Fordwich Arms


CANTERBURY, KENT
AA Rating
3
Restaurant
AT A GLANCE
Vegetarian menu
Tasting menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Service charge
Highly skilful and inventive creations
AA Inspector
ABOUT THE RESTAURANT

The 1930s country boozer with a terrace and garden looking over the River Stour was begging for a makeover, and that’s just what it got when high-flying young chef-patron Dan Smith took the helm in 2018 and immediately turned the place into a foodie destination. The updated stripped-back style looks the part without detracting from the period charm of its oak-panelled dining room, cosy open fires and 1930s-vintage bar. Smith’s cooking is firmly in the new-wave modern British camp, allying sharp technique with intriguing combinations of first-class materials. Spitfire ale sourdough and rye bread with smoked pork fat and braised onions is a storming start, before poached Whitstable oysters that come pointed up with diced apple, caviar and light creamy sauce. Main-course venison of buttery tenderness is served as fillet and confit with celeriac, damson, smoked bone marrow and a full-throttle jus. For dessert, perhaps, baked St Clements cheesecake with Cointreau granita.

OPENING TIMES
Days Closed: Monday
Lunch served from: 12
Lunch served until: 2.30
Dinner served from: 6
Dinner served until: 9
FACILITIES
Seats: 60
Private dining available
On-site parking available
ACCESSIBILITY
Wheelchair accessible
Accessible toilets
Assist dogs welcome
FOOD AND DRINK
Cuisine style: British
Vegetarian menu
Wines under £30: 4
Wines over £30:
Wines by the glass: 13
CHEF
Chef(s): Daniel and Natasha Smith
HOW TO FIND
Getting Here

Phone for directions.
CONTACTS
Address:

1647 King Street, Sturry, CANTERBURY, KENT, CT2 0DB
Phone:

01227 710444