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Ex-Clove Club chef Dan Smith and sommelier Guy Palmer-Brown have teamed up (with Smith's partner Tash Norton) to re-open this large Kent pub, with a great beer garden, in December 2017. Expect the foodies to descend - it's already been rated very highly in the national press.

survey result

Summary

£79
 ££££
5
Exceptional
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Not the easiest place to find in what is apparently Britain’s smallest town” – Dan Smith (ex Clove Club), Tash Norton and Guy Palmer’s venture is barely two years old and “has really hit its stride” as one of the UK’s best dining destinations: “high end, but not poncy”. Picturesquely located on the river, “when you enter it feels initially more like a pub with food, but my goodness you are soon disavowed of that!”. “Every dish is beautifully crafted and presented”“superbly intelligent combinations, prepared with skill and ambition” – and with “flavours that just hit you”. What’s more “staff are so attentive and polite and seem genuinely to care!”

Summary

£73
  £££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Under new management and trying very hard to be exceptional” – ex-Clove Club chef, Dan Smith, Tash Norton and Guy Palmer’s “idyllically located” December 2018 newcomer won instant fame and inspired an impressive volume of feedback in this year’s survey, all of it very upbeat. “It’s rare to find a pub that has been worked over as a restaurant but keeps a bar for locals with proper draught beers” but this “beautiful building in a perfect setting” does just that. One or two locals have “found fine dining in this local a bit incongruous” but most focus is on the “outstanding food”“the presentation, originality and moreover the mix of ingredients blending into superlative tastes was a joy!” (“They make their own bread too – a full selection including sourdough, wholemeal, white etc along with homemade crackers”).

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The Fordwich Arms Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of The Fordwich Arms Restaurant in CT2, Fordwich by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of The Fordwich Arms restaurant.
Martin O
Fordwich Arms I am doing something I’v...
Reviewed 6 months, 21 days ago

"Fordwich Arms I am doing something I’ve never done before - leaving a poor review as a result of an appalling experience at a restaurant. In fact we’ve had two poor experiences at this establishment, the most recent one being the worst I could ever imagine. The first occasion involved us prepaying a deposit for a party of 4 only for it not to be discounted from our bill on the evening. It took three phone calls with management and seven weeks to resolve this. I just put it down to a bad experience. However, this does not even come close to my most recent experience of what I could only describe as utterly inhumane behaviour. A party of 6 of us pre-booked a table at this restaurant for my birthday on New Year’s Eve. We paid a deposit of £660. Very sadly my father had an accident on 27th December which led to his passing on New Year’s Eve, my birthday and the date of our booking. One of our party called the restaurant on 27th December in advance to make the manager, Elliot, aware of what had happened and to request a postponement of our dinner date. He received a recital of nonsense about terms and conditions and that our dinner date could neither be refunded nor changed to a later date. We were not seeking a refund. We were simply requesting a goodwill gesture to allow us to change our reservation to a later date once I had a chance to return to the UK. When asked how management view such extenuating circumstances the manager and owners neither cared nor wanted to hear anything about it. Another recital of terms and conditions ensued. We are utterly disgusted by this experience, not to mention £660 worse off, and just feel compelled to share this horrifying story with anyone ever considering making a reservation at this establishment. There are no words. I just feel everyone should be aware of what kind of people run this place and draw their own conclusions before ever considering making a reservation at this place. Are Guy, Daniel and Natasha really in business? I wonder what the Michelin Group would think about how they are represented in this instance. Good luck to them if that’s how they conduct their business. We will certainly never be returning."

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Chris J
Fantastic food. Have got into their stride....
Reviewed 9 months, 12 days ago

"Fantastic food. Have got into their stride. Beautiful old pub on the river. Nice to dine on the lovely wisteria covered terrace by the river on a sunny day. Unfortunately service very slow due to the kitchen. Apparently they have several new chefs so taking time to get up to speed. Waiting service was as impeccable as ever"

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Mike E
It feels a little incongruous to be served ...
Reviewed 9 months, 20 days ago

"It feels a little incongruous to be served such wonderful "fine dining" food in a pub bar, but - once the drinkers had quietened down a bit, you forgot where you were - the dishes transported you away ! The friendly, helpful service was also an important factor. Possibly it would have been best to have had a table in the main restaurant - but as late bookers, beggars can't be choosers....."

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Prices

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£15.00 £28.00 £5.00 £9.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £23.00
Filter Coffee £3.50
Extras  
Service 10.00%
King Street, Fordwich, CT2 0DB
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
Tuesday12 pm‑11 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑11 pm
Thursday12 pm‑11 pm
Friday12 pm‑11 pm
Saturday12 pm‑11 pm
Sunday12 pm‑6 pm

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