Hide and Fox: Kent’s ‘best’ fine dining restaurant with an 8-course menu at £ 85


Kent certainly has no shortage of chic restaurants – with seven Michelin-starred diners and many other award-winning restaurants across the county, we’re spoiled for choice.

And while most of us are content to settle for a takeaway on the couch in front of the television, there is something particularly special about fine dining.

Nine times out of ten, when looking for a place to grab a bite to eat, value comes first, but for some people money isn’t an issue.

Read more: The best fish and chips in Kent according to TripAdvisor

A prime example is internet sensation Salt Bae’s new London restaurant, where diners have racked up bills of up to £ 37,000.



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And it made us think, what is the most expensive restaurant in Kent?

Well, according to TripAdvisor’s trusted review bank, Kent’s “best” fine dining restaurant is Hide and Fox in Hythe.



The Hide and Fox team
The Hide and Fox team

Hide and Fox is owned and managed by the couple Allister Barsby and Alice Bussi.

The couple have extensive experience working at other award-winning restaurants and hotels, but dreamed of opening a restaurant in Allister’s native Kent.

Over the past 15 years, Allister has gone from washing pots and opening oysters to being a chef at many prestigious properties in England and Wales.

He began his career at the Wheelers Oyster Bar in Whitstable, before working with Michelin-starred chefs across the country.

At just 24, he was made a chef at Gidleigh Park and earned the maintenance of two Michelin stars and five AA Rosettes during his three-year stay at the property.



Owners Alice and Allister with their dog Ruby the Rhodesian Ridgeback
Owners Alice and Allister with their dog Ruby the Rhodesian Ridgeback

He went on to take up a chef’s position at the Grove of Narbeth in Wales, where he retained three rosettes and was awarded the Caterer Acorn Award in 2015 as a future industry star.

Likewise, Alice has also worked with Michelin starred chefs.

Originally from Liguria, Italy, she attended the famous hotel school in Stresa on Lake Maggiore for five years.

She then worked at the five-star Gallia Palace in Tuscany, before her career took her to properties in Switzerland and Germany.

Alice quickly moved to the UK, working at a range of award-winning establishments here, and in 2018 she received the prestigious title of Food and Beverage Manager of the Year at the Hotel Catey Awards.



Subtle, bespoke blue chairs line the restaurant
Subtle, bespoke blue chairs line the restaurant

Hide and Fox is the couple’s latest venture and promises modern British cuisine served in an intimate and relaxed environment, with an emphasis on carefully selected seasonal ingredients and fine wines.

The restaurant offers two ‘creative’ tasting menus: a five-course menu priced at £ 58 and an eight-course menu which will set you back £ 85.

There is also an optional charge of £ 45 for food and wine pairings or £ 60 for a wine flight.

And while it may seem quite expensive, a quick glance at the menu clearly shows that you are getting what you pay for.

The five-course menu offers: salmon with wasabi cream, ponzu apple and lovage, followed by celeriac with candied egg yolks, black truffle and chives, then sea bass with zucchini, basil, cucumber and jalapeño, pork belly with butternut squash, porcini mushrooms and black garlic, and finally tunworth with raddicchio, honey, mustard and sunflower seeds.



Award-winning chef Allister Barsby works behind the scenes to produce the food at Hide and Fox
Award-winning chef Allister Barsby works behind the scenes to produce the food at Hide and Fox

If that wasn’t enough, there’s an optional £ 11 course of muscavado cheesecake with figs, coffee, and pecans.

And if the extra sixth course still doesn’t fill you up, there is always the eight course option which is pretty much the same but also includes: Duck liver parfait with Madeira jelly, golden grapes, marinated mushrooms and brioche. , lamb with eggplant, capers, carrot, goat curd, pine nuts and cumin, and a passion fruit sorbet with pineapple, coconut and tofu.

The restaurant also offers an alternative vegetarian menu.

According to the Hide and Fox website, Allister chooses each ingredient with an emphasis on the best quality and designs menus to showcase the caliber the UK has to offer.

They also aim to source ingredients locally where possible.

Allister and Alice’s fresh take on British and European cuisine has clearly paid off, as they were awarded a Michelin star and three AA Rosettes this year.

And if that wasn’t enough to prove that Hide and Fox is Kent’s “best” dining experience, customer reviews have really cemented its reputation.



The coastal town of Hythe sits on the edge of Romney Marsh
The coastal town of Hythe sits on the edge of Romney Marsh

Hide and Fox received five stars on TripAdvisor – with 171 “excellent” reviews.

One customer described it as the “best 5 star restaurant” in the county, while another said it offered “exquisite service”.

A third person added that it was “breathtaking”.

And it’s not only the food that impresses diners, they also rave about its location.

A TripAdvisor user said it was a “memorable dining experience in a beautiful Kentish village”.

While a meal for two at Hide and Fox can set you back over £ 100, if its growing collection of awards and positive reviews is anything to go by, it will be worth it.


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