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“Just an all-round brilliant experience” – rock drummer-turned-chef Graham Garrett’s village restaurant in a 16th-century weaver’s cottage is “hard to beat in the Weald area of Kent”. The focus here is on “good local ingredients” and “lovely flavours”.
“Everything is full flavoured, best-that-it-could-be good: fresh, seasonal, local … all those overused words, but here they hold true!” Graham Garrett and his family’s “absolutely winning” village restaurant is “a very special place” whose “easygoing atmosphere belies its quality”.
“Graham Garrett and his family are champions!”, say fans of this “quaint” little village restaurant, offering “top-drawer cooking and interesting wines”. Having “built this up from nothing over the last 12 years”, Garrett “deserves all the accolades” (including one from the tyre men).
“A lovely old building, in a lovely old village” hosts Graham Garrett’s ambitious venture, which serves “stunning” cuisine “with an easy confidence”. Service – often “tremendous” – can dip however, and a sceptical minority feel “the price/quality ratio’s not great”.
The West House, opened by Graham and Jackie Garrett in 2002, is a small family run restaurant, with a reputation for fantastic food, earned through Graham’s focus on excellent delivery of the finest ingredients.
The restaurant gained a Michelin star after its first year, and has held it ever since. With Graham at the stoves, he and his small team have created that rare thing, a perfect local restaurant, many people’s favourite secret food destination, and the subject of many a pilgrimage.
The small dining room, in a 16th Century weaver’s cottage on Biddenden High Street, is a lovely and characterful place to relax and enjoy the food. The High Weald is an area of outstanding natural beauty, and rich with historical interest, providing many additional reasons to visit the area.
We hope to welcome you to The West House soon.
|Wine per bottle||£20.00|
After a previous career as a successful rock musician, Graham’s defection to cooking may be music’s loss but it is the food world’s gain.
He has worked for both Nico Ladenis and Richard Corrigan, as head chef of multiple restaurants. He has cooked for government and royalty, having been fortunate enough to cook at both 10 Downing Street, and also to cater a private dinner for the Her Majesty, the Queen of England.
The Garrett’s bought The West House in 2002, to create their own dining room, and allow Graham to pursue his own vision.
Graham’s food has gained the restaurant multiple awards. They have held a Michelin star since 2004, are featured in Harden’s top restaurants list in the UK, and hold 3 AA Rosettes. Graham has been awarded Best Chef in Kent in the Kent Life Awards. The West House is featured in the 2014 book ‘1001 Restaurants to Experience Before You Die’ (Cassell) and all other major guidebooks.
Graham’s reputation has afforded him many media opportunities, including among them prestigious television show Great British Menu and Ramsay’s Best Restaurant. However he is most likely to be found in his kitchen, creating wonderful food.
The West House Restaurant with Rooms Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Almost perfect Lovely restaurant, currently lots of scaffolding outside. When we arrived we were show directly to our table and given the menus. Shortly afterwards the amuse Bouche were bought out, a profiterole type pastry with cheese inside and a mountain of shaved cheese on the top. I explained I don't each cheese which the waitress responded with "then the lady can have two" not exactly what I would expect as a response in a Michelin starred restaurant! They usually manage to bring something else. This time the second amuse bouche was left on the table until the mains were cleared. Starters were nice although my oxtail starter needed a bit more meat. My partner loved hers. Main was a beautifully cooked duck my partners a lamb dish equally delicious. I must confess I was slightly perplexed by a duck dish with an added "hot dog", which wasn't the most exciting chipolata sausage inside a dense bun. Dessert was a lovely dish entitled Milk look on the menu for ingredients. Overall a nice meal with the two oddities if the amuse bouche failure and the weird hot dog. Toilets clean if somewhat minuscule, that's more about the practicalities of the very old building. Would I do another 110 mile round trip to return? Sadly not missing that Michelin service spark."
"Quality food - although a little bit over-fancy for lunchtime. Some plainer choices 9and larger portions) would have been welcome"
"We very much enjoyed the combination of laid-back ambience and service and fine and adventurous food at the West House. Highlights on the £29 lunch menu for us included extraordinarily tender grilled squid, three juicy rabbit tortellini in a Jerusalem artichoke veloute, and a wonderful slab of the freshest imagineable hake. Oh, and an outstanding wobbly coffee custard tart. The atmosphere balances seriousness wth informality very nicely. A super restaurant."
28 High St, Biddenden, TN27 8AH
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|Wednesday||12 pm-2 pm, 7 pm-9:30 pm|
|Thursday||12 pm-2 pm, 7 pm-9:30 pm|
|Friday||12 pm-2 pm, 7 pm-9:30 pm|
|Saturday||12 pm-2 pm, 7 pm-9:30 pm|
|Sunday||12 pm-2 pm|