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“Nothing is too much trouble” at David and Rona Pitchford’s covetable Georgian manor house on the outskirts of Faversham – the very model of an unpretentious country restaurant-with-rooms, with “exquisite personal service” overseen by the hosts themselves. Inside, all is cosily domestic, although the refreshingly restrained menu suggests serious culinary intent (despite some determinedly old-fashioned touches). For more than three decades David has honed his own version of Anglo-French cooking, relying on top-drawer ingredients and well-tutored expertise to deliver the goods. The seasons matter here, with pickings from the manor's own walled garden, local game and fish from south-coast boats deployed in harmonious ways. Among his “simple but elegant” offerings, you might find a pressing of confit chicken with Agen prunes ahead of a lamb bonanza accompanied by a fricassee of peas, broad beans and rosemary jus or hake fillet in company with cauliflower, saffron potato and beurre blanc. To conclude, try the famed deep lemon tart or the hot strawberry soufflé. “My dream destination for a really spoiling weekend away”, drools one adoring fan.

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Macknade Manor, Canterbury Road ,Faversham ME13 8XE

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Rather sad

by   platinum reviewer (93)

Apr 2016

The first thing we noticed was that the premises were much more suitable for a fine-dining restaurant than when we last dined at Read’s rather a long time ago. The rooms have a certain restrained elegance, and we took our aperitif in the ante-room which we enjoyed with some decent mixed olive bread and canapés in the form of cheese on toast, olives and an anchovy pastry. We started the tasting menu with parsnip and apple soup, which could have done with some seasoning and perhaps a different...

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Paul A.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Atmosphere: 5
  • Value: 5

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Macknade Manor, Canterbury Road ,Faversham ME13 8XE

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by   bronze reviewer (7)

Jan 2013

The wife and I decided to celebrate our first year of marriage at this place. Now being a foodie, I have heard good things about Read's, it's had a Michelin star for some time, so there standards are very high. We arrived on time and were shown to the drinks lounge, where we would have a drink and mull over the food menu, we felt a little edgy and a bit out of place, all very swanky, but after being there for a bit, we settled into the settings and the people around us. After looking at the menu...

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Big Fat Dan's rating

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 8

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Essential Details for Read's

  • Cuisine: British
  • Area: Kent
  • Price: £65
  • Wine: £24
  • Champagne: £48
  • Private Dining: 20

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