Restaurant: Clarendon Royal Hotel Restaurant

Duck – Pan fried duck breast, confit duck leg croquette, cherry, cherry puree, parsnip puree, twice cooked celeriac, duck sauce – £17.95

On Saturday we had the pleasure of visiting The Clarendon Royal Hotel in Gravesend as we had been invited to try their menu in the hotel restaurant. We both had never been to Gravesend before, so it was a great opportunity to kill two birds with one stone, trying new food along with visiting a new city in the UK.

With catching an earlier and faster train, we had arrived in Gravesend with plenty of time to spare, while strolling around to find the hotel, we had come across the outdoor riverside seating area of the hotel before heading in. While taking a quick look at the menu outside, we were greeted by Steve, who had also mentioned that their summer menu will be released next week.

Baked Camembert to Share with House Bread – £9.95

This was the start of an exemplary journey of customer service. Steve treated us brilliantly throughout, and got chatting not only about the food here, but about things as far removed as the bars of Sheffield and backpacking around Asia. His knowledge of the menu here was comprehensive to say the least, and as always, we went with his recommendations on what to have.

The baked Camembert starter with caramelised onions was something you can only normally dream about. The cheese was oozing and stringy, and the onions was the perfect compliment to that. All dolloped on top of freshly warm toasted bread and we were on to a winner! We do occasionally like the cheeky purchase of Camembert to have at home, but this one was on another level.

The bar was now sky high for the main courses, mainly because of the starter, but also because of the description of them given by Steve. It’s clear that he knows what’s good!

Bawley Bay – A play on a classic fish and chips butter poached hake fillet, driftwood chips, gin vinegar batter pebbles, samphire, clams, peas, tartar sauce – £14.95 

This Bawley Bay is a twist on the classic fish and chips! The ingredients above speak for themselves but every single part of it was immense! The triple cooked chips, edible sand and hake fillet were so divine, and that’s just to name a few of the flavours on the plate!

The duck was also incredible, and the duck leg croquette and cherry puree was the perfect kick of flavour needed to compliment the meat. All of our food was also of such good portion size, and as you can imagine after three courses, we were pretty full! But it was still full of quality ingredients and often you find these don’t come hand in hand, but here it certainly does.

Eton Mess – Fresh Strawberries, flavoured creams, flavoured meringues, strawberry jelly served with strawberry and cream ice cream – £6.25

On to desserts and of course I, James couldn’t resist the chocolate option of the tart – again, dreamy, and Jessica’s option of the Eton Mess was also an excellent choice. She’s only had it before in a trifle or something of that ilk, so to have it in its classic form was great!

Dark Chocolate & Salted Caramel Tart served with berries and clotted cream ice cream – £5.95

As if all of that wasn’t enough, we were then invited to head over to the bar for a cocktail each before it was time to get our train back. Opting for particularly boozy drinks, these went down perfectly at the end of the meal.

Overall we had a pretty much perfect time here, and would fully reccomend it to anyone in the Kent area or anyone looking for a quick trip out from London. We got a train from St Pancras taking just over 20 minutes, and to be fair, we spend that long getting across London on a normal day anyway.

Strawberry & Lime Cider House Rules and Planters Rum Punch

Thanks so much to Steve and everyone at the Clarendon Royal!

Food: ★★★★

Customer service: ★★★★★

Atmosphere: ★★★

Toilets: ★★★

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Disclaimer: we were invited to the restaurant to try their menu in exchange for a review. But as always, all our opinions and photos are our own.

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  1. Anonymous
    June 29, 2017 / 4:22 pm

    This looks all so lovely. I really need to start eating out more because all of your posts make me envious of people eating out and I don't haha. This is making me hungry now.Lois xwww.lifeasloismay.wordpress.com

    • Food and Baker
      June 29, 2017 / 4:29 pm

      You really should haha it's all about the experience!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  2. abbeylouisarose
    June 29, 2017 / 4:22 pm

    Ohhhh my goodness, how good does that Camembert look?! I hadn't had dinner before the #TeacupClub meeting and I'm now regretting that majorly! The dark chocolate and salted caramel tart looks simply divine as well, I definitely want to visit this place!!Abbey 🐝 http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

    • Food and Baker
      June 29, 2017 / 4:32 pm

      Ugh it was amazing! Really craving one now!!Defo worth he visit and the service is spectacular!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  3. Llinos Thomas
    June 29, 2017 / 5:06 pm

    New food and a new city to visit? The ideal mix as far as I'm concerned!

    • Food and Baker
      June 30, 2017 / 2:03 pm

      Exactly, can't beat a great experience in new places!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  4. Sunshine Sarah
    June 29, 2017 / 5:13 pm

    Ok now you're making me hungry! That Camembert looks delish!! I love a good baked cheese!!! Mmmmmm!!!Always looking for new places to eat out & so I must get out & about in Harrogate more!! Love a good food post! Love Sarah xoxoxo

    • Food and Baker
      June 30, 2017 / 2:04 pm

      The Camembert was simply amazing, can't go wrong with some cheese! Must visit, so worth it!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  5. Emily
    June 29, 2017 / 5:16 pm

    What an incredible dining experience! Good customer service makes all the different during a nice meal out. I want that baked Camembert!!xxEmilyemilyhallock.blogspot.com

    • Food and Baker
      June 30, 2017 / 2:05 pm

      Good service is literally what makes or break a place for us!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  6. Stephen Ruffle
    June 29, 2017 / 5:18 pm

    Thank you for your kind words and have a great European adventure this summer!!

    • Food and Baker
      June 30, 2017 / 2:05 pm

      Thank you so much for everything, it was amazing and we hope to come back and try the new menu! Thank you, so excited!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  7. Corinne & Kirsty
    June 29, 2017 / 5:22 pm

    Oh my goodness! the food looks absolutely fantastic! It is making me so so hungry! xx corinne

    • Food and Baker
      June 30, 2017 / 2:06 pm

      From start to finish, we just couldn't fault it!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  8. CharleneMcElhinney
    June 29, 2017 / 5:59 pm

    The drinks & deserts look absolutely amazing! The Eton Mess sounds like my kind of thing, for sure! How lovely that you got to visit somewhere a bit different too! Gosh, I'm hungry now & I've just had my tea! Haha! Hope you two are well my sweethearts! Charlene McElhinneywww.charlenemcelhinney.co.uk

    • Food and Baker
      June 30, 2017 / 2:07 pm

      The Eton mess was the cherry on top, so tasty, ugh now I want it again! Hope you're okay too lovely!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  9. Kate Winthrop
    June 30, 2017 / 1:52 pm

    Ohhh woweeee – I'm tempted to head to Gravesend ASAP just to try this delicious menu! The food looks so beautifully presented! The cocktails look so refreshing but I'm totally obsessing over that chocolate cake… It looks divine! Oh no, or do I want the cheese more? Or the fish…? Oh maybe just all of it..?! 😉 Kate x http://www.findingkate.co

    • Food and Baker
      June 30, 2017 / 2:08 pm

      You really should, if the pics alone can tempt you, you will not be disappointed! Honestly! Do let us know if you go and what you get!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  10. Victoria
    July 1, 2017 / 9:25 am

    Oh I love a baked Camembert 😍

    • Food and Baker
      July 1, 2017 / 5:09 pm

      Ugh but who doesn't?!!?Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

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    March 22, 2018 / 8:15 pm

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