Review on Michael Caines at ABode Canterbury
Part of the growing ABode group of classy hotels set up by superstar chef Michael Caines MBE and business partner Andrew Brownsword, Michael Caines at ABode Canterbury is the result of a heavyweight refurbishment and re-branding of the County Hotel, within Canterbury's city walls and a stroll from Canterbury cathedral.
Caines oversees proceedings in his fine dining restaurant at street level, although he has brought together a team of high-class local chefs to run the kitchen on a day-to-day basis. Even so, the commitment to local and regional produce remains as strong as ever in MC's view of things gastronomic – although the menu has a strong modern French and European accent.
A starter of Lythe crab appears with avocado mousse, sweetcorn sorbet, baby coriander and potato pancakes, while lightly smoked fillet Kentish beef could be accompanied by ox tongue croustillant, foie gras, watercress purée, white asparagus and morels. Concise descriptions hardly do justice to extraordinarily complex desserts such as passion fruit soufflé with caramelised banana parfait and banana nougatine or mille-feuille of rhubarb with crème fraîche sorbet and sablé.
A new 'grazing' concept for lunch, a changing seasonal menu that offers smaller portions of the à la carte dishes, eases the financial burden of eating here, although it would be a shame to stint on the treasures that make up the high-class 180-bin wine list. In addition, there's a Champagne Bar for celebrations and chilling out, plus the Old Brewery Tavern, which promises 'local food at local prices'.
Michael Caines at ABode Canterbury is also featured in: Good Food Guide, Hardens
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Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.00 - 2.30pm Mon-Sat
Dinner: 6.00 - 10.00pm Mon-Sat
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card, American Express