The Empire Room

11 Nelson Cres, Ramsgate, Kent, United Kingdom, CT11 9JF
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Lunch - Wednesday to Sunday 12.00pm-2.30pm
Dinner - Wednesday to Saturday 6.30pm-9.30pm

It is always best to book as we do sometimes let the restaurant out for private events. Also our opening and closing times may change over any national holidays.

Facilities
  • Free WiFi
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Families and Children Welcome
  • Well Behaved Children Welcome
  • Weddings and Other Private Parties Catered for
  • Private Dining
  • Gluten Free Available
  • Dietary Needs Catered For
  • Children's Menu available
  • Business Lunch
  • Dogs Welcome

About The Empire Room

Part of the fabulous Royal Harbour Hotel, the 40 cover Empire Room restaurant serves local seasonal food and drink in a club setting 5 days a week. We source direct from Ramsgate's fishing boats as well as local suppliers of meat, vegetables, fruit and drinks. We are proud to be a member of 'Produced in Kent'.
With set priced menus for lunch plus our main a la carte menu, we have options to meet all our guests requirements.

Regularly referred to as a "hidden gem" our menus are influenced by local seasonal ingredients but can have the flavours of India, Africa and Europe.

We serve lunch & dinner in our lower ground floor restaurant, courtyard garden (in warmer weather, and by pre-reservation only) or in our smaller sea view ground floor hotel dining room where we can cater for those with mobility issues, as we do not have a lift to the lower ground floor.

Only in advance do we consider corkage if you wish to bring your own wine. Charges start from £12.00 per bottle for wine and £15.00 per bottle for champagne. Similarly if you wish to bring a celebration cake and eat it at the table we would need notice in advance. Charges are from £1.50 per person depending on numbers involved.

Cuisine: British
Dress Code: Smart Casual
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Visited On Saturday, 18 January 2020

Good lunch menu. beautifully prepared and presented.

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Visited On Sunday, 12 January 2020

Never disappoints!! Superb food and service with a smile! Great value as well in a really cosy setting absolutely can’t find fault with any aspect of our visit.

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Visited On Saturday, 11 January 2020

Excellent food and wine in a warm convivial Atmosphere Particular thanks and praise to Shannon x

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Visited On Saturday, 28 December 2019

This is the (slightly) hidden gem of Ramsgate.

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Visited On Friday, 27 December 2019

I absolutely love love The Empire Room fabulous food, fabulous service, Matthew you know who you are!! I tell all my friends they must go at least once!! Keep up the great work & fabulous food!!

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Visited On Wednesday, 18 December 2019

Lucy the young waitress was so lovely and her attention to service was spot on. The food was wonderful and the whole experience was great. It was my friends 60th Birthday lunch. She was very impressed and will be booking for her family to have a meal there .

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Visited On Wednesday, 25 December 2019

What an amazing Christmas lunch at the Empire Rooms. The food was delicious the staff were fabulous.. Thank you for making our day so special..

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Visited On Sunday, 22 December 2019

Very enjoyable Sunday lunch with the children. Service excellent and friendly and the food was delicious; shin of beef sublime and perfect puddings. Definitely recommend.

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Visited On Thursday, 19 December 2019

Friendly and helpful staff. Beautiful food and very reasonably priced for lunchtime set menu.

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Visited On Saturday, 21 December 2019

Our first time at the Empire Room and we were very impressed. The food and service were both excellent, we'll definitely be back.

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Visited On Friday, 20 December 2019

A fabulous restaurant and location with amazing ambience and aesthetics. We have used the restaurant as a group a number of times or in casual dining. Hound friendly, it never disappoints.

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Visited On Friday, 20 December 2019

Lovely food

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Visited On Sunday, 15 December 2019

Lovely meal for my 70th birthday Waitress very attentive Not rushed Lovely atmosphere

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Visited On Sunday, 15 December 2019

Myself and my partner have eaten at The Empire Rooms a few times this year and always have a 10/10 experience and can not fault it, which is why we took our parents here as a treat on Sunday. We booked our table straight away after our last visit on November 4th. Sadly and surprisingly we actually left feeling a little disappointed. The restaurant looked fully booked, and I understand all tables were taken, however for a reservation made 6 weeks in advance we were seated at the worst table available, it was very low (and considerably lower than all the other tables) so we could barely get our legs underneath and our food was low down which was quite uncomfortable. Our waitress was really lovely and accommodating and the service was excellent, she couldn’t do enough for us and was very kind. Unfortunately it was the menu that let us down on our visit. There were not any starters that were appealing to any of us 4, which I had talked about a lot, about how amazing your scotch egg and the carpaccio of beef are, neither of which were now on the menu or anything on the same level. Then we were told 2/3 items from the main menu had run out and were not available, including the chicken and the skate. So we were left with a vegetarian option or had to pay £3 extra each for the beef. So we ended up paying £12 to be able to have a main we wanted and a meat option for a Sunday roast. This was slightly disappointing the lack of availability for a reservation. When we came before there was beef, lamb and pork available, of course the menus change, but I feel in general the starter and main options were really not up to the usual standard of all our previous visits. The food is always delicious, but it wasn’t what we wanted or expected and we had to pay extra for it. It was disappointing as on every other visit we have left extremely happy and have spoken about The Empire Rooms a lot and on this particular visit it didn’t live up to that. Please do let me know when your menu updates and send me a copy of that. Or advise me of a suitable time to come when the available mains would not have run out. As we really enjoy the food and service, but won’t be coming back in a massive hurry after our last visit

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Visited On Saturday, 14 December 2019

Lovely meal as always. Waitress very friendly and you can tell the chefs care about their dishes. Thanks Polly

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Visited On Sunday, 15 December 2019

We have had several lovely Sunday lunches here now and we have enjoyed every single occasion. Food is perfect, staff are lovely. We will be back x

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Visited On Thursday, 12 December 2019

The food and service were both excellent.

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Visited On Saturday, 30 November 2019

We had a lovely 40th meal with a large party, the atmosphere was cosy and warming, the food 1st class and the 2 waitresses were brilliant. Highly recommended for intimate meals, families and parties!! Thank you guys, you all worked so hard with a very full full restaurant. :)

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Visited On Friday, 29 November 2019

Excellent food, excellent service.

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Visited On Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Lovely atmosphere as always, great food and service

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Visited On Sunday, 24 November 2019

Nice space and lovely food. Service was friendly, but it did take a while for food to appear...although this wasn't a major problem.

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Visited On Sunday, 24 November 2019

The staff were particularly delightful, helpful and charming.

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Visited On Saturday, 23 November 2019

I have eaten at this restaurant many times and loved it. Unfortunately my last visit was disappointing. The portions have diminished in size but the price remains the same. Also £7.00-£9.00 for a pudding (which is quite small) is expensive. Sad to say this restaurant is not as good as it was.

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Dear Mrs Porter, Thank you so much for writing about your experience with us on Saturday. I am very grateful for your past patronage and wish to keep you coming back. Perhaps as a gesture of goodwill you might accept a dinner for 2 on us on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday night some time soon? If you would like to take up this offer then please write to me directly on [email protected] and I will organise it. Kind regards James Thomas

Responded On Tuesday, 26 November 2019
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Visited On Saturday, 23 November 2019

if your looking for high quality food at a reasonable price, this is the place. Comes very highly recommended. Been quite a few times and have never been disappointed.

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Visited On Sunday, 17 November 2019

We came for roast dinner on sunday 17th November. The roast dinner wasnt that nice due to roast potatoes not cooked enough and had no crisp to them and the Yorkshire puddings were stone cold! The waiter was a Good though. Over all we wasnt impressed.

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