Hospitality Awards 2019

AA Restaurant of the Year England

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About the award

Each year the AA independently inspects hundreds of restaurants across the British Isles. Introduced in 2000, this award recognises restaurants that provide cuisine of a truly excellent standard, as well as demonstrating innovation and ambience and providing a high standard of hospitality.

Fordwich Arms

Chef-patron Daniel Smith has worked in some of the country's top restaurants including Jason Atherton's group and The Clove Club for 5 years. There is also strength in the pastry section and front of house.

The seasonal menu focuses on provenance, showcasing the best of local Kentish ingredients, sourced direct from local farms and producers. The food is delivered in a relaxed, comfortable and welcoming style, perfect for all year round and every occasion. This refurbished pub and restaurant is in Britain's smallest town, just outside Canterbury.

With a lovely 1930s bar and oak panelled dining room with three open fires there is bags of charm and character here. Additionally, in the summer months the riverside location provides a beautiful dining terrace and garden with views over the river Stour. A year from opening the team have already gained acknowledgement.

Previous Winners

2019 – Fordwich Arms
2018 – Sorrel
2017 – The Freemasons at Wiswell
2016 – Lumière
2015 – House of Tides
2014 – The Sticky Walnut
2013 – The Artichoke
2012 – The Church Green British Grill
2011 – The Hand and Flowers
2010 – The Harrow at Little Bedwyn
2009 – Purnell’s
2008 – The Royal Oak Paley Street