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TOPES Restaurant

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60 High Street, Rochester ME1 1JY, England
+44 1634 845270
12:00 - 17:00
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Tue - Sat 12:00 - 00:00
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St Albans, United Kingdom
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171 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

In Rochester to see Cathedral and Castle, stumbled across Topes , Initially a cold welcome as "she" thought we were blow-ins wanting a quick sandwich, and explained the food would take a while and pointedly drew attention to the wines by the glass, as clearly we were not bottle kind of people! We ordered a bottle of rather good Gavi,... More 

Thank Adam S
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We were greeted with smiling and cheerful staff who took us to our table - the very central table at the back, against a row of cushions. The restaurant was comfortable, cosy and romantic - an old English, coastal cottage feel that was inviting and different from most other places nearby. We ordered from the set Friday menu, which was... More 

Thank Douglas A
Rochester, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Food was amazing atmosphere was lovely Only down side owner was very stand offish Although waitress was lovely

Thank trishsteve
Swanley, United Kingdom
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40 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Just a spur of the moment lunch down in Rochester. The staff were very pleasant . The food was tasty and decent size portions. A nice bottle of Sancerre . The cheese was served at room temperature and not direct from the fridge which was perfect and a good variety . The service was attentive but the wine was left... More 

Thank Sharon M
Sittingbourne, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a wonderful birthday meal here. The staff start the welcome as soon as you enter the restaurant. The atmosphere is good. Although it looks small there is upstairs seating. The service is very good. Very attentive regarding food allergies. The food itself is very good. Fresh local produce. Well presented.

Thank Suzanne C
Kent, England
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27 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Still my favourite restaurant! Great food, great drinks, great staff! Would eat here twice a week if I won the lottery!! £35 for three courses is brilliant value, we also had a cocktail and wine! Excellent!

Thank JulieDockers
Rochester, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I love this restaurant, wonderful atmosphere, amazing food and a lovely old building. It is expensive, but its not an everyday place, this is place to go for special occasions. Well worth it, we have never had a bad meal there, the. Menu is seasonal and locally sourced, I would highly recommend it.

1 Thank lorrainejh
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87 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Booked here to have a night out over and above the usual high street evenings and wasn't disappointed. Nice decor (if a little cold by the main door, but it is unseasonably cold!), friendly attentive staff and an interesting menu. Seems you have no choice but to have the 3 course weekend supper menu, but it turned out to be... More 

Thank Kidderz
Solihull, United Kingdom
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680 reviews
225 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 354 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As first time visitors to Rochester, not knowing the area, we booked Topes based on online reviews. Good though the reviews were, in reality the restaurant was just fantastic. Warm welcome on a freezing cold evening, great ambience in the lovely old building. The midweek fixed-price menu at £25 is amazing value. We both started with the pigeon breast with... More 

Thank wendyanddavid536
Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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128 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Discovered this while looking for a good place for lunch on a busy Saturday. It was very good indeed! The staff were welcoming and accommodating, and the food was excellent. We both had fish (but different kinds!) - beautifully cooked and presented. And the puddings were lovely (specially recommend the Creme Brûlée). Also the restaurant itself is a lovely space,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20 - US$43
European, British, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 - 17:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 60 High Street, Rochester ME1 1JY, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Kent  >  Rochester
  • Phone Number: +44 1634 845270
TOPES restaurant is a modern British restaurant centrally located in Rochester High Street in Kent and has been awarded two AA rosettes. Chris Small, head chef and co-owner, has created several different menus, including a special set price lunch (L16 for 2 courses and coffee) and mid-week evening menu (3 courses for L25). In addition, there is an a la carte menu for Friday and Sunday evenings and traditional roasts on Sunday. All ingredients are bought in fresh on a daily basis from local suppliers and the menus reflect seasonal produce. The restaurant is set in a 15th, 16th and 17th Century building and many of the original features remain. However, the restaurant has a modern feel to it to reflect the modern style of dishes on offer.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?