Kentish Native Food

Kentish Native Food

At the heart of the hotel is the kitchen. It's really where it all started for us...

For decades we've been using the freshest and finest of ingredients from right on our own doorstep.
From fruit, herbs and vegetables from our kitchen garden to locally-landed fish from the day boats of Deal to wild game from the woodlands of the Stour Valley.

Yes, we've been awarded accolades for our cooking, but we don't do what we do for that, it's for the love of producing delicious food from great raw ingredients that are predominantly native to Kent.

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We're hooked on using fish & seafood from the day boats at Deal or straight off the beach at St. Margaret's Bay. Our favourites are line-caught Sea Bass, St. Margaret's Bay lobster or lovely locally-landed sole.

Every day there's a delivery from the Jenkins family fishmongers, you'll see you Darren in his wellies at the kitchen door with the catch of the day, if you're up early enough that is... You may even catch sight of 'The Lobster Man' on a Summer's afternoon on his way past from St. Margaret's Bay dropping off some lively beasts destined for the pot.

What really puts a smile on our faces is knowing that we are supporting other long-standing Kentish family businesses.  Knowing that the 28 day Matured steak with Béarnaise & skinny chips or the Roasted Rump of Lamb comes from cows and sheep that graze in the fields of Peter Mummery's place Chili Farm at Coldred fills our hearts with warmth. It was Coldred where the forefathers of  the Oakleys had their farm and they've known Peter for decades

Our butchers are our good friends too. Greg and Brett O'Brien of Dover and the guys over at The Black Pig in Deal really look after us. Top of our shopping list from them are sausages. Whether it's Wild Boar Bangers, unbelievably good Black Pudding or sizzlingly spicy home-made chorizo they really know what's what when it comes to meat.

Kent isn't called 'The Garden of England' for nothing. The best fruit and vegetables are on our doorstep and we go that extra mile to 'Keep It Kent'.

We've a bunch of keen locals (and one or two of the Wallett's Court team) who'll trapse out across the fields, along the shoreline and down the country lanes to forage in Mother Nature's Larder. You may find Sea Beet, wild horseradish, sea kale, rock samphire, green lava, wild garlic, fennel, wild plums and blackberries on the menu. We even have a friendly truffle hunter who furtively delivers 'black gold' to the kitchen door.

Then to the farms and market gardens of Kent. There is asparagus when it's in season, steamed then served with Black Pig pancetta it is simply to die for! Kentish strawberries with clotted cream in Summer - Could it be any more British? Cherries, apples, plums and damsons come from our own orchards in the grounds of Wallett's Court are a staple of our late Summer and Autumn menus even finding themselves pickled or preserved in Winter.

So, what's the story behind the people at Wallett's Court? Well, there's Chris Oakley, he's at the helm of the place. With quite a few decades of experience in the restaurant game. He comes from the 'stables' of Albert and Michel Roux the Godfathers of Great British Cuisine, a former Michelin starred chef in his 70s he now presides over the hotel and advises the kitchen brigade headed up by David Hoseason, a highly qualified chef who takes the lead in the kitchen and works relentlessly in the pursuit of excellence.

Eat in the the conservatory or on the terrace at breakfast, take lunch in the lounge by the fire in winter or on the terrace in the gardens in summer and dine in the oak-beamed restaurant in the evening. The Restaurant at Wallett's Court is open for dinner every evening and on Sunday lunchtimes

Those of you who like to 'graze' will be delighted to know that food is available all day. At breakfast indulge in a full English breakfast, then throughout the day there are some lovely sandwiches available and from midday Kentish Cream Teas. Here's our Afternoon Tea Menu >>>

Wallett's Court
Westcliffe, St. Margaret's-at-Cliffe, Dover, Kent CT15 6EW
T: +44 01304 852 424 Freephone 0800 0351628
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