Phone +44 (0)1843 851515
Type of Cuisine Modern British
Chef Toby Leigh
Price Range £££££
Lunch 12.00 - 3.30pm Tue-Sun
Dinner 7.00 - 9.30pm Tue-Sat
Not easy to find so look for a small archway by Number 4 York Street and you will discover Age & Sons, set in an old wine warehouse in Ramsgate and it is well worth the search for its highly rated seasonal British cooking. It's a family affair with Toby Leigh manning the stoves, sister Harriet Leigh is the general manager while parents Bertie and Helen work behind the scenes, although you may see the occasional guest appearance from Bertie as sommelier since he is the inspiration behind the exceptional wine list.
Toby's cv includes time working for Alistair Little in Notting Hill and Heston Blumenthal at the Hind's Head in Bray. He is passionate about local, seasonal produce, his menu changes twice daily and even employs a forager, Mags, she is out searching Pegwell bay for samphire and wild rocket or inland looking for the likes of crab apples, elder berries and wild fennel. The local waters are famous for Dover sole, sea bass, turbot and brill to name but a few while the nearby salt marshes deliver the finest lamb. Kent is the garden of England so local fruit and vegetables are in abundance.
There are flashes of sheer inspiration like cream of celeriac with cherry blossom or milts with rhubarb, cucumber and capers while roast Dexter rib-eye is served with all the usual trimmings. For lighter meals choose from the cafe menu on the ground floor.