RestaurantsKentFordwichCT2

Breaking news

March 2021: the Fordwich team have taken over another pub, in Bridge near Canterbury which will open on 12 April - bookings are open. The pub, which was called The White Horse Inn, is to be re-named The Bridge Arms.

Harden's says

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

£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.
Lara P
The 7 course tasting menu, with the additio...
Reviewed 4 months, 5 days ago

"The 7 course tasting menu, with the addition of the optional lobster course, which was a must, was a good balance of rich indulgence and simple excellently cooked ingredients. Set in a rustic pub on the river Stour, the ambience was inviting and warm, helped by the friendly and knowledgable staff. Food has improved over the past 18 months and we would visit again to see where the menu goes next."

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walter m
It has restored my faith in fine dining...
Reviewed 4 months, 15 days ago

"It has restored my faith in fine dining"

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Chris J
Fantastic food. Have got into their stride....
Reviewed 11 months, 26 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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Prices

  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 85.00 Always available 7

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Pudding
£22.50 £31.00 £10.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £30.00
Filter Coffee £0.00
King Street, Fordwich, CT2 0DB
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
Tuesday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑9:30 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑9:30 pm
Thursday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑9:30 pm
Friday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑9:30 pm
Saturday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑9:30 pm
SundayCLOSED

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