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Apicius Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.restaurant-apicius.co.uk/
  • Phone: 0158 071 4666
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch:Wednesday to Friday 12:00pm to 2:00pm; Sunday 12:00pm to 2:00pm (Last Orders)

    Dinner:Wednesday to Saturday 7:00pm to 9:00pm (Last Orders)

  • Payment Options: MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Modern European
  • Executive Chef: Timothy Johnson
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: No
  • Additional Details: Beer, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Car Park
  • Parking Details: Public car park off St David's Bridge Road, behind Stone Street.
A word from Apicius
Tucked away in the narrow streets of this pretty Kent town, Michelin-starred Apicius delivers first-class cooking in a glass-fronted, timber-clad building dating back to 1530. Low-beamed ceilings and old timbers are teamed with high-backed chairs, lightwood floorboards and crisp white tablecloths to make an intimate and relaxed setting for some truly accomplished cuisine. Continued
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Awards voted by toptable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Diner Reviews
  • "Great to find top London quality food this far away from London."
    dined on 04/04/2014
  • "Really outstanding food and a meal that will be remembered. Discrete and friendly service. Interesting wine list. Highly recommended."
    dined on 03/04/2014
  • "Tricky to find, even with SatNav and parking in Cranbrook a bit of a nightmare but it was worth it! Beautifully presented plates of food and an exceptional cheese selection. Some fellow diners a bit noisy (it is a small restaurant) and the lighting might be reviewed for additional ambience but would certainly recommend."
    dined on 26/03/2014
  • "Once again, Apicius never fails to disappoint. The food, service and ambience was second to none. I would have no hesitation in recommending this restuarant. Thank you ......"
    dined on 23/03/2014
  • "pleasant waiting staff nice atmosphere food agreeable."
    dined on 22/03/2014
  • "Table booked 2 months ago, rather randomly. The meal and evening did not disappoint. Great food and service. Catered for dairy-free need without fuss. Of note, American Express not accepted."
    dined on 15/03/2014
  • "Fully deserves its Michelin star for the menu, the quality of the food and the service. A little gem of a restaurant and very reasonably priced for the stunning food you get. We will definitely be returning...and soon!"
    dined on 12/03/2014
  • "Fantastic restaurant with neighbourhood feel and great food. Owner/staff are always very friendly and happy to chat. Food and wine are priced very fairly. One of the ladies serving hadn't brushed up on the new menu and had to check twice to answer straight forward questions about the dishes, which I wouldn't mention normally (as she was very polite, promptly found the answers and we weren't kept waiting long) but as the restaurant has a michelin star I would have expected her to know this. I have been twice and would certainly recommend it and go back again."
    dined on 08/03/2014
  • "Truly delicious food - a real find. In London you'd be paying huge prices for a similar experience. Would definitely go again and recommend."
    dined on 07/03/2014
  • "Michelin star dining for £40 for 3 courses! Absolutely first class food, been twice now and standard exactly the same. Small restaurant so book in advance."
    dined on 28/02/2014
  • "The service was excellent. The wine list a little pricey but worth it. The scallops and rabbit were beautifully presented and simply delicious. The only suggestion I would make is the restaurant needs a bit of background music. Will definitely return."
    dined on 14/02/2014
  • "It is so refreshing to eat delicious food without excessive 'service' - highly recommended both for the quality of the food and the whole dining experience"
    dined on 01/02/2014
  • "Had a Valentine's day lunch at the restaurant and really enjoyed it. The food was great and good value for money. The owner of the restaurant was very welcoming but not intrusive, just perfect for a romantic lunch."
    dined on 14/02/2014
  • "Very pleasant evening. Service good and food presentation creative. Quite tasty and portion size just about right. A definite place to return to for a memorable meal. Wine options plentiful and fairly priced."
    dined on 13/02/2014
  • "Four of us dined at Apicius last Thursday. It is set in a charming high street. We were greeted and seated immediately. All our menu choices were available. We all ordered different starters and every one was thoroughly enjoyed. My husband couldn't decide on a main course and so asked for a recommendation and proceeded to order it. Again, all four of us thought our main courses tremendous. 2 desserts and 2 cheese boards were ordered. The desserts were amazing, so pretty and a work of art. There are 12 cheeses to choose from and the cheese course allows you to select any 6. Therefore if two people select cheese you can have the entire offering brought to your table. Well worth doing! Brilliant!"
    dined on 30/01/2014
  • "I have eaten here now on half a dozen occasions over the last 4 years and can only say that Apicius is a real joy. Not only is the food and presentation of the highest quality, the menu is both imaginative and well thought out. The front of house is fun and the service excellent whilst remaining informal and friendly."
    dined on 02/02/2014
  • "well worth a special trip to Cranbrook - splendid food and excellent (and enjoyable) service."
    dined on 17/01/2014
  • "Back for the fifth time and still a good as ever.Great food at sensible prices, a real taste sensation. Will have to go back soon as I NEED to try more of the current menu."
    dined on 09/01/2014
  • "Lovely hosts, delicious food, lacked a bit of atmosphere."
    dined on 19/12/2013
  • "Had a really lovely evening. We arrived early but they were lovely and welcoming. The food was all beautifully presented and very tasty. Also very reasonably priced. We'll definitely go back for seconds!"
    dined on 20/12/2013
  • "A great menu with a seasonal bias. Based on locally sourced produce. Wholesome portions with a super range of flavours. The staff were very friendly and made us feel particularly welcome providing advice on choice and explaining the courses as served. We had a super evening and look forward to returning."
    dined on 14/12/2013
  • "Had a most enjoyable evening. The food was tasty and beautifully presented. A lovely small friendly brestaurant."
    dined on 21/11/2013
  • "Let's not beat about the bush, this is the best restaurant experience I've had .. ever. One of only 5 restaurants in Kent with a Michelin star and deserving of many more. The most unpretentious restaurant I've ever been to. You're immediately made to feel welcome by both the front of house manager and the excellent young waiter who should be both commended (with the chef) for being part of such a wonderful experience today. Delicious food, excellent value for money, everything was absolutely spot on. I'm hooked, Can't wait to come back. This is not just food at its best but front of house perfection as well."
    dined on 21/11/2013
  • "We had a very nice evening. Staff were attentive and friendly but not intrusive. Food was brilliant!! We will definitely dine here again."
    dined on 08/11/2013
  • "We really enjoyed our anniversary meal at Apicius the food was outstanding especially the scallops, Brantley Apple Charlotte and the beautiful home made petit fours. I recommend this for special occasions treat yourself it will be worth it."
    dined on 31/10/2013
  • "My girlfriend and I enjoyed an excellent 3 course lunch. The restaurant allows for a very personal touch, with very attentive service. I only wished we lived a bit closer, as this was one of the best lunches I've ever had!"
    dined on 20/10/2013
  • "I love this place - a Kentish gem! We had a family birthday Sunday lunch and enjoyed fabulous food and impeccable service. The ox tongue and fois grois tortellini was a highlight for me. The Apple Charlotte was indeed a feast for the eyes as well as the stomach! We'll be back as soon as we can."
    dined on 06/10/2013
  • "Apiscus is a true find and we (my partner and I) loved every second of our dining experience, the value for money was an added benefit, £40 for 3 courses in a venue with a Michelin star, you just can't beat it. As a vegetarian, options are always limited and usually on the boring side - but definitely not boring at Apiscus. True thought had been put into every dish and every mouthful. I was even informed which deserts were suitable for my diet no gelatine. I was amazed. The service staff made sure we were happy and had everything we had whilst making us feel welcome and wanted yet not being over dwelling. Our napkins were folded every time we left the table, intricate details that I have never seen even at other Michelin star locations."
    dined on 14/09/2013
  • "Once again an excellent meal here - this was out 4th visit and we've never had a bad experience. Excellent, imaginative food; attentive and efficient service; all round an excellent experience. We only wish we didn't have to drive to get there!"
    dined on 21/09/2013
  • "Overall I liked Apicius, great setting and building, although lighting way too bright. Service was very good/attentive; great cheese board & wine list, later good value, although surprisingly limited! Ambiance somewhat hushed/subdued, with an obvious older diner tilt. As to Day Menu thought both starters/puds were great, innovative and intriguing, the mains less so, with too tight a focus and little real spread/choice. As an M* we arrived with delightful foodie expectation, we left, like the ambiance, somewhat subdued which was a shame! Would we return - Yes, as understand menu changes often and Apicius obviously has much to offer!"
    dined on 06/09/2013
  • "Excellent food. Great service. Good wine. A pleasure to eat there."
    dined on 30/08/2013
  • "My wife and I had our 27th wedding anniversary meal at Apicius, and it was delightful. Food was outstanding, and service was very friendly. Recommend for a special occasion"
    dined on 23/08/2013
  • "Having walked past many times and heard some very good reviews decided to try Acicius. An excellent idea as we had an exceptional lunch. Will certainly visit again and certainly recommend restaurant. Well don."
    dined on 16/08/2013
  • "We had a wonderful time. Great food, service and at a reasonable price. Good choice of wine but the ambience could be improved with lower lighting and perhaps candles on the table and some low level background music. It was like sitting in a brightly lit café which doesn't do the restaurant the justice it deserves."
    dined on 16/08/2013
  • "Once again every aspect was superb from the warm welcome to the detail and presentation of the sublime food. A comprehensive wine selection, even choice of half bottles which I wanted that you never normally see. Delicate flavour combinations that are why we go there! Well done to the whole team."
    dined on 10/08/2013
  • "This was a return visit, again we were really impressed by such innovative dishes. Fabulous!"
    dined on 09/08/2013
  • "This is the second time we've dined at apicus and it reminded me why we drive for an hour to get there, the food is exceptional, we both had the halibut this time and apart from a few sounds of pure pleasure it shut us up completely, we always find the owner and her assistant to be very friendly and warmly welcoming, I love to chat, I'm from the north! I will come back here again and again, I might even be inclined to move to cranbrook, it's so good"
    dined on 28/07/2013
  • "Amazing food, excellent (quirky!) service, will go again!"
    dined on 20/07/2013
  • "Enjoy excellent food in this small and cosy restaurant. Choice is great and the service is attentive and personal."
    dined on 10/07/2013
  • "From the moment we entered we were made to feel welcome and at home. The service was excellent and nothing was too much trouble. The food was amazing, the presentation as well as the taste. There was a good selection of wines to choose from too. A thoroughly enjoyable experience to to be missed."
    dined on 13/07/2013