County Restaurant @ Abode Canterbury

4.4
337 Reviews
£26 to £40
British
Paying homage to the hotel’s extensive history, the restaurant takes its name from the original name established for the hotel in 1892.

Characterised by modern European cuisine using the finest regional produce, the restaurant offers à la carte and tasting menus alongside a wine list carefully curated to complement new seasonal dishes introduced year round.

Combining classic elegance with modern style, the beautifully designed dining room features plush neutral furniture and low lighting. The vibrant yet chic ambience at ABode Canterbury creates the perfect fine dining venue.

In the city centre, County Restaurant at ABode Canterbury is near the majestic Canterbury Cathedral. Canterbury Rail Station is just a 9-minute walk away.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 337 people are saying
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SteveM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food and wonderful service

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JanetP
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent service and comfortable restaurant, food good quality beautifully presented. A very pleasant experience

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OccasionalFoodie
Kent
16 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

2nd time here and it's still special. Everything full of flavour and very tasty. Margarita gets a special mention this time because I didn't mention her by name last time, excellent service all round.

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vipTony
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The dinner was a wonderful experience, from the delightful morsels sent out from the kitchen to the starters - well balanced, full of flavour, and beautifully presented and the mains, which were beautiful and delightfully prepared. The soufflé dessert was incredible. The wines, even though by the glass, were excellent as well. Service was impeccable. Overall a wonderful experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
7 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food and great service.

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Terry
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good food, didn’t expect the set menu to be that good

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CarolG
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service wonderful. We found piano playing intrusive. Very small portions although food excellent but lacking vegetables

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OccasionalFoodie
Kent
16 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A gem in the heart of Kent! This fine dining experience was truly FINE. The menu has plenty of locally sourced ingredients put together to create some fantastic flavours.
Impeccable service from all the staff who were knowledgeable, discreet and there when we needed them.
The only problem is that I can only give 5 stars.

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
11 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food was very nice and well presented, but just a little disappointed that they don’t serve vegetables and carbs.
The services was very good and I would go again.

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gissie
London
5 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant to celebrate my sons graduation

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deanb
Kent
4 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful foodie experience
Thankyou

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I enjoyed it!

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vipRichardP
London
32 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I would go again, but my partner found the portions a little on small side as did I , however there was a few compliments of the chef and we had 3 desserts between the 2 of us so left full enough

The restaurant was very nicely laid out the staff attentive , I would return again

All in all a good experience

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Kentcallling
Kent
17 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had Pre-theatre menu (before going to Marlowe) - very nice meal with good quality food and friendly, efficient service without being over the top. Would definitely return when in Canterbury.

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deanb
Kent
5 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant !

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DebraD
Kent
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We spent an fantastic evening eating lobster and steak washed down with a bottle of prosecco. Great value for money.

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vipScott36a
London
11 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent food and very good service. Will return more regularly 😀

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vipTransformer
Kent
129 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

An all round excellent lunch and the bread is fabulous too.

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vipDavidR
London
14 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Terrific tasting menu with wine on Friday night. Great staff who were very informed and the food and wine were excellent. I particular some very interesting and unusual wines were a delight. Thanks and we’ll be back.

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OpenTable Diner
London
5 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Food was very tasty, no complaints there. However the waiting staff do need advise how small the portions are.

We did not elect to go for a starter thinking the main would be substantial enough. However the portion was extremely small and there is no option to add a side, so despite a few admittedly delicious amuse bouches there was no way our appetite would be satisfied.

The restaurant did cook some extra broccoli for us after we complained but it took the shine off the meal which was a shame as the quality is very good.

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MarkW
London
5 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Thoroughly enjoyed very high quality food, in particular very succulent lobster and steak. Really very good cooking. The ambience in the lounge is lovely, less so in the dining room - a touch worn and jaded. But the service is very good and the food excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely Valentines Tasting Menu

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richardh
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall4food3service4ambience3

food good but portions are small andtherefore felt it was a little onthe expensive side. Rather noisy as they had two large parties in but they did seat us as far away as possible.

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vipTransformer
Kent
129 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Excellent quality meal and service and especially good value with one of the OpenTable offers.

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Corinne
London
5 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Birthday meal. Service very slow. Disappointed as was for a special occasion.

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NEKent
Kent
25 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

As always, tasting menu very well put together and the accompanying wine choices really matched the food well
Very nice evening

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vipPhilip63
London
81 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The meal was excellent, from the freshly baked bread with two different butters served with a small bowl of delicious soup, through the starter and main and the wonderfully presented and full-flavoured dessert. The setting is delightful and the service excellent throughout with our waiter explaining each dish and checking, unobtrusively, on how we were at appropriate moments. And for under £25 for a three course lunch, who could possibly complain at the price? It was fine dining at an affordable price, with each component on the plate adding to the experience and bringing different flavours and textures to the whole. Excellent.

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Bruuunooo
London
4 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fantastic meal for my girlfriends birthday.

We had the tasting menu, which was fantastic, served up by very knowledgable and very well presented staff.

All round a very lovely meal.

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OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2017
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They never had our booking and we had to leave to find another restaurant

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Elsie
London
5 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2017
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Not allowed to take photos when dining there so that's a negative point

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BarryT
Kent
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We ate here before a few years ago and we're not too impressed and decided to give it another go. We chose the tasting menu with wine. Really good food with some fantastic combinations. The somellier was excellent, taking time to carefully explain the wine and food pairings. Tasting + wine definitely recommended for foodies! Service was attentive and swift yet unhurried, and very pleasant at all times. Only slight disappointment was in the bar - we ordered a bottle of Dom and the glasses offered twice were dirty (only water stains, but still, I'd expect sparkling glasses in a champagne bar). This didn't overshadow an otherwise excellent evening, very reassuring to find that the service and food has come on leaps and bounds from our last visit. We will definitely be returning.

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vipNoswale
London
39 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We were visiting Canterbury for the weekend, and stayed at the ABode hotel. It made sense to book the hotel restaurant for dinner. The food was really excellent, exceeding expectations - modern cuisine, beautifully cooked, and creatively presented. The amuse bouche jerusalem artichoke soup was wonderful.

Only two niggles - the wine list was not extensive, and it seemed some of the wines available for the tasting menu were not on the list. The side vegetables were overcooked, in contrast to the main event.

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Francesco
London
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! We ate great food! We will definitely be back!
Pls go and try it!!!

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MarkF
London
32 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Went on a Saturday evening before going to the Marlowe. First through the door at 5.30. Very quiet all evening - hence ambience marked down. Limited choice of food as expected but was served to a very high standard and offered great value for money. Would highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely outstanding first time there will definitely be returning waiting staff and food were incredible

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GeorgeDragon
London
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2016
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The staff were attentive, the room was laid out with plenty of room and felt very special. The food was exquisite. Although portion size is not vast, the taste certainly was.
I felt that the Head Waiter could have interacted a little more with us and the other customers. We provided a few opening lines to invite him into a conversation but was not received very well. I understand that there has to be a professionalism but interaction with the customers can add more value to the experience.
Overall, a thoroughly good experience and will be back for future special occasions.

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Hippo
Kent
34 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wanted a special occasion in a quiet setting prior to our daughter in law going to Papua New Guinei and was not disappointed. Food was excellent as was the personal service received. I will definitely be going back for other occasions as you were never rushed and had time to talk.

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Cnaic
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2016
Overall3food3service3ambience2

The staff were polite and welcoming. Food was however expensive and the portion was small for the monies that we were paying for the meal. It is pretty pricey and portions were small. I am wondering if it is a Graduation Meal and the price for the meal was increased for that night as the University of Kent had their graduation for this week for all their students.

Perhaps the restaurant would be able to advise on this.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2016
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Although the meal was for a special occasion it wasn't as enjoyable as we'd hoped. The service was great but the food was only ok. The prices as high given the quality of the meal.

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flo2dine
London
5 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food extremely good . I do not know of anywhere in canterbury that can get close to this quality. Staff very friendly and explained food and wine well.
No pressure to leave despite the fact that we were the last ones there.
Will definitely recommend and revisit.

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County Restaurant @ Abode Canterbury is rated 4.4 stars by 337 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.