The Fordwich Arms
King Street, Fordwich, CT2 0DB
Having opened to great critical acclaim in December 2017, the Fordwich Arms has gone from strength to strength. The venue earned a coveted Michelin star only ten months after opening, received three AA rosettes and was ranked in the top 100 restaurants in the UK at the Estrella Damm National Restaurant Awards. A beautiful 1930s’ Arts and Crafts-style building, the pub boasts a lovely long bar and oak-panelled dining room with three open fireplaces. Additionally, in the summer months, the beautiful dining terrace and garden offer spectacular views over the river Stour. The young, ambitious team, led by head chef Daniel Smith, his wife and pastry chef Natasha Smith and front-of-house manager Guy Palmer-Brown, have created a riverside dining destination like no other. Expect an everchanging seasonal menu and imaginative dishes cooked with flair using the best local produce. Start with duck liver parfait served with freshly cooked doughnuts, clementine and Sauternes jelly. Then perhaps follow with local turbot with morels, wild garlic and white asparagus, finished with a Madeira sauce. To finish, how about baked cheesecake tart with kumquat and bay leaf ice cream? The set lunch menu offers astonishing value at £35 for three courses, but you could also treat yourself to a five-course or eight-course tasting menu.