Chilston Park Hotel

Chilston Park Hotel, Boughton Road, Sandway, Sandway, Lenham, Nr. Maidstone, United Kingdom, ME172BE
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Opening Information

Monday to Friday
Breakfast: 07:00am till 9:30am
Saturday & Sunday
Breakfast: 8:00am till 10:30am
Monday to Saturday
Lunch (Casual Dining) : 11:00am till 4:00pm
Sunday:
Lunch 12:00pm till 2:00pm
Monday to Thursday
Afternoon Tea: 11:00am till 5:00pm
Friday to Sunday
Afternoon Tea 12:00pm till 4:00pm
Monday to Sunday
Dinner 7:00pm till 9:30pm

Facilities
  • Disabled Access
  • Private Dining
  • Free WiFi
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Families and Children Welcome

About Chilston Park Hotel

The period charm of our traditional Kentish country house, Chilston Park, sets the tone for an authentic and memorable dining experience in the heart of the county. For formal yet relaxed evening dining, Culpeper’s award-winning restaurant near Maidstone offers a menu of seasonal modern British dishes. To accompany your meal, delve into the wine list – our experienced team will be happy to guide you through our selection, including our rare whiskies and brandies.
The elegant Marble Lounge offers an idyllic setting for traditional Afternoon Tea – with plenty of contemporary touches – and in the summer enjoy a light bite out on the terraces where you’ll feel every bit at home.

Cuisine: British
Dress Code: Smart Casual,Dressed for Dining
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Visited On Saturday, 08 August 2020

We saw the guide menu so had an idea about the standards of pastry and cakes in the afternoon tea, and we even saw the savoury version (savoury elevenses). We called to confirm and the hotel suggests that they have both sweet and savoury afternoon teas available However when we arrived, we were told there is no longer a savoury version so the chef put something together but it was nowhere near comparable to what’s listed online, eg no savoury scones. Regarding the traditional afternoon tea, the selection was very poor and nowhere near like the guide menu - only the standards (ie Victoria sponge, brownies, and a couple of other cakes). I have been to a fair share of many afternoon teas from the more affordable to the most expensive ones, this is the worst afternoon tea experience I’ve had by far. Very very disappointed with the experience and won’t be returning, nor will I recommend this to anyone.

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Visited On Saturday, 01 August 2020

My partner and I came for dinner. It is a beautiful area and the grounds were lovely. Mark made us feel extreme welcome and made our experience. I have visited previously and have not been disappointed. The food was lovely, cocktails and overall ambience Would recommend to anyone who wishes to have a beautiful meal away from crowded restaurants.

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Visited On Saturday, 01 August 2020

Given the difficult times with covid, everything was done very well and we felt very safe and it was a very enjoyable afternoon.

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Visited On Saturday, 01 August 2020

Beautiful surroundings, lovely afternoon tea. Couldn’t have picked a nicer place for a catch up with a friend.

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Visited On Saturday, 01 August 2020

A super special experience for my mothers birthday. 5* service and food with a special thank you to Marc Desseaux for his professionalism and attentiveness. Thank you.

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Visited On Saturday, 01 August 2020

Beautiful setting, great fpod and wonderful staff. We really enjoyed our time here

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Visited On Friday, 24 July 2020

For many years we have enjoyed going to Chilston Park Hotel for their afternoon teas and were very appreciative of how they have adjusted for the Covid 19 social distancing. Although they were working with a skeleton staff we couldn’t fault the service and friendliness we received which enhanced the birthday celebration we were there for. Can’t wait for full service to resume in the near future hopefully.

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Visited On Tuesday, 28 July 2020

First of all: service was impeccable. The big disappointement was the "scorched beef carpaccio". I never had such a bad carpaccio in my life. Making a good carpaccio is not great art, and in a 2-rosette restaurant, you expect something different. Well, it certainly was and it was a masterpiece: tasteless meat, a few chunks of goat's cheese, a lot of dry salad in the middle of the plate with some chutney underneath. Presentation: none; it was all trown on the plate from a distance. To try making it better, I asked for olive oil. What I got then was a colorless and totally tasteless oil of unknown origin. Outrageous that one dares to serve this in a 2-rosette restaurant. My wife's starter and the main disher were ok, however never reaching the quality that you would expect here. Luckeley, the staff was great and they did their best to easy te pain. Maybe "corona" has something to do with all this, and I understand that it might be often difficult to serve always the same quality these days. But one should better close than, instead of disappointing customers.

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Visited On Tuesday, 28 July 2020

Lovely setting, good service but menu, in particular the main courses, let the restaurant down badly. If one wants battered fish and chips you can go to the local fish & chip shop. The menu should reflect the overall standard the restaurant wants to achieve and should be significantly improved if it is to ever reach its full potential.

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Visited On Tuesday, 28 July 2020

The service from marc was outstanding and made is feel so welcome. The venue was amazing, and it was really lovely not to be rushed through the experience. Unfortunately the food, although not bad enough to warrant a complaint at the time was disappointing. The sandwiches tasted very much like margarine, and the flavours of some filling (I.e. mint cream cheese) weren't there. The sandwiches were also a touch dry, but again not bad enough to complain. The scones were a little dry, and there wasn't enough jam and cream for 4 scones. The top tier cakes were nice, but again flavours were a little lacking.

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Visited On Tuesday, 28 July 2020

Service was fantastic . Lovely food and choice of tea . Nice garden to sit in afterwards . Didn’t feel at all rushed .

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Visited On Sunday, 26 July 2020

LOvely afternoon tea for my wifes 40th. Thank you

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Visited On Tuesday, 21 July 2020

I booked a high tea to celebrate my best friends 60th birthday celebration. We were made to feel valued by the young man greeting us at reception. We were then welcomed by the waitress, who was friendly and delivered impeccable service. The chef came to introduce himself. We enjoyed a lovely tete a tete with this lovely man. The tea was exceptional. The ambience and service warranted a 5 star rating. The location was idyllic. Whilst sitting and admiring the scenery, the manager took time to enquire if we needed anything. He also took time to answer any of our questions with regard to the history of the hotel. Can't wait for an excuse to return. Wish I was getting married soon, as it is the perfect venue for a wedding. A big thanks to all the staff for making my best friends 60th birthday so very special.

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Visited On Wednesday, 22 July 2020

Had a lovely afternoon tea with a lovely atmosphere,

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Visited On Tuesday, 21 July 2020

Dont ask if the customer has any ‘special requests’ and then don’t fulfil them, birthdays for example.

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Visited On Saturday, 18 July 2020

Its such a shame that there weren't many customers but for us it meant a really tranquil quiet lovely afternoon in a beautiful setting. We couldn't fault anything and hats off to the lady who served us, she was really attentive

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Visited On Friday, 17 July 2020

Visited for afternoon tea following the recent opening since the Covid Lockdown. Safety was taken into account so felt secure. We had our tea outside as the weather was glorious. Would do again.

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Visited On Friday, 17 July 2020

This was bought for my wife and myself as a gift for Christmas, we had great afternoon tea in the garden by the lake, service was excellent and food was delicious.

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Visited On Friday, 17 July 2020

Spent a lovely afternoon , in lovely surroundings. Staff were charming .

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Visited On Thursday, 16 July 2020

Really nice time for our anniversary afternoon tea. The food was lovely and the staff were very friendly and professional - Even despite the social distancing.

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Visited On Sunday, 12 July 2020

We felt very uncomfortable because the staff who were serving our food was not wearing masks

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Visited On Sunday, 12 July 2020

Staff were absolutely superb and couldn’t do enough for us! Lovely location sitting outside for afternoon tea and food was lovely. My only criticism would be that you could have had more savoury items included in the afternoon tea for the money paid ( There were 4 finger sandwiches each) which I think doesn’t reflect the £26 per person price compared to other afternoon teas we have had.

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Visited On Saturday, 11 July 2020

Visited here today and felt safe, from the moment you enter the hotel strict cleaning and social distancing in place. The afternoon tea was superb and the staff made you feel so welcome and looked after us very well. Highly recommend. Special thanks to Marc who is a real credit to your hotel.

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Visited On Tuesday, 07 July 2020

We have eaten at Chilston Park on previous occasions prior to Covid 19 lockdown and the service has always made us feel special. This was our first dining experience since lockdown and the whole experience from the temperature checking at the beginning to the one way system in the hotel, made us feel comfortable and safe whilst eating at the restaurant. We would definitely recommend and go back again

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Visited On Sunday, 05 July 2020

Impeccable food and service

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