanding, service was incredible and atmosphere was fantastic.

MM
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Surprisingly relaxing ambience (don’t expect the waiters in uniform, which is great!), food (tasting menu, meaty and vegetarian) was exquisite but I found the price of wine suggested with both menus a bit too high (£40 pp for 5 small glasses - not all of wine chosen was worthy this price). I truly enjoyed a choice of wine for meat-menu though. According to my companion, the choice of wine for vegetarian menu was less fortunate. The taste of food was well balanced, uncovering some nice layers of aroma during consumption, however the last dessert (there were 2), slightly too strong/characteristic taste may take over all previous dishes (delicious though).
Average - amazing culinary experience! Highly recommended.

ER
London
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is my 2nd visit and had the 3 course lunch as had tasting menu first time
It is expensive but superb from the welcome to the pudding

JB
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience5

Tasty, but minuscule portions, especially the ice cream (one teaspoon).

GJ
London
3 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Wonderful food and beautiful presentation. We tried seasonal and vegetarian menus and enjoyed them both. Duck taco and sea bass were excellent. Burnt cauliflower less good. Lovely pre dessert. Main dessert was ok. Wine pairing was really good too

KB
Kent
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have been coming to the West House for over seven years and every single visit has been absolutely wonderful. Superb food, beautiful surroundings and wonderful staff. Our favourite!

SM
Kent
6 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing experience.
Outstanding food and service.
Second time and can’t wait to come again.

RP
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have dined at The West House several times and always enjoyed the experience. The ambiance and food were excellent and we are somewhat confused why their Michelin Star was not renewed. That certainly won’t stop us going back again.

VB
Kent
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful service we felt welcome from the onset. Food was amazing best we have ever tasted. Can't wait to return

t
Kent
27 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful as ever

CJ
London
8 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A really excellent meal with cheerful waiter/waitress service. Their butter was the best I’ve tasted & is made on the premises. We started with prosciutto of breast of lamb, followed by iberico pork cheek, accompanied by a carafe of Pinot Noir, recommended by the sommelier,which complemented the flavours beautifully. A lovely evening.

JS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love the West House. Service is friendly and welcoming. The food is scrumptious. We will be back soon.

AU
London
6 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Having lived within reach of The West House for 5 years, we finally got our act into gear and booked in for Friday lunch for my husbands birthday .. and boy are we glad we did. We thoroughly enjoyed the tasting menu, particularly the taco (not like any taco you can think of) and the saddle of lamb - perfectly pink. Also worth mentioning the kaffir lime ice cream although all was delicious and did not disappoint. The paired wine went well and they kindly printed off the menu for us to take home so that we could source the wines ourselves. Although on the quiet side - don't expect a hustle and bustle restaurant, we really enjoyed the peacefulness of the restaurant and all the diners seemed to enjoy a rather relaxing lunch with no pretention.

AG
London
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very pleasant restaurant- good food. Good service. Lovely cosy pub feel but as a restaurant. As it feels like a restaurant in a cosy pub building it could do with some draught beer maybe. Ultimately enjoyed it though and would recommend.

DW
Kent
8 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Always enjoy a visit to the West House. Very good venison followed by Lardy cake (a great traditional pudding), enhanced by ice cream flavoured with Chinese tea.

OT
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food, service and ambience was fantastic. Lovely restaurant and we will be coming back.

HA
Kent
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We thoroughly enjoy every aspect of The West House, the flavours of each dish is unbelievable, and the creativity exceptional. Service is just right, and we always look forward to our visit.

DT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We opted for a fixed-price 3 course a la carte lunch. Every bite we ate was delicious. The service was attentive. It's not cheap, but we thought it was worth it.

E
London
8 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Lovely meal, interesting take on classic dishes, will definitely return soon!

JF
London
10 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Wonderful place for a special meal

GW
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Been to this place a few times and never had any issues. Fantastic place!!

AM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Affordable lunch menu, excellent food, lovely atmosphere and spot-in service. It’s why we keep going back!

S
West Sussex
4 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food, friendly efficient service from chef and family members.
I would wholeheartedly recommend the 7 course tasting menu with paired wines.

DC
Kent
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were recommended to the West House by friends and this was our first visit. Everything was excellent from beginning to end, cannot fault it.

CG
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a fantastic meal as always, great atmosphere and a very good tasting menu.

TW
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Warm and relaxed welcome. Lunch menu - 3 courses for £30 - delightful combinations in each course, great depth of flavour, beautifully presented. Thank you.

PP
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Very very lucky to have this outstanding restaurant within a reasonable driving distance.
The food is what you would expect from a 1 mitchelin starred restaurant excellent!
The service was good but very informal. Served by the Chef Patrons wife/partner and their son, very pleasant and chatty (when asked). The restuarant is cosy and comfortable casual (not stuffy).

CB
London
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always, Graham Garrett’s cooking is a delicious joy.

P
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our ideal retirement would be within walking distance of the west house and do be able to go as frequently as we could. We have always come away feeling like we've had an other worldly experience from the incredible food and setting. The glowing pampered feeling lingers for days- no where we have ever been does that with such surety and regularity. Thankyou.

RL
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best restaurant in Kent.
Phenomenally good food.
Expensive, but what do you expect for Michelin Star dining!

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We decided to go away for a night from London and we are so pleased we decided to dine here. The restaurant is in a wonderful out 15th century building with exposed beams. It is a small dining room but this is not an issue. We opted for the tasting menu with paired wines which was perfect. The portions were spot on with excellently paired wines from mainly Europe. The dishes were faultless and the meal superb which leaves me to say this restaurant deserves another star and is highly recommended.