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Sir Edwin Lutyens designed and built The Salutation in 1912; following an extensive refurbishment in 2016, this Grade 1 listed boutique hotel and restaurant now boasts 17 individually designed bedrooms and three restaurant spaces, with Shane Hughes (The Connaught, The Landmark, Ynyshir Hall and Thackeray's) at the stoves.

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

This two-year-old venture in a Lutyens-designed boutique hotel surrounded by famous gardens builds on its positive start, with Shane Hughes (previously of the Connaught, Whatley Manor and Ynyshir Hall) turning out “outstanding” tasting menus (including, for the brave, a ‘blind’ option) in the Tasting Room overlooking the hi-tech kitchen. Top Tip – “a great choice for afternoon tea, with offerings on a par with Claridges or The Ritz!”.


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

“A welcome addition to the east Kent dining scene”, the restaurant opened in 2017 following a makeover of this Grade I-listed Lutyens-designed boutique hotel, “famed for its gardens”. First-year ratings for food are excellent, and it seems to be “settling down as a top gastronomic destination after a shaky start”. Chef Shane Hughes (ex-Connaught, Whatley Manor, Ynyshir Hall) offers a range of meal options, including a “delicious and playful afternoon tea” and a ‘blind’ menu served in the Tasting Room.


Boutique hotel in a Grade-I listed stately home which, following a major refurb in 2016, boasts 17 bedrooms and three dining venues including a tearoom, terrace, small plates and à la carte restaurant with a Tasting Room which serves a blind menu. The Faint Room, a drinking den, was set to open in late 2017.

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Owner's description

Nestled within the medieval flint walls of Sandwich, Kent, and surrounded by award-winning gardens, stands The Salutation Hotel & Restaurant, Sir Edwin Lutyens' private-house masterpiece. 

Complete with 17 luxury bedrooms and a wealth of dining options, The Salutation is luxurious, one of a kind, playful and indulgent. 

With a profound emphasis on the local and the seasonal, Head Chef Shane Hughes has created stunning menus that celebrate the finest ingredients from the Garden of England.

Our doors are open 7 days a week, offering a moreish 'Market Menu' at lunchtimes, A La Carte and Tasting experiences at our Chef's Table, and our phenominally popular daily Afternoon Tea.

Whether planning a weekend away, a celebration, or meal for two, you will find us fun, flexible and eager to please.

Eat with us, drink with us, sleep with us. Stroll around our green paths and lose yourself in our herbaceous borders. Explore the area or never leave the grounds. Take Afternoon Tea on the terrace. Toast by the Drawing Room fire. Dine at the Chef’s Table. Wallow in Bed.


Traditional European menu

Starter Main Pudding
£12.00 £27.00 £11.00
Wine per bottle £35.00
Filter Coffee £3.50
Service 12.50%

Restaurant details

Highchair, Portions
16, 22

The chef

Head Chef Shane Hughes brings his Michelin and AA Rosette credentials to this corner of Kent.

Shanes career began at the beautiful Hartwell House, before earning his stripes under the legendary Michel Bourdin at the Connaught Hotel in Mayfair.  Learning the fundamentals of classic cuisine there, he pivoted to more modern skills, joining John Burton-Race at The Landmark Hotel - at the time one of the finest in London and a recipient of two Michelin Stars.  From there, he joined Paul Kitching at Juniper in Manchester, absorbing the artistic approach of the North's most highly awarded chef.

Before long he was poached to join the opening team of a magnificent 5 star hotel in the Cotswolds - Whatley Manor - which continues to be an industry leader.  During his two most recent tenures, as Head Chef at Ynyshir Hall in Wales and at Richard Phillips' Thackeray's in Tunbridge Wells, both restaurants achieved a Michelin Star.

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Private dining

Whether it's a special wedding anniversary, a reward for your staff, a romantic evening for two or a birthday party for friends and family, we have a selection of menus and restaurant spaces to suit your needs.

Accessed via our gleaming kitchen, tiptoeing past the chefs hard at work, The Tasting Room is right in the heart of the action.  Set precisely between the kitchen and the garden, it is the place to experience the two working in harmony, as Head Chef Shane Hughes and his team mix ingredients fresh from our grounds, with the finest things we can find in the local area.

Wood panelled, private and stylish, The Parlour is available for individual bookings or for private hire.  Thrown open to the garden in the summer, and warm and intimate in the winter, The Parlour offers a distinct dining experience at The Salutation.

With our main Restaurant, Drawing Room and informal sitting room, The Faint Room, alongside two private dining areas, you can choose an area to suit your event. We also offer exclusive estate hire.  Please contact us on 01304 619919 to discuss your requirements.

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The Salutation Hotel & Restaurant Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of The Salutation Hotel & Restaurant Restaurant in CT13, Sandwich by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of The Salutation Hotel & Restaurant restaurant.
Paul F
Booked the meal the day before and when we ...
Reviewed 4 months, 1 day ago

"Booked the meal the day before and when we arrived (our first visit to Sandwich) we parked in the car park directly 8n front. We went in and were greeted by reception who took our coats and took us through to the restaurant. The set Sunday lunch menu has around 4 choices per course (but no option on the menu to only have two courses). The amuse Bouche was quite “different” with Parmesan mousse and beetroot, neither of which I actually like, normally, but this was delicious with its unusual wafer too. I had the superb grouse my partner had the crab “sausage” both delicious, the grouse was one of the nicest starters I have had in a long time. Mains were ham for my partner and beef for me. The ham dish was lovely with delicious trimmings. My beef was well cooked the cheek was quite superb the trimmings were unusual and delicious. Only minor disappointments were the quality of the beef, could have been a little better as it was chewy in places and the yorkshire was too crunchy. The lemon and chocolate desserts were both really great. Staff are very attentive and friendly toilets beautiful and clean too Well worth the two hour round trip."

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Knightrider St, Sandwich, CT13 9EW
Opening hours
Monday12 pm-5 pm, 7 pm-9 pm
Tuesday12 pm-5 pm, 7 pm-9 pm
Wednesday12 pm-5 pm, 7 pm-9 pm
Thursday12 pm-5 pm, 7 pm-9 pm
Friday12 pm-5 pm, 7 pm-9 pm
Saturday12 pm-5 pm, 7 pm-9 pm
Sunday12 pm-5 pm, 7 pm-9 pm

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