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The Secret Garden
The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.secretgardenkent.co.uk
  • Email: info@secretgardenkent.co.uk
  • Phone: 0123 350 1586
  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Sunday: 10am - 12pm Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 12:00PM - 02:30PM, Afternoon Tea: 2:30PM - 5PM Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 06:30PM - 09:00PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: British, Afternoon Tea
  • Executive Chef: Mark Tanner
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Our Chefs can create catering for any occasion please ask for details.
  • Private Party Facilities: Glass House, Seats 24 guests. Private Gardens attached. The Glass house is a unique Victorian room that offers outside-in. Suitable for weddings, parties etc..
  • Private Party Contact: Stephanie Wanstall 0123 350 1586
  • Entertainment: Our web site will give details of all offers and events through out the year. Please book to avoid disapointment.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Cookery School Opened June 2011. Learn Italian, French, Bread Making, Foraging, Indian, Quick & Easy Dinner Parties, Or come for one of our Demo & Dine Evenings.

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Car Park
  • Parking Details: 100 cars in a gravel car park with 24 hour security.
A word from The Secret Garden
We are an award winning restaurant set in an elegant converted 19th century Coach Building. We use seasonal fresh produce sourced from Kent and our own Victorian kitchen Garden. We offer Light Lunches, Afternoon Teas and A La carte Evening meals. Dine Alfresco on our terrace or in our beautiful gardens. Private Dining also available Dine al fresco on the South-facing terrace overlooking the traquil walled gardens, enjoy the cobbled courtyard and shops, or relax in the warm cosy candelit restaurant. Guests are welcome to explore the kitchen & Flower gardens. We are recognised for our excellent food and warm friendly atmosphere, our menus change daily due to seasonal Produce. All food is Home Made, and if not grown sourced from Local Farmers and Producers. If not coming for Lunch or dinner, how about Afternoon tea or Cream tea. Continued
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Awards voted by toptable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBritish
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBrunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGood Vegetarian Options
Diner Reviews
  • "Since we last went to "The Secret Garden" the only thing that's changed is the decor, the food & service is still very good. My wife and I went there for Sunday Lunch to celebrate her birthday. Having wet her appetite with the Tipple of the Day - a white wine and elderflower spritzer, she had the baked scallops, followed by the fish and the highlight for her was the lime souffle with chocolate ice cream. After a "posh" scotch egg to start, for me you can't beat the roast pork with roast parsnips, roast potatoes and crackling, accompanied by a rainbow selection of fresh vegetables. The staff were attentive, without making you feel rushed and the presentation of a small cupcake with candle was a lovely touch. "
    dined on 06/04/2014
  • "Great restaurant. I was just a little bit cold in there but we warmed up after a couple of glasses of wine. Delicious food and despite not being veggies we both had all the vegeterian options! Definitely fit for foodies! Would recommend to anyone looking for a classy yet laid back restaurant for a lunch or evening meal!"
    dined on 04/04/2014
  • "Had lunch there on a weekend. The weather was perfect. Restaurant had a wonderful setting in the Kent countryside. Beautiful walled garden to the back of the restaurant. Food was lovely and well-presented. Service was a little slow, but that's probably because I'm more used to a city pace of life."
    dined on 29/03/2014
  • "Had a lovely cream tea here. Had 2 scones each and they were huge so pretty good value! Nice quaint china tea pots and cups made the experience feel more unique! Service could have been a little better, had to wait a while to be able to ask for the bill, even though it was quite quiet."
    dined on 31/03/2014
  • "You will get a very nice meal, in very pleasant surroundings and receive good service, don't follow your sat sat nav, if travelling from the M20 Ashford turn off, go about a quarter of a mile past the turn of over the motorway, it is on a small business estate, I am sure you will have no trouble finding it. It is well worth it."
    dined on 30/03/2014
  • "First time my wife and I have eaten at the Secret Garden it is tucked away in Mersham and I can see why people could easly drive by this fantastic restaurant, therefore if possible get a cab as its off the main road. The staff are polite and could'nt do enough to make you welcome, the food is the best that Ashford can offer. Fantastic evening *****"
    dined on 29/03/2014
  • "Outstanding! Service very friendly, efficient and good advisors of food, knowing well what it is served! Not only that, they know how to sell without overselling food! Food full of flavour and beautifully presented! Kids love the outside area to run around and the food, of course! As always a fantastic experience! Best sandwich ever! If a sandwich could be appealing, this was not any ordinary one! I would certainly recommend it! Thank you to the Secret Garden that gives me hope to find places like this to enjoy a meal out!"
    dined on 29/03/2014
  • "I took my mother here for an early Mothers Day afternoon tea. I had never heard of The Secret Garden before but very much enjoyed the afternoon. The food was lovely and the service was brilliant. Will certainly be coming back in the near future to try out the evening menues."
    dined on 25/03/2014
  • "Invited two friend to join us for afternoon tea and as usual the food and service was wonderful. Too many cakes left but boxes were provided to take home the left overs. Great afternoon."
    dined on 27/03/2014
  • "At just under £17 per head,the afternoon tea is great value. There's a good choice of sandwiches and cakes plus the scones are big (and there are plain ones too)."
    dined on 22/03/2014
  • "Ive had two afternoon teas and found them rather ordinary/boring. Would have been great to see some homemade cake on the tray. The jam marshmallow was tasteless and fairy cakes were bland. My suggestion for something more appetising would be slices of victoria sponge, cup cakes, butterfly cakes, choc chip shortbread, coffee walnut cake, custard tarts."
    dined on 15/03/2014
  • "Not been here for quite a while, don't like it as much, food is too fussy, this type of food where small amounts are served needs to be delicious, this is not, its average.they need to go back to how it used to be normally portions well cooked. Won't be going back."
    dined on 28/02/2014
  • "We are regulars at the Secret Garden Restaurant and once again we had a very positive experience for evening dinner. We were looked after by our waiter James, who is friendly, helpful and makes sure everything is perfect for our experience. The manager is also very courteous and attentive. The food never disappoints us and is one of the better eating experiences in the area. Well worth a visit if you haven't been before. We can't wait for the warmer dry weather so we can sit outside again on their fabulous terrace, you overlook their walled garden where they grow a lot of their own produce which they use in their dishes. Most of their produce is sourced locally too which is always good to know. Afternoon tea is also exceptional."
    dined on 22/02/2014
  • "I booked the Tuesday discount evening dinner and was very impressed. Food was lovely and a little left field which is always good to see. A very relaxed open plan restuarant that had a great atmosphere. Service was as expected and all in all was great value for money."
    dined on 13/08/2013
  • "It was perfect (as usual). We do go to Secret Garden quite often and we are never disappointed with anything. Food is delicious, staff are friendly and professional. I do recommend it for anything from little lunch with friends to some special/romantic occasion."
    dined on 14/02/2014
  • "Great Venue, Great Service and a really pleasant afternoon......highly recommended."
    dined on 06/02/2014
  • "Main dishes were very good but felt that it was the extras that were a bit of a con, £3:00 for a small cup of olives, extra for a small pieces of bread, a supplement for a cheese board where the cheese was unremarkable and not enough crackers to go with the cheese. We would have felt a little better if there were small touches such as you get in other smart restaurants; e.g. a small chef's treat to start with, petit fours with the coffee, but nothing like that forthcoming, not even a mint. No wonder that the place was practically empty on a Saturday evening."
    dined on 01/02/2014
  • "A lovely place to sneak away with close friends where you can comfortably dine and talk without any discordant background noise."
    dined on 31/01/2014
  • "The food was well prepared from locally sources food and the service warm and friendly, however the leaving do that was across the restaurant were very noisy with half an hour of loud speeches. I would have preferred to be seated away from them or for such a raucous occasion to be held in a more private setting. Still, a small mar on an otherwise excellent experience."
    dined on 29/01/2014
  • "I cannot recommend The Secret Garden enough. The food and drink selection was vast and the quality amazing. Service was the best I've ever had waiters/waitresses on hand for your every need and willing to give you regular top ups. Will be visiting again very soon."
    dined on 25/01/2014
  • "My friend & I had a delicious afternoon tea in this very attractive setting. The food was fantastic - nice sandwiches, scrumptious cakes & lovely large scones - and the service was very good. The only thing that could have made it better was more people there to create a better atmosphere, but we enjoyed it very much and will certainly go back."
    dined on 22/01/2014
  • "Have not been here before, although friends have. Was not disappointed. Locally sourced produce made into excellent Sunday Lunch. Good portions and nothing was too much trouble. You need to find the Secret Garden. You won't regret it."
    dined on 05/01/2014
  • "We had a beautiful meal in lovely setting. The restaurant was tastefully decorated for Christmas and we were made to feel very special. Food was just amazing as always without being pretentious. Would recommend to anyone seeking a first class meal in a very comfortable, welcoming restaurant."
    dined on 23/12/2013
  • "Excellent food and service, we have found a restaurant that knows how to cook food. The staff were friendly and were very accommodating . We had a good table but a lot of the tables were very cramped and a lot of diners were packed in as the Sunday tea started a 1430, this resulted in lots of noise and restricted access for the staff."
    dined on 15/12/2013
  • "We went on a Tuesday evening. pleasant surroundings, polite and helpful staff. good food. but 2 things we did not like. 1. we had to pay for bread. the bread is homemade which is good but no selection. besides we prefer brown bread and asked the waiter who asked the chef, but no, we could not have it. he suggested that if we book on line we could mention that we prefer brown bread. 2. there was vegetables to accompany the dish but very little.On the menu, a selection of vegetables was offered with an extra £3 each which we thought it should be included. we also ordered a portion of chips which came in a sort of hard plastic brown cone - rough cut, skin on potatoes. not good. some people like it but not us"
    dined on 10/12/2013
  • "Delicious food, great wine, excellent service. We had three children in the group (4,4 and 6) and they brought a box of books, colouring sheets and pencils and the children's menu was great. Our meals were excellent. Heartily recommended, we will definitely be returning!"
    dined on 08/12/2013
  • "What a fantastic experience. The staff were really welcoming and the cakes were to die for."
    dined on 07/12/2013
  • "This was booked for a girly night and we really enjoyed it. However, we were all DISAPPOINTED that there wasn't a special Christmas menu. We were also disappointed that EVERYTHING was charged separately, potatoes, veg etc and at quite high prices too. Our choice of desert was as Christmassy as it got... A sort of mine pie tart which was served with brandy/rum? Butter. Trouble was, it was served COLD so the butter was solid... Very unappetising. Unfortunately, due to the limited menu choice and high bill, we would think twice before going back."
    dined on 04/12/2013
  • "This really is a special restaurant - the food is always exquisitely presented and taste is second to none, really special little touches make it a memorable experience - I highly recommend this very Secret Garden - Don't tell too many people lets keep it special to us! Shhhhhhhh"
    dined on 28/11/2013
  • "Been more than a couple of times and never been disappointed. Always plenty of choices and plates full. Well done to the chef and staff making each meal a pleasure to eat. Truly stuffed and always looking forward to our next visit. Parking accessible for the disabled and plenty for those who are not."
    dined on 26/11/2013
  • "We were recommended the secret garden by a friend, a thoroughly enjoyable experience, friendly staff, delicious sandwiches, wonderful cakes. Accompanied by a glass of bubbles, the whole experience was a delight. A lovely way to catch up with old friends."
    dined on 01/11/2013
  • "We had a lovely afternoon tea at the secret garden for my parents anniversary. It is a lot of money for what food you get but the food is lovely & cakes are homemade and delicious. Lovely to treat someone for a special occasion. The staff are very friendly & attentive."
    dined on 27/10/2013
  • "Love this place. Never had a bad meal or bad service. Would strongly recommend this place as your guaranteed a good meal at a good price. We live 40miles away but its well worth the drive!."
    dined on 20/10/2013
  • "I love the Secret Garden and delight in taking friends for the first time. Everyone I have ever taken there really likes it to. The ambience and food are par excellence. The only criticism I have is that I like the price to include at least one vegetable side dish but apart from that I have no hesitation in recommending anyone to try this venue."
    dined on 15/10/2013
  • "as always another great experience at the Secret Garden"
    dined on 30/09/2013
  • "What a beautiful restaurant this is! Wonderful first impression with a lovely atmosphere and very helpful staff. The manager Mass was extremely friendly and attentive. I really enjoyed my birthday, a totally unhurried experience, we even took a stroll around the gardens between courses. Definately a place I want to re-visit again and again. Brunch is already booked and an afternoon tea in the very near future."
    dined on 06/10/2013
  • "Brillant food! They certainly understand food and anything could come surprisingly pretty! Staff is also a credit to the ethos of this restaurant! I would recommended even if you have kids who fidget, they have a beautiful garden to run around! Thank you for the experience!"
    dined on 28/09/2013
  • "The location, on a business park, sounded off putting but fears were unfounded. It is a delightful restaurant, excellent service, great home cooked food with many of the vegetables grown on site. The value was good too, a 3 course Sunday lunch for £26 - worth every penny."
    dined on 15/09/2013
  • "The salt beef starter was so delicious that I had it for pudding as well. The waiter and waitress did not blink an eyelid! Wonderfully leisurely outdoor eating. Top quality all round. Nothing to beat a glorious late summer day in England. Excellent English wine too,"
    dined on 04/09/2013
  • "Booked for a Tuesday - actual birthday - and had set menu. excellent choice on all 3 courses and well presented . The service was excellent , as usual . good wine list but slightly more expensive than some establishments. All in all a very pleasant evening in lovely surroundings."
    dined on 03/09/2013