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One-time Gordon Ramsay acolyte Mark Sargeant continues to make waves at this terrific seafood eatery on Folkestone’s harbour front, with the airy ground-floor dining room and upstairs bar/terrace both capturing the phenomenal views full on. Seafood is touted as the speciality, and its shines from the very start – perhaps cucumber-cured mackerel with wasabi, ‘salty fingers’ and pickled beetroot, a lobster and salmon pasty or even of plate of Sonny’s locally smoked fish. Mains continue the squeaky-fresh maritime theme (think fritto misto or baked cod with heritage tomatoes, wild garlic and spring leeks), but the butcher also has his say with good-looking properly aged steaks, slow-cooked beef ribs or cider-braised duck leg with pears and Brighton Blue cheese. The kitchen makes its point emphatically through a simple respect for top-drawer raw materials, while desserts bring on the likes of Kentish gypsy tart or vanilla buttermilk pudding. Any murmurings about high prices are drowned out by cheers for the “stunning” location.
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Folkestone Harbour Station 287m
Folkestone Central Station 1km
Rotunda Amusement Park, Folkestone 810m
M20 Junction 13 2km
Mon-Sat 12N-3pm 7-10.30pm Sun 12N-3pm
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Food + drink: 3
On arrival at ROCKSALT we were welcomed by the restaurant manager very politely and professionally.
We were early so went top the bar above the restaurant.
The bar staff were very polite and very professional.
Unfortunately there was an unpleasant smell coming from the toilet door area, which was off putting.
When we were ready for our reservation, we were shown our table and we sat down with our menus.
Again unfortunately it took at least 20 to 25 minutes for our waiter/waitress to ask if we wanted any drinks.
In fact I had to ask a waiter for this service.
Our meals were generally very nice, however the potato gratin was very oily.
I would like to go back to the ROCKSALT to see if they can improve?
Food + drink: 4
We had read tsome mixed reviews and were very pleased with our meal. The location is fantastic and every table has a wonderful view – if you are in a seat facing the other way, you have great mirrors that reflect the harbour scene. Service and attention to detail were great. Fair choice of dishes on the menu and prices were at the right level for a restaurant of this quality and location. We loved the “Shipping forecast” playing in the toilets… It was a birthday meal and the staff took care to make it special. If we were in the area, we would definitely visit again.
Food + drink: 2
Having read about a new seafood restaurant in Folkestone harbour I was very keen to try it. I checked the website out and was happy to see the location was set with an incredible panormaic view of the english channel and fishing fleet. I booked the table for 4 people over a week in advance and requested a decent table as it was a double birthday celebration. It was all confirmed they would do their best. I arrived to find the restaurant a quarter full and when sat at our table only 3 places set. I little pedantic I know but when you pay London prices you want london service. Drinks were taken promptly however to order our food took 15 mins
Then a further 25 for them to come out. I ordered Hot Shells with Fish Velouté which is a combination of clams, mussles and prawns on the shell. The sauce was cold half of shellfish had not opened and when I went to dehead a cooked prawn it burst out with blood. I called the waiter who I asked to take the plate away. The person who seemed to be in charge came over and said “the chef says that does happen” Ok. The harissa crab was unadventurous as it took some white crab most of the brown crab meat and mixed it with a little harissa paste to give it colour, a slice of bread on the side to accompany. So with our starters through and our first impressions ruined we waited for the main and we waited and we waited. I called our waiter over and said is our food coming, he went into the kitchen and said they were plating. He then returned out of the kitchen without our food, We questioned him again and he said “dont talk to me like that” and then “i wont be your waiter now” Staff not trained in manners and the kitchen staff dont know how to call service. The mains came and I have to say were decent, The turbot was thick and juicy and the cod sat well in a seafood sauce. The meal had been ruined though , slow kithcen staff accompnaied by rude and untrained front of house meant that not even the amazing view could make up for it. If your from London you wont come back. If your from Folkestone why would you.
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