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Two alumni of The Goods Shed in Canterbury are behind this unfussy modern bistro, which is a hit with locals and tourists alike. The simple dish descri...
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Reviewed 1 week ago

IT WAS MY BIRTHDAY and friends wanted to take me out for dinner, one suggested Quince in Westgate, somewhere I and most of the (small) group had never been to before. What a pleasant surprise. The restaurant is well (recently?) decorated with tables set out...at a distance where you can actually talk to each other. Ben, one of the owners, greeted us warmly and had, much to my horror, set the table with a Happy Birthday baloon The food was excellent, the wine and drinks superb and the atmosphere excellent. They have a short menu, which I orefer, but there was certainly something for everyone. The open plan kitchen was obviously well ventilated as there were no kitchen smells Not the cheapest restaurant I have ever been to, but in terms of value for money it certainly scores well I'll be back and would recommend it highlyMore

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A last minute booking at 6 pm meant we were the first to arrive but it was just as well as we were nearly the last to leave lol. Food was delicious. They even were able to swap out some ingredients to make one of...our meals vegan, and also one of our desserts. Absolutely lovely flavours and a great recommendation for a local wine. I ate far too much. I enjoyed the atmosphere and ambiance. Fantastic experience all round.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Came to Quince to celebrate graduating. Wow it did not disappoint. The food was exquisite, the service was fantastic, everything was amazing! They even signed a celebration card and gave it to me which I thought was so touching. If we are ever back in...the area, we will be back!More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What can I say that hasn't already been said? the quality of the food, the service, the ambience....reasonably priced and worth every penny. Just go! :))

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 11 April 2024 via mobile

What a beautiful restaurant.... The food is amazing...the menu is fantastic ..fresh tasty local food...utterly delicious. Definitely come back here ..The staff really courteous and service 100% Thank you Quince for a lovely evening

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 7 April 2024 via mobile

This is an understated gem of a restaurant! The food is heavenly: local, beautifully cooked and presented and absolutely delicious! We chatted to Ben, our waiter, who throughout the conversation revealed himself to be one of the owners, which added that touch of how much...this means to him and his partner, Rafa, who was our chef for the evening. We will definitely return - the drive is worth it, or, it’s literally opposite the train station!More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 5 April 2024 via mobile

What a lovely find! Great little restaurant with a nice compact menu. Always nice to see an open kitchen too. The service was spot on by the two gents that served us and the food that came out the kitchen was superb. Well worth a...visit!More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 5 April 2024 via mobile

Took a friend for her birthday..we had the set lunch..no fish or veg option so the chef made me a special dish..perfect from start to finish..lovely calm restaurant. Classy.

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 27 March 2024

Wonderful and varied food, all based on the season. The atmosphere was great and the staff were so friendly. Book as it’s popular we had been trying to get a booking on a Friday for a while. Best restaurant in the area by far

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 12 March 2024 via mobile

Second visit to this amazing restaurant since it opened and really enjoyed my visit , my husband loved that all the staff had signed his birthday card for him and left it in envelope on the table, I love personal touches like this, service was...amazing and food was amazing my only niggle would like to see more non alcoholic drinks choice I know this is hard in a place like this I had the beef blade to start and my husband had scallops both were outstanding My husband had the wild halibut mussel chowder as main and I had the duck both were really good we both agreed the starters were the best meals we had We didn’t have any starters as we full we be back soon as we live locally to try the amazing menu that changes all the timeMore

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 7 March 2024 via mobile

The boss suggested this for a business dinner with collegues based on recommendations he had from friends and we were not disappointed. Although a limited menus with a choice of 4 items for each course, the quality of any option was extremely high. I went...with the venison with pomme anna which was amongst the best I've eaten in a long time. Finishibg with a rhubarb Creme brulee, I left fully satisfied and looking forward to a ruturn visit sometime soon.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 2 March 2024 via mobile

Every visit just gets better. The blend of flavours in every dish is superb. So many taste experiences are the proof of exceptional chefs. Service is truly professional with knowledgeable servers. Well, we started with pastrami, sauerkraut and tempura onions. Perfect! Onwards to our main...course which was venison, black pudding, celeriac and prunes with a fabulous sauce and some greens. Still drooling. My wife had the gurnard, leek and mussel chowder which she really enjoyed. Pink fir potatoes lightly fried ( I know I have never heard of them either ) accompanied the mains, tasty. Now to the dessert, chocolate fondant, apple and saffron pure and soil and malted ice cream. The ‘soil’ was chocolate not mud. Lovely wife enjoyed the basque cheesecake and rhubarb crumble. Wine was, Sauvignon blank, perfect. The menu changes frequently and all ingredients are local and of the highest quality.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 24 February 2024

FLAVOUR BOMB absolutely delicious ….as a vegetarian I’m continually underwhelmed by a lot of food when eating out ….here is different . Great service, busy nice environment and incredible flavours

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 24 February 2024

As someone with a a deep love of cooking, too many restaurants fall short. Quince did not disappoint. The food was excellent, the service attentive and professional and there was a really friendly atmosphere. Would definitely recommend.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 12 February 2024 via mobile

Good service. Good food. Visited on a Sunday and the roast beef was cooked and carved to perfection. Simple dishes were done well, with. Imaginative touches. Good local products, including the legendary Staples Stores sourdough. Set meal prices are fair given the quality of the...food.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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