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Mark Sargeant’s first solo venture since leaving the Gordon Ramsay stable looks set to be an outright winner. Sitting pretty on Folkestone’s harbour front, both the airy ground-floor dining room & upstairs bar/terrace capture the phenomenal harbour & Channel views full on. Seafood is touted as the speciality, & its shines from the very start – perhaps dressed crab lifted by a spot-on hit of harissa, or mussels cooked on the kitchen’s Josper grill. Mains diverge from the maritime theme with good-looking steaks, outstanding salt marsh lamb rump & Monkshill Park pork belly, but most stick to the squeaky-fresh, perfectly cooked fish – say pan-fried Dover sole bathed in nut-brown butter or local mackerel with a punchy, pesto-style green sauce. It may not be groundbreaking stuff, but the kitchen makes its point emphatically through a simple respect for top-drawer raw materials. Bread & desserts should be considered works in progress.


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  1. It was my wife’s birthday and the mother-in-law and I were trying think of somewhere nice to take her as a birthday treat. After searching around for somewhere open on a Monday night, we settled on Rocksalt. The wife and I have been meaning to try this restaurant for a long time, I’ve heard nothing but good things about it...
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Mark Sargeant

Mark Sargeant has worked for some industry legends (Nico Ladenis and the late Peter Kromberg among them), but he will forever be remembered as Gordon Ramsay’s loyal servant. ‘Sarge’ was head chef at Claridge’s for seven years before going solo in 2011 and opening two restaurants in Folkestone: Rocksalt and The Smokehouse. The Kent native hasn’t quit London, however: he also runs Plum + Spilt Milk at the Great Northern Hotel.

Essential Details for Rocksalt

  • Address: 4-5 Fishmarket, Folkestone CT19 6AA
  • Telephone: 01303 884 633
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  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 12N-3pm 7-10.30pm Sun 12N-3pm
  • Cuisine: Fish
  • Area: Kent
  • Price: £45
  • Wine: £16.00
  • Champagne: £44
  • Lunch: £18.50

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