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The Clarendon Royal Hotel, Gravesend, Kent

The Clarendon Royal Hotel

4.5
4.5
37 Reviews
£25 and under
British
Our restaurant 'The Block House' brings modern & classic British dining to the historic market town of Gravesend. The restaurant and bar combine classic but stylish design, creating a relaxed yet vibrant atmosphere. With our Admirals bar, river terrace and the Blockhouse restaurant there are many ambiences to enjoy our menus.

Open all day The Clarendon Royal Hotel offers imaginative dining seven days a week. Our head chef and team have lovingly created our menus for your enjoyment. Every item is produced on site from scratch using fresh hand-picked daily produce from local suppliers.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    British, International
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Sat 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Lunch Sun 12:00 pm–6:00 pm
  • Phone number
    01474 362221
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Private party facilities
    We can cater for a number of private events and functions. The restaurant itself is perfect for a table of 30-40 guests for a private dining experience. Alternatively we have a function room which sits up to 120 guests. Please contact us to view sample menus and discuss your options with us.
  • Neighborhood
    Gravesend
  • Parking details
    We have parking directly opposite the hotel, you will be required to input your car registration details on reception as you enter the hotel. We also have a number of 4 hours bays opposite the hotel and 1 hour bays. After 6pm and all day Sunday you can park directly in front of the hotel on the single yellow line.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 37 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.5
4.5 based on all time ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseEnergetic

37 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2021

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was good but poached eggs were over cooked and chips were incredibly salty. The service was the most disappointing, even though we booked in advance the table wasn’t ready for us and the staff were quite rude, especially the guy who was very short with us, greeting us with “what do you want?” in a very unfriendly manor.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Kent

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely food would recommend to anyone i enjoyed my meal

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  3. Minty

    Kent

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2021

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Fantastic food terrible staff except the manager who was lovely. On entry I went to the bar as no one was about. I was greeted with “yes”, I said I had a table for two booked for 50th birthday. I expected to be shown to a table but she just waved her arm in the air and said, sit where you like. RUDE. No one came to ask if we wanted a drink so again had to go and find someone. I asked the manager for a cocktail menu which he bought me. Still no one came to take my order so I called across to the bar to ask for a cocktail and was told I could only have what was on tap. So I said, what’s the point of giving me a cocktail menu then. I told her the manager gave me the menu, she went off in a huff muttering what sounded like, well I’m not doing it, but I can’t be sure. She came back and said, ok you can have one then, which the manager made for me. Which I might add was lovely. The service didn’t get any better from the waitress’s and bar maid. I pointed out that they had an ant problem as they were crawling over the window sill. I took photos, they said the ants were attracted to my cocktail. Having said all that the food was excellent, so if you don’t mind the attitude of staff it’s worth going for the tasty food. It’s a beautiful setting and lovely building.
    The Clarendon Royal HotelResponded on July 15, 2021
    Dear Minty, Thank you very much for bringing this to our attention. First of all I would like to sincerely apologise for the service you received. It is not the standard of service stablished at The Clarendon Royal Hotel and not one that I am proud to execute. Further to our telephone conversation, if you decide to come back to us and give us another chance, please contact me directly and I will ensure your next visit is a more memorable one. Kind regards, David Benavent

    1 person found this helpful

  4. Ladies33

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We are Ladies that lunch and really enjoyed our time here. So chilled we ended up staying 6 hours just chatting, eating and drinking! Food excellent as was the service! Thank you
    The Clarendon Royal HotelResponded on July 15, 2021
    Dear Ladies33, Thank you very much for the fantastic comments. We are all looking forward to many more ladies lunches. Best, The Clarendon Royal Team

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  5. PaulN

    Kent

    20 reviews

    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2021

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Father’s Day treat . Sat in the marquee. Little sparse with features. But a great view over the river . Food was ok but only warm. Service was very good
    The Clarendon Royal HotelResponded on July 15, 2021
    Dear Anonymous, Thank you very much for the review. We are working on dressing the marquee correctly, as you can appreciate it is a very large space and the logistics of it are not straight forward, however we are getting the right features. We hope next time you come, you will feel great in the marquee. Looking forward to seeing you. Best, The Clarendon Royal Team

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  6. TeresaS

    Kent

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food chilled atmosphere definitely would go back again .

    1 person found this helpful

  7. OpenTable Diner

    London

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2021

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Good outside area but the water was a bit iffy
    The Clarendon Royal HotelResponded on June 11, 2021
    Dear Anonymous, Thank you very much for comments. We hope to see you soon. Best, The Clarendon Royal Team

    1 person found this helpful

  8. OpenTable Diner

    Kent

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Will be going back
    The Clarendon Royal HotelResponded on May 24, 2021
    Dear Anonymous, We also hope to see you back soon. Thank you very much. Best, The Clarendon Royal Team

    1 person found this helpful

  9. OpenTable Diner

    Kent

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food delicious, much higher standard than last time I ate here! The Chefs choice range was better than anything available in the Gravesend area! The only drawback was the limited choice of vegetarian options; there was plenty of choice in the burgers and snacks but only. One Main Meal option. However I’m sure as they expand their upper range this will be remedied The service was excellent and ambience as good as can be managed under present conditions. I hope to return soon!
    The Clarendon Royal HotelResponded on May 24, 2021
    Dear Anonymous, Thank you very much for your comments on your recent visit to The Clarendon Royal Hotel. You are right to say that the vegetarian option is quite limited at the moment. The vegetarian offering as well as the vegan, are being improved as we speak and we hope the next time you visit us,, you will be spoilt for choices. We are looking forward to welcome you back in the not too distant future. Best, The Clarendon Royal Team

    1 person found this helpful

  10. Opentable

    Kent

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very good food and will definitely return again soon.

    1 person found this helpful

  11. AmandaP

    London

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2021

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Nice food and good service. Looking forward to eating inside next time.

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  12. LouiseH

    Kent

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great service amazing food !!
    The Clarendon Royal HotelResponded on May 13, 2021
    Dear Anonymous, We are very pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit and we are looking forward to welcoming you soon. Best, Clarendon Royal Team

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Kent

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Booked one of their pods. Was a lovely warm evening a great location looking out over the river. Food and drink was good, service great. Quite pricey for Gravesend but hadn’t been out for so long didn’t care.
    The Clarendon Royal HotelResponded on June 29, 2021
    Dear Anonymous, We are very pleased to hear that you enjoyed in one of our Pods and hope to see you again. Best, The Clarendon Royal Team

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 3, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food good marquee
    The Clarendon Royal HotelResponded on May 7, 2021
    Dear Anonymous, Thank you very much for the good marks. See you again soon. Best, Clarendon Royal Team

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  15. TinaE

    Kent

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food good service we will be going back just if its chilly outside to wrap up!

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  16. PaulL

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Tables all socially distanced. Good service all servers wearing masks.

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  17. Danielle

    Kent

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Clarendon never fails us, we came for lunch and didn't leave till dinner time! It was great to meet family and friends safely for a few drinks in the sun. The food was lovely and the staff were very accommodating when ordering and adapting for vegans. We will be back, and the new gazebo means we won't have to worry too much about the weather. Thank you!

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  18. CarolineM

    Kent

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great atmosphere with lovely views

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  19. dalts

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely and warm inside Pod 2 with great river views even though it was freezing outside. Excellent service from David and his team.

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  20. KayN

    Kent

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2021

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The layout of the outside area was very well thought out. Social distancing was observed and I felt safe.

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  21. DanyaM

    Hampshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely meal served by excellent attentive staff. Made my sons birthday extra special

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  22. BobP

    Kent

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The outside seating and dining area is the best in the area by far. It offers river views and is a suntrap from afternoon through to the evening. The staff are tentertive professional and very personable making the venue warm and welcoming. The drinks are fantastic and fairly priced when you consider the setting. The food was well presented the portion sizes were plentiful it was well cooked and flavoursome. In summary fantastic venue great staff fantastic menu and food and drinks were delicious.

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  23. MattD

    Kent

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 19, 2021

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Nice but difficult to tell midweek during covid. They are certainly trying though.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Kent

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect setting Efficient friendly staff Covid compliment set up Superb menu , spoilt for choice ! Food and beverage manager David particularly attentive ! Will definitely book again !

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  25. SallyR

    Kent

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 18, 2021

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Food good. Staff worked very hard, especially under the circumstances. Enjoyed our lunch.

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  26. Minty

    Kent

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2021

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food but cold, good atmosphere, I deal location. Lovely staff. Good for young and old. Will definitely go back when it’s warmer.

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  27. Kerry

    Kent

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2021

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The waitress was very attentive and when a small mistake was made she brought us a free drink each, we hadn't even complained. Some heaters in the marquee would've been nice but we were given blankets to use. The food was nice.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Kent

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2021

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Drinks are not cheap and you have to drink out of plastic cups

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  29. Pizza

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Steve was great and really makes the place friendly. Best pub in gravesend

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  30. JODS

    Kent

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2021

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    The app to Eder food isn’t very good. It doesn’t give a description and you can’t choose if it’s wrap or sandwich or if you want cheese on your burger or not. We ordered 6 meals the first 4 came really quick, the fifth one came 10 minutes after the first 4 and the last meal was forgotten about and so were our sides. In all it took 45 minutes and 2 attempts to get it correct, but staff were helpful and apologetic. I think it may just be teething problems as they haven’t been open for long.

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  31. TraceyH

    Brighton

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and fantastic service - very happy visit

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  32. KellyW

    Kent

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome. Booked two more dates already kn the next few weeks. Servers were awesomeand who I assume is the manager was hilarious. 😁

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  33. TonyP

    Kent

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 14, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic location and service ,excellent covid procedures. All round amazing experience

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  34. KatieS

    Kent

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 14, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    A lovely place to go, very friendly and helpful staff. Unfortunately the fryer was broken when we went which limited the menu but what we did have was very nice. A little more could be done to make the marquee look prettier but otherwise a great location

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  35. Sammieu

    London

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2021

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Booked dinner just after lockdown. Good outdoor space with a large marquee set up by the river not too chilly. Thought the whole process was very safe. Food was good.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Kent

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 25, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good Sunday roast

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Kent

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best roasts I've had in a long time!! Beef was incredible, service friendly, felt safe and simple Covid rules in place

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The Clarendon Royal Hotel is rated 4.5 stars by 37 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for The Clarendon Royal Hotel

Royal Pier Road, Gravesend, Kent DA12 2BE

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Gravesend
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Sat 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Lunch Sun 12:00 pm–6:00 pm
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    British, International
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    We have parking directly opposite the hotel, you will be required to input your car registration details on reception as you enter the hotel. We also have a number of 4 hours bays opposite the hotel and 1 hour bays. After 6pm and all day Sunday you can park directly in front of the hotel on the single yellow line.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    01474 362221
  • Private party facilities
    We can cater for a number of private events and functions. The restaurant itself is perfect for a table of 30-40 guests for a private dining experience. Alternatively we have a function room which sits up to 120 guests. Please contact us to view sample menus and discuss your options with us.
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