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Read's Restaurant with Rooms
Ranked #3 of 15 Faversham B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 20 February 2012

Spent another great night at Reads, we had an large excellent room at the front (Chestnut I think) & a brillant dinner again. The food & service cannot be faulted in anyway whatsoever.
Breakfast in the morning was again top notch, the full English.

If i had any comments, it would just be to have tea making facilities in your room, I know the pantry is a short walk along the landing, but if you just get out of bed and meet another guest, its not a pretty site wearing the dresssing gown and your wifes slippers !!

But cannot fault it in anyway

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 November 2011

We arrived at Read's on Friday afternoon and stayed until Sunday morning. From start to finish our stay at Read's was one of luxury, From being greeted at the main door and our luggage being carried up to our room to us leaving on the Sunday morning the staff could not do enough for us whilst not being over fussy. Our room was lovely - creaky floorboards only added to the atmosphere of the room and did not cause a problem The bathroom was luxurious as was the decanter of sherry and the lovely fluffy bathrobes and Penhaligon shampoo and bath gels. The pantry down the hall was a wonderful idea. Being able to make a tea, coffee, chocolate or basically whatever hot drink you wanted when you wanted it was a wonderful addition. The fresh lemon, ice cubes and freshly made shortbread were perfect additions. The food on both evenings was absolutely perfect with wide choices and the drinks in the drawing room beforehand were very a ver nice touch together with the Welsh Rarebit, olives and Anchovy toast. If I have one criticism of the whole experience of our stay I do think for the price that we paid the breakfast could have been a little more exciting. Full English consisted of an egg, a sausage, three rashers of bacon and three halves of tomato (all of which were cooked to perfection), toast and some pastries in a small basket. Saturday morning there was no offer of jams or marmalade to go with the toast but we found this on our table on Sunday morning. There was no offer of Worcestershire sauce or ketchup on either days. We were offered cereals but not informed of what the choices were. There was no information about breakfast so we weren't sure what was on offer if we didn't want a full English (a few mushrooms, black pudding, or a hash brown might have been nice) - were kippers, haddock, omlettes or any other breakfast goodies on offer? Having said this - it certainly wouldn't put me or my husband off of a return visit as the whole experience was one of elegance. The grounds of the house are also very nice to walk around.

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3  Thank mouse010
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Reviewed 20 September 2011

There is a reason Reads has a Michelin star and it is because the food, service and ambience here is quite simply the best. Reads is my favourite Restaurant in the UK and I am lucky enough to live nearby. I've been coming here for many years and never have I experienced anything but excellence. I sometimes wonder about undeserved negative reviews. Everyone has their own opinion I suppose but here are the facts.
The Chef - Patron David Pitchford is highly respected within the profession, and many top Chefs visit (including some of those that are UK household names)
At front of house is his wife Rona who ensures everything runs smoothly as clockwork. Both Rona and David are dedicated professionals with a highly efficient and charming team.
The rooms - I've seen all of the rooms and stayed in one of them. Set upstairs in this small and beautiful Georgian house - they are a good size and all of them, without exception are refined, tasteful, elegantly furnished with top quality fixtures and fittings - as is the Restaurant.

A second Michelin star perhaps?

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled with friends
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6  Thank dondenext
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Reviewed 15 January 2011

Such a welcome and wonderful friendly staff. This was our first visit here and we intend to return. We booked last minute and picked up a cancellation so did not get the best room but it was still lovely. So clean and well furnished . Nice touches like large robes, decanter of sherry and nice toiletries (things us ladies appreciate!). There is a lovely room for pre dinner drinks. We opted for the tasting menu and paid for the accompanying wines - superb. We were really looked after and dinning room is very comfortable. Breakfast was wonderful too. The grounds are well maintained and interesting to walk around - even in the autumn and they have their own vegetable garden which you can walk around. There is a brilliant farm shop close which I would highly recommend. All in all a wonderful break.

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 December 2010

Very attractive building, nicely maintained, attractive quirky public spaces, fresh milk for self-service drinks, large clean room with the worst mattress I've tried to sleep on in ages. Slow service (friendly but disorganised) of somewhat under-flavoured food for dinner. They forgot to serve the champagne a friend had ordered for us! Breakfast had top notch fruit juice and bacon but smallish quantities and limited choice.

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 October 2010

Ah, Reads; what a wonderful place for a relaxed and superlative lunch. Drinks first in the drawing room, a beautifully dressed table, attentive, discreet and well-trained staff and superb food and wine, all at a very reasonable price. Each meal an experience to savour and recall with pleasure.

And it is a very friendly place, no false pride despite its Michelin star (deserves two). I have not stayed at Reads (although my wedding guests did and were very comfortable) and what a day to remember that was....... .

We live overseas now but whenever we visit the UK we make our way here. Try Reads yourself and I don't think you will be disappointed.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank claranda
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Reviewed 20 March 2010

Read's Hotel is on a very busy road, but as soon as you drive into the grounds you enter another world. A Georgian house, surrounded by fine gardens, the hotel has beautiful rooms and ours was the Lime room. We had our own private hallway, huge bathroom to one side and a very large bedroom/sitting room in a chintzy welcoming style with comfortable beds and a complimentary carafe of sherry. Free tea/Coffee making facilities were in a pantry outside the room, with delicious shortbread biscuits, and an honesty bar for something stronger. The breakfast was superb, with cereals, full English, toast and various delicious spreads, anything you want - just ask!

I have reviewed the restaurant on another Tripadvisor review for restaurants but to quickly sum it up for dinner. Superb! And the chef, unlike many other Michelin starred chefs, actually does the cooking! Excellent in every respect.

  • Stayed: March 2010, travelled as a couple
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Address: Macknade Manor Canterbury Road, Faversham ME13 8XE, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Kent > Faversham
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Ranked #3 of 15 B&Bs / Inns in Faversham
Price Range: £150 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
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Read's Restaurant With Rooms Faversham, Kent

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