Review on The Marquis at Alkham
Now five years after a spectacular transformation of the old Marquis of Granby pub in the heart of the Alkham valley to become the Marquis at Alkham, a striking contemporary restaurant with five luxury bedrooms to boot, the whole thing just gets better and better. The old interior was brightened up with fine furnishings and beautiful fabrics to create a touch of boutique chic in the heart of the Kent countryside.
Following the departure of Michael Fowler, the position of Head Chef at this critically acclaimed restaurant has been taken over by Andrew King, who has sharpened his knives at several renowned restaurants in the UK, including Lucknam Park Hotel in Bath and Read's in Faversham.
Locally sourced produce forms the backbone of his efforts and his seasonal menus highlight what is at its peak. Seared diver scallops appear with a cucumber and tomato relish, sea weed, squid ink dressing, mackerel tartare is accompanied by radish, yoghurt, crab, tapioca and soy mirin dressing and there's wild sea bass, courgette flower with langoustine mousse, squid ink macaroon and avruga caviar. Dexter beef is reared in a neighbouring farm by the President of The Dexter Cattle Society.. it doesn't get much better!
Away from fish, the kitchen also conjures up carpaccio of beef, horseradish crème fraiche, watercress, shallot, anise, and bean blossom and loin of Saltmarsh lamb, braised shoulder, jersey royals, peas and broad beans. To finish there are desserts ranging from apricot soufflé, apricot sorbet, roast apricot and shortbread biscuit to cherry clafoutis, vanilla bean ice cream, crème anglaise and cherry compote. To go with the food, there are locally brewed real ales, plus an eclectic wine list that covers everything from the New World to vineyards on the restaurant's doorstep. Chalksole Vintage Reserve sparkling wine, is produced by Chapel Down from grapes from The Marquis' own vineyard and is only available at The Marquis.
To complement the restaurant's tasting, à la carte and afternoon tea menus, Michael has introduced a selection of very tasty bar snacks available from 2 to 6pm daily.
The Marquis at Alkham is also featured in: Michelin Guide, Good Food Guide, Hardens, AA GuideRate this Restaurant
Restaurant Opening Times
Breakfast: 7.30 - 10.00am (8.00 - 10.00am Sat & Sun)
Lunch: 12.00 - 2.30pm Mon-Sat (12.00 - 3.00pm Sun) (Afternoon Tea 3.00 - 5.00pm Mon-Sat & 3.30 - 5.00pm Sun)
Dinner: 6.30 - 9.30pm Mon-Sat (6.00 - 8.30pm Sun)
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card