Kathton House

Modern European·
Bronze Award

SquareMeal Review of Kathton House

Bronze Award

Some say that Kathton House is the “perfect family-run restaurant” – a labour of love overseen by Ritz-trained chef Neil Evans and his wife Gina. Occupying a trim Grade II-listed building in a village not far from Canterbury, the dining room is picture-pretty with its pastel walls, drapes, abstract artworks and neatly laid tables – a soothing backdrop for Neil’s contemporary Euro-accented cuisine. Fixed-price menus offer excellent value for the likes of home-cured beef fillet with horseradish mousse and beetroot salad, loin of venison in port and shallot jus or pan-fried suprême of wild sea bass with tomato, olives and pilaf rice. Desserts are also in the classic mould – think tarte Tatin with apple and Calvados ice cream or coffee pannacotta with raspberries. “Superb service” is much appreciated and there’s an inviting guest room upstairs for those who want to make a night of it.  

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Modern European
Fine dining, Glamorous, Luxury, Quiet conversation, Romantic, Traditional
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch, Sunday roast
Alfresco And Views
Outside seating, Terrace
Special Features
Vegan options, Vegetarian options
Birthdays, Dates, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating

About Kathton House

Family-run restaurants are often a favourite among locals in big cities, as they offer a warmth and personable nature that’s not always found at high-street chains or celebrity chef restaurants. The same is true of Kathton House, a long-standing operation overseen by husband and wife team Neil and Gina Evans.

The dining room here is a chic, yet simple affair, decked out in neutral grey tones, with comfy long back chairs and napkins on the tables that have been moulded into the shape of fans. Open daily from midday, Kathton House serves a set lunch menu followed by an a la carte at dinner. For lunch, begin with dishes such as goat’s cheese panna cotta served with rhubarb textures and a black pudding crumb, before moving on to confit Pork Belly served with sauteed Savoy cabbage, rhubarb puree and pork jus, then finish up with upside down banana and maple cake served with banana ice cream and peanut brittle.

Come evening, the menu expands to include a handful of more sophisticated dishes. Kickstart your meal with a starter of black pudding crusted scallops or pork and eel croquettes served with celeriac and apple remoulade. Up next, move on to main courses and choose between the likes of pea crusted cod served with minted pea puree, vegetables and parsley cream or go veggie with an asparagus pearl barley risotto served with asparagus spears, sauteed morels and a Parmesan crisp. End things on a sweet note with dark chocolate delice and mint ice cream or go savoury with a cheese plate.

There are dedicated vegetarian and vegan menus available, while those looking to make an occasion of it can opt for the six-course tasting menu and accompanying wine flight. On Sundays, stop by for a classic three-course lunch complete with all the trimmings.


Does Kathton House open for lunch?

Yes, the restaurant is open daily for lunch, offering a two- or three-course set menu.

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Does Kathton House offer vegetarian and vegan options?

Yes, dedicated vegetarian and vegan menus are available.

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Does Kathton House offer alfresco dining?

Yes, the restaurant has an outdoor terrace.

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Location for Kathton House

6 High Street, Sturry, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 0BD

01227 719999


Opening Times

Mon 12:00-16:00
Tue 12:00-16:00
Wed 12:00-16:00
Thu 12:00-16:00
Fri 12:00-16:00
Sat 12:00-16:00
Sun 12:00-16:00
Mon 19:00-23:00
Tue 19:00-23:00
Wed 19:00-23:00
Thu 19:00-23:00
Fri 19:00-23:00
Sat 19:00-23:00
Sun Closed

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