Last week I went to the launch of the newest restaurant opening in Folkestone. The location is ideal with the Leas and The Leas Cliffe Hall being just over the road, then a short stroll with sea views down to the town or beach. The Skuba bar and Portland hotel which are above this restaurant are all owned by this family, making it a real family affair.
Arriving early we sat and had a drink in the bar before we were taken downstairs to the restaurant. The first thing I noticed was the sparkling glasses and cutlery all laid upon the tables. Finding our seats we made introductions to the people on our table, while our glasses were filled with prosecco or orange juice.
John made the introductions, his wife Lucy and their daughter Kimberley who’s partner is the chef Jack. David is the sous chef and Angel the waiter. Jack’s parents are also involved. It is a big project they have all taken on but I am sure they will succeed and after tasting some of Jack’s cooking I can see them getting some brilliant reviews.
Affordable fine dining was one of the things we needed in this town so I am really pleased. It is not a huge area so you get the cosy feeling at your table. They will eventually have their own entrance so you don’t have to go through the bar which does get very busy at weekends.
There is also a small bar in the corner and they stock a good selection of spirits and fine wines.
We were all offered a couple of the starters first of all which were the Sunblushed Tomato Risotto, Basil with Vegan Parmesan Foam. Which I must say tasted really nice, a few of us were not sure as we looked at it but then everyone said they liked it.
The other one was the Chicken Liver Parfáit, Caramelised Shallot Marmalade, Crostini with peashoots. This was also delicious.
We had tastings of over half the menu and I can honestly say it was all delicious, cooked to perfection, served with a smile, the ambience there with soft background music works well. The talking was a trifle loud but the place was full so you would expect that. Maybe tablecloths would soften the room and would go with the cotton napkins. Tables set with all the glasses you could use and once your wine was ordered they took away the unused ones. I liked that the water glasses were there so you didn’t have to ask. I also thought the menu covers were unusual but good quality.
The menu is varied, different and shows that Jack has come from some well-established places during his training and working life. I also loved the Kentish and Folkestone additions on the menu, buy local using fresh ingredients is the way forward and they are doing all of this.
Jack has worked hard to get where he is and display some of his achievements.
The hours are going to be long as they plan on opening 7-days a week from 6.30 until 9.30 Plus you have the lunchtime menu from the upstairs bar called Skuba which again gets extremely busy during the summer as it has a really nice garden.
They will also be doing theme nights plus private parties if no bookings.
I hope they do well as they deserve too, having thought of most things and all working together as a team I feel this will become one of the go-to places in Folkestone.
This turned out to be a really enjoyable evening, cheers to them all and thank you for the wonderful hospitality. I will definitely be back soon to try some more delicious items from your menu.
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