The Location & Background
RG’s is a restaurant set within the astounding Rowhill Grange Hotel & Spa which itself is located in Wilmington, Kent. It boasts an award-winning spa, a wealth of luxury rooms and various private dining/function areas available for hire. It certainly is the dark horse of North-West Kent which you really should consider visiting sometime soon.
On a cold Friday evening, the beautifully lit trees gently beckoned us along the long, winding path and up to this highly attractive manor house. Upon arrival, the welcoming (but not overbearing), helpful staff offered us a choice of hitting the restaurant straight away or relaxing in the bar. We opted for the bar. The complimentary and delightful pepper-spiced cashew nuts got the taste buds tingling and it wasn’t long before we were ready to sit down in RG’s, the new and well-styled dining room.
The restaurant possessed a certain buzz and excitement in the air and this was reflected in the highly attentive, polite and professional waiting staff. Our excitable, cheery waiter helped us feel welcome, explained the menu precisely and even offered to show us round the venue after we’d eaten. That’s a true professional in our eyes.
One Word. Outstanding. To start with we opted for the Confit Kentish Rabbit Terrine (£9.50) and the Kentish Asparagus (£7.50). Seeded and white bread was offered to us while we waited – although, the starters came out quicker than we’d expected so it acted as a welcome accompaniment to our first courses. The starters themselves were both faultless, perfectly seasoned and delightful. The garnish that accompanied the terrine was fresh but powerful and the dressing was exploding with flavour.
For the main, we opted for the Kentish Lamb (pictured below – £28.00) and the Gressingham Duck (£19.00). One could argue that the Lamb may have been a little highly priced, but I’d be the first to disagree. A total delight, perfectly cooked and seasoned and served with sauteed cabbage, potato purée and a red wine sauce. Locally-sourced food which is cooked as well as this is worth every penny.
The duck, like it’s Kentish counterpart, was absolutely sublime. Pink in the middle but crispy on the outside and served with bok choy, braised, sweet shallots and a outstanding plumb jus. To wet the palette, we opted for a bottle of the Santa Ana Reserve Malbec (£33.00). It’s an intense, deep red with hints of oak, berries and subtle vanilla tones. This went hand in hand with our mains.
There was no room for dessert, but we’ll most certainly be back to try out the highly acclaimed chocolate fondue!!
Modern surroundings, an extremely talented chef and staff to match the food. Wonderful experience. Highly recommend.
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