Review on Samphire at Ham
Taking its name from the now fashionable 'sea vegetable', Samphire at Ham is situated adjacent to the family-run Blazing Donkey Hotel. It's an apt moniker for a restaurant dealing in classy modern food based on locally sourced ingredients. Inside, the dining room oozes traditional charm with its hop-garlanded beams, soft candlelight and plush furnishings.
Chef Steve Hogben-Lambert procures rare-breed free-range pork from a farm just 100 yards down the road, and often marinates the meat in honey and lovage before serving it with bubble 'n' squeak. Beef comes from Wingham, chickens are free range and there are even local farm snails on the menu (with roast chestnut and lentil purée). Fish from the coast also shows up well in the shape of, say, baby squid from with chilli and sea salt or roast turbot on the bone with venus clams and hollandaise sauce. Also, don't miss the 'avant garde' fish and chips (yellow tail catfish, nile perch and sea bass in a batter flavoured with fennel seeds and saffron).
The hotel itself was originally built as a farm dwelling (circa 1763) and is famous as 'Kent's prettiest and most popular wedding venue'. It's a delightfully versatile place with prizewinning gardens in lovely countryside between Sandwich and Deal. Owners Richard and Sherry Martin also run the award-winning Dog Inn at Wingham.
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Modern British / European
Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.00 - 4.00pm Sat-Sun
Dinner: 6.00 - 10.00pm Mon-Sat
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card, American Express