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Lakes Restaurant

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Hempstead House London Road | Sittingbourne, Bapchild, Sittingbourne ME9 9PP, England
+44 1795 428020
12:30 - 14:30
19:00 - 21:30
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Sun - Sat 12:30 - 14:30
Mon - Sat 19:00 - 21:30
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London, United Kingdom
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122 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This may be an unfair review because we spend a lot of time in London restaurants and that is an unfair comparison. We took some elderly relatives here and they thoroughly enjoyed it. Our impression was that provincial places like this would be better offering a brasserie style menu with simple dishes well executed. The more grandiose offerings didn't quite... More 

Thank pshampshire
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71 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We like the Lakes. In our experience it is totally "safe" Having eaten there so many times without complaint , we use it as our "default" formal dining out place. Reception remember our name when taking a booking. ( If they don;t actually, they make a good fist of making you think they do which inn itself is welcoming) The... More 

Thank crycol
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Overpriced and not good value for money. The menu is limited. The pressed lamb was inedible but the staff were friendly.

Thank Liz G
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75 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2017

Had to say I was disappointed with my food although my husband liked his. This may be because we were delivered an open wrong bottle of wine which was given on the house plus the bottle we had ordered so he drank more than he would've. I would say my fish was overcooked & pretty bland. My husband thought the... More 

Thank Celestine65
Kent, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed 21 February 2017

My wife & i went for a meal at hempstead house. we arrived at a very cosy restarant with friendly smiley staff. For starters were salt & pepper squid , very tasty & well presented. mains were seabass fillet & sirloin steak presented well and done to perfection. we both finished with mouth watering desserts apple & cinnamon tart &... More 

Thank c0lbean
Rainham, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2017

Had Sunday Lunch for 9 of us in Lakes Restaurant to celebrate my wife's birthday. The food choice was excellent & service was very good but not overbearing. Unfortunately several of the wines we chose were not available but there were plenty of alternatives so no problem. Everybody was complimentary about the venue, quality of food & service & I... More 

Thank Porkerboy
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195 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

My husband and I had a fabulous meal here. We had scallops and squid to start, sea bass and pork blade for our mains. Sadly had no room for desert. We also had breakfast here. The best black pudding I have had. All cooked fresh and amazing. The staff really do look after you. Pav and Jordan especially. Can't wait... More 

Thank Emma C
Kent, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

Had a wonderful meal, Michael made us feel very special!! Food was amazing and the service was first class!! Can't wait to go back!!

Thank SamFawn
Sittingbourne, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

What can I say! This place is faultless, service excellent! Food excellent . We had the set menu and its was lush.

Thank Ria2590
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 November 2016

We were staying at Hempstead House for my birthday celebrations and booked The Lakes Restaurant for dinner on the Saturday night. Being a group of fourteen we were asked to provide our dinner selections before we arrived, this wasn’t a problem, although some of the group had forgotten what they had chosen, luckily Terry, who was taking care of us... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$60 - US$70
British, European, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
12:30 - 14:30
12:30 - 14:30
19:00 - 21:30
12:30 - 14:30
19:00 - 21:30
12:30 - 14:30
19:00 - 21:30
12:30 - 14:30
19:00 - 21:30
12:30 - 14:30
19:00 - 21:30
12:30 - 14:30
19:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Hempstead House London Road | Sittingbourne, Bapchild, Sittingbourne ME9 9PP, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Kent  >  Sittingbourne  >  Bapchild
  • Phone Number: +44 1795 428020
Lakes is the restaurant of Hempstead House, a small family-owned country house hotel between Sittingbourne and Faversham in the glorious Kent countryside. It dates back to 1850 but Lakes restaurant was added in 1998, quickly winning awards from the AA, the RAC and the English Tourist Board. Its crystal chandeliers, fine china and cut glass provide an elegant backdrop to the interpretation of classical English and French dishes: fresh fish and meat is locally-sourced and fruit and veg come down from Covent Garden each day.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?